MSU Today with Russ White

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

Michigan State University alumna and entrepreneur Kerry Ann Rockquemore is founding CEO of the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity. Based in Detroit, it’s an independent professional development, training, and mentoring organization for diverse faculty members, postdocs, and graduate students around the United States.


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On February 4 when millions will be watching the New England Patriots play the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII, Bob Kolt and his colleagues will be paying closer attention to the commercials inside the game than to the game itself.


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June Pierce Youatt is the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at MSU. She is the university’s chief academic officer providing leadership for matters that affect academic programs, research, and outreach involving faculty, students, and staff. One of her current projects is developing an arts strategy. She believes the arts and humanities are an integral part of the student experience at MSU.


“There’s never been a bigger show if you’re a fan of new pickup trucks,” Detroit Free Press automotive critic Mark Phelan tells Kirk Heinze about the 2018 North American International Auto Show. “We have new ones from Chevy, RAM, and the rebirth of the Ford Ranger. We have production and concept SUVs coming out of our ears, too, because that’s the direction the market is moving toward.


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Each month, MSU professors Charles Ballard and Matt Grossmann engage in a lively discussion of Michigan policy and current events. This Month on State of the State: k-12 education finance and policy with guest Kristi Bowman.


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Despite the projected continuation of lower commodity prices for farmers, Jim and Dianne Byrum remain very optimistic about the agricultural sector, especially in Michigan.

Jim, president of the Michigan Agri-Business Association, and Dianne, partner and co-founder of Byrum and Fisk Advocacy Communications, recently joined me to discuss several  key agricultural issues that will be front and center in 2018.


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MSU alumnus Mike King is regional vice president for Gray Television and general manager of WILX-TV 10 in Lansing.

King recalls the limited options of the television world in the early 80’s when he entered the business and how the content options for consumers have exploded. “The content is still important,” says King. “The platform has really become more agnostic to us.”


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More mental health providers may want to take a closer look at including exercise in their patients’ treatment plans, a new study suggests.

Michigan State University and University of Michigan researchers asked 295 patients receiving treatment at a mental health clinic whether they wanted to be more physically active and if exercise helped improve their mood and anxiety. They also asked if patients wanted their therapist to help them become more active.


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My first hero in a lifelong love affair with the radio medium was the legendary Dick Purtan, who tells me how he first began visiting Detroit with his father when he was a child. And he recalls fondly his days at the famous Keener 13, his first stop in Detroit radio.


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Terrie Taylor, B.A., D.O., is an internationally recognized expert on malaria and other tropical diseases. Six months of the year, Taylor works in Malawi, Africa conducting research and treating patients. She is a driving force in the global initiative to eliminate malaria deaths.


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Detroit Tigers radio play-by-play man Dan Dickerson visits with Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis on this segment of MSU Today.


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“Our football team came ready to play throughout the season, but I think the preparation started back in January to reestablish ourselves, our program, and our culture,” Spartans head football coach Mark Dantonio tells Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis on MSU Today.


The Spartan Football team is headed to the December 28 Holiday Bowl in San Diego California to play Washington State.

“When I think about the Florida bowls that some people have been bugged about, it’s ‘been there-won that,’” says Scott Westerman, who leads the Michigan State University Alumni Association. “We’ve been to the Citrus Bowl. We’ve been to the Outback Bowl. We have not been to San Diego since the Carrier Classic. We’re calling it East Lansing West.”


Conservation Visions

For internationally renowned conservationist Shane Mahoney, “the beauty of conservation is that every individual can make a contribution.”

Mahoney, founder and president of Conservation Visions, was recently on the MSU campus to deliver the annual Boone & Crockett Lecture, hosted by the MSU Department of Fisheries and Wildlife.  I spoke with him a few hours ahead of his talk, “Conservation Matters: The Secrets of Leadership,” during which he drove home the importance of a personal commitment to a conservation ethos.


Part art gallery, part science lab, part theater, Michigan State University is launching an initiative to ignite a passion for science, technology, engineering, art and math in Detroit’s young adults.


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