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President’s Weekly Update - Week of Monday, July 8

Summer Construction Projects Progressing

Construction of Ryder Center

Work is proceeding on a number of construction projects. New roofs for Curtiss Hall and the Performing Arts Center have been completed, and new roofing for Ryder Center has begun and is on schedule. Utility work to connect the field house addition to the Ryder Center to gas and sewer lines is nearly finished; the rest of the project will soon go to bid and the building's steel frame should be visible in September.

A number of parking improvements are moving forward, too. Paving is expected to begin next week on the expansion of lot J-1 near Curtiss Hall. Work is just beginning on expansion projects for parking lots C-1 and E, near the Ryder Center, as well as F lot, near Brown Hall.

Many other campus improvements also are moving along; some, such as the conversion to LED exterior lights, will continue into next year, but most will be finished by the time classes resume in August.

In a final bit of construction news, last Wednesday Governor Snyder signed the bill that includes capital outlay funding for a much-needed renovation of Wickes Hall. The project will include $6 million in state funding and a $2 million match to upgrade plumbing, windows, etc., remove asbestos and make other important improvements. We thank our regional legislators for their support.

Visiting Students from Ming Chuan University Have Arrived

Ming Chuan University students

Some 25 students from our sister institution Ming Chuan University in Taiwan have arrived on campus and are taking summer classes. If you happen to encounter them, please make them feel welcome. Our relationship with Ming Chuan – the first Asian university to be accredited in the U.S. – continues to strengthen, and in the coming years, we expect to see increasing numbers of their students studying here and vice versa.

Governor Appoints Two to Board of Control

You may have missed the news over the holiday weekend, but last week Governor Snyder announced the two newest members of our Board of Control: Dennis Durco and John Kunitzer. Their terms begin July 21 and we thank them for their willingness to serve in this volunteer capacity.

Durco is director of Eclipse Capital Group, a position he has held since 2010. Previously, he worked as president and chief financial officer for Michigan Orthopedic Services, LLC. A resident of Pinckney, Durco is a certified public accountant and holds a bachelor's degree from The Ohio State University.

Kunitzer recently retired after 15 years as the CEO of Yeo & Yeo; he has spent nearly 40 years with the company and currently serves as a principal, providing accounting, tax and consulting services and assisting on special projects. He is a certified public accountant and is a past president of The Saginaw Club and Saginaw Valley Rotary Club. Kunitzer completed his bachelor's degree at SVSU, and has been a loyal member of the SVSU Board of Fellows since 1998.

Dave Abbs and Leola Wilson will be completing their eight-year terms on the Board this month. They have served our university faithfully and well, and we will recognize them at a farewell reception early this fall. Stay tuned for details.

 

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