Three Graduates Receive XA Outstanding Senior Award

The Experience Architecture (XA) Outstanding Senior Award usually is awarded to only one student who shows excellence in the program, standing out amongst their peers. However, for the second year in a row, multiple winners have qualified for their exemplary work. The Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures (WRAC) has named Joey Dearing, Madison O’Connor, and Ryda Sundila as…

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Theatre Major Receives Alumni Award for Undergraduate Excellence

Theatre and Management major Jason Dernay, who is graduating this spring, is this year’s recipient of the Alumni Award for Undergraduate Excellence, which is presented each year to a high-achieving graduating senior in the College of Arts & Letters. “I was surprised and honored,” Dernay said, “but very thankful for the committee and the College of Arts & Letters for…

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Graduate Leaving MSU with a ‘Heap of Memories’

Elena Bulthuis is a Citizen Scholar who is graduating this spring with two degrees in French and Experience Architecture. As she looks forward to graduation, she reflects on her time at MSU and the experiences she has had as a Citizen Scholar, studying abroad, studying away, interning, working for VIM Magazine, and more.

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Graduate Looks Forward to Fashion Industry Career

Emma Stubbs, a senior Apparel and Textile Design major and Citizen Scholar, is preparing to graduate this spring and looks back on the many experiences she has had while a student at MSU that will help guide her as a professional designer. Some of these experiences include a study abroad to Italy, a study away to New York City, and…

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Renovating Learning Through Compassion and Innovation

After 10 years and two terms as Chairperson of Michigan State University’s Department of Theatre, Professor Kirk Domer is returning to the faculty. His time as Chairperson, he says, has been defined by three words: renovation, innovation, and compassion. He has built a reputation of leading from a place of compassionate and collaborative risk-taking, using the art of theatre to serve as a civilizing agent in society. He summed up his tenure as Chairperson by saying: “My goal has…

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Citizen Scholars Gain Firsthand Perspective in Puerto Rico

A group of MSU students, including nine Citizen Scholars from the College of Arts & Letters, recently traveled to Puerto Rico for a weeklong study away trip where they gained a deeper understanding of Puerto Rico’s culture, its rehabilitation efforts post-Hurricane María, and its vexed colonial and territorial relationship with the United States. The trip was an extension of Assistant Professor…

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Studio Art Major Helps Digitize World’s Largest Insect Collection at Field Museum

Last spring, when Charles Benoit, a Studio Art major with a minor in Museum Studies, participated in the Culture, Community, and Social Impact in Chicago study away program, the group visited the Field Museum, where Benoit learned they were digitizing the largest insect collection in the world.  After the talk, he spoke with the museum’s Insects Director. That meeting eventually led Benoit…

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Students Learn About Accessibility in Silicon Valley

A study away program took 14 Michigan State University students, 13 of whom were from the College of Arts & Letters, to Silicon Valley where they visited large tech companies, networked with alumni, and tested accessibility in both digital and physical spaces. The goal of the week-long program, titled “Accessibility in the Tech Industry,” was to introduce students to what…

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Theatre Students Research Immersive Theatre in NYC

In preparation for the upcoming Department of Theatre production, Thus With A Kiss I Die, two Theatre students, Brianna Beeman and Sam Meade, were sent on a research trip to New York City to experience immersive theatre first-hand and participate in a variety of workshops with professional performers. Shortly after arriving in New York, Beeman and Meade began their research by attending one…

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Student Investigates Motivations Behind Lone Terrorism

This week’s mass shooting in Las Vegas has one College of Arts & Letters student thinking about the importance of her research on lone terrorists. Guin Overly, a senior with a double major in Arabic and Psychology, is analyzing the motivation behind lone terrorism as a Research Assistant for former MSU Assistant Sociology Professor Bernard Finifter.  “Our work is really…

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