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MSU Today on News/Talk 760 WJR

February 4th, 2016

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Scott Westerman and Russ White sit in for Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis on this edition of MSU Today on News/Talk 760 WJR.

Dan Hurley is CEO of the Michigan Association of State Universities. He says his organization works at keeping both our legislators and the general public informed about the challenges and opportunities facing Michigan’s public universities.

Hurley is focused on helping legislators and citizens see the value of an educated workforce to Michigan’s future economic prosperity and social vitality.

MSU’s Communication Arts & Sciences dean Prabu David and Detroit Public Television CEO Rich Homberg tell Westerman and White about the bold, new collaboration between Michigan State University and DPTV that will unite one of the world’s top research universities and a national leader in public broadcasting and community engagement.

The Detroit-based partnership will greatly expand the relationship between MSU and DPTV, beginning with an initiative to provide 24/7 programming for children and families in Detroit, Lansing and statewide.

And White talks with Greening of the Great Lakes host Kirk Heinze.

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The Demmer Center at Michigan State University provides shooting sports, education, and training.

“Some people are a little intimidated at first, because they’re not used to doing that kind of activity. We always want to make sure people feel safe, welcome, and that they get a Spartan experience,” Glen Bennett, Demmer Center program coordinator and archery team coach at Michigan State University, tells Kraig Ehm on In the Field.

The facility appeals to both shooters and non-shooters across all demographics with or without disabilities.

“Not too many colleges actually have a shooting sports and education center. There’s no better place to go than MSU. We always want to be on the forefront of technology,” Bennett explains. Read more »

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by Hannah Watts

Michigan State University alumnus and musician Joshua Davis finished in third place on NBC’s hit reality competition show The Voice last season. He talks with Russ White about his time at MSU and how it impacted him, what made him dive into the world of reality television, and his rendition of the university’s iconic alma mater, “MSU Shadows”.

“I had never seen the show before and I didn’t really have a taste for reality television in general,” Davis says. “But, I felt comfortable watching it with my nine year old. That was a marker to me that it was a very supportive show that focuses on positivity rather than knocking people down.”

Having gone through Michigan State University’s theatre program, Davis attributes his work ethic to his time in school. Read more »

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A bold, new collaboration between Michigan State University and Detroit Public Television will unite one of the world’s top research universities and a national leader in public broadcasting and community engagement.

The Detroit-based partnership will greatly expand the relationship between MSU and DPTV, beginning with an initiative to provide 24/7 programming for children and families in Detroit, Lansing and statewide.

“When you think about content, particularly in the public media setting, I see three components to our strategy,” MSU College of Communication Arts & Sciences Dean Prabu David tells Scott Westerman and Russ White on MSU Today. “One is multi-platform, another is multimedia, and the third one – most key – is multi-generational.”

“We have to figure out ways to make public media fun and compelling for all demographics.” Read more »

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Dan Hurley is CEO of the Michigan Association of State Universities. He says his organization works at keeping both our legislators and the general public informed about the challenges and opportunities facing Michigan’s public universities.

Hurley says he’s focused on helping legislators and citizens see the value of an educated workforce to Michigan’s future economic prosperity and social vitality. He talks with Scott Westerman and Russ White on MSU Today.

“The data is absolutely overwhelming in terms of the need to increase the educational credentials of Michigan residents,” says Hurley.

“Those states where the residents have a higher level of educational attainment show a direct correlation with economic health in terms of per capita earnings.” Read more »

In the Field: Kathryn Reed

January 20th, 2016

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“The Farm Lane Society will be an annual event, where we bring people back to campus, recognize their achievements on a yearly basis and continue on with an inside look at the College,” Kathryn Reed, Director of Alumni Relations and Special Events for the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Michigan State University, tells Kraig Ehm on In the Field.

Kathryn explains who will be a Farm Lane Society member.

“The Farm Lane Society will be a gathering of all of the past alumni association board members, the recipients of the CANR Alumni Association Awards and the winners of the College’s Distinguished Service Award.”

The inaugural event takes place at a breakfast during Agriculture and Natural Resources Week, on Tuesday, March 8. The event will also include a pinning ceremony.

Reed also discusses upcoming CANR Alumni events, on In the Field, a podcast originating from the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Michigan State University.

MSU Today on News/Talk 760 WJR

January 7th, 2016

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On this edition of MSU Today on News/Talk 760 WJR, Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and Russ White talk with MSU’s Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer Joanna Young. And they talk with College of Engineering Dean Leo Kempel.

Young tells Simon and White that MSU gets millions of attempts to attack its systems every single month, and they come from multiple sources. And the attacks come through many channels.

“We have to have a really deep understanding of the work that goes on at Michigan State so that we can put together the right solutions for research, work with students in the classrooms and all of our administrative functions. We have to be really cognizant of how all that works.”

Young says “network is the new power” or the new utility. “Power is a utility; water is a utility. Network is a new utility. I cannot think of any aspect of modern life that does not in some way rely on technology. Read more »

In the Field: Rosalyn Brummette

December 21st, 2015

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“It was an unparalleled experience. I’ve been to quite a few conferences, but it’s unlike anything that I’ve ever done before, because it was on the international scale,” Rosalyn Brummette, an Agribusiness Management major in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Michigan State University, tells Kraig Ehm on In the Field.

Rosalyn represented Michigan State University and the United States at the 15th International Student Summit on Food, Agriculture and the Environment, in Tokyo, Japan. “My passion is reconnecting the consumers with the food supply. What our paper addressed was, if we reconnect consumers to the food supply, how will that impact environmental triggers.”

Brummette also discusses interacting with students from other countries and the beauty of Tokyo, Japan, on In the Field, a podcast originating from the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Michigan State University.

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Michigan State University alumna Susan Goldberg is the first woman to serve as editor in chief of National Geographic magazine, and she spoke to graduates at MSU’s 2015 fall commencement ceremonies. She was honored to speak at her alma mater.

“MSU gave me the opportunity to succeed,” Goldberg says. “I had all the training I needed so that when somebody opened a door, I could walk through it and be successful.”

Saying “yes” and taking smart risks are part of the message Golberg hopes she left with the MSU grads.

Susan Goldberg has been editor of National Geographic magazine since April 2014. And she’s just the 10th editor of the magazine since it was published in October 1888.

“We get to handle the most fascinating content in the entire world.”

Goldberg says the field of journalism “has undergone enormous change over the last 20 years. Everything about how we gather and disseminate information has changed, but also the business model that supports our journalism has been very much affected in a negative way. And it is only just now starting to get rebuilt as we figure out how to monetize our content on digital platforms.”

Goldberg established a scholarship at MSU and she’s a member of MSU’s College of Communication Arts and Sciences Alumni Board of Directors.

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Started in 1980, the commemorative celebration features a variety of events in which the MSU and greater Lansing communities are encouraged to participate.

The 2016 theme is “If not now, then when? If not us, then who?”

Ignacio Andrade, community outreach coordinator and student liaison at the Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives, has been coordinating the 2016 events. He tells Jennifer Orlando about the 2016 celebration.

For several years, MSU has hosted a student conference as part of its MLK Commemorative Celebration where it’s invited current MSU students and high school students to talk about a variety of topics ranging from social justice issues to leadership. This year’s conference takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the MSU Union. Read more »

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