Professors of social work Catherine Macomber and Chris Fike were recently appointed to a national task force on environmental justice. They are two of only three representatives from schools of social work in Michigan. As members of the task force, Catherine and Chris will assist with the development of competencies and curricular resources to address environmental justice. This work is part of a larger educational policy and accreditation standards guide that will serve as a resource for all Council on Social Work Education (CWSE) accredited programs in the country. Congratulations, Catherine and Chris! We know you will represent SVSU well.
We can once again celebrate great rankings for our university housing. Niche’s 2020 Best College Dorms in America rankings placed our housing first among public universities in Michigan and fourth among all public and private universities in the country. This ranking is determined by student satisfaction surveys, campus safety, housing capacity and cost. We are very proud of the quality of our housing facilities on campus. Many thanks to all on campus who work hard to maintain the high standard our students expect and enjoy, including Director of Auxiliary Operations Dawn Iseler and her staff, and the housing and facilities staff. You make SVSU home for our students on campus!
This week, faculty, staff and students received an e-mail from University Communications and EVERFI assigning a course in sexual assault harassment and discrimination prevention. Students, primarily freshmen, are being asked to participate in an online course on sexual assault response and prevention; faculty and staff have been assigned an online course on harassment and discrimination response and prevention. We all have a part to play in creating a safe and healthy work and learning environment for our fellow Cardinals. Please take time to complete the course before Sept. 28, and encourage your students to do their part as well. Your colleagues thank you!
Several events throughout the past weekend and into the beginning of the new academic year were met with great success. You might have read that Alpha Kappa Lambda hosted “Glo Hard” party on Saturday, Aug. 24. This event, which encourages safe and responsible party-going, saw an excellent turn-out of students to kick off the new year. The Red Pride Picnic, too, saw great attendance from students interested in becoming more involved on campus. Finally, the part-time job fair, featuring over 60 employers and food trucks from Frankenmuth’s Bavarian Inn and Cheese Haus, was very successful. With a full courtyard, there is no doubt that school is back in session, and it has been great to see students out and about enjoying what we have to offer!
Professor of Sociology Dawn Hinton is planning a trip to Ghana for 2020. Dawn, who has been working with First Ward for some time, most recently hosted a debate on the merits of solar energy for local students through First Ward Community Center. A need for renewable and affordable energy at an orphanage in Ghana set the background for these debates, which were only part of Dawn’s overall efforts to connect local students to concepts of global citizenship. The upcoming trip to Ghana will allow participating students to put ideas about global citizenship into practice and better understand how to assess community needs in neighborhoods oversees and nearby. Please contact Dr. Hinton at email@example.com for more information.
We have been proud to support the American Cancer Society’s Real Men Wear Pink campaign for the last two years. Two years ago, with the support of the campus and larger community, I was able to bring in over $6,000 toward the campaign. Last year, John Kaczynski, Director of Governmental Affairs, brought in over $20,000, landing him first among participants in the Great Lakes Bay Region and second in the state. This year, we look forward to supporting Associate Provost Josh Ode as he represents SVSU in this campaign. Funds from the Real Men Wear Pink campaign go toward breast cancer research, treatment and resources for families and individuals impacted by the disease. You can support Josh’s campaign now through the end of October by visiting http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR/RMWP/RMWPCY19NCR?px=51465176&pg=personal&fr_id=94301.
War-Toys exhibit artist Brian McCarty will be on campus next week for a lecture and book signing. McCarty’s work, which is on exhibit until Sept. 25, features toys, children’s drawings and photographs from Israel, West Bank and the Gaza Strip. The lecture will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 4, at 7 p.m. in Rhea Miller Recital Hall; the book signing will take place immediately following at 8 p.m. This lecture is brought to SVSU through a partnership with the Saginaw Community Foundation and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs. More information on the exhibit and the artist can be found at http://marshallfredericks.org/exhibitions/current/
Classes will not be in session on Monday, Sept. 2, or Tuesday, Sept. 3, in observance of Labor Day. However, campus will be open on Tuesday. I wish everyone a restful Labor Day weekend and safe travels.
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