Ph.D. Student Wins National Award for Work in Queer Theory

Ruby Mendoza, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures at Michigan State University, has won a national award in recognition of their outstanding work in the area of queer theory. Mendoza is one of only two recipients of the 2023 Gloria Anzaldúa Rhetorician Award, a national scholarship presented by the Conference on College Composition and…

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MSU Theatre Presents Steve Martin and Edie Brickell Musical ‘Bright Star’

Michigan State University’s Department of Theatre presents Bright Star April 19-23 in the Pasant Theatre at the Wharton Center for Performing Arts. Inspired by a true story and featuring the Tony®-nominated score by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, Broadway’s Bright Star tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American South in the…

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Linguistics Major Helps Rebuild LGBTQIA2S+ Student Organization from Ground Up

Linguistics major Ryan Peters has devoted much of his time to cultivating the LGBTQIA2S+ community at Michigan State University in his pivotal role as the Residence Halls Association (RHA) Representative for People Respecting the Individuality of Students at MSU (PRISM), which is the South Neighborhood LGBTQIA2S+ Caucus.  He was first elected as the RHA Representative for PRISM during his first semester on campus.…

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University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum Set for April 14

Michigan State University’s 25th annual University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum (UURAF) will take place Friday, April 14, both online and in person. This hybrid event will feature research projects and creativity from more than 900 undergraduate students at MSU, including 34 students from the College of Arts & Letters.   UURAF provides a unique educational opportunity for MSU students…

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Citizen Scholar Makes an Impact at MSU and Now Looks Toward Graduation

When Walker Trossen toured Michigan State University in high school, he had little idea of the impact he would have as a Spartan or how his time here would influence the direction of his career. Swayed by a strong Chinese language program and the conversations with faculty and an advisor during his campus tour, Trossen chose to come to MSU…

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Student Designers Showcase Creations Before Sold-Out Fashion Show Crowd

The creative designs of 26 Michigan State University students, including 20 Apparel and Textile Design students from the College of Arts & Letters, were featured before a sold-out theatre of more than 500 attendees at the 2023 VIM Magazine Fashion Show. “For students who want to pursue this full-time, this show is a valuable resource to gain professional experience, photos…

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Fulfilling a Lifelong Dream of Earning an Art Degree

At age 36, Jesse Amburgey is looking forward to fulfilling his lifelong dream of earning a bachelor’s degree as he prepares to graduate from Michigan State University in Spring 2023 with a B.A. in Studio Art. Having grown up in the East Lansing area, Amburgey spent many years traveling, bartending, and living in different places after receiving a General Associate…

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Student’s Resume Includes National Award, Prestigious Internship, and State News Editor-in-Chief

This story refers to recent acts of violence at Michigan State University that may be difficult to read. Resources and assistance are available through multiple campus programs. From more than 5,000 applicants, Michigan State University senior SaMya Overall was chosen for an internship with the American publishing company Simon & Schuster — a significant accomplishment in an already impressive resume that…

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Apparel and Textile Design Major Combines Academic and Athletic Passions for Internship

With childhood memories of crafting garments for her dolls and watching her mother use sewing patterns, Lauren Freeland rediscovered her love of fashion as an Apparel and Textile Design major at Michigan State University.  "I didn’t realize I wanted to pursue fashion design as a career until college but, looking back now, I can see I've always had a love…

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New MSU Arts Living-Learning Program Launches for First-Year and Incoming Students

Michigan State University has launched a new living-learning undergraduate community on campus available to current first-year and incoming students in arts-related majors in the College of Arts & Letters (CAL) or Residential College in the Arts and Humanities (RCAH). Participating students will live together in Snyder-Phillips Halls starting in the Fall Semester 2023 and will have unique access to more than 20 art and…

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