Congratulations to Helen Raica-Klotz and Chris Giroux of the university Writing Center on being nominated for the Saginaw All Area Arts Awards. Chris has been nominated by multiple people for his work editing the community literary arts magazine, Still Life; for his volunteer work supervising and tutoring in the Saginaw Community Writing Center (SCWC); and for organizing several writing contests and poetry slams in the Saginaw region. Helen has been nominated for her work in supporting the SCWC, the Theodore Roethke Poetry and Arts Festival last year and other writing-based initiatives. The recognition and awards ceremony will take place on Thursday, May 2, at the Dow Event Center. Congratulations, Helen and Chris!
On Friday, members of our SVSU family will be honored at the All-University Awards Banquet. We celebrate the achievements of these individuals for their dedication to the university throughout the academic year. Every year, the banquet rooms reach capacity, and this year is no exception! I hope to see many of you at the banquet, and for those who are unable to attend, we hope you can join us the next year. Congratulations to all!
As we recognize our colleagues this weekend, we also remember those who have passed away, leaving a legacy of growth at SVSU in their wake. As many of you heard, former SVSU President Jack Ryder passed away last week. We are honored to memorialize all that Jack and his wife Lila did for our institution during his tenure from 1974 to 1989. A memorial service and reception will be held on Tuesday, June 4. Details of this event are to follow in the coming weeks, and I hope that many of you are able to join us as we reflect on Jack’s life and legacy at SVSU and beyond.
As many of you have heard, two of our SVSU students traveled last week to Santa Ana, California to compete in the National Forensic Association Tournament. I am pleased to say that Dan Visnovsky, political science major from Sparta, won first place in the novice division of the extemporaneous speaking category. This is an outstanding accomplishment for Dan and a testament to the excellent coaching of Amy Pierce and Ryan Rigda. Dan’s teammate, Jessica Carpenter, also traveled to nationals; these are the first SVSU students to compete in forensics at a national level. Congratulations on the big win!
Sophomore Arianna Jones was recognized as a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha at the annual AKA Great Lakes Regional Conference on April 20. Arianna received the Rise Up award in recognition of her outstanding academic performance, particularly for having the highest semester and cumulative GPA in the region. The region is comprised of Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia, as well as the western regions of Pennsylvania and New York. Arianna will join the next class of Roberts Fellows and will no doubt continue to be a standout among her peers as a scholar and leader.
Another SVSU student received a $2,500 scholarship from The National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, Sigma Delta Pi to student teach in Buenos Aires, Argentina this summer. Madison Savard, elementary education major, previously visited Argentina during a two-week study abroad trip where SVSU students learned about the educational systems and practices of elementary schools and childcare centers. Madison’s passion for international education has led her to many experiences that will help in her future career. Congratulations, Madison, and safe travels!
Cole Pero, biology major from Bay City, will be attending the University of Massachusetts Medical School after graduation next month to pursue his Ph.D thanks to the unmatched research experience he received as an undergraduate student. Cole gained many skills from job shadowing and student research through SVSU’s Honor Program. He has presented his research to the American Society for Cell Biology and European Molecular Biology Organization and will also be showcased at SVSU’s annual Science and Engineering Symposium this Friday. Congratulations and best of luck on your future!
I hope all of you can attend the Undergraduate Research Program Student Showcase this Friday afternoon. Throughout our five colleges, we recognize and celebrate our students’ accomplishments. Our talented students will have the opportunity to showcase their work. Students will share the research projects that they have conducted throughout the academic year. The showcase will have poster, paper and performance presentations. The event begins at 1 p.m. in Gilbertson Hall. More information can be found at the following link: https://www.svsu.edu/ugrp/studentshowcase/studentshowcaseinfo/attend/
You can join your colleagues to witness more of the amazing work that our students and faculty have performed by attending the annual Science and Engineering Symposium on Friday. Students will showcase their projects, research their original work that they have accomplished during the academic year in the College of Science, Engineering and Technology. Faculty will also have a chance to present their research and participate in a panel discussion. The symposium takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Pioneer Hall. Visit this link for more information.
Congratulations to our men’s baseball team, which defeated Cleary University 14-0 under the lights of Comerica Park this week. The opportunity to play on a such a large stage is exciting for our students and their families and friends as well as all of us Cardinal fans. The Cardinals now have a 15-22-1 record for the season and will play again on against Parkside at home at 3:05 p.m. Friday. As always, be sure to keep up with all of our Athletics teams by visiting www.svsucardinals.com.