Congratulations to our 20 SVSU students and alumni who were among the 1,400 students participating and competing in theatre- and music-based events during the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for Region III, which covers Michigan, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin. Among the top performers was Madalyn McHugh, who graduated with a bachelor's degree in music in December; she advanced to the finals of a musical theatre competition. Jessica Hurley, a theatre major from Essexville, also impressed the judges; she was chosen to play one of the two characters during the 10-minute performance at the festival. For the first time ever, three SVSU students advanced to the semi-finals for the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Auditions: Abigail Burgess, a theatre major from Commerce Township; Brianne Dolney, a political science major from Bay City; and Donte Green, a Detroit native who graduated from SVSU with a bachelor's degree in theatre in December. Our theatre faculty attended and presented, as well. My appreciation to all.
My best wishes go out to our three moot court students competing this weekend in Dallas during the American Moot Court Association's national tournament. We have built a nationally recognized program currently ranked No. 24 in the country among more than 425 competing colleges and universities. This year, students Jrew Brickel, a criminal justice major from Midland, Lindsey Mead, an English literature major from Saginaw, and Joshua Atkins, an English literature major from Reese, are among 160 competitors involved in the tournament Friday and Saturday. They have spent the week in Texas preparing for this weekend’s competition.
Thank you to the faculty, staff and students who participated in the Martin Luther King Jr. march and lunch in Saginaw on Monday. It was a cold day warmed by our community's recognition of a heroic figure and all of the change he inspired - and continues to inspire.
Our institution is not finished honoring Dr. King's legacy this month. As part of the ninth annual Great Lakes Bay Regional Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, Karen S. Carter, the chief inclusion officer for The Dow Chemical Company, will be the featured speaker next Wednesday, Jan. 24, at 7 p.m. in the Malcolm Field Theatre for Performing Arts. As Dow's first chief inclusion officer, Karen is tasked with driving Dow into the forefront of global industries that integrate diversity and inclusion as a key element of the company's growth strategy. She will be joined by Matt Davis, president of Dow North America and senior vice president of Dow Chemical Company's Global Public Affairs & Government Affairs, and Cynthia Marshall, the retired chief diversity officer for AT&T and current president and CEO of Marshalling Resources.
The campus community is invited to celebrate the release of the inaugural issue of the SVSU Center for Academic Innovation-funded literary journal, Still Life, at Counter Culture Arts Collective, 620 Gratiot in Saginaw, Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. This publication features the excellent work of students, faculty and staff. The evening will feature readings from the authors published in the journal, as well as a poetry slam, with prizes given for the top three performances. I would like to thank Chris Giroux, associate professor of English, and everyone who helped produce this outstanding publication.
There are a number of home athletics contests scheduled over the next week. Both the women's and men's basketball teams play Ashland tonight (Thursday) at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., respectively, in the Ryder Center. The track and field team hosts the Doug Hansen Open at 2:30 p.m. Friday. And the swimming and diving teams compete against Ashland and Hillsdale Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Ryder Center.
Also on Saturday, the women's and men's basketball teams each will honor those who served during the Military Appreciation Games at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., respectively, in O'Neill Arena vs. Tiffin. As part of the event, our student-athletes will wear special jerseys featuring the names of 27 SVSU students who also happen to be military veterans. A halftime ceremony will recognize those students. Attendees who offer non-perishables or other military care package items - such as beef jerky, trail mix, shaving cream, deodorant, lotion, etc. - will gain free entrance to the games. Thank you to Military Student Affairs, Athletics and Student Affairs for collaborating to recognize these outstanding individuals.
Let me also offer congratulations to the 83 student-athletes who earned spots on the GLIAC All-Academic and All-Academic Excellence teams following the fall semester. Student-athletes must be a member on the roster at the end of the season, and not a freshman or a first-year transfer student. All-Academic Teams are comprised of those student-athletes that meet criteria and carry a cumulative GPA between 3.0 and 3.49. Academic Excellence Teams feature student-athletes with cumulative GPAs between 3.50 and 4.0. See a full list of the honorees »