Last week, our students showed their commitment to philanthropy through the Battle of the Valley fundraiser. Given that this was the first year our students “battled” without GVSU as a competitor, the outlook of the fundraiser was uncertain, but the Cardinal community came through. This year, through multiple fundraising efforts, we were able to raise over $20,000 for The ROCK Center for Youth Development. Housed in Midland, The ROCK provides after-school programs and educational development opportunities at 30 middle and high schools in Bay, Midland and Saginaw counties. I would like to thank the Student Association for its leadership in continuing this important tradition and the many RSOs, departments on campus and individual contributors who did their part to ensure that this year was a success. We have much to be proud of.
The Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum was recently accepted into the third cohort of the global Of, By and For All initiative. Acceptance into this initiative is very competitive; only 10 organizations are chosen to participate each year. The year-long process will help jumpstart community engagement efforts and to develop tools and strategies to ensure the museum is representative “of” our community, with programs co-created “by” our community, so that we are welcoming and inclusive “for all” in our community. Internal partners on this project include the Center for Community Engagement and the Office of Multicultural Affairs; external partners, such as the Saginaw African Cultural Festival, will also be involved. Congratulations to museum director Megan McAdow, museum community engagement catalyst JoAnna Lodico and the museum staff on receiving this great opportunity for the museum!
The SVSU Writing Center has a long-held standard of excellence in research. Last weekend, six tutors had the opportunity to present that research at the International Writing Centers Association conference in Columbus, Ohio. Lizzy Kennedy, Hannah Mose, Imari Tetu, Natalie Delemeester, Josh Cianek and Caroline Sawatzki gave presentations focusing on writing centers and community engagement, outreach and assessment. All six students received funding from the SVSU Office of Undergraduate Research Travel Grant to attend and present at the conference. We are very proud of the work these Writing Center tutors do with our students on campus and the ways they share that work with the larger writing center field. They continue to be a shining example of what university writing centers can and should be.
You might have seen that, earlier this week, one of our alumna — a former Cardinal women’s basketball player — reached a milestone career success. Jenna Schroeder was recently promoted to full-time NBA referee this week, following stints refereeing college basketball, WNBA and the G League, the NBA’s developmental league. She is one of four women part of the current officiating crew and only the sixth woman in NBA history to be promoted to full-time referee. This is an outstanding accomplishment and we are proud of Jenna’s achievements!
Earlier this week, the newest member of the University Police staff was honored by the Shelter House of Midland at its annual meeting. Police Chief Cliff Block received the Healing the Hurt Award, which honors individuals or groups who have gone above and beyond to support victims of domestic violence. The award also acknowledges those who have made efforts to improve the response of the criminal justice system to instances of domestic violence. This award is a testament to Cliff’s great work as Midland's police chief, and we are proud to have him here now. Congratulations, Chief Block!
As a reminder, we will welcome around 100 employers next Wednesday, Oct. 30 for MICareerQuest Middle Michigan. This event, hosted by Great Lakes Bay Michigan Works! and Michigan Works!, is expected to draw as many as 10,000 8th through 12th grade students (and their teachers, counselors and career navigators) to campus. Opportunities to volunteer are still available.
Please find the location, time, and relevant volunteer shifts at the link below. Even if you are not able to work a full shift, please still consider signing up. For more details and to sign up visit www.micareerquestmm.com/volunteers/
To get a feel for what this event will be like, please watch this video.
Next week will mark the opening of the SVSU Theatre Department’s season. “Proof,” directed by Associate Professor of Theatre Dave Rzeszutek, will open Wednesday, Oct. 30, at 7:30 p.m. in the Malcolm Field Theatre for Performing Arts. The show will continue Thursday and Friday at 7:30 p.m.; the matinee performance will occur on Sunday at 3 p.m. “Proof” chronicles a young woman’s reaction to her father’s recent death and the 103 notebooks he left behind. Further show information and tickets can be found at https://www.svsu.edu/theatre/showschedule/.
This Saturday, Oct. 26, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m, the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum will welcome renowned ceramics artists Susanne Stephenson. Susan has been an important contributor to the field of ceramics for six decades. She received her BFA from Carnegie Mellon University and her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. The recipient of many awards, her work may be found in numerous museum collections worldwide. As a professor of ceramics and art appreciation for nearly 30 years in Michigan, she mentored and influenced the careers of countless artists. She will discuss her retrospective exhibition, which is a new version of the original presented at Pewabic Pottery in Detroit. Her exhibition – Transfigurment II – is on display until Jan. 11, 2020.
The campus community is invited to take part in Saginaw Spirit Night at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 1. The Spirit will play the Barrie Colts. Tickets are still available at this link. The username is SVSUNOV1 and the password is Spirit. Limit six tickets per person. This a great opportunity for a family outing with fellow Cardinals!
Both the men’s and women’s golf teams enjoyed a strong fall season finish at the Davenport Invitational, where both teams finished 4th overall. They will next head to Florida at the end of February.
The men’s basketball team is expected to finish 5th in the GLIAC south according to the coaches’ pre-season poll. Junior guard Myles Belyeu was named a pre-season All-GLIAC athlete. The team won decisively, 95-60, against Delta College during an early season exhibition on Wednesday.
In women’s basketball, the team is expected to finish 6th in the division. They will play their first game on Nov. 8 at Hillsdale.
As for the Cardinals’ home schedules, both men’s soccer and women’s volleyball will play at home over the weekend. Men’s soccer will face Northern Michigan on Friday at 3 p.m. and Parkside at 3 p.m. on Sunday. Women’s volleyball will face Davenport on Friday at 7 p.m. and Grand Valley at 2 p.m. on Saturday.
Best of luck to all and Go Cards!