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Moot Court students advance to national competition

SVSU students Lindsey Mead and Justin Weller at American Moot Court national tournament

For the second consecutive year, English major Lindsey Mead and political science major Justin Weller qualified for the American Moot Court Association national tournament, scheduled for January. This will be Lindsey’s third year competing at that level, which is a record for our moot court program. Lindsey and Justin advanced to the national-level tournament after a fifth-place finish in the regional tournament hosted by SVSU this past November. The two will go to the championship scheduled in Baton Rouge and will also be accompanied by four classmates from SVSU’s moot court program: Ashley French, Joshua High, Justine Brabaw and Erik Byron. The SVSU team is ranked No. 17 in the nation. Congratulations to all qualifiers and best of luck in the upcoming national tournament! 

Senior Class Toast celebrates graduating Cardinals

Students at the Senior Class Toast

On Tuesday, Dec. 3, we celebrated with the over 400 seniors that will graduate at the end of this semester at the annual Senior Class Toast. The event, sponsored by Garber Automotive and hosted by the Alumni Relations office, provides graduating students an opportunity to connect and celebrate with their friends, families and classmates ahead of graduation and participate in a champagne toast with me. Thank you to all involved in making this event so special for our students. We look forward to seeing the students walk across the stage in one week! 

Supporting our students during Commencement

Graduating students at SVSU commencement

And speaking of Commencement, I highly encourage your participation in one or both of the Commencement ceremonies next week. Friday’s ceremony will graduate students from the Crystal M. Lange College of Health & Human Services and the Scott L. Carmona College of Business at 7 p.m. in O’Neill Arena. Saturday’s ceremony will graduate students from the colleges of Arts &Behavioral Sciences; Education; and Science, Engineering &Technology at 11 a.m., also in O’Neill Arena. As you might have heard, Scott Carmona will serve as this year’s commencement speaker, and I look forward to the insight he will bring to his remarks for our graduating Cardinals. We encourage and welcome all to come out and support the next generation of Cardinals on this important day. I cannot overstate how much your attendance means to our students! 

Pre-commencement symposiums to take place across colleges

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There are a few opportunities on campus in the next week to engage with students’ work prior to commencement. 

From now until Dec. 13, you can view art students’ senior showcase in the University Art Gallery. Seniors Danielle Cecil and Shelby Thurston will feature the work they completed during their BFA programs.  

Today marks the Fall Engineering Symposium. An oral presentation will take place from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in Pioneer 245 and 247. 

On Thursday, Dec. 12, the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program will hold a symposium at 4 p.m. in the O’Neill Arena. 

Please consider stopping by these events to see our students’ outstanding work! 

Students answer the question, “What are you going to do with your music or theatre degree?” in annual holiday production

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You can still catch the Department of Theatre’s 11th annual Holiday Variety Show today at 7:30 p.m. in SVSU’s Malcolm Field Theatre for Performing Arts. This year, the show will feature performing arts college students answering the question that they receive many times throughout their lives: “What are you going to do with your music or theatre degree?” Performances also include Cardinal Singers and pianist Kevin Cole. “Home For The Holidays: A Holiday Variety Show!” tickets can purchase tickets at the SVSU Box Office at (989) 964-4261 or We look forward to this performance!  

Faculty art highlighted in Midland gallery

SVSU art gallery

The Midland Center for the Arts will be showcasing work created by 15 members of our faculty — along with their peers from Delta College and Mott Community College — from now until Saturday, Jan. 5. Tickets for the museum and this exhibition can be purchased on the center’s website at This exhibition was curated by Tisch M. Lewis, our University Art Gallery coordinator, with help from the staff at Midland Center for the Arts. Artwork from our faculty includes ceramics, photography, paintings, sculptures, and printmaking among others. 

Elect Her event to provide training for women aspiring to public office

Elect Her logo

Today, we are hosting Elect Her, a free training session aimed at empowering women interested in public service or elected office. The one-day, nonpartisan training event will train women on how to run for office featuring a panel of elected officials from the Great Lakes Bay Region as well as members of the business community. Elect Her was developed with the African American Association of University Women, and since 2009, more than 300 Elect Her trainings have been hosted at 118 schools in 40 states and four countries for over 9,000 college students. The event is sponsored by Consumers Energy, Delta College and the YWCA Great Lakes Bay Region. The training is scheduled from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. today in Gilbertson Hall, Gilbertson North 202. 

Cross-Country Holiday Open takes place on campus

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Congratulations to cross-country runners Carlee Stimpfel and Dayton Brown, as they received All American honors, finishing in the top 40 after the fall season.  

Two women’s volleyball players – Emily Friesl and Sarah Tabit – also received honors for their season and, in Sarah’s case, lifetime achievements. Both women earned All Region honors. 

While several teams are away for contests throughout the weekend, the SVSU Holiday Open will take place today and Saturday, Dec. 7. Competition will start at noon today.  

A schedule of all contests can always be found at 

Have a great weekend, and Go Cards! 

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