SVSU has partnered with the Saginaw-based Old Town Distillery to create hand sanitizer in response to the COVID-19 virus. Recently, Old Town Distillery donated 270 gallons of 190-proof alcohol, which is a key ingredient to sanitizer. This is among the several Michigan Health Improvement Alliance projects in which SVSU has been a collaborator. Matthew Kline, manager of the SVSU Independent Testing Laboratory will be involved in the production of the sanitizer. Matthew has also been involved in other initiatives, including creating prototype face shields and face masks, as well as medical swabs that have been considered by companies in other states. This is a great example of SVSU staff using their expertise in a time of crisis. Thank you, Matt!
As a means to keep open communication with prospective students, the Office of Admissions has launched “Card Talk,” a video podcast. Nic Taylor, associate director of admissions, and Amanda Ziolkowski, 3rd year professional and technical writing major from Marysville, led the podcast and discussed specific questions students might have. They explain how prospective students can still tour campus virtually during isolation as well as next steps prospective students should take at this time. Thank you, Nic, for your initiative on this project. We are certainly seeking out methods like these to continue to reach students while we work remotely! Watch the first episode of Card Talk on YouTube or on the SVSU Admissions Facebook page.
Saginaw Valley State University educators are responding to the anticipated demand for public health professions amid the COVID-19 pandemic. We will be hosting two online-based informational sessions this month for individuals interested in enrolling in the university's online Master of Public Health program. These sessions will be led by Assistant Professor of Health Science Chris Noller and Associate Professor of Health Science Meghan Baruth at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 7, and noon on Wednesday, April 8. Participation in these virtual sessions is free. Chris and Meghan helped launch the 30-credit Master of Public Health program at SVSU in fall 2018. Today, 75 students are enrolled in the program thus far. Thank you, Chris and Meghan, for taking this initiative to get this important information out to future health professionals!
The STEM@SVSU Facebook page has been featuring at-home experiments, virtual field trips, learning games, STEAM activities and more for families looking for at-home learning resources. Similarly, the Marshall Fredericks Sculpture Museum is offering remote learning resources on their Facebook page. You are encouraged to take a virtual tour of the museum and children and adults alike are welcome to download coloring pages of the sculptures. The Museum’s Regional Biennial Juried Sculpture Exhibition is still in the works as well. More information on that exhibition can be found here.
Biology lecturer and certified fitness instructor Mandy Ross was inspired to deliver Cardinal Fitness courses at home. Mandy collaborated with instructors from VIP Fitness and other gyms to develop a strategy for allowing individuals to participate in fitness classes for free at home. Over 180 users from across the country have participated since March 17; over 30 of those individuals are from the SVSU community. Courses include CardioFit, PiYo, Turbo Kick and Cardio Strength High Intensity workouts. All courses are offered through Zoom. More information for those interested can be found at this link. Great work, Mandy!
The Community Writing Center continues to offer assistance through e-mail during isolation. Even though at this time they cannot offer face to face consultations, they are still offering virtual help through email. Writers can submit their pieces of 15 pages or less and receive feedback on their work within the week. In addition, the Saginaw Community Writing Center’s Postcard Poetry Contest will continue, although the deadline has been extended to April 30. Anyone is welcomed to participate as long as they live, work or study in the Saginaw community. Poems must include the words “Saginaw, I Believe.” Participants are welcomed to submit up to three poems, each of no more than 20 lines. Submissions can be sent electronically at this link.
As a result of the COVID- 19 outbreak, the “SVSU Saves” blood drive event has been cancelled. However, those interested can still donate blood at nearby Versiti Blood Center locations between April 3-10. If you were not previously registered for the blood drive, you can still participate by scheduling an appointment prior to your visit. If you choose to participate, don’t forget to notify the Versiti Blood Center personnel that you are a member of SVSU, so that the donation can be counted as part of the “SVSU Saves” drive. For more information and to schedule an appointment please visit: Versiti Blood Centers. Thank you to all SVSU participants!
As you might have heard, longtime friend of SVSU David Hall passed away on Saturday, March 21. Mr. Hall was one of the most trusted advisors I had in my lifetime. He was a thoughtful listener, insightful and humble. He led by example. David was, among many other things, one of our faculty for a time, teaching in the finance department as executive in residence. Those who knew Dave as a teacher and those he taught in the classroom knew of his emphasis on soft skills and critical thinking. This emphasis gave his students the ability to go beyond course content into real preparation for employment, which readied them to contribute to their community. He was always thinking about what students needed to succeed during – and beyond – their college careers. He and his wife Jackie established the David and Jacqueline Hall Opportunity Scholarship for business and management majors. He was the recipient of SVSU’s highest award – the Distinguished Service Medallion – as well as the Roosevelt Ruffin Diversity Award and the Ruben Daniels Community Service Award. He was a member of the SVSU Board of Fellows for 28 years. Indeed, David influenced many in his career; we are fortunate to have known of his impact firsthand, and he will be greatly missed.