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“Every NCAA institution is required to have a faculty athletic representative, someone who serves as the linkage between athletics and academics,” Sue Carter tells Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis on MSU Today. “My role involves guarding the institutions academic integrity. I’m the eyes and ears, and students really matter to me.”

Carter is MSU’s faculty athletic representative to the Big Ten and NCAA, and she’s a professor of journalism at the university. She describes some of her duties and activities in both of these roles.

MSU alumnus Norman J. Beauchamp Jr, MD, MHS, became dean of the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine in October 2016.

“I feel really fortunate to be back. One of the things that was really inspiring to me was that as a land grant college, MSU believes that everybody has the ability and deserves the opportunity to give back,” Beauchamp tells Simon and Hollis. “MSU was transformational for me as a student, and the privilege to come back and help create opportunities for others was really inspiring. So I’m glad to be back.”

MSU women’s basketball coach Suzy Merchant joins Simon and Hollis for their annual conversation on MSU Today.

“This upcoming season we’re going to be really talented,” says Merchant. “I know people are worried about us losing back-to-back draft picks, especially Tori, but we had a kid sitting out who was a transfer from South Carolina who’s probably the best defender I’ve ever coached and unbelievably athletic. She’s going to be a difference maker, and we have everybody back.

“And then we signed a really talented kid who was a McDonalds All American. I think we’re going to be really good. We’ll be deeper and more athletic and able to do more things. The key will be that the coach doesn’t screw them up,” she quips.

Michigan United States Senator Debbie Stabenow tells Russ White she’s a proud Michigan State University alumna.

“MSU exposed me to all kinds of people from all kinds of backgrounds and really broadened my view of the world and gave me so many opportunities to learn so many different things. It really was the beginning of a journey of curiosity for me about learning.”

“In my role as a United States Senator, I’m extremely proud of the research and international role MSU plays around the world, and Michigan State has an incredible reputation as a premier agriculture and research institution.”

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