The Spartan Podcast


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“What the learning environment of the future is going to look like is going to be enhanced by technologies, but they’re not magic. They’re not going to make things radically different,” MSU’s associate provost for teaching, learning and technology Jeff Grabill tells Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis on MSU Today.

“Really high-quality learning experiences for our students are engaging experiences, and they’re caring experiences. They’re experiences that challenge students and that inspire students to achieve their dreams. They’re highly interactive and highly engaging. That’s what matters. The question then about the future learning environment is how do we construct more of them on this campus and on every campus? And how do we construct them with greater fidelity so students are more likely to have an engaged and caring experience? Read more »


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“It was great to celebrate, and now it’s time to get back to work,” Spartans basketball coach Tom Izzo tells Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis when reflecting on his recent induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. He says that sharing the honor with his mother was special.

Izzo has also been selected to receive the Dean Smith Award, given annually to an individual in college basketball who embodies the spirit and values of the late North Carolina coaching great. The U.S. Basketball Writers Association will present Izzo with the award at a Spartans’ home game to be announced.

“Mike Krzyzewski called and said ‘this stands for what you want it to stand for. The other one is about wins and losses; this one is about integrity.’ It’s an honor and a thrill.” Read more »


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Elevators have come a long way baby since Elisha Graves Otis introduced the first safety contrivance in 1852. Over the years people have hauled all sorts of cargo in this transportation device. One thing that has stood the test of time is how quiet an elevator can be with regard to conversation. For the most part, folks don’t like chatting, talking, or verbalizing on the lift. Texting yes—enunciating no. Why? Well, we’re not sure.

However, Ehmpressions of MSU stepped inside the Ag Hall elevator with microphone in hand and queried the riders of the rail as to what they liked best about Michigan State University. And they responded. It could be they wanted to express their devotion to Sparty, or the fact there was a piece of chocolate in it as a reward.

Ehmpressions of MSU is a podcast devoted to all things Michigan State University produced by Kraig Ehm.


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Tom Lyons is a professor in Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Michigan State University. He is also the new director of the Michigan State University Product Center, an organization with which he was not totally familiar. “The more I learned, the more excited I got because I really believe in the things that the Product Center does, and it really hit a sweet spot for me.”

Lyons feels the Product Center is necessary and vital. “I think the Product Center is crucial in part because agriculture is such an important part of the economy of the state of Michigan. Michigan is the second-most diverse agricultural economy in the country, just behind California.”

Tom’s passion lies in entrepreneurship. “I have a passion for entrepreneurship. I believe in it for a variety of reasons, I think that entrepreneurship has the potential to foster economic development.”

Outside of work, Lyons loves reading a good mystery novel, cycling around Lansing, and attending live theatre events.

As for Tom’s ehmpression of MSU—“I like the people here. I think the campus is absolutely beautiful—I just enjoy walking through it. I like the land grant ethos—the idea of engaging as an academic with the greater community. ”

Ehmpressions of MSU is a podcast devoted to all things Michigan State University produced by Kraig Ehm.


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The hiring of college graduates at all degree levels should be very strong in 2016-17, according to Michigan State University’s Recruiting Trends, the largest annual survey of employers in the nation. Phil Gardner is the survey’s author and directs MSU’s Collegiate Employment Research Institute.

“This is the seventh year of an expansion of opportunities for college students,” says Gardner. “And this year was particularly strong. There are a lot of employers out there of all different sizes, stripes and colors that are really looking for talent in a lot of different guises, and so it’s really positive.”

Bolstered by company growth and employee turnover, hiring is expected to increase 23 percent. That company growth and boomer retirements are factors leading to this torrid pace of hiring.

“Some of these companies deferred hiring during the recession and now have to catch up. The big factor is turnover; 60 percent of the companies surveyed say they’re concerned that turnover has risen to a high level in their companies, and that’s really influencing their hiring.” Read more »


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Urban planning at Michigan State University is the oldest program in the country,” Mark Wilson tells Kirk Heinze on Greening of the Great Lakes. “We have over 65 years of experience teaching about urban planning.

“It’s a popular major because we find that so many students today are interested in what is going to happen to the cities of the future. Increasingly there is a theme of sustainability that runs through their interest.”

Wilson is a professor and program leader of the Urban and Regional Planning program in MSU’s School of Planning, Design and Construction.

He says that urban planners have always been concerned about sustainability. Read more »

MSU Today on News/Talk 760 WJR

October 6th, 2016


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“The healthcare of our athletes is very important – including their mental health,” says MSU Athletics’ lead trainer Sally Nogle. “It’s probably the best healthcare they’re ever going to have in their life because we’re readily available. They can’t stay on the field or on the court or in the pool without their health being there and allowing them to compete.”

“Does it bring balance to their life or does it make them unsettled?” adds MSU professor, researcher and neurologist Dr. David Kaufman. And he’s a team physician for Spartan Football. “The mental health aspects of sport need to be put in the forefront more and more.”

Nogle and Kaufman talk with Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis on MSU Today.

Then Russ White talks with Jack Ebling and Joe Rexrode about their new book, “The Perfect :10,” and Jennifer Orlando previews MSU Homecoming 2016.


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“Of all the traditions at Michigan State University, I think I love homecoming the best,” MSU Alumni Association Executive Director Scott Westerman says on the MSU/WJR Tailgate Show. “It’s the one time of the year when we can return to campus and recharge our Spartan Spirits.

“The goal of homecoming these days is to really create a custom experience that parallels what was important to you when you were a Spartan.”

MSUAA’s Regina Cross says a committee meets about a year ahead of time to select a grand marshal and a theme. This year’s theme is Spartans for Life, and the grand marshals are Tom and Lupe Izzo.

“It’s an honor and something I’m proud of,” says Tom Izzo. “And it’s fun when you get to share it with your family.”

Homecoming Court members Ellen Hicks, a Psychology major from Pinckney; Jason Porter, a political science major from Milford, New Hampshire; and Dorothy Shewchuck, an international Relations major from Charlotte share their feelings on what it means to represent MSU and its 500,000 alumni. Read more »


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“Climate change is the most compelling global issue of this and future centuries,” says David Cleaves, the former climate change advisor to the U.S. Forest Service. “The relationships between forests and people are being profoundly affected by the changing climate.”

The changing climate is introducing new challenges to natural resource management, intensifying and complicating traditional threats and presenting an increasing array of public policy issues and conflicts, adds Cleaves, who was at his alma mater MSU on October 3 to give a talk titled, “Forests, people and climate change: a new “no-normal” world – Explain “no-normal.”

“These changes are not likely to settle down into some new normal in this century, says Cleaves. “The evidence is mounting that we certainly have a changing climate, and that changing climate is changing more rapidly than it ever has. So trying to keep up with it and get ahead of it presents a whole set of challenges.” Read more »


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by Kathleen Alexander

Consumers Energy is responding to its customers’ interest in renewable energy with their Solar Gardens project and Green Generation program.

“Right now about 10 percent of the energy our customers use comes from renewables,” says Tim Sparks, Consumers Energy vice president of energy supply operations.

Sparks meets with the host, Kirk Heinze, on Greening of the Great Lakes, to share renewable energy options available to Consumers Energy customers, no matter where they live. Read more »

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