MSU Today with Russ White

Sundays at 4 p.m. on 105.1 FM and AM 870 and 7 p.m. on AM 760 WJR

MSU Today is a lively look at MSU-related people, places, events and attitudes put into focus by Russ White. 

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The College of Arts and Letters at MSU is a very special place,” says Dean Christopher Long. “We try to live out the core purpose of the land grant mission to put the liberal arts at the center of that mission and to enable the research and education that happens at the university to be more holistic, more meaningful, and oriented toward the broader commitments to create a just and meaningful world.”


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Michigan State University Director of Admissions Jim Cotter joins me on MSU Today to talk about MSU’s incoming class in the fall of 2018. “It’s absolutely historic. It’s a difference-making group,” he says.

Cotter also talks about MSU going to the Common Application and describes the declining demographic of college-age citizens in Michigan and across the county and discusses how MSU is adapting to this challenge.


Interim Michigan State University President John Engler talks about what he feels he has accomplished in his time leading MSU, what he wants alumni to know that they may not be hearing, what he hears most from faculty, students and alumni, MSU's new two-year budget, the search for a permanent president, what alumni who want to help can do, and more.

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New research into a genetic mutation’s role in breast cancer could open new treatment options for an even more deadly disease, a Michigan State University scientist said Friday June 22 at the MSU Board of Trustees meeting.

“We sequenced the whole genome of tumor samples and found a driving mutation that has previously not been recognized as important,” said Eran Andrechek, a College of Human Medicine physiology professor.

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Renowned Michigan State University journalism professor Steve Lacy is retiring. He joins me on MSU Today to talk about the state and future of this important field. Revenue is a key challenge, he says. And we all need to become more media literate in order for journalism to work better for all of us.


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David Chupak is the new Director of Youth Programs at MSU, with responsibility for overseeing over 127 MSU Youth Programs that serve over 60,000 youth each year. He joins me to talk about MSU’s many ongoing efforts to protect minors in our care through our youth programs, visits to campus and facilities, and even youth employment.


Eileen Gianodis

Ron Hendrick is dean of Michigan State University’s renowned College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. He’s a two-time graduate of the college, and he grew up in Jackson, Mich.

“But I didn’t come back out of a sense of sentiment,” he says on MSU Today. “I came back because of the opportunities I saw in the college and the university. We are a world leader in what we do related to food, agriculture and natural resources.”


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Michigan State University is opening an award-winning global art and science initiative in Detroit on June 16 with a theme that pays homage to the city’s reputation and residents: HUSTLE.


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Michigan consumers are basking in the warmth of a strong economy, but just slightly warmer toward their top elected leaders, results from a new Michigan State University State of the State Survey indicate.

Of those taking part in the latest survey, more than half – 60.9 percent -- declared their financial circumstances good or excellent.
 


Katie Nicpon

“The mission of Michigan State University Extension in a nutshell is to take the science and expertise that exists at a great land grant university like MSU out to communities all over the state,” says Jeff Dwyer. “We’re really about helping individuals, families and communities become healthier in all the ways they might need our assistance.”

Dwyer is the director of MSU Extension and the senior associate dean of outreach and engagement for the MSU College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.


MSU College of Engineering

“The mission of the College of Engineering really hasn’t changed since its founding over 100 years ago,” says Leo Kempel, dean of Michigan State University’s College of Engineering. “Its role is to convert an 18-year-old right out of high school into a professional of tomorrow.

“We think of ourselves as the people who convert a student into a technical innovator of tomorrow.”


Roger Cargill

Kirk Heinze and I were on hand for the 36th annual Michigan Recycling Coalition (MRC) and Michigan Department of Environmental Quality State of Recycling conferences in Kalamazoo recently. Several recycling leaders in both the private and public sectors discussed the opportunities and challenges the industry is facing.

Leading off was Bill Gurn, manager of facilities and operations maintenance at Holland-based Haworth. Gurn, an industry icon who has helped pioneer “zero landfill,” is stepping down after an11-year tenure as MRC chair.


College of Communication Arts & Sciences - Michigan State University

“In our very title you see arts and sciences as being integral to communications,” Prabu David says on MSU Today. David is dean of MSU’s College of Communication Arts and Sciences.


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“Our mission within the university is that we’re the hub of a lot of the food, agriculture, and natural resources research that goes on at MSU,” Doug Buhler tells Kirk Heinze on MSU Today. “Our job is to help a lot of bright, motivated faculty address key research needs for Michigan and beyond.” 

Buhler is assistant vice president for research and graduate studies at MSU and director of MSU AgBioResearch.


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Governor Snyder continues to lead efforts to update Michigan solid waste policy and provide funding for initiatives to triple Michigan’s recycling rate.

To underscore and further support those efforts, the 36th Annual Michigan Recycling Coalition and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality State of Recycling conferences kick off May 15 in Kalamazoo.


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