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February 2010

  • M. Patricia Cavanaugh, professor of English, has been selected for the Michigan Campus Compact’s Faculty/Staff Community Service Award. Cavanaugh was chosen because of the success of her many projects, which include a tutoring program that increased high school students’ motivation to write and learn; four elementary school partnerships that allowed for one-on-one assistance; a summer institute that involves both learners and teachers; and a collaborative effort with the Public Libraries of Saginaw to offer motivation, weekly homework help and study skills support.

  • Julie Foss, assistant professor of modern foreign languages-French, has been selected as a finalist for the 2009 Christopher Brumfit Ph.D./ Ed.D.Thesis Award. The award, sponsored by Cambridge University Press and the journal Language Teaching, recognizes doctoral thesis research that makes a significant and original contribution to the field of second language acquisition and/or foreign language teaching and learning. Foss’ thesis is titled “Individual Differences and Text Genre in L2 French Reading Comprehension.”

  • Alan Freed, Clifford H. Spicer Endowed Chair in Engineering, had an article titled “Hypoelastic Soft Tissues. Part I: Theory” accepted for electronic publication in Acta Mechanica (springerlink.com).

  • Eric Gardner, professor of English, and John Ernest (West Virginia University) co-edited a new scholarly edition of Hearts of Gold just published by West Virginia University Press. A riveting novel of African American life at the turn into the 20th century, Hearts of Gold was penned in 1896 by teacher and activist J. McHenry Jones.

  • Joshua Ode, assistant professor of kinesiology, was elected Memberat- Large for the Midwest Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine, and will serve a two-year term. Ode also was elected the co-chair of the Epidemiology Interest Group for the American College of Sports Medicine.

  • Christopher Schilling, C. J. Strostacker Professor and Chair of Engineering, co-authored a publication with David Karpovich, professor of chemistry, and Piotr Tomasik (chemistry professor, University of Agriculture, Krakow, Poland), “Biodegradable Plastics from Soy Protein and Polysaccharide Carboxylates,” in the Journal of Biobased Materials and Bioenergy, Volume 3, pp. 1-10 (2009). This research forms the basis of a U.S. Patent Application by the same authors. Schilling is a contributing editor to the aforementioned journal. Also, Gretchen Roekle, a student of chemistry, published an invited paper, “Vermicomposting with Spent Coffee Grounds,” in Soil and Mulch Producer News (Vol. 3 No. 4, pp. 1-3, 2009). This paper covers research conducted from funding provided by the SVSU Foundation and the Allen Foundation. Co-authors are Schilling; Edward Meisel, lecturer of chemistry; Brian Thomas, assistant professor of sociology; and Beth Jorgensen, assistant professor of English.

  • Scott M. Youngstedt, professor of sociology, was recently elected as vice president of the West African Research Association, which was founded in 1989 to enhance collaborative research and scholarly exchange between U.S. and West African scholars, educators, and institutions and to increase knowledge about and interest in Africa in the U.S.

Those Who Changed Us

Throughout our lives, we recall those teachers who had an impact on us. Here, alumni and students share thoughts on SVSU faculty who changed their lives.

Faculty Member
Debra Lively

Debra Lively

"I always knew I wanted to teach, but Dr. Lively really reminded me why - it's all about the kids. She taught me to do what's best for the child."

Jenny (Pelc) Zmiekjko, 2006, B.A., Elementary Education Third grade teacher at St. Pius X Catholic School in Flint