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.

“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.


USA Today

“Eastern Michigan University alumnus and USA Today business writer Nathan Bomey has been very, very busy of late covering the North American International Auto Show, implications for American business as we transition to a new regime  in Washington, the on-going saga of the Volkswagen settlement—and more,” says Kirk Heinze.


“In December, Gov. Snyder signed some very important energy legislation that not only represented a paradigm in what compromise can accomplish, but seems to have been very well received by virtually all parties involved, from the utilities to environmental groups,” says Greening of the Great Lakes host Kirk Heinze.  He welcomes Michigan Public Service Commission chair Sally Talberg to the show.


MSU Today | January 29, 2017

Jan 29, 2017

Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis talk with emerging Spartan football leaders for 2017 Brian Allen and Chris Frey.  And we learn all about the brand new WKAR PBS KIDS 24/7 channel, and we get the details on the 2017 Michigan Battle of the Buildings.


Spartan Football players Brian Allen and Chris Frey talk with Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis on MSU Today.


MSU Today | January 22, 2017

Jan 22, 2017

Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis talk with WKAR Public Media director of Broadcasting Susi Elkins and with new MSU College of Social Science dean Rachel Croson.


“I think the most unique part about Michigan State is the simultaneous commitment to the idea of research and educational excellence and the land-grant world-grant mission,” new MSU College of Social Science dean Rachel Croson tells Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis on MSU Today.  “That is something I have not seen at my previous institutions, either public or private.


WKAR Public Media has launched a new, free, localized 24/7 children’s service – WKAR’s latest initiative to support early learning in the community.  WKAR will broadcast PBS KIDS shows 24 hours a day on an additional television channel called WKAR PBS KIDS, making it easy for local children to watch their favorite series during primetime and after-school hours when viewing among families is high.


MSU Today | January 15, 2017

Jan 16, 2017
Detroit Free Press

Detroit Free Press auto critic Mark Phelan previews the 2017 North American International Auto Show; Michigan Environmental Council policy director James Clift looks at sustainability-related issues facing Michigan in the new year; Jennifer Orlando and Ignacio Andrade discuss MSU's Martin Luther King Day celebration plans.


WKAR Public Media has launched a new, free, localized 24/7 children’s service – WKAR’s latest initiative to support early learning in the community. | Watch the celebration event here.


“Governor Snyder is taking the long view and starting to put the building blocks in place for the conversation that we need to have around infrastructure, whether that be roads and bridges or water and sewer systems or our energy infrastructure,” says Dan Scripps.  “It’s really all one piece, and I commend the governor for taking a comprehensive view on all of this.”


“After all this discussion of do we repeal things or do we go backwards, we took steps forward, and we think that’s very positive,” Michigan Environmental Council policy director James Clift tells Kirk Heinze on Greening of the Great Lakes when discussing Michigan’s new energy legislation. 


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