Congratulations to Dave Karpovich and colleagues on receiving a $413,234 grant from the University of Michigan Water Center to support our Saginaw Bay Environmental Science Institute. The funds will support additional ecological studies of Saginaw Bay and the development of priorities to guide continued conservation efforts there. Our project includes both a retrospective assessment and scientific guidance for future restoration activities with an emphasis on reducing nutrient runoff from agricultural land into the Saginaw Bay and encouraging voluntary implementation of best management practices by farmers. This is an exciting development for our colleagues and students working in the Institute and should help us better understand how to restore this tremendous natural asset. As a reminder, the Institute’s research vessel, “Cardinal II” will be christened during an 11 a.m. ceremony this Thursday behind the Science East building.
Robert Lemuel, Judy Ruland and I signed a concurrent enrollment agreement with Kirtland Community College last week. This will allow students enrolled in Kirtland's registered nursing program to simultaneously earn credits toward a bachelor of science in nursing degree from SVSU. This and similar agreements play an important role in meeting the health care needs of our region and demonstrates how our state’s community colleges and universities can work together toward common purpose.
Crews are nearly finished constructing the Jo Anne and Donald Petersen Sculpture Garden outside the new entrance to the Marshall Fredericks Sculpture Museum. This enhancement to our campus is made possible by a $500,000 gift from the family of the former CEO of Ford Motor Company and one of Marshall’s closest friends. Soon you will see the “Three Clowns” sculpture moved to the north side of the Arbury Fine Arts Center as part of this work.
The semester may have only recently begun, but our students’ spirit of giving back is in midseason form. They are organizing a Relay for Life Colors 5k run this coming Sunday to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. You’re likely to see their booths around campus. Registration is $15 if you register by Friday. This is the second fund-raising run in as many weekends. The 9/11 Heroes Run this past weekend attracted more than 300 participants, raising funds for the Travis Manion Foundation, which supports families of service members killed in action, and the One Hundred Club of Saginaw County, which provides financial support to families of police, firefighters and emergency medical personnel killed in the line of duty in the Great Lakes Bay Region.