After months and years of planning, we are excited to mark the official opening of the Carmona College of Business on Monday, Feb. 24. The completion of this project, which was supported both by capital outlay dollars and over $15 million in private funding, marks the beginning of a promising future for our business faculty, staff and students. For decades, we have taken great pride in our business graduates, who represent their alma mater in business careers across the country and close to home in the Great Lakes Bay Region. We sincerely hope that you will join us for the ceremony at 1 p.m. in Malcolm Field Theatre; your support of our university made the completion of this project possible.
The following Thursday, Feb. 27, the college will again be front and center at a Showcase Celebration. Visitors will have the opportunity to explore the building with self-guided tours, and join interactive sessions highlighting the advanced technology incorporated into the active learning classrooms and the different labs. Sessions will begin at 9:30 a.m. and end at 3:15 p.m. The labs will remain open for tours until 4 p.m. The celebration will continue with a public presentation with keynote speaker Nicholas Thompson, Editor-in-Chief of Wired Magazine beginning at 7 p.m. in Malcolm Field Theatre. Reservations are not required.
Leonard Boehm and Darryl Gardener will co-present as part of the Dow Visiting Scholars lecture series tonight at 7 p.m. in the Ott Auditorium in Gilbertson Hall. Leonard Boehm has taught math to Detroit Public students and math education courses at Wayne State University; he is the co-founder of the WSU Math Corps. Darryl Gardner is the director of student success and operational excellence in the Office of the Provost at WSU. They will present on principles and practices related to STEM education and on Math Corps. The lecture is free of charge and open to the public.
The production of “Roustabout: The Great Circus Train Wreck” is open now through the weekend. The performance tells of the 1918 train crash that injured and killed members of the Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus. Students prepared for the production with the show’s playwright himself, Jay Torrence, who led the actors in a movement workshop. Kennedy Center lighting design competition winner and theatre major Jaden O’Berry served as the production’s lighting designer. The show will run every day through Saturday, Feb. 22, at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, Feb. 23, at 3 p.m. Tickets are available here.
We are excited to welcome Tony Award winner and Saginaw native Brian D’Arcy James to campus this spring. The theatre department will host the actor for workshops with SVSU students on March 30, which will conclude with an ensemble performance at 7:30 p.m. in Malcolm Field Theatre. The performance will include award-winning Gershwin pianist Kevin Cole. Mr. D’Arcy James received Broadway fame as the first person cast as Shrek in “Shrek: The Musical.” He has gone on to star in plays, series and films, including “13 Reasons Why” on Netflix and the Academy Award-winning movie “Spotlight.” Tickets to the showcase are free but going fast. Claim yours at this link.
The deadline for the SVSU Foundation Resource and Community Engagement Grants has been extended to Friday, Feb. 28. The Resource Grants support projects led by faculty or staff directly involving and benefiting SVSU students and one or more of the university's strategic goals. The Community Engagement Grants support projects led by faculty or staff involving SVSU students that advance the university's engagement with — and service to — the regional community. More information can be found here.
Join us this Saturday, Feb. 22 for Alumni Family Day! We welcome returning alumni to their alma mater with friends and family for a trip down memory lane. The free event will include various activities, as well as admission to the men’s and women’s basketball games in O’Neil Arena. More details can be found on the event here.
The Saginaw Valley State University Board of Control has recently approved the addition of women’s lacrosse as a varsity sport. According to the NCAA, lacrosse is the fastest-growing college sport in the nation and is increasingly popular in Michigan. SVSU has offered lacrosse as a club sport since 2010. SVSU plans to start its intercollegiate women’s lacrosse program for the 2021-22 academic year; the GLIAC currently has six schools competing in the sport. With the addition of lacrosse, SVSU will offer 9 men’s sports and 11 women’s sports. Construction will begin soon as Braddock Field at SVSU is converted from natural grass to a synthetic turf as part of preparations to introduce women’s lacrosse; it will continue to be the home field for SVSU’s men’s and women’s soccer teams, as well.
This past Friday, Feb. 14, the Cardinal baseball team opened its 2020 season on the road in South Carolina, facing Augusta University. The Cardinals won 18-7 over the Jags. They continued that winning streak the following night with an 8-2 victory against the Trojans at Anderson University.
The swim & dive teams will be competing this week at the GLIAC Championships, so we wish them the best of luck.
As for home events, SVSU women’s and men’s basketball will have a busy weekend facing off against Ashland University at 6 PM and 8 PM respectively on Thursday, Feb. 20. The teams will also face off against Wayne State this Saturday, Feb. 22, at 1 PM and 3 PM respectively.
Best of luck to all competitors this weekend – Go Cards!