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Sanjay Gupta takes on top job

 Sanjay Gupta, associate dean for MBA and professional master’s programs in the Eli Broad College of Business, has been recommended to serve as acting dean of the college.

The appointment of Gupta, the Russell E. Palmer Endowed Professor of Accounting, is pending approval of the MSU Board of Trustees.

“With Sanjay’s history of leadership in the college, I am confident that he will step into this position with the background and skills needed to provide continuity in this time of transition,” said MSU Provost June Pierce Youatt.

Gupta joined the university in 2007 as the chair of the Department of Accounting and Information Systems. He was appointed associate dean in July 2012.

As associate dean, he introduced curricular innovations, such as BroadWeeks, in the MBA program, facilitated the launch of new master’s programs in business analytics and management, strategy, and leadership, and led a task force to evaluate the Weekend MBA program. Average GMAT scores of entering students rose by 15 points during his tenure, and the MBA program increased its position in global and national rankings.

Gupta’s research focuses on corporate and individual tax policy issues. He has written extensively on corporate tax burdens, corporate responses to changes in tax incentives, and the interaction of taxes and financial reporting. He received his Ph.D. from Michigan State University, a master of accountancy from Bowling Green State University, a bachelor of laws from Calcutta University in India, and a bachelor of commerce from the University of Mumbai.

Gupta will serve as acting dean designate effective July 1 through July 31 and as acting dean effective Aug. 1. He will succeed Stefanie Lenway, who was recently named dean of the Opus College of Business at the University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul, Minn.


Goal is to boost health of world's inland fisheries

Michigan State University Provost June Pierce Youatt signed a letter of intent last month aimed at  bolstering inland fisheries programs with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in June.

Their first project will be Freshwater, Fish, and the Future, an international conference to be held at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy at the end of January, 2015. The gathering will take a groundbreaking, global, multidisciplinary approach to inland water issues with a focus on fish and fisheries for food security, livelihoods, and their role in aquatic ecosystems.

A cross-sectoral effort to raise the profile of inland fisheries, the conference will seek to better incorporate fish into agricultural, industrial, recreational, and urban land use and water resource planning through development of improved assessment frameworks and value estimation in the context of global change adaptation.

“Inland fisheries provide a crucial source of protein as well as income for millions in the developing world,” said Árni M. Mathiesen, assistant director-general of the FAO's fisheries and aquaculture department. “We welcome the support of Michigan State University in taking a global, multidisciplinary approach to address the common challenges that face sustainable inland fisheries all over the world.”

The partnership also establishes the Robin Welcomme Visiting Scholar program, in which MSU will host an exceptional senior scholar in freshwater fisheries resources. The scholar program will contribute to and enrich the MSU community’s intellectual endeavors and international portfolio on the ecology and management of global inland freshwater fisheries.

In addition, a new internship program will link the best of FAO mentors with the best of MSU’s graduate students, developing future globally-thinking fisheries professionals. The partnership will establish advanced learning opportunities on global inland fisheries and aquatic ecosystems through the development of online and distance learning courses and lectures.

Finally, the Provost announced the establishment of a new faculty position related to global inland freshwater fisheries ecology and governance to augment the partnership.


Trio applies nearly $300 million to healthy water initiatives since 2009

Michigan State University and its University Research Corridor partners protect Michigan’s precious water resources and enhance its “blue economy” through hundreds of millions of dollars in research and service, a new report shows.

The URC universities – MSU, the University of Michigan and Wayne State University – landed nearly $300 million in funding for water-related research and outreach from 2009 to 2013. The 2,100 awards led to innovations in a wide variety of areas, ranging from invasive species to monitoring water quality and finding ways to optimize water use in agriculture, according to “Innovating for the Blue Economy,” a report released today at the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Mackinac Policy Conference.

Not only do the three universities help protect water resources locally as well as globally, but each year together produce more than 3,400 graduates prepared to address water issues through careers in business, academia and government. Nearly 40 percent of those graduates earn advanced degrees, according to the report. The three universities offer 68 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in water-related areas such as engineering, agriculture, public health, natural resources and business.


Honor comes with a seat on the State Board of Education

A Michigan State University alumna who—teaches third grade in the Walled Lake Consolidated School District—has been named the 2014-2015 Michigan Teacher of the Year. The recognition is accompanied by a seat on the State Board of Education.

Mike Flanagan, Michigan’s State Superintendent of Schools, surprised recipient Melody Arabo, ’01, ’04, at a mid-May assembly commemorating Keith Elementary School’s 50th anniversary.

“She has a magical way of making learning fun for kids. You have to see her with students. Mrs. Arabo not only helped my son build confidence in reading, but he is now able to read,” says Edie Schwartz, a parent who nominated Arabo for the award. Keith Elementary is located in West Bloomfield Township, northwest of Detroit.

Arabo has been a teacher for 12 years. She earned a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s degree in curriculum and teaching at MSU. She was selected from a field of 238 nominees.

“I feel my greatest accomplishment is being named to represent the state of Michigan as an effective teacher preparing future citizens of the world. This is such a great honor to be a positive voice for education and all teachers in Michigan,” she says.

“We hear so much negativity. I’m looking forward to having the opportunity to show the public that Michigan has great schools and dedicated teachers,” Arabo says.

As Michigan Teacher of the Year, Arabo will have the chance to meet with Governor Rick Snyder and President Barack Obama.

Selected each year by the Michigan Department of Education, the Michigan Teacher of the Year program provides professional development opportunities, travel to promote the teaching profession, a seat at the monthly state board meetings and more.

Arabo is the fifth MSU graduate to be honored with the statewide title. She joins the ranks of: Dan Schab, ’91, MA in educational administration; Sue Gutierrez, ’92, MA in curriculum and teaching; Jim Linsell, ’73, BA in social science and teaching; and Margaret Holtschlag, ’87, MA in reading instruction.


Coming off its second consecutive NCAA Sweet 16 appearance, Michigan State volleyball has put together a challenging slate for the 2014 season. Head coach Cathy George announced the schedule last month. The slate will feature 13 teams that made the NCAA tournament last season. 

"We're excited with what we have put together for 2014," said head coach Cathy George, who embarks on her 10th season on the Spartan sideline this fall. "The strength of our non-conference schedule will test us and prepare us for the Big Ten season, giving us the opportunity to immerse our new lineup right away against strong competition. The Big Ten showed last year that it's the best that collegiate volleyball has to offer, and we're proud to be a part of it. I'm really looking forward to getting our team on campus to start working."

Gametimes for MSU's 15 home games at Jenison Field House will be announced closer to the season, as will the television schedule.

Here's the game schedule.

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