On Nov. 6, the Center for Community Engagement hosted the first Community Engagement Conference, featuring over 20 faculty and staff-involved projects throughout the Great Lakes Bay Region. Poster sessions were presented by SVSU faculty, staff and students and their community partners. The turnout for this first conference was outstanding and it was evident that all were excited for the opportunity to share their community involvements. Poster presentations ranged from programs with the Saginaw Police Department to The Rep Flint Reparatory Theatre. Special thanks to Director of the Center for Community Engagement Riley Hupfer, the center’s faculty fellow Dawn Hinton and their student staff for putting together an outstanding conference. I look forward to next year’s! Click here for conference abstracts.
Student success is everyone’s priority on campus. We understand how important it is to continue to assess current student success initiatives and to learn about and adopt new initiatives that better support our students. I am pleased that our institution was selected as one of only eight in the nation to participate in the Higher Learning Commission’s Student Success Academy. This three-year initiative will connect university staff and faculty with higher education experts and resources geared toward impacting student success. The intention will be to examine the university’s existing programs related to student success and discuss potential new programs for implementation. More information on the success academy can be found here.
Last Monday, SVSU’s Board of Control approved spending up to $270,000 to remodel a yet-to-be leased building just down the road from an SVSU alumna’s office building. Alina Anderson is a graduate of the College of Education and currently works as the operations coordinator and assistant to the president at Saginaw Future. She was interviewed on the upcoming downtown development on ABC12, where she stated that a Riverfront Saginaw location for students would allow them to explore an environment they might not find on campus. We look forward to seeing what opportunity this building could bring! To view the ABC12 interview, click here.
International Education Week starts Monday, and the Department of Modern Foreign Languages got a head start on the festivities this week by hosting Foreign Language Day for 400 area high school students. On Thursday, Nov. 7, participating students competed in singing, dancing and theater performances and poster presentations to highlight global cultures and languages. This event has taken place on campus since 1976, illustrating a long tradition of cultural celebration on SVSU’s campus. As a reminder, International Education Week will kick off on Monday with a door decorating contest. The International Food Festival will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 12, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Marketplace. Cultural Tables will be up for presentation in Cardinal Commons on Wednesday, Nov. 13, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Thursday, Nov. 14, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Brown Concourse. I encourage you to support these events throughout the week!
As December draws closer, many SVSU students are looking towards graduation. On Nov. 6, Alumni Relations and the campus bookstore held the annual Graduate Fair. During this event, students were able to pick up their cap, gown, tassels and everything else needed for graduation. They were also able to have professional portraits taken and visit several offices on campus including the Conference Center and Career Services. We look forward to another successful commencement and are proud to send another generation of Cardinals off into the next stage of their career. The next graduation celebration will be the Senior Class Toast on Thursday, Nov. 21.
Last Friday, Nov. 1, the Friends of the SVSU Political Action Committee hosted the annual Governmental Affairs Reception at Bay City’s Old City Hall. Senator Jim Stamas was honored with the Eugene J. Hamilton Political Advocacy Award. Thank you to all who contributed to the Political Action Committee. Your support goes a long way in advocating for SVSU!
On Thursday, Nov. 14, at 2:30 p.m. members of the campus community are invited to attend a free disaster relief deployment presentation in Gilbertson Hall’s Ott auditorium. The event will feature representatives from Team Rubicon, a nonprofit that utilizes the skills and experience of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams. The organization has assembled more than 90,000 volunteers to assist regions affected by hurricanes, earthquakes, floods and other disasters. Join us next Thursday to learn more about the difference you can make when disasters strike. More information about Team Rubicon’s work across the world can be found at https://teamrubiconusa.org/stories-impact/.
Congratulations to the men’s soccer team, who won their third straight match in a 2-0 victory against Upper Iowa University last Saturday. The team is currently 11-5-1, and I wish them continued success this season. They face Northwood Thursday, Nov. 7, and will go on to the GLIAC quarterfinals, which start on Monday.
As for home contests, women’s soccer will play Friday, Nov. 8, at 1 p.m. against Ashland. Women’s volleyball will play against Lake Superior State at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9.
Best of luck to the men’s and women’s cross-country teams as they participate in the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Championships in Indiana this weekend.