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Moot Court team sees historic success at regional competition

SVSU moot court students at regional tournoment

Last weekend, the moot court program took two teams to the Cleveland regional tournament.  For the first time in the 10-year history of the program SVSU placed two teams in the semi-finals, ultimately placing in second and fourth. The second-place team – made up of Ashley French and Joshua High – and the fourth-place team – made up of Justine Brabaw and Erik Byron – both qualify for one of 80 spots at nationals in Baton Rouge, LA; this placement is possible for only 16 percent of teams overall. Erik Byron also received a 10th place orator's award out of 52 orators and Justine Brabaw received an 8th place orator's award. 

The moot court team will compete this weekend here on campus to qualify teams for nationals.  Another 36 teams from around the Midwest will also be competing. Congratulations to the team and to coaches Julie Keil, Amy Hendrickson, Nora Lipetzky and Brian Rombalski, and best of luck this weekend! 

Residential Life students attend regional leadership conference

3 SVSU students sitting in a Pine Groove appartment

This past weekend ten of SVSU residential leaders from the Residence Housing Association (RHA) and the National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) went to Indiana University-Bloomington for the Great Lakes Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls (GLACURH) and the Regional Leadership Conference (RLC). While at the conference, our residential student leaders were educated on how to improve residential life and put in bids for SVSU to win regional recognition. Of the bids made, SVSU was recognized with the Commitment to Philanthropy Award for SVSU’s involvement with Battle of the Valleys and the Commitment to Justice and Equity Award for the Bringing In the Bystander Pro-Social Bystander Intervention program. Another great demonstration of Cardinal leadership!  

SVSU student-vocalists earn top honors at state competition

SVSU students at the National Association of Teachers of Singing competition

On Nov. 2, four SVSU vocalists earned top honors at the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) competition. Students from across the state sung in front of a panel, then received scores based on their vocal technique, diction and musicianship. Two SVSU music education majors won first place. Seth Bearden earned the honor in the Lower College Musical Theater category, and Audrey Bergey earned first in the First Year College Treble category. Two more SVSU music majors won third place; Katie Fassone earned the honor in the Advanced College Division, and Halie Kellett earned third in the Lower College Musical Theater category. Congratulations to all on this fine achievement! 

SVSU alumna directs this weekend’s “Emilie”

students performing in

The SVSU theatre department will welcome back a recent alumna to direct “Emilie: La Marquise du Chalet Defends her Life Tonight” this weekend. Brianne Dolney, a leading cast member in SVSU productions before her May graduation, returned to her Cardinal home after being offered the directorial spot. Tommy Wedge and Peggy Mead-Finizio, assistant professors of theatre, serve as advisors to the show. “Emilie” is a fictional account of a real life philosopher, mathematician, physicist and author from the 18th century whose career breakthroughs long went unnoticed and uncredited to her. The show opens Saturday, Nov. 22, and continues on Sunday, Nov. 23, at 7:30 p.m. in the SVSU Black Box. Tickets can be purchased at 

Upcoming ensemble recitals mark end of fall semester

SVSU's wind ensemble performing

Come support our Cardinal musicians at the last five performances of the fall semester. Here is a list of concerts and ensembles coming up next week:  

  • Marching Band Concert, Monday, November 25, at 7:30 p.m. in the Malcolm Field Theater 
  • Voice Studio Recital, Tuesday, November 26, at 7:30 p.m. in Founders Hall 
  • Percussion Ensemble and Valley Steel Concert, Monday, December 2, at 7:30 p.m. in Rhea Miller Recital Hall 
  • Wind Ensemble Concert, Wednesday, December 4, at 7:30 p.m. in Rhea Miller Recital Hall 
  • Jazz Ensemble Concert, Thursday, December 5, at 7:30 p.m. in Rhea Miller Recital Hall 

Please consider attending in support of our students! 

Tickets available for January SVSU Red Wings game

Flyer for the SVSU Red Wings game in Jan. 2020

There is still time to purchase your tickets for the Jan. 10 SVSU college night Red Wings game. Tickets come at a special price and with a limited-edition Red Wings hat with our Cardinal logo, a post-game group photo of SVSU ticket purchasers and a donation to the SVSU Legacy Program Scholarship Fund. If you’re interested in attending, you can purchase a ticket from this link 

Several honors for our student athletes

SVSU athletics flyer

With several fall Athletics seasons coming to an end, recognitions for our student athletes are rolling in. Six football players were named to the All-GLIAC first and second teams, with others included in honorable mention. Senior defensive tackle Heath Williams was named the GLIAC Defensive Lineman of the Year. More detail on these honors can be found at this link: 

In men’s soccer, senior midfielder Connor Rutz received the D2 All Midwest Region Honors after his outstanding senior season. 

More honors are sure to come for other student athletes as remaining fall sports conclude. 

Best of luck to the women’s cross country team, competing in the NCAA D2 National Championship this Saturday, and to the women’s and men’s basketball teams facing Tiffin and Judson respectively at home tomorrow. The women will play at 1 p.m. and the men will play at 3 p.m. 

With the shortened week ahead, this will be the last issue of the Weekly Update until after the Thanksgiving Holiday. 

With that said, have a wonderful Thanksgiving break, and as always, go Cards! 

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