Cindy Ivanac-Lillig, economic outreach specialist at the Chicago Federal Reserve, will address the central bank’s influence on the U.S. economy tonight at 6 p.m. in the Curtiss Hall seminar rooms. Ivanac-Lillig has been involved with a number of economic education programs for Midwest teachers, students and professionals. She is responsible for education partnerships on behalf of the organization. Ivanac-Lillig carries significant experience in financial education and consulting, having previously worked for London-based Ernst & Young. Many thanks to the College of Business and Management and Assistant Professor of Economics Kellie Konsor for bringing this outstanding speaker to our campus. Admission to the event is free to the public.
The Spring University-Wide Employment Fair takes place tomorrow! The fair welcomes well over 100 employers in search of high-quality candidates. This event takes place from noon to 3 p.m. on the second floor of Curtiss Hall. As always, our Career Services office has done an excellent job working with many different employers to provide students and alumni internship and career opportunities. Thank you to all SVSU volunteers – faculty, staff and students – and those in Career Services for making these opportunities available to our students.
Speaking of volunteering, there are still opportunities available to assist with the FIRST Robotics State Championship. With less than a few weeks left until the April 10-13 competition, we look forward to doing all that we can to continue to provide an outstanding experience for our guests. Volunteers will receive an SVSU volunteer t-shirt and a meal ticket to use on campus. Thank you to those who have already signed up to volunteer. More information on ways to help can be found at this link.
Last Friday, Amy Hendrickson, associate professor of law, and Betsy Pierce, associate professor of accounting, led members of the Great Lakes Bay Youth Leadership Institute through a StrengthsFinder workshop to close out the group’s academic year. StrengthsFinder is a nationally renowned tool to assist individuals discover what they are best at through comprehensive self-assessment. Amy and Betsy have both spent time delivering StrengthsFinder workshops to departments and individuals in the campus community, and I thank both of them for taking time out of their Friday to conduct this important professional development with the young leaders visiting our campus through Great Lakes Bay Youth Leadership.
Visit Gilbertson Hall next Friday, April 5, to support our Honors students during Honors Program Thesis Presentation Day. Students from various academic programs will make their presentations largely in Gilbertson Hall from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with topics ranging from the sciences to the humanities. This is a wonderful showcase for our students who work very hard with their faculty advisors to put forth impactful research projects and outcomes that influence their immediate and larger communities. Sincerest thanks to Elizabeth Rich, Honors Program chair and professor of English, and all faculty advisors for their support of our students has they work through this highly competitive program. I hope to see many of you in attendance next Friday!
SVSU will host the annual Nickless Innovation Award competition on Saturday, April 6, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Students from Bay, Midland, Saginaw and Tuscola county high schools participate in this competition each year for a share of $77,5000 worth of college scholarship dollars. These talented students present research in various STEM fields, including alternative energy, healthcare, technology and life sciences. Students competing next Saturday have already secured $1,000 grants for their research projects after a successful application and judging phase. First-place teams will receive up to $5,000 scholarships for team members and a $20,000 STEM education grant for the school. This is a tremendous opportunity for area students and it is our pleasure to host the competition in Ott Auditorium. Admission to this annual competition is free and open to the public.
Over the last couple of weeks, members from the Gerstacker Fellowship Program have been in Germany and Finland for an international educational and cultural experience. This group of K-12 leaders has utilized this time to learn about international educational systems and educational leadership in different cultural and economic settings. This year, 11 teachers, principals and program administrators across Michigan were selected to join the SVSU Gerstacker Fellowship Program to engage in educational leadership development opportunities. This program — led by Executive in Residence Mary Anne Ackerman and Director of Governmental Affairs John Kaczynski — has contributed to the professional development of over 100 education professionals in the region since its founding in 2005. I wish them continued success in their travels through the end of this week!
The annual Cardinal Cabaret fundraiser for Cardinal Athletics takes place next Friday, April 6. This event — generously sponsored by Meijer, Wildfire Credit Union, local Marriott hotels and others — is a great opportunity to support our Athletics programs and student-athlete scholarships. More information on this event can be found here: http://svsucardinals.com/Community/Cardinal_Cabaret/index. Thank you in advance for your support of our student athletes. I look forward to seeing many of you in attendance!
You might have heard that Grand Valley State University’s student government announced their withdraw from the annual Battle of the Valleys fundraiser. This fundraising competition has had a tremendous impact on both participating institutions and their surrounding communities since its founding in 2003. Over the past 16 years, both universities have raised a combined $652,385 for local non-profits. SVSU has contributed $425,657 of this total. Student Association plans to consider fundraising options for the next year pending their officer election over the next week. Though I am sorry to see this particular competition end, I look forward to supporting our Student Association in future campaigns and to the good work they will do in the coming year.