Graduate Reflects on Time at MSU and How It Led to Studio Art Degree

The day after May McCalmon’s art pieces were mounted at Kresge Art Center as part of the Undergraduate Juried Exhibition, they had to be taken down due to the COVID-19 outbreak that prompted the suspension of all face-to-face instruction at MSU. “I was pretty excited and not too stressed about it,” McCalmon said about the exhibition. “I was ready and…

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Alumna Uses Spanish Degree as a School Psychologist

As a School Psychologist for the Jackson County Intermediate School District, MSU alumna Katy Friend is the person other school psychologists rely on when there is a case involving a Spanish-speaking student because of the Spanish education she received from Michigan State University.   “I typically work in one district but can be pulled to work in another if they…

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Alumnus Is a Managing Editorial Assistant at Macmillan

Michigan State University alumnus Arik Hardin, who graduated in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in English, is the Managing Editorial Assistant for the Children’s Publishing Group at Macmillan. Earlier this year, he returned to campus to talk to students interested in pursuing a career in the publishing industry. “The English degree I received from MSU was excellent,” Hardin said. “One…

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Alumnus Begins New Role at Virginia Symphony

Sal Parillo, M.A. Arts and Cultural Management 2018, recently started a new job as the Operations Manager of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, which is celebrating its 100th Anniversary Season in 2020-2021. As the Operations Manager, Parillo is responsible for overseeing the Virginia Symphony’s production crew, coordinating guest artists’ travel and housing, making sure venues are scheduled, and distributing the annual performance…

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MSU English Alumnus Directs Communications for Michigan Governor

For Zack Pohl, it was inevitable he would attend Michigan State University. What wasn’t inevitable was him overseeing communications at the highest level of state government during the worst public health crisis in 100 years. A 2006 graduate of Michigan State University’s College of Arts & Letters, Pohl is the Communications Director for Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, a position he’s held since January 2019…

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Alumna Is the Creator and Voice Behind ‘Reba to the Rescue!’

“When you’ve done all you can do, and you’re feeling down and maybe blue…” Have no fear, because there is Reba to the Rescue! Reba to the Rescue! is an online-based video series that airs on WKAR television during PBS Kids programming on weekdays and weekends. Cicely C. Mitchel, who graduated from Michigan State University with a B.A. in English and concentrations in Education and…

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Alumna Works to Strengthen State’s International Alliances

MSU alumna Katelyn Wilcox is the Assistant Chief of Protocol for the State of Michigan where she works to strengthen Michigan's international alliances. She graduated from Michigan State University with a B.A. in French and a B.A. in Finance with an International Business specialization. On March 20, she will participate in an alumni networking discussion as part of the Careers in Language event hosted by the College of Arts & Letters’ Excel Network. Find out more about Wilcox, her time at MSU, and her career in the following Q&A.

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Theatre Alum Named Artistic Director of NYC Fresh Fruit Festival

Dennis Corsi, BFA Acting and BA Media Arts & Technology 2013, recently was named the new Artistic Director of the Fresh Fruit Festival. Over the past 18 years, this festival has become one of New York City’s most visible and acclaimed LGBTQ arts organizations, elevating the quality, diversity, and inclusivity of queer theatre, poetry, comedy, music, dance, film, and other artistic expressions.…

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Alumna a Leader for Accessibility at Wells Fargo

As the Inclusive Design Lead and the Mobile Design Lead for Accessibility at Wells Fargo DS4B, College of Arts & Letters alumna Shell Little is responsible for the company's commercial digital attributes that deal with mobile leveraging properties.  “I work for the corporate side, so if your company banks with Wells, you use my software,” she said. “I do anything…

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Enhancing the Lansing Community While Teaching Math Through Art

Alumnus Dustin Hunt is breathing artistic life into the Lansing community by filling blank walls with vibrant murals while teaching and inspiring a whole new generation of artists in the process.  Through his math-based, youth-centered mural-making business, Muralmatics, Hunt, who graduated from MSU in 2007 with an Art Education degree, is enhancing the beauty and strength of the Lansing community by…

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