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Spartans Athletic Director Bill Beekman welcomes Mike Brand to MSU Today. Brand is Executive Director of Wharton Center for the Performing Arts.

Brand talks about the 2020/2021 schedule at Wharton Center and how it’s been impacted by the pandemic.

Spartans Athletic Director Bill Beekman welcomes MSU Head Field Hockey Coach Helen Knull and alumna Abby Barker to MSU Today.

Coach Knull describes the challenges of coaching her team remotely. And Barker talks about some of her favorite memories playing for the Spartans, like winning the Big Ten Tournament in front of friends and family in her hometown of Columbus Ohio. And she talks about her career path into health and medicine.

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Norman J. Beauchamp Jr. M.D. is Michigan State University's Executive Vice President for Health Sciences and he's supporting MSU's community response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

He talks with Spartans Athletic Director Bill Beekman about MSU’s collaborative ethos and the university’s low barriers for researchers to work together to fight COVID-19. He explains the process involved in developing a vaccine, too.


Spartans Athletic Director Bill Beekman provides an update on all things MSU Athletics on MSU Today.

Most of us are in our sixth week of working remotely, and in many ways it feels much longer for a lot of people. So much has changed in that relatively short period of time. Beekman keeps the safety and health of MSU student athletes at the forefront of all the decisions he’s making as he prepares for a future where information and the situation constantly change.

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“It’s been strange, and we’re living in a virtual environment,” says Spartans athletic director Bill Beekman. “We’re trying to be responsible and staying holed up. We’re mostly communicating through technology.

“I’ve been having meetings through Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and conference calls in my office in my basement. I’m mostly working the phones and trying to stay in touch with everyone.”

Teresa Sullivan is interim provost at Michigan State University. She joins Michigan State University president Samuel L. Stanley, Jr. M.D and Spartans athletic director Bill Beekman for a conversation.

“Provost is an old military term, and most people aren't too familiar with it outside of the college setting,” Sullivan says. “The provost is the chief academic officer, which means the provost is ultimately responsible for the faculty from hiring to retirement and for the students from admission to graduation.”

Tom Saxton is head women’s soccer coach for the Michigan State University Spartans. He joins Michigan State University president Sam Stanley and Spartans athletic director Bill Beekman on MSU Today.

As coach of the Spartans for over 30 years, Saxton reflects on how MSU and the sport of soccer have changed. 

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Damon Rensing is Michigan State University’s men’s soccer coach. He joins Michigan State University president Samuel L. Stanley, Jr. M.D. and Spartans athletic director Bill Beekman for a conversation on the state and future of his program and the game of soccer.

He talks about the history of the program and the Joe Baum coaching tree. And he says there’s a strong sense of alumni connectivity that permeates the program.

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Mel Tucker; Mark Dantonio; Anthony Ianni; Bill Beekman; Cassius Winston; Xavier Tillman; Aaron Henry; Rocket Watts; 


A week after the winningnest football coach in Michigan State history, Mark Dantonio, announced his retirment in the wake of alleged NCAA violations and a bruising season, Mel Tucker was officially named head coach of the MSU football team.