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“MSU established the packaging education program in 1952, the first university-based packaging education program in the world,” Susan Selke, professor of packaging at MSU and director of MSU’s School of Packaging tells Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis. “So MSU can lay claim to establishing packaging as an academic discipline.

“We feel a responsibility to continue to advance the science and technology of packaging.”

“I don’t know that I would recommend for someone to go into journalism today,” Mitch Albom tells Simon and Hollis in an encore presentation of their 2011 conversation. “I can’t say that I’m thrilled with the state of journalism, and I worry for its future.

“Too much of what’s going on in journalism today is being done by people in their basements, who never have to actually speak to or encounter the people they’re writing about. ”

Albom reflects on the impact his college professor Morrie Schwartz had on him, which led to his worldwide bestseller Tuesdays with Morrie.

“Morrie used to say that ‘taking makes me feel like I’m dying while giving makes me feel like I’m living’,” says Albom. “American society today places more than enough emphasis on self and celebrating one’s self. I’ve seen the end of life and and spent time with people who are dying and can tell you that the loneliest people are the ones who spent all their time celebrating themselves and the people who feel the most content are the ones who are surrounded by people.

“It’s going to be what you do for other people in the end that is going to make a happy life.”

Michigan State University alumna Susan Goldberg is the first woman to serve as editor in chief of National Geographic magazine.

“We get to handle the most fascinating content in the entire world.”

Goldberg says the field of journalism “has undergone enormous change over the last 20 years. Everything about how we gather and disseminate information has changed, but also the business model that supports our journalism has been very much affected in a negative way. And it is only just now starting to get rebuilt as we figure out how to monetize our content on digital platforms.”

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