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“I’m a national motivational speaker for the Michigan Department of Civil Rights,” Anthony Ianni tells Bill Beekman and Mark Hollis on MSU Today.

“Live your dreams and accomplish every goal you set in your life no matter what the challenge or obstacle is,” is the main message Ianni hopes young people take away from his talks. “You’re going to have people who doubt you, but you’ll always have at least one person in your corner throughout life.”

Ianni says he was inspired to get into public speaking by Michigan’s Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley. “If it wasn’t for Brian Calley, I’m not where I’m at.”

After his first public speaking gig, Ianni told his wife on the way home that “this is where I belong. I think this is my calling. The more I talk to kids, the more I learn what kids are going through. Sometimes they tell me things they won’t even tell their parents or teachers.” Read more »

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Mike Brand is executive director of MSU’s acclaimed Wharton Center for the Performing Arts. He tells Bill Beekman and Mark Hollis about many of the exciting shows on tap for Wharton Center’s 2105/2016 season.

And he says that booking a big Broadway show is a lot like a coach out recruiting players. “We’re always out watching and looking at content,” says Brand. “It’s a life. You don’t go out looking for a good show; you live the lifestyle.”

Brand talks about how Wharton Center takes provocative work around the state to contribute to the cultural evolution of Michigan.

“We’re always trying to really connect with audiences outside of buying tickets,” says Brand. “We’re getting a lot of our teaching artists out into the community to really stimulate conversation and an interest in what we’re doing outside of coming to see the big stars in the big productions.” Read more »

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Spartans Baseball Coach Jake Boss says it’s a dream come true for him to be the head baseball coach at MSU.

One of the challenges facing college baseball is partly a north vs. south issue, he tells Bill Beekman and Mark Hollis on MSU Today. Boss would like to see the season start later in the spring when the northern weather is better. Better weather is better for fans, too. And the student-athletes wouldn’t miss as much class time as they have to now to play games in the warmer southern weather early in the season.

“There’s no question the collective bargaining agreement with Major League Baseball really helped our game a lot,” adds Boss. “There’s more of an emphasis and a value on the education they receive, and if they’re drafted in the first ten rounds after their senior year, there’s still going to be good money there for them. Read more »

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Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis talk with Spartans Head Football Coach Mark Dantonio and Spartans Head Ice Hockey Coach Tom Anastos.

Both coaches discuss how they develop leadership on their teams and talk about the challenges and opportunities involved in building consistent winners in college athletics.

“Football programs are made up of so many different people, so there can’t just be one person leading,” says Dantonio. “Sometimes leadership is thrust upon our players and then they have to put other people in front of themselves, and then they push the others.”

Dantonio adds that leaders have to have confidence in themselves and the ability “to take some shots.

“To me leadership is about being an optimist, telling the truth and being trustworthy, staying fresh, and then getting involved if you want change. If you can push people in their intangible areas, then you can go further. And that’s what we try to do.”

“Developing leadership is a major focal point for us in trying to reestablish the culture we’re looking for in the program,” adds Anastos. “A key is attracting the type of kid who embraces the leadership role; not everybody wants to be in that kind of role.

“We try to put people in situations where they have to take on leadership. I also think your most experienced players should be your leaders, but you can’t force it on them. They have to earn it.”

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MSU Alumni Association director of marketing and membership Maria Giggy talks with MSUAA executive director Scott Westerman about how the association is changing some of the ways it engages with alumni and what defines the alumni relationship with the association.

Westerman says that for many years alumni associations have considered membership to be the definition of the relationship that alumni have with the institution and the association.

“But over time we’ve come to realize the actual term ‘membership’ and the dues that are associated with it have really become an impediment,” says Westerman. “So we’ve spent a lot of time thinking about what the definition of association is going forward.

“We’re going to try to deemphasize the term membership and focus more on relationship or association or those things that just naturally happen within the Spartan nation.” Read more »

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“Developing leadership is a major focal point for us in trying to reestablish the culture we’re looking for in the program,” Spartans Hockey coach Tom Anastos tells Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis on MSU Today. “A key is attracting the type of kid who embraces the leadership role; not everybody wants to be in that kind of role.

“We try to put people in situations where they have to take on leadership. I also think your most experienced players should be your leaders, but you can’t force it on them. They have to earn it.”

Anastos says building good relationships is a key to his coaching philosophy and to success in life in general.

“Trust is something that takes time to build. And while playing hockey I learned the importance of being straight with people.” Read more »

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“Football programs are made up of so many different people, so there can’t just be one person leading,” Spartans Head Football Coach Mark Dantonio tells Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis on MSU Today. “Sometimes leadership is thrust upon our players and then they have to put other people in front of themselves, and then they push the others.”

Dantonio adds that leaders have to have confidence in themselves and the ability “to take some shots.”

“To me leadership is about being an optimist, telling the truth and being trustworthy, staying fresh, and then getting involved if you want change. If you can push people in their intangible areas, then you can go further. And that’s what we try to do.” Read more »

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Upon the untimely passing of long-time News/Talk 760 WJR president and general manager Mike Fezzey, this edition of MSU Today highlights the unique relationship between Michigan State University and WJR – a relationship Fezzey was passionate about and helped facilitate.

Fezzey, just 58 years old at the time of his passing, also served as a Huntington Bank Regional President and was a great friend to Michigan State University. MSU Today on WJR was the brainchild of Fezzey and MSU Athletic Director Mark Hollis.

Mike was the very first guest on the very first edition of this show back in September 2010. We revisit that conversation between Fezzey, Hollis and Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon. And we hear additional comments from Tom Izzo and Mark Dantonio.

Simon and Hollis welcome MSU’s Vice President for Communications and Brand Strategy Heather Swain to the MSU Today microphones for a conversation on branding and marketing MSU. Read more »

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Upon the untimely passing of long-time News/Talk 760 WJR president and general manager Mike Fezzey, this edition of MSU Today highlights the unique relationship between Michigan State University and WJR – a relationship Fezzey was passionate about and helped facilitate.

Fezzey, just 58 years old at the time of his passing, also served as a Huntington Bank Regional President and was a great friend to Michigan State University. MSU Today on WJR was the brainchild of Fezzey and MSU Athletic Director Mark Hollis.

Mike was the very first guest on the very first edition of this show back in September 2010. We revisit that conversation between Fezzey, Hollis and Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon. And we hear additional comments from Tom Izzo and Mark Dantonio. Read more »

WJR's Mike Fezzey (right) Amid the joy of MSU’s return to the Elite 8, there is sadness in the Spartan Family this morning. We lost long time WJR Radio general manager and Huntington Bank executive Mike Fezzey this weekend to a heart attack. Mike was the architect of the partnership that orchestrated MSU’s move to News Talk 760, and a great friend to Michigan State University. He was 58.

MSU Alumni Association Executive Director, Scott Westerman, said,  “To hear MSU Spartans football  and Basketball amplified by WJR’s legendary 50,000 watt voice was a powerful affirmation that our athletic program had grown to become one of the most respected in the nation. We’ll miss this visionary broadcaster.”

In addition to play-by play, Michigan State produces the award winning monthly “MSU Today” for WJR. The program is also heard on WDBM, WKAR and in podcast form at SpartanPodcast.com

Hear Mike Fezzey tell our Russ White how the WJR deal came about in this 2006 Spartan Podcast.

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