Now that the new academic year is underway, I hope many of you have had the opportunity to visit the newly-renovated library since it reopened last month. We have made significant upgrades to modernize our facilities to better serve students and faculty. I invite you to join us next Thursday, Sept. 14, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., as we host a dedication ceremony to showcase these improvements. This event will begin on the first floor and feature tours of the entire library. Refreshments will be available too. Our colleagues who work in the library have done much over the past couple of years to make this project a reality, and I know they would love to see you.
This year, the event begins at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 11 in the parking lot of Gilbertson Hall.The 5K race starts at 6:30 p.m. Registration is $30 and goes to great causes, including The Travis Manion Foundation, which has organized 9/11 Heroes Run races across the nation for 10 years. Our event also will benefit a Midland-based nonprofit, Aaron’s Gifts From Home. If you’re not familiar with this organization, it was inspired by Aaron Ullom, a 2009 Midland High School graduate who was a U.S. Navy hospital corpsman shot and killed by enemy fire in Afghanistan in July 2011. In the years since, his family created Aaron’s Gifts From Home, which sends care packages to members of the military deployed overseas. I am pleased we are supporting such outstanding community work.
With the academic year underway, we have a number of exciting events on the calendar. Some of the most immediate events involve this year’s Visiting Scholars and Artists series. The series brings seven guest lecturers to the SVSU campus to speak on a variety of topics. The lineup of speakers with Silvia Pedraza, a professor of sociology and American culture at the University of Michigan. Her lecture is titled, “Cuba and its Exile: Political Generations.” She will speak at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, in Founders Hall. You can view the entire lineup of speakers here: http://svsu.edu/publiclectures/.
Silvia Pedraza’s appearance also coincides with our lineup of Hispanic Heritage Month events. A number of these events are geared toward our students, and some are open to the public. In addition to Pedraza’s appearance, the campus also is invited to a “talk and tour” of the current Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Gallery exhibition, “Folk Art from Oaxaca: Eight Artists, Eight Voices.” This event is from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12. Light refreshments will be available. An RSVP is required. For that, you can call 964-7125 or email email@example.com.
Our football team opens its home schedule at 3 p.m. Saturday (more on the game later), and those in attendance will witness quite a spectacle before kickoff and during halftime. Norman Wika, assistant professor of music, and members of the SVSU marching band will share the field with more than 500 band members from high schools across the state — even the U.P! The on-the-field performances will be the culmination of Saturday's Band Day, which is an initiative led by Norm to introduce these high school musicians to life in a university band. I want to thank Norm and the 90 members of our band in advance for their work in creating this experience for our high school guests ... and for organizing what are sure to be impressive and massive musical performances.
Our fall sports season is off to a good start and features a few home contests this weekend. Three Cardinals captured GLIAC athlete of the week honors: Connor Keane, men’s soccer; Maggie Pawelczyk, women’s cross country; and Tommy Scott, football. Our men’s soccer team — now ranked No. 4 in the nation after a 2-0 start — plays Alderson Broaddus at 2:30 p.m. Friday and Ohio Valley at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Our 1-1 women’s soccer team plays Ohio Dominican at noon Friday and Findlay at noon Sunday. The football team picked up a road victory last weekend and hosts Walsh at 3 p.m. Saturday; this is the annual Red Feather game where the Fordney Club collects a portion of the proceeds to benefit Saginaw County youth athletic programs. Men’s golf is hosting the Al Watrous Invitational Saturday and Sunday. Volleyball and tennis compete on the road. Good luck to all of our student-athletes this week.
And those looking to express their support for our teams can do so even beyond their seats in the bleachers. Fans can add the new Athletics profile photo frame on your Facebook accounts by linking to the following URL: http://bit.ly/2xdWRWC