Top Stories

BFA graduate Weslock celebrates with art show

The University Art Gallery is displaying a body of work from SVSU’s own Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) students: Garrett Weslock.

Weslock is graduating this semester and his BFA focus is in ceramics.

According to Corey Gilbert, exhibitions coordinator, the BFA show is held as a “culmination of the student’s education, efforts, and work.”

The show is part of the requirements for any BFA student before they graduate.

The process to enter the program is also challenging, requiring an interested student to apply a year and a half before they’d like to graduate and present a portfolio to a selection committee.

Once chosen, the student then develops the ideas already in that portfolio with the guidance of two mentors in … Read More…

April 27, 2015 | Permalink

International service organization promotes peace, sustainable change

SVSU’s partnership with the Peace Corps offers students a unique experience that will set them apart from their peers.

The Peace Corps, a volunteer program established by President John F. Kennedy in 1961, provides volunteers an opportunity to work with governments, schools, non-profit organizations and communities on issues in education, agriculture, health, information technologies, environment and economic development – to name only a few.

According to Associate Director of Career Services Tom Barnikow, applicants must commit to a two-year service period in a traditionally underserved country. The Peace Corps works with more than 60 countries.

Students should apply six to nine months before their desired departure date; after a series of interviews, they will be placed in a country that … Read More…

April 20, 2015 | Permalink

Not the same old song and dance

SVSU show choir group Encore performed their spring show last weekend, saying goodbye to long-time leader and communication senior Cara Deschermeier.

The group began in the fall of 2010, and Deschermeier has been with the group since then.

“I was an incoming freshman and this group showed up and asked me to join,” Deschermeier said of how she got involved.

Vanguard photo | Logan Mooney

Encore members Chris Sabal and Mitch Sansiribhan perform at the organization’s Spring Spectacular last Saturday evening in the Malcolm Field Theatre for Performing Arts. The 30+ member organization performed two final shows to close out the winter semester, sponsored by RSOs Program Board and Valley Nights.

“I really don’t know where I’d be without Encore. … Read More…

April 20, 2015 | Permalink

Undergraduate research grants offer students salaries, experience

The Undergraduate Research Program integrates SVSU’s teaching and research missions through the creation and facilitation of research partnerships between faculty and students.

Associate professor of communication Jennifer McCullough serves as director of the program, which comprises student travel grants, student-led research grants and faculty-led research grants.

According to McCullough, student travel grants are similar to what used to be offered through the Student Research Creativity Institute. These provide funds for students to present research at academic and professional conferences.

However, the student- and faculty-led research grants are new and allow students involved in the research to receive salaries.

“Students can receive up to $5,000 to work on their specific project with a student-led research grant,” McCullough said. “As part of … Read More…

April 13, 2015 | Permalink

Fredericks to offer Cardinals chance for creative expression

For the first time, SVSU students will have a chance to utilize the space of the Marshall Fredericks Museum for their own creative endeavors.

Titled the “Student Creativity Explosion,” the program came out of brainstorming by the museum board on what to do with a three-week gap in the upcoming fall semester where they didn’t have any shows going on.

According to Melissa Ford, the Marshall Fredericks Museum archivist, they didn’t want to just leave the space empty.

“We wanted students to take ownership and use the space in a creative way,” Ford said.

The parameters of these creative opportunities are basically limitless.

The museum is looking for everything from a health demonstration to a dance performance to a concert … Read More…

April 13, 2015 | Permalink

Student groups given opportunity to suggest homecoming themes

For the first time, registered student organizations will have a say in the homecoming theme.

In past years, members of the designated homecoming committee had decided the theme amongst themselves.

However, according to Jason Schoenmeyer, associate director of Student Life, committee members wanted to give other organizations the opportunity to suggest theme ideas.

“We wanted something different,” Schoenmeyer said.

He said that any registered student organization that submits an idea will earn 50 incentive points and an extra 100 if the idea is selected as next year’s homecoming theme.

All potential themes will be submitted to members of the homecoming committee, who will then make the final decision.

Judging will be based on not only how well it fits the … Read More…

March 30, 2015 | Permalink

UAG reception held to honor environmentally conscious artist

Electrical cords, oil drums and plastic lids are all part of the latest show at the Art Gallery.

The artist is Roscoe Wilson, a professor of Studio Art at Miami University in Ohio.

The show focuses on our overconsumption of coal and oil and the excessive use of plastics. Wilson also gave a lecture this past Monday, March 23, on his process and concepts.

Vanguard photo | Logan Mooney

An artist reception for Roscoe Wilson, whose work is featured above, was held this past Monday to celebrate his latest art installation. Wilson, who spoke on his process, concepts and previous showcases, has had his exhibit, “It’s Getting Hot Out Here” on display in the University Art Gallery since March 16,

Read More…

March 30, 2015 | Permalink

Small steps to subdue stress

The Healthy U Wellness Fair prepared students to keep themselves healthy as they begin the final push to the end of the semester.

The fair was held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, in the Cardinal Gym in the Ryder Center.

Local businesses and organizations had booths offering information and activities about topics like mental health, vision care, dental hygiene, physical fitness and more.

More than 50 vendors offered free-of-charge services: cholesterol testing, glucose and sugar testing, fitness assessments, chair massages, bone density screenings, hearing and eye exams, and blood pressure readings among healthy product samples and giveaways.

Liz Ballien, exercise science senior and SVSU’s wellness intern, was responsible for coordinating the fair.

“This is a very … Read More…

March 23, 2015 | Permalink

Fredericks’ sculpture in Northland mall may go to auction

An iconic Marshall Fredericks sculpture known as “Boy and Bear” could go up for auction as the Northland Center mall prepares to liquidate by the middle of April.

The sculpture was commissioned by the J.L. Hudson Co. (now Macy’s) in the early 1950s.

Marilyn Wheaton, director of the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum, said “Boy and Bear” was part of a display campaign to attract families into the store.

Since Northland Center mall opened in 1954, the sculpture has stood outside the store.

“Boy and Bear” portrays a young child – cast in bronze and gold-plated – straddling a large smiling bear made of limestone.

The company also commissioned “Lion and Mouse” for display at its store at Eastland Center … Read More…

March 23, 2015 | Permalink

Ming Chuan to offer four-week Chinese class

As people of the world become closer through interdependent economic, social and political relationships, the learning of certain languages has become crucial for success on the global platform.

One of these languages is Mandarin Chinese.

In response to an increasing demand for foreign language skills, Ming Chuan University’s Michigan campus is offering a four-week language class to students.

The class will be taught by Chinese-English bilingual students in the Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language graduate program. Topics include tourism, shopping, campus and business.

Louise Chen, program assistant for Ming Chuan University-Michigan, emphasized the practical nature of the class.

“It’s going to be … conversational Mandarin, to give a flavor of the culture,” she said. “Something you could use to … Read More…

March 23, 2015 | Permalink