What a fantastic day Wednesday was to move in a new generation of Cardinals. One of my favorite yearly customs is to help two of those students do some heavy lifting. I was honored to welcome Jeremy Pung and Alexis Fulton to their new homes in the First Year Suites. I also was pleased to see so many of you helping other freshmen residents get settled in and find their way across campus. These sorts of personal encounters are a great way to introduce our first-year students to the family-like culture we cultivate at SVSU.
Here is the final reminder for those of you able to attend today’s Welcome Back Address at 4 p.m. in the Malcolm Field Theatre for Performing Arts. I will share updates on our latest successes as well as our challenges and opportunities for the coming academic year. Afterward, I hope to see many of you in Owsley Grove for the Welcome Back Picnic. I promise you excellent dining and great company.
Many of you had to readjust your daily routes to accommodate a number of the construction and renovation projects underway this summer. You will be happy to know that — just in time for the return of our larger student population — Pierce Road has reopened. We appreciated your patience.
If you know senior Dan Wunderlich, be sure to congratulate him. Dan recently was named one of 60 undergraduates in the nation to receive the Washington Media Scholars Foundation’s Media Fellows scholarship. This scholarship benefits students seeking a career in public policy communications. Dan spent the summer interning on Capitol Hill in the communications office of U.S. Rep. Dave Trott, who represents our state’s 11th congressional district. Dan, a communications major who plans to graduate in May, hopes to return to Washington D.C. one day as a political communications director. He is certainly off to a solid start in that direction.
It was an honor on Tuesday to speak at the dedication ceremony of Science East 228 to Bert Plaush, the professor of chemistry who passed in April. No one in this university’s history worked here longer — 50 years at a 54-year-old institution! Bert was a charter member of our chemistry department and an inspiration to generations of students, staff and faculty members. He was a tireless worker who always insisted on carrying his own weight while never failing to offer help to others in need of support. I had many visits with Bert over the years. He always expressed his concern and interest in the university’s development. I can confidently say he played an important role in that development.
On Wednesday, I attended a reception welcoming our legacy students. This semester, the number of enrolled children of SVSU alumni is 164 strong. For their parents, it’s clear their sense of pride is powerful, and their place in SVSU’s story is close to their heart. I anticipate their children will follow in those footsteps and make SVSU proud to call them alumni one day soon.