Congratulations to Peter Brian Rose-Barry, Finkbeiner Endowed Professor of Ethics. He was recently honored by the CAN Council as Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) of the year. CAN Council special advocates are highly trained volunteers who serve as a voice for children in the court system due to abuse and neglect. This critical volunteer effort has been central to Peter’s work as Finkbeiner Endowed Professor, and this honor reflects his dedication, not only to his position at SVSU, but to the community as a whole. Peter, you represent SVSU with distinction and your service to the youth in our community is a great example to all. Congratulations once again!
Thanks to the efforts of our faculty and students, the Boutell Memorial Greenhouse has been recertified through the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP). Certification is voluntary but affirms our greenhouse’s adherence to state and federal regulation standards. Activities such as water use, soil conservation and nutrient management are all taken into account during recertification; risks to the quality of any one of these activities are reduced through special techniques put forth by greenhouse manager and Lecturer of Chemistry Ed Meisel and his students. Click here to learn more about these efforts. Congratulations to Ed and his team!
On the afternoon of September 12th, I had the honor of swearing-in our new chief of University Police, Cliff Block. Prior to being hired on our campus, Cliff Block had more than a quarter-century of law enforcement experience across the state. Chief Block is familiar with our greater community. Not only did he serve as the Midland chief of police, but he is an SVSU alumnus as well. With his commitment to community engagement, I have every confidence that Chief Block is a strong addition to our university police force. Welcome, Chief Block!
Late last week, junior social work major Alexis Juarez was appointed as the social work program’s representative to the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) - Michigan Board of Directors. She will represent SVSU’s bachelor-level social work students across the state. Alexis has conducted research through an undergraduate research grant with Professor of Social Work Mark Giesler, who nominated her for this appointment. This is great news for Alexis and the social work department! Congratulations and best of luck to her in this position.
Hispanic Heritage Month begins Sunday, Sept. 15, and so will festivities in celebration of the month on SVSU’s campus. From noon to 3 p.m., guests can visit parking lot G3 outside of Gilbertson Hall for a lowrider display. Speakers include Vanessa Guerra – the 95th District state House representative – and Debbie Sanchez, who will appear as the subject of the documentary “Queen of the Lowriders.” They will be joined by the event’s organizer, Roberto Garcia, director of Multicultural Student Affairs. The purpose of the event is to highlight the significance of lowrider vehicles both culturally and historically. A DJ and food truck will also be on site. For more information on this and other Hispanic Heritage Month events, visit http://www.svsu.edu/msa/wecelebrate/hispanicheritagemonth/.
The SVSU Foundation is accepting applications from faculty and staff now through Oct. 15 for two grant opportunities: Foundation Resource Grants and new Foundation Community Engagement Grants. The new Community Engagement Grants will fund projects involving SVSU students and community partners that address a need and strengthen SVSU’s commitment to community engagement. Resource Grants, as in previous years, are meant to fund one-time or start-up programs geared toward improving student experience. Projects led by students are eligible for both programs with a faculty or staff member listed as a primary applicant. Those interested in pursuing either of these opportunities should visit the InfoReady application site: svsu.infoready4.com or contact Emmie Busch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is still time to complete the EVERFI harassment and discrimination online course. Search “EVERFI” in your e-mail inbox to find the course and complete it by Sept. 28. I finished the course myself early last week. The material is engaging, dynamic and informative. I suggest spending a few minutes each day – or whatever time to you can – in the online course. You can pause your progress and return to it at any time. This training is especially helpful for those who wonder what steps they should take should they ever encounter or hear about harassment or discrimination on campus. The more you know, the more you can help yourself, your colleagues or your students in a time of need.
The Cardinals enjoyed an exciting and successful weekend across sports programs! I was happy to travel to Kingsville, Texas to support the football team in their season opener against Texas A&M – Kingsville, where they won 35-14.
The men’s and women’s cross-country teams also finished strong at the Northwood Invitational over the weekend, with the men’s team landing first and women’s second.
Women’s volleyball went undefeated in the Clarion Tournament over the weekend, and both men’s and women’s soccer played well in their respective contests. The men won their season opener to McKendree and played a close game against the University of Indianapolis, losing 2-1 in overtime. The women lost to Maryville in a difficult overtime, but regained ground with a 3-1 win against the University of Missouri – St. Louis.
I encourage you to keep up with both wwwsvsucardinals.com and The Valley Vanguard for continued updates on the accomplishments of our Athletics and club teams, and, of course, attend the contests.
You can download your All Sports passes here: https://www.etix.com/ticket/p/7862479/all-sports-pass-20192020-season-university-center-svsu-athletic-complex. Passes offer complimentary access to all Athletics events for faculty and staff.