MSU Today with Russ White

Sundays at 4 p.m. on 94.5 FM and AM 870

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

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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Each month, MSU professors Charles Ballard and Matt Grossmann engage in a lively discussion of Michigan policy and current events.

Grossmann directs MSU’s Institute for Public Policy and Social Research (IPPSR), and he’s a political scientist at MSU. Ballard is an economist at MSU and directs IPPSR’s State of the State survey.


Wharton Center Reveals New Look

Nov 30, 2017
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Mike Brand and Diane Wilcox from Wharton Center join Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis on MSU Today. Brand is executive director, and Wilcox is director of marketing and communications.


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“I do bioenergy research and try to turn biomass into energy to replace fossil fuels,” Phil Robertson, scientific director and sustainability lead for the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, tells Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis.


College Labor Market Remains Strong

Nov 30, 2017
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Employers will face tough competition for talent in the 2017-18 job market, thanks to a seven-year growth streak in the college labor market, according to Michigan State University’s Recruiting Trends, the largest annual survey of employers in the nation.


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The Food@MSU initiative recently held its first Our Table conversation. It took place at Lansing’s Cristo Rey Community Center, and the topic was food access.


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MSU launches partnership for urban agriculture in Detroit

A Detroit neighborhood will host Michigan State University’s first urban food research center, developing solutions to economic and nutritional challenges unique in urban environments.


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Give Green Day is Michigan State University’s participation in the national day of giving,” says Lisa Parker, the MSU Alumni Association’s senior director of alumni engagement and professional initiatives. “It’s an opportunity for alumni and friends to support student-related funds at the university.”


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Bert Cregg is an associate professor of horticulture and forestry at MSU. He’s an expert on real Michigan Christmas trees. Cregg says the Christmas tree industry is an important part of Michigan’s economy.


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Lansing Eastern and MSU alumnus Kaleb Thornhill is the director of player engagement for the NFL’s Miami Dolphins.

“It’s an all-encompassing role with many obligations,” says Thornhill. “I get the opportunity to impact lives, which is what I love.”


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ASMSU President Lorenzo Santavicca tells Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis on MSU Today that he’s grateful that the MSU student body “has placed their trust in me to be their voice at Michigan State University.”


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MSU alumnus Erik Qualman – better known as Equal Man – likes to empower people.

“My mission is to empower 7 billion people this century,” he says. Equal Man does that through edu-tainment.

Qualman relates specific tactics to help one achieve empowerment and be a “superhero.”


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“He was special to Michigan State and special to me,” Tom Izzo says of his mentor Jud Heathcote during his annual conversation with Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis on MSU Today. “He taught me a lot of things. And some things I thought at the time that were crazy I keep saying to my secretary ‘now I know why Jud did that.’”


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Southfield native and MSU alumnus Jonathan Kirkland is playing George Washington in the Chicago production of Hamilton. He recently received a distinguished young alumnus award from his alma mater.


According to acclaimed conservation writer and photographer, Krista Schlyer, the rare, U.S.-Mexico borderlands ecosystems are severely threatened “by the largest waiver of federal laws in U.S. history.”

Schlyer, the keynote speaker for 2017 Geography Awareness Week at Michigan State, says the waivers, legislatively authorized in 2005, apply specifically to border wall construction.  The legislation enables the Dept. of Homeland Security to waive, and essentially eviscerate, over 40 federal laws, including The Endangered Species Act, The Clean Water Act and the Clean Air Act, which would otherwise protect the “fantastic, incredible, unique” biodiversity of the borderlands.


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