The Spartan Podcast


ehmehm.jpg Hear the Conversation 5:38 min – 7.7 mb mp3

Jack Koester, Bob Van Arkel and Lynn Harvey are Farm Lane Society members, and participants in the Michigan State University College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Alumni Association Golfing for Scholarships annual best ball scramble.

Jack Koester, a past director of the CANR alumni board, thought being on the board was pretty cool. “Not only are we involved in events like golfing for scholarships and fall events, but we also get to see some pretty cool things around campus at our board meetings.” Read more »


JackRusssp.jpg Hear the Conversation 10:29 min – 6 mb mp3

Ubiquitous and respected journalist Jack Lessenberry joins me on Greening of the Great Lakes to share his thoughts on a variety of environment-related topics in the news.

On Thursday, June 29, the state released the draft analysis of alternatives to the Enbridge Line 5 pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac. The alternatives study doesn’t make any recommendations. Michigan’s Pipeline Safety Advisory Board will recommend what action, if any, Governor Snyder or Attorney General Schuette should take in regard to continued operation of Line 5.

“What we all know is that something like 540,000 gallons a day of oil and natural gas move through that pipeline, which has been at the bottom of the Straits since 1953. And if anything were to happen, both Lakes Michigan and Huron could be damaged beyond our power to imagine. It remains to be seen how much political pressure will be put on Enbridge to do something about that.” Read more »


lisa dietlin2.jpg Hear the Conversation 15:20 min – 8.8 mb mp3

Lisa Dietlin is the founder of the Institute of Transformational Philanthropy – that’s transformational – not transactional – philanthropy. She’s an alumna of Michigan State University and is an internationally recognized expert on philanthropy, charitable giving and transformational change.

“To me, philanthropy is a grown-up word for sharing,” Dietlin says. “It’s about giving up your resources – be it time, talent, or treasure – to make the world a better place. And transformational means you’re looking to give without expecting anything in return.”

Dietlin adds that the “overlooked, potential donors are entrepreneurs.” And she feels the future of philanthropy is bright.

“What most people don’t realize is that there are 12 million people working in this field, that’s 10.6 percent of the workforce. It’s the third largest employment sector in our country after retail and manufacturing. There are more people working in the nonprofit sector than work in oil and gas, the automotive industry, or electronics and technology.

Dietlin is the author of four books on the subjects of charitable giving and enacting positive change. She shares the anecdote that led her to write her fifth book, The Power of Three: How to achieve your goals by simply doing three things a day. Read more »


hardwick.jpg Hear the Conversation 21:58 min – 12.5 mb mp3

WKAR Public Media’s digital news director Reginald Hardwick was born in Vietnam “and was one of the Amerasian children left in an orphanage” and then adopted by a family in Colorado when he was three months old. He has family ties to Michigan, though, and always remembers his family being voracious news consumers.

“I caught the journalism bug in junior high,” he says. And he worked for 17 years before coming to WKAR as a producer and manager at the NBC TV affiliate in Dallas. Hardwick became attracted to the storytelling style of public broadcasting and welcomed the opportunity to join WKAR and return to Michigan. Now he’s working to merge his fast-paced TV news background with the iconic public radio style to produce more local news programming. This is leading to more local news content during WKAR’s flagship NPR news programs Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

It’s no accident that “digital” is the first word in Hardwick’s title. “It’s crucial for journalists to be in all spaces these days. With social media, people are demanding to know more about the news right away as well as hear the stories on our air.” Read more »


msutsp.jpg Hear the Show 52:54 min – 30.3 mb mp3

A team of MSU luminaries will gather at a unique fundraiser that unites the Spartan Nation in raising $1 million to fight Parkinson’s disease—or, as Kirk Gibson has nicknamed it, “Parky.” The Gibby & Friends vs. Parky pregame tailgate will be hosted in MSU’s Kellogg Center at 4:00 this Saturday September 23, four hours before the Notre Dame football game that kicks off at 8:00 that evening. On that same day Gibson will be on campus as MSU will honor his accomplishments by retiring his football jersey at halftime of the game.

Gibby talks about the event with Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon, Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis, and MSU alumnus Peter Secchia, who is spearheading the effort and helping to organize the event.

Greg Ianni is MSU’s deputy athletic director and oversees facilities and sports management. He joins Simon and Hollis on MSU Today to update progress on some of the construction projects currently underway on campus.


paschdevine.jpg Hear the Conversation 5:36 min – 7.7 mb mp3

Leo Pasch and Brian Devine are Farm Lane Society members and participants in the Michigan State University College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Alumni Association Golfing For Scholarships annual best ball scramble.

Leo Pasch, a past board member of the CANR, grew up on a dairy farm. “I grew up on a dairy farm in Beal City, Michigan, says Pasch. “When I came to Michigan State, I wanted to stay with agriculture. I went into ag education to be a teacher.”

Years later, Pasch is the vice president of risk asset at Greenstone Farm Credit Services. “I work in the credit department to help farmers to try to work through tough situations, help them out with their credit needs—try to help them be successful.” Read more »


prez617.jpg Hear the Conversation 34:02 min – 19.4 mb mp3

Michigan State University has set its budget and tuition rates for the new fiscal year.

“It’s always a difficult time when you do budgets because there’s a balancing act that needs to occur,” says Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon. “Tuition is always a difficult challenge.”

Michigan State’s new “Go Green, Go 15” campaign urges students to take an average of 15 credits per semester or complete 30 credits in their first year of study by taking summer classes. Universities have found early momentum yields higher graduation rates, less time and cost to attain a degree, and higher grade-point averages. Read more »


Ger Bear.jpg Hear the Conversations 34:50 min – 19.9 mb mp3

Developments in energy generation, transmission, use and conservation are increasingly in the news, and the folks at DTE Energy are more than willing to share programs and initiatives in all things energy.

Russ and I recently ventured to DTE’s downtown Detroit headquarters to talk with leading executives about our energy portfolio, infrastructure, efficiency and conservation. DTE Energy’s operating units include an electric utility serving 2.2 million customers in Southeastern Michigan and a natural gas utility serving 1.3 million customers in Michigan.

Last month DTE Energy announced a broad sustainability initiative that will reduce the company’s carbon emissions by more than 80 percent by 2050. This reduction and 2050 timeframe align with the target scientists broadly have identified as necessary to help address climate change. Read more »


closs17.jpg Hear the Conversation 35:48 min – 20.4 mb mp3

“Supply chain, particularly from a Michigan State perspective, means the end to end movement of product from the raw material from a mine or the ocean, through all the production processes, and to the consumer,” Professor David Closs tells Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis on MSU Today. “So we view it all as a very end to end process and try to manage that to meet the needs of the consumer and at the same time keeping cost and waste down.”

This MSU ethos “is what companies tell us differentiates MSU students. They understand end to end and they can communicate well to the executives.” Read more »


french.JPG Hear the Conversation 13:56 min – 19.1 mb mp3

John French is the curator at the Moist Towelette Museum, plays a mean ukulele, and is also the planetarium production coordinator at the Abrams Planetarium at Michigan State University.

How exactly did John come up with the idea for a Moist Towelette Museum? While working at a planetarium, John would joke that the program was so good, that he needed a moist towelette. “Years later, I was starting to collect the moist towelettes. My original idea was that I wanted to be one of the first people to have a moist towelette collection on the internet, because the internet was pretty new at that time.”

Fast-forward several years, and after fellow planetarium workers donated moist towelettes to John–voila! The creation of the Moist Towelette Museum. Read more »

Copyright © 2017 The Spartan Podcast. All rights reserved.

Social Widgets powered by