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A note of appreciation

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This week has been one of the most (if not the most) challenging weeks in our university’s history. 

Our efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 has required several extra hours of work, flexibility, trouble shooting and, most of all, a willingness to go above and beyond for our community from each and every member of our Cardinal family.  

I am truly inspired by the outstanding work of our people – our faculty, administration, housing and dining services staff and so many others. Although what we are experiencing is unprecedented, we have shown that we are up for any challenge and that support for one another is a priority. 

I would like to thank those students, faculty and staff who have shared positive feedback on our COVID-19 management plan and communications. You cannot know how much your response means to us during this challenging time. 

We will continue to share updates with the campus community through the COVID-19 website at 

In the meantime, I do have some positive university news to share. 

Announcing All University Awards Banquet winners

The photo of the Zahnow Library was taken in spring time. There is bright sun and flowers on the trees. It appears to be warm. It is empty in the courtyard outside.

Although the All University Awards Banquet has been postponed, it is my pleasure to announce this year’s award winners. They are as follows: 

Distinguished Service Medallion:  

Jerome Yantz 

Earl Warrick Award for Excellence in Research:  

Meghan Baruth, associate professor of health sciences 

Excellence in Online Teaching:  

Jesse Donahue, professor of political science 

Franc A. Landee Award for Teaching Excellence:  

Jennifer Chaytor, associate professor of chemistry 

House Family Award for Teacher Impact:  

Amy Hendrickson, associate professor of law 

Mary H. Anderson Adjunct Faculty Award:  

George Heron, of the Department of Social Work 

Outstanding Performance, Administrative Professional:  

Sharon Panepucci, nursing simulated laboratory coordinator 

Outstanding Performance, Administrative Professional: 

Kristen Willert, director of the Conference Center 

Outstanding Performance, Support Staff:  

David Jerome, inventory management specialist 

Outstanding Performance, Support Staff: 

Alicea Moll, administrative secretary for Career Services 

Roosevelt Ruffin Diversity Award:  

Eric Gardner, professor of English 

Ruben Daniels Community Service Award:  

Peter Rose-Barry, Finkbeiner Endowed Professor of Ethics 

Terry Ishihara Award for Co-Curricular Involvement, Faculty:  

Jennifer McCullough, professor of communication 

Terry Ishihara Award for Co-Curricular Involvement, Staff: 

Alli Sturtridge, resident director 

Thomson Award for Empowering Learning in Community Engagement:  

Helen Raica-Klotz and Chris Giroux, director and assistant director of the SVSU Writing Center 

We regret that we will not be able to celebrate these individuals as planned, but I sincerely look forward to an evening soon where the award-winners named will be celebrated as they deserve. Congratulations to all award winners, and thank you for your dedicated service to SVSU!

MJ Brandimore House RA receives regional recognition

Jarod Morse is pictured in a fall scene with several stuffed animals - specifically sloths and a few scarecrows. He is outdoors.

Today we received some great news from our housing office. Resident Assistant Jarod Morse received the Student Staff Member of the Year Award from the Great Lakes Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls. This regional recognition qualifies Jarod for consideration for Student Staff Member of the Year by the National Association of College and University Residence Halls. Jerod’s bid for the award was accompanied by a bid for Amiah Vickers; she was nominated for the First Year Experience Award. Congratulations to Jerod and Amiah; their outstanding performance as RAs continues our university’s legacy of outstanding housing operations. You make us proud!

Students raise $1,000 for Flint Kids organization 

Students are pictured together with a large check for $1,000 for the Flint Kids Fund

As you know, we were not able to host Flint Kids founder Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha last week, but that did not stop our students’ fundraising efforts toward supporting Flint youth. In anticipation of Dr. Hanna-Attisha’s visit, our students raised money in support of the Flint Kids Fund, which is part of the Community Foundation for Greater Flint. Dr. Hanna-Attisha’s Flint Kids Fund is a “tomorrow fund” created to support the children of Flint who were greatly impacted by the Flint water crisis. Several SVSU students and the Student Association successfully raised $1,000 for the fund. Thank you to all who contributed to and led in fundraising efforts; this is a great example of Red Pride!

A week of recognition for our Cardinal athletes

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Although all Athletics competition is cancelled, we still have some good news to report. Junior diver Libby Caird qualified for the 2020 NCAA Division II Championships after a solid performance in the NCAA Dive-in Meet on March 10. Caird competed in day one of the championships, and posted a score of 362.65 in the prelims, finishing in 18th place overall. Further competition was cancelled. 

Men’s basketball sophomore guard Myles Belyeu has been named to the Division II Conference Commissioners Association (S2CCA) All-Midwest Region Team after his performance during the 2019-20 season. Belyeu was named to the D2CAA All-Midwest Region Second Team, earning his first career all-region accolade in his second year for the Cardinals. 

Finally, we are pleased to announce that senior guard for the women’s basketball team – Mariah Cook – has received the All-American Athlete Award from the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Throughout her four-year commitment to SVSU’s basketball team, Mariah worked hard to earn a starting spot during her final year. Her consistent effort led to and outstanding season and national recognition as an athletic training major. More about Mariah’s accomplishments can be found here 

Congratulations to Libby, Miles and Mariah! 

These are difficult times for all of us, but I look forward to continuing to share uplifting campus news with all of you as much as possible in the weeks and months to come. 

Be well, and Go Cards!

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