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“As we look across the country at the thousands of colleges and universities, there’s a tremendous amount of competition for the best and the brightest,” MSU Admissions Director Jim Cotter tells Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis on MSU Today. “And one of the things that Michigan State does so very well is stress the importance of applying what we learn in the classroom outside the classroom, whether it’s in research or study abroad or whatever the case might be.
“So I think the leg up we have often times as we compete against the other fine institutions in the country is the fact that we really can walk the walk of teaching our students and then asking them to take what they’ve learned and use it in the real world.
“The arts and humanities really saturate everything we do here on campus,” MSU College of Arts & Letters dean Chris Long tells Simon and Hollis on the show’s second segment. Long feels “a 21st century land grant mission is informed by the liberal arts.”
“Ultimately, the important thing from my perspective is how we help students craft a meaningful life for themselves and to put themselves in a position to make a better world and to contribute and put their weight on the side of making the world better.”
Then President Simon and Russ White talk with MSU’s golf coaches. 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. The coaches describe the importance of academic success in their programs, too.