The challenges we have faced in 2020 border on the unfathomable. So many members of our SVSU family – students, staff, faculty and friends in the community -- are being impacted by the historic flooding that devastated Midland and other communities in our region. Please know that my thoughts are with you, and most importantly, that you have a community of supporters at SVSU who will be doing all we can to contribute to the recovery effort ahead of us. We have been in contact with agencies and foundations leading relief efforts to discuss how SVSU can best assist, knowing that even as the water recedes, efforts to restore and rebuild are just beginning.
My thanks to our colleagues who worked Thursday to pack graduation boxes, so that our May graduates can receive their caps and gowns, and other items they had missed out on receiving. Yours truly even stopped by to lend a hand. Most graduates elected to have their boxes shipped to them, but some wanted to come to campus for our version of “curbside pick up.” We will safely distribute their grad boxes next Wednesday. I know this will bring some joy to our graduates and their families.
I am pleased to report our institution’s reputation for supporting military-affiliated students remains strong. We recently earned certification as a Veteran-Friendly School from the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency for the sixth consecutive year. We achieved gold-level status, the highest honor for recipients of the veteran-friendly recognition. So many people contribute to our supportive environment. Special thanks to Bethany Alford, the director of the Military Student Affairs office that provides services and resources to nearly 300 students affiliated with the military. Thank you for your service.
The SVSU Student Wellness Programs and the Office of Military Student Affairs are offering one alternative way to honor our veterans. Community members can document themselves completing a 5k run or walk by taking a photo and posting it on social media with the name of a member of the military they are honoring. Participants will be entered into a drawing for cash prizes. Make sure to tag svsucampusrec via Instagram and SVSU Military Student Affairs on Facebook, or email email@example.com.
I hope you continue to watch and listen to the outstanding video podcast series being produced by Admissions. If you know of a family with an incoming freshmen or prospective student, I recommend pointing them to “Card Talk.” In the latest episode, the co-hosts discuss different types of scholarships available at SVSU as well as how to apply for each. During a time when so many families are facing challenging financial situations, this particular episode could provide them with critical support. All episodes are available on the Admissions office Facebook page. Thank you to co-hosts Nic Taylor, assistant director of Admissions, and Amanda Ziolkowski, a professional and technical writing major from Port Huron, for your excellent work.
The SVSU Center for Community Writing is proud to sponsor a poetry contest centered on Bay County. This contest is open to anyone who works, lives, or studies in Bay County. Participants who submit a poem should express what they think about Bay County’s people, places, or history before July 30. Winners will win cash prizes and their work will be featured on the SVSU website and in SVSU publications. For more submission guidelines, you can download the following form: Bay County Poetry Contest. You may also more info contact Helen Raica-Klotz, co-director of the SVSU Center for Community Writing, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Office of Graduate Admissions has hosted many virtual information sessions during the month of May. This Friday, May 22, at 6 p.m., they will host a Master of Science in Computer Science and Information Systems Virtual Information Session. This event is open to the public and will be held virtually through Zoom. For more info visit their Facebook page at SVSU Graduate Programs or visit the link here.
This will be an unusual Memorial Day holiday, but I hope that you and your families find a way to relax, and remember that despite our challenges, there is still much to be grateful for.