MSU Alumna Fostering Equity Through Art Education

Asmaa Walton hasn’t run short of opportunity after earning a bachelor’s degree in Art Education from Michigan State University in 2017. Following the completion of an M.A. in Art Politics from New York University (NYU) and a Toledo Museum of Art KeyBank Diversity Leadership Fellowship, Walton will join the St. Louis Art Museum this September as the 26th Romare Bearden Fellow. The Romare…

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Alumna Designs Activewear for Under Armour

Alumna Jess Burkhardt is using the skills she learned at Michigan State University in her current position as an Associate Designer at Under Armour, a global manufacturer of sports and casual apparel and footwear. A 2016 graduate with a B.A. in Apparel and Textile Design (ATD) from the Department of Art, Art History, and Design, Burkhardt tailored her undergraduate courseworkto fit…

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From Desktop Publishing to CGI: Alum’s Career Continues to Evolve

Graphic Design alumnus David Quisenberry has made a successful career in creative spaces since graduating from MSU in 1984 by evolving with new technology and continuing to learn at every stage. From Leo Burnett to Mackevision and founding two of his own companies, Quisenberry’s 35-year career has grown and flourished with each new technology, beginning with desktop publishing on the…

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Alumnus Thriving as a Machine Learning Language Researcher

After graduating from MSU in 2011 with degrees in Japanese and Linguistics, Luke Bates went on to earn a master’s degree in Computational Linguistics from Seoul National University with the goal of working on improving Korean-English machine translation. Bates still lives in South Korea, where he is a Researcher at Chung-Ang University and an English Teacher to doctors at Kangbuk Samsung Hospital. What is your…

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Joe Butts: Rising from the Wreckage

Artist Joseph “Joe” Butts knows firsthand what it’s like to crash and burn, but he also knows it’s possible to rise burnished and better from the ashes. He channeled all of those feelings into a behemoth, show-stopping sculpture, The Phoenix. “It’s a symbol of hope, and renewal and rebirth. I think that resonates with a lot of people. I know…

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Alumnus Juggles Successful Graphic Design and Cake Decorating Careers

Alumnus Mark Lie, BFA Graphic Design 1992 with a minor in Sculpture, is the Senior Art Director - 3D Specialist for FCB Chicago, an advertising agency, and owns and operates Piece of Cake – Custom Cakes by Mark. He even has appeared on Food Network TV shows, where he has demonstrated his talent as a cake decorator. You can find…

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Alumna Helps Develop Products for Shinola

Alumna Gabrielle Aldridge earned both a BFA in Apparel and Textile Design and a BA in General Management from Michigan State University in 2016. She is now the Product Development Manager for Shinola, an American luxury goods brand based in Detroit. What are your responsibilities as the Product Development Manager at Shinola?My main responsibility is to take our designers’ concepts…

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2019 Alumni Board Awards Presented

College of Arts & Letters faculty and students were recognized for their outstanding achievements in leadership, teaching, innovation, and community engagement at the College of Arts & Letters Alumni Board Awards ceremony on March 30 at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center. Hosted by the College of Arts & Letters Alumni Board, three different awards were presented at the event,…

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Alumna Utilizes MSU Experiences as A Dance/Movement Therapist

Alumna Kellyn Uhl is a Registered Dance/Movement Therapist (R-DMT) who, after graduating from Michigan State University in 2010 with a BFA in Theatre, worked as an actor, dancer, and photographer in New York City and all around the world. She credits all these experiences, including her time spent at MSU, for leading her to where she is today. Dance/Movement Therapist…

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Alumna Working at National Nuclear Security Administration

College of Arts & Letters alumna Kyle Pilutti is working on nuclear nonproliferation issues at the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) as part of a year-long fellowship program. After graduating from MSU in 2013 with a B.A. in Humanities Prelaw and Arabic, Pilutti worked as a Research Assistant at Ploughshares Fund and won the United Nation’s Essay Competition on her…

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