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President’s Weekly Update for Monday, May 6

Commencement Ceremonies Saturday

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We look forward to sending another graduating class off this Saturday. Some 700 students are expected to participate during the 1 p.m. ceremony, and in all, 784 students have applied to graduate with bachelor’s degrees. They will hear from SVSU pioneer Charley Curtiss, an original  Board of Control member who served for 32 years. At 4 p.m., provost Don Bachand will address more than 120 students in the Malcolm Field Theatre for Performing Arts; in all, more than 180 students are expected to complete advanced degrees.

Commencement always represents an important day to our students and their families. My thanks to all of you who participate in the ceremonies.  

Marshall Fredericks Museum Breaks Ground This Friday

The Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum will hold a groundbreaking ceremony this Friday, May 10 at 4 p.m. as they prepare to create a new exterior entrance and sculpture garden. It will include the unveiling of Black Elk, Marshall Fredericks’ last public sculpture that was cast shortly after he died in 1998, and will be on a long-term loan to the museum. I hope you will join us if your schedule permits.

Groundbreaking for Ryder Center Expansion Coming June 3

Planning is underway for a ceremony Monday, June 3 to mark the start of construction on the expansion to the Ryder Center, one of our most heavily used facilities. The new field house will include a 300-meter indoor track to replace our current indoor and outdoor tracks. The infield of the track will have a synthetic turf surface suitable for baseball, softball, football and soccer practice purposes. The addition is scheduled to be completed in April 2014, at which time, work will begin on renovations to the existing facility, which opened in 1989.

New Associate Deans Hired, Faculty Searches Underway

We have hired two new associate deans. Eric Gardner, professor of English, will serve as associate dean for the College of Arts and Behavioral Sciences, as Carol Zimmerman returns to the criminal justice faculty. Bryan Crainer, associate director of retention for first year programs, has agreed to become our new associate dean of students. My thanks to both of them for accepting these important roles.

Meanwhile, we continue to hire new faculty for the fall. Look for a more complete report on this in a few weeks.

Track and Field Athletes Finish First, Earn Honors

Senior Tyler Grob, an exercise science major from Pinckney, set a new school record in the decathlon at the GLIAC outdoor track and field championships over the weekend, taking first place in the process. His points total is currently the fifth best NCAA Division II score in the nation this year.  more »

On the women’s side, Taylor Stepanski, a social work major from Alpena, was named 2013 GLIAC 'Freshman Runner of the Year' after her first-place finish in the 800 meter run. Sophomore Emily Short, a chemistry major from Tawas City, also won her race, the 5000 meters.  more »

 

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