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Around Campus

Education College To Change Standards

TUITION INCREASE The SVSU Board of Control raised tuition rates 6.9 percent this summer after the university lost nearly $4.1 million under the new state budget. FACULTY CONTRACT The Faculty Association and SVSU agreed to a three-year labor deal that will see small raises for association members, or around 300 professors.

By Michael Westendorf

The College of Education is reportedly considering changing the minimum G.P.A. requirement—as well as other policies— for admission into its Teacher Education programs. The Admissions and Transitions Committee, an advisory body within the college, has been examining the admissions process since April, at the request of the College’s Dean, Susie Emonds. The committee chairman is Bob Pratt, an associate professor of teacher education. Ms. Emond declined an on-the-record interview for this article, but did provide background information and materials to The Journal. Mr. Pratt did not respond to e-mail messages seeking comment. “I haven’t approved anything, it’s a discussion,” said SVSU provost and vice president for academic affairs Donald Bachand, “[Ms. Emond] just basically showed me a grid, the other day, and I asked five or six questions that she was going to research and consider because moving around our admission requirements is a big deal.” If a change in the admissions process were to occur, it wouldn’t happen for quite some time. What’s happening now, administration officials say, are only advisory discussions with nothing close to being finalized. “We’re interested in setting the threshhold requirements at a level that the students have the capacity not only to go through the program but to pass the increasingly rigorous state licensing examination,” Mr. Bachand said, “So if we grant you a degree, and you’re not prepared to pass the state licensing board, then the degree is virutally useless to you. So we’re going to try and align our admission standards and our program standards with

‘RFoC’ NO MORE SVSU’s main cafeteria has a new look and a new name. The new ‘Marketplace at Doan’ recently opened with a new marketing emphasis on freshness.

Resident Alcohol Policy Changed ‘Alcohol education’ and a permit now required for students By Michael Westendorf

Residential Life has changed its alcohol policy for resident student 21-years of age and older. Gregory P. Behe announced the changed to residents via e-mail last Tuesday. “In order to possess and consume alcohol in university housing, students, 21 years of age or older, must participate in university alcohol education and obtain a valid alcohol permit,” Mr. Behe wrote. The new policy also reduces the

amount of alcohol a resident student may possess in his dorm room. The new restrictions allow only 144 ounces of beer and 755 milliliters of liquor or wine; or 755 milliliters of wine and 755 milliliters of liquor. “That reflects a limit we feel is appropriate to having responsible drinking,” said Resident Director Amy Kline, who sat on an alcohol and drug taskforce committee that recommended the changes, which were then approved by SVSU dean of students Merry Jo Brandimore and SVSU president Eric R. Gilbertson.

“One of the big reasons for the change was that we had noticed that our original alcohol policy wasn’t being supportive of students of age, consuming in a mature manner,” Ms. Kline continued, “It actually allowed too much flexibility to allow them to make some choices that really were not beneficial.” The university held an alcohol education session last night in seminar rooms D and E on the second floor of Curtiss Hall. Approximately See ALCOHOL on page A7

Chapman Succeeds Westendorf As Editor

NEW BOOKSTORE In a musical chairs-like game for various departments, the campus bookstore moves to the west end of Curtiss Hall and the Student Life Center occupies its old space. NEW BOARD MEMBERS Gov. Snyder has appointed Scott Carmona, an SVSU-alum; and Jenee Velasquez, the executive director of the Dow Foundation to serve on SVSU’s board. 2006’s PROP 2 AXED A three-judge panel of the Sixth Circuirt Court of Appeals has invalidated 2006’s ballot proposal 2 — the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative. STUDENT ASSOCIATION In a late special meeting — this past Saturday — Student Association approved its annual budget, some $142,000 in mandatory student fees. CARDINALS FOOTBALL One of SVSU’s football games, against Ashland University, will be nationally televised on the CBS Sports Network. STUDENT MEDIA Daniel Chapman is named editor-in-chief of The Saginaw Valley Journal, replacing executive editor Michael Westendorf.

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The third name-change in seven years, the former Doan Cafe and RFoC will now be known as ‘The Marketplace at Doan’ starting this semester.

‘RFoC’ No More As ‘Marketplace’ Opens By Daniel Chapman and James Gault

Real Food on Campus — ‘RFoC’ to most students — will now be known as The Marketplace at Doan starting this semester. The name change coincides with an expansion and remodeling for the facility conducted during the spring and summer months. The $1.5 million construction project was proposed mutually by SVSU’s dining services and Aramark — the company which operates campus food services under a contract with the university. The changes were made “in order to better serve our clientele,” said Jason E. Wolverton, marketing manager for SVSU

Dining Services. The construction work was completed earlier this month. Following the bookstore’s move to its new location, the Student Life Center is relocating to the bookstore’s former space. A large portion of the Student Life Center space will be added to the Marketplace. The extension is expected to add between 150 and 200 additional seats to reduce crowding and accommodate future enrollment increases. The remodeling will bring about several changes. The stir-fry station will be replaced by a complete Mongolian grill. Several other food stations will change locations. The salad bar will move towards the enSee MARKET on page A2

Daniel Chapman has been named editor-in-chief of The Saginaw Valley Journal, a student newspaper covering the campus of SVSU. Mr. Chapman succeeds executive editor Michael We s t e n d o r f, who will remain in his role as chief Chapman executive of Sterling, Hoffman & Co., the newspaper’s parent company. “Dan’s views on student rights and transparency along with his vast knowledge of the inner workings of SVSU make him the perfect candidate to help guide The Journal toward even more success in 2011 and beyond,” Mr. Westendorf said in a statement, “With his valued leadership, I’m confident that The Journal will continue to dominate our market in circulation, revenue, and comprehensive news coverage.” Mr. Chapman assumed control of The Journal on June 1 — leading the editorial staff and overseeing and coordinating news coverage. Mr. Chapman and Sterling, Hoffman & Co. agreed to a two year deal worth an undisclosed figure. Under the terms in the agreement, Mr. Chapman will become a partner at the firm. See CHAPMAN on page A2


Ruland Named Dean of Health College, Filling Vacancy By J.J. Boehm

SVSU has hired a distinguished nurse educator to serve as dean of the Crystal M. Lange College of Health and Human Services. Judy Ruland will begin her duties Monday, Oct. 3. She comes to SVSU from the University of Central Florida where she has been an associate professor and coordinator of UCF’s Master of Science in Nursing nurse educator Program. “Judy has a successful track record in curriculum

and program development,” said Donald Bachand, SVSU provost. “That, combined with her strong leadership and communication skills, will provide valuable direction for a recently formed college.” In 2008 the departments of kinesiology and social work joined the health profession disciplines that had comprised the College of Nursing and Health Sciences to form the College of Health and Human Services. Ruland is familiar with

SVSU, having served as a consultant on curriculum development for the nursing department over the past year. “I came away really impressed with what is happening at Saginaw Valley,” Ruland said. “I see a spirit of excellence in terms of access to education, and a true community of learners with a commitment to the studentcentered learning process.” Ruland intends to reinforce the existing collegiality and is looking forward


A5 TUITION HIKED The SVSU Board of Control raised tuition for in-state students 6.9 percent during its annual summer retreat in June.

to working with community partners to further build the high quality programs in this new college. “Faculty know each other and know their students, and teaching is paramount. That’s what drew me. I welcome the opportunity to work across disciplines and build on the sense of excitement that is evident throughout the college. The new building is state of the art with outstanding opportunities for simulation and innovative teaching and

B3 SEASON PREVIEW Sports Journal previews the SVSU football season. 2011 will see a new playing surface, renovated stadium, and a nationally televised game.

learning.” SVSU’s Health and Human Services Building opened in August 2010. The $28 million facility has nearly 90,000 square feet of floor space for 12 classrooms, 13 laboratories and faculty offices. Ruland oversaw the growth of UCF’s nurse educator program, which has quadrupled in size since 2006. Prior to that, she developed an innovative concurrent program with Florida community colleges

C8 SPEAKER GARLAND Jordan L. Garland is elected Speaker of the Association, defeating fellow members Jeremy Jones and Justin Kokkinis. BYARD, BOON RESIGN C5 Nick Byard and Julie Boon resign from their posts in the association. Financial burdens and a semester abroad are the culprits.

NEW DIGS B4 The Student Life Center moves into its new, bigger space. The $750,000 project also moved the bookstore to the west end of Curtiss Hall.

COURT RULING C7 Two Clinton-appointed judges on the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals strikes down the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative.

FOLEY HIRED C5 Casey Foley beats out Allison Barbersek for the executive assistant position within the association.

INDEX FOOTBALL SCHEDULE . . . . . B4 OPINION JOURNAL . . . . . . . . . C1 FOOTBALL PREVIEW . . . . . . . B5

SPORTS JOURNAL . . . . . . . . . . . B1 STUDENT LIFE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . C4 MASTHEAD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . C1

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OPINION JOURNAL C1 The Journal revamps its opinion section with the launch of Opinion Journal. Turn to the C-section of this issue to read.

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FACULTY CONTRACT A2 The SVSU Faculty Association and the administration agreed to a 3-year deal this summer that will give professors a modest raise.

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to increase the number of nurses with bachelor’s degrees; that program has received notice as a national model. Ruland served as the chair of the nursing department at Hartwick College in Oneonta, N.Y. prior to going to Florida. While at Bethune Cookman College in Florida, Ruland authored a grant for faculty development that was awarded $300,000 from the Bush-Hewlett Founda-

NO BUDGET YET C5 Student Association fails to garner a quorum of members Saturday during its special meeting.

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Faculty Association, SVSU Forge Labor Deal


VSU and the Faculty Association forged a new labor agreement this past June, earlier than expected, that will see small increases in base salary pay for full-time faculty association members. Under the terms in the agreement, association members will receive a 1.5 percent increase in pay in the first year. The remaining years will see a 2.5 percent increase. There are approximately 300 members in the association, according to SVSU director of media relations J.J. Boehm. The SVSU Board of Control approved the agreement on the day of its annual summer retreat. The Faculty Association ratified it on June 9. Association president Robert W. Lane, a political science professor, had nothing but nice things to say to the board. “An agreement like this does not just happen. It’s a result of years of working


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together and a testimony to the professionalism of all the people sitting across the table,� he said, before adding, “I don’t think I’ve ever been more proud to be a part of this institution than I’ve been the past few days.� SVSU president Eric R. Gilbertson said that the small pay increases reflect the state’s current economic situation. “The increase is reflective of the times,� he said, “It was important for us to make a small symbolic show of appreciation to the faculty.� James Gault contributed to this report.

CHAPMAN “I’m looking forward to continuing the tradition of broad, professional coverage of news and issues at SVSU.� Mr. Chapman said. Mr. Chapman, like all members of The Saginaw Valley Journal’s editorial staff, is an enrolled student at SVSU. He will continute to serve as a representative in the SVSU Student Association. The only campus news source that is editorially and financially independent of the university, The Saginaw Valley Journal was established in 2009. As a matter of principle, The Saginaw Valley Journal does not accept student, university, or tax-payer funding.

MARKET while the exhibition station’s new location is further back inside the Marketplace close to the dessert station. The dish-belt will be replaced by a n accumulator. “It is easier to clean, not as susceptible to breakdowns, smaller, and is a cleaner, more efficient way of handling used dishes,â€? Mr. Wolverton said. Cosmetic changes complete the renovations: new tile will replace the old flooring and walls will be re-painted to give the space a new look to match its newest name and design. This year’s renovations and name change comes just six years after the facility — formerly known as Doan CafĂŠ — became the RFoC in 2005. SVSU Dining Services will be looking to actively phase out the use of the term ‘RFoC’. In recent years, campus tour directors have been instructed not to use RFoC to refer to the cafeteria. “We will work to phase out both the previous RFoC name as well as its slang counterpart,â€? Mr. Wolverton said, “That being said, we recognize that ‘are•fok’ has become part of the SVSU culture and so it may take some time until that name officially rides off into the sunset.â€? “We’re very much looking forward to the changes that are coming for the fall. We think the students and staff of SVSU are really going to appreciate the changes,â€? Mr. Wolverton concluded. Michael Westendorf contributed to this report.





The Saginaw Valley Journal. — Monday, August 29, 2011

Baker to Receive Roethke Prize


widely published poet and scholar will receive the 12th triennial Saginaw Valley State University Board of Fellows Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize. A pair of judges appointed by the United States Poet Laureate selected David Baker for his 2009 poetry volume, “Never-Ending Birds.� He will receive the honor during a public ceremony at SVSU Tuesday, Nov. 15. One of the judges, David Wagoner, is a former student of the late Roethke and wrote a play about his teacher, “First Class.� A highly accomplished poet himself, Wagoner expressed confidence that Baker’s work would meet with Roethke’s approval. “Because he believed that sound, rhythm, and meaning were of nearly equal importance in the making of a poem,� Wagoner said, “I think Theodore Roethke would have been especially pleased that the prize in his name is being given to David Baker, whose beautiful and skillfully made book ‘Never-Ending Birds’ clearly demonstrates he believes so too.� Baker is a professor of English and holds the Thomas B. Fordham Chair of Creative Writing at Denison University. He has written 10 books of poetry, and his poems and essays have appeared in more than 100 magazines, including American Poetry Review, The Atlantic Monthly, The New Yorker and the Yale Review. Baker also has received fellowships and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Society of America, among others.

Another judge, the award-winning poet Rosanna Warren, praised the sensory nature of Baker’s work. “He understands the human story as part of a larger story of life on earth, but he never forces the analogy,� she said. “His rhythms are as alive to the roll and tang of syllables on the tongue as they are to the recurrences and interruptions of the circulation of blood and sap. His poems respond deeply to life, and enlarge our imaginative responses to it.� Warren’s honors include the Pushcart Prize and the Award of Merit in Poetry, and she served as a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets from 1999 to 2005. Named for the late Saginaw poet who won the Pulitzer Prize in 1953 for “The Waking,� the Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize has been awarded since 1968 to notable poets for a particular collection of poems published in a specific threeyear period. Past winners include former U.S. Poet Laureates Robert Penn Warren (1971) – the father of Rosanna – and Robert Pinsky (2008). The award includes a $10,000 cash prize, which SVSU’s Board of Fellows will present to Baker during a ceremony at SVSU Tuesday, Nov. 15. Baker will give a reading at 7 p.m. in the Rhea Miller Recital Hall, and sign copies of “Never-Ending Birds� following the event. Baker’s talk will be part of a larger festival celebrating Roethke. For more information on the prize and associated events honoring Roethke, visit

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Scott Carmona, Jenee Velasquez Appointed to Board of Control

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ov. Rick Snyder has appointed Scott Carmona and Jenee Velasquez to the SVSU Board of Control. The board is the governing body of SVSU and has general oversight over the allocation of the university’s resources. “Scott and Jenee’s professional experience will play an invaluable role to the board as we work to provide Michigan’s college students with the proper tools to succeed in the future,� Mr. Snyder said in a statement. Mr. Carmona was awarded in 1997 ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ by the SVSU’s Business and Industrial Development Institute. He earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and applied science from SVSU. A Bay City native, he is the president of Sunrise National Distributors Inc., a national distributor of aftermarket automotive accessories. He also is the developer, owner and managing member of several real estate developments. Mr. Carmona is a founding member of the Blue Water Angels and the 100 Club of Bay City. He is president of the board for the YMCA of Bay City and volunteers on the Bay County Growth Alliance and


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SVSU Board Raises Tuition 6.9 Percent 2011 +6.9%


VSU raised tuition for students 6.9 percent after the Board of Control met formally for its annual summer retreat. The move, widely expected, is the result of a tough year in Lansing for higher education as Gov. Rick Snyder works to eliminate a $1.4 billion state budget deficit. In the new state budget, SVSU lost nearly $4 million in state appropriations. The university remains the most affordable public university in the state for Michigan residents. Incoming students will now pay $7,815 annually. SVSU president Eric R. Gilbertson told The Journal last year that students can an expect a tuition increase every year. “We think that this is a moderate increase,” Mr. Gilbertson said today, “We’ll still have the

“No one is ecstatic, but we still try to point out that we will hopefully maintain our position as the most affordable public university in Michigan.” —James G. Muladore Executive Vice President, Administration & Business Affairs lowest tuition rate among Michigan’s public universities.” “The 6.9 percent figure generates a revenue stream that balances the universities budget,” SVSU executive vice president of business affairs James G. Muladore said, “We have been anticipating something like this for a number of years. We’ve looked at our entire operation to manage costs.” State appropriations at SVSU have fallen dramatically in the past twenty years. In 1990, appropriations accounted for 62 percent of the general fund. In 2010, that percentage dwindled

2010 +5.9%

The university remains the most affordable public university in the state for Michigan residents. Incoming students will now pay $7,815 annually.

2009 +6.3%

SVSU will receive approximately $23 million from the State of Michigan this fiscal year.

2008 +3.74%

The large reduction in state funding was meant to be a ‘one-time only’ fix.

to 28, leaving students to make up for the reduction in tuition fees. “No one is ecstatic, but we still try to point out that we will hopefully maintain our position as the most affordable public university in Michigan,” said Mr. Muladore, “I think we’ve tried to run a conservative, lean institution.” SVSU will receive approximately $23 million from the State of Michigan this fiscal year. “I think everyone understands the tough times were facing,” said Student Association president Ted Goodman, who has a non-voting seat on the board, “We’ll be working with the administration to ensure students are getting value for their money.” Mr. Snyder’s office is billing the budget as ‘shared sacrifice’ as Republican lawmakers defend it to an increasingly skeptical electorate.

“This day should have happened a long time ago,” Mr. Snyder said when the budget was first proposed, “A lot of us are going to have to make some sacrifices.” The large reduction in state funding was meant to be a ‘one-time only’ fix in order to alleviate university concerns year after year, when officials must wait to see what state appropriations will be. Mr. Snyder has indicated he wants to move to a formula system in the future, enabling universities to gauge how they use their funds more effectively. The actual formula is still being developed, Mr. Snyder’s office said, but added that the project will be led by the State Budget Director. James Gault contributed to this report.

SVSU to Participate in Renovation of Pierce Rd.


he SVSU Board of Control approved entering an agreement to renovate Pierce Road between Bay Road (M-84) and South Entrance Drive during the Board’s regular meeting Monday, Aug. 15. SVSU will join with Kochville Township, the Kochville Township Downtown Development Authority and the Saginaw County Road Commission to improve the roadway that borders the university to the south. The Board authorized up to $500,000 to resurface Pierce Road and make various improvements that may include removing open ditches and upgrading cubing and drainage along the road. Kochville Township and the Kochville DDA are also contributing financially to the project cost. In addition, the Board approved an additional $100,000 contingency to be held in reserve for possible use once all the parties agree upon the project scope. It is anticipated that work would begin in spring 2012. Pierce Road currently sees approximately 8,000 vehicles per day near campus. Many pedestrians and bicyclists also cross the road. It was last resurfaced approximately 20 years ago. SVSU’s portion of the project would be financed through existing capital reserves.

EDUCATION the state’s standards so it’s kind of a seemless preparation.” David Heintskill, the admission secretary for the college, told The Journal that the committee was looking to raise the minimum G.P.A. from 2.75 to 3.0, although Mr. Bachand says that that might not be accurate. “That isn’t the number that I saw,” he said, without elaborating. Mr. Bachand also says that final changes to the admissions process aren’t expected for some time. “It would be the dean, it would be Bob Pratt’s group, then there’s another set of statisticians looking at the relationship between people admitted to the program at this level and how well they did. That’s why you don’t change these standards overnight.”

‘Opinion Journal’ and ‘Sports Journal’ Launched


he Saginaw Valley Journal unveiled two separate, section-dedicated websites over the summer for its sports and opinion sections. The launching of the websites—Sports Journal and Opinion Journal, respectively—follows a summer expansion that will quadruple the amount of staff at the newspaper as a slate of new talent comes onboard to join the existing team of editors. “We’re tremendously pleased to be able to offer these websites to our wonderful readers,” Saginaw Valley Journal editor-in-chief Daniel Chapman said, “We already have the strongest Web presence of any campus media outlet and these sites will now catapult us into ‘untouchable’ territory in that regard.” Opinion Journal, launching shortly after the newspaper hired new opinion editor Jeremy Jones, will highlight the variety of opinion content that The Journal publishes.

The new website will have editorial and opinion coverage on the topics and issues related to SVSU and higher education from area business, political, and student leaders. In the past, The Journal has published pieces authored by State Rep. Ken Horn, Foundation for Individual Rights in Education chairman Harvey Silverglate, and SVSU Student Association president Ted Goodman, among others. “We’re excited bring to the campus community the relevant opinion section it has been wanting,” said Mr. Jones, “Opinion Journal will fill the gap in regular, serious discussions on topics that are actually important to the campus community. Over time, we hope The Journal’s opinion section will prove to be the premier forum in the Great Lakes Bay Region.” Sports Journal will have breaking news, feature pieces, and event coverage, with stories covering

SVSU’s athletic programs as well as the athletic department and recreational programs. The newspaper, once apathetic to covering sports at SVSU, changed course after university officials privately complained that other campus media outlets have failed to provide adequate sports coverage for readers. Sports Journal launches just three years after the university’s athletic department redesigned its website in order to be more media-friendly. “What Matt Woodbury and team did back in 2008 with SVSU’s athletic website was — and continues to be — amazing,” Mr. Chapman said, “It’s our goal to ensure Sports Journal helps to amplify the kind of quality sports journalism that the university’s athletic website helps to support.” Mr. Woodbury is SVSU’s director of athletic media relations. The revamped sports and opinion sections appear in print, later in this issue.

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The Saginaw Valley Journal. — Monday, August 29, 2011

Affholter Named Dow Entrepreneur in Residence


VSU has hired Joseph Affholter as its new Dow entrepreneur-in-residence in the College of Business and Management. In that role, he will teach courses and work with students intaerested in starting or developing a business, while also serving as a resource for the College and the community to help regional businesses innovate and grow. “He is an inventor and entrepreneur with a deep understanding of innovation-based business development,” said Jill Wetmore, dean of the College of Business and Management. “His ability to bridge academic content and research with ‘real world’ entrepreneurship will complement existing faculty to create an entrepreneurship program that addresses the interests of SVSU students, and helps the university address the economic needs of the region. ” Affholter brings diverse technical and entrepreneurial expertise to the position. He has run his own consult-

He will teach courses and work with students intaerested in starting or developing a business, while also serving as a resource for the College and the community to help regional businesses innovate and grow. ing business since 2000, working with clients in the chemical, biotechnology and education industries. From 2005 to 2009, Affholter also served as chief executive and chief scientist for GANTEC, a natural products technology enterprise based in Midland. He remains a special advisor for the company whose initial products are natural supplements that allow professional growers and consumers to increase resilience and yield of fruits, vegetable and flowers. An accomplished inventor and scholar, Affholter has 10 patents to his credit and another 12 pending or published patent applications in areas such as novel antibody derivatives for use in cancer diagnosis and treatment, molecular breeding technology, and automated protein engineering. In addition, he has authored more than 15 peerreviewed and invited scholarly articles. Prior to starting his independent business ventures, Affholter worked in the corporate sector as a research leader and biotechnology advisor for The Dow Chemical Company for eight years. He also spent five years with Maxygen, a biotechnology company in Redwood City, Calif., serving as a vice president and later as chief strategist-analyst. Affholter also has prior higher education experience, having taught for the University of the Nations, a Hawaiibased institution with a nontraditional learning model and more than 250 locations nationwide. In addition to his teaching role, he has served on the school’s international advisory board since 2003. Affholter also taught as a visiting scholar at the California Institute of Technology in 1997. Affholter completed a Ph.D. in molecular pharmacology from Stanford University’s School of Medicine, and a bachelor’s degree from Michigan Technological University. The entrepreneur-in-residence and Entrepreneurship Institute are supported by a $2 million endowment from the Herbert H. And Grace A. Dow Foundation.

SVSU, Macomb C.C. Sign Clinical Lab Technology Deal


VSU will welcome laboratory science students from Macomb Community College under a new articulation agreement. Graduates of Macomb’s applied science in clinical laboratory technology program will be able to continue their education and pursue a bachelor’s degree in medical laboratory science at SVSU. “What is unique about our articulation agreement is that we offer credit for the professional courses that the students completed at Macomb, as long as they are certified in medical laboratory technology,” said Kay Castillo, SVSU assistant professor of medical laboratory science and program director. “The agreement is a benefit to all involved, including the laboratory profession, as it provides the most direct route for continued education.” Macomb CC’s clinical laboratory technology students may transfer up to 62 credits to SVSU, and as many as 27 additional articulation credits may be applied toward SVSU’s medical laboratory science program. To be eligible, students must meet all relevant admission requirements, as well as obtain the appropriate medical certifications. SVSU’s program includes a 23-week clinical field experience to provide students the “real world” professional practice needed to become a competent and confident laboratory professional. Medical laboratory scientists perform laboratory tests used by health care providers to develop diagnostic and therapeutic plans for patients.

RULAND tion. She also has successfully submitted six other grant proposals that were competitive and peer-reviewed. Ruland serves on a number of national organizations including the National League for Nursing’s Task for Curriculum Innovation and is an accreditation site visitor for the College Commission of Nursing Education. Her area of research is the scholarship of teaching and learning especially the impact of curriculum on student outcomes. Ruland has received several awards during her academic career. At UCF, she received Excellence in Teaching Awards in 2007 and 2010, and the Excellence in Advising Award in 2006. Ruland also received an Excellence in Teaching Award from Bethune Cookman College in 2000 and the Outstanding Faculty Award from Hartwick College in 1992. SUNY-Upstate Medical Center presented her with its Outstanding Nursing Alumni award in 1995. She is a certified Nurse Educator through the National League for Nursing. Ruland completed her doctorate at SUNY-Albany, and holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Russell Sage College in Troy, N.Y.

Jones Named Opinion Editor At The Journal

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he Saginaw Valley Journal has hired a new opinion editor, Jeremy Jones, to manage its revamped opinion and editorial section that debuts with this issue. Mr. Jones’ hiring was part of a rapid summer expansion for the newspaper, complete with new sections for the print edition and a slate of new talent that came onboard to join the existing team of editors. “Jeremy has proven himself to be an unrelenting advocate of student rights and higher education funding,” said Saginaw Valley Journal Editor-in-Chief Daniel Chapman, “Both his work ethic and knowledge of institutional affairs will help raise The Journal to new heights.” Mr. Jones will coordinate editorial and opinion coverage on the topics and issues related to SVSU and higher education for the newspaper. He will report to James Gault, the newspaper’s managing editor. Mr. Jones is a former member of the executive board

of Student Association of Michigan, a statewide organization dedicated to promoting and developing higher education. “I’m excited to become a part of the team at The Saginaw Valley Journal and bring a new perspective with a diverse coverage of opinions to the SVSU community,” Mr. Jones said. Mr. Jones will continue to serve in the SVSU Student Association as a representative.

OPINIONJOURNAL Turn to the C-section of this issue to read Opinion Journal, our newly redesigned opinion section featuring editorials, op-ed submissions, and letters to the editor.


The Saginaw Valley Journal. — Monday, August 29, 2011


Campus Bookstore Moves To West-End of Curtiss Hall Construction of an expansion to Curtiss Hall has recently been completed. The project was completed as part of a series of capital projects occurring on campus over the summer, totaling $13 million. The project consisted of the construction of an expansion to Curtiss Hall which would serve as a new location for the bookstore. In addition to relocating the bookstore, the

“The move has been fantastic, it places right back up into the front of the University. I think we are going to be much more convenient to the casual shopper as well as the student and the university. The more central location will be helpful for everyone.” —Chris Pawloski, Manager SVSU Campus Bookstore

the Provisions on Demand (POD) Mini-Mart. While construction has only recently been completed talks of the project between bookstore staff and campus facilities began early last fall according to Store Manager Chris Pawloski. Construction of the new bookstore began in November and was completed in late May. The bookstore was able to remain open during the construction in its former location near the Atrium. However the bookstore did close it doors to customers for two days while merchandise and equipment was moved to the new space after construction was completed. According to Pawloski, the new location in Curtiss Hall is slightly smaller than the former location. While the actual space may seem smaller Pawloski added the space is better utilized “There is a specific area for selling clothing, textbooks, and supplies, it looks more like a store”. “The move has been fantastic, it places right back up into the front of the University. I think

we are going to be much more convenient to the casual shopper as well as the student and the university. The more central location will be helpful for everyone”. Feedback from upper-class students who were accustomed to the old location and design has been overwhelmingly positive. Tory Watson was impressed by the new look and location, “I think the new location is better. It’s nicer, and a lot more convenient in its new location”. Mrs. Watson also appreciated the new coffee shop, emphasizing the convenience of its central location on campus.

Curtiss Hall construction also saw the construction of a new coffee shop to be run independent of the bookstore by Aramark. The new shop which opened in late August is known as

ALCOHOL 80 students attended the session, which was sponsored by the Office of Residential Life, Peer Health Education, and University Police. “It’s proactive and preventative, I think those are the two best terms to use,” Mr. Behe said. In response to complaints from resident students who just want to be left alone, Ms. Kline says the university isn’t asking for much. “With this, we’re asking for a half-hour of your time, and once we have it, we can pretty much just leave you alone. Once we know that you’re educated, we’re going to leave you alone unless you break a rule.” Student Association president Ted Goodman isn’t happy with the new policy. “I met with Greg and basically I can see their intent, I just think the restrictions on the amounts are unrealistic. That’s the feedback that I’m getting from students. Not only that, but now you can’t even go out and get a 30-pack of Busch?” The association plans to bring up a resolution addressing the new policy tonight during its regular meeting.

The Saginaw Valley Journal — Vol. VI No. 32 — Section A  

Campus newspaper at Saginaw Valley State University.