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MiCareerQuest Success

students attending MICareer Quest in SVSU's ryder center

On Wednesday Oct. 30, we welcomed over 100 employers from MiCareerQuest Middle Michigan. This event was hosted by Great Lakes Bay Michigan Works! and Michigan Works! The event provided interactive, hands-on, informational and inspiring career opportunities in advanced manufacturing, agribusiness, construction and health. Well over 8,000 middle and high school students participated. SVSU is proud to host an event so pivotal to many students’ career aspirations, and we want to thank campus faculty, staff, students and those who volunteered for their assistance and patience on this busy day. 

SVSU professor to lead workshops at state-wide thespian festival

Assistant professor Tommy Wedge

Assistant Professor Tommy Wedge was invited to lead combat workshops at the Michigan Thespians State Festival. The festival will take place in Detroit this December. While previously hosted here, the numbers outgrew SVSU and it will now reach approximately 1,800 high school students that are interested in theatre throughout the state. The workshops that Tommy will be hosting are the highest attended at the festival. We are honored and thankful to have Tommy and his department attend and represent SVSU at the festival in this unique way! 

Welcoming friends from France

SVSU students visiting with French students

On Monday, Oct. 28, the Department of Modern Foreign Languages welcomed 21 middle school and high school students and their teachers from Évry-Courcouronnes, France, a suburb of Paris. The group toured the Marshall Fredericks Museum before enjoying lunch at Marketplace at Doan with SVSU French students, then met with our FREN 111, 211 and 311 classes for conversations on topics ranging from the French and American school systems to popular music. The students are participating in a two-week exchange program in Bay City Public Schools organized by Bay City Western High School French teacher Beth Ann Fall. The visit to SVSU was organized by Ann De Corte, adjunct instructor of French, and Dr. Julie Foss, associate professor of modern foreign languages. We are excited to welcome the students to SVSU! 

Thank you for participating in the Campus Climate Survey

SVSU cardinal climate survey flyer

I would like to sincerely thank those who have participated in the Campus Climate Survey this fall. Your honest answers will make a difference in the Cardinal community, and I look forward to supporting the various new programs and initiatives that will come from the results of this year’s survey. If you have not had an opportunity to participate, you may still do so. The survey deadline has been extended to tomorrow, Nov. 1. You can access the survey at this link or visit Wickes 260A to take a paper version of the survey. 

Welcoming Gary Brasseur to new position in Academic Advising

Director of Academic Advising Center Gary Brasseur

I am pleased to welcome Gary Brasseur to his new role as Director of the Academic Advisement Center, effective Nov. 11, 2019.  Gary is currently serving as the Associate Director of Transfer Student Admissions at SVSU.  He has served in numerous leadership roles at SVSU, Delta College and Mott Community College. His previous experiences across admissions, advising, financial aid and minority student services makes him uniquely equipped for this position and I look forward to working with him in this capacity. Please join me in welcoming Gary to his new position. 

Fall Open House

We welcome banner

Saturday, Nov. 9, is SVSU’s Fall Open House. With an average of 800 guests, the open house is our largest recruitment event of the year.  

While this large event is exciting, it does require a lot of volunteers for it to be as successful as possible. Volunteers would be responsible for welcoming guests, speaking with them, and assisting them between buildings and departments.  

If you are interested in volunteering or would like more information, please fill out the volunteer form here.  Any questions can be directed to the Assistant Director of Freshmen Operations, Carmen Stricker, at ext. 4480 or   

Kochville Township to feature SVSU branding

student volunteers

Be on the lookout later this week, as installation for a new street sign featuring SVSU’s very own Cardinal Mascot will take place! The new signage will be installed beginning Thursday, Oct. 31, on the mast arms of 10-foot street signs at three intersections: Towne Center and Tittabawassee; Cardinal Square and Tittabawassee; and Cardinal Square and Trautner. The signage is thanks to a collaboration between SVSU leaders and officials with the Kochville Township Downtown Development Authority (DDA). SVSU appreciates Kochville DDA’s leadership in strengthening our university community partnership and for the opportunity to share our brand. Click here for more information on this partnership. 

Celebrate Cardinal alumni

Alumni Celebration flyer

Military veterans, business leaders, and coaches are among the eight individuals whose accomplishments and dedication to community engagement will be recognized during SVSU’s annual Alumni Celebration Friday, Nov. 8. The reception will be held in the Curtiss Hall banquet rooms at 6 p.m. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online at 

The SVSU Alumni Association selected five individuals to receive the Distinguished Alumni award — one for each of SVSU's academic colleges. They are as follows: 

  • Ricky Brown for College of Arts & Behavioral Sciences 
  • Jill Dralle for the College of Science, Engineering & Technology 
  • Jean LaClair for the College of Education 
  • Mary Kay Smith for the College of Health & Human Services 
  • Greg Wischmeyer for the Scott L. Carmona College of Business 

Three other honorees will receive recognition at the ceremony. Tony Goble received the Veteran Alumni award. Darrin Flowers and Emily Short both received Young Alumnus awards. 

I look forward to seeing you there! 

Fall’s last visiting scholar to speak on Monday

President and CEO of Resiliancy Inc. Horacio Sanchez

The last of the scheduled fall visiting scholars will speak on Monday, Nov. 4, at 7 p.m. in Gilbertson Hall’s Ott Auditorium. Horatio Sanchez is president and CEO of Resiliency, Inc., an organization dedicated to fostering resiliency in students by improving school climates, instruction and discipline. His talk - The Perfect Storm - will address topics in his book The Education Revolution. As with most other lectures, this one is free and open to the public. 

Soccer, swimming and football return home this weekend

Fall athlete collage 2019

Come support our Cardinal athletes at home this weekend! 

Today, Nov. 1st at 1 p.m., women’s soccer will play Davenport. They will also face Grand Valley on Sunday, Nov. 3. The games have been moved to the Midland Community Stadium.

Football returns home on Nov. 2 at 1 p.m. vs. Ashland, and the swim and dive team will host Northern at 11 a.m. the same day. 

Men’s basketball will play an exhibition against the University of Michigan at the “Little Big House” in Ann Arbor tomorrow night. This is an exciting opportunity for the team, and I look forward to cheering them on. 

Good luck this weekend & go Cards! 

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