We have had a week full of events in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy, starting with Monday's Unity March in downtown Saginaw and welcoming former senior advisor to President Obama Valerie Jarrett to campus for the annual MLK Celebration on Wednesday. Students participated in community service at five different regional organizations including City Rescue Mission of Saginaw, Saginaw-Shiawassee Habitat for Humanity, Underground Railroad and Edgewood Assisted Living Center. They also participated in a reflection activity highlighting MLK's impact with State Rep. Vanessa Guerra. Thank you to all students and coordinators from the Office of Student Life, Multicultural Student Affairs and the Center for Community Engagement for using the MLK holiday to serve others.
Student-run literary arts journal Cardinal Sins once again received a first-place designation in the 2018 American Scholastic Press Association Contest. This is the eleventh time the journal has received first-place accolades from the organization, receiving special merit for six of those years and receiving the Most Outstanding College Literary-Art Magazine award last year.
The inaugural issue of Still Life, a community arts journal from the SVSU Center for Community Writing, also received first-place honors from the Scholastic Press Association. Still Life, which is published in collaboration with the Saginaw Community Writing Center, features writing from community members of all ages as well as photographs by students in our art department. The publication is supported by a Dow Professor Grant through the Center for Academic Innovation and overseen by Hideki Kihata, professor of art, and Helen Raica-Klotz and Chris Giroux of the SVSU Writing Center. The next issue of Still Life is due out in early February and is supported by a private donation from Dr. Debasish Mridha of Saginaw. The release party for the next issue will be held on Feb. 7 at Counter Culture in Saginaw.
Last Thursday, Professor of Art Shaun Bangert presented her work at the 3rd annual Wickes Hall Art Showcase. Shaun's photography showcase is a collection of colorful and unique prints from her travels abroad and focused on her love of color, spontaneity and abstraction. The annual showcase gives an opportunity for SVSU artists to present a collection of work through the third-floor foyer of Wickes Hall. Previous artists include Professor of Art Matt Zivich and Graphics Center Assistant Manager Matt Krease. Shaun's photography will be on display through 2019, and I encourage you to visit third-floor Wickes to view this impressive collection.
Support your colleagues by attending the Creative Cardinals opening reception next Thursday! Creative Cardinals is an annual faculty and staff exhibition for employee-submitted artwork in glass, wood, ceramic, photography, quilting, paint, poetry and more. We have several talented employees on campus with artistic abilities you may not realize; this event is a great opportunity to support your fellow Cardinals as they showcase their medium of choice. The reception will take place on Jan. 31, at 4:30 p.m. in the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum. The exhibit will be on display Jan. 31-Feb. 23.
The nomination period for All-University Awards is open now through Feb. 15. Each year we celebrate members of the Cardinal family and recognize their outstanding accomplishments and contributions to our university and the community at large. These awards include the following:
Please consider nominating one of your colleagues for these awards. These are prestigious recognitions of which many are deserving, and while the selection process is difficult, we are counting on you to ensure that hard-working individuals on campus are recognized for their work. Nominations can be submitted online through the following link: https://www.svsu.edu/awards/alluniversityawards/
Career Services will host the annual Summer Internship and Job Fair next Tuesday, Jan. 29, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Curtiss Hall Banquet Rooms. The job fair will feature representatives from companies including Saginaw Bay Underwriters, Rocket Mortgage, Independent Bank, and more. Last year's fair included more than 100 employers, and this year, the staff in Career Services expects similar numbers. Career Services staff dedicates a tremendous amount of time to the planning and preparation of annual job fairs, and they are of great benefit to our students. We appreciate their work and look forward to welcoming many employers to our beautiful campus next Tuesday!
This Saturday, Jan. 26, our Office of Undergraduate Admissions will be hosting another Cardinal College Day for prospective students. This event is geared toward high school students interested in getting a first look at SVSU to see if it would be a good fit for them. Students have an opportunity to take a campus tour and meet with faculty from their program or programs of interest. These events often provide prospective students' their first exposure to SVSU. Thank you to the entire Admissions staff and all faculty and staff volunteers who give our visitors a positive first impression!
The women's and men's track and field teams hosted the 2019 Doug Hansen Open last Friday and competed exceptionally well against even D1 schools in participation. Twelve women and twelve men were top finishers during the contest. SVSU will host the Jet's Pizza Invitational this weekend, with the meet beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday and continuing at 11 a.m. on Saturday.
The ladies basketball team ended their time on the road at Wayne State University over the weekend. While the Cardinals ultimately lost to the Warriors, they were edged out by only two points, losing 50-48. The men, who also played Wayne State on Saturday, came away with a 101-97 victory, marking the first time in the season the Cardinals surpassed 100 points. The men played again on Wednesday, defeating Grace Christian 89-73. Both the women’s and men's teams will play Northwood at home on Saturday at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., respectively, for the annual Alumni Weekend.
Men's and women's swimming & diving team posted a decisive victory over Hillsdale over the weekend. Several members of both teams logged impressive swim times as they look forward to the GLIAC Championships on Feb. 20.
Finally, I would like to congratulate all student-athletes recently named to GLIAC All-Academic and All-Academic Excellence teams following the 2018 fall semester. A total of 79 SVSU student athletes received All-Academic recognitions, including 41 All-Academic and 38 All-Academic Excellence athletes. All-Academic students meet criteria by carrying a 3.0 – 3.49 GPA and All-Academic Excellence students must carry a 3.5 – 4.0 GPA. Congratulations to all of these athletes! They are great representatives of our university. Click here for a full list of SVSU's All-Academic athletes.
Many of you heard of the horrible police-involved shooting that took place this week on Bay and Tittabawassee Roads. Saginaw Township police officer Jeff Keonig was shot during a traffic stop on Tuesday, Jan. 22. One of our SVSU police officers, Ryan Persails, was the first to arrive on the scene in response to Officer Keonig's call for help. Officer Persails, a nine-year veteran of our police department, stayed with Officer Keonig as he was transported to the hospital. It is difficult to imagine the horrific scene Officer Persails responded to; he and his brothers and sisters in police departments across the region do what many of us cannot imagine, and we sincerely appreciate and support him and all members of law enforcement for their dedicated service and commitment to keeping our community safe.