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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.


Presidential Volunteer Service Awards
36 MSU students and two MSU programs honored by U.S. Corporation for National and Community Service

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: April 14, 2017

Global Engagement and Social Responsibility: Higher Education's Role in Addressing Global Crises
Proposal deadline: March 6, 2017

International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE) Annual Conference
Proposal deadline: March 10, 2017

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

Imagining America Annual Conference
Submission deadline: March 20, 2017

Summer Intensive on Community-Engaged Scholarship
Application deadline: April 7, 2017

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.

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.

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

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Featured MSU Engaged Scholars

2016-2017 Community Engagement Scholarship Award Recipients Rebecca Campbell, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Psychology
College of Social Science

Kym Worthy, J.D.
Wayne County Prosecutor
Wayne County, Michigan

Community Engagement Scholarship Award Recognizes the Detroit Sexual Assault Kit Action Research Project

The 2016-2017 Community Engagement Scholarship Award was conferred on February 7 at the MSU Awards Convocation, an annual ceremony that recognizes academic achievements from across the university.

Psychology professor Rebecca Campbell and Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy were recognized on behalf of the Detroit Sexual Assault Kit (SAK) Action Research Project. The project comprises a multidisciplinary team of partners that also includes the Michigan Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention and Treatment Board, Detroit Police Department, Michigan State Police, and Wayne County SAFE (Sexual Assault Forensic Examiners) ... read more

MSU's Talbert and Leota Abrams Planetarium Shannon Schmoll, Ph.D.
Director, Abrams Planetarium
Department of Physics and Astronomy
College of Natural Science

Promoting Understanding for a Lifetime Under the Stars

"I think that engaging the public with science is one of the most important jobs," said Shannon Schmoll, director of Michigan State University's Talbert and Leota Abrams Planetarium. "There are a lot of misconceptions about science—that it's something only aloof geniuses do and it's not for the average person."

Schmoll's goal is to counter those misconceptions by showing, through the programming at the planetarium, that the wonder of science—especially astronomy—is readily available to everyone. "What excites me in particular about astronomy is that it is a very democratic science," she said. "Everyone can go outside and see the same stars, the same sun, the same moon." ... read more

MSU Priorities
Community and Economic Development in the 21st Century

The Information Technology Empowerment Center TechTransport Bus Kirk Riley, M.S.
Executive Director, Information Technology Empowerment Center
Academic Specialist, University Outreach and Engagement

Mobile Technology Classroom that Propels Imagination and Learning

The Information Technology Empowerment Center (ITEC) introduced a bus designed to bring technology to Lansing area learners during their TechTransport program rollout on January 25.

Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) are widely acknowledged as vital skills for preparing individuals to enter the 21st century workforce. The fundamental tools necessary for STEM education include computers, software programs, and Internet access, and those tools can be difficult to afford—or financially out of reach—for underserved populations. ITEC has developed the TechTransport program to address gaps in technological access that impede learning for economically distressed populations ... read more

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Upcoming Events

Community-Engaged Scholarship Write-Ins
East Lansing, Michigan
March 3, 2017
April 7, 2017

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

Ripple Effect Mapping: Documenting Impacts in Communities
East Lansing, Michigan
April 7, 2017

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

MSU Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Awards Ceremony
East Lansing, Michigan
April 20, 2017

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

Distilling Your Message Interactive Plenary
East Lansing, Michigan
May 15, 2017

Improvisation for Scientists to Strengthen Public Communication Skills
East Lansing, Michigan
May 16, 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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