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President’s Weekly Update - Week of Monday, April 23, 2018

Student showcases planned

Fall 2015 SVSU Engineering Symposium‌‌

With the semester nearing its end, a number of student showcases are planned throughout the next week. Please consider attending these exciting showcases.

The Science & Engineering Symposium is set for Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The day-long event kicks off with opening remarks from Frank Hall, dean of the College of Science, Engineering & Technology; and Joanie Kleypas, a guest speaker and research scientist with the National Center for Atmospheric Research, at 9 a.m. in Marble Lecture Hall. A poster presentation is planned from 10 a.m. to noon on the first floor of Pioneer Hall. The projects presented will involve the studies of biology, chemistry, computer information systems, mathematical sciences, physics, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering. Finally, oral presentations are planned at 1 p.m. in Pioneer Hall, rooms 240, 242, 245 and 247. You can download the 2018 SVSU Science and Engineering Symposium Booklet (1,060kB).

Also on Friday, the Undergraduate Research Program hosts the university-wide SVSU Student Showcase from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Ott Auditorium of Gilbertson Hall. The event will feature posters, papers and performances that have been submitted by more than 100 students. The afternoon will conclude with a brief presentation of faculty and student awards.

Students in the Introduction to Sociology course led by Joni Boye-Beaman, professor of sociology, will present their service learning projects Thursday, May 3, at 10:30 a.m. in 202 Gilbertson Hall South. These projects involved collaboration with regional organizations such as the Bay County Animal Shelter & Care Center, Covenant HealthCare, HealthSource Saginaw Behavioral Medicine Center and Old Town Christian Outreach Center. Representatives from these organizations will be in attendance.

Rising Stars of STEM visiting

Grace Macomber, a freshman biology major in a white lab coat with small vile of water. Rising Stars of STEM wordmark.

On Friday, please welcome the next generation of Cardinals visiting our campus as part of our Rising Stars of STEM program. These high school students are planning to study academic programs in our College of Science, Engineering & Technology, like Grace Macomber, a freshman majoring in biology (pictured). On Friday, they will meet with our students currently enrolled in those programs as well as faculty and staff. The day’s itinerary includes attending the SVSU student showcases and meeting with Joanie Kleypas. The event will conclude when several of the attendees will be awarded $500 Rising Stars of STEM scholarships. What an outstanding way to introduce these rising stars to our Cardinal culture and family.

Discussing the threats to biodiversity in coral reefs

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In addition to serving as a speaker during the Science & Engineering Symposium, Joanie Kleypas will give a public presentation as a Dow Visiting Scholar today (Thursday) at 7 p.m. in the Rhea Miller Recital Hall. The event is free and open to the public. During this appearance, she will discuss the importance of coral reefs as regions of biodiversity and the increasing threat they now face from atmospheric carbon dioxide. As a marine ecologist, she has studied coral reef communities around the world and is a leader and pioneer in research on ocean acidification. She also is a recipient of the American Geophysical Union's Rachel Carson Award, a Heinz Award for the Environment, and was featured in the Netflix documentary “Chasing Coral.”

Celebrating our All-University Awards recipients

A graphic listing the awards being given at the All University Awards Banquet.

I hope to see many of you Friday evening when we honor and celebrate with members of our SVSU family during the All-University Awards Banquet. This ceremony recognizes our dedicated faculty, staff and friends and highlights our campus community’s many achievements over the course of the academic year. The award recipients this year are:

  • Andrea Frederick, associate professor of nursing, for The Franc A. Landee Award for Excellence in Teaching Award
  • Kaustav Misra, associate professor of economics, for The Earl L. Warrick Award for Excellence in Research Award
  • Warren Fincher, associate professor of sociology, for The House Family Award for Teacher Impact
  • Roberto Garcia, director of the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs and an adjunct faculty member, for The Mary H. Anderson Adjunct Faculty Award
  • Jennifer Bridges, professor of kinesiology, for the Excellence in Online Teaching Award
  • Kevin Schultz, associate director of Alumni Relations, for The Ruben Daniels Community Service Award
  • Ava Lewis, professor of nursing, and Sharmee Gloss, public school academy transitions coordinator, for The Terry Ishihara Co-Curricular Involvement Award
  • J. Blake Johnson, professor of art, for The Thomson Award for Empowering Learning in Community Engagement Award
  • Monica Reyes, director of Disability Services, for The Roosevelt Ruffin Diversity Award
  • Cara Shaw, accounting supervisor, for The Administration Professional Outstanding Performance Award
  • Donna Helmreich-Lopez, faculty secretary and office coordinator, for The Support Staff Outstanding Performance Award
  • David Abbs, an SVSU alumnus and former Board of Control member, for The Distinguished Service Medallion

Planning for the future

Provost Deb Huntley presents the Strategic Enrollment Management plan.

Thank you to everyone who attended the recent enrollment management plan open forums hosted by Deborah Huntley, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, and the Strategic Enrollment Management steering committee. I appreciate everyone involved in this vital process to our recruitment, marketing, retention and academic programming. For those unable to attend, look for the video of the open forums on the SVSU portal in the near future.

A farewell to Writing Center senior tutors

Writing Center tutors graduating 2018.

Congratulations to the team of Writing Center tutors who are graduating at the end of the semester. These seniors were recognized during a recent ceremony. Our student tutors are invaluable members of the campus community. They are representative of our friendly, supportive culture. Please thank these students for their hard work in empowering their peers.

Driving the license plate program to success

New Pure Michigan SVSU license plate

Our Alumni Relations team organized a successful SVSU license plate drive Monday. With the help of the Secretary of State, which set up a mobile office in our courtyard, 222 SVSU license plates will show our Red Pride on the roadways. That represents more than 10 percent of the total SVSU license plate holders to date. These license plates serve as mobile billboards, spreading recognition and awareness of our university across the nation. Thank you to everyone who helped organize this successful campaign.

SVSU United Way drive wrapping up

Coop standing next to a banner with United Way logo, support our 2018 United Way campaign.

Speaking of campaigns: Only a few days remain to contribute to the SVSU United Way campaign. If you have not already done so, please consider contributing. Through the United Way, this campaign supports services critical to maintaining community health, programs ensuring area children in need will receive an education, and initiatives advancing both the life skills and financial management abilities of adults. Letters and pledge cards were mailed to all faculty and staff earlier this month. You can return those pledge cards to Human Resources or to the Payroll office. Additional pledge cards are available in the Human Resources office. The campaign concludes next week.

One of the ways to contribute to the campaign involves purchasing $10 raffle tickets, available today and Friday in Campus Financial Services. The raffle winner will receive accomodations for three nights at their choice of a Marriott hotel in any U.S. state other than Alaska and Hawaii; as well as coach-class, round-trip airline tickets for two people to and from the hotel's location. The drawing will be held May 1 during the United Way's annual meeting.

Understanding the DowDuPont merger

Reiner Roghmann, vice president of operations for Canada and USA North as well as site director of Michigan Operations,

Almost 200 members of the community visited our campus Monday to listen to guest speaker Reiner Roghmann discuss the DowDuPont merger. Roghmann, vice president of operations for Canada and USA North as well as site director of Michigan Operations, shed light on the many ways this merger will impact the entire region. I was pleased we were able to play host to this important discussion as part of The Great Lakes Bay Economic Club’s monthly luncheon.

A finals request

A student studying in background with words Good Luck on Finals.

I want to wish all of you the best of luck as finals week approaches. It is a challenging stretch in all of academia. I am grateful for everyone dedicated to making the week go as smoothly as possible. As always, if you encounter a student who appears to be having difficulty coping with this stress, please do what you can to show them support and understanding. We have enjoyed another wonderful winter semester and want to finish strong.

Golfers tee up at GLIAC Championship

Athletics logo, Cardinal head on blue/black diamond gradient background with letters SV.

Congratulations to the men’s and women’s golf teams, which finished competition for the regular season during last week’s GLIAC Championships in Nashport, Ohio. The men’s team tied for fourth place and the women’s team finished fifth. On the men’s side, senior Ryan Peruski was the top individual performer, placing seventh among his peers. For the women’s team, sophomore Sabrina Coffman tied for fifth among the individual performers. Both teams await final rankings that could qualify each for a spot in the 2018 NCAA Division II Super Regionals. Go Cards!