The Board of Control approved renovations to the Regional Education Center to create space that will be leased to Ming Chuan University of Taiwan, our sister institution. We expect this will result in more international students attending SVSU, as well as increased study abroad opportunities for our domestic students. Ming Chuan will occupy approximately 7,300 square feet that previously housed the Regional Education Resource Center; those resources have been moved to Zahnow Library. Lease terms are still being finalized, but we expect Ming Chuan to repay the $650,000 project cost within the next four to five years. Renovations should be finished by May 1.
Career Services is hosting a Career Fair This Friday, Oct. 19 from noon to 3 p.m. in the Curtiss Hall Banquet Rooms. More than 70 organizations have registered to recruit our students and alumni for full-time, part-time, co-op and internship opportunities. It’s a tough job market, so please encourage your students to take advantage of these employers’ willingness to come to campus. More information, including a complete list of participating employers and graduate schools can be found online.
The Faculty Association held their annual awards banquet last Friday. Nancy Colwell and Amy Hlavacek, mathematical sciences, received the Outstanding Service Award for their work in the math/physics resource center. The Outstanding Scholarship Award was given to Peter Barry, philosophy, who recently published a book, “Evil and Moral Psychology.” Kerry Segel, English, received the Outstanding Mentoring Award for his efforts to support colleagues in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL) and English as a Second Language (ESL). In addition, the Faculty Association presented Dave Schneider, communication, with the rare honor of the Lifetime Service Award. My congratulations to these colleagues on receiving these awards.
A visiting scholar from Gettysburg College will deliver the 10th annual James E. O'Neill Jr. Memorial Lecture this Thursday, Oct. 17 in the Field Theatre for Performing Arts. Allen Guelzo, an author of two award-winning books about Abraham Lincoln will discuss the nation's 16th president in his talk, “Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation: The End of Slavery in America.” This event is co-sponsored by the Field Neurosciences Institute and promises to be quite thought-provoking. I hope your schedule allows you to attend.