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Poetry in Motion Gives Mid-Michigan CATA Riders Something to Contemplate

Poetry in Motion Gives Mid-Michigan CATA Riders Something to Contemplate

I wish words to burn as bright
in their constellations —
story, poem, prayer, song
as these heavenly trinkets of the dark,
to periodically flash
by as they explode, disperse
into cosmic matter, caught
in the rear view eye of only the most astute.

— excerpt of "Vocabulary Night" by
Anita Skeen from Never the Whole Story©

There is a little more to think about during a bus ride around the mid-Michigan area, thanks to a collaborative effort between Michigan State University and the Capital Area Transportation Authority.

Anita Skeen, professor and director of Michigan State University's Center for Poetry, and assistant director, Stephanie Glazier, are working with the Poetry Society of America to sponsor Poetry in Motion®, a nationwide initiative that features poetry in public transit systems ... read more


Morton Village Field School Preserves the Human Story for Future Generations

Morton Village Field School Preserves the Human Story for Future Generations

Archeology helps us put together the pieces of what makes us human: what we share, how we got here, how we impact and are impacted by our environment, and what came before us. It's the mission of many cultural institutions to tell the human story, but full-scale archeological digs can be cost prohibitive.

Dr. Jodie O'Gorman, associate professor and chair in the Department of Anthropology, has been collaborating since 2007 with the Dickson Mounds Museum, a branch of the Illinois State Museum System, on the Morton Village archaeological field school, in the Illinois Valley.

O'Gorman's interest in archeology began as an undergraduate student, when she "happened upon" an archeology course that entailed many road trips to various archeology sites. According to O'Gorman, "I was hooked. I began taking classes in anthropology and going to the field with anyone who would take me." Then, as a doctoral student at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, she began researching the Oneota people, who lived in the Midwest from about AD 1000 to the 1600s ... read more

MSU Priorities

Community and Economic Development in the 21st Century

MSU Viticulture Research and Extension Program Builds Strong Engagement with Michigan Grape and Wine Industry

MSU Viticulture Research and Extension Program Builds Strong Engagement with Michigan Grape and Wine Industry

The next time you reach for a glass of Michigan wine, chances are you could enjoy an excellent beverage courtesy of a widespread collaboration. The Viticulture Research and Extension Program in the Department of Horticulture at MSU, led by assistant professor Dr. Paolo Sabbatini, works with growers, winemakers, industry experts, research colleagues, and students to produce and expand healthy, high quality, and abundant grape yields in Michigan.

Viticulture is the science of grapes and their culture, including the cultivation of grapevines, and enology is the study of wine. Michigan State University became involved with the state's grape industry nearly 50 years ago, when Dr. G. Stanley Howell, now professor emeritus, came to the university in 1969 and began a research project on behalf of the National Grape Cooperative, based out of southwest Michigan. At that time, 12,000 mature grapevines were intact primarily in two counties, Berrien and Van Buren, and the grapes produced were used primarily for juice ... read more


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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MSU Graduate Certification in Community Engagement
This program prepares graduate students for careers that integrate scholarship with community engagement. It offers students a transcript notation indicating that they have completed the program.

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

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.

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