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Coffee With the Profs - Fall 2020 Series

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    MSU Alumni Office

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    Aug. 20, 2020

Coffee cup with a stack of MSU books and notebook

One of the MSU Alumni Office's long-standing featured offerings, the Coffee with the Profs series highlights research and work done by some of the university’s finest faculty and staff. This lifelong education program is open to all. 

Things will be happening a little differently this fall as participants will not be joining us in person on campus. Instead, it’s a virtual experience that you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home.

There is no cost to attend, but registration is required.

Fall 2020 Presentations

MSU Sustainability in Action – Think, Act, Inspire 

Oct. 5 | 10-11:30 a.m. EDT

Amy Butler, director, Campus Sustainability and Laura Young, program coordinator, Campus Sustainability

In 2019, for the first time, MSU achieved a Gold Rating in sustainability from the Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education and was 19th in the Princeton Review’s Top 50 Green Colleges. These rankings reflect significant progress in the four pillars of MSU’s sustainability framework: campus, curriculum, community and culture. Learn more about MSU sustainability, where every student, faculty, staff and alumnus can contribute to sustaining future generations of Spartans.

Register by Oct. 2


Journalism in the Crosshairs and at a Crossroads 

Oct. 12 | 10-11:30 a.m. EDT

Tim Vos, professor and director, School of Journalism

Journalists have long seen their profession as an essential feature of democratic life, providing an independent and authoritative source of information to citizens and policymakers. This commitment made journalism a powerful social force and an attractive profession to civically-minded persons. However, in the 21st century, journalism has faced significant disruptions, which have exposed journalism’s shortcomings and made it a target from all sides. For many, the need for good journalism is profoundly clear, but what constitutes good journalism is much less clear than what it once was. That’s left journalism and journalism education at a crossroads.

Register by Oct. 7


Where Are Autonomous Vehicles Taking Us?

Oct. 19 | 10-11:30 a.m. EDT

Mark Wilson, professor, School of Planning, Design and Construction

Autonomous vehicles are a disruptive technology that will bring change, good and bad, to our cities. One lesson from the past is not to leave preparation for technological change to the last minute but to be proactive about how we live in the future. To plan, we need to understand now how autonomous vehicles will affect our daily life in the future.

Register by Oct. 14


Grayling in Michigan: Challenges in Species Reintroduction

Oct. 26 | 10-11:30 a.m. EDT

Dan Hayes, professor, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife

Grayling were once one of the dominant fish in northern Michigan, but this species was lost from the state by the 1930s. Management agencies have tried multiple times to reintroduce this species, but all efforts so far have failed. We’ll explore the reasons Grayling went extinct, insights into impediments to reintroduction and current research exploring ways to enhance our chances for success.

Register by Oct. 21

For more information: If you have questions about the Coffee with the Profs program or would like to be added to the email list, please contact Elizabeth Wheeler via email or by calling (517) 884-2106.