This week, Orientation Programs held their last SOAR (student orientation and academic registration) of the season, marking the unofficial end of summer for us at SVSU. The next time these students come to campus, they will be moving in!
We are proud to provide other opportunities to acclimate new students to campus and the community. Recently, the Center for Community Engagement coordinated Summer Service Days, where incoming freshmen assisted the Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy with a vacant lot clean-up in Saginaw – a great outlet for students to get to know their communities and serve surrounding neighborhoods early in their college careers!
Finally, I’d like to thank our housing staff for their hard work in preparing our campus housing for new and returning students! This requires an incredible amount of coordination (and patience). We look forward to ushering students to their “Cardinal nests” starting next Wednesday!
Last Sunday, the Barb Smith Suicide Resource and Response Network hosted the Walk for Hope on campus. 2,000 people were in attendance to show support for families and survivors as well as end the stigma around mental health and suicide. This was the 17th year that the network has put on the Walk for Hope, with the goal of spreading awareness and opening dialog about suicide and suicide prevention. With the new academic year in mind, please be mindful of the well-being of your students and colleagues. If you or someone you know needs help, please keep the Counseling Center (Curtiss 122) in mind, as well as the national suicide lifeline, which can be reached at 1-800-273-TALK.
With the cultural competency series coming to a close this week, we will turn our attention to both the Campus Climate Survey and continued efforts in sexual assault response and prevention.
Later this month, students will be encouraged to participate in an online sexual assault prevention class, available through a partnership between our Title IX office and EVERFI, an online training resource designed specifically for K-12 and higher education. While all students are expected to participate in this online course, the course is geared most toward incoming freshmen, with the idea that early prevention education will protect students from instances of sexual assault and harassment. I ask that you please encourage those students you work with to complete the course. This type of education early and often goes a long way in fighting sexual assault on college campuses.
Four of our very own mechanical engineering students, Jacob Avery, Braeden Perzanowski, Jeremy Porzondek and Chase Walther, have built a device that is up for consideration from NASA as an addition to astronaut equipment. Their ingenuity has created a type of release buckle that could streamline the process of unhooking other devices from astronaut space suits. The group discussed their invention with the public last Friday at the Summer Engineering Symposium. We are “over the moon” with pride for the hard work of these four students. Great job!
Nursing students in the region have a new opportunity to complete their degrees thanks to a partnership with Delta College. Now nursing students can be concurrently enrolled in Delta’s RN program and SVSU’s BSN program. In addition to that students who have graduated from Delta’s RN program and have started to work can take SVSU classes entirely online to complete their BSN. We are pleased to support aspiring nurses in the region through this partnership.
Community Youth Days begin this Sunday, Aug. 18, with a free football clinic, inflatables and information about the Cardinal Kids Club from 3-6 p.m. Cardinal coaches and student-athletes will be providing basic football skills to children in grades K-8. This event provides a space for SVSU’s Athletics staff and student-athletes to give back while connecting with the greater community. For more information about the event details and the Cardinal Kids Club, visit:
There is still time to RSVP for the Welcome Back Picnic, which takes place next Thursday, Aug. 22, at 5 p.m. Click here to submit your RSVP by tomorrow. Welcome Back events offer a great opportunity to come together at the start of a new academic year and meet the newest members of our faculty and staff during opening remarks; these remarks will take place at 4 p.m. in Malcolm Field Theatre. See you there!
GLIAC has announced promising predictions for many Cardinal athletics teams this fall. As I mentioned last week our football team is predicted to finish fourth in the league this season. GLIAC coaches poll also predicted that our men’s soccer team will place second, women’s soccer third and volleyball at third in the league. I am rooting for our student-athletes, and as always, go Cards!
We want to hear from everybody! Share your success stories with us by contacting Maria Moore at WeeklyUpdate@svsu.edu.