Our students and staff brought a growing-in-popularity book exchange program to Saginaw’s SVRC Marketplace. Dedicated to bettering the community, the group unveiled a Little Free Library book-sharing box during a ceremony Wednesday, Jan. 29. The box – which resembles a bird house with a window – will feature space where patrons can both leave and take books at no cost. Members of SVSU’s Community Writing Center as well as students from the Wolohan Fellows teamed up to organize the installation of the box from Little Free Library, a nonprofit organization dedicated to sharing millions of books globally. The book-exchange initiative demonstrates our community’s determination to promote literacy in the region. For more information about Little Free Library, go to https://littlefreelibrary.org/ or you can visit the box at Saginaw’s SVRC Marketplace (203 S. Washington).
Nursing students at SVSU have been visiting China for many years to learn how different cultures apply their medical skills, though the recent coronavirus outbreak could halt their plans. While students may not be able to travel to China in May, they are using the virus as a learning tool and are discussing it in various nursing classes. The city where SVSU nursing students are going is 600 miles away from where the center of the outbreak is in Wuhan; the trip will be cancelled if the coronavirus becomes a danger to both students and staff. In the meantime, I commend our students and faculty for using this as an opportunity to apply nursing coursework. This is an example of how we prepare students for careers beyond campus.
SVSU’s food pantry is now in a more central location on campus and moved from Gilbertson Hall in November. The pantry now resides in the Student Life Center. This is an opportunity to increase the pantry’s visibility and an opportunity to allow more services to be offered. The pantry accepts canned and packaged foods as well as monetary donations for when staple items run out. Alumni employees can use the canvas bag included in their Red Pride Package to fill with donations. The pantry is now open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The annual All-University Awards banquet gives students, staff and faculty an opportunity to celebrate members of the Cardinal family and recognize their outstanding accomplishments and contributions to the university and community at large. Nominations for all university awards are now open. The application period closes Friday, Feb. 14. For more information about the awards as well as electronic nomination forms, visit svsu.edu/awards/alluniversityawards.
One of SVSU’s annual giving days – Feb. 2 – is this weekend. Last year, SVSU supporters raised $135,000 through the Foundation’s annual 2-2 for SVSU fundraiser. This year's proceeds will go toward Cardinal Athletics programs. The program that secures the most votes and largest single donation will receive an extra $5,000. Donations can also go toward the General Fund. Information on how to give can be found at www.svsu.edu/foundation/notinmenu/2-2-20/.
Please join me for the annual State of the University address, which is Thursday, Feb. 6, at 4 p.m. in the Malcolm Field Theatre for Performing Arts. I look forward to sharing this year’s message with each of you and hope to see you there.
This past weekend, our men’s and women’s track teams had top-performances in multiple events including a first-place finish in the 60-hurdle final from Cheyenne Williamson. She is now ranked No. 7 in the nation and first in the high jump among all DII athletes.
The Cardinal swimming & diving teams competed in the Davenport University Tri-Meet this past Saturday, with the women defeating Hope, 154-130, and falling to Davenport, 199-96. The men went against Hope and lost narrowly to them by a final count of 147-146. Our teams will return at the 2020 GLIAC Swimming & Diving Championships, which our campus will host Feb. 19-22 at the Gerstacker Regional Aquatic Center.
For upcoming SVSU Athletics contests, women’s and men’s basketball will go up against Northern Michigan today (Thursday, Jan. 30) with the women competing at 6 p.m. and the men competing at 8 p.m. The women’s and men’s teams will also compete against Michigan Tech this Saturday with the women’s team at 1 p.m. and the men’s team at 3 p.m.
Best of luck to all Cardinals competing.