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International recruitment duty changes offices

International student recruitment has a new home on campus.

Responsibility for drawing international students to SVSU is shifting from the Office of International Programs to Graduate Admissions.

“There’s been more of a push for and a focus on international recruitment,” said Stephanie Sieggreen, director of International Programs. “(In that office), there are more people to give attention to that.”

The office of International Programs was completely comprehensive, in that it handled international student recruitment and admissions and provided support services once the students were on-campus.

As a result of the wide range of responsibilities, the office was short on human resources, which led to the transfer of responsibility.

Sieggreen said the change just represents a shift in focus.

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December 19, 2013 | Permalink

Parking Services coordinator Joyce Payne to retire

With 28 years of employment, Joyce Payne has seen the evolution of SVSU.

Payne, hired in 1986, will retire at the end of December from her role as the Parking & Student Employment services coordinator.

“I’ve always loved my job, and I’ve always given it more than 100 percent,” Payne said. “This has been an absolutely wonderful place to work. I am very proud to say I’ve been a member of the SVSU community for this many years.”

Courtesy | University Communications

Above: Joyce Payne.

Payne and her husband will move to Jacksonville, Fla., to be near their daughters and live in a warmer climate.

“I’ve said a few times in these last few weeks that if I could take my … Read More…

December 13, 2013 | Permalink

Sister school president to accept honorary degree

Connections continue to grow stronger between SVSU and its sister school, Ming Chuan University in Taiwan.

“We have so many things to do,” said President Chuan Lee of Ming Chuan University, who said he is always looking for ways to strengthen the bond even further.

Lee is at SVSU accept an honorary doctor of laws degree at today’s commencement ceremony.

He has received honorary doctor of laws degrees in the U. S., Korea and Russia.

Although he visits SVSU regularly, he said his visits have been more frequent lately due to planning the expansion of the west wing of the education building.

This development will allow more students to study at the American Ming Chuan University, as well as make … Read More…

December 13, 2013 | Permalink

Young thespians take the stage

It was a big weekend for theater, with 922 high school students attending the Michigan Thespian Festival at SVSU.

Students from 43 schools around the state came to campus to attend workshops, view performances and compete for more than $3 million in scholarships.

“My experience has been phenomenal,” said Bri Kaufherr, a student from Flushing High School. “It’s educational and helps me to grow with my theater. It helps a lot more to get different feedback than just my normal director.”

Vanguard photo | Tyler Bradley

SVSU welcomed hundreds of high school actors last weekend for the annual Michigan Thespian Festival, where students participated in workshops and competed for more than $3 million in scholarships. This is often the highlight

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December 9, 2013 | Permalink

Freak engine fire totals three vehicles, damages three others

By Tyler Bradley & Rachel Stocki

In the midst of preparation for exams and the busy holiday season, a six-car fire put additional stress on some in the university community.

The investigation closed on the fire that started in an engine compartment of a Pontiac Grand Prix in D-Lot Tuesday morning. Three cars were totaled and three more were damaged.

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On Tuesday, Dec. 3, a fire started in the engine compartment of a Pontiac Grand Prix owned by student Mitchell Myers. The fire spread to five other vehicles, causing major heat damage.

Political science junior Mitchell Myers’ car was totaled in the fire.

“I walked out of class, and I saw them hauling cars up on the … Read More…

December 9, 2013 | Permalink

SA ad hoc committee to address blocking system concerns

When it comes to the adult-content blocking system, students will not be silent.

Student Association is creating an ad hoc committee to learn more about the university’s establishment of the blocking system, which prevents on-campus access to websites with adult content.

The committee plans to collect information from students, faculty, staff and the administration about why the policy was put in place. From there, it will explore the policy’s effectiveness as well as the option of changing it to be more accommodating. Elimination may also be a possibility.

“What we hope to do is form something that could take the place of this policy,” said Tyler Manning, political science senior and Student Association ombudsman.

Student Association Representative Zack Eick, a … Read More…

December 9, 2013 | Permalink

SVSU remembers John Schmidt, dedicated student & friend

Students and faculty are remembering John Schmidt of Holly, a student who died last Wednesday due to complications from cancer.

After Schmidt was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, he left the university during the winter 2012 semester to receive treatment.

After a 19-month battle, he passed away in St. Paul’s Hospital in Dallas,TX from pneumonia.

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John Schmidt

One of the biggest issues for Schmidt was receiving a bone marrow transplant because he was an only child of a mixed race. His father was German and English, his mother half South American Indian and half Spanish.

Schmidt wrote about this in a blog on Huffington Post in his August entry “My Journey to Transplant.”

“It was really hard … Read More…

December 9, 2013 | Permalink

Earning the cap, gown

Saginaw Valley is preparing to send 525 of its most prepared Cardinals into the real world.

The commencement ceremony for the graduating class will take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec.  13 in the O’Neill Arena at SVSU’s Ryder Center. Of the 525 students graduating, 465 of them will participate in the ceremony. A total of 369 students are earning their bachelor’s degree, while 96 are earning their master’s degree.

Elizabeth Wolf is one of the graduates that will be shaking hands with her respective dean and President Eric Gilbertson as she walks across the stage.

Wolf will be earning her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She has accepted a nursing position at the Neurointensive Care Unit at the University … Read More…

December 9, 2013 | Permalink

Hazards of social media networks: Know warning signs for identity scams, thefts

Identity scams are more of a possibility on campus than originally thought.

On Thursday, Nov. 7, a student came into the police department and reported continued suspicious activity through Instagram.

The student had received a message speaking of a grant and the permission to put money from this grant into his account. If the student would allow the man to put the money in his account, he could keep a portion of the grant money. The student decided to meet this stranger in one of the SVSU parking lots and let the man use his credit card with a portable card-swiping machine.

A few days later, the student looked at his account online and noticed suspiciously large amounts being withdrawn.… Read More…

December 9, 2013 | Permalink

Housing checkouts final step before heading home

The end of the semester can be overwhelming, but on-campus residents shouldn’t forget to properly check out of their residence halls.

Although not as hectic as the winter semester checkout, students are encouraged to follow checkout procedure to ensure they do not accrue unnecessary fines.

Director of Auxiliary Operations Dawn Iseler said students living in the First Year Suites or Living Centers are required to vacate their dorms after their last exam or by 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12.

However, there are a few exceptions to this general rule. For example, if a student has a Friday exam, they will automatically be approved for an extended stay. The rule ensures that students taking exams Friday get the extra time to … Read More…

December 9, 2013 | Permalink