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WKAR Public Media’s digital news director Reginald Hardwick was born in Vietnam “and was one of the Amerasian children left in an orphanage” and then adopted by a family in Colorado when he was three months old. He has family ties to Michigan, though, and always remembers his family being voracious news consumers.

“I caught the journalism bug in junior high,” he says. And he worked for 17 years before coming to WKAR as a producer and manager at the NBC TV affiliate in Dallas. Hardwick became attracted to the storytelling style of public broadcasting and welcomed the opportunity to join WKAR and return to Michigan. Now he’s working to merge his fast-paced TV news background with the iconic public radio style to produce more local news programming. This is leading to more local news content during WKAR’s flagship NPR news programs Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

It’s no accident that “digital” is the first word in Hardwick’s title. “It’s crucial for journalists to be in all spaces these days. With social media, people are demanding to know more about the news right away as well as hear the stories on our air.” Read more »

 

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A team of MSU luminaries will gather at a unique fundraiser that unites the Spartan Nation in raising $1 million to fight Parkinson’s disease—or, as Kirk Gibson has nicknamed it, “Parky.” The Gibby & Friends vs. Parky pregame tailgate will be hosted in MSU’s Kellogg Center at 4:00 this Saturday September 23, four hours before the Notre Dame football game that kicks off at 8:00 that evening. On that same day Gibson will be on campus as MSU will honor his accomplishments by retiring his football jersey at halftime of the game.

Gibby talks about the event with Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon, Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis, and MSU alumnus Peter Secchia, who is spearheading the effort and helping to organize the event.

Greg Ianni is MSU’s deputy athletic director and oversees facilities and sports management. He joins Simon and Hollis on MSU Today to update progress on some of the construction projects currently underway on campus.

 

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Leo Pasch and Brian Devine are Farm Lane Society members and participants in the Michigan State University College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Alumni Association Golfing For Scholarships annual best ball scramble.

Leo Pasch, a past board member of the CANR, grew up on a dairy farm. “I grew up on a dairy farm in Beal City, Michigan, says Pasch. “When I came to Michigan State, I wanted to stay with agriculture. I went into ag education to be a teacher.”

Years later, Pasch is the vice president of risk asset at Greenstone Farm Credit Services. “I work in the credit department to help farmers to try to work through tough situations, help them out with their credit needs—try to help them be successful.” Read more »

 

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Michigan State University has set its budget and tuition rates for the new fiscal year.

“It’s always a difficult time when you do budgets because there’s a balancing act that needs to occur,” says Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon. “Tuition is always a difficult challenge.”

Michigan State’s new “Go Green, Go 15” campaign urges students to take an average of 15 credits per semester or complete 30 credits in their first year of study by taking summer classes. Universities have found early momentum yields higher graduation rates, less time and cost to attain a degree, and higher grade-point averages. Read more »

 

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Developments in energy generation, transmission, use and conservation are increasingly in the news, and the folks at DTE Energy are more than willing to share programs and initiatives in all things energy.

Russ and I recently ventured to DTE’s downtown Detroit headquarters to talk with leading executives about our energy portfolio, infrastructure, efficiency and conservation. DTE Energy’s operating units include an electric utility serving 2.2 million customers in Southeastern Michigan and a natural gas utility serving 1.3 million customers in Michigan.

Last month DTE Energy announced a broad sustainability initiative that will reduce the company’s carbon emissions by more than 80 percent by 2050. This reduction and 2050 timeframe align with the target scientists broadly have identified as necessary to help address climate change. Read more »

 

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“Supply chain, particularly from a Michigan State perspective, means the end to end movement of product from the raw material from a mine or the ocean, through all the production processes, and to the consumer,” Professor David Closs tells Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis on MSU Today. “So we view it all as a very end to end process and try to manage that to meet the needs of the consumer and at the same time keeping cost and waste down.”

This MSU ethos “is what companies tell us differentiates MSU students. They understand end to end and they can communicate well to the executives.” Read more »

 

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John French is the curator at the Moist Towelette Museum, plays a mean ukulele, and is also the planetarium production coordinator at the Abrams Planetarium at Michigan State University.

How exactly did John come up with the idea for a Moist Towelette Museum? While working at a planetarium, John would joke that the program was so good, that he needed a moist towelette. “Years later, I was starting to collect the moist towelettes. My original idea was that I wanted to be one of the first people to have a moist towelette collection on the internet, because the internet was pretty new at that time.”

Fast-forward several years, and after fellow planetarium workers donated moist towelettes to John–voila! The creation of the Moist Towelette Museum. Read more »

 

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A team of MSU luminaries will gather at a unique fundraiser that unites the Spartan Nation in raising $1 million to fight Parkinson’s disease—or, as Kirk Gibson has nicknamed it, “Parky.” The Gibby & Friends vs. Parky pregame tailgate will be hosted in MSU’s Kellogg Center at 4:00 this Saturday September 23, four hours before the Notre Dame football game that kicks off at 8:00 that evening. On that same day Gibson will be on campus as MSU will honor his accomplishments by retiring his football jersey at halftime of the game.

Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon, Spartans Athletics Director Mark Hollis, head coaches Tom Izzo, Mark Dantonio, and Jake Boss Jr., along with Detroit Tigers legend Alan Trammell, football hall of famer Morten Andersen, and a growing roster of special guests will also stand together to unite forces against this formidable challenge.

MSU alumnus Peter Secchia is spearheading the effort and helping to organize the event.

Gibson was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2015 and in 2016 made a decision to go public with his journey. Read more »

 

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Greg Ianni is MSU’s deputy athletic director and oversees facilities and sports management. He joins Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis on MSU Today to update progress on some of the construction projects currently underway on campus.

“The north and south end zone projects are a byproduct of an audit Homeland Security produced for us about five years ago,” Ianni says. “We’re adding restrooms and expanding the gates on the south end now to provide a more comfortable environment for people to get in and out of the stadium securely and safely.”

Ianni says the Hall of History will “really become a front door for the Breslin Center. We’re doing something there that’s never been done nationally with the technology we’re using. Read more »

 

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A frequent and favorite guest on Greening of the Great Lakes is Dr. Jeff Andresen, state climatologist for Michigan and professor in MSU’s Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences.

In our most recent conversation, we covered the water front on issues related to climate and weather—including two of Andresen’s major worries: 1) rising sea levels and how they are already affecting coastal communities and 2) potential draconian cuts to federal support for “essential” climate-related research and what those reductions would mean to institutions like Michigan State. Read more »

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