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“I think sometimes people need a purpose for connecting,” and so coming back for Homecoming is a way for alumni to experience the “energy and excitement about the campus – a way of, as one alum told me, seeing how the old neighborhood had redeveloped itself into something pretty spectacular, and that’s a sense you can’t get if you don’t roam around the campus and think about your memories in the context of today,” Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon tells Russ White on MSU Today.

President Simon talks about celebrating 50 years of cyclotron activity at MSU “MSU’s preeminence in nuclear physics over a long period of time.”

MSU’s Empower Extraordinary campaign recently reached the $1 billion mark, and “talent is the top priority” of the campaign. Endowed positions and new facilities are campaign priorities, too.

President Simon recently helped Amazon celebrate the expansion of its footprint in Detroit. And she’s bullish on the continuing renaissance of the Motor City.

She adds that MSU’s Energy Transition Plan is evolving into more of an energy strategy.

“The Energy Transition Plan had a narrow focus about how we move to more renewables. Now we have a much more robust energy strategy of which renewables and our carbon footprint are a part, along with reliability and cost. Because it’s no good to be able to say we’re more green without it being reliable and cost effective.”

President Simon talks about Provost Youatt “leading some very interesting conversations on Neighborhoods 2.0,” more visibility for MSU’s path-breaking STEM-related work, and the January 2016 opening of the Bio-Engineering Building.

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