MSU Today with Russ White

Sundays at 4 p.m. on 105.1 FM and AM 870 and 7 p.m. on AM 760 WJR

MSU Today is a lively look at MSU-related people, places, events and attitudes put into focus by Russ White. 

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Lansing Eastern and MSU alumnus Kaleb Thornhill is the director of player engagement for the NFL’s Miami Dolphins.

“It’s an all-encompassing role with many obligations,” says Thornhill. “I get the opportunity to impact lives, which is what I love.”


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ASMSU President Lorenzo Santavicca tells Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis on MSU Today that he’s grateful that the MSU student body “has placed their trust in me to be their voice at Michigan State University.”


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MSU alumnus Erik Qualman – better known as Equal Man – likes to empower people.

“My mission is to empower 7 billion people this century,” he says. Equal Man does that through edu-tainment.

Qualman relates specific tactics to help one achieve empowerment and be a “superhero.”


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“He was special to Michigan State and special to me,” Tom Izzo says of his mentor Jud Heathcote during his annual conversation with Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis on MSU Today. “He taught me a lot of things. And some things I thought at the time that were crazy I keep saying to my secretary ‘now I know why Jud did that.’”


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Southfield native and MSU alumnus Jonathan Kirkland is playing George Washington in the Chicago production of Hamilton. He recently received a distinguished young alumnus award from his alma mater.


According to acclaimed conservation writer and photographer, Krista Schlyer, the rare, U.S.-Mexico borderlands ecosystems are severely threatened “by the largest waiver of federal laws in U.S. history.”

Schlyer, the keynote speaker for 2017 Geography Awareness Week at Michigan State, says the waivers, legislatively authorized in 2005, apply specifically to border wall construction.  The legislation enables the Dept. of Homeland Security to waive, and essentially eviscerate, over 40 federal laws, including The Endangered Species Act, The Clean Water Act and the Clean Air Act, which would otherwise protect the “fantastic, incredible, unique” biodiversity of the borderlands.


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Each month, MSU professors Charles Ballard and Matt Grossmann will aim for a lively discussion of Michigan policy and current events. They’ll run down 3 or 4 hot topics, pointing to research on each policy issue. In this edition, they cover income tax cuts, Detroit’s bid for Amazon’s second headquarters, and the proposal for a part-time legislature.


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“After a wonderful, 9+ year run, Greening of the Great Lakes will transition to a new show, and the host of the show is going to be my outstanding producer and great friend, Russ White,” says Kirk Heinze on the final edition of Greening of the Great Lakes as a stand-alone program.  “It has been a true pleasure working with Russ, a real radio pro.”


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Michigan State University is involved in Detroit and Michigan’s effort to land Amazon’s second headquarters. Whether we land the bid or not, Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon likes how this effort “shows the state’s capacity to come together for big things and let’s us be a place that can compete with anyplace in the country.”


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“Water is the hidden ingredient in so much of what we do every day that we don’t even notice—hence its secret life,” Charles Fishman tells me on Greening of the Great Lakes. Fishman is the author of The Big Thirst: The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water, one of the best books on water and water resources management I have read.


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“I used to think that we were having an argument about climate change and if we just wrote more books, eventually our leaders would be persuaded. But that’s not true; the argument ended a long time ago,” renowned environmentalist Bill McKibben told me on Greening of the Great Lakes. “Science is very clear about what’s going on.”


“Sparty is the mascot for the entire university,” says Clint Stevens, director of the Michigan State University Alumni Association’s Sparty Mascot Program. “A lot of mascots are born out of athletic departments. Sparty was born in the alumni association.

“We’re not an athletics-only mascot. We represent MSU across the state and nation.”


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“I was a poor boy from Alabama coming to a great institution – Michigan State University – and we fell in love. It was magnetic, and I just couldn’t leave here,” Clarence Underwood tells Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis on MSU Today. Underwood is a member of the 2017 class entering MSU’s Athletics Hall of Fame.


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“President Simon often says that what makes Michigan State special is not what we do, but why we do it and how we do it,” MSU Broad College of Business Dean Sanjay Gupta tells Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis on MSU Today. And he says the new Broad Business Pavilion currently under construction addresses the why and the how.


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“This is my eighth year in the role, and it feels like the first. Things are going so quickly,” MSU Alumni Association Executive Director Scott Westerman tells Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis on MSU Today. “We’re never on auto-pilot at the MSU Alumni Association. We really exist to create mutually-beneficial relationships between the institution and our Spartan Nation for a lifetime.”


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