MSU Today

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.

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May is Michigan Wine Month. Dr. Kirk Heinze of MSU's College of Agriculture and Natural Resources has a closer look at the impact of the wine industry on our state's economy. 

Click here for a link to Michigan's wine industry and events celebrating Michigan Wine Month!

“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.”

Michigan United States Senator Debbie Stabenow is a proud Michigan State University alumna.

“MSU exposed me to all kinds of people from all kinds of backgrounds and really broadened my view of the world and gave me so many opportunities to learn so many different things. It really was the beginning of a journey of curiosity for me about learning.”

About nine months ago, Kirk Heinze interviewed two entrepreneurs and business partners, one of whom was honored as “Innovator of the Year” at the 2016 Michigan Governor’s Energy Excellence Awards ceremony.  During that interview, he learned about their Well-Connect heating/cooling system, and, after a good deal of research, he purchased it for his home.

MSU Today | May 7, 2017

May 7, 2017
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Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis introduce you to brand new MSU hockey coach Danton Cole. And they talk with MSU engineering professor Hayder Radha about our mobility future in autonomous and connected vehicles. Scott Westerman shares his thoughts on Effecting Change.

Kirk Gibson began his commencement address to the 2017 Michigan State University graduates by reminiscing about his teammates on the 1978 Big Ten football championship team and quippped that now that he has earned his honorary degree from his alma mater, “at our next reunion, I’m going to make those guys start calling me Dr. Gibson.”