April 24, 2015

SVSU, Delta College offer joint program in nursing

A new dual enrollment program between Saginaw Valley State University and Delta College will allow nursing students chasing both a bachelor’s degree and a career in healthcare to achieve those goals more quickly.

Andrea Frederick, SVSU coordinator of the initiative that kicked off in fall 2014, said the program is “a wonderful opportunity” both for prospective nurses and the community’s healthcare partners.

“Recently, there has been increased pressure to have more BSNs (nurses with bachelor’s degrees) providing patient care,” said Frederick, an SVSU assistant professor of nursing. “This is one intervention that will help our area to achieve that goal.”

The new program fast-tracks the process by offering classes for associate’s and bachelor’s degrees concurrently. In some cases, SVSU classes are offered on Delta’s campus in an effort to centralize attendance.

Students who enrolled in the program during its inaugural semester are expected to receive an associate’s degree from Delta College in spring 2016 and a bachelor’s degree from SVSU that same December.

Jarrod Givens, a student in the joint program, already sees the advantages of the initiative.

“Most people who go the regular route would work as an RN (registered nurse) and go to school at the same time,” said the Linwood native who hopes to become a traveling nurse one day. “Right now, we’re not working, so it’s easier and it gives us more time to study.”

One of his classmates, Katheryn Howden, said the initiative creates a more efficient learning process. The collaboration synchronizes the academic requirements of the SVSU and Delta College nursing programs while also eliminating the challenges experienced when students attempt to juggle a nursing position with baccalaureate schoolwork.

“Because we are going year-round, we won’t lose our skills,” Howden said. “It’s nice to be able to keep your skills and refresh them. It’s a great program.”

Howden, who is pursuing a career as a neonatal intensive care nurse, said the program offers relevant coursework, coordinated instruction and supportive faculty.

“It’s been great,” the Ypsilanti native said. “They really want you to succeed, and everyone has been so helpful.”

SVSU and Delta recruit students for the concurrent program from the Delta Nurse Scholar Program, which typically selects 30 Delta students per semester, based on academic criteria and other factors, including work experience related to nursing.

April 22, 2015

SVSU students explore alternatives to the handshake in ‘Ban the Hand’ presentations

Thursday, April 23, 2:45 to 5:30 p.m.
Malcolm Field Theatre for Performing Arts, SVSU

Saginaw Valley State University students will share what they have learned in examining alternatives to the traditional handshake in an academic exercise across the colleges of Arts & Behavioral Sciences and Business & Management. They will present their ideas Thursday, April 23.

Students in the Vitito Global Leadership Institute, a program for business students, were required as a leadership exercise to devise and implement a social initiative. The project, “Ban the Hand” aims to reduce the number of germs exchanged during a handshake, by instead using a “fist bump.”

Meanwhile, sociology students developed posters that highlight the results of a social experiment associated with their implementation of different alternatives to shaking hands.

The sociology students will present from 2:45 to 3:45 p.m.; the Vitito Fellows will present form 4 to 5:30 p.m. Both sessions will be held in the Malcolm Field Theatre for Performing Arts on the SVSU campus.

April 20, 2015

Registration open for SVSU Literacy Center summer clinics

The Literacy Center at Saginaw Valley State University will offer tutoring in math, reading, and writing to students ranging from kindergarten upward through 12th grade, and adult learners during the upcoming summer.

Participating students attend 1-hour small group or one-on-one tutoring sessions Mondays to Thursdays from June 15 to July 2, and can choose between sessions starting at 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., and 12:30 p.m. The Literacy Center is located in SVSU's Gilbertson Hall.
All students undergo a 1-hour assessment to determine their strengths and improvable areas in math, reading, or writing prior to tutoring. Assessments take place June 1-2, at 4 p.m., 5 p.m., and 6 p.m. A $50 non-refundable deposit is due at the time of, or before, the assessment.

Tutors then create individualized lesson plans based on the students' assessments and a research-based tutoring system to help students maximize their potential. All of the Literacy Center's tutors are certified teachers who hold master's degrees in literacy and/or certification in reading recovery, or a bachelor's or master's degree in a related field. The Literacy Center also offers resources and provides collaboration opportunities to parents and guardians who wish to be involved in the learning process.

Tuition for attending the Literacy Center is $360 per subject, with an additional $30 fee for the initial assessment.

For more information, visit svsu.edu/literacycenter or contact Laurie Haney at 989-964-4982.

April 20, 2015

Visual Hacking: The Eyes Have It

By Jennifer Paradise

Someone looking over your shoulder is not a comforting feeling. Think about where it can happen. You can be on a plane flipping through a magazine, at a coffee shop reading the news on your laptop, or at the office reading emails. Wait a second. At the office reading emails? Absolutely! If this has happened to you then you've been visually hacked. Another person's wandering eye is one of the most common yet one of the most overlooked forms of gaining access to personal information.

How do we protect ourselves from visual hackers?

  1. Be aware of your surroundings.
  2. Educate yourself and others.
  3. Keep a "clean desk" policy. When you leave your workspace, remove documents on your desk from view and lock or turn off device screens.
  4. Set screen savers and timeouts on computers, tablets, smartphones, and other devices.
  5. Require the use of privacy screen protectors on device screens.
  6. Identify at-risk employees who travel frequently or work outside of the office, and discuss rules for working on sensitive information when away from work.

If you have questions about visual hacking, please contact the Support Center at mysupport.svsu.edu, support@svsu.edu, or x4225.

April 17, 2015

Skype for Business to Replace Lync

By Jennifer Paradise

In recent months, Microsoft announced that Skype would be replacing Lync as the collaboration product in Office. Branded as Skype for Business, it will soon be coming to a computer near you.

What does this mean for SVSU?

The Skype for Business update will only affect users currently running Lync 2013. If you are running Lync 2010, then nothing will happen. Lync 2010 users can still communicate with Skype for Business users.

Software-wise, most collaboration products function the same so the change should be fairly smooth. When your workstation is updated, you will see a new interface that's a combination of Lync and Skype. Users can still chat, share files, and communicate just like before with most of the improvements being behind the scenes.

If you have questions about the update to Skype for Business, please contact the Support Center at mysupport.svsu.edu, support@svsu.edu, or x4225.

April 17, 2015

Guest Guitarist to perform with SVSU Jazz Ensemble

Guitarist Edmond Smith will join with the Saginaw Valley State University jazz ensemble for a concert Thursday, April 23 at 7:30 p.m. in SVSU’s Rhea Miller Recital Hall.

Selections to be performed include “Lost in the Shuffle,” “Groove Merchant” and “A Good Time was Had by All.”  The jazz ensemble is directed by Jeff Hall, SVSU jazz-artist-in-residence; he will play the saxophone for a few numbers with the ensemble, which includes nearly 20 students.

Known as a jack-of-all-trades guitar player, Smith has performed with a number of local bands, as well as national acts such as R&B great Bettye Lavette, pop artist El DeBarge and jazz greats George Brown and Melvin Rhyne. He completed a bachelor’s degree in music education at Aquinas College.

The concert is open to the public; admission is free of charge. For more information, visit svsu.edu/music or call 989-964-4159.

April 16, 2015

SVSU Hires Linda Sims to Lead Communication, Marketing and External Affairs

Saginaw Valley State University has hired Linda Sims to lead communication, marketing and external affairs for the university.  She comes to SVSU from Consumers Energy, where she has served in a variety of public relations roles for more than 30 years, including the past 10 in the senior role of executive director of public affairs for the utility.

 “I am very pleased that Linda has agreed to serve SVSU in this critical role,” said SVSU President Donald Bachand. “We provide an exemplary education to our students. I see evidence of this on a daily basis, but at the same time, it is clear to me that too few people know enough about us.
“Linda has enjoyed a distinguished career and is highly respected in her field. When coupled with her deep understanding of the university, I am confident she is the right person to lead our efforts to advance our reputation.”
Sims previously served on SVSU’s Board of Control, including a term as chair; she presently serves on the Board of Directors of the SVSU Foundation. Along with her husband Larry, they endowed the Sims Public Speaking Contest, which annually provides students with an opportunity to compete for scholarships.
“My volunteer work with SVSU over the past 20 years has provided a strong foundation for this new assignment,” Sims said. “I know SVSU has a great story to tell and a fine team in place. With all that SVSU has to offer students, parents, alumni and Michigan residents, I am eager to get to work and do my part to help SVSU become more widely known.”
At Consumers Energy, Sims managed the public affairs team of 20 area managers across 68 Michigan counties.  In addition to communications, her responsibilities included government and community relations, roles she is expected to oversee at SVSU, as well.
Sims’ title will be senior executive assistant to the president/executive director for communications and external affairs; she will report to Bachand. Her arrival is part of an administrative restructuring, as Carlos Ramet, who had been serving SVSU in a similar capacity, has been appointed associate dean of the College of Arts and Behavioral Sciences, SVSU’s largest academic college.
Active in the community, Sims serves on the boards of the Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce, the Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance and chairs the 2015 campaign of the Saginaw County United Way.
Sims has received several awards for her work in the field of public relations and in the Great Lakes Bay Region. Consumers Energy presented her with the Ethics in Action Award for ethical leadership in 2012, and she received a Woman of Distinction Award from the Girl Scouts of Mitten Bay in 1998.  A founding member of the White Pine chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, she is a past president of the chapter, and received its Outstanding Practitioner Award.
A graduate of Michigan State University, Sims will begin her duties at SVSU on June 1.

April 16, 2015

SVSU to join effort to beautify Saginaw’s Houghton-Jones neighborhood

Saginaw Valley State University will be well represented at the All Around The Garden Global Youth Service Day Project Wednesday, April 22.

One of the event’s coordinators is Keshara Mumford, an SVSU social work major from Detroit who is involved in the United Way of Saginaw County's Healthy Kids Healthy Futures Partnership Americorps program. Mamie Thorns, special assistant to the president for diversity programs, will speak at the kickoff for the event.

Social and service fraternities and sororities from SVSU will participate in gardening activities, including Delta Sigma Theta, Alpha Phi Alpha, Alpha Phi Omega, Phi Beta Sigma, Kappa Tau Epsilon, Sigma Pi and Phi Sigma Sigma.

The service project is planned from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Saginaw's Houghton-Jones Neighborhood Association headquarters at 1708 Johnson in Saginaw. Additional volunteers are welcome to assist in the effort by gathering at the headquarters.

The event is sponsored in part by Houghton-Jones Neighborhood Association and the United Way of Saginaw County.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. The kickoff ceremony is planned for 10 a.m. Participants should park in the Houghton Elementary School parking lot at 1604 Johnson, directly across the street from the headquarters.

Those interested in participating can call (989) 776-0555, (989) 752-1660, or email jhales@unitedwaysaginaw.org or info@houghtonjones.org.

In 2015, SVSU received the Community Engagement classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, a distinction achieved by only 7 percent of U.S. colleges and universities. For more on SVSU’s community engagement, visit svsu.edu/communityengagement/.

April 16, 2015

ResNet Wireless Updates Finished Ahead of Schedule

By Jim Maher

To the SVSU Residential Students:

We're happy to report that the ResNet Wireless Project Team has completed the installation and activation of the new wireless solution in all of the residential units. The project was completed two months ahead of schedule. The system has been tuned and tested for optimum performance. Again, we'd like to ensure this continues to be a positive outcome, so if any issues are encountered please contact ITS by creating a ticket at mysupport.svsu.edu, emailing support@svsu.edu or by calling x4225 on campus.

ITS will be activating the ResNet data ports (i.e. the ethernet wired ports) over the summer months (June - August).

Please let me know if you have any questions. Thanks again for your feedback and patience.

Kind Regards,


April 14, 2015

SVSU grad wins national law school moot court competition

A Saginaw Valley State University alumna has earned an elite honor as a law student. Ashley Hanson Chrysler was part of a Michigan State University College of Law team that won the nation’s largest law school-level moot court competition.

Chrysler's team bested 202 teams representing 118 ABA-approved law schools at the American Bar Association’s National Appellate Advocacy Competition April 9-11 in Chicago. She also received an award for ninth-place oralist. 

Chrysler graduated from SVSU with a bachelor’s degree in political science in 2012. As an SVSU student, the Sanford native qualified for nationals in the American Collegiate Moot Court Association while competing on SVSU’s undergraduate moot court team.

In a moot court competition, students act as attorneys in teams. They make arguments to a panel of judges.

For a full release on Chrysler's accomplishment, visit www.law.msu.edu/news/2015/ABA-MootCourt-National.html.