Amongst the growing popularity of competitive video game leagues - commonly known as “eSports”- Saginaw Valley State University will begin its own club sports team in fall 2020 for competitive video game players. ESports are played with individual competitors or teams of up to eight people, usually competing in a central location or via online tournaments. The opportunity will offer more than a fun outlet for fans of video games, as it will launch with a dedicated space on campus. Before the eSports club is launched in the fall, SVSU plans to host video game tournaments on Saturday, May 2, where high school students will compete in “Overwatch” for $1,000 scholarships on the stage of the Rhea Miller Recital Hall. We look forward to bringing this popular sport to campus.
This past spring break, sixty Saginaw Valley State University students carried on the tradition of spending spring break week providing support and good will to in-need communities across the nation. SVSU’s Alternative Breaks program organized six groups of ten students each to spend the week supporting agencies and nonprofits and engaging with a variety of issues including providing shelter for those in need, empowering communities to overcome racism and educating children about HIV and AIDS. Alternative Breaks is a student-run organization that has organized volunteer efforts during breaks in SVSU’s school scheduling – including winter break – since 2004. Great job, Cards!
The 2020 Great Lakes Bay Region You Be The Chemist Challenge was held on campus Wednesday, March 4. The “You Be The Chemist” Challenge had participants compete in teams of four students for four rounds of 10 short answer open ended questions per round. Eleven teams of grade 5-8 students competed. The second place team from Thompson Middle School in Midland will be heading to nationals. This is a great opportunity to host young people on campus and we thank Director of STEM@SVSU Adrienne Cole for her efforts in making it happen, as well as Dow, the event sponsor.
An SVSU student’s photographic exploration of childhood trauma and adult PTSD will be on display at The Saginaw Art Museum. Danielle Cecil, a fine arts major from Plymouth, will have her collection – titled “On Thin Ice: Therapy Through Photography” - on exhibition through Saturday, May 30, in the Artisan Wing of the museum at 1126 N. Michigan in Saginaw. The exhibit consists of 11 black and white framed photographs. She used an arrangement of found objects to represent the childhood trauma that led to her later diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. For more information about the exhibition, visit www.saginawartmuseum.org/exhibition/onthinice. Congratulations, Danielle, on this opportunity to exhibit your work.
Theatre student Rhiannon Hall was selected to attend the Kennedy Center American National Festival in Washington D.C. among the best in the country for dramaturgy. Only four individuals receive this honor based on their performance at the regional Kennedy Center Festival earlier this year. This all-expense-paid opportunity is scheduled to take place on April 7. Congratulations, Rhiannon. You make us proud!
As you know, in response to COVID-19 and in effort to minimize the spread of the virus, all in-person courses will move to a remote format starting today, March 13. In addition, all large gatherings of 50 people or more have been cancelled or postponed. Because this is a rapidly-changing situation, I encourage you to monitor your e-mail for updates and keep informed via our Coronavirus response site: http://www.svsu.edu/coronavirus/. In addition, please continue to adhere to CDC wellness guidelines to keep yourself and others healthy. Your health and the health of our students is our top priority. We thank everyone for their patience and cooperation.
Sixty-six student athletes have receive GLIAC All-Academic honors for winter seasons. Thirty-eight of those individuals received All-Academic Excellence Awards, while 28 received All-Academic. All 66 of these students achieved a 3.0 GPA or higher. A complete list of names can be found here. Congratulations to all and Go Cards!