In case you missed the media coverage over the weekend, we received some very good news last Friday. In his keynote address during SVSU’s 50th anniversary economic summit, Andrew Liveris, CEO of The Dow Chemical Co., announced a significant gift from the Dow Chemical Company Foundation to establish the Dow Science and Sustainability Education Center at SVSU. This new partnership will serve to strengthen science education in our shared region, and to better understand and ultimately improve one of our region's greatest natural assets: Saginaw Bay. It will involve our students and faculty, as well as regional high school students and faculty. More details to come on this; stay tuned. Finally, the summit itself attracted many of the region’s thought leaders to our campus. My thanks to Harry Leaver and his staff, especially graduate assistant Jordan Garland, for their hard work in planning this successful event.
We received a $71,400 rebate check from Consumer's Energy last Thursday as a payback for installing a new, more energy-efficient chiller unit in Curtiss Hall. The recognition serves as a useful reminder that we have made numerous energy-saving updates in recent years. Our staff and our Board of Control have been quite forward-thinking in this regard. We have the lowest energy cost of any university campus in Michigan, on a per square foot basis, and this has helped us maintain our relatively low tuition rates for our students.
As I briefly mentioned a few weeks ago, our Admissions Open House – our most important on-campus student recruitment event – is coming up Saturday, Nov. 9. This is later in the fall semester than is typical, so this year’s event takes on added significance. My thanks in advance to those colleagues who volunteer their time to talk to prospective students about what sets SVSU apart. If you know someone who has a family member in the college selection process, please encourage him/her to attend. They can register online; they can even receive tickets to that day’s football game.