From Personality profiles

The scorecard of life

Life tossed James Peoples a curveball at the age of 3, when he was diagnosed with cancer. Now the SVSU baseball team is helping him swing back.

The Carmona legacy

Scott Carmona and his family made a name for themselves as entrepreneurs and philanthropists. Now that name will be associated with SVSU’s business education.

Remembering Evan

One year after the tragic death of Evan Willman, a tight-knit group of students honored their fallen friend, and a university granted his mother’s wish.

Making of the mechanic

A sense of fatherly duty led John Leonard to mentor his daughter’s high school robotics team. Inspiration kept him in the role long after her graduation.

The dream-makers

Two education alumnae are applying lessons learned at SVSU to a children’s book series that is taking them — and readers — to thrilling new places.

Rebound

After a devastating knee injury, Emily Wendling could have abandoned her college basketball career. Instead, she aimed for SVSU’s record books.

Robotics reign in Kingston

Quiet, rural landscapes surround Kingston High School. Inside its classrooms, though, Matt Ferguson is pushing the boundaries of science, technology and artificial intelligence.

The Lewis legacy

More than two decades after his death, Napoleon Lewis Sr. remains a beloved figure for a campus community that considered him a father figure.

Son of Saginaw

Judge Manvel Trice III wields a gavel for justice in his hometown. But his community ambitions reach beyond issues of law and order.

An Aura of hope

Injured by a mortar explosion in Afghanistan, 27-year Army vet Gretchen Evans returned home looking for a new mission. She found it with the help of (wo)man’s best friend.

Forward momentum

Brian Thomas’ world came to a halt the day his wife died. Using the love of his sons and the strength of his legs, he found a way to move forward again.

Forever young

After 33 years and a lot of love, Merry Jo Brandimore’s career in shaping student life at SVSU came to a close.

Rose Butterfly

Disease wrecked her childhood and tragedy nearly ended her life as an adult, but for Jaeleen Davis, adversity is a cue to spread her wings.