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MSU Today with Russ White
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MSU Today is a lively look at MSU-related people, places, events and attitudes put into focus by Russ White. Follow and subscribe at Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and wherever you get your podcasts.

  • Michigan State University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D., and other university leaders officially introduced the new STEM Teaching and Learning Facility on the East Lansing campus to the community with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on September 10, 2021.
  • Michigan State University introduced its new athletic director Alan Haller at an event at MSU's Breslin Center on September 7, 2021.
  • How much do you know about how Michigan funds its public universities and institutions of higher education and about how much it funds those institutions? David Bertram is associate vice president for state relations for Michigan State University and Jeremy Reuter is director of statewide advocacy. MSU is a publicly funded university, which means it receives state funds for operations.
  • As COVID-19 restrictions lift, many people are finding themselves getting called back to in-person work environments after several months in remote settings. To help those grappling with anxiety and uncertainty surrounding this return to normal, Angela Hall, associate professor in Michigan State University's renowned School of Human Resources and Labor Relations offers tips for making the transition as smooth and stress free as possible.
  • MSU alumnus Devon Akmon is the new director of the MSU Museum. He’s also the director of Science Gallery Detroit. Devon has come full circle as he’s an alumnus of MSU who spent time as a student working at the Museum.
  • As more and more Spartan faculty, staff, and students return to campus for what we hope will be a more traditional in-person experience, let's discuss mitigating bias in that return to campus. We have a distinguished panel to help us do that on this edition of MSU Today.
  • Michigan State University has released its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Steering Committee Plan, culminating 18 months of review, stakeholder input, and development. The plan was designed as a framework of recommendations to improve the culture around DEI and collaborate with overall strategic planning efforts across the university.
  • Judy Pearson's career began in a tree, a wonderful old maple in her parents’ backyard with a perfect branch on which to sit and write. Now, hundreds of thousands of words later, this South Haven, Michigan native's voice is still inspiring. She's a best-selling author and accomplished presenter and a graduate of Michigan State University. She explains why her favorite title is storyteller.
  • A $10 million gift from Switzerland-based packaging innovator Amcor to the Michigan State University School of Packaging will establish an endowed faculty position focused on sustainability, and support renovations to the school of packaging building. The contribution is the largest corporate gift in history for the College of Agriculture & Natural Resources, home to the School of Packaging.
  • August 1, 2021, is the second anniversary of Michigan State University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D. taking office as president of America's premier land grant institution. It’s a great time to catch up with him to look back a little bit, but more importantly, look ahead to MSU's vibrant future.