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The Engaged Scholar Magazine Cover - Volume 6

Economic Development
Volume No. 6 is a special edition that draws together a variety of stories from across the university about the ways in which MSU is working to improve the economic well-being of the state and its citizens.

Next Issue's Focus: Diversity and Inclusion
Available Fall 2012


2012 Ernest A. Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement for Early Career Faculty
Deadline: April 27, 2012

Call for Proposals: 13th Annual Meeting of the National Outreach Scholarship Conference
Deadline: April 30, 2012

Emerging Engagement Scholars Workshop
Application Deadline: April 30, 2012

Undergraduate Journal of Service Learning and Community-Based Research
Submission Deadline: June 30, 2012

Handbook of Engaged Scholarship:
Contemporary Landscapes, Future Directions, Volumes 1 and 2

Now available from MSU Press

For Faculty: Tools of Engagement
Learn about new curriculum modules available to faculty that introduce undergraduate students to the concept of university-community engagement and help instruct the next generation of scholars.

For Graduate Students: MSU Graduate Certification in Community Engagement
The program prepares graduate students for academic careers that integrate scholarship with community engagement. It offers students a transcript notation indicating that they have completed the program.

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Featured MSU Engaged Scholars

Poetry in Motion Gives Mid-Michigan CATA Riders Something to Contemplate Anita Skeen, M.F.A.
Director, RCAH Center for Poetry
Residential College in the Arts and Humanities

Poetry in Motion Gives Mid-Michigan CATA Riders Something to Contemplate

I wish words to burn as bright
in their constellations —

story, poem, prayer, song
as these heavenly trinkets of the dark,
to periodically flash
by as they explode, disperse
into cosmic matter, caught
in the rear view eye of only the most astute.

—excerpt of "Vocabulary Night" by
Anita Skeen from Never the Whole Story©

There is a little more to think about during a bus ride around the mid-Michigan area, thanks to a collaborative effort between Michigan State University and the Capital Area Transportation Authority.

Anita Skeen, professor and director of Michigan State University's Center for Poetry, and assistant director, Stephanie Glazier, are working with the Poetry Society of America to sponsor Poetry in Motion®, a nationwide initiative that features poetry in public transit systems ... read more

Morton Village Field School Preserves the Human Story for Future Generations Jodie O'Gorman, Ph.D.
Chair and Associate Professor
Department of Anthropology
College of Social Science

Morton Village Field School Preserves the Human Story for Future Generations

Archeology helps us put together the pieces of what makes us human: what we share, how we got here, how we impact and are impacted by our environment, and what came before us. It's the mission of many cultural institutions to tell the human story, but full-scale archeological digs can be cost prohibitive.

Dr. Jodie O'Gorman, associate professor and chair in the Department of Anthropology, has been collaborating since 2007 with the Dickson Mounds Museum, a branch of the Illinois State Museum System, on the Morton Village archaeological field school, in the Illinois Valley.

O'Gorman's interest in archeology began as an undergraduate student, when she "happened upon" an archeology course that entailed many road trips to various archeology sites. According to O'Gorman, "I was hooked. I began taking classes in anthropology and going to the field with anyone who would take me." Then, as a doctoral student at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, she began researching the Oneota people, who lived in the Midwest from about AD 1000 to the 1600s ... read more

MSU Priorities
Community and Economic Development in the 21st Century

MSU Viticulture Research and Extension Program Builds Strong Engagement with Michigan Grape and Wine Industry

MSU Viticulture Research and Extension Program Builds Strong Engagement with Michigan Grape and Wine Industry

The next time you reach for a glass of Michigan wine, chances are you could enjoy an excellent beverage courtesy of a widespread collaboration. The Viticulture Research and Extension Program in the Department of Horticulture at MSU, led by assistant professor Dr. Paolo Sabbatini, works with growers, winemakers, industry experts, research colleagues, and students to produce and expand healthy, high quality, and abundant grape yields in Michigan.

Viticulture is the science of grapes and their culture, including the cultivation of grapevines, and enology is the study of wine. Michigan State University became involved with the state's grape industry nearly 50 years ago, when Dr. G. Stanley Howell, now professor emeritus, came to the university in 1969 and began a research project on behalf of the National Grape Cooperative, based out of southwest Michigan. At that time, 12,000 mature grapevines were intact primarily in two counties, Berrien and Van Buren, and the grapes produced were used primarily for juice ... read more

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Upcoming Events

Big Tent III: A Global Communique' on Sustainability, Knowledge and Democracy
April 24-May 11, 2012

Economic Engagement Academy for University and Community Leaders
Virginia Tech
Roanoke, Virginia
May 21-23, 2012

Engagement Academy for University Leaders
Virginia Tech
Roanoke, Virginia
June 4-8, 2012

Fundraising for Engagement
Virginia Tech
Roanoke, Virginia
June 8-10, 2012

Future of Community Engagement in Higher Education Summer Research Institute
Merrimack College
North Andover, Massachusetts
June 23-24, 2012

2012 Australian Universities Community Engagement Alliance Conference
Brisbane, Australia
July 9-11, 2012

Monitoring and Measuring Community Engagement
Virginia Tech
Roanoke, Virginia
September 12-14, 2012

2012 National Outreach Scholarship Conference
Tuscaloosa, Alabama
September 30-October 3, 2012

2012 Imagining America National Conference
New York City, New York
October 5-7, 2012

Michigan World Usability Day
East Lansing, Michigan
November 15, 2012

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University-Community Partnerships

Collaboration and partnership with communities are at the core of engaged scholarship. In all of its work, University Outreach and Engagement emphasizes university-community partnerships that are collaborative, participatory, empowering, systemic, transformative, and anchored in scholarship. If you are a faculty or academic staff member wanting to establish a partnership with community partners to work on a specific research issue, University Outreach and Engagement can help you. Our University-Community Partnerships (UCP) staff, specialists, and researchers have established connections across the state in a number of areas such as education, mental health, human services, business, and government. For more information, contact Bob Brown at (517) 432-1450 or brownr23@msu.edu.

Focus: HOPE, Detroit, MI

Opportunities for partnership exist around the following areas: Service-Learning, Student Internships and Placements, Faculty Research Partnerships, and Development of Innovative Solutions to Pressing Social Problems. For more information, contact Deborah E. Fisher at (313) 494-4306 or fisherd@focushope.edu, or visit http://ucp.msu.edu/partnerships/.

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