This May, the College of Health and Human Services began to providing a new opportunity for advanced degrees in the nursing field. We enrolled the first class of students into the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program, a post-graduate certification. This certification program will allow candidates to add onto their nursing degrees to better serve the greater community. As the health field continues to grow and demands for different types of nursing staff arise SVSU will continue to adapt.
This fall, we will expand our academic program for registered nurses seeking a bachelor's degree in nursing, making it better suit the lifestyles of the adult professionals enrolled in the RN to BSN program. The changes are in response to nurses interested in the program but who need more flexible hours for furthering their educations. Some of the changes to the RN to BSN program include transitioning the courses from the classroom to a completely online environment and allowing students to begin the program at various points in the year as opposed to exclusively in the fall. Thank you to the faculty and staff for accommodating these hard-working and dedicated professionals.
Congratulations to Bill Stec who recently earned the 2018-19 Career Services Professional of the Year Award from the Michigan Career Educator and Employer Alliance. An SVSU alumnus, Bill knows what it takes to build a strong career. He has served the student and alumni communities in the Career Services office for five years. As the interim director of SVSU Career Services, Bill works to ensure that SVSU students and alumni alike have the resources and support they need to succeed at all stages of their careers. This statewide honor could not have been awarded to a more dedicated and deserving individual.
I am pleased to announce great news about SVSU alumna, Mallory Rivard. As a result of her commitment to bettering her community as well as her skill in the world of pageantry, Mallory won the 2019 Miss Michigan title. She is not only ruling the pageant circuit — she is also taking graduate courses here and teaching first grade for Bay City Public Schools. I have no doubt Mallory will continue to make SVSU and the state proud as she continues her community work by promoting literacy in early childhood. Congratulations, Mallory!
Pre-health Professions Adviser Heidi Lang took 10 pre-health professions students on an early trip to Wise, Virginia this week to volunteer with Remote Area Medical (RAM), one of the nation’s largest free medical, dental and vision clinics. It is estimated that 2,000 patients will be served through RAM and the Health Wagon, a mobile health unit serving in the mountains of Appalachia. Our group’s volunteerism is a great example of sacrifice and service to benefit others. We are very proud of their commitment to accessible healthcare and wish them a meaningful experience and safe return. You can follow their experience on Facebook through the hashtag #SVSURAM19.
A team of SVSU students led by Tami Sivy, professor of chemistry, will be utilizing a new water-testing method in the Saginaw Bay this year, designed to provide faster results on fecal contamination. Testing is done over the course of a week in our own Saginaw Bay Environmental Institute; it is meant to both test current contamination levels and to help determine the source of contamination. Where previous methods produced test results overnight, this new method provides results in less than four hours. These new methods are made possible from a grant received by SVSU earlier in the year from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.
In July, the Center for Community Writing will partner with the Grace A. Dow Memorial Library and the Alden B. Dow Home and Studio to host a range of award-winning Michigan authors. The intent is to encourage writing throughout the Great Lakes Bay Region through a series of workshops during the week-long event July 22-26. Helen Raica-Klotz, co-director of the Center for Community Writing, has worked with community partners to offer writing workshops for people of all ages in addition to the other events being offered during the Michigan Authors’ Workshop Series. More information on the event can be found at: http://www.svsu.edu/ccw/miauthors/
Yesterday marked the opening of the new Outdoor Recreation Trail. This trail was supported by the Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy and the Saginaw Bay Watershed Initiative as lead donors, as well as a number of alumni and individual donors and foundations throughout the region. This trail is a great addition to the beautiful walking trails available on our campus. It will provide new opportunities to the SVSU community and the Great Lakes Bay Region as a whole. Be sure to visit the new trail this summer!
With Pride Month about to come to a close, let me sing the praises of our students showing support for the LGBT communities in a creative way. Theatre major Jessica Hurley, who you may remember as one of the leads of our April production of “9 to 5,” is producing “The Rocky Horror Picture” show with a cast and crew of SVSU students and alumni. They will debut parts of the play during the Great Lakes Bay Pride Festival this Saturday and then perform the entire play at our Black Box Theatre from July 10-14. There is no ticket price. Instead, they are asking those in attendance to provide donations that in part will support The Human Rights Campaign, a national civil rights organization dedicated to achieving lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer equality. Read more about the play and its worthy causes here: http://www.svsu.edu/newsroom/news/2019/june/rockyhorrorproductioncominginjuly/26-ucomm-rockyhorrorproductioncominginjuly.html
For the second year in a row, the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association has named our men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams to its Scholar All-American team. The women’s team posted an overall GPA of 3.32, and the men achieved an overall GPA of 3.19. Congratulations to these athletes who work hard both in the pool and in the classroom!
Congratulations also to senior track and field competitor Allison Dorr who, in addition to various accolades throughout the year, received the GLIAC Commissioners Award for her performance throughout the season. You might recognize Allison’s name from recent NCAA competitions, during which she placed top 10 in the country in the 10,000-meter run.
Seventy-two student-athletes achieved GLIAC spring All-Academic and All-Excellence Honors. All-Academic recipients must earn a GPA of 3.0-3.49, and All-Excellence recipients a GPA of 3.5-4.0. These designations are based on academic performance during the spring semester. Congratulations to all award recipients! You make us proud!
I wish everyone a restful 4th of July holiday next week and safe travels to those heading out of town.