It has been a wild week of weather across Michigan. As in all situations, we monitored conditions and made decisions with the safety of our campus community in mind. Despite being “closed” due to Winter Storm Jayden, many of our colleagues reported to campus despite the frigid and dangerous temperatures. Campus Police were on staff to ensure the safety of our students, and our grounds crew and maintenance staff have been hard at work, clearing snow and ice. Freezing temperatures cause problems, and a frozen sprinkler line caused a small flood in Cardinal Café; our custodial and maintenance staff quickly responded and restored the facility to operating condition. Campus dining is also an essential operation for our residential students, and those committed colleagues rose to the occasion, as well, keeping various dining areas open on campus and even providing games and a hot chocolate bar in the Marketplace. I would like to thank everyone who has worked on behalf of our university – often while juggling family responsibilities – during this especially challenging week. This is another demonstration of the pride and dedication we share.
Congratulations to Director of Governmental Affairs John Kaczynski and Senior Director of Advanced Studies and International Student Services Jenna Briggs on being selected among this year’s Ruby Award honorees. The 1st State Bank Ruby Award recognizes outstanding professionals under 40 for their contributions to their places of employment and to the Great Lakes Bay Region. John and Jenna are fine examples of professionalism and experts in their respective fields, and I am pleased that they have received this well-deserved award for their efforts. Congratulations, John and Jenna!
The Foundation’s fourth annual day of giving – “2/2 for SVSU” – opens today. This fundraising campaign has seen much success over the past three years, and this year it will offer more opportunity to give back. Doug Whittington and other alumni donors have generously agreed to double gifts to the campaign, and this year, patrons have more time to donate, with the fundraiser open both today, Feb.1, and Saturday, Feb. 2. Funds will support the “First for Business” campaign for the Scott L. Carmona College of Business and Management and the SVSU Fund for student scholarships. Last year’s fundraiser brought in over $65,000 in 24 hours and we hope to meet or exceed this number this year! More information on 2/2 for SVSU, including secure ways to donate, can be found here: https://www.svsu.edu/foundation/2-2/. Thank you for supporting SVSU!
SVSU is a proud sponsor of the 31st annual Dow Tennis Classic at the Greater Midland Tennis Center. This major athletic event began on Jan. 28 and will run through this Sunday, Feb. 3. Since its beginning, the Tennis Classic has served as a platform for international tennis talent, while inspiring players and spectators alike. The Tennis Classic brings hundreds of visitors to our region and opportunity for us to broaden our institutional outreach. If you and your family are searching for something to do over the weekend, I encourage you to head over to the tournament. Tickets can be purchased at the following link: https://www.dowtennisclassic.com/tickets
As with many events throughout the course of the week, the annual Summer Job and Internship Fair has been rescheduled. The fair will now take place on Thursday, Feb. 7, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Curtiss Hall Banquet Rooms. The rescheduled fair will still feature 100+ major employers. Please encourage your students to attend the fair and take advantage of the many professional opportunities presented there!
We are pleased to welcome a professional brass musical group to campus this weekend. Quintasonic Brass will visit campus on Saturday, Feb. 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the Rhea Miller Recital Hall. The group, which features two trumpeters, a horn player, a trombonist and a tuba player, will perform a range of musical selections composed between the 18th and 21st century. The concert is free and open to the public. Many thanks to the SVSU Music Department for coordinating the group’s visit to SVSU.
As a reminder, the annual State of the University Address will take place next Thursday, Feb. 7, at 4 p.m. in the Malcolm Field Theatre for Performing Arts. We have enjoyed several institutional accomplishments since the beginning of the school year, and we have also risen to meet challenges. I am proud to say that we continue to make SVSU a very special place for our students, faculty and staff, and I look forward to sharing our major milestones, as well as the work ahead, with all of you next Thursday.
Congratulations to all the top finishers from our men’s and women’s track and field teams during last weekend’s Jet’s Pizza Invitational, highlighted by Alicia Aldrich posting an NCAA provisional throw in the shot put. Several members of both teams continue to perform well during the indoor season. The teams will next head to Allendale for the GVSU Big Meet on Feb. 8.
Three members of our football team were named to the Don Hansen NCAA Division II All-America team this week. Defensive lineman Heath Williams was selected to the first team; linebacker Michael Alexander was named to the second team, and wide receiver Chad Galliard received honorable mention honors.
Our men’s and women’s basketball teams, who both fell to Ferris State last night,will host Lake Superior State at home. The men will tip off against the Lakers at 3 p.m., and the women will play at 1 p.m.
After this last week, you might be interested to know that there are about 30 days until Spring Break and less than 50 days until Spring. In the meantime, stay warm, stay safe and Go Cards!