Three SVSU representatives have been selected as recipients of the YWCA Women of Achievement Awards. We are fortunate to have a presence among the awardees almost every year, which speaks to the important roles our employees play as community leaders. This year’s awardees include Judy Ruland, dean of the College of Health and Human Services, who received the Lifetime Achievement Award. Dawn Hinton, professor of sociology, received the award for community leadership; and music major Indigo Dudley received the Emerging Leader Award. The awardees will be recognized at the YWCA Women of Achievement Awards ceremony on Thursday, March 26, at Horizons Conference Center. Congratulations to all on this recognition! You make the university proud. More information on the awards ceremony and other community awardees can be found here.
Next week, our Center for Community Engagement will be recognized at the annual Osprey Awards, hosted by the Saginaw Basic Land Conservancy. Under the Center’s leadership, the Land Conservancy saw a greater number of SVSU volunteers this season than ever before. The conservancy also hired an SVSU student as a geographic information system (GIS) intern, hosted two Alternative Breaks groups and partnered heavily with the Freshman Service Orientation. We are proud of our increased involvement with this outstanding organization and congratulate all who were involved in receiving this recognition! The award will be presented next Thursday, Feb. 20, here on campus. More information on the event can be found here.
Last Saturday, we welcomed 90 Girl Scouts for STEMapalooza to engage in several STEM-related activities. SVSU’s Chemistry Club, Biology Club, mobile lab crew, Society of Women Engineers and the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum led participants in a variety of activities including terrarium construction and the science of bubbles. Nexteer Automotive joined in the festivities, teaching participants how to make catapults. The day was funded by the Saginaw Community Foundation and Nexteer’s Steering the Future Grant. Thank you to all involved in making this day of learning a special one for these young, female leaders in our community!
This past week, we were honored to welcome both Lt. Gov. Gilchrist and Senator Gary Peters to campus. The officials each toured the renovated Carmona College of Business, seeing multiple rooms, including the Bloomberg Trading Room and resources for the regional business community. Construction for the new addition was supported by $9.8 million in capital outlay funding from the State of Michigan. The building will be dedicated on Monday, Feb. 24.
Senator Peters also visited with several of our student veterans in the Office of Military Student Affairs and with Director of Military Student Affairs Bethany Alford.
We appreciate that both the Lt. Governor and Senator Peters took time out of their busy schedules to visit us!
Last November, SVSU became the new home to both the Northeast Michigan and Great Lakes Bay regional offices for the Michigan Small Business Development Center, which provides consulting, training and secondary market research for small businesses. After the branch opening on campus last November, the Michigan Small Business Development Center received an extra boost thanks to $196,000 in grant funding from the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation. This 2-year grant will support the 15 counties serviced by Michigan Small Business Development Center from its office on campus. The office also received a $25,000 grant from the Kochville Township Development Authority as well as a $20,000 grant from Northeast Michigan Council of Governments. These funds will enable the Center to continue providing outstanding support to area business from its new location in the Carmona College of Business.
The SVSU-produced literary art magazine, Still Life, has once again earned top recognition from the American Scholastic Press Association. The magazine features creative writing and imagery submitted by Bay and Saginaw county residents. Still Life was one of 114 publications nationally to receive a first-place designation in the magazine category for the American Scholastic Press Association’s annual contest. A publication party for the magazine’s third issue was hosted last night, Feb. 13, at the Saginaw Art Museum; copies can be found digitally here. Thank you to Chris Giroux, Helen Raica-Klotz and all involved in the creation of this important publication, which is a manifestation of the good work the Writing Center does out in the community.
Author Anna Clark was awarded the 2019-20 Stuart D. and Vernice M. Gross Award for Literature by SVSU for her book, “The Poisoned City: Flint’s Water Crisis and the American Urban Tragedy.” The award is part of SVSU’s community-minded commitment to recognize exceptional writing within Michigan. Clark, a graduate from the University of Michigan and Warren Wilson College’s MFA Program for Writers, visited SVSU yesterday, Feb. 13, to receive her award and visit classes on campus. Winners are selected by a panel of judges from SVSU’s faculty and staff. Established by the late Stuart D. Gross and his wife, Vernice, the Gross Award for literature is administered by SVSU, and granted to published works in regional history or historical fiction/drama. Congratulations to Ms. Clark.
This past Saturday, Feb. 8, the SVSU women’s basketball team secured an 82-60 victory over the Lake Superior State University Lakers. Tori DePerry scored a career-high 20 points with five rebounds in the victory. She was also named the Meijer “Player of the Game.” Kaitlyn Zarycki added 20 points as well and had a game-high eight rebounds. Maddie Maloney scored 13 points and had three rebounds as well as an assist.
Although the men’s basketball team fell to Lake Superior State last Saturday, we still saw a career-high 33 points from Myles Belyeu.
This Saturday, Feb. 15, both basketball teams will be competing against Davenport here at SVSU.
Nothing warms a below-freezing day like the start of baseball season, which means that spring is on the horizon. The Cardinals will kick off their season against Augusta today.
A full schedule of Cardinal Athletics matches can be found at www.svsucardinals.com.
We wish the best of luck to all of our student-athletes who continue to make us proud. Go Cards!