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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More than 230,000 alumni and friends have brought Michigan State University to a significant milestone: surging past the fundraising goal of $1.5 billion more than a year before the “Empower Extraordinary” campaign is set to conclude.

“One of the hallmarks of a successful campaign is meeting your goal early, says Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon. “Meeting the goal essentially almost a year and a half early is really great.


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Alan Haller is the newly named chief of staff for Spartan Athletics.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity to work closer with our internal staff, and I’m very excited about connecting with our community and campus partners,” he tells MSU Vice President and Secretary of the Board of Trustees Bill Beekman and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis on MSU Today.


Amy Fouty and Her Team Keep Spartan Turf Green

Sep 6, 2017

Amy Fouty is athletic turf manager at MSU.

She says the toughest field to maintain isn’t the one many would expect – Spartan Stadium.

“It’s really the baseball field. That’s probably the most challenging field we have to take care of if you want to maintain a pristine standard,” she tells MSU Vice President and Secretary of the Board of Trustees Bill Beekman and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis on MSU Today.


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“I’m really honored to be in this new position. I’m looking forward to being a part of the great community here at MSU and working with our outstanding students,” new Spartan Marching Band Director David Thornton tells MSU Vice President and Secretary of the Board of Trustees Bill Beekman and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis on MSU Today.


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MSU AgBioResearch is a major research arm of Michigan State University.  Administered by the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, MSU AgBioResearch spans the entire University, supporting over 300 scientists in seven colleges.  Research topics include food safety, environmental stewardship, childhood obesity, community development, alternative energy generation and sustainable agricultural production. 


Ford Reports its Environmental Progress

Aug 30, 2017
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Ford has released its 18th annual Sustainability Report, and its titled Creating a Future Where Everyone Moves Better. John Viera is the company’s director of global sustainability.

“When we talk about Ford as an auto company and moving people around, we think about the products we’re producing because people buy them to move around,” Viera says on Greening of the Great Lakes. “And we’re going to continue to do that; we’re not backing away from that.


It’s time for another school year at MSU, and President Simon is looking forward to it.

She’s hoping to spur more civil discourse around difficult issues within Team MSU while the university develops more citizen scholars.


Remembering WJR Legend J.P. McCarthy

Aug 16, 2017

Twenty two years ago this morning brought the sad news of the death of beloved Detroit radio personality J.P. McCarthy. McCarthy ruled the morning radio airwaves at WJR for 30 years. WKAR contributor Russ White worked with McCarthy for the last five years of J.P.'s life and has this remembrance of the "Great Voice of the Great Lakes."


Cat Can Do Racing

(Please note:  My interview with Cpt. Keith Holmes aired on WJR 760 AM—Detroit just hours after the  iconic power boat racer died following a crash July 30 during the St. Clair River Classic Offshore Powerboat Association race.  Out of respect for his family, I decided to wait before posting the interview.  I had never met Keith previously, but it was clear from just one conversation that he was a gracious gentleman, a passionate competitor, a strong advocate for family farms and an ardent Great Lakes environmentalist.  Russ White and I extend our heartfelt sympathy to Keith’s family.) 


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Chris Contag joined Michigan State University in November 2016 as the inaugural Director of the Institute for Quantitative Health Science and Engineering and the Chair of the new Department of Biomedical Engineering.


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“The Dairy Store is only part of the dairy program at MSU,” Zey Ustunol tells Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis on MSU Today. “We have two stores and a trailer. Our dairy foods complex consists of our dairy plant, where we manufacture products that we sell in the stores. That’s where the cheese and ice cream is made.


“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.


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