Fifteen Foundation Scholars elected to participate in a service project as part of their scholarship program requirements. This project provides “little free libraries” to three communities: Bay City, Frankenmuth and Freeland. This project, which was done in collaboration with the Center for Community Engagement and the Bay Community Writing Center, is meant to provide free reading materials to children in those communities. This is a great project involving area schools and an exciting opportunity for the children who will benefit from these little libraries. You can find these libraries in Bay City’s Wenona Park, Frankenmuth’s Heritage Park and Freeland’s Tittabawassee Township Park.
In honor of Earth Day, the Living Center Southwest Community Council celebrated by planting a bur oak tree outside of Living Center Southwest. Residents were able to plant individual flowers, seeds and plants as a form of both environmentalism and stress relief for this week of finals. Several other organizations — including Residence Housing Association, National Residence Hall Honorary, Eco Cardinals, and Agriculture Club — partnered to help with the event. In addition, members of our grounds crew including Bob Lopez, Jerry Stevens and Kristine Beach also took part in this collaboration. Even at the busiest time of the semester, our students still find ways to care for the community around them!
Speaking of Earth Day, I recently received an e-mail from pre-occupational therapy student Saige Wagner. Saige noted larger amounts of waste on our campus as the snow continued to melt. She reached out in hopes of organizing a campus clean-up day. She and Ron Portwine, associate vice president for administrative and business affairs, conducted a clean-up on April 28 with the assistance of a few of her peers. Great initiative, Saige!
Like every year, the Marketplace at Doan Center hosted its Late Night Breakfast event for students this past Sunday. The Marketplace prepared breakfast for nearly 1,000 students who stayed up late to study for finals with the help of several “celebrity chefs” from the SVSU faculty and staff. This event is a great way to help students prepare for a long week, and I thank all volunteers and the staff in Dining Services for putting on this event for our students.
Thank you to everyone who attended the All-University Awards banquet last Friday. I am proud of all the faculty and staff recognized for their accomplishments. I was pleased to award Barbara Heller and Waheed Akbar the SVSU Distinguished Service Medallion for all the amazing work that they have done — and continue to do — for SVSU. It was also exciting to present, for the first time, the 50-year service award to Professor of Chemistry George Eastland. Congratulations to all the recipients on their well-deserved recognitions.
There is only one week left until our winter commencement ceremonies. Commencement marks the end of over 1,000 of our students’ college experiences, commemorating the start of their promising post-college futures. This is an exciting event for both our soon-to-be graduates and their families. We look forward to welcoming graduates’ families and other guests who will be there in support of our students. As many of you already know, Patti Poppe, Consumers Energy CEO, will serve as our commencement speaker this year. More information about commencement can be found at the new commencement website.
The multi-factor authentication process is already in use by many SVSU staff, and this cybersecurity measure next will be applied at the faculty level. Faculty should expect to receive an email with instructions on May 6, with enforcement going into effect May 20. This software helps protect your online identity and provides an extra step when logging in via a phone call, text or the MS Authenticator app. To learn more, visit www.svsu.edu/mfahelp.
We are pleased to welcome Louis Barrow as the new head coach of the men's soccer team. Louis graduated from SVSU in May 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology. He was recently the team's assistant coach. He was a two-year athlete for the Cardinals from 2015-2016 before deciding to join the coaching staff. With Louis as an assistant coach, the team competed in the 2018 GLIAC regular season championship and traveled to the NCAA Division II championship. We look forward to the upcoming season with Louis at the helm and wish him the best of luck.
More exciting news in Athletics: The Cardinals made a great showing at the GLIAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Allendale, Michigan this week, winning two titles and sending several student-athletes to final rounds.
Alexa Marston was named to the 2018-19 Women’s Golf All-GLIAC Second Team following her performance last season. She is the second player in the program’s history to earn the distinction.
And six student-athletes from the women’s softball team earned All-GLIAC honors for the 2019 season.
Congratulations to all!
For further Athletics updates and schedules, visit www.svsucardinals.com.