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President’s Weekly Update - Week of Monday, November 13, 2017

National recognition for great teaching

Laurie Reed, lecturer of physics

Please join me in congratulating Laurie Reed, lecturer of physics, who was named an  American Association of Physics Teachers Fellow for 2018. Laurie has been an exceptional teacher throughout her 20-plus years at SVSU. This honor reflects well on her and on all of us. Thanks, as well, to her physics colleagues for nominating her. The association has around 8,000 members including university and college faculty and high school teachers, and typically chooses about ten fellows per year, so this is very select company. You can read more about Laurie and how she engages her students.

Student success in exercise science

Taylor Taraski, an exercise science major from Oxford, won the award for Outstanding Undergraduate Poster Presentation for her project,

I also wish to congratulate our students who recently presented their research at the Midwest chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine conference in Grand Rapids. Taylor Taraski, an exercise science major from Oxford, won the award for Outstanding Undergraduate Poster Presentation for her project, "Movement Deficiencies in Division II Male Football Athletes as it Relates to Class and Position.” Jeremy Knous, associate professor of kinesiology, served as her advisor. Meghan Baruth, assistant professor of health sciences; Samantha Deere, assistant professor of kinesiology; and Becca Schlaff, associate professor of kinesiology, also mentored students who presented at the conference. My thanks to them and all faculty who provide research opportunities for our students.

Another Cardboard City rises

Cardboard City is an annual event where students make

Beginning at 4 p.m. today, you may notice some students making shelters out of cardboard in the Student Center rotunda, where they will spend the night. This is part of the annual Cardboard City event that raises awareness about homelessness. Funds collected from participating students will benefit the Saginaw-Shiawassee Habitat for Humanity. This is a great cause, organized by students and staff who embody our institutional commitment to community service.

Extra! Extra!

Fall 2017 Reflections Cover

You may notice the new edition of Reflections is available in magazine racks across campus. The award-winning magazine also is available now in a new, modern and user-friendly format online at This issue features personality profiles on students and alumni, a photo essay celebrating the campus’ defining sights and traditions, and features that explore the institution’s impact on the region.

A good place to work

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We continue to take pride in being named a “Great College to Work For” two years in a row by the Chronicle of Higher Education. Recently, Zippia, a website that provides career information and tools for professionals across various industries, named SVSU the no. 2 place to work in greater Saginaw.  So many of you do so much on a daily basis to make this a desirable place to work. As we approach the holiday season, I am thankful for the opportunity to work here, and I know many of you are, too. Let’s continue to support one another, our students, and our visitors these next few weeks and all year long.

Sports roundup

The men’s basketball team picked up a victory last night, defeating Olivet 79-67. Our women’s basketball team will seek to follow suit at home against Hillsdale tonight at 6 p.m. The women also host Ursuline Saturday at 1 p.m.
Congratulations to senior Shaun Yap, who was named the GLIAC Swimming & Diving Male Athlete of the Week for his contributions to a team win at Valparaiso last Saturday.
A number of our student-athletes from recently-completed seasons also earned recognition:
Goalkeeper Connor Keane, defender Omar Sinclair and midfielder Connor Rutz all were named to this year's D2CCA All-Midwest Region Second Team for the men’s soccer program, and defender Jennifer Muana was named to the same team for women’s soccer.
For the football team, receiver Chad Gailliard was named GLIAC Freshman of the Year. He also was named to the All-GLIAC First Team. Five of his teammates were named to the Second Team while another six received honorable mention recognition. Go Cards!

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