Volume 1, Issue 1                                                                                             September 29, 2015 
Message from the Provost
We are proud to launch this new electronic newsletter from the Division of Academic and Student Affairs.  ASA@SVSU is intended both to provide information and stimulate discussion around issues of teaching, learning, student engagement, student success and higher education in general.  Slated to be released biweekly, this newsletter is different from both the Interior and the President's Weekly Update in that our primary goal is to foster student success by enhancing communication within the unit.
Each of the  various departments, units and groups within academic and student affairs has its own primary function and each of these functions is essential for the success of the institution. The Division of Academic and Student Affairs engages with students from the time they first think about attending college, through the admissions process, during their time at SVSU and ultimately throughout their post-graduate success. Along the way, we guide students through the complexities of university life, help them navigate the tricky social demands , provide cultural and recreational outlets, see to their physical and mental health, and oh, yes, teach them. 
The key is that we all work with the same students, students who come from as close as Carrollton and as far away as Kathmandu, students described by every permutation and variation of precocious and not, well-prepared and under-prepared, engaged and indifferent, highly motivated and unmotivated. Some are speeding down the expressway towards achieving their career goals and some are meandering and exploring many pathways.   To fully meet the needs of such a range of students requires the hard work of all of us -- the academic departments, academic support services, advising, student life, wellness programs, military student affairs, student conduct, residential life, counseling center,  recreation center, library, or the business offices  -- in creating the best environment we can to facilitate learning and growth.
We believe that to be most effective, each of us should understand and appreciate the contributions of all of us in Academic and Student Affairs.

This newsletter exists to foster and enhance communication across the various functions within ASA.  We expect the format will evolve, and look forward to your feedback to guide us. If you wish to contribute to the newsletter, please contact asa@svsu.edu.
Each issue will include columns, essays, or articles contributed by members of the ASA division.  The topics should be of interest to a broad multidisciplinary audience and be focused on institutional, regional or student success.
Each issue will highlight upcoming events that are of broad interest.  This is not intended to duplicate or replace the normal University Calendar, but rather to serve as a reminder of important campus happenings.  Please let us know if you have events that the faculty and staff of ASA would be interested in attending.
There is also an experimental section called "What We're Reading," intended to facilitate open discussion of issues in higher education.  We invite you to share articles or texts of general interest that might lead to interesting discourse; the only caveat is that if you submit an article, your name will be published and you are implicitly agreeing to facilitate a discussion on the topic if interest arises. 
Last, but not least, we include brief employee profiles.  There are over 500 people who work in the division, and we want to help you connect names, faces and job responsibilities.  We will cycle through a few in each issue and over time highlight the varied and impressive set of faculty and staff at SVSU.  
We hope you enjoy this publication and find it useful. 
Many people have asked to read the welcome back message that I delivered to the faculty at the beginning of this semester. A link to it is below.

The Provost's Welcome Back 2015 Message to Faculty
A Message from Deb Huntley and Merry Jo Brandimore
on Student Behavior
All students are entitled to an academic environment which is conducive to learning. The Student Code of Conduct indicates that "no student shall engage in conduct that disrupts or interferes with educational activities ..." and "no student shall engage in conduct that obstructs, disrupts, interferes ... with another student's right to learn or complete academic requirements. ..." (Sections 6f and 6h).

The purpose of this memorandum is to inform faculty of the assistance and intervention services that are available to faculty and the procedures they may wish to follow to resolve a situation regarding a disruptive student. While faculty retain the authority to conduct their instructional program as they deem necessary, the intent of this memorandum is to protect the faculty's prerogative in this regard and ensure a secure and positive learning environment for our students.

When a disruptive situation occurs, a faculty member may wish to first explain to the student how the disruptive behavior is characterized and how it affects the class. Examples may include but are not limited to students who: fail to share academic materials if required to do so; talk at inappropriate times, draw unwarranted attention to themselves; and, engage in loud or distracting behaviors. In many cases, a faculty member is able to resolve a situation in this manner.

Faculty members may wish also to contact the Office of Student Conduct for assistance and intervention services in those situations where student conduct may disrupt or interfere with the educational activities of the classroom. In many instances, the involvement of Student Conduct staff has been helpful to faculty and students in resolving such situations. However, through this process students have also understood that disruptive behavior is a violation of the Student Code of Conduct and will subject them to disciplinary action.

If a student's behavior in a classroom is disruptive to the point of impeding the educational process, the instructor has the right to ask the student to leave. Should a student decide not the leave the classroom or there is a classroom incident where the safety and welfare of the students or instructor is threatened, faculty are to contact University Police at 911 to remove the student and may dismiss the class. In such an instance, the faculty member shall immediately notify his/her dean of the action taken and follow up with written documentation of the incident. Adjudication of the Student Code of Conduct will apply in any of the above situations and the involved faculty member will cooperate in any such adjudication, mediation, or proceeding.
If you have any questions or may wish to request the assistance and intervention services of the Office of Student Conduct, contact Dr. Marie Rabideau, the Associate Dean of Student Affairs/Student Conduct Programs, by telephone at 964-2220 or by e-mail at rabideau@svsu.edu
Upcoming Events

Date & Time

Location & Notes

Cardinal Talks

Every Friday @ 11:45 am

Unity Room

Saints, Sinners & Silk Exhibit

Every day during the week of
Sept 28 @ 11 am

University Art Gallery

Coffee with the Provost

Tues, Sept. 29 @ 8:30 am

Gilbertson Hall 297

Last Day to withdraw with W Grade

Tues, Sept. 29 @ 7 am

Last Day to withdraw; 25% Refund, W Grade

Tues, Sept. 29 @ 7 am

Guest Speaker Kevin McElgunn

Tues, Sept. 29 @ 5 pm

Curtiss Hall Alumni Lounge

Danielle Allen - Declaration of Independence

Tues, Sept. 29 @ 7 pm

Rhea Miller Recital Hall

Longoria Affair Documentary

Thurs, Oct. 1 @ 12 noon
Student Life Center
Market Research Workshops
Your voice is absolutely essential to the success of this important work. This project will culminate in a new reputation strategy and communication platform for us. Workshops are open to all students, all staff, and all faculty. 

Tues, Oct. 6 from 9 am - noon
Tues, Oct. 6 from 1:30 - 4:30 pm
Tues, Oct. 6 from 6 - 9 pm

Wickes 216

"Coming Out"
Documentary Film

Weds, Oct. 7 @ 7 pm

Alan W. Ott Auditorium

Market Research Workshops
(see description above)

Tues, Oct. 8 from 9 am - noon
Tues, Oct. 8 from 1:30 - 4:30 pm
Tues, Oct. 8 from 6 - 9 pm

Wickes 216

Social Work - Social Justice: Social Justice, Advocacy, Action, Activism ~ Developing Social Work Response to Racism, Hate Crimes, Police Use of Force

Thurs, Oct 8 from 3:30 - 5:30 pm

If interested in participating, please RSVP to

Market Research Workshops (see description above)

Tues, Oct. 9 from 9 am - noon
Tues, Oct. 8 from 1:30 - 4:30 pm

Family Weekend Day 1

Fri, Oct. 9 from 3 - 8 pm
Groening Commons
Family Weekend Day 2

Sat, Oct. 10 from 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Sat, Oct. 10 @ noon

Groening Commons
Ryder Center

Family Friendly Tailgate

Sat, Oct. from 3 - 6 pm

Across from the stadium

Celebrate Coop the Cardinal's Birthday

Fri, Oct. 9 @ 5 pm

The Marketplace

Theatre Performance

Mon, Oct. 12, 2015
10 am - 12 noon 
Malcolm Field Theatre

Cozette Phillips Exhibition

Every day during the week of
Oct. 12 @ 11 am

University Art Gallery

Using the Foundation Directory
Learn to use a database of more than 108,000 foundations, corporate donors, and grant making public charities in the US.

Tues, Oct 13 from 2 -3 pm
Weds, Oct 14 from 10 - 11 am

Wickes 314

Hispanic Heritage Month Fiesta

Weds, Oct. 14 @5:30 pm

Leaping Gazelle Fountain Area, Bell Tower, Zahnow Amphitheater

Homecoming Parade

Sat, Oct. 17 @ 5 pm

Near Ryder & Stadium

Coffee with the Provost

Tues, Oct. 20 @ 8:30 am

Brown Hall 310
Alumni Author Showcase

Weds, Oct. 21 @ 4 pm

Rhea Miller Recital Hall

What We're Reading

  • (ARTICLE) Adams, A., Randall, S., & Traustadottir, T. (2015). A Tale of Two Sections: An Experiment to Compare the Effectiveness of a Hybrid versus a Traditional Lecture Format in Introductory Microbiology. Cell Biology Education. READ HERE
    Recommended by: Elaine Hunyadi
  • (ONLINE RESOURCE) Lenhoff, S., & Arellano, A. (2015) Michigan Achieves: Becoming a Top Ten Education State READ HERE
    Recommended by: Craig Douglas
  • (BOOK) Lopatto, D., & Tobias, S. (2010). Science in solution: The impact of undergraduate research on student learning. Washington, D.C.: Council on Undergraduate Research
    Recommended by: Janet Rentsch
  • (BOOK) Upcraft, M., & Gardner, J. (2005). Challenging and supporting the first-year student: A handbook for improving the first year of college. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
    Recommended by: Bryan Crainer
Staff Profiles
David Heintskill
Research Analyst, Institutional Research

David has worked at SVSU for eight years in multiple departments on campus, including the College of Education, Undergraduate Admissions, and most recently, Institutional Research. David enjoys working with data and the communications management module in the Colleague system. His improvements and increased knowledge of the system have helped save valuable time and money in processing. David graduated from SVSU with a BBA in December 2014, and is currently working on his Master's Degree in Administrative Science.

David is married to Trisha Heintskill, Associate Director in the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid. They live in Bay City with their daughter, Willow, their Saint Bernard, Mazey, and are expecting another child in March 2016. In his free time, David enjoys golf, camping, boating, yard work and working on household improvements. Mostly, he enjoys time outdoors with family and friends.

Julie Decker
Assistant Director,
Sponsored Programs

Julie has worked at SVSU for 11 years in the department of Sponsored Programs. She currently helps manage grants post-award and coordinates activities for the Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee (IACUC). She is a Certified Research Administrator (CRA), a Certified IRB Professional (CIP), and earned her MBA from Oakland University.

Julie is married to Chris and has two adult daughters (Andrea and Erica), a grandson (Joshua) and a spoiled, elderly Springer Spaniel (Molly). She loves to travel, exercise and sew. Julie is also an Avon Representative (20 years!) with a serious addiction to skin care and make-up products.

Julie enjoys working with her co-workers in Sponsored Programs and helping faculty, staff and students meet their research goals.

Neil Baumgartner 
Assistant Director,
Academic Advisement Center 

A proud Cardinal alumnus who earned both his undergraduate (BA in History, 2005) and graduate (MA in Administrative Science, 2007) degrees at SVSU, Neil has devoted nearly 6 years of his professional life to guiding SVSU students, first as an Assistant Football Coach and now as an Academic Advisor. Neil is extremely passionate about helping students to identify and pursue their dreams, passions, and purpose in order to live fulfilling, joyous lives here at the university and beyond.

Neil lives in Midland with his wife, Mindy, and daughter, Lexie. They love exploring the local parks and attractions together, especially during the beautiful summer and fall months. Neil also enjoys TED talks, reading, and great conversations.

To submit a staff profile to be featured in an upcoming edition:  Click Here

To submit articles or readings for consideration, email to asa@svsu.edu

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