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Featured MSU Engaged Scholars

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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

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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

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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

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 Burton Bargerstock, Executive Director of the Office for Public Engagement and Scholarship, at (517) 353-8977 or bb@msu.edu.


We would like to hear from you. Contact us with comments, suggestions, announcements, or "engaged scholar" project information for future e-newsletters. Send to: engaged.scholar@msu.edu.


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.

Community Engagement Toolkits
Designed by the Center for Community Engaged Learning to guide and support MSU faculty, students, staff, and community partners.

Transformations in Higher Education: The Scholarship of Engagement Series
Available from Michigan State University Press

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