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Rankin shares results of campus climate survey

The results are in.

Students, faculty and staff members reported high levels of general satisfaction with SVSU’s campus climate during a survey conducted last November and December.

The university worked with Rankin & Associates Consulting to create, administer and analyze the campus-wide study, titled “SVSU Assessment of Climate for Learning, Living and Working.”

Sue Rankin led three presentations on the findings: Thursday, April 23, at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the Curtiss Hall seminar rooms and Friday, April 24, at 9 a.m. in the Ott Auditorium in Gilbertson Hall.

“SVSU is unique as (it) is one of only 150 schools that allowed me to come do this type of work,” she said.

Rankin defined a campus’ climate as the … Read More…

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Budding artists sharpen skills with Comic Strippers

SVSU’s Comic Strippers visited Saginaw’s Butman-Fish Library on Saturday, April 25, to teach children and teenagers how to draw.

Members of the registered student organization collaborate to create drawings, comics and artistic work and to volunteer in the community.

“We love drawing, though some of us are writers,” visual arts education and secondary education senior Jolyn Ohlendorf said. “We just like the collaborative spirit of the comics. We want to be able to make them, so together, (we have the) chance to do that.”

For about four years, members of the Comic Strippers have been collaborating with the public libraries of Saginaw to host drawing workshops. Though the workshops are meant for tweens and teens, children as young as eight … Read More…

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Holocaust survivor shares story

On Jan. 30, 1933, Martin Lowenberg’s life changed forever as Nazis marched along the streets of Schenklengsfeld, Germany, in celebration of Adolf Hitler’s appointment as Chancellor of Germany.

On Wednesday, April 22, Holocaust survivor Lowenberg spoke to an audience of more than 700 people about his experiences in five different concentration camps.

Vanguard photo | Alissa Rhode

Southfield resident and Holocaust survivor Martin Lowenberg spoke to an audience of more than 700 people on Wednesday, April 22, in the Curtiss Hall banquet rooms, drawing from his experiences in ghettos and concentration camps in Nazi Germany. He shares his story each week at the Holocaust Center in Farmington Hills and has returned to Germany four times in the last six years

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Project Sunset bringing nets, education to Africa

Nearly 120 runners and walkers sweated their way through five kilometers to raise money for mosquito nets and malaria prevention educational tools for people in Gabon and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

On Saturday, April 25, the newly formed registered student organization Project Sunset held its first “Sweat 4 Nets” 5K, raising $7,131.65.

Courtesy Photo | Sarah Lewan

Project Sunset, a newly formed registered student organization, hosted its first “Sweat 4 Nets” 5K on Saturday,
April 25. Though comprised of only six members, the organization raised more than $7,100 for mosquito nets and
education tools for people living in the African nations of Gabon and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Project Sunset was founded by SVSU nursing senior Sarah Lewan … Read More…

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Street Fest, Relaxation Night offer students reprieve from studying

More than one thousand students took a break from studying for final exams to attend Street Fest and Relaxation Night on Friday, April 24.

“We just want students  to have fun,” communication sophomore and Program Board Vice President Eliza Lanway said. “The whole point of this day is that it’s your final blowout event before you lock yourself in your room for finals week. It’s your last chance to have a lot of fun and then chill out and calm down enough that you’re ready for finals week by the end.”

From noon to 6 p.m., Street Fest featured seven inflatables, a zip line, a rock-climbing wall, bungee trampolines, human hamster balls and takeaway activities such as airbrush tattoos, dog … Read More…

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Rounding the bases on a strong season

The Saginaw Valley State University softball team has continued its strong play heading into the final weekend of the season. With the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) tournament coming up, it is a great time for the team to get hot.

The team bettered its record after going 4-1 over the weekend against Tiffin University, Ohio Dominican and Wayne State, respectively.

Courtesy Photo | Jamie Loubert

Behind the combination of strong pitching from starters like Samantha Willman, (above,) and an explosive offense, the SVSU softball team has won 15 of its last 17 games and looks to stay sharp heading into the GLIAC tournament in May.

Sunday’s two-game set against Wayne State began with some fireworks on the part … Read More…

April 27, 2015 | Permalink

Baseball team a hit, offense scores in bunches to start the week

Heading towards the end of the season, the SVSU baseball team is looking to get hot at the right time. The team’s 11-15-1 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) record is good for fourth in the GLIAC north division, meaning the squad needs to keep winning in order to ensure a spot in the upcoming conference tournament.

Last weekend’s slate of games did not help the Cardinals’ cause, as the team dropped two on the road against the Northwood Timberwolves on Saturday before coming back on Sunday to take game one of second double-header.

Game one against the Timberwolves resulted in a 3-0 loss. The Cards’ bats struggled to get the big hit, putting up ten hits but leaving all … Read More…

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BFA graduate Weslock celebrates with art show

The University Art Gallery is displaying a body of work from SVSU’s own Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) students: Garrett Weslock.

Weslock is graduating this semester and his BFA focus is in ceramics.

According to Corey Gilbert, exhibitions coordinator, the BFA show is held as a “culmination of the student’s education, efforts, and work.”

The show is part of the requirements for any BFA student before they graduate.

The process to enter the program is also challenging, requiring an interested student to apply a year and a half before they’d like to graduate and present a portfolio to a selection committee.

Once chosen, the student then develops the ideas already in that portfolio with the guidance of two mentors in … Read More…

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A great time at the cineplex assured this summer with 5 anticipated blockbusters

As  summer fast approaches, one of the season’s biggest calling cards is around the corner: Summer blockbusters. With an array of cinematic offerings for the masses this summer, one has to wonder which are worth their time, and which are worth skipping. Fortunately, I’ve compiled my most anticipated films this summer!


5. Southpaw

In what’s probably one of the less recognizable stories for summer films this season, “Southpaw” tells the story of one-time boxer Billy Hope (the always great Jake Gyllenhaal) hoping to win back his daughter after Child Protective Services takes her, due to his vicious behavior. With a great supporting cast (Rachel McAdams, Forest Whitaker) and acclaimed director Antoine Fuqua (“Training Day,” “Prisoners”) at the helm, this … Read More…

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College experience, Vanguard roles have taught outgoing editor-in-chief Stocki valuable lessons

Well, this is it – not only is it my last week as an undergraduate student, but also the last production of the Vanguard I’ll ever be a part of and the last article I’ll ever write here.

The best word to describe this is bittersweet. As so many of my peers who are also graduating can attest, it’s incredibly exciting to be moving on, but at the same time, this is home.

I’ve been fairly open about the fact that my first year at SVSU was not exactly ideal; I was homesick, uninvolved and not having any fun at all. Back then, I was nervous about leaving my home, the place I understood and knew best. Moving away from … Read More…

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