The sun isn't the only factor powering Ellen Lavigne's interest in solar energy. With the help of Saginaw Valley State University and the Dow Corning Foundation, the junior at Midland's H.H. Dow High School is working to build a miniature solar-powered car.
Clarinetist Kip Franklin will be joined in concert by clarinetist Sandra Jackson and pianist Garik Pederson Saturday, Oct. 11, as part of the second annual Clarinet Day and Artist Recital at Saginaw Valley State University. The concert begins at 6 p.m. in SVSU’s Rhea Miller Recital Hall; it is free and open to the public.
The program includes music by composers such as German composer J.S. Bach, French composer Claude Debussy and Czech composer Franz Krommer.
An SVSU adjunct professor of clarinet, Franklin was recently a featured presenter at the International Clarinet Association Convention in Baton Rouge, La. He won the 2011 state-level Music Teacher's National Association Young Artist and Chamber Music division.
Franklin is also member of the Fresco Winds woodwind quintet and has performed at the Fischoff National Camber Music Competition in 2011 and 2012.
Jackson is an assistant professor of clarinet at Eastern Michigan University. She was recently a featured soloist at the Bach Festival in Lexington, Mich. Jackson maintains a private studio of clarinet students and is a founding member of the Lakeview Chamber Ensemble in Chicago.
Pederson is a professor of piano at Eastern Michigan University and the president of the Michigan Music Teachers Association. He has performed as soloist and chamber musician throughout the U.S., Europe, Canada, Central America, Taiwan and the Philippine Islands.
For more information on the concert, please contact the SVSU Department of Music at email@example.com or (989) 964-4159.
Monday, Oct. 6, 6 p.m. to morning
Saginaw Valley State University's Student Life Center will host an event to raise awareness about homelessness for World Habitat Day Monday, Oct. 6.
During the “Cardboard City” event, students will construct their own cardboard houses and sleep overnight in the campus courtyard. Students will also raise funds for the Saginaw-Shiawassee Habitat for Humanity affiliate and participate in activities from 6-10 p.m. At 10 p.m., students will watch a documentary, "Lost Angels: Skid Row is My Home," and reflect on the film.
About 50 students are anticipated to participate in the event. All participants must bring a non-perishable food item to donate to a local food pantry.
Pictures from the event will be posted to social media using #SVCardboardCity.
October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. At the end of the month, we have an FBI specialist coming to campus to talk about cyber security and how to keep yourself safe with technology. The presentation will be
The entire campus community is invited to attend this interesting and informative event. We hope to see you there!
Leading up to the presentation, we will be posting articles in the ITS Newsroom and on the mySVSU Portal about technology-related security issues and how to protect yourself. Technology is such a big part of our lives now that we often don't think twice about what we are really doing when we install a new app or use a wireless network.
So what can you do this month to be a better cyber citizen? Keep an eye out for technology announcements and plan on attending the presentation on cyber security!
Print and post the Cyber Security Presentation Flyer (134KB) in your office.
Cara Deschermeier can be described in many ways. Wife, Saginaw Valley State University student, musician, events coordinator, dancer, leader. Soon, working professional will be added to the list.
The Petoskey native has accepted a full-time position as a junior instructional designer at United Federal Credit Union's headquarters in the southwestern Michigan community of St. Joseph. She plans to begin the job once she graduates from SVSU with a bachelor's degree in communication in May 2015.
Nabbing a full-time job before graduation is a rare accomplishment for any college undergrad. Deschermeier said she was able to secure the post because of the impression she made at the credit union this summer, when she worked as an intern.
"I'm very excited," she said. "I loved my boss and my team, and I can't wait to go back."
The 2010 Petoskey High School graduate said the opportunity arose in part thanks to SVSU's Career Services office, whose staff connected her with the credit union when it posted an opening for the internship earlier this year.
"I might not have even looked at the opening without them," she said.
When she begins the new job, Deschermeier said she expects to inhabit many of the same responsibilities that helped catch the company's attention when she was an intern.
This summer, she helped build online learning courses for the company's new employees. The role involved a lot of planning, writing, graphic design and web design work. Before beginning her internship, Deschermeier considered herself a novice when it came to graphic and web design. Learning new skills, though, became part of the job's appeal.
"I learned so, so much," she said. "I can't wait to go back and learn more."
Cindy Swigert, chief human resources officer at United Federal Credit Union, said Deschermeier during her internship displayed "a well-developed learning agility" that impressed supervisors enough that they extended the full-time offer.
"What we're looking for are folks who are able to learn on the fly, who are resourceful, because so much is changing all the time," Swigert said. "Her ability to digest new information and respond to it and use it is what we were looking for."
Despite her eagerness to return to St. Joseph, Deschermeier plans to enjoy her final academic year; she has SVSU in her DNA.
Her mother, Karen Mazzoline, earned a bachelor's degree in music education from the school. Deschermeier herself started out as a music education major during her freshman year - she is trained as both a vocalist and flutist - but changed her tune eventually to the communication degree program.
"It's taught me a lot," she said of the program. "It's amazing to sit down and think about what's going on around the world, and how we communicate through technology."
Deschermeier is involved in a number of extracurricular programs. She works in the Student Life Center office, where she serves as coordinator of the after-hours campus event planning group, Valley Nights. She also is president of ENCORE, an SVSU student organization that coordinates singing- and dancing-geared events, and is a member of the SVSU branch of Lambda Pi Eta, the National Communication Association's honor society at 4-year colleges and universities.
Deschermeier said her entire collegiate experience has prepared her for her next role at United Federal Credit Union ... and beyond.
"This has put me in a great situation," she said.
Saginaw Valley State University's Literacy Center is offering reading, writing and math tutoring for students from kindergarten age to adult learners.
The clinics takes place Monday, Oct. 20 through February 2 at 4 p.m., 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Mondays in the Literacy Center, located in SVSU's Gilbertson Hall, formerly known as the Regional Education Center. The cost is $350 per clinic for thirteen 50-minute sessions as well as pre- and post- assessments.
Students must complete a 1-hour assessment prior to the clinic to determine their strengths and needs in reading, writing or math. Assessments for fall 2014 are scheduled Monday, Oct. 6 and Monday, Oct. 13 at 4 p.m., 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Contact Laurie Ann Haney, assistant director of the Literacy Center, at (989) 964-4982 or firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an assessment.
All clinic tutors hold master's degrees in literacy, certification in reading recovery and/or the appropriate degree in a related field. They use a research-based tutoring system to design individualized lessons and use data-driven instruction correlating with state standards. Tutors work collaboratively with parents and guardians.
Tutoring occurs in a state-of-the-art facility that fosters motivation for reading and utilizes the latest technology. All tutoring is directed by Haney and Gretchen Owocki, SVSU professor of teacher education.
For more information, visit www.svsu.edu/literacycenter.
Saginaw Valley State University’s commitment to veterans and military personnel has been recognized by being named to the Military Friendly® list of schools for the fourth consecutive year. Selected by Victory Media, the list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America's military service members, veterans, spouses and dependents as students, and ensure their success on campus.
“We are proud of SVSU's continued inclusion on this list and fully expect to keep improving as the University’s already immense support of our department grows even stronger,” said Denise Berry, director of Military Student Affairs at SVSU.
The Military Friendly® Schools designation and list by Victory Media is in its sixth year. Military Friendly provides service members and veterans data-driven ratings about post-military education and career opportunities.
The methodology for making the list has changed the student veteran landscape to one more transparent and has played a significant role in recording and advancing best practices to support military students across the country. The survey captures over 50 leading practices in supporting military students and is free of charge to more than 8,000 schools approved for Post-9/11 GI Bill funding.
“We have worked very hard to provide the types of programs and services our military students need and deserve,” Berry said.
For more information about SVSU's commitment to attracting and supporting military students, visit SVSU's Military Student Affairs website at www.svsu.edu/militarystudentaffairs.
The Military Friendly® Schools media and website, found at www.militaryfriendlyschools.com, features the list, interactive tools and search functionality to help military students find the best school to suit their unique needs and preferences.
Victory Media is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business founded in 2001. Victory's free, data-driven, Military Friendly ® lists can be found online. Victory's lists are also published in G.I. Jobs, Military Spouse, Vetrepreneur magazines, republished in national and local periodicals and are frequently cited on national and local TV stations.
The delivery of education near and far will be examined by Carolyn Wierda when she gives the 2014 Rush Lecture at Saginaw Valley State University Thursday, Oct. 9 at 4 p.m. in Founders Hall. An executive-in-residence and interim associate dean in the College of Education, Wierda’s talk is titled, “From Other Hemispheres to Our Home: National, State and Local K-12 Educational Trends.”
As co-director of SVSU’s Gerstacker Fellowship, a leadership development program for K-12 educators, Wierda has traveled to visit classrooms in China, Finland and elsewhere. This fall, she is leading a project that will bring 24 education students from China’s Shanghai Normal University – which prepares 85 percent of teachers for that city of 24 million – to campus. They will participate in a week-long exchange with SVSU education faculty, and will be paired with teachers from the Saginaw Township and Swan Valley school districts for field experience.
Prior to SVSU, Wierda enjoyed a distinguished career in K-12 education. Following five years as a classroom teacher in Ohio and Michigan, she served as an elementary school principal for a combined 11 years in Merrill and Saginaw Township schools before moving into other administrative roles.
After serving as an assistant superintendent for Saginaw Township and Bay City Public Schools, Wierda concluded her K-12 career as superintendent in Bay City, a post she held for five years. She currently serves as chair of the Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance’s education council and is one of three leaders for its STEM Impact Initiative.
Wierda completed a bachelor’s degree at Bucknell University, a master’s degree at Michigan State University, and additional graduate course work at SVSU.
The Rush Lectureship recognizes and rewards SVSU faculty and staff who, by their creation or development of significant scholarly or artistic work, have distinguished themselves and brought recognition to the University.
Thomas and Hilda Rush of Midland created the Rush Endowment as part of SVSU's Campaign for Distinction. Thomas Rush served on the Board of Control from 1991 to 2000. A retired orthopedic surgeon who served in several leadership roles as a physician in Midland, he also was a member of the SVSU Foundation Board of Directors.
Hilda Rush has had a long and distinguished career as a professional office and business manager in the health care field. She was a founding member of the Midland Practice Managers' Association and the Michigan Orthopaedic Group Management Association.
Saginaw Valley State University will produce the play, “The Grapes of Wrath,” to celebrate the novel’s 75th anniversary.
The play won a 1990 Tony Award and an Outer Critics Circle Award. It follows the Joad family in their journey from the dust bowl of Oklahoma. Almost 40 SVSU students from a variety of majors make up the cast.
After losing their farm, Ma Joad and ex-convict Tom Joad lead their family to California to look for work. The Joads deal with death and deprivation along the way and are disappointed by the realities of the Great Depression upon reaching their destination. The show exhibits the essential goodness and strength that reside in the hearts and minds of the "common man."
“I think the story is extremely relevant for today's audience and will strike a chord with them,” said David Rzeszutek, director of the play and an SVSU assistant professor of theatre.
John Steinbeck published the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel in 1939. The story was adapted for Broadway by Frank Galati in 1990, starring Gary Sinise. The 1940 film was directed by John Ford and starred Henry Fonda.
Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15 through Saturday, Oct. 18; a matinee is planned for 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19. All shows are held in SVSU’s Malcolm Field Theatre for Performing Arts. Tickets cost $13 for the general public and $10 for senior citizens and students.
For more information or to order tickets, contact the Box Office at (989) 964-4261 or visit http://www.svsu.edu/theatre/showschedule/.
Saginaw Valley State University sophomore and Vassar native Landon Zwerk recently received the school’s S.K. Yun Science Award, given annually to one or more SVSU students showing enthusiasm for studying natural science.
“I knew it would be cool to win, but I didn’t understand the magnitude of it until I received the award,” said Zwerk, who earned a $500 check as part of the accomplishment.
Holly Little, SVSU lecturer of biology, nominated Zwerk for his work on an assignment given during her fall 2013 plants and civilization course. Zwerk was tasked with presenting a report on the journey of a crop from its roots in the soil to its role economically, nutritionally and culturally.
Little, in her nomination letter, described Zwerk’s efforts as “beyond my expectation.” His report centered on how sugar is extracted from sugar beets. The assignment led him to tour a Michigan Sugar plant for research.
Zwerk, a management major, was familiar with the crop before his assignment. His father and two other relatives own Vassar-based Zwerk & Sons Farms, a 7,000-acre operation that farms sugar beats, wheat, corn and beans.
Zwerk has worked multiple jobs at the family establishment. “I like going to work every day,” he said of his outside-of-school activity. “There’s always something to do there, even in the winter.”
While Zwerk describes himself as “the lowest guy on the totem pole right now,” one day he plans to own the family business. He would become the fourth generation in his family to manage the company.
Zwerk expects his SVSU education will help him achieve that goal. The S.K. Yun Science Award and its $500 check, meanwhile, will help him pay for tuition, books and other fees associated with that education.
The S.K. Yun Science Award is named in memory of S.K. Yun, an SVSU physics professor from 1969 until his death in 1994. Yun was known for his research in theoretical high-energy physics.
“I was very grateful,” Zwerk said about receiving the award. “It was an honor to represent the Yun family and the university.”