The American Moot Court Association has ranked our moot court team among the top 20 in the nation. SVSU ranked No. 17 in the oral advocacy category ahead of universities such as Duke and Texas A&M. They are the only Michigan team to be ranked in the top 20 in this category. The team also received honorable mention in the appellate brief writing category alongside Michigan State University’s moot court team. This is a tremendous accomplishment for the team, its students and coaches Julie Keil and Amy Hendrickson. Congratulations!
The Cardinals Vote initiative made big strides in voter turnout during the 2018 mid-terms. Between the 2014 and the 2018 mid-term elections, student voter turn-out increased from 18% to over 36%. The bi-partisan initiative works to increase voter turnout by providing registration opportunities, educational resources on candidates and issues and transportation to the polls. Just this week, Cardinals Vote was assisting students with voter registration for Voter Registration Day near the rotunda in Doan. Almost 70 students registered to vote. With the general election not far away, I expect this initiative will continue to move the needle in civic engagement. Thank you to Riley Hupfer, the democracy fellows and all involved in this important project!
Our colleagues in the office of Career Services will host the University Wide Employment and Networking Fair in Curtiss Hall on Friday, Oct. 18. A projected 125+ organizations will be in attendance to meet with prospective hires both from the campus and larger community. These organizations will offer co-ops, internships and full-time opportunities. Please encourage your students visiting the career fair to take advantage of the JCPenney Suit Up Event on Saturday, Oct. 12, from 9 a.m. to noon. Attendees can receive up to 60% off business attire in preparation for the career fair or other professional opportunities. Those interested in attending can pre-register for the Suit Up event through Cardinal Career Network.
On Friday, Oct. 4, the English Language Program will welcome nearly 100 third grade students from Kolb Elementary in Bay City to take part in Passport to the World. This day-long event will provide participating students the opportunity to learn about different countries and cultures through reading, international performances, exercise and art. Students will visit 13 country tables to have their passports “stamped.” Domestic and international student volunteers will take part. We look forward to welcoming the elementary students to campus for a great cultural experience!
Kathleen Schachman, Harvey Randall Wickes Endowed Chair in Nursing, will deliver the 22nd Annual Rush Lecture next Thursday, Oct. 3, at 4 p.m. in Founders Hall. Her talk is titled “High-Tech, High-Touch Solutions to the Opioid Crisis in Rural Michigan.” Kathleen recently presented a summarized version of this lecture to the Board of Fellows, and I am confident that the campus community will find her lecture eye-opening and inspiring. Kathleen’s innovative research and solutions for the opioid epidemic is a great illustration of the resources we provide to our communities as a regional institution. If your schedule allows, please visit her lecture and encourage your students to do the same.
The annual Saints and Sinners gala takes place next Friday, Oct. 4. This annual event supports educational and arts programs at the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum through a silent and live auction as well as through ticket sales. Entertainment will be provided by Ben Sharkey, Big Band Blues and Jazz. The event will start at 5:30 p.m. This is a great event with fantastic food and outstanding art for auction. Tickets can be purchased through the museum at http://marshallfredericks.org/sss/. I look forward to seeing many of you in attendance to support our campus museum!
On Thursday, Oct. 17, we will honor outgoing Board members Scott Carmona and Jenee Velasquez. Scott and Jenee completed their eight-year terms with the Board of Control in June, and both served the Board with distinction in multiple leadership capacities. Scott served as both treasurer and chair during his tenure, while Jenee served as secretary, vice chair and chair. They were — and continue to be — steadfast supporters of Saginaw Valley State University, and we look forward to celebrating their service. The reception will begin at 4 p.m. in the Curtiss Hall Banquet Rooms. RSVP to this link by Oct. 10.
Fall semester is flying by, and Homecoming is upon us. Homecoming week will kick off this Sunday, Sept. 29. Voting for homecoming king and queen is well underway and other events will follow throughout the week, including team kickball, a lip sync competition and flag football. Saturday’s Homecoming parade and football game on Oct. 5 will close out the festivities. The parade will begin at 11:30 a.m. and the football game will begin at 1 p.m.; they play Northwood in the Axe Bowl. The Cardinal football team is currently undefeated and ranked in the top 25 in the American Football Coaches Association rankings.
Speaking of football, I'd like to congratulate junior kicker Connor Luksic who has been named the D2football.com Special Teams Player of the Week. He achieved a 44.8 yard average during last weekend's contest against Michigan Tech.
Those interested in following Cardinal Athletics competitions here on campus should note that men's soccer and women's tennis play at home this weekend. As always, a full schedule can be found at www.svsucardinals.com. Good luck to all competing at home and away. Go Cards!