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University awarded military friendly distinction

The university was named Military Friendly for the fourth year in a row by Victory Media, and it is doing everything in its power to live up to that title.

The Military Student Affairs department was a new addition to the university last May, and Director of Military Student Affairs Denise Berry said she is happy she assumed her new role.

Berry retired from the army and sees her position as a way to keep serving.

“My two favorite populations are students and the military, and this (position) just brings it all together,” Berry said. “I love working in higher ed. and I love being able to help the veterans and service members because it is such a confusing system … Read More…

October 13, 2014 | Permalink

Bad jobs are just stepping stones on the way to a career you love

People often say that if you love your job, it’s not actually work. What they fail to tell us, though, is how long the road can be to get to the point of doing what you love.

Shortly after I turned 16, my parents told me I should begin the search for a part-time job. The thought scared me not because I was lazy, but because this was new territory. I reluctantly began the search.

To my delight and terror, I got a call back from one of the first places I applied: Wendy’s. The first day was overwhelming to say the least. As a sandwich maker I had to learn how to work quickly and proficiently while also dealing … Read More…

October 13, 2014 | Permalink

Urban planning efforts revitalize midtown Detroit

Midtown Detroit is coming back to life a little more each day.

President of Midtown Detroit, Inc. Susan Mosey spoke Tuesday, Sept. 30, in the Rhea Miller Recital Hall, cluing audience members into several ongoing projects purposed towards rejuvenating the area.

Midtown Detroit, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that works to improve Detroit by renovating and making additions while simultaneously making efforts to raise awareness about the importance of helping the city thrive.

More than $3 billion has been invested in the Midtown neighborhood during the last ten years, according to Mosey.

She said a strong focus is placed on improvements for pedestrians, such as green alleys. The organization takes run-down alleys, corrects their underground structures and makes them not … Read More…

October 6, 2014 | Permalink

Conference takes care of business

Last week marked the start of a partnership, both business and friendship-related, between SVSU and the University of Delhi’s Shri Ram College of Commerce in India.

SVSU and Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) jointly hosted a Global Business Sustainability Conference last week on SVSU’s campus.

Courtesy | University Communications

President Donald Bachand and P.C. Jain from University of Delhi’s Shri Ram College of Commerce water a commemorative tree that was planted Friday as part of the Global Business Sustainability Conference. The tree symbolizes the growing relationship between the universities, who shared business-related advice and stories.

The three-day event provided attendees with research and information about how to build and grow businesses globally.

SVSU and SRCC faculty and students, visitors … Read More…

September 29, 2014 | Permalink

Occupational therapy grad student seeks career in rehabilitation, neurology

Melissa Hall found her calling in life unexpectedly.

She started her education in Michigan State University’s dietetics program, but wasn’t satisfied with the choice she’d made.

Then, she was introduced to occupational therapy. Her fiancé’s sister, who is an occupational therapist, opened her eyes to what the field had to offer.

Hall also job shadowed the occupational therapist at the school district she graduated from in Lansing. From there, she knew pursuing occupational therapy felt right.

Hall became a Cardinal soon after.

“It seemed so perfect, and I dropped all my (classes) at Michigan State and came here,” Hall said. “It was kind of a last—minute thing.”

Hall is now a graduate student in the second year of the two … Read More…

September 22, 2014 | Permalink

New director frames gallery’s future

The new University Art Gallery director is ready to bring in fresh ideas and guide students in the right direction.

Corey Gilbert, a 2011 SVSU graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, assumed the position this summer.

He said adjusting to the role has been a learning experience, as there are several components associated with it.

“There’s a lot of things getting thrown at you constantly that you have to sift through and make sense of and organize for everybody else,” Gilbert said. “It’s been, at times, overwhelming, but I always enjoy challenges, so I’ve been well receiving the work.”

Gilbert said the position allows him to help others get where they need to be now that he’s reached that … Read More…

September 22, 2014 | Permalink

Statistics club talks numbers

Statistics club is not the average student organization.

In fact, it’s not a student organization at all, as it is not registered and does not meet other requirements, such as having a faculty adviser.

The club is simply a group of students who meet casually to make connections and talk numbers.

Alexys Suisse, computer science senior and statistics club member, said the club came out of the blue.

“It started more like a study group, like we were just together and started making fun of things,” Suisse said. “It just kind of happened.”

Members do not have a set meeting schedule. Instead, they find days and times about once every two weeks that work for everyone.

Meeting places may be … Read More…

September 15, 2014 | Permalink

Think twice before reading offensive, disturbing Fifty Shades of Grey

Several books I choose to read are due to recommendation, and “Fifty Shades of Grey” by E.L. James was no exception. I gave in to every female who told me I had to read it, because normally a book that causes such a media frenzy is worth reading.

It was not worth reading, nor will I give it another chance by finishing the trilogy, as I’ve been told would change my mind.

It is quite easy to pick up this book and get hooked, which is exactly what happened to me. Anastasia (Ana) Steele is a likable character. It’s hard for readers not to cheer on the timid college girl when she meets bold and incredibly handsome Christian Grey and … Read More…

September 15, 2014 | Permalink

Heroes Run honors sacrifices, service

For the second year, SVSU hosted a 9/11 Heroes Run, which is a 5K race in honor of those who serve such as veterans, enlisted individuals, firefighters, first responders and police officers.

The race at SVSU was part of a national race series for the Travis Manion Foundation. It is just one of the 151 locations throughout the U.S.

Vanguard photo | Jamie Loubert

The Travis Manion Foundation is a non-profit organization created in honor of 1st Lt. Travis Manion, who was killed in
Iraq in 2007. Team Red, White & Blue also received funds from the 5K.

The nonprofit organization was created in honor of 1st Lt. Travis Manion. He served as a Marine in Iraq until he died … Read More…

September 8, 2014 | Permalink

Regional Education Center renamed to honor Gilbertson

Former President Eric Gilbertson may have stepped down, but he is still present on campus in more ways than one.

A resolution was passed last Monday at the Board of Control’s regularly scheduled meeting to change the name of the Regional Education Center to Eric R. Gilbertson Hall.

The plan to rename the Education building has been in the works for a few months, as individuals wanted a way for Gilbertson to be remembered for his 24 years as university president.

Jeff Martin, SVSU Board of Control chair, headed the special committee that was formed months ago to make the resolution to rename the building. Board members Scott Carmona, Jenee Velasquez and Jerome Yantz joined him, along with President’s Office … Read More…

August 25, 2014 | Permalink