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Beyond the Valley

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Beyond the Valley is Saginaw Valley State University's official alumni podcast. Each episode, we bring SVSU alumni on to share their personal stories and insights on life with the Cardinal community. Tune in to hear from the alumni who have become difference-makers, community leaders and experts after graduating from SVSU.

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Beyond the Valley is Saginaw Valley State University's official alumni podcast. Each episode, we bring SVSU alumni on to share their personal stories and insights on life with the Cardinal community. Tune in to hear from the alumni who have become difference-makers, community leaders and experts after graduating from SVSU.

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Beyond the Valley

Latest release on Sep 15, 2020

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Beyond the Valley is Saginaw Valley State University's official alumni podcast. Each episode, we bring SVSU alumni on to share their personal stories and insights on life with the Cardinal community. Tune in to hear from the alumni who have become difference-makers, community leaders and experts after graduating from SVSU.

Advocating for Vulnerable Populations in Detroit, MI with Cassie Thierfelder ‘10

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Alumna Cassie Thierfelder '10 joins Jim on the podcast to discuss developing and advocating for just and equitable policy. Cassie is the Advocacy and Government Relations Manager at United Way for Southeastern Michigan and gives us insight into the range of advocacy issues that affect the Detroit region including education policy, racial inequity, community organizing and civic engagement.

Sep 15 2020

16mins

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The Judicial System: What You Need to Know with the Honorable Manvel Trice III ‘98

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1998 alum and 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient, the Honorable Manvel Trice III joins Jim on the podcast to share his experience as a lawyer and judge in Saginaw County. Judge Trice discusses how important it is to help others and enhance the quality of life in your community.

Sep 08 2020

38mins

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The Value of Being Engaged in Your Community with Ryan Tarrant ‘00

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Alum Ryan Tarrant '00, President and CEO of the Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, joins Jim Dwyer on the podcast to discuss the current political climate as well as the role of the Chamber of Commerce in a community. Ryan gives some great insight on how to be involved in all the activities that create a great community.

Sep 01 2020

19mins

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Addressing the Stigma of Mental Health with Anthony Flores ‘15

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Anthony Flores ’15 is a counselor in Virginia, where he uses his talents and training to help people deal with trauma and stress. In this episode, Anthony educates us on how stress really affects us and how prevalent the stigma on mental health still is today. Anthony shares tips and insights that apply to everyone in maintaining their mental health.

Aug 25 2020

24mins

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The Power of Compassion and Kindness with Rev. Chris Pryor '95, '00

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Chris Pryor ’95, ’00, pastor of Victorious Believers Ministries, joins the podcast to share incredible insight on spirituality and leading his congregation. Chris worked in the corporate world for 13 years and uses his life experience to relate his faith and movement to the lives of people today. Chris emphasizes the importance of a healthy balance in faith, work and family. Chris packs his interview with insightful advice on life and self-development.  

Aug 17 2020

20mins

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Resiliency When You Hit Rock Bottom with CSM Gretchen Evans '13

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Command Sergeant Major (R) Gretchen Evans ’13 joins the podcast to share her phenomenal story of how she managed to regain her motivation to live after the trauma of her near-death experience in Afghanistan caused her to lose her hearing and military career in an instant. Evans candidly shares her story, the good and the bad, along with specific ways she fought back from the despair and created a new life for herself.

Aug 11 2020

30mins

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The Importance of Teacher Relationships with Students with Darrin Flowers ‘07

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Darrin Flowers ’07, 7th and 8th-grade teacher at the University of Detroit Jesuit, discusses with us the importance of creating relationships with students outside of subjects in the curriculum. Darrin felt called to become a teacher during his time substitute teaching where he saw the lack of black male figures in all the schools he went to. He shares how diverse students’ backgrounds can be and how much their life outside of the classroom affects their learning and, therefore, how he chooses to teach them.

Aug 04 2020

24mins

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Distance Learning during Social Distancing with Kathryn Kigera '08

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Kathryn Kigera '08, Director of Quality Initiatives in Early Learning at the DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education, joins Beyond the Valley to talk about how parents and educators can best manage their distance learning efforts while classes remain online or shift into hybrid forms.

Kathryn talks about her own path from SVSU to Washington D.C., best practices for reinforcing curricula and how families and educators can work together to maintain the important relationships children have with their teachers and schools.

Links to resources mentioned by Kathryn in the episode:

DC Child Care Connections:

https://dcchildcareconnections.org/

OSSE Distance Learning Resources:

https://osse.dc.gov/distancelearning

May 26 2020

29mins

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Financial Effects of a Pandemic with David Abbs '83

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David Abbs '83, Partner and Wealth Advisor at Abbs Retirement Planning Advisors, joins Beyond the Valley to discuss how we can best cope with the financial impact that the COVID-19 pandemic may be having on our lives. 

For more information, please visit https://www.abbsadvisors.com/.

May 19 2020

14mins

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Testing for COVID-19 in Saginaw with Dr. Smriti Pant '11, '15, '16

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As part of our continuing coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic, three-time alumna Dr. Smriti Pant joins the podcast to talk about her work at a drive-through testing center in Saginaw run by Great Lakes Bay Health Centers. She gives details on when members of the public should seek testing, how we can avoid contracting and spreading the coronavirus and how the public can support essential healthcare workers in this trying time.

For more information about Great Lake Bay Health Centers' COVID-19 testing stations in Saginaw, Bay and Huron counties and how you can support GLBHC, please visit https://greatlakesbayhealthcenters.org/.

May 12 2020

29mins

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Working from Home with Liz Wielinski ‘01

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Liz Wielinski ’01, Senior Project Manager at Pearson Online & Blended Learning, joins the podcast to talk about how to adjust to working remotely and communicating with colleagues online. Liz shares her personal experience and offers advice on how to cut down on distractions, create boundaries between work and home life and stay connected with colleagues and clients. She also tells us about some of her favorite tools to stay connected and efficient in her home office.

May 12 2020

26mins

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Managing Mental Health During a Pandemic with Dr. Terri Tilford ‘87

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Terri Tilford ’87, LPC, Director of Counseling at Winston-Salem State University, discusses how this crisis is positively and negatively affecting people’s mental health and relationships. Dr. Tilford shares reflections and tips on how to keep a positive headspace and manage anxiety. She also provides advice and resources for how families can cope and help children navigate their emotions during this challenging time.

May 05 2020

18mins

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Leading Your Team During Crisis with Nancy Maurer

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Nancy Maurer ’90, founder of leadership consulting firm, Sonder Haven LLC, shares advice on how leaders can help their teams adapt to the changes brought on by COVID-19 and social distancing and motivate their teams to thrive while working remotely.

Apr 28 2020

23mins

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