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Social work student named to voter-turnout task force

Social work major Josie Luttman

Congratulations to social work major Josie Luttman, who was recently selected to be part of a Secretary of State task force to improve voter-turnout on college campuses. Josie is one of three students on the task force, which is made up of 33 scholars from different universities and colleges. Task force participants will analyze voting data for their schools and will later propose legislative or programmatic changes to the Secretary of State to improve voter-turnout. Great work, Josie! 

Arts students to exhibit pieces at Michigan conference

Flyer for Michigan Mud Conference with photo of Julia Galloway

Three art students will represent SVSU at the Michigan Mud Conference at Oakland Community College – Auburn Hills this Saturday, Oct. 19. Desserie Simone, Taylor Morgan and Catherine Millard will exhibit their ceramics pieces at the conference and four others will participate as attendees. These students come from the Art Department Technician Sara Clark’s cross-listed ceramics class. The exhibition will be juried by conference keynote speaker and artist Julia Galloway. Best of luck to those presenting pieces at the conference! 

Manufacturing representatives engage with on-campus testing lab

Community members engage with tech lab on campus

About 70 manufacturing representatives recently visited campus to learn more about how our Independent Testing Lab can support their industriesThe Independent Testing Lab provides analytical services and technical support for regional businesses. Also joining the tour was Rep. Rodney Wakeman, elected the state's District 94 representative last year. I would like to thank members of our team helping to lead this tour including Matt Kline, manager of the Independent Testing Laboratory; and Bruce Hart, lab technician. 

Entrepreneurship Institute to host panel for Women Entrepreneurship Week

Rebecca Cox, Mary Draves, Kathie Fuce-Hobohm, and Wendy Trashen

Please join us as the Dow Entrepreneurship Institute at SVSU hosts a panel discussion for Women Entrepreneurship Week on Monday, Oct. 21, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Curtiss Hall Banquet Room A. Four female entrepreneurs from the region will discuss the positive influence of women business leaders on our economy. Among the panels is alumna Mary Draves, chief sustainability officer and vice president of environment, health and safety for Dow. Joining her are Rebecca Cox, president and owner of the Midland-based Savant Group; Kathie Fuce-Hobohm, founder and president of SPACE, Inc.; and Wendy Traschen, owner of Bolger and Battle Marketing Communications as well as Whine restaurant. For more information on this event and the institute, visit 

MASA Superintendent of the Year awarded to Gerstacker alumnus

MASA Superintendent of the Year alumni Dr. Robert Shaner

Since 2007, the Gerstacker Fellowship Program has worked with K-12 educators from across the state to create a cadre of educational leaders.  We are proud of the alumni of this program, and this year, 2010 Gerstacker alumnus Dr. Robert Shaner is being honored by the Michigan Association of Superintendents and Administrators (MASA) as Superintendent of the Year. Dr. Robert Shaner, superintendent of Rochester Community Schools, was awarded this honor earlier this month. This award is presented to MASA members who have gone above and beyond to enrich students' lives. As superintendent, Dr. Shaner has brought health and social-emotional well-being to the forefront of the district’s practices. Congratulations on this well-deserved honor! 

Support Real Men Wear Pink and Colleges Against Cancer at Pierce Road Bar and Grill

Individuals supporting the Real Men Wear Pink campaign

The campus community is invited to support the Real Men Wear Pink Campaign next Wednesday, Oct. 23, at Pierce Road Bar and Grill. Using this coupon, 15% of your total purchase will go toward the Real Men Wear Pink campaign. This year’s campaign participant is Associate Provost Josh Ode. This event is organized in collaboration between the Provost Office and Colleges Against Cancer. I encourage you to stop by Pierce Road Bar and Grill during your lunch hour or dinner time. It is a great and easy way to support the American Cancer Society! 

One week left to participate in the Campus Climate survey

Campus climate survey banner

Students, faculty and staff have one week to complete the Campus Climate survey if they have not already done so. The anonymous survey, which closes on Oct. 25, will be used to inform programmatic and procedural changes that will continue to make our campus a safe and inclusive place for everyone. I would like to thank those individuals who have already taken time to complete the survey. Every voice matters and your candor is appreciated. As a reminder, you can find this survey in an Oct. 14 email from University Communications titled “Reminder: Participate in SVSU’s Cardinal Climate Survey.” 

Open enrollment begins next week!

SVSU Health Wellness LOGO

Open enrollment begins next Monday, Oct. 21! The full open enrollment announcement can be found here. Between Monday and Friday, Nov. 1, those enrolling in SVSU-provided benefits are encouraged to visit the Human Resources office (Wickes 373) where staff can assist with the enrollment process. I encourage those enrolling to utilize the ALEX benefits communicator, which will walk you through your benefit options based on individual need and cost savings. Please also note that the Health and Wellness Fair will also take place next week on Wednesday, Oct. 23, in the Curtiss Hall banquet rooms. Know that your healthcare and benefit options are important to us. The staff in Human Resources is prepared to handle any questions or concerns you may have throughout the process. 

Cross-country teams enjoy high rankings after weekend tournament

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Congratulations to the women’s cross-country team, which has jumped five spots to rank No. 5 in the region after the Lewis Crossover this weekend! The men’s team remains in the No. 5 spot. 


Women’s soccer is also earning recognition. The team was awarded the United Soccer Coaches Team Academic Award, which recognizes student athletes’ commitment to the classroom. 


Men’s and women’s golf also earned recognition after a busy weekend. The men placed No. 13 in the Motor City Invitational, with Gunnar Stein placing 15th overall with a score of five over par. Women’s golfer Emily Barker was named the GLIAC Women’s Golf Athlete of the Week after medaling in the Mike Lalaeff Memorial invite over the weekend. She led the team to their second season title. 


As for home contests this weekend: women’s tennis will host Northwood Sunday at 11 a.m. Best of luck to all Cardinals at home and on the road! 

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