I am pleased to congratulate this year's All University Awards Banquet special award recipients. These individuals' dedication to our university and surrounding community bring great pride to our university. This year's recipients are as follows:
Ruben Daniels Community Service Award
Vanessa Brooks-Herd, associate professor of social work
Roosevelt Ruffin Award
Barbara Jean Jones, retired professor of education
Terry Ishihara Co-Curricular Involvement Award
Veronika Drake, associate professor of English, and Courtney Fylling, assistant registrar
Outstanding Performance (Administrative Professional)
Barbara Cohen, senior ESL specialist
Outstanding Performance (Support Staff)
Deb Rickert, office coordinator for the Office of Adjunct Faculty and Academic Support Programs
Mary H. Anderson Adjunct Faculty Award
Sarah Owens, adjunct professor of teacher education early childhood
The House Family Award for Teacher Impact
Vince Samarco, professor of English
The Earl L. Warrick Award for Excellence in Research Award
Olivier Heubo-Kwegna, associate professor of mathematics
The Franc A. Landee Award for Excellence in Teaching Award
Emily Kelley, associate professor of art
The Thomson Award for Empowering Learning in Community Engagement Award
Rajani Muraleedharan, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering
Waheed Akbar and Barbara Heller are the recipients of this year's Distinguished Service Medallion.
Congratulations to all on these outstanding honors! I encourage you to join your colleagues in celebration during the annual All University Awards Banquet on Friday, April 26. Click here to RSVP.
Congratulations to Heidi Lang, pre-health professions advisor, on receiving recognition from the Central Association of Advisors for the Health Professions (CAAHP). Heidi is the recipient of the Father Joseph L. Walter Award for Outstanding Health Professions Advising. This is the highest honor bestowed by the CAAHP among members from all over the midwest region including Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. As pre-health professions advisor, Heidi works tirelessly to support to the professional goals of our students, and this award is very well-deserved!
Eight awardees will be recognized this Friday, March 22, at the annual Best in Business awards ceremony; five of these awardees are closely affiliated with SVSU as faculty or friends. JoAnn Crary, member of the SVSU Board of Control and president of Saginaw Future Inc., will receive the Outstanding Business Leader Award. Four faculty will also be awarded: Kevin Meyer, assistant professor of economics, will receive the Excellence in Teaching: Full-Time Faculty Award. Gerald Nelson will receive the Excellence in Teaching: Adjunct Faculty Award. Kellie Konsor, assistant professor of economics, will receive the Excellence in Research Award; and Larry Kickham, professor of accounting, will receive the Excellence in Service Award. SVSU undergraduate and graduate students and alumni will also be honored at the event, as well as our friends from Tri-Star Trust Bank, Spence Brothers and Kehres Health and Chiropractic. We appreciate the valued members of our business community and look forward to honoring them on Friday! Congratulations to all.
This week, our colleagues in the College of Health and Human Services hosted U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) program officer Lt. Cmdr. Leslie Poudrier. This visit provided an opportunity to illustrate the work being done at the Bay Community Health Clinic, specifically through the Nurse Education, Practice, Quality, and Retention (NEPQR) grant. The visit also acknowledged the tremendous value of this collaboration and marked the beginning of a grant extension for our institution. Grant funding now totals $1.5 million. SVSU was one of only nine nation-wide (NEPQR) grant recipients. The Bay Community Health Clinic has utilized this grant to integrate behavioral health services into routine care for underserved and rural populations. Training in relation to these services is also funded through the NEPQR grant.
This week, several of our faculty and staff wrapped up the annual Equity in the Classroom conference here on campus. Nearly 200 education professionals participated in the conference and attended various sessions geared toward improving inclusively in education. Some of you may have attended the opening keynote address by Dr. Michael Eric Dyson; others of you may have had the opportunity to attend conference sessions or present during the event. Regardless of how you participated, I would like to express my sincerest thanks for furthering discussions on the important issues of educational equality for all. I would especially like to thank Dr. Mamie Thorns and members of the conference committee for their work in bringing this event to our campus.
Two of our Writing Center tutors recently received regional honors from the East Central Writing Centers Association (ECWCA). Emma Kirsch, senior early childhood education major, received the Outstanding Tutor Leadership Award for her work as student coordinator of the Community Writing Centers. Sam Geffert, senior secondary education major, received the Outstanding Tutor Award for her work in the university Writing Center and Shikoku University where she tutored for a summer; Sam also facilitates a creative writing group in the Saginaw Correctional Facility. These are great recognitions for our tutors that ultimately speak to the outstanding quality of our tutoring centers at SVSU.
An exciting collaboration is around the corner for our SVSU Concert Choir. Music and Voices: Saginaw Rising will bring voice and orchestra together in a collaboration between our Concert Choir, the Saginaw Choral Society and the Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra. More information on this concert, including where to find tickets, can be located at the Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra concert website. This concert is one of the many wonderful but “lesser-known” ways in which our students represent our academic programs in the Great Lakes Bay Region.
As in years passed, SVSU’s English Language Program invited students from two area elementary schools to the annual “Passport to the World” event. Visiting students had the opportunity to work with SVSU staff and international students through activities dedicated to learning about other cultures. Students also toured the Marshall Fredericks Sculpture Museum, created a sculpture and engaged in other hands on activities. Thank you to Midland Rotary Club and the private donors who sponsored this event, the Fredericks Museum, Zahnow Library, College of Education, Office of International and Advanced Studies and all the SVSU volunteers who once again made it a success.
We are pleased to announce the hiring of head football coach Ryan Brady. Ryan comes to SVSU with an impressive coaching career under his belt, most recently serving as co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Ferris State University. Ryan’s leadership resulted in three GLIAC championships and five NCAA Division II Playoffs for Ferris in the past five seasons. He called Grand Valley State University home during his own collegiate football career, receiving a bachelor’s degree in professional instruction and later a master’s degree in educational leadership from SVSU. We look forward to welcoming Ryan as he begins his inaugural season with the Cardinals and wish him the best of luck!
As always, further Athletics updates and schedules of upcoming contests can be found at www.svsucardinals.com.
Have a great weekend, and Go Cards!