Students are being given an opportunity to give back to the university that has given to them.
In honor of the university’s 50th anniversary, Forever Red has organized the Student Giving Campaign.
The goal of the campaign is to raise $50,000 by the end of fall 2013 semester, which will be divvied up and given out to students in the form of scholarships.
Bryan Crainer, associate director of retention for first year programs, is excited that this program will make it possible to give out more scholarships.
Forever Red provides scholarships to returning students each year, but Crainer said the Student Giving Campaign will allow for heftier dollar amounts to be given away.
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It’s not just a play. It’s an experience.
The Whistling Idiots Dinner Theatre’s production entitled “Fox on the Fairway” is described as a tribute to the farces of the 1940s. It takes audience members on a hilarious adventure at a country club.
Two rival country clubs find themselves competing in a tournament, and all sorts of drama ensues.
Relationship issues surface and characters go behind each other’s backs, which cast members said keeps the audience captivated.
Jennifer Wilk, a 2009 theater and graphic design graduate who is also part of the show, said the show involves more humor than sports.
“Whether you like golf or not, I guarantee you will laugh throughout the show,” Wilk said.
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Eric Petersen knew teaching history was his calling early in life.
However, he had no idea he’d retire from the same job he landed in 1969.
Petersen has been a faculty member at SVSU since nearly the beginning, and said a lot of mutual respect exists within the history department.
“It’s an invigorating and pleasant environment to be in,” he said.
Petersen was hired a year before his fellow retiring colleagues, Robert Braddock and Thomas Renna.
He said their bond has grown strong over the years, and he will miss interacting with these men as well as his other colleagues the most.
Once in a while, Petersen has a nostalgic moment, remembering what the university used to be like.
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When history professor Robert “Bob” Braddock was hired at SVSU in 1970, he wasn’t planning on staying.
Forty-three years later, Braddock can’t imagine why he ever wanted to be someplace else.
When the Northwestern graduate was first hired, the campus only consisted of Wickes Hall.
He watched the university build its way up, and was happy to play a part in its success.
In particular, he said student success in the classroom was one of the most rewarding parts of his job.
Vanguard photo | Alyssa Ellis
Braddock plans to travel and continue his research after retirement.
“In terms of teaching history, I’ve had a number of good students that have done honors work,” Braddock said.
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As a preschooler, I went to school one day wearing a patterned one-piece outfit with extravagant colors. I felt awesome in it. It was one of those outfits you put on in the morning and feel like you can conquer the world. Admit it, you have one of those. Everyone does.
That day, I encountered a classmate in the bathroom and she looked me up and down judgmentally and said, “What the heck are you wearing?”
Although it’s not something I dwell on anymore, I will forever remember the sound of those harsh words escaping her mouth.
Even at a young age I knew judgment was wrong, and today I still stand strongly behind that lesson I learned so long … Read More…
Many men will have sore feet but happy hearts Wednesday night.
The international event, “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” will make its return after two years.
Although anyone can participate, men will walk in high heels to help spread awareness about rape, sexual assault and gender violence.
The event, which has been popular in the past, will serve as a kickoff to Sexual Awareness Month.
Chelsea Hummel, social work junior and sexual assault chair for Peer Health Education (PHE) said the planning process was a tedious one and she is excited the event has almost arrived.
Her philosophy when planning it was “go big or go home.”
She remembers this event as a freshman, recalling the impact it had … Read More…
The happiest place on earth will soon be home to a handful of students.
Seven students will spend the fall semester at either Disneyland in California or Disney World in Florida as part of the Disney College Program.
Jacklin Bixler, biology and theatre sophomore, is among those students.
Bixler said she is a Disney kid through and through, so when the opportunity presented itself she jumped on it.
“I grew up going to Disneyland, so it was sort of a no brainer,” Bixler said.
Tyler Cichowski, exercise science senior, participated in the program during the fall 2009 semester. He now serves as a campus representative for the program and enjoys spreading the word and sharing his experience with others.
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Sleep was the furthest thing from students’ minds last Friday as $43,000 was raised for the American Cancer Society.
From 4 p.m. to 4 a.m., the Ryder Center was buzzing with students making a difference by marking the ninth year of Relay for Life at SVSU.
Amanda Kennard, social work junior and Relay for Life event chair said the event holds a special place in her heart.
Losing an uncle and a grandfather to liver cancer was extremely hard on her, but inspired her to get more involved.
“I think everyone’s been touched by cancer in some form, so it’s just a way to give back,” she said.
This was Kennard’s first year as event chair. She participated in Relay … Read More…
A new student and staff connection was made last Monday.
For the first time, a luncheon was held for the Board of Control to converse with students and throw around thoughts and suggestions.
Merry Jo Brandimore, dean of students, thought it would be beneficial for the board to get to know the students it serves.
“I did not see an opportunity where they were able to engage with students in conversation,” Brandimore said.
She presented the idea to President Eric Gilbertson, who thought it would be beneficial.
Brandimore pulled 35 students’ names from a list of student leaders who have been identified through the course of the year.
Board members were given small bios on students in attendance that included … Read More…
After a long day of classes, why not knit your stress away?
Knitting at 9, a new Program Board event kicked off last Tuesday.
Tony Cianciolo, history senior and Program Board president, had an interest in knitting and figured other students would, too.
Cianciolo was happy with the response he got when spreading the word about the event.
“When I first started telling people, they sounded really excited,” he said.
Cianciolo enlisted the help of pre-vet sophomore Molly Starr, who has some knitting experience.
Starr learned how to knit in a high school art class. She decided to pick the hobby back up over Christmas break.
She said anyone with the desire to knit can learn with ease.
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