I was looking forward to sharing news about our institution’s latest accomplishments and challenges as well as our outlook and goals for 2019 during the State of the University. But, as often has been the case lately, Mother Nature had other plans.
The State of the University will now take place on Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 3 p.m. in the Malcolm Field Theatre. For some, this date and time may be less than ideal, but I do hope to see many of you then.
In the meantime, let me once again thank our hard-working maintenance and grounds crews for continuing to take care of our campus during this brutal winter weather. Their efforts keep our campus safe and in pristine condition.
Each year at SVSU’s Relay For Life fundraiser, our students impress me with their dedication to supporting cancer research. Student coordinators hope to raise between $25,000 to $30,000 this year, and they already are more than halfway to that goal. Please consider supporting this worthy cause, which raises money for the American Cancer Society. One of our own students, Haley Charbonneau, will be featured as this year’s “survivor speaker.” As a freshman here in 2012, she was diagnosed with a rare bone cancer. Now cancer-free and set to graduate as a communication major this December, she is an inspiration. If you are unable to attend the event in person, click here to donate online. The website also features Friday’s schedule of events.
Relay For Life comes one week after another impressive fundraising success. Our 2/2 campaign this year resulted in more than 150 donors contributing over $135,000 to support student scholarships, the First For Business campaign for the Scott L. Carmona College of Business & Management, and other initiatives. I would like to thank everyone whose generosity contributed to these important initiatives.
It is hard to believe we are already well into the month of February. This is Black History Month, and our campus was fortunate to host guest speaker Wade Davis as part of the month’s celebrations this week. Wade, a former NFL player, is a thought leader on important social issues including race and gender equality. I was pleased he was willing to share his perspective and knowledge with our campus community.
We received word recently that SVSU will host The Association for Orientation, Transition and Retention in Higher Education Region VII (NODA) conference from March 1-3. NODA — formerly known as the National Orientation Directors Association — provides a network for higher education professionals, graduate students and undergraduates to learn, grow and develop new orientation practices. We anticipate institutions from our state, Indiana, Ohio and Ontario will attend this important conference. I would like to thank Rachel Florence-Spaetzel, director of Orientation Programs, and her staff and students for their work in preparing for this event.
Liana and I had a wonderful time at Tuesday’s Creative Cardinals reception in the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum. I am always impressed with the artistic talent of our faculty and staff. The exhibition continues through March 2. Please stop by the museum between now and then to see the outstanding artwork on display there.
Our Department of Music continues to schedule outstanding performances for the community. Next up: Musicians William Sutton and Ling Lo will perform classical music — by way of piano and euphonium — during a concert today at 7:30 p.m. in the Rhea Miller Recital Hall. The concert is free and open to the public. Sutton, an adjunct faculty member in our Department of Music, is a seasoned international performer along with Lo.
Wednesday was an exciting day for fans of Cardinal football, as we hosted our annual Signing Day ceremony in Curtiss Hall. Those in attendance learned about some of the exciting players planning to lead our football team to victory later this year. Let me express my thanks to Coach Jim Collins and his staff for their work in this outstanding recruiting year.
While football is months away, you can enjoy a number of winter semester Cardinal teams playing nearby over the course of the following week. The women’s tennis team plays its first contest of the year Sunday at 1 p.m. vs. Oakland at the Greater Midland Tennis Center. And then both the men’s and women’s basketball teams return to the Ryder Center next Thursday, Feb. 14, vs. Grand Valley. The women’s team kicks off the rivalry at 6 p.m. and the men’s team follows up that game at 8 p.m.
I wish everyone a safe and relaxing weekend, and Go Cards!