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Student Engagement

Volume 9 features student engagement initiatives at MSU.


Outreach and Engagement Measurement Instrument (OEMI)
MSU Faculty and Specialists: Make sure your outreach and engaged scholarship is counted. The OEMI is an MSU online survey that collects data about scholarly activities for the direct benefit of external audiences.
Deadline: March 27, 2015

MSU Once Again Named to President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll
MSU has been recognized each year since 2006, the year the Honor Roll was instituted.

16th Annual Conference of the Engagement Scholarship Consortium
Proposals Deadline: March 20, 2015

Transformations in Higher Education: The Scholarship of Engagement Series
Available from MSU Press

Tools of Engagement Learning Modules
Online curriculum modules are available for use by MSU faculty to introduce undergraduate students to the concept of university-community engagement.

MSU Graduate Certificate in Community Engagement
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

MSU Earns 2015 Carnegie Community Engagement Classification

MSU Earns 2015 Carnegie Community Engagement Classification

"Dynamic and noteworthy community engagement" cited by reviewers from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

Michigan State University has earned the 2015 Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

MSU's application was commended for documenting the nature and extent of engagement activities, including the alignment among campus mission, culture, leadership, resources, and practices that support dynamic and noteworthy community engagement.

"This acknowledges Michigan State's focus on supporting community prosperity and quality of life from the ground up, not the top down," MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon said. "An ethos of real collaboration is not incompatible with being a top-100 global research university." ... read more

Environmental Ethics, Climate Change, and Building Tribal Resilience Kyle Powys Whyte, Ph.D.
Timnick Chair in the Humanities
Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy
College of Arts and Letters

Environmental Ethics, Climate Change, and Building Tribal Resilience

"From the Everglades to the Great Lakes to Alaska and everywhere in between, climate change is a leading threat to natural and cultural resources across America, and tribal communities are often the hardest hit by severe weather events such as droughts, floods, and wildfires." This statement, from Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, sums up concerns indigenous leaders have raised throughout the world. Though native peoples contribute very little to the causes of climate change, they often suffer inordinately from the effects.

Kyle Powys Whyte uses his expertise in environmental ethics to address ways to build tribal resilience to the effects of climate change. When Whyte came to Michigan State five years ago, he began looking at some of the environmental challenges faced by tribes in the Great Lakes region ... read more

MSU Priorities
Community and Economic Development in the 21st Century

Beef Production Systems Research Benefits Local Agricultural and Entrepreneurial Stakeholders Jason Rowntree, Ph.D.
Faculty Coordinator, Lake City Research Center
Assistant Professor, Department of Animal Science
College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Beef Production Systems Research Benefits Local Agricultural and Entrepreneurial Stakeholders

Located 45 miles south of Traverse City, MSU's Lake City Research Center aims to become a national leader in pasture-based, lower-cost beef production systems.

Jason Rowntree, faculty coordinator at the center, is leading a team of researchers in a collaborative study funded by the United States Department of Agriculture-Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education that utilizes every level of the beef value chain—producers, packers/processors, distributors, retailers, and culinary specialists—to help small- to medium-sized farms fill the demand for locally sourced, grass-finished beef.

"The small- and medium-sized farm is the most rapidly disappearing segment of the industry," said Rowntree. "We try to develop opportunities for these businesses to thrive ... read more

In Every Issue

Upcoming Events

MSU Awards Convocation
East Lansing, Michigan
February 10, 2015

Citizen Science 2015 Conference
San Jose, California
February 11-12, 2015

Science Communication Training (for graduate students)
East Lansing, Michigan
February 26, 2015

Science Communication Training (for faculty and post-docs)
East Lansing, Michigan
February 27, 2015

T-Summit 2015
East Lansing, Michigan
March 16–17, 2015

Neoliberalism and Public Higher Education Conference
East Lansing, Michigan
March 27–28, 2015

MSU Science Festival
East Lansing, Michigan
April 15-19, 2015

Michigan Science Olympiad State Tournament
East Lansing, Michigan
May 2, 2015

CU Expo 2015
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
May 25-29, 2015

Innovations in Collaborative Modeling Conference
East Lansing, Michigan
June 4-5, 2015

Emerging Engagement Scholars Workshop
State College, Pennsylvania
September 27-28, 2015

16th Annual Conference of the Engagement Scholarship Consortium
State College, Pennsylvania
September 29-30, 2015

2015 Imagining America Conference
Baltimore, Maryland
October 1-4, 2015

2015 Annual Conference of the International Association for Research on Service-learning and Community Engagement
Boston, Massachusetts
November 16-18, 2015

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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 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 Laurie Van Egeren at (517) 353-8977, or vanegere@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.

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