Student Combines Love of Fashion and Medicine to Create Mask-Making Business

Maddy Eischer, a junior double major in Apparel and Textile Design and Molecular Genetics, is using the extra time during the pandemic to make a difference and to help her community.  “I have always had a passion for medicine and a talent for art and sewing,” she said. “I have struggled with ways to combine my interests, but the pandemic…

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College Plans for Spring 2021 Semester

Dear College of Arts & Letters Students, Staff, and Faculty, As we navigate a very challenging period of uncertainty, I write to provide an update from the College regarding the Spring 2021 semester. This message supplements the communications that were sent last week to the MSU community from President Stanley about the Spring 2021 semester and from Provost Woodruff regarding…

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Students Find Opportunities for Remote Internships

As Michigan State University pivoted to remote learning last spring, many College of Arts & Letters students also turned to remote internships over the summer and into the fall. Some students did remote independent internships while others participated in the Global Remote Internship Program, which helps students secure virtual internships with an international company or organization. Even through remote learning,…

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Budget Reduction Task Force College Meeting – October

Dear College of Arts & Letters Staff and Faculty, I want to provide an update on the progress of the Budget Reduction Task Force (BRTF) as part of our 2020 Contingency Plan. As mentioned during the College Meeting held on August 21, recommendations from the three subcommittees were due on October 8. Those have been submitted and are now available on…

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Collectively Building Anew: the Department of African American and African Studies

As we distance ourselves to help stop the spread of a deadly virus, a new department is being built within Michigan State University’s College of Arts & Letters — the Department of African American and African Studies (AAAS). At the helm of this momentous effort are Ruth Nicole Brown, Inaugural Chair of AAAS, and Tamura Lomax, Founding Associate Professor. “We…

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MSU Education Prepares Spanish Alumna for Online Teaching

Haley Rooney’s MSU education helped her a great deal in preparing for her teaching career and now for the changes in how education is being delivered during the COVID-19 pandemic. Rooney teaches Spanish, grades sixth through eighth, at Williamston Middle School in Williamston, Michigan. She graduated from MSU in 2017 with bachelor’s degrees in Elementary Education, Spanish, and Linguistics and…

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Alumna Fights Against COVID-19 as County Emergency Preparedness Coordinator

Spanish alumna Eileen Thompson began her journey at MSU with the goal of being a veterinarian while studying a second language to expand her possibilities. She now works as the Emergency Preparedness Coordinator for the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department, fighting against the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. “My main role in the response is to act as a liaison or conduit between…

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Alumna Serves on COVID-19 Response Task Force

MSU College of Arts & Letters alumna Zekiye Salman is helping her community in the fight against COVID-19 as a member of the Ingham County COVID-19 Response Task Force, a position for which her MSU education helped prepare and lay the groundwork for. Salman, who graduated from MSU in 2013 with dual bachelor’s degrees in Religious Studies and History, is…

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Alumna Uses MSU Education to Excel as an Educator

While the pandemic has been a trial by fire for most, Social Studies and Science teacher and MSU Spanish alumna Hannah Kahn smoothly adapted to the new norm of remote learning this past spring, even though it was only her first year teaching. Prior experience with online learning helped Kahn tremendously. Because of platforms such as Summit Learning, she was…

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Student Arts Materials Fund

As art and design students and faculty take on the task of remote learning, it seems as if some of their subjects pose seemingly insurmountable challenges. How can painters learn to paint outside of the studio? How can apparel students learn to make patterns at home? What might a home ceramics studio look like? Faculty in the Department of Art,…

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