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May 2022

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Message from the Interim Associate Provost

Laurie Van Egeren, Interim Associate Provost for University Outreach and Engagement

Preparing Students for Civic and Social Responsibility

Dear Engaged Spartans and our partners in Michigan and around the world,

A key goal of any university is to prepare students to be effective and contributing citizens. By engaging with communities as part of their educational experience, students are better prepared for lifelong civic and social responsibility and strengthened in their capacity to collaborate democratically within society in ways that enact social change. At MSU, this engagement takes many forms, whether through academic coursework, applying institutional resources to address community challenges, or in engagement experiences beyond the classroom through MSU Days of Service or other volunteer opportunities. These community-engaged learning experiences are often a highlight of a student's college career, and stories of some of their experiences are featured in MSU's annual Community-Engaged Learning Index ... read more

Featured MSU Engaged Scholars

With libraries hosting AI literacy programs, underserved youth will learn about the fundamentals of AI and envision how AI can benefit local industries.

Rare Butterfly Flourishes in the Most Unlikely of Environments

Nick Haddad, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Integrative Biology
College of Natural Science
Senior Terrestrial Ecologist
W.K. Kellogg Biological Station

Butterflies and bullets. Thinking of one probably won't lead to thinking of the other. Nick Haddad, professor in MSU's Kellogg Biological Station and Department of Integrative Biology, and his students are working to change that by addressing the correlation between the St. Francis Satyr butterfly and the habitats they're calling 'home.'

Haddad, a butterfly scientist and conservation biologist, was first approached by the U.S. Army in 2002 because the ideal habitat for the Satyr, ironically, lies on an artillery training zone at Fort Bragg, North Carolina - the largest army installation in the United States.

"This butterfly is one of the rarest butterflies in the world with only about 3,000 adults remaining," Haddad said. "With such a small population, it's threatened with extinction. Because of its rarity ... read more

A young, emerging sound artist learns DJing and turntablism at a community event at the Pontiac Public Library.

Making Spaces for Making Sounds

Emery Petchauer, Ed.D.
Associate Professor, Department of English
Coordinator, English Education Program
College of Arts and Letters
Associate Professor, Department of Teacher Education
College of Education

A long-time DJ, turntablist, beat-maker, and crate digger, Emery Petchauer loves to bring people into community through creative spaces. Referencing the philosophy of American author and social activist, Grace Lee Boggs, he says it's the critical connections among people, not the critical mass of people, that matters.

"It's really these creative practices that bring about most friendships in most of the places where I spend time when I'm not on the job, and sometimes on the job, as well," said Petchauer. "So making space for people to connect with one another through these kinds of activities is hardwired into how I operate—it grows from this kind of person that I am and how I try to ... read more

Awards Ceremonies Honor Exceptional Community Engagement

Awards Ceremonies Honor Exceptional Community Engagement

The upcoming All-University Awards Convocation will recognize the achievements of faculty, academic staff, and graduate students for their outstanding efforts and contributions during an in-person event on Wednesday, May 11 in the Big Ten Rooms at the Kellogg Center in East Lansing. Of the eight awards being presented, the Community Engagement Scholarship Award (CESA) will acknowledge community-based scholarship collaborations that positively impact both the community and scholarship. This year, the CESA will be bestowed upon Robin Lin Miller, professor of psychology, and her partner, MPact Global Action for Gay Men's Health and Rights, for their partnership implementing community-led strategies to address barriers to HIV care for gay and bisexual men and transgender women in African and Caribbean countries.

The recently convened MSU Outreach and Engagement Awards Ceremony, honored ... read more

Announcements and Events

Community-Engaged Scholarship Write-Ins
MSU Office for Public Engagement and Scholarship
May 6, 2022
June 3, 2022
July 1, 2022
August 5, 2022

Call for Applications: Advancing Research Impact in Society
Center for Advancing Research Impact in Society (ARIS)
Application deadline: May 6, 2022

Call for Applications: Engaged Scholarship Research/Creative Activities Grants Program for Faculty
Engagement Scholarship Consortium
Application deadline: May 9, 2022

ARIS Summit
Center for Advancing Research Impact in Society (ARIS)
May 9, 10, 17, 24, 2022

Call for Nominations: Falling Walls Science Summit 2022
Falling Walls Science Summit
Nomination deadline: May 15, 2022

Community-Engaged Teaching and Learning: A Comprehensive Experience
MSU Center for Community Engaged Learning
May 16-19, 2022

Connecting Our Practice to the Constellations and Core of Community Engagement
MSU Center for Community Engaged Learning
May 17, 2022

Achieving Broader Impacts Through Industry Partnerships, Commercialization, and Entrepreneurship
MSU Office for Public Engagement and Scholarship
May 17, 2022

Call for Applications: Joy of Giving Something (Undergraduate) Fellows Program
Imagining America
Application deadline: June 3, 2022

Call for Applications: Publicly Active Graduate Education Fellows Program
Imagining America
Application deadline: July 1, 2022

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Conference: A Seismic Shift in Promotion and Tenure
Promotion and Tenure-Innovation and Entrepreneurship (PTIE)
July 25-27, 2022

Participatory Modeling Field School
MSU Office for Public Engagement and Scholarship
August 15-18, 2022

ESC 2022: The Impact of Engaged Scholarship: People, Purpose, and Passion
Engagement Scholarship Consortium
September 19-22, 2022

University Economic Development Association Summit
University Economic Development Association
October 9-12, 2022

Outreach and Engagement Resources

MSU Graduate Certification in Community Engagement
This 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 Community Engaged Learning 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 Michigan State University Press

The Engaged Scholar Magazine Cover - Volume 15

The Engaged Scholar Magazine

The 2021 issue of the Engaged Scholar Magazine looks at how Michigan State University faculty, students, and staff and their community partners adapted to work with each other during the pandemic to create a "new normal" that we can all live with into the future.

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Looking for Community Partners?

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, University Outreach and Engagement may be able to help you. Our staff and researchers have connections across the state in areas such as education, mental health, human services, business, and government. For more information, contact Laurie Van Egeren, Interim Associate Provost for University Outreach and Engagement at (517) 353-8977, or vanegere@msu.edu.

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