With the retirement of longtime ombudsman Dick Thompson this summer, I am pleased to announce Sidney Childs will be taking on the duties of ombudsman. Sidney’s new title will be associate provost for student affairs and dean of students. Please join me in congratulating Sidney on his new role. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Dr. Childs at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (989) 964-4410.
It’s been a busy summer in so many ways. No doubt, if you have been on campus, you have taken a few detours to avoid construction projects outdoors and found different paths to your indoor destinations because of shifting renovation work. As the fall semester approaches, I wanted to provide an update on some of the larger efforts and projected finish dates. Of course, Mother Nature could upend some estimates, but we will cross our fingers for her mercy.
As always, we appreciate your patience as these projects near a conclusion.
Colleagues from several departments collaborated with emergency responders from across Saginaw County in a table top training exercise Wednesday. The scenario simulated an explosion and chemical release on campus. We hope such an event never happens, of course, but we have an obligation to prepare ourselves to work together quickly and effectively in the event something like this were to occur. My thanks to everyone who participated in this drill and who works every day to keep our campus safe.
I hope you attended the 2017 Summer Engineering Symposium, featuring 33 of our mechanical engineering students presenting nine engineering-based projects designed for professional clients. Those clients include Duro-Last Roofing, Huhtamaki Plastic, Nexteer Automotive, and The Fab Shop. Students presented the projects in the first floor Pioneer Hall hallways and then gave classroom presentations. Our engineering students are so talented.
There are a number of exciting community-enriching events scheduled for this weekend, including two sponsored by our institution. Among those is the 49th Annual Saginaw African Cultural Festival. The weekend-long event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday to Sunday at the former Morley Elementary School grounds, 2601 Lapeer near Veterans Memorial Parkway. The theme this year will be “Kawaida — An Exploration of the African Diasporic Identity, Purpose and Direction.” As always, you can expect a lot of culture, food, entertainment and fun at the festival.
A few blocks away, you can also enjoy Saginaw’s Friday Night Live classic rock-themed concert Friday from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in downtown Saginaw’s Morley Plaza. SVSU will serve as a co-sponsor for this concert. Randy Brock and Hipakritz are the evening’s musical lineup.
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