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Studying internationally, in class

The international studies major isn’t just about learning foreign languages.

One issue those students can explore is how the war in Iraq affected the U.S. and its relationship with the world.

In an attempt to understand diplomacy, students study the way nations interact on military, economic and cultural levels.

Jordan Vang, international studies sophomore, said that a lot of skills are necessary in having a successful career.

“I want to be an interpreter, which takes more than just knowing languages.  It’s knowing the issues involved as well.”

Vang said that he is looking to do something in teaching, translating or  possibly as an ambassador.

International studies is an interdisciplinary program designed to train students to better understand the changing world … Read More…

November 21, 2011 | Permalink

Veterans see University on the right path

As a nation, we dedicate one day a year to honor and thank the men and women who have served our country: Veterans’ Day.

At SVSU, much more time has been dedicated than that, since the University was announced this year as a Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs magazine.

The designation is given to schools that are doing the most to welcome veterans into their student body.

G.I Jobs completed a survey of veteran students at 8,000 schools and universities, as well as doing extensive research.

Based on these results, the top 20 percent of schools are designated as military friendly.

Saginaw Valley has been working to increase its service to veterans and their families since last year when … Read More…

November 21, 2011 | Permalink

New to networking, advice for future grads

What is your dream job and what does it take to get there?

Vanguard photo | Tyler Bradley

Jamie Wendorf, a literature and Spanish senior graduating in December, looks forward to a career in teaching and communications.

This is a difficult question for some to answer, but it’s important for students to start planning for future employment before graduating and entering the job market.

Samuel Tilmon, assistant director of career services, said that he believes it’s important to start building a network with employers, faculty and other students before graduating.

Career fairs can play an important role in this process, even when a student is currently employed.

“Career fairs can establish connections that will be useful when you graduate,” Tilmon … Read More…

November 21, 2011 | Permalink

Opportunity in internship

Looking back, Coury Carland, professor of political science, wishes he would have completed an internship during his undergraduate study.

Like many others, Carland was paying his own way through school and could not afford to take an unpaid internship.

“The prospect of working without pay is something a lot of students can’t do,” he said.

Students doing unpaid internships also take classes and may work at part-time jobs.

Yet if they are able to, Carland believes that students should take advantage of available internships.

“I think unpaid internships are valuable because you can’t really put a price on experience,” he said.

Brittany Rheaume, an elementary education junior, completed an internship at a banquet hall in her hometown through Michigan Works! … Read More…

November 21, 2011 | Permalink

Food fest stirs spoons, new food options

During International Education Week each semester, the International Student Club hosts the International Food Festival at the Marketplace at Doan.

Vanguard photo | Sean Dudley

The International Food Festival, hosted by the International Student Club and Dining Services, offered students a chance to sample food from across the world at the renovated Marketplace with more seating.

The festival began in the late 1990s as a group potluck where students would bring in different foods.

It was originally held in Brown Hall and it later moved to Curtiss. The International Food Festival is now held in the Marketplace at Doan.

The International Student Club always hosts this event so international students can share their culture.

Jason Wolverton, director of marketing said, … Read More…

November 21, 2011 | Permalink

Making banana splits, DQ workers split time with work and study

Katie McConnachie, Travis Alden, Kally Smith and Alison Gough manage their busy schedules as students who have to commute to one town for work and another town for school.

The four students work at the Dairy Queen in Sandusky, which is nearly 80 miles away from Saginaw in Michigan’s Thumb.

McConnachie, Alden and Smith attend SVSU, and Gough attends Central Michigan University.

McConnachie, an accounting freshman, details the stress she undergoes to make her job fit her school schedule.

“I usually have to rush back Thursday nights to work and leave Sunday to head back to Saginaw, and I have to do it every week,” she said.

Alden, a math junior, is a manager at Dairy Queen and has been … Read More…

November 21, 2011 | Permalink

Fireworks ban repealed, sales return to MI

Cancel your annual July trip to Ohio. In a veto proof vote last month, the state of Michigan repealed its ban on consumer fireworks.

The bill that passed would create the Michigan Fireworks Safety Act, which would control firework sales in the state. State legislators believe that this will be a boom for Michigan’s economy because sales no longer will go to Ohio or Indiana.

Dylan Hellus, political science junior,  likes that people can get fireworks locally now.

“I don’t have to go to Ohio anymore, and any reason not to go to Ohio is a good reason,” he said.

Greg Gardner, political science/public administration sophomore, believes we can use this to help improve programs on campus.

“We should bring … Read More…

November 21, 2011 | Permalink

Almost: The Cardinals took the defending national champion Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs into overtime, but fell just short in a 30-27 defeat

A snowy playoff matchup that featured big plays, big hits and a controversial overtime finish, Saturday’s game had all the elements of an instant  classic.

Vanguard Photo | Lisa Coffell

Sophomore wide receiver Jeff Janis pulls in his third touchdown catch of the day in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s overtime playoff loss to Minnesota Duluth. Janis had a career-high 176 yards in the game.

The only thing missing for SVSU was a win.

The Cardinals’ season ended Saturday with a 30-27 overtime loss to Minnesota-Duluth in the first round of the NCAA playoffs.

“It was an exciting game – just what you want out of a playoff game – but unfortunately we didn’t get it done,” said head coach … Read More…

November 21, 2011 | Permalink

Volleyball, cross country teams finish historic seasons

With the end of this weekend’s competition, two historic seasons for SVSU women’s athletics have come to a close.

The women’s volleyball and cross country teams both ended their seasons on Friday and Saturday, respectively, at the regional and national level.

The volleyball team competed at the NCAA Midwest Regional quarterfinals Friday, falling to Ferris State 3-2.

The Cardinals got off to a strong start, beating Ferris State in the first set behind six kills by senior middle hitter Katie Fitzgerald.

SVSU rode its momentum into the second set, leading 7-5 early in the set, but fell 25-16 to Ferris State.

After losing the third set to the Bulldogs, SVSU jumped out to a quick lead in the fourth set, … Read More…

November 21, 2011 | Permalink

Top-ranked team topples nat’l champs

“Dodge, duck, dip, dive and dodge!”

Vanguard photo | Jess Ellison

The dodgeball team defeated Central Michigan, the defending national champions, by a score of 2-1 on Saturday in the Cardinal Gym. With the win, the team takes over the number one spot in the National Collegiate Dodgeball Association rankings.

Since the winter of 2006, this is exactly what SVSU’s club dodgeball founder Bryan Janick and the team has been doing.

Along the way, the team has had to face challenges with gym time, player availability and funding. However, each season the team faces the challenges presented and enjoys its time on the court.

“It’s still difficult today to get a lot done,” captain Spencer Jardine said. “But we have … Read More…

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