As mentioned in last week's edition, our Center for Community Engagement led by Assistant Director Riley Hupfer committed to providing Election Day resources - including sample ballots and transportation to the polls – to SVSU students this past Tuesday. That commitment resulted in the service of over 300 students who stopped by the Center's Election Day Party. Thirty of those students utilized the transportation service to travel to their polling places. This event, which was spearheaded by the nonpartisan Cardinals Vote initiative, was planned in partnership with the Campus Election Engagement Project and the Campus Vote Project. The goal of Tuesday's event was to not only engage SVSU students in the democratic process, but also to boost voter participation among individuals between 18 and 29 years of age. Based on increased voter turn-out numbers from our local Kochville Township at 56 percent, it appears such efforts were successful, and they gained notice from our local media: https://bit.ly/2JPq39S
Eight of our music students competed last weekend at the National Association of Teachers of Singing – Michigan Chapter competition in Ypsilanti. Two competitors –Indigo Dudley, a music major from Saginaw, and Alivia Combs, a music major from Warren – placed first and second, respectively, in Upper College Musical Theater. SVSU swept the category! In addition, Alivia was selected to participate in a masterclass with Steven Smith of Northwestern University. This is a significant accomplishment for our music students as they compete against their peers across the state. Congratulations to all qualifying competitors, award winners and Kevin Simons, associate professor of music, whose leadership has made accomplishments like these possible for our students.
Several of our kinesiology students and student members of the Exercise Science Association visited Reese High School last Friday to administer fitness testing for nearly 100 ninth grade students. Fitness testing was conducted as part of the high school students' physical education classes and was intended to increase awareness of individual health and fitness levels. This is the fifth year that our kinesiology students have provided this service under the leadership of Brandon Fjerstad, Human Performance Lab coordinator. The students will return to Reese High School next Friday, Nov. 16, to discuss results of the fitness testing with students. This is a great example of the work our students and faculty are doing to positively impact the local community.
Congratulations to Courtney Perrou, a communication major from Pinconning, who won first place at last week's Sims Public Speaking Contest. Courtney, who is a member of the SVSU Forensics Team, spoke about the importance of intersectional feminism in tackling the systemic challenges faced by women of color and minorities. Her presentation beat out 39 other students from various majors through several rounds of competition. Also among the top six were political science major Daniel Visnosky, communication majors Simone Vaughn and Alexander Belknap, occupational therapy major Sarah Enge and elementary education major Jenny Wisniewski. This competition is made possible through an endowment from Linda Sims and her husband Larry; Linda currently serves as executive director of communications and external affairs and previously served on SVSU's Board of Control as its chair. Congratulations to all competitors and award winners!
Two of our colleagues received recognition for their work to better the Saginaw community. J.J. Boehm, director of media and community relations, and Mamie Thorns, special assistant to the president for diversity programs, were honored last Friday at the 2nd annual Heart of the City community awards luncheon, sponsored by The Michigan Banner newspaper. J.J. received the Outstanding Journalism/Public Relations award, and Mamie received the Leadership award. SVSU alumnus and Board of Fellows member Chris Pryor also received the Leadership award. It is always gratifying to see our colleagues honored for their professional and volunteer activities. Please join me in congratulating them.
Students in SVSU’s Scott L. Carmona College of Business and Management had the opportunity to hear from Bob Chapman, Chairman and CEO of Barry-Wehmiller, through the Stevens Center for Family Business on Tuesday, Nov. 6. Chapman, who is ranked as the number three CEO in the world by Inc. Magazine, spoke on the topic of “Truly Human Leadership.” Drawing from his Wall Street Journal best-selling book Everybody Matters: The Extraordinary Power of Caring for Your People like Family, Chapman advised: “Everyone wants to do better. Trust them. Leaders are everywhere. Find them. People achieve good things, big and small, every day. Celebrate them. Some people wish things were different. Listen to them. Everybody matters. Show them.” A full-house audience of more than 200 community and business leaders heard Chapman’s message earlier in the day. Many thanks to Rejeana Heinrich in the Stevens Center for Family Business for bringing this outstanding opportunity to our campus.
Our College of Education will welcome more than 30 leaders from Colleges of Education at public and private institutions across the state this Friday in Gilbertson Hall as part of the Michigan Association of Colleges for Teacher Education fall retreat. American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education Director of Government Relations Deb Koolbeck will serve as the opening guest speaker. State representatives Tim Kelly and Adam Zemke will also serve as guest speakers in the afternoon. We are proud to host these leaders on campus for statewide professional development and collaboration, and I wish all involved in Friday's retreat great success.
Award-winning pianist Kevin Cole, our visiting artist in musical theatre, will team up with American opera singer and two-time Grammy award winner Sylvia McNair for a concert next Friday, Nov. 16, at 7:30 p.m. in the Rhea Miller Recital Hall. This is an exciting opportunity for our campus and larger community, as both Cole and McNair have received wide-spread notoriety for their musical talents. McNair has performed among artists such as Aretha Franklin over the course of her three-decade career, while Cole is internationally known as a Gershwin expert, having performed music from the "golden age" on stages across the country and around the world. Next Friday's concert will be free to the public, and I encourage you to attend if possible. This will be a night to remember. McNair will also be teaching SVSU students throughout the week, and she will join a few of them for a masterclass public performance Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m.
SVSU Athletics is back in action this week and we invite you to support our student-athletes and to congratulate those in postseason play.
The Cardinal Volleyball team won its GLIAC quarterfinal match 3-0 over Wayne State in front of a great crowd in Hamilton Gymnasium Wednesday night. The team now travels to Ferris State for the semifinals on Friday.
The men’s soccer team qualified for the NCAA tournament, earning the No. 3 seed in the Midwest region; they will face Ashland tonight at 8 p.m. in Evansville, Indiana.
The women’s soccer team also advanced to the NCAA tournament; they are the No. 5 seed in the Midwest region and will face Walsh Friday morning at 11 a.m. at Grand Valley.
The SVSU basketball programs open their 2018-19 regular seasons this weekend at home. The women's team tips off Friday at 3 p.m. versus Bellarmine before facing Southern Indiana Sunday at 1 p.m. The men host the top team in the nation -- Bellarmine -- Friday night at 7 pm. They will then host Indianapolis Saturday in another 7 p.m. matchup.
Our Cardinal swimming and diving teams host Valparaiso and Davenport Saturday at 2 pm in what is their final home meet of the calendar year. That action takes place in the Gerstacker Regional Aquatic Center.
After defeating Northwood in the Axe Bowl 31-10 last weekend, the football team concludes the regular season at Davenport this Saturday at noon.