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Best for Vets for 6th year in a row

Veterans holding flags

For the sixth consecutive year, SVSU has been recognized for its support of military-affiliated students. The university was ranked No. 104 among all four-year institutions nationwide and No. 2 among all Michigan four-year institutions in the 2020 rankings. To be placed on the Best for Vets list, colleges and universities are evaluated on policies and programs offered to service members, military veterans and their families. SVSU’s Military Student Affairs takes pride in creating a friendly and welcoming place on campus. SVSU is proud of our military-affiliated students and their pledge to our Nation! 

SVSU employees honored by Michigan Banner at Heart of the City Awards

George Copeland and Dawn Hinton

Congratulations to Transition Coordinator George Copeland and Professor of Sociology Dawn Hinton on receiving leadership awards at the annual Heart of the City Awards luncheon last week! Heart of the City is hosted by the Michigan Banner each year to recognize individuals in the Great Lakes Bay Region who have displayed a significant commitment to service and volunteerism. Mamie Thorns, special assistant to the president for diversity programs, also accepted an award on behalf of the university, which recognized our impact on the region and beyond. Congratulations again to all award winners! You represent our university well. 

Sims Speaking Competition first place prize awarded to Simone Vaughn

Students competing for public speaking competition

This past weekend, SVSU students competed in the annual Sims Public Speaking competition. Around 30-40 SVSU students participate each year. University alumni and administration serve as judges to the 30-40 competitors each year. This year, we congratulate communications major Simone Vaughn, who came in first place with a speech about mental health stigma in the black community. Second place went to Kailey Johnston, who spoke about how white supremacists are recruiting young boys to alt-right beliefs online. Third place went to freshman Jessica Davis, who presented on why secondary schools should start later in the morning. SVSU is proud to see the talent of students and their works in this annual competition. The competition has been supported by former Board of Control Chair Linda Sims and her husband Larry Sims for the past 30 years. 


Geography students receive regional recognition

Last month, SVSU hosted The East Lakes Division of Geographers as they held their annual meeting and conference. Over 100 attendees were present from 22 colleges and universities across Michigan and Ohio. The first-place winner of the undergraduate poster competition was Samantha Turner, who recently received her bachelor’s degree in biology from SVSU in May 2019. Her poster was titled, “Characterization of Cold Air Movement in Apple Orchards using High Resolution Topographic Data.” The second-place winner was SVSU geography major Gabrielle Gittens for her poster titled, “Reconstructing Ancient Landscapes: Pollen as the Key to the Past.” Congratulations Samantha and Gabby! 

Welcoming new Gerstacker cohort

New Gerstacker Cohort

A new group of 11 teachers, principals and program administrators from across the state have been selected to participate in the SVSU Gerstacker Fellowship 2020. Participants will receive leadership training over the course of one year and will wrap up their leadership experiences with a trip to Japan. While overseas, the group will learn about international educational systems and how leadership plays out in these settings. The program has previously led cohorts to China, South Korea, Poland, Taiwan, Finland and Germany. A full list of this year’s cohort members can be found at the news release here: 

Thank you for volunteering at the Admissions Open House!

Guests arriving at Admissions Open house

Thank you to all volunteers that participated in the Admissions Open House last Saturday. Many also attended the Alumni Celebration in support of our outstanding alumni the evening before, and I would like to express my sincere gratitude for your commitment to the institution. This is a demanding time of year; your willingness to arrive bright and early on a Saturday to provide a great experience for prospective students and their families means a lot to your colleagues in the Office of Admissions and beyond! Thank you as well to Carmen Stricker and the entire Admissions staff for organizing a great event for over 350 students and visitors! 

Cross country finish at regional competition

Collage of student athletes

This past weekend, SVSU men’s and women’s cross country teams earned 5th and 8th place finishes, respectively, at the NCAA DII Midwest Regional Championships.  

The men’s team finished 5th overall, led by CarLee Stimpfel and Dayton Brown. Both students earned automatic bids to the NCAA DII National Championships. 

The women’s team finished 8th overall, just ten points behind seventh place Wayne State.  

Congratulations are in order for three outstanding members of the women’s soccer team! Junior Sakura Bals and senior Molly Vanderhoff both received All-GLIAC second team honors, while freshmen Autumn Kloha earned honorable mention. The team will face Ashland at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 15, as part of the GLIAC Tournament semi-finals. 

As for other upcoming competitions, women’s basketball will go against Lake Erie tonight at 6 p.m.  

Women’s volleyball will charge against Northern Michigan on Friday at 7 p.m. and Michigan Tech on Saturday at 2 p.m.  

Join fans on Saturday for the Cardinals’ final home football game of the season against Davenport at 1 p.m. 

For a more detailed Athletics schedule, visit 

Best of luck to all competitors! Go Cards!   

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