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And they lived happily ever after

Many little girls want to be a princess at one point in their lives.

Last weekend, the sisters of SVSU’s chapter of Phi Sigma Sigma helped 70 girls in the Saginaw area fulfill that dream through their event “Princess For a Day.”

This was the sorority’s second time putting on this event and it was for girls aged 3 to 8.

The girls came to SVSU dressed as whichever princess they want to be and spent the afternoon playing games in small groups lead by members of Phi Sigma Sigma.

Vanguard photo | Pakeitha Oldham

SVSU’s chapter of Phi Sigma Sigma held their annual Princess For a Day event on SVSU’s campus, bringing in dozens of young girls for a

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February 24, 2014 | Permalink

Teaching the rules of civility

Students in all three of Patricia Kilbourn Haller’s sections of ENGL104 are learning strategies for more than just academic success.

They’re learning ways to be better people and have undertaken a project to communicate what they’ve learned to the campus of Saginaw Valley and beyond.

One of the readings that Haller assigned to her students, “Choosing Civility” by P. M. Forni, identifies 25 rules to use in considerate conduct. These are considered essential in connecting effectively and happily with others.

Forni’s text spurred Haller’s students to action, inspiring them to develop Project Civility.

The project debuted Thursday, Feb. 10. The students set up a table outside of the Marketplace at Doan to promote their messages of considerate conduct.

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February 24, 2014 | Permalink

Forever Red accepting applicants for official university scholarship

Forever Red is all about making life a little easier for students.

The student organization raises money throughout the school year by selling items such as sunglasses, ornaments, cookbooks and alumni and 50th anniversary gear at sporting events and other fundraisers.

The money raised goes back into helping run the RSO, which concentrates on SVSU alumni and traditions, along with working to improve the student experience and keep “Red Pride” alive.

A big portion of the funds raised also goes towards the Forever Red Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded yearly to four students.

It is open to students who have completed a minimum of one semester at SVSU, have a GPA of at least 2.75 and are fully enrolled for … Read More…

February 24, 2014 | Permalink

Three Doctors share story of success, inspiration and hope

Climbing the ladder to success doesn’t have to be a solo activity.

Drs. Rameck Hunt, George Jenkins and Sampson Davis spoke last Wednesday to about 600 people about their journeys of growing up as kids on the tough streets of Newark, N.J., to becoming doctors.

After meeting in high school, the three friends made a pact to graduate from college and pursue medical degrees. Known as The Three Doctors, they attribute their success to the strength of their friendship.

Vanguard photo | Logan Mooney

Rameck Hunt, George Jenkins and Sampson Davis are known as the Three Doctors.

“It was a challenge. We were afraid, and we didn’t know if we were going to make it,” Jenkins said. “I don’t think … Read More…

February 24, 2014 | Permalink

Be safe over spring break with alcohol awareness

With spring break only a week away, Peer Health Education (PHE) took initiative to try and keep students safe during their time off through an event called Safe Spring Break.

Last Thursday, attendees were given health and safety tips regarding alcohol consumption by members of PHE.

Nursing junior and PHE member Grant Voisinet said it’s important that individuals be smart with their spring break decisions.

“College has a huge stigma of partying and binge-drinking, and it’s important to make sure they’re being safe,” he said.

To kick off the event, Voisinet displayed various alcoholic products, and demonstrated exactly how many “drinks” were within each standard glass, cup or shot glass.

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February 24, 2014 | Permalink

Utilize mobile apps for studying success

Students looking for new technologies to help them be more successful in class need to search no longer.

Sips, Snacks, and Apps is an informational session hosted by reference librarians Catherine Curtis and Beth Johns that delves into the world of mobile apps that focus on the library and research for any type of class.

Not only do the sessions provide free refreshments and snacks, but both librarians are available to discuss the most academically useful and free mobile applications available.

Vanguard photo | Arianna Paver

Sips, Snacks, and Apps allowed students to learn about mobile applications that can assist with studying. Apps
discussed included ProQuest, EverNote and EasyBib, along with applications that link to the university.

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The everyday challenge of procrastination

Most college students have procrastinated with academic tasks, but many people make chronic procrastination their lifestyle.

Dow Visiting Scholar Joseph Ferrari spoke to students, faculty and community members about the lifestyle and consequences of being a procrastinator.

Ferrari is a professor at DePaul University and author of the book “Still Procrastinating? The No Regrets Guide to Getting It Done.”

Vanguard photo | Arianna Paver

Joseph Ferrari, an expert in chronic procrastination, discussed types, causes and effects of procrastination, along with ways to combat it, as part of the Dow Visiting Scholar Lecture Series.

He is considered a research expert in the field of chronic procrastination. According to the press release, Ferrari has written more than 380 scholarly research articles and … Read More…

February 24, 2014 | Permalink

Coffee House brews up a new blend through off-campus venue change

In a change of location, but consistency in talent, Coffee House made a transition to a new stage at the neighboring coffee shop, The Common Grind.

The event was led by psychology and professional and technical writing senior Will Wood, the head of the Coffee House event.

Program Board’s Coffee House series, a biweekly event, provides space for students to display their talents.

Vanguard photo | Amelia Brown

Wren Hayes, Alexis Wood and Mitch Sansiribhan performed at the Coffee House last Tuesday at The Common Grind. Students were invited to perform music, poetry, comedy or show other talents. The night marked a change in venue for Coffee House, which usually takes place on campus.

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February 24, 2014 | Permalink

Marketplace dishes out culture, family recipes with ‘Taste of Soul’

Original soul food recipes replaced the food last Wednesday at the Marketplace at Doan, following the tradition of the annual “Taste of Soul” event.

SVSU staff and faculty were welcomed to present recipes to the staff of Dining Services for them to replicate.

“It’s one of our most popular events,” said Jason Wolverton, Dining Services manager. “It grows in popularity with each year.”

Vanguard photo | Arianna Paver

Last Wednesday, the Office of Diversity Programs hosted ‘A Taste of Soul,’ which allowed faculty and staff to show off their favorite recipes. The Marketplace at Doan served original soul food recipes including spicy corn bread cheese pie, southern style fried cabbage, fried chicken and catfish as part of the celebration of

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February 24, 2014 | Permalink

Sharing university life with members on Kids, Sibs Weekend

Kids and Sibs Weekend consisted of three days packed with events for students and their close relatives to explore the campus.

“I’d like for (students) to spend time (with their families) and for them to explore the campus, we have a lot to offer here,” said Michele Gunkelman, director of Residential Life.

This year, highlight events were: on Friday, registration for guests, game night, a movie showing of Cloudy with the Chance of Meatballs 2 and the main attraction for the weekend, two basketball games. Saturday, the main event was men’s and women’s both competing with Ferris State, an Encore performance Ntense dance performance, as well as a performance by Forte.

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