Scholarship Recipients Studying Critical Foreign Languages

Three College of Arts & Letters students and one alumna are studying critical foreign languages this summer thanks to the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) they received from the U.S. Department of State.  The scholarship recipients include Steven Gagnon, a Second Language Studies Ph.D. student; Emma Young, a Social Relations and Policy senior with a minor in Arabic; Hannah Fischer, a Comparative Cultures…

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MSU Alumnus Honors Historic Legacy of University’s 1965-66 Football Teams

Tom Shanahan was looking for something to devote his attention to during the COVID-19 pandemic.   The pandemic took away the 1978 MSU graduate and former State News sports editor’s opportunities to write as a freelance journalist — his career for the last 12 years — so he decided to retire. Shanahan was not done writing, however. His first task in…

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MSU Scholars Examine Sustained Significance and Impact of Juneteenth

On Saturday, June 19, Michigan State University will host a  university-wide and in-person celebration of Juneteenth to commemorate the freeing of African American slaves in the United States. This week-long celebration includes virtual film screenings, panel discussions, and webinars that will lead up to the in-person event. A recent MSU Today podcast featured four MSU scholars who discuss the sustained significance and impact of Juneteenth, including Dr. Tamura Lomax…

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The Cube Helps Local School District Provide Mental Health Support

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken its toll on our mental health, and at East Lansing Public Schools, they are combating mental health issues with the help of The Cube, MSU’s publishing hub, which created the Trojan Mental Health Matters website to support the emotional well-being of East Lansing students. “In the wake of the pandemic, a lot of people struggle…

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Film Studies Graduate Wins Michigan Broadcast Award

Isaiah Johns, recent graduate with a B.A. in Film Studies and a minor in Fiction Filmmaking, received a first-place Michigan Student Broadcast Award from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB), along with partner George Pham, a Media and Information major, for their Holiday Comma Concert.  This 2021 statewide award was in the Use of Multimedia category. The MAB is a…

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Lifelong Learner Follows Her Passion to Earn M.A. in Spanish at Age 72

Armed with a passion for Spanish and an undeniable drive to learn, Margaret “Peggy” Kennedy successfully earned her M.A. in Hispanic Literature from Michigan State University last week at the age of 72. But what led her to pursue a second graduate degree at a time when most people are looking to retire, was born out of the love for…

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MSU Education Motivates Graduate to Pursue Ph.D.

MSU College of Arts & Letters student Darby Grachek graduated this spring with a Master’s of Arts in Linguistics and says it was her MSU education and experiences here that propelled her to pursue a Ph.D. Darby Grachek “If it weren’t for the different research labs and professors at MSU giving me opportunities to do different kinds of research, I…

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Professional and Public Writing Outstanding Senior Award Goes to Three Graduates

Annie Dubois, Naomi Johnson, and Sydney Wilson are the 2021 recipients of the Professional and Public Writing (P2W) Outstanding Senior Award. Presented by the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures (WRAC), the Professional and Public Writing Outstanding Senior Award recognizes graduating students who demonstrate excellence in the classroom, success in experiential learning, and engagement with the community. Annie Dubois During her…

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Student Receives Scholarship to Study Abroad in France

French major Tricia Carreon has received a scholarship from the Université de Tours in France to study abroad there in the Spring 2022 semester. She recently completed her first year of undergraduate study at Michigan State University and is looking forward to her first semester on campus in the fall before heading to France for this opportunity.

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Conversations with CAL – Innovations in Modern Choreography Intimacy for the Stage

Intimacy Directors and Coordinators is an organization pioneering the best practices for performed intimacy, simulated sex and nudity for theatre, live performance, tv and film. The team is comprised of the professionals who were critical to the creation of the fields of Intimacy Direction for Theatre, TV and Film, creating what are now the accepted standards across the industry...

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