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’s annual Geography Awareness Week is November 13 through 19.  The department’s name has been updated to the Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences.

“The new name lets people know up front that geographers work with aspects of the environment of all kinds, and we think about spatial relationships and how they interact with one another,” says department chair Al Arbogast.

Diverse thinking and innovation can solve energy problems, says Liesl Clark, principal and co-founder of 5 Lakes Energy, a public policy consulting firm for clean energy and sustainability.

Clark talks with Kirk Heinze on Greening of the Great Lakes about an upcoming celebration of energy innovators and her work supporting careers for women in the energy sector.

The MSU College of Engineering recently announced a $5 million commitment for endowed scholarships from an anonymous donor.

“This donor received scholarship help when he was a student and wants to pay that spirit forward by making it possible for many more students to get that same help that he got of making sure they have the financial wherewithal to complete the journey of becoming a Spartan engineer,” says Leo Kempel, dean of the college, about what he calls a transformational gift to the college.

MSU Today | October 30, 2016

Oct 30, 2016

Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis talk with Tom Izzo and MSU's associate provost for teaching, learning and technology Jeff Grabill.

Simple, affordable and local, the MI Community Solar program recently launched by the Board of Water and Light and Michigan Energy Options allows residents to lease solar panels with no maintenance at a low cost.

In 2008, the state passed a mandate requiring that 10 percent of Michigan energy be generated from renewable resources. Now, Michiganders can help to surpass that goal by contributing to the growth of sustainable utilities.

Mackenzie Mohr

Michigan State University alumni Dan and Jennifer Gilbert recently announced a $15 million donation from their family foundation to impact and elevate student success and one of the nation’s elite basketball programs.  The Gilberts’ gift will support a new addition and renovation of the Breslin Center at MSU that will enhance the fan experience for the more than 500,000 people who attend basketball games and other events there each year.

“What the learning environment of the future is going to look like is going to be enhanced by technologies, but they’re not magic.  They’re not going to make things radically different,” MSU’s associate provost for teaching, learning and technology Jeff Grabill tells Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis on MSU Today.

“It was great to celebrate, and now it’s time to get back to work,” Spartans basketball coach Tom Izzo tells Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis when reflecting on his recent induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.  He says that sharing the honor with his mother was special.

The “unequivocal value” of sustainable urban development was a major “take home” message from Scott Adams, deputy city manager for the City of Las Vegas, who recently visited MSU as a guest of the School of Planning, Design and Construction (SPDC).

In both a speech to SPDC students and faculty and a follow-up interview for Greening of the Great Lakes, Adams underscored the Las Vegas commitment to a green planning ethos.

MSU Today | October 16, 2016

Oct 16, 2016

MSU alumnus Scott Adams is leading a green revolution in Las Vegas as that city’s deputy city manager; Mark Wilson leads MSU’s oldest-in-the-nation Department of Urban and Regional Planning and more on MSU Today. 

“When you look at all the things Michigan can do (to reduce its energy use), reducing energy waste is our cheapest alternative.  It’s our most environmentally protective alternative, and it’s also the thing that helps us with reliability,” Valerie Brader, the executive director of the Michigan Agency for Energy tells Kirk Heinze on Greening of the Great Lakes.

Battel Creek Enquirer

One of the biggest food producing cities in the nation is doing its part to eliminate food waste mobilizing local local industry and the community to develop food-waste solutions.

Battle Creek is home to 37 food companies, including Post Foods, Kellogg Company, ConAgra Foods. Several food resources in the relatively small town, approximately 50,000 people, make Battle Creek the perfect test market, says Bill Schroer, a marketing and management consultant with extensive experience in the food industry.

College Job Market to Continue Torrid Pace

Oct 12, 2016

The hiring of college graduates at all degree levels should be very strong in 2016-17, according to Michigan State University’s Recruiting Trends, the largest annual survey of employers in the nation.  Phil Gardner is the survey’s author and directs MSU’s Collegiate Employment Research Institute.

Urban planning at Michigan State University is the oldest program in the country,” Mark Wilson tells Kirk Heinze on Greening of the Great Lakes.  “We have over 65 years of experience teaching about urban planning.

“It’s a popular major because we find that so many students today are interested in what is going to happen to the cities of the future.  Increasingly there is a theme of sustainability that runs through their interest.”

Russ White, David Cleaves
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“Climate change is the most compelling global issue of this and future centuries,” says David Cleaves, the former climate change advisor to the U.S. Forest Service.  “The relationships between forests and people are being profoundly affected by the changing climate.”