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10th Anniversary Issue

Coming soon


Hiram Fitzgerald Inducted into International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame

Innovations in Collaborative Modeling
Proposal Deadline: January 15, 2016

AAAS Mass Media Science and Engineering Fellows Program
Application Deadline: January 15, 2016

4th International Service-Learning Summit
Proposal Deadline: January 30, 2016

Engagement Scholarship Consortium 17th Annual Conference
Proposal Deadline: March 15, 2016

2016 Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement for Early Career Faculty
Nomination Deadline: April 8, 2016

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 Certification 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

Picture of Mark Sullivan Mark Sullivan, D.M.A.
Associate Professor and Director, Computer Music Studios
College of Music

Human Trafficking Awareness through Music, Artistic Expression, and Collaboration

Music is a powerful way to tell a story, convey a message, make a point, or spread awareness. Mark Sullivan is knowledgeable and perceptive about the capabilities of music composition. He specializes in the analysis and performance of contemporary music and in studies that relate music to the other arts and society. His work to address human trafficking reflects an intersection of music, artistic expression, societal challenge, engaged scholarship, and community collaboration.

One of Sullivan's upcoming projects is a commemorative concert on January 17 that celebrates the birth of Martin Luther King, Jr., and features MSU Jazz Orchestras, special guests, and an internationally-acclaimed jazz composer and artist performing a world premiere about human trafficking ... read more

Picture for Engaging the Next Generation of Journalists in Detroit Schools Lucinda Davenport, Ph.D.
Professor and Director, School of Journalism
College of Communication Arts and Sciences

Jeremy Steele
Outreach Specialist and Executive Director, Michigan Interscholastic Press Association
School of Journalism
College of Communication Arts and Sciences

Engaging the Next Generation of Journalists in Detroit Schools

The Crain MSU Detroit High School Journalism Program provides collaborative learning opportunities for student journalists and teachers in Detroit high schools by connecting them with the resources and expertise of journalism faculty and professional journalists, who work with students to produce quarterly newspapers and a news website.

Administered by the Detroit Free Press since 1985, the program came under the leadership of MSU's School of Journalism last year. As the home of the Michigan Interscholastic Press Association (MIPA), which offers numerous journalism conferences and camps to thousands of young people each year, and which, for many years, has provided scholarships for students in Detroit to attend the programs and camps, the School of Journalism is a natural fit ... read more

MSU Priorities
Community and Economic Development in the 21st Century

Picture for If Roads Could Talk: Sensors Communicate Inner Workings of Infrastructure Nizar Lajnef, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
College of Engineering

If Roads Could Talk: Sensors Communicate Inner Workings of Infrastructure

What if infrastructure could talk? What if our roads and bridges could sense areas of internal weakness or compromised integrity and share that information with civil engineers? That information might not just help maintain transportation infrastructure, but could lead to better, more cost effective decision-making when the time comes to set priorities and allocate limited resources.

Nizar Lajnef, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at Michigan State, is working to develop sensors that have the potential to give infrastructure that ability. In partnership with the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration, Lajnef is creating smart sensors that diagnose damage and mechanical failure in roads and bridges. It's a project that Lajnef has been working on since his days as a doctoral student ... read more

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Upcoming Events

Broader Impacts in Grant Proposal Development (for Grants Development Staff)
East Lansing, Michigan
February 4, 2016

Broader Impacts for Investigators (for Faculty and Academic Staff)
East Lansing, Michigan
February 4, 2016

Broader Impacts Reception and Resource Fair
East Lansing, Michigan
February 4, 2016

Broader Impacts for Graduate and Professional Students
East Lansing, Michigan
February 5, 2016

Community Outreach and Engagement Career Panel (for Graduate and Professional Students)
East Lansing, Michigan
February 5, 2016

2016 AAAS Annual Meeting - Global Science Engagement
Washington, DC
February 11-15, 2016

Faculty Development Series: Put Your Theory into Practice with Service-Learning, Part Two
East Lansing, Michigan
February 19, 2016

Science Communications Workshop for Graduate and Professional Students
East Lansing, Michigan
February 25, 2016

Science Communications Workshop for Faculty and Academic Staff
East Lansing, Michigan
February 26, 2016

Community Engaged Research: Getting Started (for Faculty and Academic Staff)
East Lansing, Michigan
March 18, 2016

Campus Compact 30th Anniversary Conference
Boston, Massachusetts
March 21-23, 2016

MSU Science Festival
East Lansing, Michigan
April 12-17, 2016

MSU Science Festival – Detroit
Detroit, Michigan
April 18-24, 2016

National Alliance for Broader Impacts Summit
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
April 20-22, 2016

Michigan Science Olympiad State Tournament
East Lansing, Michigan
April 30, 2016

Innovations in Collaborative Modeling Conference
East Lansing, Michigan
June 14-15, 2016

Engagement Scholarship Consortium 17th Annual Conference
Omaha, Nebraska
October 11-12, 2016

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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 community partnership 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, or visit http://ucp.msu.edu/partnerships/.

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