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.

The proliferation of sub-divisions and multi-acre country homes in the 1980s and 1990s came at the expense of large tracts of rural farmland and open spaces property says Stacy Byers, program director of the Ingham County (MI) Farmland and Open Spaces Preservation Board (FOSP).


“We’re about environmental education, action and advocacy,” says Mary Robinson, director of development for the Grand Rapids-based West Michigan Environmental Action Council (WMEAC). “We’ve been around for 49 years and have been involved in some of the biggest environmental advocacy movements from saving the dunes to the bottle bill to helping put together the EPA.”


MSU Today | March 5, 2017

Mar 5, 2017

Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis talk with Institute for Public Policy and Social Research Director Matt Grossmann, and they serve up a conversation on Spartan Volleyball. And Kirk Heinze talks with Jennifer McKay from the Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council.


“The Governor’s Michigan Pipeline Safety Advisory Board is awaiting two very important reports related to Enbridge’s very controversial Pipeline #5 in the Straits of Mackinac,” says Kirk Heinze on Greening of the Great Lakes. “But a recent Enbridge work plan has raised additional concerns about the pipeline’s integrity.”


MSU Today | February 26, 2017

Feb 26, 2017

Kirk Heinze broadcasts Greening of the Great Lakes from the Michigan's Drive Toward Autonomous Vehicles forum sponsored by Michigan State University's Institute for Public Policy and Social Research (IPPSR).  All about the 2017 Governor's Energy Excellence Awards, too, and a profile of Schupan & Sons CEO Marc Schupan.


“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).


Spartans Volleyball coach Cathy George and student-athlete Alyssa Garvelink talk with Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis about the challenges and opportunities when playing in the nation’s toughest volleyball conference, the Big Ten.


MSU Today | February 19, 2017

Feb 19, 2017

Russ White talks with Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon. Kirk Heinze talks with the chair of the Michigan Public Service Commission Sally Talberg and with the director of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Jamie Clover Adams.


Governor Snyder’s recently released 21st Century Infrastructure Commission’s report confirmed, in spades, what many of us already knew; Michigan’s transportation, water, energy and communications infrastructure is in very bad shape.  The report validated and underscored Michigan’s “D” infrastructure grade on the 2009 American Society of Civil Engineers’ report card—one of the lowest grades among states evaluated.  


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“Our mission is to inform state public policy and improve governance in Michigan, and a forum like this one is part of our broader mission to connect the university with the Capitol downtown,” Matt Grossmann tells Kirk Heinze on Greening of the Great Lakes from the February 15 "Michigan's Drive toward Autonomous Vehicles" forum held by the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research (IPPSR) at Michigan State University.


Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development director Jamie Clover Adams joins Kirk Heinze on Greening of the Great Lakes to examine the recently released 21st Century Infrastructure Commission Report from an agriculture and rural development perspective.


“Recently Consumers Energy installed a smart meter on my home, and I’ve been learning firsthand about how it gives me more information about – and greater control of – my home energy use,” Kirk Heinze says on Greening of the Great Lakes as he welcomes the company’s outreach coordinator for the Smart Energy program Kathryn Burkholder to the show.


MSU Today | February 12, 2017

Feb 12, 2017

Kirk Heinze talks about a variety of sustainability-related topics with USA Today business writer Nathan Bomey.  Adam Ingrao on efforts to expose veterans to the healing powers of agriculture.  Jeff Dwyer and Suzanne Pish of MSU Extension on managing farm stress. All about the March 4 Quiet Water Symposium.


Michigan State University is 162 years old, having been founded on February 12, 1855.  Founders Day is a time that has MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon reflecting on the state of Michigan State.


Adam Ingrao is a doctoral student in the Department of Entomology at Michigan State University, an Army veteran, and also a national leader in connecting veterans like himself to careers in agriculture.  Ingrao tells Kirk Heinze on Greening of the Great Lakes about his passion for educating veterans about agricultural careers.  Most veterans, much like the general public, have very little understanding of the agricultural enterprise.


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