We are proud that, for many years, one or more women from our SVSU community have been recognized at the annual “YWCA Women of Achievement Awards.” This year, four members of the Cardinal family will be awarded at the March 20 banquet. Linda Sims, executive director of communications and external affairs, and Helen Raica-Klotz, director of the SVSU Writing Center, are both recipients of the Women of Achievement Award. Education major Emma Kirsch will be recognized with the Emerging Leader Award, and Joni Boye-Beaman, special assistant to the provost, will receive the Lifetime Achievement award. These women have demonstrated passion and professionalism through their significant contributions to the community and successful careers. Congratulations to these outstanding women!
We are pleased to host the 29th annual State of Michigan Equity Within the Classroom Conference March 17-19. This year’s conference theme, “Courageous Conversations: More Than Just Talk,” encourages participants to consider the importance of action in making academic opportunity accessible to all students. The conference will welcome over 100 educational professionals to our campus, where they will engage in various sessions on topics related to the ways in which communities promote diversity through impactful community partnerships. The campus community is invited to attend the March 17 opening keynote featuring Michael Eric Dyson, which will take place at 6 p.m. in the Malcolm Field Theatre for Performing Arts. More information on this conference can be found here. My thanks to Mamie Thorns and her team in the Office of Diversity Programs for bringing this important conference to our campus.
Congratulations to pre-dental biology major Brianna Kosecki, who recently received a $20,000-per-year scholarship to attend the University of Michigan School of Dentistry post-graduation in May. Brianna is a highly-involved first-generation college student and former recipient of the Dr. Jessica R. Bentoski Endowed Scholarship for Pre-Dental Students. She has also maintained involvement in the STEM Mobile Research Lab and SVSU’s Health Professions Association. Congratulations, Brianna! You have a bright future ahead, and we are proud of you!
SVSU Police Officer Ryan Persails received a Life Saving commendation from the University Police department for his role in helping fellow officer Jeff Koenig of the Saginaw Township Police Department after he was shot during a traffic stop on Jan. 22. Persails was recognized during the Feb. 18 Board of Control meeting, where he attended with his wife and children. ABC-12’s coverage of the commendation can be found here. As always, we are grateful to Officer Persails and all others in our University Police department for their commitment to keeping our community safe.
SVSU will host a series of “Engineering is Elementary” workshops this spring through a $99,000 Michigan Department of Education grant. “Engineering is Elementary” is a project of the National Center for Technological Literacy and the Museum of Science in Boston; its purpose is to assist K-8 teachers with STEM curriculum development. “Engineering is Elementary” workshops have been utilized nation-wide to equip educators with the resources they need to improve technological literacy and provide quality STEM education to their students. We look forward to welcoming participants to our campus.
The Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum will welcome a new exhibition showcasing iconic and never-before-seen photos of the late President John F. Kennedy this spring. The photos, which come to SVSU from the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, will be on display from March 15 through June 29. Guests to this exhibition can expect to see exclusive images of Kennedy’s private and professional life. Admission to the museum and this exhibition is free to the public. More information can be found on the museum website.
Our men’s and women’s track and field teams gear up to compete in the GLIAC Indoor Championship this weekend. The contest will be held here on our campus this Saturday and Sunday in the SVSU Fieldhouse. Come and cheer on the Cards in their last meet before the NCAA Division II Championship March 8.
Likewise, our men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams have begun competition at the 2019 GLIAC Championship at Cleveland State University. Four student-athletes have already scored in the top eight after the first day of competition: Sydney Shipps and Alexandra Davis took 3rd- and 4th-place, respectively, in the 1,000-meter freestyle. Lydia Mattar placed 8th in the 200 individual medleys and Justin Ott finished 3rd in the 3-meter dive. The women’s 200 medley relay team finished 4th, led by Amanda Thielen, Lydia Mattar, Kimble Darbee and Taylor Grashuis. Good luck to the Cardinals as they enter day two of competition.
Our women’s and men’s basketball teams play their final home games of the season this Saturday vs. Ashland, which means a number of our seniors will take one last bow on the Cardinal courts. If you are in attendance, please give them the standing ovation they deserve. The women tip-off at 1 p.m. and the men at 3 p.m.
Finally, congratulations to senior infielder Jordan Swiss on being selected as this week’s men’s baseball GLIAC Player of the Week following his performance against Illinois-Springfield last weekend.
A full schedule of upcoming athletic events and news can be found at: http://www.svsucardinals.com
Best of luck to all competitors in the coming days, and Go Cards!