My thanks to the students, faculty and staff raised more than $30,000 for the Great Lakes Bay Miracle League during the 10th annual “Battle of the Valleys” fundraising competition against Grand Valley State University, which we won by a wide margin. Led by Student Association, many student organizations held events last week to encourage donations to benefit disabled children. The Miracle League is a non-profit organization devoted to improving life for disabled children and their families by offering opportunities to take part in recreational programs, especially baseball. Games are played on a barrier-free diamond in Bridgeport.
During the past decade, SVSU has raised more than $250,000 for regional charities.
The football team claimed victory over Grand Valley in dramatic fashion Saturday, driving 95 yards in less than a minute to win 55-52. The win capped a good week for the football program. Wide receiver Jeff Janis was one of 24 players nationwide named to the Harlon Hill ballot, and linebacker Grant Caserta and tight end Zach Cecich each were named to the Capital One Academic All-District IV team, making them eligible for Academic All-American consideration.
Men’s soccer continued the drama on Sunday, advancing past Quincy University in the 9th round of penalty kicks. This marks the first time in school history the program has made it to the round of 16 in the NCAA Soccer Championships. Our best wishes go with them to Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Okla. where they will play next.
Best wishes to the women’s cross country team, as well, as they race at the NCAA National Championships for the second straight year on Saturday.
Our men’s and women’s basketball teams also scored victories Sunday, with wins over Marygrove and St. Joseph’s (Indiana), respectively.
Today marks the national observance of Veteran’s Day. This week, our Military Student Resource Office (Curtiss 114) invites students, faculty and staff to stop by to pick up a flyer or decal to show support for members of the SVSU Community who have served or are currently serving in the Armed Forces. In September, Victory Media announced that SVSU was named to the Miliary Friendly Schools list for the second straight year. My thanks to the faculty, staff and students whose hard work led to this designation.
Our International Student Club is hosting the annual International Food Festival in the Marketplace at Doan tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. You may have seen several of our international students promoting this event on the NBC morning show earlier today. This is a good opportunity to interact with and show support for our international students. I encourage you to attend if your schedule permits.
In another sign that the end of the semester is rapidly approaching, our Fall Focus lecture series concludes this Thursday. Jules Gehrke, associate professor of history and special assistant to the provost, will present “The Dilemmas of a New Era: Collectivism and Individualism in the Victorian City” Thursday at 4 p.m. in Founders Hall. His talk is the 10th annual Hoffman-Willertz Lecture, named for two founding members of SVSU's history department.