Skip to main content Skip to footer
SVSU logo on a blue tessellated background with

president weekly update banner

President’s Weekly Update - Week of Monday, October 8, 2018

SVSU-operated Bay Community Health Clinic receives state award

Bay Community Health Clinic entryway and sign

I received word this week that the Bay Community Health Clinic — which SVSU operates in partnership with Bay County Health Department — was chosen as the recipient of the 2018 Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Director's Award to Local Public Health. This award, which includes a $1,000 prize, was given to the health clinic, which focuses on providing health care to underserved populations with multiple chronic conditions. In addition to the monetary prize, the clinic will receive a plaque and the MDHHS Director's Award traveling trophy, which will be showcased in three locations, including SVSU. This is a major recognition for the clinic, its coordinators and the students who provide medical services on site. Please join me in congratulating clinic collaborators Judy Ruland, dean of the College of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Schachman, Harvey Randall Wickes Endowed Chair in Nursing, and Janet Rentsch, director of Sponsored Programs on this outstanding achievement.

STEM@SVSU director takes local high school students to international summit

Students at STEM summit with STEM@SVSU Director

Adrianne Cole, director of STEM@SVSU, is in Washington D.C. this week for an international summit for teen Chief Science Officers. With her are two students from John Glenn High School and two students from Carrollton High School. These students make up a larger "cabinet" of teenagers elected as Chief Science Officers (CSOs) by their peers in middle and high school. They will spend the week presenting ideas and advocating for change in science education, primarily to implement programs that will better prepare their classmates for modern, STEM-related careers. Students will present to the House Science Committee staff, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the director of the National Science Foundation and others. Only a few dozen students were selected from the 150,000 CSOs worldwide, and we are proud to partner with and support these bright young experts in STEM. Our program is supported by a grant from The Dow Chemical Company Foundation.

Pulitzer Prize-winning play stops in Saginaw through SVSU-coordinated arts outpost

SVSU Faculty at USDAC Production of Sweat

Thanks to the efforts of David Rzeszutek, associate professor of theatre and Helen Raica-Klotz director of the SVSU Writing Center, the Saginaw U.S. Department of Arts and Culture (USDAC) Outpost welcomed New York's Public Theater Company to perform the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama "Sweat" at St. John's Episcopal Church in Saginaw this past weekend. "Sweat," written by Lynn Nottage -- who traveled to Saginaw for the production -- examines the lives of America's working class; it will be seen across the country in a 24-city tour throughout the year. This production, and its proceeding "talk back" with the actors, was the second major project to come to the Saginaw USDAC Outpost since its establishment this summer, the first of which was a short film on the auto industry in the Midwest. The Saginaw USDAC Outpost, which, with the support of the SVSU Center for Community Engagement, was designated to encourage engagement with the Saginaw arts community, will host another event connected to this project on Nov. 15 at Counter Culture. More information on this event can be found on the Counter Culture Facebook page (

Office of Institutional Research presents as model for program evaluation

Nick Wagner presents at state summit

I am proud to report that our institution is a leader in program evaluation. Nick Wagner, director of institutional research, was invited to present at the King Chavez Parks (KCP) statewide meeting last week. The invitation came from the Workforce Development Agency of Michigan and the state KCP coordinator, who identified our program evaluation processes as the model for other institutions coordinating KCP grant programs and other programs meant to reach underserved student populations. This meeting included representatives from all 15 public universities in Michigan. Our Office of Institutional Research is continually sought out as a resource for program evaluation, and we are proud to be the institution for program evaluation across the state.

Assistant director of freshmen operations recognized by Michigan's Hispanic Latino Commission

Carmen Stricker

It is always gratifying to see our faculty and staff recognized by others. I am pleased to announce that Carmen Stricker, assistant director of freshmen operations, was recently recognized by the Hispanic Latino Commission of Michigan (HLCOM) as one of the "Top 50 Latinas of Michigan." This award, which is given to women who have distinguished themselves in their organizations, professions and communities, will be presented to Carmen this Friday, Oct. 12, at the Statewide Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration in Saginaw. Carmen shares this honor with 14 other women from our region. My sincerest congratulations to Carmen on this great achievement, which is no doubt a result of her dedication to bettering her workplace and her community.

Career Services brings opportunity for SVSU students

SVSU students shopping at JCP Suit Up event

More than 300 SVSU students were able to take advantage of this weekend's JCPenney "Suit Up" event thanks to Bill Stec, Tom Barnikow, and Alicea Moll in the office of Career Services. Students enjoyed huge discounts on business apparel in preparation for this Friday's Employment Fair, which will bring over 130 companies to campus looking to hire our students and alumni for co-ops, internships, and part-time and full-time positions. Companies in attendance represent a range of industries from education to accounting. The Career Fair will take place from noon to 3 p.m. in Curtiss Hall. This event is a tremendous undertaking for our colleagues in Career Services, so please stop by in support and perhaps offer to volunteer where needed!

SVSU board chair honored at Junior Achievement Hall of Fame Banquet

Junior Achievement Logo

Jenee Velasquez, chair of our Board of Control, will be honored this evening by Junior Achievement of North Central Michigan. Jenee will receive the Distinguished Achievement Award for her years of service to the Midland business community, particularly in her current role as executive director of the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation in Midland. Jenee has previously served in executive capacities for the Midland Downtown Development Authority and Midland's economic development organization Midland Tomorrow. We also congratulate Board of Fellows member and SVSU alumna Heather Gallegos of The Dow Chemical Company, who will be recognized as a "Rising Star" at the banquet. Congratulations to both of these women; we are grateful for the many ways in which they positively represent our institution in the community.

High-profile psychiatrist to examine "Psychiatric Profiles in Leadership" at annual O'Neill Lecture

ONeill Lecturer Headshot

Nassir Ghaemi, a renowned professor of psychiatry and Harvard clinical lecturer, will present at the 15th annual James E. O'Neill, Jr. Memorial Lecture on Thursday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m. in the Curtiss Hall Banquet Rooms. Ghaemi, who immigrated to the U.S. from Iran when he was five, graduated with his bachelor's degree in history from George Mason University and received two master's degrees – including a master's in public health from Harvard School of Public Health. He received his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University. His research focuses on depression and bipolar illness. Ghaemi has published several texts in his research areas and has been published in 200 scientific articles and over 50 scientific book chapters. Ghaemi's lecture will address "Psychiatric Profiles in Leadership." As always, we are honored to co-sponsor this distinguished event along with the Field Neurosciences Institute, and we look forward to paying tribute to the legacy of James O'Neill, who was both a dedicated educator and legislator. I hope to see many of our faculty and staff in attendance.

Preparing to break ground on the Scott L. Carmona College of Business and Management

Rendering of College of Business and Management renovation

We are excited to break ground on the 38,500-square-foot addition to the Scott L. Carmona College of Business and Management in just over a week. When completed, our business college will provide common space for faculty, students and regional business leaders to test, share and apply ideas, innovations and experiences. New technologies and learning tools and renovated spaces for our business faculty are also key to the renovation. This project, which was secured through state capital outlay dollars and continual private fundraising, has been long anticipated and needed by our business faculty, staff and students, and I look forward to celebrating the start of the construction process with all of you on Monday, Oct. 22, at 11:30 a.m. RSVP here if you have not already done so!

SVSU athletes claim national rankings and GLIAC Player of the Week honors

Athletes representing all fall sports

I continue to be impressed with our Cardinal student-athletes this season.

After last weekend's contests, both our men’s and women's soccer teams broke back into the national top 25 rankings. Our men's team is ranked No. 19, while our women's team is ranked No. 21. Both teams are on the road this weekend.

And more good news for the men's soccer team: Junior forward Azaad Liadi is this week's GLIAC Offensive Player of the Week after leading the Cardinals to a 3-0 victory over Purdue Northwest on senior night last weekend.

Cross-country runners Tom Goforth and Allison Dorr were also recognized this week as GLIAC Cross-Country Athletes of the Week after successful invitational competitions this past weekend, and both the men's and women's cross country teams are nationally ranked. The men's team is ranked No. 9 and the women's team is ranked No. 25.

As we head into the Homecoming weekend, I wish the best of luck to our Cardinal football team, which fell 21-17 to the Ashland Eagles on the road last weekend. They return home to face Northern Michigan at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

Best wishes to all of our student-athletes competing this weekend, including members of the women's volleyball team, the men’s and women's soccer teams, the women's tennis team, the men’s and women’s cross country teams, the women’s golf team, and the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams. A full schedule of upcoming Athletics events can be found at or at the Cardinal Athletics Facebook page.

Have a fantastic Homecoming weekend!

Contact Us
(989) 964-4041(989) 964-4041


Wickes 349