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by Lauren Leffel

It’s the most wonderful time of the year and time to choose the perfect family Christmas tree. With the holiday season now upon us, Greening of the Great Lakes host Kirk Heinze consults Bert Cregg on how to find and care for the right tree and what to do with it once the holidays are over.

Cregg is an associate professor in the Departments of Horticulture and Forestry at Michigan State University and a Christmas tree expert.

Getting (and keeping) the perfect tree
Thanks to a relatively mild winter last year, this year’s trees are looking healthy and promising. For those who will be purchasing a real tree this winter, here are some things Cregg says to think about: it is best to get as fresh a tree as possible by cutting your own, and be sure that the tree is not already losing needles upon purchase. Read more »

In the Field: the MSU Dairy Store

November 24th, 2015

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“We try to make it a fun place where students can kind of get away and come and enjoy themselves” Brooke Pugh, MSU Dairy Store manager, tells Kraig Ehm on In the Field. Alumni from Michigan State University are also frequent customers. “They come in and have conversations with the students, giving them advice and asking how their time is at MSU.”

The Dairy Store employs students, such as student supervisor, Scott Mason. “It’s been a blast. I’ve kind of grown with this place. It’s really cool to see a lot of different types of people who’ve been out the University for awhile, come back, and enjoy their favorite flavors.”

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream on In the Field, a podcast originating from the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Michigan State University.

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Michigan State University’s golf coaches visit with Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and Russ White on MSU Today. Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll coaches the Spartan women, and Casey Lubahn coaches the Spartan men.

They talk about the exciting new team facilities coming to Forest Akers in January and talk about how the players they recruit have changed over the years. The new facility will allow the Spartans to get more of the best Midwest golfers who might otherwise attend a southern school.

“They want opportunity, information and knowledge,” says Lubahn. “Michigan State is in quite a cycle right now where they feel like this is a hot spot for them.”

The family atmosphere in Spartan Athletics is authentic and rare. Read more »

In the Field: Karen Waite

November 12th, 2015

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What peaked your interest in all things equine? “It was probably the public library. I grew up in the city and was not around any horses, but I found some books about horses, and it just never stopped” Karen Waite, Equine Extension Specialist at Michigan State University, tells Kraig Ehm on In The Field.

Karen manages several different social media sites, including her blog outoftheboxstall. “It’s more related to general activity in the horse industry. Some of it connects to my research interests and sports psychology. I guess I blog like other people knit.”

Waite also discusses the Horse Tales Literacy Program, conducted every May at the horse teaching and research center, on In The Field, a podcast originating from the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Michigan State University.

MSU Today on News/Talk 760 WJR

November 5th, 2015

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Joshua Davis
tells Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis about his experience on NBC’s The Voice.

In one of his latest projects, Davis has put his personal touch on the iconic MSU Shadows.

“It’s got such a legacy and it means so much to so many people. It’s a song that has a lot of nostalgia and tugs at the heartstrings. So I wanted to be careful with it and treat it with care, and I wanted to make it more intimate and bring it a little bit more into the present but also maintain a lot of that history because that’s what it’s all about is the legacy and our memories of Michigan State and what they mean to us. So it had to be handled delicately.”

Then President Simon and AD Hollis welcome Tom Izzo to the show for his annual visit.

“I like my team right now,” Izzo says in previewing his 2015/2016 Spartans. “I really have a lot of depth. We have two freshmen who I think are going to help us immediately. We have some veterans who have been here for four years. And we have some guys sprinkled in between.

“Last year we won more on chemistry than on talent. This year I think our talent is better, but I think our chemistry has remained as good. And that’s a good sign.”

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“I had never seen the show before; they had seen some videos of mine and gave me a call a couple weeks before the blind auditions were being filmed. They called me up and asked me if I wanted to be on the show,” Joshua Davis tells Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis about his appearance on NBC’s The Voice. “I said I didn’t know; I better take a look at it first.

“And so we watched it, and we liked it and I felt comfortable with my nine-year-old watching it, which was a big marker for me. The show was a great learning experience, and I met a lot of wonderful people. I was proud to be representing Michigan.” Read more »

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by Lauren Leffel

MSU alumnus Marc Schupan is CEO of Schupan & Sons, Inc. Many know the company through its green recycling bins that are prevalent at sporting venues across the MSU campus. His company maintains a strong relationship with Michigan State University.

“A lot of what we do around the state to promote recycling is because it’s the right thing to do, even if the economics aren’t always there,” Schupan says. “We don’t inherit the Earth, we borrow it from our children,” he says, recalling a favorite quote.

The roots of Schupan & Sons are in industrial recycling, its specialty being aluminum, handling almost 700 plants across Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio. The company also sells plastic and aluminum and creates basic parts for medical, automotive, and office suppliers. In recent years, they have adopted an electronic recycling operation that is growing tremendously. Read more »

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Michigan State University’s 14th and 20th presidents shared the stage at MSU’s Wharton Center for the Performing Arts on November 2, 2015 for a World View Lecture conversation on Dr. Wharton’s 2015 memoir.

Wharton tells Simon he and his wife Dolores made an “unusual step in my life” when he became the first black president of a major U.S. research university when he took the helm at MSU in 1970.

“MSU was the ideal place for us,” says Wharton. “We were under-the-radar pioneers before coming to MSU; then we became public figures overnight.”

Wharton describes dealing with student protests just six weeks after becoming president of MSU. Read more »

In the Field: Chef Don Zimmer

October 29th, 2015

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“The hardest thing about cooking, for anybody, would be time management. There are always a lot of things going on at once” Don Zimmer, professional chef, tells Kraig Ehm on In the Field.

Don’s cooking expertise led him to work with Michigan State University Extension’s Cooking Matters class.

“I think I have close to 30 classes with nutritionists and I’m now helping out with Dining with Diabetes.”

Zimmer also picks and grins about his love of playing the banjo, on In the Field, a podcast originating from the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Michigan State University.

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“The arts and humanities really saturate everything we do here on campus,” MSU College of Arts & Letters dean Chris Long tells Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis on MSU Today. Long feels “a 21st century land grant mission is informed by the liberal arts.”

One of Long’s key goals for the college is to attract the best faculty members he can.

“It’s a challenge to find the person who is a real triple threat who can do the research at a serious level, who can do the teaching with integrity and passion and bring and draw students into the transformative experience that the arts and humanities can be, and then who understands the service mission of the university, too,” Long says. “One of the great things about being at the pioneer land grant university is that we have a commitment to bringing education out into the world and to allowing our work to be informed by the world as it responds to us.” Read more »

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