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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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“It was pretty magical last fall,” says Spartans cross country and track coach Walt Drenth in a conversation with Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis in talking about his national champion women’s cross country team.

Drenth says his team got better and better as the season went along.

Leah O’Connor is a member of MSU’s national championship team. She’s arguably the most accomplished female athlete in Spartans history.

“It didn’t matter who came in one through five at NCAA’s,” O’Connor says, who runs 70+ miles each week. “We just had to be really gutsy and run for each other. When we crossed the finish line, we knew something special had happened.” Read more »

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“It’s really hard to be excellent unless you have the fuel for the rocket,” MSU’s vice president for University Advancement Bob Groves tells Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis in describing the university’s Empower Extraordinary campaign.

“The support of our alumni and friends is really what allows us to do our very best work. Part of the challenge is that to do what we do very well takes resources. We have to be very clear about what it is we need to advance the institution.”

Groves points out that engaging with alumni – even while they’re still students – is important because “those folks just don’t show up one day and start writing checks; they’re involved over a lifetime. And that loop of continuous conversation, involvement and engagement is a really important part of keeping people connected to the institution.

“One of the great things about a university is there are a lot of really interesting things going on. And so whether you want to simply interact with young people more, or you want to change the way the world thinks about a particular problem, or you want to invest in people who are mining the depths of how the universe is put together, there are places where we do that here. And people have a chance to be a part of that.”

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At the recent ribbon cutting at MSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine, one donor—MSU grad Kurt Dunckel (’78, Physiology; ‘82, DVM, Veterinary Medicine)—shares his thoughts on the importance of giving back to MSU. Read more.

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“Fundamentally, the report underscores that talent is the key to the future,” Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon tells Russ White on MSU Today in referring to the latest URC report titled Attracting, Fostering, and Inspiring Talent for the Global Economy. “And that’s talent that’s competitive anywhere in the world.

President Simon says the report also highlights that 70 percent of the jobs in the future will require some form of secondary education and that we need to “address the future needs of the state, not simply the shortages of today.”

On MSU’s focus on preparing more T-shaped professionals for the future workforce she says she reminds people that “MSU was founded to create T-shaped people because we were designed to blend the theoretical and the practical to connect the learning of the community with the learning that happens beyond the borders of the campus. T-shaped people are really the modern day manifestation of the land-grant mission.” Read more »

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WJR Radio’s Frank Beckmann reflects on his 30+ years broadcasting University of Michigan football games. He says he isn’t concerned about college football’s future.

“This is a sport that builds character, personal responsibility and team work in young men, and these are all skills that will be valuable in the real world,” Beckmann says. And he adds that the playoff system is the biggest change he’s seen in the game.

“The game itself still comes down to blocking and tackling. You can have all the spread offenses you want and throw the ball all around the field, you still have to block and tackle. If you don’t do that, you can’t play football and that’s never going to change.”

Beckmann is looking forward to the Dantonio/Harbaugh rivalry starting up this fall. He feels that Harbaugh will return U of M to football prominence but wonders how long he’ll stay in Ann Arbor because “his track record has been four years and out” at his previous coaching stops.

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.” Read more »

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Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis and MSU Vice President Bill Beekman talk with Jake Boss, Mike Brand and Anthony Ianni.

Boss is MSU’s baseball coach. He says it’s a dream come true for him to be the Spartans baseball coach.

Boss feels that college baseball is healthy and “in a pretty good place right now” and talks about the differences between the bats and balls used in pro and college baseball. And he discusses the north/south challenge in scheduling that can give southern teams an advantage.

Brand is executive director of MSU’s acclaimed Wharton Center for the Performing Arts.

He talks about Wharton Center’s commitment to “connecting with our audience outside of buying tickets” and how he works to “contribute to the cultural evolution of Michigan.”

Former Spartans basketball player Anthony Ianni describes his development into a national motivational speaker and how he advises the young people with whom he talks to “live your dreams and accomplish every goal you set in your life no matter what the challenge or obstacle is.”

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