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Robin Usborne is a communications manager in the Department of Entomology at Michigan State University. Robin is also the owner of East of Eden vineyard in Beulah, Michigan. She graduated from Michigan State University, with a degree in agriculture and natural resources communication. She has been involved in agriculture all of her life.

“My father is a second or third generation farmer. We have relatives who’ve been involved in agriculture. I’ve worked on dairy farms with my cousins. I remember helping my dad with the calves. That’s kind of what I have always been interested in.”

Usborne was excited when she received her acceptance letter to MSU. “When I got my letter that says ‘Congratulations, you are a Spartan,’ I said okay—that’s the only place I want to go.”

After graduation and years of working in industry, in 2004, Robin decided to return to her alma mater and signed up for the Ag Technology program of viticulture and enology.

“My kids were saying, ‘Mom, don’t try to get straight A’s, because all of the other kids will be mad at you. You’ll blow the curve,” said Usborne. And did she? “Yes, I did,” replied Robin. And that led to a love of wine and owning her own vineyard.

As for Robin’s ehmpression of MSU—“I love MSU. If you don’t know what you want to be, there is plenty of opportunity here to learn what you want to be.”

Ehmpressions of MSU is a podcast devoted to all things Michigan State University produced by Kraig Ehm.

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