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. 

MSU Establishes Foglio Chair of Spirituality

Apr 13, 2018
Russ White

Michigan State University is establishing the Foglio Chair of Spirituality in its College of Arts and Letters.

The Foglio Chair is named to honor Father Jake Foglio, an alumnus and Roman Catholic priest still in active ministry after more than 50 years of service to the MSU community through St. Johns Student Parish, 11 years on the faculty, and as an invaluable spiritual advisor for countless student-athletes and coaches. 

Last year was one of the worst years for the invasive pest known as the stink bug, and this year is going to be even worse, according to Michigan State University Entomologist Howard Russell, aka MSU’s Bugman.

“The one people are complaining about now is the brown marmorated stink bug, says Russell. “It showed up in Michigan for the first time around 2010. It was first found in southwest Michigan and ever since has been spreading throughout the Lower Peninsula.”


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Kevin Frank is an associate professor in Michigan State University’s renowned Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences, and he’s an Extension turf specialist.

“In general, we had more of a predictable winter,” Frank says. “Overall, I don’t think winter did any lasting damage to turf. The record February flooding may have caused some issues on some golf courses locally. But for home lawns in general, winter’s impact hasn’t been significant.”


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Michigan State University scholars Matt Grossmann, Charles Ballard, and Arnold Weinfeld continue their analysis of the most recent State of the State Survey results. In this second part of the conversation, the group focuses on Michigan residents’ views of the governor’s race and ballot propositions.


Food waste was the topic of discussion when Michigan State University (MSU) hosted its second “Our Table” event on Wednesday, March 21.

Food@MSU is a campus-wide initiative to foster dialogue, listen to consumers, and help all of us make more informed choices about what we eat,” says Sheril Kirshenbaum, who moderates the Our Table conversations. “Our Table is a series of roundtable discussions on a variety of topics like food access and food waste.”


Multiple Screen Use Affects Snack Choices

Mar 21, 2018
Kurt Stepnitz

Using multiple screen devices simultaneously while snacking may influence food choices, according to a new Michigan State University study.

Specifically, when people engage in media multitasking that makes them feel good, they're more prone to eat healthy, says Anastasia Kononova, assistant professor in the Department of Advertising and Public Relations, who led the study.
 


MSU alumnus Scott Moore is the voice of Michigan State University hockey and baseball for the Spartan Sports Network. This past hockey season, Moore called his 1,000th game for SSN.

“It’s been a dream come true, and it’s been a joy for me to be able to do this,” says Moore. “I tell people that if you love what you do, you never work a day in your life. And I have yet to work in the last 26 years.”


Anthony Cepak

Christine Greenhow is associate professor in Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Special Education at MSU’s renowned College of Education.

“We have outstanding students and faculty and faculty who are really pushing the boundaries of knowledge,” says Greenhow. “We’re always trying to get better at teaching and learning and get students more engaged in whatever it is we’re trying to teach them. We’re doing a lot of interesting things with technology.”


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Susi Elkins is director of broadcasting and general manager of WKAR Public Media at Michigan State University. She was named to her current position in March of 2017.

“I’ve really spent the year trying to listen and learn as much as I can and help that shape our future and where we’re headed,” says Elkins.


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Michigan residents were more upbeat about the economy this winter than about their elected leaders in Michigan State University’s latest State of the State Survey (SOSS), released February 23.
 


Derrick L. Turner

In keeping with his promise to make health care at Michigan State University a national model for quality and safety, Interim President John Engler has announced a new structure for the university’s health colleges, clinical practice and student wellness programs, including two leadership appointments.


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Lori Strom is Lifespan and Family Services Coordinator at the MSU WorkLife Office. She presented a session titled Surviving and Thriving as an Elder Caregiver at the Broad College of Business Executive Development Program’s Business and Bagels series.

Strom’s talk addressed the wellness concerns of working caregivers and their elder loved ones.  The presentation explored caregivers’ needs for healthy living and resources to balance their work, life and caregiving responsibilities.


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MSU alumnus Glenn Stevens is executive director of Mich Auto and vice president of automotive and mobility initiatives for the Detroit Regional Chamber.

Stevens spoke to the Lansing Regional Chamber Economic Club on February 15.


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.


Jef Richards

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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