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January 30, 2013 | Permalink

National Coach of the Year: Wassermann tabbed top coach in Division 2 after improbable postseason run

Cale Wassermann’s focus on team success over individual accolades goes back much longer than his tenure at the helm of the men’s soccer program, all the way back to his senior season as a midfielder at SVSU in 2005.

“I got some individual awards, but we didn’t win a lot of games, and that was just a bitter feeling for me,” Wassermann said. “I really thought that with some proper coaching and discipline and organization and teamwork, this team could have done a lot better.

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From left, assistant soccer coach Kyle Dubay, head coach Cale Wassermann and assistant coach Michael O’Neill led SVSU to its best record this season.

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January 28, 2013 | Permalink

University to celebrate 50 years of growth

The Melvin J. Zahnow Library will celebrate SVSU’s 50th anniversary in a special way.

On Wednesday, the exhibit “50 Years of Student Life at SVSU,” featuring photos, documents, and artifacts, will open in the Roberta R. Allen Reading Room on the fourth floor of the library.

Library Director Linda Farynk said the exhibit shows the progression of the university during the years.

“We’ve tried to capture what it was like to be a student in those days,” she said.

The exhibit is a way to showcase items from the very beginning of SVSU’s story back in 1963.

“(It’s a) time capsule of classes, how the campus grew, some of the different founding documents that established the university, such as the … Read More…

January 28, 2013 | Permalink

Volunteers warm hearts, make blankets for Linus

With winter finally in full swing, Project Linus is set to help terminally ill children stay warm during these especially cold times.

The Martin Luther King Day of service brought Project Linus to the Student Life Center last Monday. Participants were invited to come assemble fleece blankets for sick children all over the country. While 60 blankets was the goal, more than 200 people showed up to prove that that goal could be met and exceeded. Ninety blankets were made by the end of the event.

Engineering technology management senior Tyler Vienot, the Greek Life student coordinator and advisor, helped manage the event.

While he spent his undergraduate years as an active member of Phi Kappa Tau, he now uses … Read More…

January 28, 2013 | Permalink

New plans for class and campus improvement

President Eric Gilbertson expects the university to continue growing and expanding in 2013.

Faculty, staff and students gathered to hear about the progress of the university on Jan. 24 at Gilbertson’s State of the University address.

“I don’t remember any year that was ordinary,” Gilbertson said. “We can be really proud of the dedication and generosity of our students.”

He announced that SVSU is soon to be under review for accreditation and assured that the university’s accreditation is not in jeopardy.

“But there is always more that we can do,” he said. “This is a way to analyze our weaknesses. It can only get better.”

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January 28, 2013 | Permalink

History unfolds on inauguration trip

While it may only be four more years for one, it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for others.

More than 100 students traveled from Saginaw to Washington, D.C., on Monday to watch the 57th presidential inauguration.

Organized by Student Association, the trip began Sunday night, and students arrived at the Capitol in the morning.

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More than 100 students traveled to see the 57th presidential inauguration, which included President Obama’s inaugural address, performances & a parade.

The association has done the trip in the past, but no current members in charge of planning had been involved with the group at that time.

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January 28, 2013 | Permalink

Students discover knitting to be a fun stress reliever

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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January 28, 2013 | Permalink

Valley Nights makes big plans for new semester

After a fun-filled autumn semester, Valley Nights has a few tricks up its sleeve on how to provide SVSU’s campus with more enjoyable events and activities.

Valley Nights is a registered student organization responsible for delivering evening programing to campus from Wednesday to Saturday.

The organization is well-known for hosting movie nights every Thursday and Friday, showcasing films that haven’t been released on DVD yet. This semester, Valley Nights will be showing movies such as “Wreck-It Ralph,” “Lincoln” and “Flight.”

Valley Nights has taken notice of the series’ popularity and has started to tailor the presentations to help further increase attendance. One of the ways it plans to do this is by starting the Couch Club.

Adviser Jason Schoenmeyer said, … Read More…

January 28, 2013 | Permalink

Forever Red joins students, alumni to build connections, boost Red Pride

For 50 years, Cardinal spirit and red pride have been a core part of student life.

It is with the help of Forever Red that such admiration of SVSU is possible.

Forever Red is the student alumni connection, working to strengthen Cardinal spirit and traditions within past and present students.

“We want students to not only make connections with alumni, but we want to aid them in their transition to alumni status and continue to be involved with the SVSU community long after they are students here,” said Emily VanFleteren, a secondary education junior and president, secretary, historian, and social media coordinator of Forever Red.

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January 28, 2013 | Permalink

Faith Corner: Christian Bible groups offer opportunities for studies, fun, community

For those looking for options of Christian Bible study groups at SVSU, there are two lesser-known registered students organizations that focus on the subject: IV Red and Ecumenical Campus Ministries (ECM).

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at SVSU, or IV Red for short, hosts a variety of small-group Bible studies throughout the week and aims to reach out to diverse students.

The group is in its first semester of having the studies, and was created to allow for as many opportunities for Bible study as possible by working around its members’ schedules.

Ash Morr, a social work junior, is the president of the group and is also involved in ECM and Standing in the Gap.

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January 28, 2013 | Permalink