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“Our mission is to inform public policy and improve governance in Michigan,” Matt Grossmann tells Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis on MSU Today. Grossmann directs MSU’s Institute for Public Policy and Social Research (IPPSR).

“And we get to cover the issue spectrum and be a part of state politics and policy making and try to connect the university with what’s happening down the road at the state Capitol.”

Spartans Volleyball coach Cathy George and student-athlete Alyssa Garvelink talk with Simon and Hollis about the challenges and opportunities when playing in the nation’s toughest volleyball conference, the Big Ten.

“It’s nuts,” says Garvelink. “Night in and night out we’re playing some of the best teams in the country. It’s so competitive and so much fun.”

We meet the man whose name is on the Spartan Football building. Bob Skandalaris is a 1974 graduate of the MSU Broad College of Business. He’s founded and served as CEO of several private and public companies and established Quantum Ventures of Michigan.

Skandalaris and his family give generously to MSU.

“There aren’t too many places where you can give money back to a cause and see the direct impact it has on the people you most want to help.

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