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Celebrating the end of another academic year

President Bachand with students at 2019 Senior Class Toast

Another academic year has come to an end.  While the end of the year can be stressful for students and faculty as they prepare for finals, it is also a rewarding time for our graduates. I was honored to be part of the annual Senior Toast this Monday to celebrate with our May graduates as well as their friends and family members. Alumni Relations staff, as always, did a fantastic job providing an opportunity for graduating Cardinals to celebrate their accomplishments and bright futures. 

Many other offices and departments on campus have hosted graduation celebrations throughout the week, including the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs. Three graduates — including Berenice Barba, a student assistant in my own office — had the opportunity to share their SVSU experience with their peers. Thank you, Dr. Roberto Garcia, and all other staff on campus who have provided special opportunities for our graduates to reflect on their years at SVSU.

Winter commencement ceremonies start tonight, with the colleges of Health & Human Services as well as Business & Management starting at 7 p.m. Graduates from the colleges of Arts & Behavioral Sciences; Education; and Science, Engineering & Technology will celebrate their graduation ceremony at 11 a.m. on Saturday.

Congratulations to all!

Winter Writing Center initiative gains governor’s attention

Student letters to Governor Whitmer 2019

You might remember that, back in December, the Writing Center and the Great Lakes Bay Region YWCA hosted the "Write Your Future Michigan Governor” campaign, which prompted area K-12 students to write postcards to the future governor before the election. This resulted in more than 1,500 postcard messages. Recently, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer responded to the postcards and thanked the students for their messages stating the need to fix the roads and provide clean water. She shared some of the students’ postcards on her Facebook account.

CSO Banquet through STEM@SVSU

Students attending 2019 CSO banquet and Adrienne Cole, director of STEM@SVSU

Last week, we welcomed over 100 middle and high school Chief Science Officers (CSOs) from regional schools to the annual CSO banquet, coordinated through STEM@SVSU. The CSO program is an international initiative that trains middle and high school students to serve as STEM leaders in their schools and communities. They help increase the exposure of STEM programs such as robotics, coding clubs and science fairs for students. I was pleased to attend this event in support of these talented young people. Thank you to Adrianne Cole, director of STEM@SVSU, for her support of opportunities such as these, which impact students throughout the Great Lakes Bay Region.

Cardinal racing gets ready for international competition

Formula racing car

SVSU’s Cardinal Formula Racing team is competing at the annual Formula Society of Automotive Engineers Collegiate Design Series this week in Brooklyn, Michigan. The team’s goal is to finish in the top 10, which has been done only two times in the history of Cardinal Formula Racing. However, the team has successfully placed at the top of undergraduate programs for the last four years. SVSU’s team has also built the fastest college race car in the world twice and finished 24th out of 120 competitors last year. This year's competition features 119 teams from countries including Austria, Brazil, Germany, Poland and Venezuela. Best of luck to our students and their adviser, Brooks Byam, professor of mechanical engineering.

Criminal justice alumnus recognized as Saginaw Police Department Officer of the Year

SVSU alumnus Terrance Moore SPD Officer of the Year

Congratulations to Terrance Moore, a 2015 graduate of our criminal justice program, on receiving the Saginaw Police Department’s Officer of the Year Award. Terrance, who also graduated from SVSU with his master’s degree in public administration, received this award in recognition of his dedication to improved police/youth relations in the Saginaw community. Since starting with the Saginaw Police Department, Terrance has established a career exploration academy for area middle and high school students interested in law enforcement. He also coordinated a recent department open house for all community members to visit with the Saginaw officers and canines while touring the Saginaw Police Department. Congratulations, Terrance. You represent SVSU well!

Fall Campus Climate survey

Campus climate logo

While you can expect to receive communications on a regular basis from our office during the spring and summer months, please note that the Weekly Update will come to your inbox less frequently, as in previous years. With that in mind, I’d like to provide just a few brief reminders as we head into summer:

In early fall, we can look forward to participating, once again, in the Campus Climate Survey. This survey, conducted in collaboration with Rankin and Associates, allows our campus community to share honest feedback on our campus’ work culture and its attention to inclusivity. Participation in this survey is not only appreciated, but necessary as we do all we can to ensure our campus provides a welcoming and inclusive campus atmosphere for all.  Anticipate further information on this survey in the fall semester.

CBM progress through the summer

CBM construction and steel frame photo 2019

As many of you have noticed, the construction of the Scott L. Carmona College of Business & Management is still underway, leading to the closure of Brown Hall concourse — between Wickes and Brown halls — to pedestrian traffic. Business faculty are currently working in this space as construction continues to progress during the spring and summer semesters. Brown concourse is scheduled to reopen in time for the fall semester. All construction updates related to building closures or relocations will be communicated to the campus community.

Wrapping up the winter Athletics season

Athletics collage Winter 2019

Women’s basketball head coach Jenny Pruett recently announced the hiring of assistant coach Shonda Long. Shonda most recently served as the women’s basketball head coach at Delta College. She comes to SVSU with an impressive playing and coaching history, starting her career at Central Michigan University, her alma mater. Welcome to SVSU, Shonda! 

Congratulations to our winter student-athletes who have rounded out — or will round out — their 2018-19 seasons, many in GLIAC championships.

We look forward to seeing the Cards back in action in the new academic year!

Thank you for a great academic year!

Spring on SVSU campus

As we look forward to summer on campus, I would like to express my sincerest thanks to all SVSU faculty, staff and students who have made this academic year one marked by outstanding accomplishments and points of pride. We have weathered many challenges and ended the year stronger and better than before. We look forward to greeting the new academic calendar in August after what I hope will be a restorative summer for all members of our Cardinal family.

Have a great summer, and as always, Go Cards!

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