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SVSU professor to swim across Straits of Mackinac

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While many of us are enjoying a sunny holiday weekend, a Saginaw Valley State University faculty member is set to swim the longest race of his career.

 

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Adam Coughlin said he didn’t start to competitively swim until graduate school. On Monday he’ll swim five miles, across the Straits of Mackinac.

He said there is one thing he looks forward to most.

“Finishing! Just seeing this coming into fruition and seeing a goal I set for myself for months ago finally come true.”

The swim is a fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity of Michigan.

Coughlin said he will also be running a personal record later this month. He’ll participate in a competitive 64-mile fun-run in Livingston county.

Climate change expert from Caribbean coming to SVSU

Dr. Lorna Inniss- photo courtesy of SVSU.

Dr. Lorna Inniss- photo courtesy of SVSU.

Climate change is a hot topic for many — and for one climate change expert it’s important enough to travel 2,500 miles to Saginaw to talk about it.

On 9/14, Monday night, Saginaw Valley State University is hosting Dr. Lorna Inniss. She’s the Director of the Coastal Zone Management Unit in Barbados. Continue reading

SVSU updates their non-discriminatory policy to include protections for the transgender community

SVSUSaginaw Valley State University is adding gender identity and genetic information protections to its non-discrimination policy.
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SVSU students and faculty donate money to Nepal disaster relief

Damage to buildings after the Nepal Earthquake.

Damage to buildings after the Nepal Earthquake.

$4,875 has been raised by Saginaw Valley State University to help with disaster relief efforts in Nepal.

The country was hit by a deadly 7.3 magnitude earthquake in May. As many as 9,000 people are feared dead. Continue reading

SVSU to host program designed to encourage women in politics

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Michigan has significantly fewer women than men in higher office, at the local and state levels. Saginaw Valley State University is looking to fix that problem.

SVSU is hosting a program called Ready to Run Michigan. Ready to Run was first founded by Rutgers University 15 years ago and has since been around to multiple states.

Ready to Run is available for all ages and will have women in politics hosting workshops and panels. These sessions will give participants the knowledge, skills, and training needed for running a political campaign. Topics such as media training, fundraising strategies, and building political leadership will be the main focus.

Dr. Jesse Donahue is the Chair of the Political Science Department at SVSU. She says she is excited to promote this conference.

“The idea behind it was to create a nonpartisan conference to help increase the number of women elected to office, we still have significantly fewer women than men elected to higher office.”

The conference will take place on April 17th and 18th, and participants must sign up before. Below is the link to the form.

http://www.gvsu.edu/readytorun/conference-form.htm

Health study looking for participants 50 years or older

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Saginaw Valley State University is looking for people to help with an upcoming health study.

The study will be conducted in several waves of 12-week long classes. Participants must be 50 years and older.

Some of the participants will focus on eating healthy, others will increase physical activity. The goal is to study the effectiveness of each. Continue reading

Eight communities receive last of DEQ water quality monitoring grants

aboutDEQ_480120_7The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has awarded over $300,000 in water quality grants to eight universities, local governments and nonprofit organizations across the state.

One of the grants is going to the Clinton Conservation District in Clinton County, to track E.coli contamination in the Upper Maple River using canines. Continue reading