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President’s Weekly Update - Week of Monday, Nov. 23

Kudos to Terry Blake

Terry Blake

You may not know you know Terry Blake, but if you walk by the Admissions office on any given day, you are likely to see him at the front desk smiling and giving visitors a warm Saginaw Valley welcome. What you may not know about him is his commitment to community service; Terry recently received the Hazel Jones Wright Award for Community Service from the Women's Progressive Club of Saginaw. A business management major from Flint, Terry is heavily involved on campus and in the community through membership in Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, the business fraternity Delta Sigma Pi, the Organization of Black Unity, God's Children of Integrity, and as the founder and coordinator of the Student Ambassadors Program in the Office of Multicultural Services. As we reflect at this time of year to offer gratitude, let us be thankful for all of our students who give so much to our university and our community, and to our faculty and staff who support and encourage them.

Congratulations to George Puia

George Puia at Oxford

As I mentioned last week, two students and two alumni traveled with George Puia, Dow Chemical Co. Centennial Chair in Global Business, to Oxford University in England to present their research. At the conference, it was announced that George has been selected as a recipient of the first-ever Oxford Journal Global Top 50 Educators Award. It is great to see SVSU included in such elite international company, but my favorite sentence from the award letter is: “In an era in which educators seem to be ever more specialized and focused on their own productivity, your persistent focus on students and encouragement of their success makes you stand out as a role model for excellence in education.” My congratulations to George for receiving this honor, and my appreciation to all of you who strive to be role models in this regard.

Sexual Assault Prevention Training

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As we return to work next week after a well-deserved break, many of you will receive a personalized e-mail asking you to complete an online training course:  “Preventing Discrimination and Sexual Violence: Title IX VAWA and Clery Act for Faculty and Staff.” This is a very important issue on college campuses nationwide and for our governor. I strongly encourage you to complete the online training.  You will receive a registration email from Workplace Answers eLearning [] that contains your unique, personal link to access your training. I cannot stress enough how important it is to ensure that each of us is doing all that we can to create a campus environment that is safe and welcoming to all students, faculty and staff.

Market Research Findings Shared

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Next week, our market research partners also will return to campus to share the results of their research. Some 100 of you already have registered to attend one of the three campus-wide presentations; I encourage you to attend one of these one-hour sessions as your schedule permits. Please RSVP online at These findings are based upon our input, and I am confident you will find the information shared to be insightful and useful to your work. This research will provide the foundation for our student recruitment and reputation-building efforts for years to come. The presentations are:
?    Wednesday, Dec. 2 at 5 p.m. in Ott Auditorium, Gilbertson Hall
?    Thursday, Dec. 3 at 9 a.m. in the Curtiss Hall seminar rooms
?    Thursday, Dec. 3 at 1:30 p.m. in the Curtiss Hall seminar rooms

Congratulations to Volleyball

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Congratulations to coach Will Stanton and the SVSU volleyball team on qualifying for the NCAA tournament. They will take on Rockhurst University Thursday, Dec. 3. This is the second program to qualify for NCAA post-season play already this year, joining men’s soccer. I enjoyed watching men’s basketball defeat Central State last night; I am hoping our winter sports programs enjoy similar success.

Happy Thanksgiving

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We have much to be thankful for as an institution. I am especially thankful for the people – faculty, staff, students, alumni, donors and others – who make this a great place to come to work every day. Yes, the fall semester has been demanding, as it always is, and like many of you, I plan to enjoy the holiday break. Liana and I look forward to celebrating the holiday with family. I hope you are able to spend time with those who matter most to you, and I hope all of us return next Monday refreshed, renewed, and ready to finish strong.

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