You might have heard that our Moot Court team competed over the weekend at the American Moot Court Association national tournament. It is no surprise that the No. 17 ranked team performed better than ever. Six SVSU students were among the 160 who qualified for nationals. English major Lindsey Mead and political science major Justin Weller earned a historic finish during the competition, placing 4th in appellate brief writing. Mead earned a 17th place finish in oration. The competing students brought home eight ballots, awarded by the judges. This is the highest number of ballots received by the team in its history. Congratulations to both the competing students and their advisors Julie Keil, Amy Hendrickson and Bay City attorney Robert Dunn who assisted the team this season. Special thanks to the Ludington Family Foundation for their support of this program.
Seventeen theatre students traveled to Madison, Wisconsin for the annual Kennedy Center American College Region III Festival last weekend, to great results. The festival includes colleges and universities from across the Midwest, including Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin. Top performances included first-time participant Jaden O’Berry, who won a lighting design competition for her work in the Fall 2017 production of “She Kills Monsters.” She also received second place in the Tech Olympics. Joshua Lloyd was once again the recipient of the Irene Ryan Scholarship; he claimed this scholarship last year as well. Rhiannon Hall received the Regional Dramaturgy Award for her work on the fall 2019 production of “Proof.” Finally, Jessica Hurley interviewed with a handful of theatre companies to receive feedback on how to best market her work. Congratulations to all festival participants; you represent the university well!
Jenna Briggs, senior director of the Office of International and Graduate Studies, was recently appointed to the board for the National Association of Foreign Student Advisers (NASFA). At the start of the new year, Jenna began her term as the network leader for Recruitment, Admissions and Credit Evaluation for the year. She works directly with the NAFSA national staff to set the agenda for U.S. international education in 2020; this will give her the opportunity to network and learn from peers across the country. Part of her role will include facilitating two trainings this year for NAFSA on foreign credit evaluation and admissions best practices. This is a great accomplishment and I thank Jenna for representing the institution in this way!
We are pleased to once again have two SVSU representatives among the best and brightest in the region at the annual First State Bank Ruby Awards. Meghan Baruth, associate professor of health sciences, and Jennifer Chaytor, associate professor of chemistry, were chosen among the 10 total recipients from across the region. The Ruby Awards recognize the “upward, bright and young” professionals under 40. Meghan and Jennifer are both great examples of innovation and going above and beyond in their professions to the betterment of students, our university and our communities. They will be celebrated at the Ruby Award ceremony at Apple Mountain on Tuesday, Feb. 25. Congratulations to you both!
On Saturday, Jan. 25, the Chinese Students and Scholars Association will host a Chinese New Year celebration in the Thompson Student Activities Room. The celebration will provide a great opportunity to celebrate the culture and traditions of our students; attendance is free and the event begins at 4 p.m. Ring in the new year with our students!
The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs will be hosting numerous events for students and the public to celebrate Black History Month throughout the month of February. These events are intended to educate and promote the importance of black history within the community through performance, exhibits, speakers and discussions. These events include the opening of the “Hateful Things” exhibition in the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum on Feb. 1, Black History Month roundtables starting on Feb. 6 and the Taste of Soul food festival on Feb. 19th at 11 a.m. in the Marketplace. These are just a few of the events offered in February; please look for Black History Month flyers across campus for a full schedule of events.
The 2020 Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service was a collaboration between the Office of Student Life, Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, and the Center for Community Engagement. More than 30 students met at the Student Life Center on Friday, Jan. 17 and traveled out to three different locations to participate in community service: City Rescue Mission of Saginaw, Mustard Seed Shelter and Underground Railroad (Resale Store). Ken Jolly led students through an exercise discussing privilege in the morning, and following their community service students had an opportunity to hear from Darold Newton, president of the Bay City chapter of the NAACP, who discussed the importance of community service, finding one’s purpose and Dr. King's legacy.
During the month of February, The Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum will be hosting the “Hateful Things” exhibition, which helps to teach tolerance and promote social justice in the community. The exhibition includes powerful reminders of America’s racist past but also includes present-day images of racial stereotyping that might otherwise pass unchallenged. The Museum is looking for volunteer tour guides, which is a great learning and volunteer opportunity for any member of the campus community. To sign up or for more information, please contact Andrea Ondish, museum curator of education, at ext. 7096 or email@example.com.
Career Services will host the annual Summer Job and Internship Fair next Tuesday, Jan. 28, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Curtiss Hall Banquet rooms. More than 100 employers will be in attendance seeking prospective employees; the event is free and open to the public. In the last two years of SVSU job fairs, 81% of employees that spoke with at least one company were interviewed after the fair; almost 60% of attendees that spoke with at least one company were eventually offered a job. These are great statistics for fair-goers, which speaks in large part to the kind of preparation the Career Services office provides students seeking employment.
The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) has announced the GLIAC All-Academic & All-Academic Excellence Teams following the Fall 2019 semester. SVSU had a total of 90 student-athletes earn all-academic distinction from the league. Criteria for these honors state that the student-athlete must be an active member on the roster at the end of the season and must carry at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average. SVSU congratulates these student-athletes for their hard work reflected through their sport on the GLIAC Fall 2019 list. The full list of SVSU students selected can be found here.
Join us this weekend for the Cardinals Track & Field meet this Friday at 5 pm and Saturday at 11 am.
SVSU Swim & Dive will be competing at Davenport this Saturday, along with Women’s Basketball at Ashland at 1 pm and Men’s basketball at 3 pm.
We congratulate our SVSU student-athletes and cheer on all of those competing this weekend! Go Cards!