Please welcome the new dean of the College of Science, Engineering and Technology, Andrew Chubb. After a national search including both external and internal candidates, Andrew's qualifications made him a clear choice to succeed former dean Frank Hall. Andrew received a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Iowa State University after earning his bachelor's in chemistry from Washington University. In 2002, shortly after serving as a chemistry instructor at Iowa State University, Andrew joined SVSU’s faculty as a chemistry professor and served as the university’s Pre-Health Professions advisor. He later took on roles as associate dean and interim dean of the College of SET, most recently serving as interim dean since October 2018. Congratulations once again to Andrew!
We were notified yesterday that our university was designated as a "Voter Friendly Campus" by NASPA: Student Affairs Professionals in Higher Education and the Fair Election Center's Campus Vote Project. 123 campuses in 31 states received this designation as a result of institutional efforts to encourage student engagement in the democratic process. This includes providing registration opportunities, candidate information and Election Day resources to students. The Center for Community Engagement fulfilled designation criteria through the Cardinals Vote Project, which, led by the center's Assistant Director Riley Hupfer, registered over 500 new voters this past November. Congratulations to all involved in bringing this recognition to our campus!
You might have already heard that we are preparing to — once again — host the annual FIRST Robotics State Tournament April 10-13. This is the third year that SVSU has hosted this event, and we always look forward to welcoming high school students from across the state and their families to campus. Those of you already familiar with FIRST Robotics know the competition brings a certain energy to campus. Its successful execution depends on the time and energy put forth by dedicated SVSU students, staff, faculty and community volunteers. Make sure to save the date for this year's competition and be on the lookout for opportunities to get involved.
We received great news recently that four members of our forensics team have qualified to participate in the national competition in Santa Ana, California this April. The latest qualifiers include communication major Amber Hadley, special education major Ari Whisman, political science major Dan Visnovsky and English major Jessica Carpenter. These qualifications came after a successful state competition hosted by Northwood University on Valentine's Day weekend. Fifteen additional students qualified for the national competition during contests last semester. Congratulations to coaches Amy Pierce and Ryan Rigda as well as all members of the forensics team on an outstanding performance this year.
Last week, our University Communications team took home multiple honors from the annual American Advertising Federation-Great Lakes Bay awards — also known as the ADDY Awards. The ADDYs recognize excellence in marketing and advertising in the region. This year, the team took home one gold award and three silver awards for a series of Cardinal Close-up videos and profiles for the video/sound category, the #We campaign for the integrated advertising category, the SVSU stories micro-site for the online/interactive category, and a photo featuring senior theatre students that appeared in Reflections for the color photography category. Congratulations to Executive Director of University Communications and External Affairs Linda Sims and her team on these outstanding recognitions!
SVSU recently received a grant of over $12,000 from the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency for veterans attending SVSU. We are one of the seven institutions state wide to receive Military Credit Equivalency grants that help transfer military credits to college credits at the university. Through this grant program, we hope to support our veteran students in applying military training to academic degree programs. Thanks to Bethany Alford, director of SVSU’s Military Student Affairs office, for her work in advocating for veterans in our institution and to all others involved in this very important grant program.
This week, I was pleased to meet this year's winner of the Stuart D. and Vernice M. Gross Award for Literature, Hendrik Meijer. Meijer's book, "Arthur Vandenberg: The Man in the Middle of the American Century," chronicles the Grand Rapids newspaper editor's ascent from reporting to serving as a U.S. senator from Michigan, making some of the most important domestic and foreign policy decisions of the 20th century. Meijer graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in literature and worked as a reporter and editor before joining Meijer, Inc., where he is now the executive chairman. More on Meijer's book and on the history of the Gross award can be found here. It was our pleasure to host Mr. Meijer this week, and I offer my sincerest congratulations on this deserving honor.
A member of our alumni family whose shared values with SVSU and love for her alma mater came into my view this week. Jennifer Douglas (formerly Watson), who earned a bachelor's degree in biology in 2007, recently wrote a children's book. "Itsy-Bitsy's Science Adventure" has sold about 400 copies since it was published about three months ago. Inspired by her two children, she wrote the book to get children excited about science — a concept SVSU certainly endorses. Jennifer dedicates her book to the life-altering influence of Richard Trdan, a longtime SVSU biology professor who passed away shortly before the book was published last year. "It is because of him that I have pursued a career and life in science," Jennifer wrote of her mentor. Jennifer, it seems, gave copies of her book to Richard's grandchildren to inspire them in the same way he inspired her. Jennifer, you inspire us.
As you might have heard, the Saginaw Spirit will host SVSU night on Thursday, March 14, at 7 p.m. We are proud sponsors of the Saginaw Spirit hockey team, and we look forward to opportunities to support this talented, playoff-bound team. The Spirit currently is tied for first in its conference and will face Sault Ste. Marie on the 14th. Please see an earlier e-mail from University Communications for more details on tickets to the game.
Congratulations to the student-athletes who excelled at the regional level over the weekend.
Our women's and men's swimming and diving teams finished 4th and 6th, respectively, after a successful weekend competing at the 2019 GLIAC Championships at Cleveland State University.
Senior Amanda Thielen qualified for the NCAA Division II National Championship in two backstroke events, as did teammate Elizabeth Caird, who will compete at nationals in diving. The championship will be held in Indianapolis March 13-16.
A last-chance qualifying meet for the NCAA Division II National Championships will take place soon.
Eight student-athletes from the women's and men's track and field teams earned 2019 NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field All-Region honors. These athletes must be one of the top-5 in their event in their respective region. Five of these honorees will head to the 2019 NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships March 8-9 in Pittsburg, Kansas.
Finally, congratulations to sophomore guard Darnell Hoskins Jr. of the men's basketball team on being named this week's GLIAC Men's South Player of the Week.
Both the Cardinal baseball and softball teams will head to competitions away this week; a full schedule of these and other Athletics competitions can be found here: svsucardinals.com
Best of luck to all teams preparing for national competitions! We look forward to hearing the results of your hard work.