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K-12 Outreach Creates Online School Improvement Resource

April 29, 2014
K-12 Outreach Creates Online School Improvement Resource

By Kathleen McKee Snyder Michigan State University has been an integral part of Michigan’s MI Excel Statewide System of Support for the last seven years. In 2012, the university’s Office of K-12 Outreach became a key partner in the effort to assist MI Excel schools, which are working to improve achievement (Priority schools) and to… Read More »

Cover Story: Educate. Empower. Change.

April 29, 2014
Cover Story: Educate. Empower. Change.

Photo courtesy of the Will Counts Collection: Indiana University Archives Reflecting on history, continuing the struggle for equity in education By Nicole Geary When Carlotta Walls LaNier arrived at Michigan State University in 1960, classmates welcomed her into the dormitory. She did not announce that she was one of the nation’s bravest advocates for civil… Read More »

Dreams of Ancestors: Born, Deferred, Realized?

April 29, 2014
Dreams of Ancestors: Born, Deferred, Realized?

Reflections on Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” Speech and Civil Rights in Education My maternal great-grandmother Dorenda often said she was born in the year peace was declared. She meant the year slavery was abolished in the United States. Born free in 1863 to a slave mother also named Dorenda, she farmed land and… Read More »

One Faculty Member’s Story: The Heart of Opportunity

April 29, 2014
One Faculty Member’s Story:  The Heart of Opportunity

From floating to flying: Mentor helps MSU faculty member launch unlikely academic career By Nicole Geary Terry Flennaugh found out how powerful a mentor can be the moment he got the call. He could not believe it, but a college admissions officer was saying yes. “I had been told ‘no’ in a lot of different… Read More »

In Memoriam

April 29, 2014
In Memoriam

Thelma Bishop Former Department of Kinesiology professor and dean of the (then) Women’s Physical Education Department, died Nov. 1, 2013.  She spent her entire career at Michigan State University, serving from 1939 until retiring in 1981. Herbert W. Olson Retired Department of Kinesiology professor, died on Aug. 28, 2013. Olson joined the kinesiology faculty in… Read More »

Doctoral Student Profile: Stories in Flux

April 29, 2014
Doctoral Student Profile: Stories in Flux

PhD student helps recast the role of social studies education, and the ‘American’ way By Nicole Geary “We are not comfortable unless it looks like this,” Associate Professor Avner Segall said, balancing a globe on his desk with Antarctica pointed straight down, America front and center. “But, it doesn’t have to be this way.” Social… Read More »

Alumni Notes

April 29, 2014
Alumni Notes

Henry “Hank” Bullough, BA ’56 (Physical Education), was inducted into the Michigan State University Athletics Hall of Fame in 2013, joining an elite group of athletes and leaders who have played a part in MSU’s rich athletic history. Bullough is considered by most to be a football legend, playing under infamous Green Bay Packers coach… Read More »

Alumni Success Story: Recovering and Advancing

April 29, 2014
Alumni Success Story: Recovering and Advancing

* Photos courtesy of Evan Pinkus Hard work, determination pays off in dividends for kinesiology alumnus By Sarah Wardell When Michigan State University kinesiology alumnus Leigh Weiss graduated from high school in 2000, he was like most graduates—hopeful and carefree. An East Brunswick, N.J. native, Weiss was swimming at the Jersey Shore with friends the… Read More »

Estate Planning: Prepare Your Legacy

April 29, 2014
Estate Planning: Prepare Your Legacy

The College of Education continues to be recognized as one of the best in the nation, ranking #1 for 20 consecutive years in the areas of elementary and secondary education. A critical component in being recognized as a leader in education is the college’s outstanding faculty and student body and their innate ability to excel… Read More »

Family Creates Lecture on Youth Sport

April 29, 2014
Family Creates Lecture on Youth Sport

Some of Dan Gould’s best memories of his daughter are captured in photos: Kristen running in the backyard, Kristen playing in her little pool, Kristen rolling and tumbling on the living room floor. Looking back, he knows that physical activity helped her have a very enjoyable life, albeit much too short. Sadly, Dan and his… Read More »