May 13, 2014

Midland native Nicholas Anderson earns full-time job with Dow Corning on eve of SVSU graduation


‌Earning a full-time job straight out of college isn’t an everyday occurrence, but Midland resident Nicholas Anderson isn’t an everyday student, his professors will tell you.

Before Anderson graduates from Saginaw Valley State University in May, he was promised a full-time job as an accountant at nearby Dow Corning Corp., one of the world's leading manufacturers of silicon used in next generation technology.

"Landing a job (right out of school), that's not easy to do at all," said Mark McCartney, an SVSU professor of accounting who has instructed Anderson in four classes. "He's a very bright young man.

"He works hard and catches on to things quickly. He has a good head on his shoulders."

Anderson, who will receive a bachelor's degree in accounting, is familiar with Dow Corning. A little over two years ago, he joined a co-op program in the multinational company's treasury department.

"I'm so grateful," Anderson said both of the job and the opportunities at SVSU that helped him secure the position.

The 2010 Dow High School graduate enrolled at SVSU knowing he wanted to join the business world in part because his family owns a Midland company, Quick Reliable Printing.

"During my sophomore year, I declared as an accounting major," he said. "I realized doing something in money was the direction I wanted to take."

Anderson's smarts and hard work exposed him to a number of opportunities at SVSU. He admits joining the campus as a "timid" person, but praised his experience at the university for developing his leadership skills.

As a freshman, he was one of 60 students annually picked to participate in SVSU's Foundation Scholars Program, which offers study abroad or community service opportunities to students. In that program, he volunteered at the Good Neighbors Mission, a homeless shelter in Saginaw.

"It was great to give back to the community," Anderson said.

During his junior year, he was selected in the inaugural class of SVSU's Vitito Global Leadership Institute, a nearly 2-year leadership development initiative for students in the College of Business and Management. Anderson and the group traveled to Prague in March to visit the sites of top businesses there.

"To be chosen as one of the best leaders in the business school was great," he said.

The experience, he said, could also help him as he sets his sights on opportunities beyond mid-Michigan. Anderson pointed out that Dow Corning has operations across the world, and he has ambition to some day work in a large city.

"The career path there looks great," Anderson said. "I'm happy with where I'm going."

May 13, 2014

SVSU student Marlin Jenkins, of Woodhaven, eyes overseas opportunities after graduation

Marlin Jenkins graduated from SVSU in May 2014.When Marlin Jenkins arrived as a freshman at Saginaw Valley State University, he was a Woodhaven native looking for a campus with “a small community feel.”

Four years later, as he prepares to exit the school after receiving his bachelor's degree in May, the creative writing major says his ambition now is to become part of a community no smaller than the world itself.

"I'd like to live overseas, in West Africa or East Asia, maybe teaching English or doing missionary work," Jenkins said. "I think of myself as a global citizen now."

Jenkins said his horizons were expanded by his SVSU experience -- most profoundly by his time spent as a member of the Roberts Fellowship Program last year. The SVSU initiative yearly provides a dozen students with leadership development opportunities, including a trip to East Asia each May.

"I was skeptical of the program before I applied, but I really loved it," he said. "It was a great opportunity to be pushed and stretched and challenged. It helped me to think much larger."

The program was one of many avenues Jenkins explored that helped him become a better leader.

Jenkins, a 2010 graduate of Michigan Health Academy in Detroit, said his move to SVSU was partly inspired by a desire to pursue a career in professional and technical writing. Eventually, that ambition changed. The part-time poet said now he wants one day to help others by becoming a teacher.

"I went from something that was more of a hobby to something I wanted to become my career field," he said. "I also added on a black studies minor, and that's really helped me to get a better idea of race and culture and intercultural studies from a scholarly standpoint."

Outside of the classroom, he's leveraged his way with words into participation in SVSU-based organizations including Cardinal Sins, a campus literary magazine; Music N' Motion, a West Coast swing dancing organization; and Standing In The Gap, a non-denominational campus Christian group.

He also has sharpened his leadership skills -- and carved out a legacy of sorts -- while serving as a tutor in SVSU's Writing Center, where students assist their peers in writing.

Helen Raica-Klotz, the center's director, praised Jenkins' work there.

"When he was first hired, he told me he wanted to be one of the tutors featured in our cut-outs -- the life-size cardboard images of tutors that serve as advertising for the Writing Center on campus," Raica-Klotz said. "Currently, you can find Marlin on a cut-out on the second floor of the Zahnow Library, but Marlin is actually a three-dimensional advertisement for our Writing Center at SVSU every day."

She said "everyone knows Marlin" now.

"The one quality that sets Marlin apart is his leadership -- in every activity he pursues, he wants to not only be successful," she said, "but lead other people to success as well."

May 13, 2014

SVSU senior Evan Nudi, from Flint, to attend University of Texas at Austin Ph.D. program in behavioral neuroscience

Evan Nudi graduated from SVSU in May 2014.Flint native Evan Nudi will head to Texas this fall with plans to pursue a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin's behavioral neuroscience program.

He will continue the sort of research he began at Saginaw Valley State University, where Nudi graduates along with some 1,000 other students in May. He'll receive a bachelor's degree in psychology.

The 2007 Flushing High School graduate hopes one day to be able to oversee his own research lab studying traumatic brain injuries and strokes.

His work in SVSU's Brain Research Laboratory helped shape those aspirations.

"I've always been interested in the brain and brain functioning," he said. "At first, I went down the clinical psychology route, and I knew it wasn't for me."

While working at the laboratory, Nudi was charged with overseeing two projects studying traumatic brain injury and recovery. The second project was funded by SVSU's Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Student Research and Creativity Institute, a program supporting student research projects, up to $10,000.

Charles Weaver, an SVSU assistant professor of health sciences who worked with Nudi in the laboratory, said his student possesses the wherewithal to succeed at the next level. And the level after that.

"He is methodical and confident in his skills, and intellectually, is graduate school-ready," Weaver said. "Because of his ability to problem-solve, he was given many responsibilities, and managed and completed them efficiently. Evan is one those students who truly understands the necessity of learning the fundamentals of basic neuroscience.

"His vision of becoming a research scientist is within his grasp, and he is ready to seize it," Weaver said. "The effort is there and the heart is there."

Nudi praised the opportunities that opened up for him, including several trips where he presented his research to others -- including professionals -- in the field.

Nudi has presented twice at the Society for Neuroscience Conference, including once in New Orleans and again at San Diego; at the National Neurotrauma Society symposium in Nashville; and at the Michigan chapter of the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting. He plans to attend a second conference for the latter group when it convenes May 30.

May 13, 2014

Alpena native Hope Bauer to pursue doctor of medicine degree from Michigan State University


‌Alpena native Hope Bauer this fall will pursue a doctor of medicine degree from Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine. ‌

Bauer’s latest academic endeavor will begin after she receives her bachelor’s degree in biology from Saginaw Valley State University in May. She joins some 1,000 other graduates earning degrees from the institution.

Bauer said her studies in medicine and her ambition to become a doctor were inspired in part by migraines she’s endured since she was a youth.

“I had to go to the ER a lot,” she said of the migraines that began when she was six. “I wanted to be able to help people the way the doctors were able to help me since I was little.”

As a child growing up in Alpena, Bauer played with toy stethoscopes and faux syringes while many of her friends collected Barbie dolls. With her latest decision, Bauer is one step closer to achieving that lifelong goal of practicing medicine. Specifically, she hopes to work as an orthopedic surgeon in a community resembling her hometown.

“I would love to be in northern Michigan,” she said.

The faculty and staff who have watched Bauer blossom as an undergraduate predict she will achieve her goals.

“She’s a superstar when it comes to medicine,” said Heidi Lang, SVSU’s pre-health professions advisor. “She’s the full package.”

Bauer has proven her value outside of the classroom setting too.

The President’s Scholarship recipient was a member of Phi Sigma Sigma, worked as a tutor for biology and chemistry students, volunteered at Saginaw’s Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center, and participated in an SVSU Alternative Breaks trip that sent students to mentor youths at a North Carolina YMCA.

Those experiences could have been very different had Bauer followed an initial path after graduating from Alpena High School in 2010. Originally, she was set to attend another university for her undergraduate studies, but two of her SVSU-bound friends and a campus visit convinced her to become a Cardinal instead.

“I am so happy (with the choice),” she said. “I gained a lot here. I really liked the close interaction and doing research with an advisor.”

It was an experience she admits isn’t easy to leave behind.

“I don’t know if it’s hit me quite yet,” Bauer said of the fact she’s soon to graduate from SVSU. “I’m just going into the unknown. That’s what I did when I came here, and that worked out.”

May 7, 2014

Jake Dunkerson and Garrick Salois awarded FNI fellowships

The Field Neuroscience Institute has selected two SVSU neuroscience students to receive fellowship for the 2014-15 academic year. Each student will receive $3500.00 to help cover their tuition costs at Saginaw Valley State University. Jake Dunkerson, a senior Health Science major and Garrick Salois, a senior Psychology major will perform independent research projects (sponsored by the SVSU Student Research and Creativity Institute) exploring how the environment impacts neuroplasticity.

For more information about SVSU, click here.

For more informationa about the SRCI program at SVSU, click here.

For information about the Field Neuroscience Institue, click here.

May 5, 2014

Jake Dunkerson wins NNS Travel Award!


The National Neurotrauma Society offers a limited number of travel grants for postdoctoral fellows and graduate students presenting their exciting results. Funding provided by the National Neurotrauma Symposium and an NIH grant allows for up to $10,000 in travel grants. Grants are awarded based on financial need and merit.

For more information on the National Neurotrauma Society meeting, click here.

May 5, 2014

Jake Dunkerson wins SRCI!

Due to the prevalence of TBI, and scarcity of restorative treatments for surviving victims of TBI, the exploration of a possible preclinical therapy is thus warranted. Researchers have demonstrated that CCI to the rat mFC results in persisting cognitive, behavioral, and neurodegenerative cellular response for up to one year post injury. The EE paradigm by itself reduces these deficits, and when combined with stem cell therapy, results in full functional recovery short-term; however, this combination has only been demonstrated in acute brain injury models. In this light, the purpose of the current investigation is to measure functional recovery and observe histological outcomes in prolonged exposure to EE and delayed stem cell transplantation for 3 months post-mFC CCI injury in rats. It is hypothesized that rats exposed to an EE long-term that receive stem cell transplantation with achieve greater functional gains and experience a superior neuroprotective response than rats exposed to EE without stem cell therapy.

The SRCI committe awarded $9994.40 to support Jake's project.

For more information about the SRCI program at SVSU click here.

May 5, 2014

Garrick Salois wins SRCI!

The proposed study will investigate the differences in neuronal morphology and astrocyte proliferation between groups of rats that received either pre-injury EE or SE and either EE or SE post-injury. Samples will be optically cleared using SeeDB and IHC will be used in order to visualize morphological and structural differences between groups. To investigate differences in total dendritic length, total bifurcations, and dendritic spine density, anti- microtubule-associated protein (MAP-2) will be used. The antibody anti-synaptophysin will be used to quantify synapses in the sample. Neuronal nuclei will be labeled with NeuN and counted in order to quantify cell loss in the injured brain. To quantify the immune response to the injury astrocytes will be labeled with glial fibrillary-associated protein (GFAP) (Beonisch, Farmilo, & Stead, 1989). After IHC, samples will be imaged using confocal microscopy. The series of images produced will be stitched into single 3-dimensional images using Imaris. Imaris will then be used to volumetrically render portions of the tissue that are immunohistochemically-labeled. The software may then be used to calculate dimension, such as combined length of dendritic arbors; or to count cellular and morphological features such as neural cell counts and dendritic spines. Three regions will be analyzed: the CA1 region of the hippocampus, the medial dorsal thalamic nucleus (MDN), and the lesion site. CA1 is an important region of interest for two reasons. Firstly, CA1 is a site of migration of progenitor cells from the dentate gyrus. Secondly, the hippocampus plays a role in learning and memory and cellular differences in this region may facilitate observed recovery in these cognitive functions following TBI (Gaulke et al., 2005). The MDN is associated with executive functioning and MFC contusion results in substantial neural loss and astrocytosis in this region (Sato, Chang, Igarashi, & Noble, 2001; Bigler & Maxwell, 2011). It is hypothesized that rats reared in EE and that are returned to EE following MFC contusion will show increases in dendritic length, total bifurcations, dendritic spines, and synapses when compared to rats that experience EE only before or only after injury. Animals experiencing any EE will show an improvement in these morphological features compared to animals that receive only SE.

The SRCI committe awarded $9957.73 to support Garrick's project.

For more information about the SRCI program at SVSU click here.

May 2, 2014

Microsoft Internet Explorer Fixed

By Mike Holliday

Tuesday, May 1, 2014, Microsoft released a critical security update for Internet Explorer (IE). Users are encouraged to run Windows Update to patch their system. All versions of IE have a patch issued, including Windows XP.

To run Windows Update

  • Click Start
  • In the Search box, type: Windows Update
            (XP users may find it under Programs-Accessories-System Tools)
  • Choose Check for Updates
  • Install ALL Important/Security Updates (optional are optional)
            - Some updates may require a system reboot to completely finish the installation.
            - Some updates are cumulative, so you may need to repeat the steps above to get all important updates.

To verify that you are patched

  • Click Start
  • In the Search box, type: Windows Update
  • Click on View Update History
  • Sort by Date Installed
  • Look for:  Security Update for Internet Explorer..... (KB2964358)  or  (KB2964444)
           - Look for Installed On date:  5/1/2014 (or since)

If you have either KB update mentioned above - your Internet Explorer is patched and you should feel "safe" to use IE again.


For personal home computers
Make sure your system is enabled to get updates automatically from Microsoft.  For instructions to get security updates automatically from Microsoft, visit: www.microsoft.com/security/pc-security/updates.aspx
(NOTE: SVSU managed systems are already set to automatically obtain updates)

For those interested in the technical details about this security bulletin from Microsoft, visit: technet.microsoft.com/library/security/ms14-021

For known issues about the security update: support.microsoft.com/kb/2965111

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the I.T. Support Center at 989-964-4225. 

April 29, 2014

Internet Explorer Vulnerability

By Mike Holliday

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), along with US-CERT (Computer Emergency Readiness Team), have issued an advisory for users of Internet Explorer (IE) to discontinue use of IE until it is patched by Microsoft. The vulnerability is active and is being used to exploit and compromise systems.  Data and personal information are at high risk.

CERT has recommended users switch to another browser (Firefox/Chrome) until Microsoft has issued a fix.  As noted in a previous news article, users of Windows XP are even more vulnerable to this exploit.

Until further notice, SVSU ITS recommends all users switch and use Firefox or Chrome. 

Download Firefox from: www.mozilla.org

Download Chrome from: www.google.com/intl/en/chrome/browser

To learn how change your default browser in Windows 7, watch this tutorial we put together: www.youtube.com/watch?v=VeKGU9UrS7c

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For more details about this CERT alert:  www.kb.cert.org/vuls/id/222929

From Microsoft, their technical details and workaround are posted in the following article:

technet.microsoft.com/en-US/library/security/2963983