As Leecia Barnes moved closer to graduating from high school in 2011, her parents regularly asked, “What’s the plan?”
Three years later, she’s close to completing that plan — graduating from Saginaw Valley State University with a bachelor’s degree in finance — and already has found success in her next plan, well before most college students do.
Barnes, an intern at Enterprise Holdings since May, impressed her employers enough this summer that she was offered a full-time position at the parent company of several car rental businesses including Enterprise Rent-A-Car.
The Flint native will begin her role as a management trainee after she earns her SVSU degree in December.
“It’s been so great,” she said of the internship that turned into the promise of a full-time job.
Barnes worked at various Enterprise Holdings branches across the Great Lakes Bay Region as an intern this summer, largely assisting in customer service issues. One week, she was put in charge of the Midland branch while a manager was out of the office.
“They trained me up to the point where they could leave me in charge of the place,” she said. “That was cool.”
Her success professionally matches her upward trajectory academically.
When Barnes’ dancing coach recommended she attend SVSU after graduating from Beecher High School, Barnes enrolled at the Saginaw university and began classes in fall 2011 as a recipient of the President’s Scholarship.
Since, she’s also been active as a student outside of the classroom, working for the university’s Admissions office and joining both the institution’s Forte Dance Team — where she currently serves as captain — and the SVSU chapter of Delta Sigma Pi, an international business fraternity.
She credits SVSU’s finance program in part for helping prepare her for the professional world.
“Just listening to how the professors work with their own budgets, it’s helped me figure out how to grow my money and be responsible,” Barnes said.
Those SVSU classes also prepared her to answer her parents’ question — “What’s the plan?” — years in advance. Barnes, who one day intends to apply for graduate school programs in urban planning, hopes eventually to purchase and renovate abandoned buildings while improving struggling neighborhoods.
“I want to get to the point where I can buy (a building) with my own money, and just by listening to how the professors grow their own budgets, it’s helped me figure out how I can do that,” she said. “I want to be able to use that (education) to improve communities.
“What’s the plan? That’s the plan.”
Saginaw Valley State University is adding a Master of Arts degree program in teaching Chinese as a foreign language to its curriculum, following approval by the SVSU Board of Control Monday, Aug. 18. Courses will be offered for the fall 2014 semester, which begins next week.
The program is a joint effort with Taiwan-based Ming Chuan University, which dedicated its Michigan campus on SVSU’s campus in June. Mandarin has become an increasingly important language in the business world and global society, and SVSU expects demand for the program to grow among both domestic and international students.
In other business, the Board:
• Passed a resolution of appreciation for Joe Rousseau, who is retiring as director of SVSU’s School and University Partnerships office, which oversees charter schools.
• Appointed Isabelle Weiss to the board of directors for the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum.
• Appointed Trish Burns, Janet Greif, Don Pussehl, Laura Yockey and Bill Zehnder; and reappointed Waheed Akbar, Paul Chaffee, John Decker, Ken LeCureux, Terry Lerash and Scott Walker to the SVSU Board of Fellows, a community advisory board.
• Approved spending up to $475,000 to renovate South Campus Complex buildings B and C. These structures were built in 1966 and 1968, respectively, and are in need of new windows, doors and other materials.
The Saginaw Valley State University Board of Control voted to honor Eric Gilbertson’s service to the university by re-naming SVSU’s Regional Education Center as “Eric R. Gilbertson Hall.” The announcement occurred during the Board’s regular meeting Monday, Aug. 18. Gilbertson retired from the presidency in February after holding the position for more than 24 years.
“While no single recognition can fully express our gratitude or adequately capture all of the contributions Eric made over the past quarter century, our hope is that Gilbertson Hall will serve as a lasting tribute to his legacy of commitment to putting students’ needs first and of building collaboration across the Great Lakes Bay Region,” said Jeff Martin, chair of the SVSU Board of Control. “I hope each of us is inspired to follow the example of Eric and his wife Cindy and to do our part to make SVSU and our community even better.”
A formal building-naming ceremony will be held Monday, Oct. 13. Faculty, staff and the public are invited to attend.
The building serves as an example of the dramatic growth seen at SVSU during Eric Gilbertson’s presidency. The $28 million facility debuted with the latest technology available throughout its 130,000 square feet when it was dedicated in August 2003.
When Gilbertson arrived in 1989, SVSU's enrollment stood at 5,915 students; it increased to 10,245 at the time he retired. The number of students living on campus rose more than fourfold, from 616 residents in 1996 to more than 2,700 in recent years.
SVSU’s physical campus saw perhaps the most dramatic transformation under Gilbertson's leadership, tripling in size to more than 1.5 million square feet of building space. In addition to student housing, major new construction projects during his tenure included Curtiss Hall and the Performing Arts Center in 1996, the Doan Science East building in 2001, the Student Center and Fitness Center in 2003, and the Health and Human Services building in 2010. In addition, Zahnow Library and Pioneer Hall saw major expansions.
Private fundraising advanced under Gilbertson, as well; the market value of SVSU's endowment increased more than twenty-fold and currently stands at nearly $77 million.
Many of the new endowments established were dedicated toward providing special opportunities for students. Examples include:
• the Roberts Fellowship, a year-long leadership development program for 12 outstanding students that culminates in a three-week trip to Asia;
• the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Student Research and Creativity Institute, which supports and promotes outstanding and innovative student work in any discipline by providing up to $10,000 per project;
• the Vitito Global Leadership Institute, which provides extraordinary business networking and international travel experiences for students in SVSU’s College of Business and Management.
Following his retirement from the presidency in February, Gilbertson was granted a sabbatical. He returns this fall as an executive-in-residence to teach courses in leadership and administration, and constitutional law; he also will serve as an advisor to SVSU’s moot court program.
ITS has updated the Password Self Service (Change Password) website to help you resolve password issues without having to contact the IT Support Center. Password issues can arise if you forget to change your password before it expires or if you simply forget it altogether.
In order to resolve password issues without contacting ITS, Password Self Service requires enrollment action on your part to establish how you want to receive password reset assistance.
Please take a moment today to enroll. You can access the Password Self Service web site by going to the SVSU home page, clicking on QuickLinks then Change Network Password OR click on Change Password in the mySVSU portal.
Click on the Password Security Enrollment option, then login with your current SVSU username and password. Under the Enrollment tab you may choose to setup any or all of the following methods to help you reset your password:
If you encounter issues with enrolling or resetting your password, please contact the IT Support Center at 989-964-4225, or visit us in Curtiss Hall, Room 150.
Over the summer there were a number of updates made to the technology on campus. The following information details these changes as they pertain to faculty, staff, and adjuncts, and students.
Want a cool new app for use in the classroom? How do you number pages in Word? Sign-up for a workshop at www.svsu.edu/workshops.
Office 2013 was installed in all classrooms. Need it in your office? Contact the . Need it at home? Visit svsu.onthehub.com for a discount.
Record your lecture in the classroom or in your office, and share it with your students. Contact the for more information.
We are Test Driving a New LMS: Canvas
Instructure's Canvas is being piloted by a few faculty and adjuncts on campus. Stay tuned for more details!
After 30 minutes of inactivity, your computer will lock itself. What's the key to unlocking it? Log back in with your username and password.
Have you met Lynda?
Forgotten passwords can be reset by text message, other email addresses, or using the Google Authenticator. Enroll at www.svsu.edu/changepassword.
Submit and track tech requests. How is IT doing? Let us know in a survey!
Need to work with a computer while on campus? Computer lab locations and schedules are posted online in the campus calendar.
Everyone likes, "free," right? As a student you can get Office 365 for free on up to 5 devices (e.g. laptop, tablet). Visit svsu.onthehub.com to get started.
Print Documents from the Web
Upload your document online and print when you get to campus. Print stations are conveniently located throughout campus.
Kiosks Now Have Microsoft Office
Computing on-the-go just got easier. The computer kiosks located around campus now have the Microsoft Office Suite installed.
The equipment was upgraded and the ClearPass device management system added to make wireless connectivity faster and more reliable.
Have you met Lynda?
Forgotten passwords can be reset by text message, other email addresses, or using the Google Authenticator. Enroll at www.svsu.edu/changepassword.
Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2 p.m.
Japanese Tea House and Cultural Center, Celebration Square, Saginaw
A delegation of 12 high school students and two teachers from Tokushima, Japan are visiting the Great Lakes Bay Region to improve their English skills and experience American culture. They arrived Tuesday, July 29 and have been staying on campus at Saginaw Valley State University, which has a sister-college relationship with Shikoku University in Tokushima. The group will return to Japan Monday, Aug. 11.
The delegation will meet Saginaw mayor Dennis Browning and receive a tour of Saginaw’s Japanese Tea House and Cultural Center Wednesday, Aug. 6 at 2 p.m. They will have dinner with Yoko Mossner, executive director of the tea house, tomorrow evening.
In addition, the group has taken in a Great Lakes Loons baseball game and visited Sanford Lake. They will make an excursion to Frankenmuth and Birch Run on Friday.
Facebook, Twitter and other social media can lead to liability for the company, even when used from outside of the workplace and during your own free time. Employee use of social media can:
These disclosures are usually innocent, although negligent, and not designed to harm the company.
A new breed of evil hackers is growing. Hackers use social media to assist with:
Data breaches can be an enormous expense for the company. Depending on the size of the breach, a company could spend hundreds of thousands of dollars, even millions of dollars, notifying the victims of the breach and/or dealing with legal actions filed by the state attorney general or victims of the breach.
There are other potential liabilities outside of data privacy and security. Believe it or not, the Federal Trade Commission or FTC has rules about publishing testimonials in support of the company's products and services.
You can help protect the company from potential liability when you are engaging in social media at home or anywhere else.
Saginaw Valley State University recently honored six regional health care professionals during the fourth annual Nursing Excellence Awards event Wednesday, May 28.
The ceremony recognizes the dedication, service and leadership shown by local nurses in clinical practice, education, leadership and community service. Recipients earned a $300 prize and a Waterford crystal bowl.
A selection committee comprised of regional health care leaders and SVSU faculty chose this year's recipients.
Awards and recipients include the following:
Acute Care Nursing Awards
• Mary Haley, staff nurse at St. Mary's of Michigan, was recognized for her efforts in patient safety and quality of service. “Mary cares for each of her patients as if they were a grandparent,” her nomination letter reads.
• Steve Laporte, staff nurse at MidMichigan Medical Center, has worked with the medical center's cardiothoracic surgeons in initiatives decreasing the number of surgery-related blood transfusions.
Nursing Education Awards
• Hall Hewett, nurse educator at Covenant HealthCare, was nominated in part for leadership in the campaign to raise awareness about sepsis, a whole-body inflammation caused by severe infection.
• Mary Gay Showalter, nurse educator at McLaren Bay Region, was recognized in part for her role in developing the McLaren Bay Region Preceptor Program. The initiative helps retain nurses in the region.
Community Nursing Award
• Cindy Thornton, a nurse with MidMichigan Home Care, was honored for her work in aiding patients. "She is dedicated to the profession, her patients, her colleagues and her professional role," her nomination letter reads.
Long-term Care and Rehabilitation Nursing Award
• Kelly Miceli, a nurse with St. Mary's of Michigan, was nominated in part for her initiative in improving the hospital's rehabilitation unit. She added furniture, decorations and signage with inspirational quotes to rooms there.
In all, 88 people attended the ceremony honoring the nurses. The event's keynote speaker was Carol Stoll, vice president for patient services and chief nursing officer at Covenant HealthCare.
Saginaw Valley State University's Student Association has selected its charitable partner for the 12th annual “Battle of the Valleys” fundraising competition. SVSU students will raise funds for the Cory Rivard, Jr. Promise Foundation when they compete against their rivals from Grand Valley State University during the weeklong challenge in November.
The selected charity has ties to both schools. It was created in 2012 by the Rivard family of Algonac, Mich., in memory of Cory Rivard, Jr., who committed suicide in January 2011. Cory attended GVSU, while his younger brother Josh was a very active student during his years at SVSU; Josh graduated in May.
The Cory Rivard, Jr. Promise Foundation seeks to educate college students about depression, anxiety and other mental illnesses by working directly with college campuses to increase suicide awareness and prevention. Using the tagline “A Hug From Above,” the foundation encourages students to show their love and gratitude for those around them as Cory did: with a hug.
The SVSU Student Association hopes the selection will remind students at both schools of the importance and true meaning of “Battle of the Valleys,” which began in 2003 to capitalize upon the schools’ football rivalry by raising funds for deserving non-profits. Over the past 11 years, the competition has generated $432,963 in charitable donations between the two schools. SVSU students have raised a total of $275,498, winning eight of the 11 annual competitions, including the last six.
The 2014 “Battle of the Valleys” fundraising campaign will be held November 9-15. For more information, visit svsu.edu/bov.
After visiting two national conferences in a 9-day span, Saginaw Valley State University nursing student Bethany Thrun has grown particularly fond of a quote from one of her heroes, 19th century nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale.
The line goes, “I never lose an opportunity of urging a practical beginning, however small, for it is wonderful how often in such matters the mustard-seed germinates and roots itself.”
Thrun said attending both the National Association of College and University Residence Halls, and the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders has provided her the sort of inspiration Nightingale was speaking of.
“Throughout these conferences, as an enthusiastic Cardinal, I was thinking on that quote and how these conferences were my mustard seed,” the Garden City native said.
“I’ve been able to take advantage of learning about something bigger than myself,” Thrun said. “I learned a lot of lessons and have the power to pave the way for my mustard seed, and power others to find their mustard seeds.”
Thrun, who plans to graduate from SVSU in December 2015, said she hopes to gain some clinical nursing experience before pursuing a postgraduate degree. Her ultimate goal is to become president of the American Nurses Association, a national group that fosters high standards in nursing practice and advocates for the rights of nurses in the workplace.
For now, Thrun is a resident assistant for SVSU’s student housing complex, Pine Grove Apartments. Her association with the university’s residential housing led to her inclusion in an 11-student delegation that traveled to the National Association Of College And University Residence Halls annual conference at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, from May 30-June 2.
“It was a chance for residential hall leaders to combine and network, and see what we could do for each other,” Thrun said.
Over 2,600 people attended the event.
One day after Thrun returned to SVSU, she boarded a flight headed toward the University of Maryland. There, she was among 1,000 students to attend the National Conference For College Women Student Leaders, from June 5-7. The event’s agenda featured a number of leadership-geared seminars from public figures — including Chelsea Clinton — along with networking opportunities.
“It was fantastic,” Thrun said of the experience. “An amazing conference.”
Thrun’s trip there was funded entirely by two scholarships from both the Midland and national branches of the American Association of University Women, a group that organizes the conference along with Student Affairs Administrators In Higher Education.