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.

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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.


MSU Today | June 4, 2017

Jun 4, 2017
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Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis talk with MSU journalism professor and the university's faculty athletic representative to the Big Ten and NCAA Sue Carter, the dean of MSU's College of Human Medicine Norman Beauchamp, and MSU women's basketball coach Suzy Merchant.


dairystore.msu.edu

John Engstrom manages the Dairy Complex at MSU. He talks about some of the favorite ice creams and cheeses produced for the MSU Dairy Store.

MSU Today | May 28, 2017

May 28, 2017
City of Grand Rapids

Kirk Heinze talks with Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss. And he talks with MSU alumna and author Michele Payn about her latest book Food Truths from Farm to Table - 25 Surprising Ways to Shop & Eat Without Guilt. We hear Kirk Gibson's May 5 MSU Commencement address. And Russ White talks with MSU alumna and Michigan's senior United States Senator Debbie Stabenow.


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MSU alumnus Norman J. Beauchamp Jr, MD, MHS, became dean of the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine in October 2016.

“I feel really fortunate to be back. One of the things that was really inspiring to me was that as a land grant college, MSU believes that everybody has the ability and deserves the opportunity to give back,” Beauchamp tells Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis on MSU Today. “MSU was transformational for me as a student, and the privilege to come back and help create opportunities for others was really inspiring. So I’m glad to be back.”


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MSU women’s basketball coach Suzy Merchant joins Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis for their annual conversation on MSU Today.


Inland Seas Education Association

May brings warmer weather, and that means another season on the water for the Suttons Bay-based Inland Seas Education Association (ISEA).

With a mission of “helping people of all ages experience the science and spirit of the Great Lakes through shipboard and on-shore educational programs,” the ISEA annually hosts teachers and students representing over 120 classrooms from across Michigan.


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“Every NCAA institution is required to have a faculty athletic representative, someone who serves as the linkage between athletics and academics,” Sue Carter tells Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis on MSU Today. “My role involves guarding the institutions academic integrity. I’m the eyes and ears, and students really matter to me.”


MSU Today | May 21, 2017

May 21, 2017
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Kirk Heinze talks with the "biggest losers" in the U.S. Green Building Council West Michigan Chapter's annual Battle of the Buildings competition at the 2017 Energy Summit in Grand Rapids, building owners and operators who achieved significant energy reduction in 2016.


MSU Today | May 14, 2017

May 14, 2017
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Kirk Heinze explores our energy future from the Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council's annual meeting. And he talks with his sister Denise about her new novel Sally St. Johns that's being described as a “frolicking caper” simultaneously probing fears about global warming, aging, and more. May is Michigan Wine Month, and Kirk talks about it with Karel Bush, executive director of the Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council.


The book, Food Truths from Farm to Table: 25 Surprising Ways to Shop & Eat without Guilt,  was a #1 new release by Amazon earlier this year, and its provocative goal is “to serve as a guide for overcoming confusion and reducing guilt” when it comes to consuming food. 

Kirk Heinze recently interviewed the book’s author, Michele Payn, founder and president of Cause Matters, and an exceedingly loyal Spartan alumna.


“Right now we’re fighting the third battle of Lake Erie,” Dr. Jeffrey Reutter tells Kirk Heinze on Greening of the Great Lakes. “We fought the first battle during the War of 1812. The second battle was during the 1970’s. The Cuyahoga River burned in 1969, which was the bellwether moment in this country when many people became fed up with pollution and the state of our environment. The next year the U.S. EPA and NOAA were formed, and we had the first Earth Day.”


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