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Thinking About Water

The 2016 issue of the Engaged Scholar Magazine looks at water using a variety of lenses—from geographic regions to environmental studies to challenges in water resource management.


Regional Economic Innovation Center Seeks Applications
MSU's EDA University Center for Regional Economic Innovation seeks applications for co-learning projects from practitioners, decision makers, community leaders, entrepreneurs, scholars, or other stakeholders.
Application deadline: December 21, 2016

Critical Participatory Action Research Institute
Application deadline: January 9, 2017

2017 Community Indicators Symposium
Proposal deadline: February 15, 2017

Engagement Scholarship Consortium 18th Annual Conference
Proposal deadline: March 15, 2017

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

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.

Community Engagement Toolkits
Designed by the Center for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement to guide and support MSU faculty, students, staff, and community partners as they create their own community engagement projects and programs.

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.

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Featured MSU Engaged Scholars

Indigenous Law and Policy Center Collaborations Span Tribal, State, and Federal Courts Matthew L.M. Fletcher, J.D.
Professor of Law
Director, Indigenous Law and Policy Center
College of Law

Indigenous Law and Policy Center Collaborations Span Tribal, State, and Federal Courts

The MSU College of Law is home to the Indigenous Law and Policy Center. As the director, Matthew L.M. Fletcher heads up a program that trains law students to work with, and provide services within, Indian Country.

American Indian tribes have the right to self-govern. According to Fletcher, American Indian law routinely intersects with state and federal law and that makes it highly useful to have a working knowledge of indigenous law and its history. Even when a law student does not intend to practice in the area of indigenous law, knowledge acquired on the subject can provide further understanding about judicial practice.

In Michigan, there are twelve federally-recognized American Indian tribes and each has its own court system. Fletcher is a member of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, located in the northwestern section of Michigan's Lower Peninsula near Traverse City ... read more

Kerem B'Yavneh: Come Sow the Seeds of Torah Brian Winn, M.S.
Associate Professor, Department of Media and Information
Director, Games for Entertainment and Learning Lab
College of Communication Arts and Sciences

Meaningful Play in the Digital Age

From children tossing a stick in the yard to grand masters facing off across a chessboard, people like to play games. Since the advent of computers, the ways many people choose to play has changed. In 2016, the Entertainment Software Association reported that 63 percent of households in the United States have at least one person playing three or more hours of video games every week. In 2015, consumers spent $23.5 billion on computer gaming.

While many video games are developed purely as entertainment, there are people developing games for learning and other outcomes. Here at Michigan State, the Games for Entertainment and Learning (GEL) Lab works with external partners to create "serious" games, games that are designed to generate meaningful outcomes for those who play them. Through its partnerships, the Lab seeks to advance knowledge about the effects of digital games on people and society. Graduate and undergraduate students are employed and afforded opportunities to extend their learning through project research and development ... read more

MSU Priorities
Community and Economic Development in the 21st Century

MSU Alumnus Joe Johnson is launching the business startup Modern Fitness Dissolvable Protein Scoops Paul Jaques, M.A.
Director, Student and Community Engagement
Spartan Innovations

Neil Kane, M.B.A.
Director, Undergraduate Entrepreneurship
Michigan State University

From Ideas to Reality for Emerging Entrepreneurs

College is the perfect place to push your intellectual and creative boundaries. It is an environment that nurtures expansive thinking, creativity, and ingenuity. So what happens when someone at MSU has a really good idea and they want to put it into action?

When those ideas are taken a step further and produce viable products and services, they also become business startups and turn people with good ideas into entrepreneurs. That is where the Spartan Innovations team can help ... read more

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Upcoming Events

Community-Engaged Scholarship Write-In
East Lansing, Michigan
January 20, 2017
February 3, 2017
March 3, 2017
April 7, 2017

MSU Awards Convocation
East Lansing, Michigan
February 7, 2017

Global Engagement Speaker Series: Shawn Wilson
East Lansing, Michigan
February 15, 2017

Developing and Sustaining Community Partnerships
East Lansing, Michigan
February 17, 2017

Strategies for Publishing Your Community-Engaged Scholarship
East Lansing, Michigan
February 17, 2017

University Outreach and Engagement Awards Ceremony
East Lansing, Michigan
February 21, 2017

Global Engagement Speaker Series: Catherine Odora Hoppers
East Lansing, Michigan
March 15, 2017

MSU Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Awards
East Lansing, Michigan
March 23, 2017

PhotoVoice: Using Images to Tell Community Stories
East Lansing, Michigan
March 31, 2017

Preparing for Meaningful Community Engagement
East Lansing, Michigan
April 7, 2017

MSU Science Festival
East Lansing, Michigan
April 7-23, 2017

Michigan Science Olympiad State Tournament
East Lansing, Michigan
April 29, 2017

Summer Intensive on Community Engaged Scholarship
East Lansing, Michigan
June 5-9, 2017

Learning Through Reflection
East Lansing, Michigan
June 16, 2017

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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.

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