As 2019 comes to a close, I wanted to share just a few end-of-the-year updates prior to the holiday break.
I would like to thank everyone who got over 500 students across the finish line for commencement. Last weekend’s ceremonies give purpose to the work we do each day and punctuate a semester of hard work on behalf of all faculty, staff and students. I would also like to thank those faculty and staff who attended one or both of the commencement ceremonies. Your attendance means a great deal to our students.
We recently received word of national recognition received by the Bay Community Health Clinic. The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) awarded a certificate of recognition to the clinic for the systematic use of patient-centered, coordinated care management processes. Efforts toward this recognition were spearheaded by Professor of Health Sciences Marilyn Skrocki and Chris Chesney, an alumnus of the family nurse practitioner program at SVSU and clinic manager. The NCQA is the most widely adopted medical home model for primary care practices in the country, and the recognition that the clinic received is considered a “gold standard” acknowledgement of the clinic’s practices.
Students have been on break since last Friday, but nearly 100 of them are spending their break across the country and in service to others. The SVSU Alternative Breaks program has sent groups of students all over the country to volunteer their time in various areas of social need, including health promotion in elderly care facilities, empowerment of Hispanic communities through the immigration process and supporting communities through natural disasters. We are proud of these students’ dedication to service and thank them for the time spent away from home to assist others.
One alumna — who also is a graduate student now — is making a difference on a national stage. Education alumna and Miss Michigan representative Mallory Rivard is competing for the Miss America crown tonight, with her platform centered on children's literacy. Earlier this week, Mallory won the preliminary interview contest that counts for 20% of her final score, which greatly improves her chances of making the top 15 for the televised competition. The finals will air Dec. 19 at 8 p.m. on NBC. Best of luck, Mallory!
As you head into break, please save the date for the Carmona College of Business dedication ceremony, which will take place at 1 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 24, in the Malcolm Field Theatre for Performing Arts. We look forward to marking the official opening of the college and honoring the legislators and donors whose support made this renovation possible.
Finally, as you likely saw this morning, long-time university employee Carol Maday passed away early this morning after a fall at home. Carol had been with the university since 1998, most recently as senior secretary of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Details of funeral arrangements will be shared as we have them, but for now, I ask that you each keep Carol’s family and friends in your thoughts this holiday season. She will be deeply missed.
I wish everyone a safe and restful winter break and look forward to seeing everyone back on campus after the New Year.