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Tuition rates increase 3.7%

More money will come from wallets as the university increased funding for financial aid.

The Board of Control approved the 2013-2014 general fund budget Tuesday which includes tuition costs and fees.

Overall cost will be $280.75 per credit hour for Michigan undergrads, an increase of $10.10 per credit hour. The cost is made up of a tuition rate and two mandatory fees.

The tuition rate will be $266.15 per credit alongside mandatory fees of $3.85 per credit hour for technologies and $10.75 per credit hour for general service.

The general services include per-credit-hour fees of $1.70 for parking facilities, $0.60 for Student Association, $0.25 for Program Board, $0.17 for publications such as The Valley Vanguard and Cardinal Sins, $7.70 for … Read More…

June 19, 2013 | Permalink

President Gilbertson announces retirement from presidency

The Board of Control will start the search for a new president to replace Eric Gilbertson who announced today his intent to resign.

Gilbertson, who has led Saginaw Valley State University since 1989 and is its longest-serving president, announced his resignation at today’s Board of Control meeting.

Gilbertson is the longest serving leader among Michigan’s current public university presidents.

“This has been in the works for some time,” Gilbertson said. “You can’t stop time and change.”

Gilbertson will remain president until a successor is determined.

The Board will establish a committee to seek candidates, a process that can take months, said Board of Control Chairperson Dave Abbs.

“I suspect I’ll certainly be here through the fall semester,” Gilbertson said.

His … Read More…

June 18, 2013 | Permalink

Parenting a Tiger star: Justin and Ben Verlander’s parents offer advice and life lessons to community

The parents of two MLB players offered the community many life lessons last Thursday.

Kathy and Richard Verlander, parents of the 2011 MVP of the year award and Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander and recently signed Tigers draft pick Ben Verlander, discussed lessons from their book, “Rocks Across the Pond.”

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) sponsored the program. OLLI, established in 2001 at the university, is a membership-based program that holds non-credit classes, trips and other functions.

Vanguard photo | Tyler Bradley

Richard Verlander tells how he and his wife, Kathy, raised their children to dream big and keep in control as part of the OLLI-sponsored event Thursday.

Its membership is close to 1,600 participants.

Members of OLLI, students, … Read More…

June 17, 2013 | Permalink

Tuition rates expected to rise despite increase in state funding

Tuition increases are expected next week, followed by increases in the holes of students’ pockets.

On Tuesday, June 18, The Board of Control will vote on the general fund operating budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

“It’s the assumption [tuition] is in the president’s control,” President Eric Gilbertson said.

The Board actually sets tuition rates.

The Board also reserves authority for functions that include establishing or discontinuing degree programs, majors or intercollegiate athletic programs; establishing compensation for the president and vice presidents; and approving the student judicial code and the Student Association constitution.

Ten years ago, tuition rates were set at $139.60 per credit hour for Michigan undergrads.

For the 2012-2013 academic year, that rate has nearly doubled at $256.05 … Read More…

June 17, 2013 | Permalink

Eat, sleep, study abroad over summer

Some students have dedicated their summer to international travel.

This spring and summer, 13 faculty-led groups of students traveled abroad, visiting places like Costa Rica, England, Germany, Ghana, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Nepal, Senegal, Spain and Taiwan.

In 2012-2013, a total of 163 students participated in faculty-led study abroad programs, which is a 15.6 percent increase from last year.

SVSU’s study abroad program allows students to travel internationally, gain a wider perspective and participate in an experience that has for years opened doors and peaked interests in global cultures.

With less than 2 percent of students traveling abroad, the program offers an opportunity for students to create deep and personal connections with the places they visit.

Students Nathan Phillips, Dan Skutt … Read More…

June 17, 2013 | Permalink

Restaurants to open in mini-mall

Four new restaurants will soon be a short walk away for SVSU students.

The restaurants are set to open in Cardinal View, the mini-mall structure on Pierce Road, sometime in September.

Three of the businesses have already signed leases, while the fourth lease is expected to be completed in the near future.

One of the restaurants is T-Dubs, a restaurant that features pizza and wings. There is already a T-Dubs location in Frankenmuth.

Kochville Township Downtown Development Authority Director Steve King said he is excited about T-Dubs’ inclusion in the mini-mall.

“It’s got kind of a cult following in Frankenmuth,” he said. “That (has) stirred up quite an excitement in Kochville Township.”

Another restaurant is The DoggHauze, which specializes in … Read More…

June 17, 2013 | Permalink

New Cardinals on campus

Freshmen are spreading their wings and having fun doing it.

Five out of eight freshmen “SOAR” orientations have taken place so far this summer.

The daylong-required orientation helps acquaint new Cardinals with the university.

Students are placed in groups of 12 or 13 and stick with them and their orientation leader throughout the day.

They register for classes, speak with advisers, have lunch and learn about campus involvement.

Rachel Florence-Spaetzel, director of orientation programs, said it’s important for freshmen to know about everything the university has to offer.

“It lets them know that class is important and you should go to class, but there’s so much more to be experienced here,” Florence-Spaetzel said.

A student panel discussion is also part … Read More…

June 17, 2013 | Permalink

From residential director to director of Military/Veteran Affairs: Berry continues reaching out to students

A familiar face with Pine Grove residents for the past year and a half, Denise Berry, is continuing to be a part of that goal by taking the role of Director of Military/Veteran Affairs.

Berry is relatively new to the SVSU community, having been hired as a residential director not long ago, but she has wholeheartedly embraced the university’s drive for student success.

Berry said that she found the new position on the SVSU website.

She said that she is more than confident to take on being the head of this program and feels that there are a lot of similarities between the two positions.

“The biggest similarity is taking care of the students,” Berry said. “Being a resource and … Read More…

June 17, 2013 | Permalink

Summer fitness jumps forward with ‘Just Move It!’

Healthy U wants SVSU faculty and staff to “Just Move It!”

From 12-2 p.m. every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from June 4 to August 1, the Healthy U summer exercise program, “Just Move It!,” will be offering  double exercise points to all participants.

The Healthy U program is an incentive-based program that keeps to the goal of supporting a healthier SVSU, which means implementing a work site wellness program and promoting a culture of fitness to SVSU employees.

Wellness intern and exercise science senior Caitlin Mazurek said that being active helps the body stay healthy and keeps down stress.

“We just want them to get out there and keep moving,” she said.

Participants are encouraged to come out to the … Read More…

June 17, 2013 | Permalink

Education, worship continues over summer for faith-based groups

Even with many of their members away for the summer, several faith-based organizations continue to be active in the SVSU community.

One such organization, Cru, has kept active through a Bible study that will go until the last week of June.

The study, which has been attended by students from SVSU and other universities such as University of Michigan and Michigan State, has focused around character studies of people in the Bible.

“We read through the passage and talk about the meaning and how we can apply the lessons to our personal lives and ministry,” said Ali Steffke, an early childhood/elementary education student who will start her fourth year in the fall.

While Cru’s study will soon be ending, Blessed … Read More…

June 17, 2013 | Permalink