The Marshall Fredericks Sculpture Museum will host the annual Saints and Sinners gala next Friday, Oct. 5, at 5 p.m. The theme of this year's gala is Saints, Sinners, and Spirit – a nod to the 60th anniversary of Fredericks' most iconic public sculpture The Spirit of Detroit, which finds its home outside of the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center in Detroit. This highly anticipated annual event supports museum exhibitions and education programs.
Joni Boye-Beaman, Professor of Sociology, will deliver the 21st Annual Rush Lecture next Thursday, Oct. 4, at 4 p.m. in Founders Hall. The title of Boye-Beaman's talk is "Experiential Learning: Building Community and Competence through Civic Engagement." She is currently working with James Bowers, associate professor of criminal justice, and student research assistants as evaluators for a project with the Saginaw Police Department. This project focuses on developing and implementing policies and practices to better respond to victims of violent crimes. Boye-Beaman has been involved in several initiatives for the campus community throughout her career at SVSU. I look forward to her talk and hope to see many of you in attendance.
Over the past several months, the issue of sexual assault – particularly sexual assault on college campuses – has been an area of concern, conversation, and activism. Given our university’s genuine dedication to preventing sexual assault and protecting our students, I am pleased that SVSU received positive coverage of our Bringing in the Bystander program from multiple media platforms this week. Bringing in the Bystander is a grant-funded initiative committed to sexual assault prevention and education; it is based on a program at the University of New Hampshire that has been shown to be effective in shifting attitudes, cultivating senses of bystander responsibility, and increasing the likelihood of participants intervening. We received the $25,000 in state funding in June and are working to train 1,000 students in sexual assault prevention by the end of this year. Coverage of our program coincides with Michigan First Lady Sue Snyder’s “Let’s End Sexual Assault” Summit in Kalamazoo this past Monday. I commend those students, faculty and staff who have dedicated their time to this program and to the important issue of sexual assault prevention.
The first in a series of four “critical conversations” took place in the Malcolm Field Theatre this Tuesday night on the Confederate flag. The Critical Conversations series is organized in partnership with the Saginaw Intermediate School District and the Saginaw Community Foundation. Joni Boye-Beaman, served as the evening’s moderator, and history professors Ken Jolly and Paul Teed served on the speakers’ panel. This series – as indicated by its name – aims to foster thoughtful dialogue on important issues of equity and inclusion. I am proud of the role our institution will play in promoting conversation around these issues. The discussion Tuesday was thoughtful and civil. The next talk in the series will take place Nov. 5, and will address unconscious biases. Coverage of this week’s talk can be found here.
Please join me in congratulating Dawn Hinton, who has been appointed Faculty Fellow for Community Engagement by SVSU's Center for Community Engagement. Hinton will use her two-year appointment with the Center to further involve SVSU faculty and staff in community engagement and to continue her work with the community. Hinton is a Professor of Sociology with an extensive record of community engagement and collaborations across the region. I have no doubt that she will be a helpful and welcomed addition to the Center. I would also like to thank Stewart French, associate professor of political science, for his two years of service as the first faculty involved in the development of the Center, which since its founding has been a vital piece of our community outreach at SVSU.
Also in the way of community engagement, we will once again welcome the Bridge the Gap basketball tournament to the SVSU Ryder Center this Saturday, Sept. 29, at 11 a.m. Bridge the Gap works to promote comradery and provide common ground for law enforcement officials and community members through an annual basketball tournament, as well as through a series of events held throughout the year. Many familiar faces will be in attendance this weekend, including several of our University Police officers and members of our men's and women's basketball teams. A limited number of free tickets may be claimed from my office (ext. 4042), but tickets may also be purchased at the door.
Two world-renowned musicians will bring the classical sounds of Beethoven, Ravel, Shen, and Saint-Saens to SVSU's Rhea Miller Recital Hall this Friday, Sept. 28, at 7:30 p.m. Wendy Chu, a talented pianist and China native, has used her award-winning skill to mentor up-and-coming piano players, and has performed around the world, working closely with gifted artists across the globe. Joining Chu on Friday is violinist Fangye Sun, an assistant professor of violin at Central Michigan University and instructor at Bay View Music Festival in the summer. This concert is free and open to the public. You can view Chu's previous performances at SVSU here.
After an exciting 35-29 overtime "W" over Wayne State last weekend, our 4-0 football team will head north to play Michigan Tech on Saturday. This is the first time since 2005 that our football team has started the season 4-0.
This week, our men’s cross country team is ranked 12th nationally by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
Multiple student athletes were recognized as GLIAC Players of the Week this week, including defensive end David Still from football, men’s soccer midfielder Alex Gloshen, and women’s soccer midfielder Valentina Giambanco. Alexa Martson was named Women’s Golfer of the Week.
SVSU will host a number of home matches Friday, Saturday and Sunday in men’s soccer, women’s volleyball, and women’s tennis. A full schedule of athletic events can be found here.
Congratulations to all of our student-athlete award recipients, and best of luck to our competitors this weekend. Go Cards!