More than 60 students at SVSU will spend part of their holiday break volunteering their time to help needy families as part of the university’s Alternative Breaks program.
Alternative Breaks is a drug and alcohol-free student-run and student-led program accompanied by the Student Life Center. It offers students the opportunity to be a part of serving social issues and traveling the country, and possibly the world.
“Alternative Breaks is an important aspect (of) our campus because it allows students to become involved and learn about social issues,” said social work junior Kelsey Boyce, board member and trip coordinator of Alternative Breaks. “It gives them the opportunity to take an important role in our society and become leaders on campus.”
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Cooking up local dishes from home, students from 15 countries offered Marketplace at Doan diners a taste of the world last week.
International students teamed with Dining Services to make traditional, authentic dishes from their homelands to serve to the community.
“This event was as successful as last year, if not better,” said Pat Shelley, adviser of the International Food Festival.
Jason Wolverton, marketing manager of Dining Services, said the event went “great,” with approximately 1,850 attendees, which was up from last year’s total of 1,800.
“We had lots of compliments from the patrons that came in,” Wolverton said.
In addition to a number of African nations, participating countries included China, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Pakistan, Kuwait, Lebanon, … Read More…
Staff at the Office of International Programs at SVSU opened their workplace to the campus community on Thursday to showcase the traditions and food of different regions of the world.
The Global Engagement Open House was held during National International Education Week. Offices were decorated to reflect the customs of Australia, Central Eurasia, Cuba, East Asia, France, Great Britain, India, the Middle East, Poland, Sub-Sahara Africa, South America and Ukraine.
“We’re trying to have everyone in the campus community aware of international programs and what the office is about,” said Stephanie Sieggreen, director of international programs at SVSU. “We want them to be aware of the different regions around the world and what they have to offer.”
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International students at SVSU share their culture with the community the best way they know how: food.
The annual International Food Festival, hosted by the International Student Club, takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Marketplace at Doan cafeteria.
“It’s important to give a taste of the different cultures because it’s the easiest way to share their cultures,” said Viviane Diwongui, president of the International Student Club and sophomore computer science major.
International students will partner with SVSU’s Dining Services to cook and serve their favorite dishes from their homelands at this event.
The event will feature food from nearly 15 countries including Saudi Arabia, Germany, Kuwait, Taiwan, China, Venezuela, France and Poland. Students from Pakistan … Read More…
The Social Work Department at SVSU received a multi-thousand dollar grant from the State of Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to aid former foster children who are currently enrolled at SVSU.
The $310,344 grant allows the Social Work Department in the College of Health and Human Services at SVSU to create the Living Skills for Foster Youth Students at SVSU. This project will provide supportive services for three years to foster students. The Social Work Department will connect eligible foster students to a life skills coach and other campus and community services.
The grant covers life skills training to former foster students such as teaching how to manage relationships, money and time, said Vanessa Brooks Herd, associate professor … Read More…
For Kara Brooks, coming out meant hell – physically, emotionally and spiritually.
Brooks, who identifies as a lesbian, grew up in a conservative Christian home where homosexuality was discouraged. She struggled internally during high school, suffering from anxiety and depression because she tried to “fix herself” to not like girls.
“I had 3-4 migraines a week because I was struggling so hard to make the inside feel how I was supposed to,” Brooks said. “I thought I was going to hell.”
Brooks was one of a group of students from Living Proud, one of the university’s lesbian gay bisexual transgender (LGBT) registered student organizations, who shared their stories for National Coming Out Day at a sexual orientation panel Thursday evening.… Read More…
SVSU students Amanda Helton and Chelsea Hummel are being active in October as they team up to address domestic violence during Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
The Peer Health Education Sexual Assault Committee and Living Proud, an LGBTQ RSO at SVSU, provides information to students, faculty, and staff by publicizing posters around campus and providing informational brochures on domestic abuse.
“It is essential to give and bring awareness of domestic violence to the SVSU community because this violence is not unusual. It happens just as much within the LGBTQ (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer) community, if not more, than other forms of relationship abuse,” said Hummel, Peer Health Educator and Sexual Violence Committee Chair at SVSU.
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With more than 500 new students registered to vote during Voter Registration Drive, the Student Association, College Democrats and College Republicans are preparing for their final campaigning as they approach Election Week.
“We will be knocking on doors, making calls, handing out literature, and other like activities, in an effort to get people to the polls on election day,” said Kevin Lorentz, president of the College Republicans of SVSU.
Election Week is Monday, Nov. 5 and Tuesday, Nov. 6, Election Day.
Monday, the groups plan to make last-minute efforts to encourage students to vote and promote their individual candidates. On Election Day everyone will be voting and then attending election parties to celebrate.
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A transferring student from Delta College will star in a Michigan short film to be presented at Hell’s Half Mile next weekend.
Austin Butterfield, a theater major and communications minor, plays the main character, Denver Hoptner, in the film “B.F.A.”
Delta College professor and author Jeff VandeZande wrote the film. It is based out of a chapter in the book “An American Poet,” also written by VandeZande.
VandeZande asked Butterfield to play the role of Hoptner.
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Transferring student Austin Butterfield will star in the short film, “B.F.A.,” set to play at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Delta College Planetarium in Bay City.
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With the last season ending in a loss, the women’s soccer team is back with fresh players and off to an optimistic start.
Last season, the team had five players hit with ACL injuries and one player suffering a serious concussion. It was the first losing season the team had in nine years, Drago Dumbovic, SVSU women’s soccer coach of ten years, said. The women’s season finished with a 5-8 record because of the several injuries.
“We are doing pretty good considering that we are starting from scratch,” Dumbovic said of the team containing eight freshmen. “We’re looking forward to a good year because (the girls) are healthy.”
The team of 24 players which trains seven days per week, year … Read More…