Congratulations to our three students who captured first place honors during the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Region III competition hosted on campus last week. Rusty Myers received one of two regional Irene Ryan Awards for acting – out of 250 competing for the honor; Cameron Thorp, took first place for his prop design; and Mara Berton was recognized for her excellence in stage management. All three advanced to the national Kennedy Center festival in Washington, D.C. in April.
My thanks to the SVSU faculty and staff who worked hard to ensure that the more than 1,200 visitors to campus had a good experience. And in case you missed it, we received a fair amount of positive media attention for the estimated $2.8 million in economic activity the festival generated for hotels, restaurants and other businesses in the Great Lakes Bay Region.
We are making a significant institutional commitment for increased study of the Saginaw Bay watershed and will establish the Saginaw Bay Environmental Science Institute at SVSU this year. This will build upon SVSU's existing freshwater research activities – for which we have received national acclaim – and initially will include faculty from biology, chemistry and geography, as well as dozens of students. David Karpovich, our H.H. Dow Endowed Chair in Chemistry, will serve as director. In the coming days and weeks, you will be hearing more about this.
Award-winning journalist and National Public Radio correspondent Michele Norris will be the keynote speaker at the fourth annual Great Lakes Bay Regional Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Malcolm Field Theatre for Performing Arts. This event is a joint effort with the region’s community foundations and chambers of commerce, and is supported by several leading employers. A few tickets remain available through the SVSU Box Office if you would like to attend. For more information, visit svsu.edu/mlk.
The snow and ice we received overnight serve as Mother Nature’s reminder that another winter semester is upon us. Our colleagues in Campus Facilities were hard at work before dawn today to make our campus passable. Meanwhile, many of our students will be scrambling to change their class schedules and returning to their academic routine; please be patient with them and please continue your hard work to help them succeed.