Philosophy Alumna Accepts Assistant Professor Position

Ayanna De’Vante Spencer, who earned her Ph.D. in Philosophy from Michigan State University this spring, has accepted a tenure-track assistant professorship at the University of Connecticut with joint appointments in Philosophy and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Dr. Spencer is changing the status quo in the field of philosophy by combining activism with her research. Her dissertation, “Epistemologies of Criminalization:…

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Gift to Benefit Summer Circle Theatre Program

Former Chair of the Michigan State University Department of Theatre, Frank C. Rutledge used to say that his daughter and the Summer Circle Theatre (SCT) Program were born in the same year. Now, in celebration of SCT’s recent 60th anniversary of producing free professional theatre on the banks of the Red Cedar, Andrea S. Rutledge, daughter of Frank C. Rutledge…

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Fund Created to Help Students Get the Art Materials They Need

When classes at Michigan State University moved to remote learning, students in the Department of Art, Art History, and Design (AAHD) faced the unique challenge of emulating studio spaces from home. In an effort to ensure student success, AAHD created the Student Art Materials Fund to provide necessary art supplies for students during remote learning.  “Some forms of Studio Art and Apparel…

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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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Free Support Programs to Help Michigan’s K-12 School Districts

Michigan State University has created a number of support programs and materials to help Michigan’s K-12 school districts prepare for online instruction this fall.  Among these programs is the Foundations of Successful Online Teaching & Learning series that was collaboratively developed by MSU's Enhanced Digital Learning Initiative and Okemos Public Schools. This series is designed to help teachers understand and adopt the…

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Spartans Will to Give and Help Students Who Face Financial Hardships

As the COVID-19 pandemic turns our way of life upside down, one principle continues to be of utmost importance: the need to look out for one another. Since mid-March when Michigan State University moved to remote learning to contain the spread of COVID-19, College of Arts & Letters alumni, parents, and friends have asked how they can help and dozens have contributed…

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MSU Alumnus Founds Retail Company With Aim to Help the Homeless

MSU alumnus Josh York first became interested in creating his own clothing when he was in middle school. He started by making T-shirts with his mom and sold them to his classmates. A few years later while attending Schoolcraft College, York, then 19, hand-stitched his last name into a beanie and began selling them at local music shows. That marked…

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Citizen Scholars Program Helps Fund Study Abroad to China

Citizen Scholar Margo Skornia, a junior with a double major in Theatre and Chinese, received funding from the Citizen Scholars program to help pay for her two-month study abroad trip to China this past summer. This study abroad experience allowed her to finish her Chinese major. She took Chinese language classes at the Harbin Institute of Technology each day from…

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College Reaches $20 Million Campaign Goal, Continues Fundraising Momentum

Thanks to the generosity of alumni and friends, the College of Arts & Letters has reached its $20 million Empower Extraordinary Capital Campaign goal and looks to build upon this momentum to reach yet higher. “We wish to extend our heartfelt gratitude to those who have so generously contributed to the success of our campaign, which is helping to transform…

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College of Arts & Letters Surpasses Campaign Goal

Michigan State University’s College of Arts & Letters (CAL) has exceeded its Empower Extraordinary Capital Campaign goal of $10M, as reported by University Advancement. Officially announced in October 2014, the Michigan State University $1.5B Empower Extraordinary Capital Campaign will enable MSU to significantly increase its endowment and make substantial new strategic investments on campus and around the world. “This early success was made possible…

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