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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by Tom Oswald

When a storm packing winds of more than 60 miles per hour blew through the Michigan State University campus earlier this summer, 21 mature trees, some estimated to be more than 100 years old, were lost in the blow.

G.L. Kohuth

by Kristen Parker

From recycling to reusing hotel towels, consumers who participate in a company’s “green” program are more satisfied with its service, finds a new study co-led by a Michigan State University researcher.

by Kathleen Alexander

Mitch Albom, respected journalist and best-selling author, talks with Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis on MSU Today about the changing nature of journalism. He shares his concerns for the future as social media and mobile devices bring public platforms to the fingertips of the masses creating a complicated online domain of more words and fewer facts.

A tobacco-free ordinance for the Michigan State University campus went into effect August 15, 2016, and is part of an ongoing effort to ensure the MSU community enjoys a healthy campus.

“Tailgating has become so much more intricate, especially over the last five to seven years,” says MSU’s corporate chef Kurt Kwiatkowski.  “Before it used to be you roll up with a cooler, a couple sandwiches, and maybe some chips out of a bag and you’re done.

by Kathleen Alexander

The VI Grill, thriving in Downtown Suttons Bay in the heart of Leelanau County, prides itself on family ownership, commitment to the community and a great tasting locally sourced menu. These fundamental elements have kept Michiganders coming back for more than 145 years. To learn about the sustainability of one of the longest running eateries in northern Michigan, host, Kirk Heinze, on Greening of the Great Lakes talks with Joshua Deters, executive chef and owner at the VI Grill.

While Michigan is actively working to produce more of its energy from renewable sources, Valerie Brader, senior policy adviser on energy and executive director of the Michigan Agency for Energy, says using and wasting less energy is a key component of our state’s energy future.

MSU Today | August 14, 2016

Aug 14, 2016
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Russ White talks with Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon about a variety of MSU-related topics.  President Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis talk with Spartan Marching Band Director John Madden.  And White talks with MSU alumnus and Hollywood screenwriter Jack Epps, Jr.

Kirk Heinze took Greening of the Great Lakes to Michigan Governor Rick Snyder’s Energy Excellence Awards ceremony at Michigan State University’s Wharton Center on August 11.

The Governor’s Energy Excellence Awards honor Michigan organizations and individuals for their commitment to responsible energy production and consumption.

John Madden is at home "beneath the pines" at MSU

Aug 10, 2016

John Madden directs the world-renowned Spartan Marching Band at Michigan State University. John is as green and white as they come; he and all his siblings are MSU alumni.

“It reaffirms what you’re trying to do,” Spartans football coach Mark Dantonio tells Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis on MSU Today in discussing his players and other Spartan athletes being recognized at MSU Athletics’ annual Academic Excellence Gala. “It can’t be all about football.

“There are Spartans everywhere in engaged positions making a difference in communities and companies and getting great experience that’s not simply something to put on their resumes, but to accelerate their life’s journey,” Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon tells Russ White on MSU Today in talking about MSU students.

MSU Today | July 31, 2016

Jul 31, 2016

Kirk Heinze broadcasts from the Michigan Environmental Council’s 18th Annual Environmental Awards Ceremony and talks with MSU’s renowned Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha among others.  Russ White talks with MSU alumnus Peter Carey, who will play Ernie Harwell in Mitch Albom’s Ernie at Wharton Center August 24 to 27.

In Memory of Mike Sadler

Jul 31, 2016

“The Rose Bowl was special,” Spartan football center Travis Jackson told Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and MSU Alumni Association Executive Director Scott Westerman on MSU Today in January 2014. “It’s something you dream of as a kid, and to be able to live out that dream was truly remarkable.

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.