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University climate to be measured

SVSU’s climate has absolutely nothing to do with the weather conditions prevailing in University Center, but a group composed of students, faculty and staff is collaborating with an outside consulting agency to develop a survey to measure it.

Rankin & Associates Consulting assists campuses and organizations in assessing their environments for learning and working and also in identifying their successes and strengths along with potential best practices for addressing challenges.

Susan Rankin is the principal for Rankin & Associates and has worked with more than 70 institutions and organizations since 2000.

According to Rankin, “(a university’s climate) is the current attitudes, behaviors, standards and practices of employees and students of an institution. The climate is often shaped through personal experiences, … Read More…

September 29, 2014 | Permalink

Study abroad fair brings far-away borders closer

Studying abroad is not as far out of reach as some students may expect.

The study abroad office hosted a fair last week that allowed students an opportunity to learn about available study abroad options.

International studies senior Kaitlyn Rye, who works as the study abroad student adviser, organized the event, which took place Wednesday, Sept. 24.

“(The study abroad fair) is a great opportunity for students to come, learn about the exchange programs the faculty-led programs, and the program providers,” Rye said. “They can find the perfect program that feels right for them.”

Political science freshman Hayley Tomich attended the fair in hopes of learning more about study abroad programs.

“I talked to two different companies, and they told … Read More…

September 29, 2014 | Permalink

Sex on the Beach lei’s down facts about alcohol, assault

Peer Health Education took a tropical approach to its most recent program.

Sex on the Beach was hosted by the student wellness organization to promote alcohol awareness in a light-hearted setting. Tuesday, Sept. 23, was the first installment of this event during the fall 2014 semester.

Event organizer and occupational therapy senior Sarah Devitt said the event was fun to plan, though it came with a few minor changes this semester.

“Sex on the Beach was a great way to give students quick information on topics that are relevant to students — not to mention the beach theme helps draw students in to the event,” Devitt said. “We had to switch to Capri Suns instead of mocktails, but other than … Read More…

September 29, 2014 | Permalink

Geography club gets hands dirty

Members of the geography club spent Friday morning uprooting a densely crowned invasive species from Frankenlust Township Nature Park.

Autumn olive, scientifically referred to as Elaeagnus umbellate, is an extremely competitive plant that has gradually pushed out other native plants in the nature park.

“The ultimate goal of our habitat restoration project was then to control the plant by removing it from sections of the park and keeping it from re-sprouting again next year,” Amanda Ruffini, geography club president, said.

Eight people were involved with the project, including adviser Rhett Mohler, assistant professor of geography, and Martin Arford, associate professor of geography, who organized the project.

“This … project has allowed us as a club to not only exercise knowledge … Read More…

September 29, 2014 | Permalink

Safe zone created for secular students

The SV Secular Student Alliance is in its first year as an RSO and is making strides in relaying its message to students.

President Katherine Cummins-Lanter said there have been a lot of misconceptions about the group. Many associate secularism with being agnostic and atheist but the group encompasses so much more.

While agnostics are unsure about religion and the existence of a God and atheists do not believe in the existence of gods, secularists have a wide array of beliefs.

“You can be secular and value that and follow religion, or not follow religion and that is fine, also,” Cummins-Lanter said.

Secularists believe that religion should not play a role in parts of society such as government.

Treasurer Sam … Read More…

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Conference takes care of business

Last week marked the start of a partnership, both business and friendship-related, between SVSU and the University of Delhi’s Shri Ram College of Commerce in India.

SVSU and Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) jointly hosted a Global Business Sustainability Conference last week on SVSU’s campus.

Courtesy | University Communications

President Donald Bachand and P.C. Jain from University of Delhi’s Shri Ram College of Commerce water a commemorative tree that was planted Friday as part of the Global Business Sustainability Conference. The tree symbolizes the growing relationship between the universities, who shared business-related advice and stories.

The three-day event provided attendees with research and information about how to build and grow businesses globally.

SVSU and SRCC faculty and students, visitors … Read More…

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Asbestos in Wickes not cause for concern

Asbestos is being removed from Wickes Hall as a $9 million dollar construction project gets underway, but students can be assured campus is doing everything they can to ensure safety for everyone.

According to Assistant Vice President for Facilities Planning and Construction Steve Hocquard, the asbestos was put in during the ‘60s and ‘70s when it was a common material used to fireproof steel.

The asbestos in Wickes was wrapped around the structural steel to keep it from melting and the building collapsing in the event of a fire.

However, according to Hocquard, they have gone to great lengths to test the air quality for any asbestos contamination.

“It is basically inert,” he said. “The problem comes when you break … Read More…

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Bachand responds to student concerns

President Donald Bachand addressed student concerns last Tuesday in the first Open Forum of the semester.

Students mentioned disliking the changes in the hours of operation for the Marketplace at Doan, which now closes at 8 p.m.

“There weren’t many people going to the Marketplace between 9 and 10, which caused them to reduce the number of meal options,” Bachand said. “It wasn’t some arbitrary, capricious decision. We couldn’t justify the hours based on the crowd.”

The Subway in Albert E’s Food Court is open until 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, but students said this is not a good option because not everyone has declining balance to use at these locations.

Bachand said the university will look into different options … Read More…

September 29, 2014 | Permalink

Spanish, computers help Brandenburg strive towards leadership

Even though student Mindy Brandenburg is a self-described introvert, the fourth-year computer information systems and Spanish double major aspires to be a leader.

Brandenburg does not know what she wants to do after graduation, so she is exploring many of the options available to her.

“I started taking Spanish at SVSU and all of the professors were really supportive and they just made me feel at home here,” Brandenburg said.

She soon realized it would be difficult to get a job with just a Spanish degree. When Brandenburg began studying computer information systems, she knew her experience with the Spanish language would be useful in communicating with future clients.

The computer information systems program has opened up many opportunities for … Read More…

September 29, 2014 | Permalink

Defense drives team to first place in conference

The SVSU women’s soccer team went 1-0-1 this weekend behind a strong defense that did not allow a goal in the team’s two matches. The team’s record is now 5-0-2, 3-0-1 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). With its five wins, the Cards are ranked first in the conference.

Sunday’s road contest with Ohio Dominican was an offensive struggle, resulting in a 0-0 tie.

Sophomore goal keeper Claire Spleth finished the contest with seven saves, ensuring a shutout for the entire weekend.

The Cards finished the game with just three shots on goal, and seven total. Ohio Dominican totaled 22 total shots, including seven on goal.

On Friday, SVSU matched up against the Tiffin Dragons. The Cardinals’ defense … Read More…

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