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Being a Spartan is about family, Spartans wrestling coach Tom Minkel tells Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and Spartans Executive Associate Athletic Director Shelley Appelbaum on MSU Today.

Minkel is retiring at the end of the coming season after leading MSU wrestling for 25 years.

“I’ve got great memories and great relationship with the university.”

Minkel began wrestling 50 years ago. He was an All-American at CMU and then went into the music business and toured the country for five years with his wife.

Minkel recounts how seeing an opponent he’d beaten before compete on the U. S. Olympic Team inspired him to get back into wrestling. Read more »

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Alan Haller is one of Mark Hollis‘ trusted and respected associate athletic directors. He recounts his student-athlete days under George Perles and Jim Bibbs at MSU and describes his NFL career. He says his NFL training camp experiences made his time at the police academy more bearable.

Haller visits with Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and Spartans Executive Associate Athletic Director Shelley Appelbaum on MSU Today.

Haller recounts how serving on the search committee that eventually led to the hiring of Mark Dantonio “was one of the top experiences I’ve had in my entire life. I learned a lot about the university because the values of the university had everything to do with who we chose.”

Then he describes how AD Hollis approached him about joining his team in Spartan Athletics.

“I see myself as a resource, another cog in the wheel to help young people develop.”

Haller talks about the modern-day mission and activities of MSU’s Varsity S Club, which he directs, and about the club’s focus on cultivating relationships with current junior and senior Spartan student-athletes.

The club will celebrate its 100th anniversary on September 18.

He advises today’s student athletes, including his own children, to hone the skill of “individual accountability and to reach out to help people. You don’t pass people by. You don’t get so focused on your mission that you don’t understand what’s going on around you.

“I think it’s really important that young people develop an identity of community, of how they fit in and how they service.”

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There are some telltale signs that the fall semester at MSU is nearly here.

There are finally fewer orange construction barrels on campus; sound checks at Spartan Stadium can be heard; students are moving back; and there’s the kickoff for the annual One Book, One Community program.

OBOC is an initiative sponsored by East Lansing and MSU that encourages the campus and city communities to share in the same experience – whether it be a book, a film or some sort of combination of media.

OBOC is in its 14th year. To talk more with Jennifer Orlando about this year’s selections and programming are Kristin Shelley, director of the East Lansing Public Library, Janet Lillie, assistant vice president for community relations at MSU and Joelle Brown, One Book, One Community program coordinator. Read more »

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Michigan State University has named a point person to continue developing a campuswide culture of entrepreneurship and innovation among its undergraduate students.

Neil Kane is the university’s first director of undergraduate entrepreneurship. An experienced entrepreneur, business executive and Forbes contributor, Kane will create a unified entrepreneurship strategy and introduce new programs, courses and initiatives focused on entrepreneurship and innovation.

Kane talks about his background and what attracted him to this new position at MSU.

“The trend seems to be to try to homogenize these programs and have them serve all students across campus, both because entrepreneurship is touching a lot of disciplines and everybody is interested in cross-disciplinary collaborations,” Kane says. Read more »

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Russ White talks with Hall of Fame-bound WJR legend Frank Beckmann.

Beckmann reflects on his 30+ years broadcasting University of Michigan football on the radio, looks ahead to the Dantonio/Harbaugh rivalry, and shares his bullish views on the future of terrestrial radio.

Mark Dantonio has done a super job at MSU; you can’t do anything but tip your hat to him. He’s put Michigan State into the upper echelon of college football,” says Beckmann.

Then White talks with MSU alumnus Peter Carey, who plays Ernie Harwell in Mitch Albom’s acclaimed “Ernie,” which comes to MSU’s Wharton Center this month.

“Ernie is so loved; you have to respect the man,” says Carey. “You don’t do an impression or caricature of him. You channel Ernie Harwell. And if you’re true to how he lived his life, it comes through on stage and people love it.” Read more »

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Twenty years ago this month – on August 16, 1995 – WJR Radio legend J.P. McCarthy died. Russ White was honored and privileged to work with J.P. at WJR for the last five years of McCarthy’s life. He offers these reflections on the “Great Voice of the Great Lakes.”

“It was really an honor for me to work with the late, great J.P. McCarthy,” says White. “To grow up listening to all those radio heroes of mine on WJR and then to get to work with them, particularly J.P., was a dream come true.

“J.P. ruled the radio dial long before iPods, satellite radio, and people watching Today and GMA in the morning.”

McCarthy’s longtime WJR colleague Mike Whorf says J.P. was one of the first “deejays” to work talk and interviews into his music hall program. And McCarthy perfected the art of conversation doing long form interviews on the noontime Focus show. Read more »

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“There are few business schools in the country that have the scope, size and quality that we have across the board,” MSU Broad College of Business Dean Sanjay Gupta tells Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and Spartans Senior Associate Athletics Director Shelley Appelbaum.

Gupta says he really relates to the Team MSU concept as he leads the college into the future.

“So this notion of having the student experience front and center in our vision as we think about curriculum, hiring decisions and any kind of initiative that we lay out, that’s where I can provide the leadership in reminding everybody of our prime objective of thinking about the students first and foremost.”

Supply chain management, accounting and international business are some of the Broad College’s strengths according to Gupta. Read more »

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MSU alumnus Peter Carey plays legendary Detroit Tigers broadcaster and iconic Michigander Ernie Harwell in Mitch Albom’s acclaimed “Ernie,” now the longest running play in Detroit theatre history. Peter will be playing Ernie at his alma mater when the play comes to MSU’s Wharton Center August 19 – 22.

“Ernie is so loved; you have to respect the man,” says Carey. “You don’t do an impression or caricature of him. You channel Ernie Harwell. And if you’re true to how he lived his life, it comes through on stage and people love it.”

Carey says he gets “a special tingle – because that was Ernie’s word” when he talks in the play about seeing Tiger Stadium for the first time. And the audience reactions are tremendous.

“You have these women who have these big, burly baseball fan husbands weeping on their shoulder and they’re patting them going ‘it’s alright; honey it’s alright’ because it’s a very emotional play.”

Carey adds that “I knew he was loved by the public, but the magnitude of the people this man touched is phenomenal. You don’t understand the magnitude of his reach” until you interact with audience.

He adds that it’s an understatement to say it’ll be special to play Ernie at his alma mater. Read more »

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On this edition of MSU Today, Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis talk with Suzy Merchant, Walt Drenth, Leah O’Connor and Bob Groves.

Merchant is the head coach of Spartans women’s basketball; Drenth coaches men’s and women’s track and cross country at MSU and O’Connor is arguably the most accomplished female athlete in Spartan sports history. Bob Groves leads MSU University Advancement.

Merchant says social media “is the biggest thing we deal with now” and talks about student-athletes “learning to stumble” and how they “want some space.” She comments on rule changes coming to women’s college basketball next season and says she likes the nucleus of her team and is looking forward to the coming season. Read more »

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Spartans women’s basketball coach Suzy Merchant says social media “is the biggest thing we deal with now” in a conversation with Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis on MSU Today.

And she says she sees the pressure some of today’s student-athletes struggle with.

“They haven’t been challenged and faced a lot of adversity; everything has been organized, planned and prepared for them. When they get to this level, there is pressure to perform.”

Today’s young people need to “learn to stumble” agrees the panel. And they seem to be indicating they “want some space.” Read more »

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