Congratulations to economics major Aranya Biswas on being chosen as the recipient of the Michigan Tutorial Association’s Tutor of the Year. “Ron” has been a tutor in the Center for Academic Achievement for three years, and in that time, he has made a significant contribution to the center through tutor training and extracurricular activities. Ron is highly involved in multiple clubs and programs across campus including the Economics Club, the Bangladeshi Student Association, International Student Club, Roberts Fellows and Orientation Programs (among others!). He uses these experiences to inform his tutoring practice and his work with other peer tutors in the center. He will be recognized at the annual Michigan Tutorial Association conference on Nov. 1, where he will receive $500 and a plaque. Congratulations once again!
Saginaw Valley State University's forensics team won its fifth consecutive Michigan Intercollegiate Speech League season-opening tournament on Friday, Sept. 27, at Oakland Community College's Orchard Ridge campus. Not only did the team win as a whole, but five SVSU students qualified for a national tournament spot in April as a result of their individual performances. These students placed in the following categories during individual competition: Simone Vaughn, a communication major from Saginaw, placed second in the informative category; Imani Clark, a communication major from Saginaw, earned second place in the impromptu category; Savannah Senyk, a communication and theatre education major from Smiths Creek, earned second place in the prose category; Monae Colvin, a criminal justice major from Detroit, received third place in the prose category; and Jessica Carpenter, a communication major from Saginaw, placed fourth in the prose category. Congratulations to the forensics team. Your hard work has paid off once again!
On Saturday, Oct. 5, Union Civica held their annual Queens pageant, in which two of the winners were associated with SVSU. Marisa Cardinalli (left) is an SVSU student who was named to the court. The new Queen is Alejandra Fulgencio (center) and is a Great Lakes Bay Early College student at SVSU with plans on attending SVSU when she graduates. La Union Civica Mexicana is a non-profit Hispanic community organization in Saginaw that was established in 1944. They have a long history of promoting the rich, vibrant culture and heritage of Mexican-Americans in Saginaw along with supporting civil rights and educational pursuits. Congratulations, Marisa and Alejandra; you have represented SVSU well!
This week’s “Battle of the Valley” fundraiser will benefit The ROCK Center for Youth Development, a Midland-based nonprofit that provides after-school programs as well as educational development initiatives at 30 middle and high schools in Bay, Midland and Saginaw counties. SVSU students have spent the week collecting funds that will be used to expand the nonprofit’s programs across the region. The public can continue to contribute to the cause at Stardust Lanes all day Friday, Oct. 11. For more information about the week’s Battle of the Valley-related events, visit www.svsu.edu/bov.
We will soon welcome MiCareer Quest Middle Michigan to campus. MiCareer Quest, organized by Michigan Works!, provides opportunity for students from 8th grade to 12th grade to experience interactive career exploration delivered by area professionals. This event will take place Wednesday, Oct. 30 at the SVSU Ryder Center, drawing as many as 10,000 students (and their teachers, counselors and career navigators) from an 11-county area including Arenac, Bay, Clare, Gladwin, Gratiot, Isabella, Iosco, Midland, Ogemaw, Roscommon and Saginaw. We look forward to welcoming these students to campus. I also want to thank our students, staff and faculty in advance for welcoming these visiting students and professionals. Please be aware that such an influx of individuals on campus will impact both vehicle and foot traffic across campus. Our staff will work strategically to ensure our guests and traditional campus population will be able to move as efficiently as possible across the university, but please allot extra time for traffic and parking on Oct. 30. We appreciate your cooperation!
SVSU is hosting the State of Lake Huron Conference this week, Wednesday to Friday, Oct. 9-11. Dave Karpovich, H.H. Dow Endowed Professor of Chemistry, is a co-chair of the conference. The conference is organized by the International Association of Great Lakes Research and has brought several hundred leading Lake Huron researchers to campus. SVSU faculty and students will be presenting in workshops and poster sessions.
In relation to the conference, the documentary “Making Waves: Battle for the Great Lakes” will be shown at 6:45 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 10, in the Curtiss Hall banquet rooms. The public is welcomed to attend.
Proposals are now being accepted for SVSU’s inaugural Community Engagement Conference. This event will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 6, from 5 - 8 p.m. in the Curtiss Hall seminar rooms. The conference is intended to bring together faculty and staff, their community partners, and students to focus on the work SVSU does in the Great Lakes Bay Region. Showcase your community engagement project by submitting a proposal by Oct. 18 to Dawn Hinton at email@example.com.
The James E. O’Neill, Jr. Memorial Lecture, a joint presentation of Field Neurosciences Institute and SVSU, will feature neuroscientist Susan Hockfield, the first woman to lead MIT as well as the author of “The Age of Living Machines.” She will discuss how new and emerging technologies have changed our minds and our worlds. The lecture will be held on Thursday, Oct. 17, at 7 p.m. in the Malcolm Field Theatre for Performing Arts. It is free and open to the public. I hope to see many of you in attendance!
The Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum will bring Michigan artist Kathyrose Pizzo to SVSU as an artist-in-residence Oct. 14-18. The museum’s staff envisions the artist-in-residence program as a way for 6th to 12th grade students, college and university students, and the public to interact with and learn from a working artist.
Classes and the public are invited to schedule a free visit during open studio hours throughout the artist-in-residence week at the museum. During open studio hours, visitors and participants will have an opportunity to learn the process of making a plaster sculpture mold, work one-on-one with the artist to make a cast plaster sculpture with pre-made molds, and learn about her career as an artist. Sessions can be scheduled from one to three hours and have a limit of 20-25 students per session. Contact Andrea Ondish at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
While our Saturday football game at GVSU will not be associated with the BOV fundraiser this year, the longstanding rivalry between the football teams remains one of our campus' most anticipated sports events each year. If you do not plan to attend the game in Allendale, make sure to tune in to WSGW for the radio broadcast at 7 p.m. Both teams stand at 4-1, tied for third place in the conference behind Ferris State and Wayne State's undefeated teams.
Meanwhile, there is plenty of home competition to look forward to this weekend. The home schedule includes women's soccer vs. Ferris State on Friday at 1 p.m. and vs. Northwood on Sunday at 1 p.m.; men's soccer vs. Northwood on Friday at 4 p.m.; women's volleyball vs. Purdue Northwest on Friday at 7 p.m. and vs. Parkside on Saturday at 2 p.m.; swimming and diving vs. Kalamazoo on Saturday at 1 p.m.; and women's tennis vs. Ashland Saturday at 11 a.m. and vs. Wayne State on Sunday at 11 a.m. Go Cards!