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President’s Weekly Update - Week of Monday, October 9, 2017

Military Student Affairs earns flying colors again

The Michigan Veteran-Friendly School program recognizes academic institutions of higher learning committed to supporting the needs of student veterans and dependents. The program awards Gold, Silver and Bronze.  SVSU was awarded Golf for the third consecutive year in 2017.

I am proud to announce that our Military Student Affairs Office — recipient of so many certifications and honors over the years — recently earned another recognition for its outstanding service offered to our military and military-affiliated students. For the third consecutive year, the office received “gold”-level Veteran-Friendly School status from the Michigan Veteran Affairs Agency. This status recognizes academic institutions of higher learning committed to supporting the needs of student veterans and dependents. “Gold” status is the highest honor an institution can receive.

Transitioning from I’m Boss

Photo:  Campus view during the Fall.

For a number of years now, the Facebook page “SVSU I’m Boss” has served as one of many hubs of information and communication for the campus community. The university created and managed the page, and recently, we realized SVSU I’m Boss was no longer serving its original intent. After a number of meetings with representatives of the student, faculty, staff and administrative communities, the decision was made to discontinue this particular Facebook page in the coming days. We will archive its content and encourage the campus to continue to communicate across the many other venues available. In fact, we will be creating two new groups that will be available to first-year and transfer students.

Congressman Kildee to visit campus

Dan Kildee, United States Representative

It seems whenever we turn on a TV or computer or read a newspaper lately, we become immersed in the heated politics of our time. Addressing this topic with the seriousness and candor it deserves will be U.S. Congressman Dan Kildee, who will serve as our guest speaker as part of both the James E. O’Neill Memorial Lecture series as well as the Visiting Scholars and Artists series. The Congressman’s talk, titled "Promoting Civil Discourse and Fostering Bipartisanship in Today’s Politics,” is sure to be an enlightening experience. You are invited to this free event Thursday, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m. in the Malcolm Field Theatre for Performing Arts.

Welcoming another outstanding Youth Leadership Institute class

Great Lakes Bay Youth Leadership institute

I was pleased to see another successful kickoff event last Friday for our Great Lakes Bay Regional Youth Leadership Institute, which has provided leadership development experience for the region’s youth since 2005.  The Great Lakes Bay Regional Youth Leadership Institute is the only one of its kind in the area and the only initiative of its type developed by a university in our state. Facilitated by our Office of Diversity Programs, the program hosted 91 students from 30 high schools. As part of the opening reception, our guests were treated to a performance by the Mosaic Youth Theatre company from Detroit.

Honoring a loyal Cardinal fan

Todorka Nedeva Bench

I was proud of the way our campus community came together to honor one of our own. Todorka “Dora” Nedeva, who passed away last year, was honored Saturday during a dedication ceremony. A bench inscribed “In Memory of Todorka (Dora) Nedeva” was unveiled at our tennis complex where she showed her passionate support for our tennis program over the years. Dora was supportive in so many ways, including when her students needed mentoring outside of the classroom. Thank you to everyone who helped honor her memory.

An outstanding educator at all levels

I would like to congratulate Craig Coopersmith, an adjunct instructor of chemistry and an alumnus. He recently was honored in his other job as the Carrollton High School Teacher of the Year for the 2017-18 school year. Craig is a model of educational excellence. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees here; participated in the Dow Corning Foundation/SVSU Community STEM Partnership program aimed at creating a stronger STEM education environment for K-12 students; served as a teacher in our Dow Science and Sustainability Education Center Summer Research Program for four years; and connected his K-12 students to many of our other educational resources including the Arnold and Gertrude Boutell Greenhouse as well as the Saginaw Bay Environmental Science Institute.

Homecoming is here

Homecoming 2017 Theme - Capture your experience.

Speaking of Cardinals on TV: Keep an eye on ABC 12 during Friday’s 5 a.m. to 7 a.m. broadcast. Our students will be featured during the live “School Spirit” segment with reporter Marc Jacobson, promoting our Homecoming festivities inside Ryder Center.

Plenty of other activities are in store for Homecoming this week. On Friday, there’s a powder puff football game planned for 3 p.m. on the intramural fields. At 7 p.m. Friday, The Second City comedy troupe will perform in the Malcolm Field Theatre for Performing Arts. Plenty of tickets remain.

Homecoming will culminate Saturday with a series of events beginning with the Homecoming 5K Fun Run beginning at 9 a.m. at the Edwards Bell Tower. The Homecoming Parade begins at 1:30 p.m. in Lot J2. The Alumni Tailgate spans 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. between Parking Lots C and C1. And the Homecoming game between our 3-3 football team and Ferris State University kicks off at 3 p.m. in Wickes Memorial Stadium.

Registration and ticket information for all Homecoming events are available online at

Student-athletes bring it home

Listing of home athletic contests for October 13-15. See article for text listing.

Congratulations to Donnell Alexander, the redshirt freshman named GLIAC Defensive Player of the Week for his contribution to the 33-0 shutout of Davenport University last Saturday. Let us root for another solid defensive effort from the team vs. Ferris State this week.

The football team is not the only team to cheer at home this weekend. The 8-2-1 men’s soccer team plays Purdue Northwest and Tiffin on Friday at 2:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m., respectively. The 6-2 women’s tennis team plays Northwood during its final home match of the season Saturday at 11 a.m.

I would also like to congratulate the men’s golf team, which came out on top during last Sunday’s Ohio Valley University Highland Cup Challenge in Marietta. The team will finish its fall season at the Wayne State Invitational this Sunday and Monday at the TPC Michigan course in Dearborn.

The women’s golf team also will be capping off their fall schedule next week when it competes in the Davenport Invitational on Monday and Tuesday in Belmont. Go Cards!

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