For the fourth year in a row, we have earned the Great Colleges to Work For designation. This designation is made based on survey responses from randomly selected colleagues across campus. Over 200 institution participate in this recognition program, and I am proud that we are among only two universities in Michigan to receive the designation. This year, we received the recognition based on five categories: collaborative governance; compensation and benefits; facilities, workspace and security; teaching environment; and tenure clarity and process. I would like to thank those who participated in the survey and provided honest feedback on our university. We have much to be proud of here, and this recognition affirms the ways in which we strive to make SVSU a great place to be.
This Saturday marks the first Cardinal College Day on our campus. Over 170 high school students and their families will visit campus to determine if SVSU is the right fit for them. Students will meet faculty and be introduced to their programs of interest. Campus tours will also be provided. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will end with a Student Services Fair. Students will be able to meet with representatives on scholarship and financial aid, housing and various aspects of student life. We look forward to welcoming these students to campus!
There are several opportunities to engage with the arts in the coming week.
Regional production of Mamma Mia
The long-awaited regional production of “Mamma Mia” opens this Friday and features many talented Cardinals. The production, which is a collaboration between Bay City Players, Midland Center for the Arts as well as Pit and Balcony, is directed by Assistant Professor of Theatre Tommy Wedge. In addition, nine alumni, five students and three educators (including Tommy) from SVSU are involved as cast or crew members. Theatre major Melanie Frasca serves as stage manager. The show will run at Midland Center for the Arts Sept. 20-22 and Sept. 27-29; tickets can be purchased online by clicking on this link.
On Monday, Sept. 23, Cathy Cassady Sylvia will kick off the fall speaker series with a presentation on the female writers of the Beat Generation. Sylvia, the daughter of Beat writers Carolyn and Neal Cassady, will present at 4 p.m. in Founders Hall. She will share a collection of her mother’s unpublished stories, poems and paintings and examine how female voices shaped Beat literature.
On Thursday, Sept. 26, SVSU alumna and Bollywood star Meera Chopra will speak about her experiences in Saginaw and her film successes. Since her graduation in 2003, Meera has starred in more than 20 films produced in her home country of India. One of her films, “1920: London,” can be streamed on Netflix. Her talk will begin at 7 p.m. in the Malcolm Field Theatre for Performing Arts.
Both of these talks are free and open to the public.
The music department is hosting the Charlie Parker celebration, beginning next Thursday, Sept. 26. Charlie Parker, considered the greatest jazz saxophonist, was an American alto saxophonist, composer, bandleader and lyric artist. His legacy will be honored next Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the Rhea Miller Recital Hall with an SVSU jazz recital. A performance by jazz saxophonist Clark Gibson will follow on Saturday, Sept. 28, at 7 p.m. in the recital hall. Local musicians will accompany Gibson’s performance. Tickets can be purchased at the box office prior to the event.
The Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum is hosting a Cardinal Square Competition. SVSU students are invited to submit their design proposal for the Kochville outdoor sculpture. The winner of the contest will have their proposal professionally constructed and placed for permanent display in Kochville Township on the corner of Trautner and Cardinal Square, just a few miles from campus. There will be three winners and they will receive a cash prize. The deadline to submit proposals is Dec. 13. I encourage all students to participate. To sign up and for more details, visit: http://marshallfredericks.org/cardinalsquareart/
Apart from this competition, there will be an opportunity for creative expression in celebration of the International Day of Peace, which is this Saturday, Sept. 21. The Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum will host a free peace day event from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. featuring art activities, music and conversations on the concept of peace around the world. Refreshments will also be served. The museum is a perfect site for this celebration considering its namesake, Marshall Fredericks, sculpted the Fountain of Eternal Life, which was dedicated in Cleveland on Memorial Day 1964 in honor of those who have served our armed forces in hopes of a more peaceful world.
Congratulations to many of our Cardinal student-athletes.
Our women’s golf team saw a record performance from junior Sabrina Coffman, who shot 2 under par for a 4th place finish at the SVSU invitational last weekend; the Cardinals came in 5th place overall.
For men’s golf, junior Gunnar Stein was the only player to shoot under par at the GLIAC North Championship, earning him medalist honors. The Cardinals placed 3rd overall.
Men’s soccer players Connor Rutz and Mason Maziasz swept GLIAC honors, earning offensive and defensive players of the week, respectively.
Congratulations to all of these student-athletes!
Tonight from 6p.m. to 7p.m. at the Pierce Road Bar and Grill the voice of the Cardinals, J.J. Boehm will be hosting head football coach Ryan Brady and volleyball coach Will Stanton as well as some of our student-athletes for a radio broadcast on WSGW 100.5. Tune in or stop by over the next ten weeks as Coach Brady and another member of the Cardinal head coaching team gives a breakdown of past and upcoming Cardinal athletic competitions.
Additional Athletics news and team schedules can be found at www.svsucardinals.com
Have a great weekend, and Go Cards!