Our forensics team hosted the Michigan Intercollegiate Speech League Tournament and workshop this past weekend and ended the competition on top. Six of our students placed in their respective categories and qualified for the National Forensics Association Championship Tournament to be held in Santa Ana, California next April. Darious Henry led the way, winning the dramatic interpretation category. Communication majors Courtney Perrou, Kennedy Bachman, Gina Kearly and Ashley Murdock and criminal justice major Monae Hawthorne each placed in their respective events. Congratulations to all including advisors Amy Pierce, associate professor of communication, and Ryan Rigda, lecturer of communication, on this outstanding performance. The team will compete next at Oakland University in December.
The Great Lakes Bay Regional Youth Leadership Institute will welcome a new class of student leaders this Friday. Established in 2005 and led by Mamie Thorns, special assistant to the president for Diversity Programs, this institute provides mid-Michigan high school students with the skills they will need to impact their communities into young adulthood. The 90 high school students registered for the program are paired with student and community mentors throughout their year-long experience and, at the end, will have completed a project in support of a chosen community cause. Students will begin with a day of fun and informative events, including a performance by the internationally-touring Mosaic Youth Theater Troupe in the Malcolm Field Theatre for Performing Arts. Best wishes to these students as they complete this intensive leadership program here at SVSU.
With the fall semester in full swing, our students are preparing to kick off Homecoming Week (). You can expect to see this preparation in action as students decorate windows in the Marketplace at Doan through the weekend. The official Homecoming Kickoff – themed “The Greatest Show” this year – will begin at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 7, with events taking place throughout the week. The week will wrap up on Saturday, Oct. 13, with the Homecoming Parade at 11 a.m. in Parking Lot J2 and the Homecoming football game against Northern Michigan at 1 p.m. in Wickes Stadium. Remember that you can download your free Athletics passes prior to the game. We’re in for a high energy week. Go Cards!
My sincerest congratulations to the three faculty who will be recognized at next Friday's Annual Faculty Association Banquet. Faculty are recognized in one of three areas: mentorship, service, and scholarship. Chris Giroux, associate professor of English, is the recipient of the mentorship recognition; Peter Rose-Barry, Finkbeiner Endowed Professor of Ethics, is the recipient of the service recognition; and David Nichols, associate professor of philosophy, is the recipient of the scholarship recognition. Six students will also be recognized at the banquet as recipients of the Faculty Association Endowed Scholarship and the Chrysalis Scholarship. This Friday, Oct. 5, is the last day to RSVP for the banquet. RSVPs can be sent to Donna Helmreich-Lopez at firstname.lastname@example.org, and tickets are $20 per person. I look forward to seeing you there as we celebrate these colleagues.
This week the Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance announced the launching of the STEM Passport Program – an opportunity designed specifically for early childhood audiences for the purpose of making STEM institutions across the region more accessible. The "passport" features 15 regional STEM-rich institutions and programs at discounted prices, including our youth programs, the Midland Center for the Arts, the Saginaw Children’s Zoo and many others. We are proud to support this program in collaboration with the Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance and others, and we are committed to improving STEM education at all levels throughout the region.
The first week of October marks the middle of Hispanic Heritage month, and our Office of Multicultural Student Affairs and Latino Awareness Association continue to roll out impressive programming. This week we welcomed back music writer and producer Olmeca, who having grown up in the barrios of Los Angeles and Mexico uses his experiences to blend music that provides social commentary and urges audiences toward equality. Hispanic Heritage Month will continue with events focused on a number of Mexican traditions, including a Dia de Los Muertos celebration on Nov. 1. The full calendar of Hispanic Heritage Month events can be found online at https://www.svsu.edu/msa/hispanicheritagemonth.
The Bay Community Writing Center, one of our many community engagement initiatives, was recognized this week in connection with the Bay County Library System. The Library of Michigan awarded the 2018 State Library's Excellence Award to the Bay County Library System, which operates under the direction of SVSU Board of Fellows Chair, Trish Burns. The library system received this competitive award for its community outreach, providing learning opportunities for area residents – namely, the Bay Community Writing Center. This Center is the second community writing center coordinated out of our own SVSU Writing Center by Helen Raica-Klotz, Chris Giroux, and Emma Kirsch. Congratulations to all on this recognition.
I am pleased and proud to represent SVSU as part of the Saginaw’s Most Stylish Campaign through United Way of Saginaw County this year. This campaign – called Saginaw County’s “most fashionable literacy and education fundraiser” – is just beginning and will end with a fashion show featuring individuals from across the Great Lakes Bay Region (including me!). Each $5 vote goes directly to support the United Way’s literacy and education efforts in the Saginaw area. I welcome your support for this very worthwhile cause. You can cast your vote by clicking here.