I hope you will join me and our dedicated Board of Control members Friday, May 8 at 1:30 p.m. for our next formal session. This meeting has been scheduled for months, but like so many other occasions lately, it will be hosted in a much different manner than we originally anticipated. In keeping with the latest “Stay Home, Stay Safe” guidance, we will be live-streaming the meeting on YouTube. At 1:30 p.m., you can watch the meeting at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3IOJC8ITSQg&feature=youtu.be
One of the items on Friday’s board agenda is a resolution to grant undergraduate and graduate degrees. With finals week behind us, now is as good a time as any to congratulate our dedicated graduates on their accomplishment. Nearly 50,000 students have graduated from SVSU in its history, but the 875 seniors expected to receive degrees this semester faced a collective challenging circumstance unlike any experienced by the classes that graduated before them. I am proud of their persevering spirit, and look forward to addressing them Friday at 5 p.m. during our virtual celebration at www.svsu.edu/commencement.
During the online celebration, the names of each graduate will be displayed. While each graduate has a story special to their individual experience, I would encourage you to read the profiles being written about a number of our graduates. You can find these “Class of 2020” profiles displayed on our website homepage or at svsu.edu/newsroom. Already, there are profiles available about biology major Mia Berlanga, communications major Imani Clark, and Marine Corps veteran Chaz Fowler, with more planned profiles planned.
For those of you connected to SVSU's main Facebook page, I hope you were able to view the photo gallery featuring more than 700 of our alumni now serving on the front lines of the pandemic. As doctors, nurses, and medical professionals, these Cardinals are risking their lives to save lives in their communities. In our communities.
I am proud to report we are sending reinforcements to those front lines. With the blessing of our governor, we allowed 72 seniors in our BSN program to complete their semesters a few days early in order to enter a nursing workforce in desperate need of support. Beginning late last month, many of these new alumni began their new jobs at health care facilities across the region and state.
In fact, of the 1,059 students expected to graduate this May and August, 404 will be earning degrees allowing them to join front line work forces. They will serve their communities proudly as health care, criminal justice and social work professionals.
You may have seen the Fox66/NBC25 news story featuring Bill Stec, interim director of Career Services, providing tips for graduates seeking jobs in this challenging environment. Our staff at Career Services continues to be a strong support system for our community employers and prospective employees. During this challenging time, their work is as important as ever to our region. Here is a link to that story: https://nbc25news.com/news/coronavirus/svsu-finds-new-ways-to-connect-graduates-with-employers-amid-pandemic
And please share a reminder that the 2020 Virtual Teacher and Administrator Career Fair will take place on Monday, May 11 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The link for that event will be available at svsu.edu/careerservices. Thank you to SVSU Career Services for solidifying this opportunity for the Cardinal community!
The Writing Center will be reopening on May 17 to provide online tutoring for all students during the spring 2020 semester. Student can schedule appointments to receive help with their writing assignments for any class. Tutors will be available Sundays through Thursdays. They will continue to offer online tutoring for summer 2020 semester starting July 6. For more info visit SVSU Writing Center. Please share this with our students, and thank our hard-working staff and students at the Writing Center for making this transition into a virtual setting.