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.

MSU Today | July 24, 2016

Jul 24, 2016

Russ White talks with Hall of Fame bound MSU alumnus and Michigan Radio leader Steve Schram; Jennifer Orlando fills us in on the details of the 2016 MSU East Lansing One Book One Community program; and Russ Freed tells Kirk Heinze about the return of Spartan barley.

Kirk Heinze took Greening of the Great Lakes on the road to Ann Arbor to attend the Michigan Environmental Council’s 18th Annual Environmental Awards Ceremony, this year honoring the achievements of two, outstanding environmental leaders:  Flint’s Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha (Milliken Distinguished Service Award) and Pam Taylor (Petoskey Prize for Environmental Leadership).

By Kathleen Alexander

The MSU Museum’s Great Lakes Folk Festival will take over downtown East Lansing August 12th-14th with over 21 hours of programing featured on 5 music and dance stages with artists from all over the state. To share more about the weekend long celebration of heritage is Lora Helou, acting director of the MSU Museum, on Greening of the Great Lakes.

With the recent, explosive growth in craft breweries, Michigan has become a hub for brewers and beer enthusiasts around the country.  The Great Lakes State ranks among the top U.S. destinations for exploring craft beer, even adopting the nickname, “The Great Beer State.”

“I have a fondness and appreciation for the state of Michigan and for the broadcasters I have worked with and for the idea and the prospect of what broadcasting means,” MSU alumnus Steve Schram tells Russ White on MSU Today in reflecting on his August 2016 induction into the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame.

MSU alumnus Peter Carey plays legendary Detroit Tigers broadcaster and iconic Michigander Ernie Harwell in Mitch Albom’s acclaimed “Ernie,” the longest running play in Detroit theatre history. Peter will be playing Ernie at his alma mater when the play comes to MSU’s Wharton Center August 24 – 27.

MSU Today | July 17, 2016

Jul 17, 2016

Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis talk with MSU School of Packaging Director Susan Selke and MSU turfgrass guru Trey Rogers.

Migration and refugee issues aren’t just fodder for presidential candidates, they’re also at the forefront of Michigan State University and East Lansing’s 2016 One Book, One Book Community Program. The theme, “Faces of Migration: The Human Experiences,” features “Enrique’s Journey” by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Sonia Nazario and “City of Thorns” by Ben Rawlence.

by Kirk Heinze

(Author’s note:  Over the seven years we have produced “Greening of the Great Lakes,” I have interviewed a plethora of business executives about sustainability planning.  I have been impressed by the innovative and creative breadth and depth of many of these plans—plans which embody a genuine commitment to leaving our planet richer in life and possibility for future generations. 

MSU Today | July 10, 2016

Jul 10, 2016

Conversations with Jack Lessenberry, Spartans Hockey Coach Tom Anastos, and Ford Motor Company's Global Director of Sustainability.

“MSU established the packaging education program in 1952, the first university-based packaging education program in the world,” Susan Selke, professor of packaging at MSU and director of MSU’s School of Packaging tells Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis.  “So MSU can lay claim to establishing packaging as an academic discipline.

Michigan State University’s Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum presents two exhibitions showcasing the often disheartening relationship between climate change and societal misfortune internationally. Steven Bridges, the assistant curator, meets with the host, Kirk Heinze, on Greening of the Great Lakes to discuss the social and cultural pillar of sustainability represented in art.

MSU Today | July 3, 2016

Jul 3, 2016

Greening of the Great Lakes conversations with MSU geography professor and state climatologist for Michigan Jeff Andresen Broad Museum curator Steven Bridges, and two MSU professors working to make our food labels more useful.

“Our job as researchers is not to react to what’s happening today; what’s happening today we should have been reacting to 10 or 15 years ago, and we were,” turfgrass management guru and professor of plant, soil and microbial sciences at MSU John “Trey” Rogers tells Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis.  “We have been ahead of what Michigan needs for quite a while now, and our Spartan grads are everywhere.”

“I always talk about my locker room MBA because you learn so many lessons playing sports and especially team sports,” Spartans hockey coach Tom Anastos tells Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis.