Lessons from a Flipped Classroom with Jon Keune

Jon Keune, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, is exploring non-traditional teaching methods in one of the oldest fields of study. In a quest to see how changes to teaching style can affect student engagement, Keune is exploring transformational classroom models within the College of Arts & Letters. He has been experimenting with the “flipped classroom model” in his REL 340…

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Art & Science Graduating Senior to Deliver College Commencement Speech

Maddy Eischer, who is graduating in May with a dual degree in Apparel and Textile Design (ATD) and Genomics and Molecular Genetics, was selected as the Spring 2022 College of Arts & Letters student commencement speaker. A member of the Honors College, Eischer also is graduating with a perfect 4.0 GPA and is a recipient of Michigan State University's Board…

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Experience Architecture Senior Receives College’s Outstanding Senior Award

Emily Lin, who is graduating this spring with a B.A. in Experience Architecture, is this year’s recipient of the College of Arts & Letters Outstanding Senior Achievement Award, which annually recognizes a graduating senior for academic excellence, service and leadership, and a commitment to personal and professional development, cross-cultural sensitivity, and diversity. Lin also is a 2022 recipient of the Experience…

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Minor in AAAS Leads to Focus on Educational Equity and Community Service

Moneé Green listened to her grandfather when he told her that the one thing people can’t take away from you is knowledge. He also told her that if you love something, do it. So she pursued music at the Detroit School of the Arts and, in her senior year, applied to Michigan State University to further her education. “I was…

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First-Generation Student Finds Niche, Discovers Value of MSU Education

College wasn’t always an end goal for Gabby Riley. While her paternal grandmother was a role model as a long-time teacher in Detroit Public Schools and a graduate of Howard University, her parents didn’t follow the same collegiate path. As a student of Renaissance High School in Detroit, Riley didn’t view herself as college-bound, but quickly changed her mind after…

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Fiction Filmmaking Capstone Class Premieres Its Most Ambitious Film Yet

This year’s Fiction Filmmaking Capstone Class, the largest to date, took on its most ambitious film project ever in the history of the course, exceeding the annual class budget of $5,000 to create the 30-minute film, The Broken Diamond, which will premiere on Saturday, April 30, at 7 p.m. in Room B115 of Wells Hall.  The premiere is free and open…

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Citizen Scholars Graduates 13 More Students 

This spring and summer, 13 more MSU College of Arts & Letters students will graduate from the Citizen Scholars program while earning their undergraduate degrees.    These 13 Citizen Scholar graduates join 32 other graduates of the program, for a total of 45 Citizen Scholar alumni since the program’s launch in Fall 2016.   A collaboration between all departments within the College…

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Kirk Domer Appointed Acting Associate Dean of Academic Personnel and Administration

Kirk Domer, Professor of Scene Design in the Department of Theatre, has been appointed Acting Associate Dean of Academic Personnel and Administration and will serve in this position July 1-December 31, 2022, while Sonja Fritzsche, Associate Dean of Academic Personnel and Administration, is on research leave. "I am excited to join the College of Arts & Letters Deans' Team to…

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College of Arts & Letters Graduates Earn 4.0 GPA Board of Trustees Awards

Ten College of Arts & Letters students are graduating this May with perfect 4.0 GPAs and received Board of Trustees’ Awards for having achieved the highest scholastic average one can receive at the end of their undergraduate careers at Michigan State University. They are among the 179 MSU students recognized this spring by the MSU Board of Trustees for having…

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Case Dekoning-A Playwright with a Passion for Exploration

Faculty Shout-Out by Dr. Steve Rachman: "Case is funny, talented, and smart. He is also a theater major along with his English degree and has combined his interests in many ways. I was thrilled to see him play the role of Prince Charming in an MSU production of Stephen Sondheim’s “Into the Woods.” He has a knack for combining his…

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