As of a few weeks ago, our spring enrollment numbers were running behind about 30%. Today, we are nearly even with last year, down less than 1%. This is a great accomplishment as it is, but even more so given our current circumstances. Several strategies have made this possible, including waiving online course fees for spring, outreach by faculty and staff, marketing to our current students and more. I would like to give my sincerest thanks to those in Admissions, Academic Affairs, Financial Aid, University Communications and many others who have worked together to ensure the stability of our institution. This good news is very reassuring!
Some of you might have seen Associate Director of Admissions, Nic Taylor, on WNEM Wednesday discussing SVSU’s resources for prospective students. This weekend, we were scheduled to host Cardinal College Day. Prospective students can continue to take advantage of this event virtually. Virtual Cardinal College Days include virtual tours and appointments with admissions representatives, which can be found at SVSU’s Go Site at any time. Virtual walking tours have been available to prospective students for some time; in this way, our Admissions team was prepared to meet the changing needs that have come as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The full interview with Nic can be found at this link. Thank you to all on the Admissions team who continue to work hard to reach prospective students!
The Center for Community Writing has partnered with the Saginaw Art Museum to establish “The Quarantine Chronicles,” which will serve as a platform for sharing others’ experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially in the Great Lakes Bay Region. In addition, the Quarantine Chronicles will establish an archive of experiences and artifacts related to the pandemic, which will be useful in maintaining the historical accuracy of our experiences years from now. Those who wish to participate in this regional project can submit journal entries, poems, paintings, photographs or multimedia files and recordings. Submissions will be shared at the Quarantine Chronicles website: http://www.saginawartmuseum.org/quarantinechronicles/. I look forward to following the stories posted in the weeks to come.
You can watch our theatre department’s production of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” today, April 16, at 7:30 p.m. via Zoom. This platform will allow for viewers from all over to enjoy the production from the safety of their homes. The idea to move the production to Zoom came from director and Assistant Professor of Theatre Tommy Wedge, who was inspired by the Midland Center for the Arts’ online production of King Lear last month. Each cast member will perform their role from their homes, using computers and smart devices to record their performances. You can view the performance by visiting this Facebook event link. A Zoom link will then be provided for guests to join near 7:30 p.m. To the cast and crew: Break a leg!
The annual Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) exhibition will be scheduled as an online forum. Pieces are started in the BFA capstone class taught by Andrea Ondish, curator of education at the Marshall Fredericks Sculpture Museum. The department is currently in the process of finding a suitable online platform from which to share students’ work, and the exhibition will be scheduled for May or June. I congratulate those students completing their BFA degrees and wish, like many others, they could enjoy the same experience showcasing their work as classes before them. However, I commend department faculty for their dedication to ensuring students’ work is still shared, and I will be sure to share the exhibition date and time as soon as it is scheduled.
The Marshall Fredericks Sculpture Museum continues to provide fun and engaging way to stay connected to the arts during quarantine. This includes a new, educational blog for art-enthusiasts to visit, a YouTube channel and a weekend selfie contest that encourages museum fans to take photos inspired by Fredericks’ sculptures and post them to social media using the #SculptureSelfie hashtag. As always, we are grateful to the Museum staff for keeping patrons engaged during this time!