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.

MSU Today | October 30, 2016

Oct 30, 2016

Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis talk with Tom Izzo and MSU's associate provost for teaching, learning and technology Jeff Grabill.

Simple, affordable and local, the MI Community Solar program recently launched by the Board of Water and Light and Michigan Energy Options allows residents to lease solar panels with no maintenance at a low cost.

In 2008, the state passed a mandate requiring that 10 percent of Michigan energy be generated from renewable resources. Now, Michiganders can help to surpass that goal by contributing to the growth of sustainable utilities.

Mackenzie Mohr

Michigan State University alumni Dan and Jennifer Gilbert recently announced a $15 million donation from their family foundation to impact and elevate student success and one of the nation’s elite basketball programs.  The Gilberts’ gift will support a new addition and renovation of the Breslin Center at MSU that will enhance the fan experience for the more than 500,000 people who attend basketball games and other events there each year.

“What the learning environment of the future is going to look like is going to be enhanced by technologies, but they’re not magic.  They’re not going to make things radically different,” MSU’s associate provost for teaching, learning and technology Jeff Grabill tells Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis on MSU Today.

“It was great to celebrate, and now it’s time to get back to work,” Spartans basketball coach Tom Izzo tells Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis when reflecting on his recent induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.  He says that sharing the honor with his mother was special.

The “unequivocal value” of sustainable urban development was a major “take home” message from Scott Adams, deputy city manager for the City of Las Vegas, who recently visited MSU as a guest of the School of Planning, Design and Construction (SPDC).

In both a speech to SPDC students and faculty and a follow-up interview for Greening of the Great Lakes, Adams underscored the Las Vegas commitment to a green planning ethos.

MSU Today | October 16, 2016

Oct 16, 2016

MSU alumnus Scott Adams is leading a green revolution in Las Vegas as that city’s deputy city manager; Mark Wilson leads MSU’s oldest-in-the-nation Department of Urban and Regional Planning and more on MSU Today. 

“When you look at all the things Michigan can do (to reduce its energy use), reducing energy waste is our cheapest alternative.  It’s our most environmentally protective alternative, and it’s also the thing that helps us with reliability,” Valerie Brader, the executive director of the Michigan Agency for Energy tells Kirk Heinze on Greening of the Great Lakes.

Battel Creek Enquirer

One of the biggest food producing cities in the nation is doing its part to eliminate food waste mobilizing local local industry and the community to develop food-waste solutions.

Battle Creek is home to 37 food companies, including Post Foods, Kellogg Company, ConAgra Foods. Several food resources in the relatively small town, approximately 50,000 people, make Battle Creek the perfect test market, says Bill Schroer, a marketing and management consultant with extensive experience in the food industry.

College Job Market to Continue Torrid Pace

Oct 12, 2016

The hiring of college graduates at all degree levels should be very strong in 2016-17, according to Michigan State University’s Recruiting Trends, the largest annual survey of employers in the nation.  Phil Gardner is the survey’s author and directs MSU’s Collegiate Employment Research Institute.

Urban planning at Michigan State University is the oldest program in the country,” Mark Wilson tells Kirk Heinze on Greening of the Great Lakes.  “We have over 65 years of experience teaching about urban planning.

“It’s a popular major because we find that so many students today are interested in what is going to happen to the cities of the future.  Increasingly there is a theme of sustainability that runs through their interest.”

Russ White, David Cleaves
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“Climate change is the most compelling global issue of this and future centuries,” says David Cleaves, the former climate change advisor to the U.S. Forest Service.  “The relationships between forests and people are being profoundly affected by the changing climate.”

Fort Field

by Kathleen Alexander

Energy efficiency, lower costs and spectator experience were all factors that led Ford Field to make plans for a greener future. From recycled water to LED lighting, new initiatives at the Detroit Lions stadium should make everyone a fan.

by Kathleen Alexander

Consumers Energy is responding to its customers’ interest in renewable energy with their Solar Gardens project and Green Generation program.

“Right now about 10 percent of the energy our customers use comes from renewables,” says Tim Sparks, Consumers Energy vice president of energy supply operations.

MSU Today | September 25, 2016

Sep 25, 2016

MSU Turfgrass guru Kevin Frank offers his Fall lawn care tips.  Jack Ebling and Joe Rexrode with their new book "The Perfect :10." All the details on MSU Homecoming 2016, too, and an encore presentation of Kirk Heinze's conversation with Charles Fishman on lessons learned from the Flint water crisis.