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.

“It’s the greatest decision I’ve made since I married my wife,” Crain’s Detroit Business publisher and editor Ron Fournier tells Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis on MSU Today in describing his return to his hometown of Detroit. “It was a great experience working in Washington covering the White House and national politics, but Detroit was always home for my wife and me. And we were determined to get back.


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“We’ve started building 25 tiny homes, 250 to 400 square feet each on lots from 30 to 100 feet, for formerly homeless people, low-income senior citizens, and students who have aged out of foster care,” Reverend Faith Fowler tells Kirk Heinze on Greening of the Great Lakes. “The idea is that they’ll rent the homes for seven years based on the home’s square footage – a dollar per square foot per month.”


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“Michigan State University has launched a new food education initiative that aims to help consumers become better educated about food production and food choices,” says host Kirk Heinze as he welcomes Sheril Kirshenbaum to Greening of the Great Lakes.

Kirshenbaum is helping MSU’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources with the development and roll out of Food @ MSU: “Our Table.” 


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Detroit Renewable Power (DRP) is an energy-from-waste facility on Detroit’s east side that processes up to 3,300 tons of municipal waste each and every day. It’s transformed into fuel that’s burned to create 720,000 pounds of steam per hour.


Jack Lessenberry on Environmental Issues| GGL

Jul 14, 2017

Ubiquitous and respected journalist Jack Lessenberry joins me on Greening of the Great Lakes to share his thoughts on a variety of environment-related topics in the news.


"Philanthropy is grown-up sharing"

Jul 13, 2017
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Lisa Dietlin is the founder of the Institute of Transformational Philanthropy – that’s transformational - not transactional - philanthropy. She’s an alumna of Michigan State University and is an internationally recognized expert on philanthropy, charitable giving and transformational change.


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WKAR news director embraces “digital” future, says “you can’t tell a story if you can’t write”

WKAR Public Media’s digital news director Reginald Hardwick was born in Vietnam “and was one of the Amerasian children left in an orphanage” and then adopted by a family in Colorado when he was three months old. He has family ties to Michigan, though, and always remembers his family being voracious news consumers.


“Research is the Pathway to Being the Best”

Jun 28, 2017
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Michigan State University has set its budget and tuition rates for the new fiscal year.

“It’s always a difficult time when you do budgets because there’s a balancing act that needs to occur,” says Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon. “Tuition is always a difficult challenge.”


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Developments in energy generation, transmission, use and conservation are increasingly in the news, and the folks at DTE Energy are more than willing to share programs and initiatives in all things energy.

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“Supply chain, particularly from a Michigan State perspective, means the end to end movement of product from the raw material from a mine or the ocean, through all the production processes, and to the consumer,” Professor David Closs tells Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis on MSU Today. “So we view it all as a very end to end process and try to manage that to meet the needs of the consumer and at the same time keeping cost and waste down.”


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A team of MSU luminaries will gather at a unique fundraiser that unites the Spartan Nation in raising $1 million to fight Parkinson’s disease—or, as Kirk Gibson has nicknamed it, “Parky.” The Gibby & Friends vs. Parky pregame tailgate will be hosted in MSU’s Kellogg Center at 4:00 this Saturday September 23, four hours before the Notre Dame football game that kicks off at 8:00 that evening. On that same day Gibson will be on campus as MSU will honor his accomplishments by retiring his football jersey at halftime of the game.


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Greg Ianni is MSU’s deputy athletic director and oversees facilities and sports management. He joins Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis to update progress on some of the construction projects currently underway on campus.


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A frequent and favorite guest on Greening of the Great Lakes is Dr. Jeff Andresen, state climatologist for Michigan and professor in MSU’s Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences.


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Alessandra Carreon is determined to be sure that every day is Earth Day. She’s determined to make a difference.  To Ale, as she is known to her friends, sustainability is more than a way of life, it’s a mindset needed to ensure a better future for generations to come that should happen every day.


The Henry Ford

After many months of time and effort have been invested in the creation of ‘strategic plans,’ too many end up woefully neglected either yellowing in files or gathering dust on bookshelves.  That’s why it is always refreshing to witness a successful strategic plan implementation, as in the case of the 2012-2017 Michigan Tourism Strategic Plan.


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