MSU Today with Russ White

Sundays at 4 p.m. on AM 870

MSU Today is a lively look at MSU-related people, places, events and attitudes put into focus by Russ White.  Conversations with Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis are featured, too.  And Dr. Kirk Heinze shares his sustainability-focused Greening of the Great Lakes conversations.  MSU Alumni Association leader Scott Westerman shares his observations on living the Spartan Life.

Spartans Baseball Coach Jake Boss joins Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis for the trio’s annual MSU Today conversation.

Boss says he’s proud of the young men he’s developing in the MSU baseball program.  And he details the 2017 First Pitch Dinner.  The 12th annual event will take place on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017 at the Kellogg Center in East Lansing.

MSU men’s tennis coach Gene Orlando is bullish on the future of his sport.

“The evolution of the equipment and the pace of the game are stronger, and the players are more athletic.  The game keeps getting better and stronger,” Orlando tells Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis on MSU Today.

MSU Today | November 27, 2016

Nov 27, 2016
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Holiday food safety tips and eating trends; selecting, caring for, and properly disposing of your real Michigan Christmas tree; the MSU Shadows project turning downed trees into furniture and works of art; why endowed chairs and professorships are so important to MSU’s future.

Fraser fir, Scotch Pine, Blue Spruce and White Spruce are just a few of the tree varieties grown in Michigan and shipped across the Midwest, Texas and Florida each holiday season says MSU Christmas tree expert, Dr. Bert Cregg.  “And harvests start as early as late October.”

Cregg, a professor in the Departments of Horticulture and Forestry at Michigan State University, talks with Greening of the Great Lakes host, Kirk Heinze.

“There’s an authenticity about MSU that I haven’t felt other places I’ve been,” Ron Hendrick tells Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis on MSU Today.  Hendrick is an alumnus and has returned to his alma mater to be dean of MSU’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

“Clearly the campus has undergone a lot of transformations, but it’s good to see the core values that make the place so special the same.”

MSU Today | November 13, 2016

Nov 13, 2016

A pro-trade conversation with two Michigan agriculture leaders; Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis talk with the new dean of MSU College of Law Larry Ponoroff; a heating and cooling expert offers home energy efficiency tips for the winter; Scott Westerman shares his Career Quick Reference.

Every family has their holiday traditions, and with the growing amount of foodborne illnesses each year, it’s important to take food safety into consideration while preparing festive meals.

Michigan State University Extension food safety educator, Joyce McGarry, leads the food safety education efforts at MSU Extension. By sharing knowledge about how consumers can properly cook, store and save foods, she hopes fewer individuals will get sick from bad bacterias.

The Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council (EIBC) recognized three companies and three individuals, including two state lawmakers, for their contributions to growing Michigan’s clean energy economy at the annual Energy Innovators Gala Thursday, November 10.

Greening of the Great Lakes was on hand to talk with event organizers and honorees.

“When you look at our endowed chairs and professors, you’ll see they really represent some of the finest scholars, researchers and scientists, not just in the country, but really internationally,” says MSU Provost June Pierce Youatt.  “The endowment piece of this is very important to these individuals.  It’s the well-deserved title and recognition, but the endowment and unrestricted funds to pursue work becomes very important for these innovative people.”

With below freezing temperatures on the horizon, Lou Blessing, owner of the Blessing Company, a plumbing, heating and cooling services business, shares eight steps homeowners can take to prepare for winter.

Lawrence Ponoroff is the new dean of the MSU College of Law.  He joins Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis on MSU Today.

“What really attracted me to this position is its uniqueness in that, in many ways, this is a brand new law school,” says Ponoroff.  “And that presents the potential for a lot of opportunities.  I think we’ve only begun to scratch the surface in terms of really leveraging the MSU brand.

MSU Today | November 6, 2016

Nov 6, 2016

All about Geography Awareness Week at MSU, a conversation with MSU College of Engineering dean Leo Kempel, careers for women in the energy industry, Dan and Jennifer Gilberts’ gift to MSU, and a Scott Westerman commentary on living the Spartan Life.

MSU’s annual Geography Awareness Week is November 13 through 19.  The department’s name has been updated to the Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences.

“The new name lets people know up front that geographers work with aspects of the environment of all kinds, and we think about spatial relationships and how they interact with one another,” says department chair Al Arbogast.

Diverse thinking and innovation can solve energy problems, says Liesl Clark, principal and co-founder of 5 Lakes Energy, a public policy consulting firm for clean energy and sustainability.

Clark talks with Kirk Heinze on Greening of the Great Lakes about an upcoming celebration of energy innovators and her work supporting careers for women in the energy sector.

The MSU College of Engineering recently announced a $5 million commitment for endowed scholarships from an anonymous donor.

“This donor received scholarship help when he was a student and wants to pay that spirit forward by making it possible for many more students to get that same help that he got of making sure they have the financial wherewithal to complete the journey of becoming a Spartan engineer,” says Leo Kempel, dean of the college, about what he calls a transformational gift to the college.