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Region 9

Bay, Genesee, Midland, Saginaw, Shiawassee

Region Statistics

Enrolled Michigan Students

Enrolled Medical Students

Alumni Residing in region

Spending with Local Businesses

Total Economic Impact

Staff/Faculty Residing in region

Financial Aid Disbursed

4-H Youth Participants

Property Owned by MSU (Acres)

Medical Interns/Residents/Fellows

MSU Partner Hospitals

*Data is from an independent study by the Anderson Economic Group


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Partnerships & Programs

Michigan State University partners with communities, organizations and businesses throughout the state of Michigan. Here are just some of the many ways MSU is working in this region:

Flint: a year of reflection

The Flint Water Crisis is far from over. As we provide ongoing health fairs in the community, we uncover new health concerns; injuries from carrying heavy water, lack of knowledge about home filter maintenance, and communities that still do not know about free health services available to them. These additional disparities are concerning. We have spent an innumerable amount of hours organizing and executing relief events, but the work is far from done. The crisis may no longer be receiving the national attention it once was, but Flint’s residents are still dealing with its effects. (Read more)

MSU receives $2M grant from Mott Foundation to improve future for Flint students

Michigan State University's Office of K-12 Outreach will continue to help improve educational opportunities for students in the city of Flint, thanks to a $2.1 million grant from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. Over the past year, with an initial $2 million grant from the Mott Foundation, MSU has helped Flint Superintendent Bilal Tawwab and his central office staff initiate major reforms in personnel policy, the collection and use of data and how it provides services to pre-K children and their families. (Read more)

MSU Extension honors Michigan Milk Producers Association with Key Partner Award

Michigan Milk Producers Association (MMPA), a long-time supporter and partner of Michigan State University Extension, received the Key Partner Award from Michigan State University Extension for its longtime support and for its work helping the people of Flint during the water emergency. The Key Partner Award, presented at MSU Extension’s annual conference in October, is given to individuals or organizations who have made significant contributions to creating, improving, supporting or promoting MSU Extension programs. (Read more)

Nathan Laurenz represents Michigan at 2016 World Food Prize Global Youth Institute

Though eating bugs might not be most people’s idea of a great meal, one youth from Breckenridge, Michigan, thinks it might be one way to help solve critical issues related to global food security. Nathan Laurenz, a junior at Breckenridge High School, traveled to Des Moines, Iowa, to participate in the World Food Prize Global Youth Institute, where he shared his research and recommendations for addressing global food security with peers and experts from the U.S. and around the world. (Read more)

College of Human Medicine honored nationally for community service

The Association of American Medical Colleges, or AAMC, honored the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine for its outstanding contributions to medicine and community service on Sunday, Nov. 13, during the AAMC's annual meeting, Learn Serve Lead 2016. The medical college received the Spencer Foreman Award for Outstanding Community Service recognizing its diverse partnerships in Flint and in rural Michigan areas that focus on improving health care across the state. (Read more)

Expanding biomedical engineering programs could boost state’s life sciences industry

A part of MSU’s College of Engineering, the Department of Biomedical Engineering aims to elevate the university’s role in supporting the biotech industry in Michigan and spin out new technologies into startup companies that commercialize research and innovation. (Read more)

MSU helps Flint students understand diabetes

MSU will help young people and their families understand what factors put them at risk for disease by expanding a program in the Flint Community Schools and in the surrounding community. "Education is a true and effectual catalyst. Even the simplest things we learn change us in some way,” said Sharon Saddler, a Flint resident living with diabetes and a representative of Flint-based Community-Based Organization Partners, or CBOP. “Our hope is that the education that we provide through this project regarding Type 2 diabetes will not only change young lives but will save young lives.” (Read more)

Laingsburg youth takes unique approach to leadership

Scovill, 16, credits his enrollment in Michigan 4-H, a program of Michigan State University Extension, with helping grow his confidence and leadership skills. Although still in high school, he credits 4-H with helping him set his sights on a career path – he plans to study animal science at Michigan State University. His ultimate career goal is to become an animal nutritionist so he can support the well-being of animals. (Read more)

Michigan universities collaborate to examine Flint water filters

Researchers from MSU, UM and Wayne State are conducting studies to determine the best ways to manage the type of point-of-use water filters being used by Flint residents. Filters have been shown to work well to remove metals such as lead and chemicals produced during chlorination. (Read More)

MSU received USDA’s prestigious award for its Flint water response

Michigan State University Extension was honored by the United States Department of Agriculture for the organization’s quick and comprehensive response to the residents of Flint affected by lead-contaminated drinking water. The prestigious Abraham Lincoln Honor Award for External Partnerships recognizes groups who have made outstanding contributions that support the USDA’s mission and goals. (Read More)

Bay County youth takes unique approach to leadership

It’s no secret that today’s youth feel pressure. Pressure to excel in school, to go to college, to get a job, etc. How they overcome those pressures, is a true testament to their character. Take Freeland native McKenna Rechsteiner for example. Rechsteiner, 16, credits her enrollment in Michigan 4-H, a program of Michigan State University Extension, with helping her learn responsibility and build confidence along the way. The life skills taught through 4-H helped Rechsteiner learn to work with others, overcome challenges and complete jobs once she started them. (Read more)

$4.8M NIH grant addresses environmental influences on child health

A $4.8 million grant awarded to Michigan State University from the National Institutes of Health will help Michigan’s top three research universities, a leading health care system and a state health agency investigate how exposure to a range of environmental factors in early development influences the health of children and adolescents. Ten hospitals and 20 clinics throughout Michigan’s Lower Peninsula will participate in the study. (Read More)

MSU project helps school officials find most effective programs

One-third of Michigan’s public school administrators have nowhere to go for information about programs to help students deal with bullying and managing their emotions or building healthy relationships, according to a recent study by the Michigan School Program Information Project. As schools face mounting pressure to address student needs with evidence-based solutions, the project – funded by the William T. Grant Foundation and the National Institutes of Health – aims to understand the challenges principals and superintendents face in trying to find the most effective instructional and social skills programs. (Read More)

‘Build habitat and they will come’: MSU research aims to bring bees back to Midwest farms

The native bee population in the Great Lakes region is on a decline, forcing farmers to explore new, bee-boosting tactics to produce the high yields of fruits and vegetables producers and consumers depend on. Dr. Rufus Isaacs, a bee researcher, and professor in the Department of Entomology at Michigan State University, meets with the host, Kirk Heinze, on Greening of the Great Lakes to talk about the work he’s doing to bring bees back to the Midwest farms and gardens. (Read More)

Michigan 4-H helps youth build Developmental Assets

A three-year study shows Michigan 4-H youth are building Developmental Assets through positive relationships with leaders, empowering youth to be creators of their own development and helping others through service. (Read More)

MSU brings better data to plant research

A new technology in plant research that is exclusive to MSU can be used to bolster production yield in crops or to breed plants that are heartier and able to withstand factors such as drought. (Read More)

Cherries and Beer Hops Growing Like Crazy in Michigan

Michigan State University research is leading to bumper crops of tart cherries and the resurgence of the state’s hops production. (Read More)

Facility for Rare Isotope Beams sneak peek draws in hundreds

More than 1800 people came out to get a sneak peek of this up and coming facility and excited would be an understatement. 6 News spoke with a couple scientific geniuses who say FRIB (Facility for Rare Isotope Beams) will not only benefit the greater Lansing area, but will help with unlimited amounts of research for the future. (See More)

Nearly 4,000 attendees learn about FRIB

Nearly 4,000 members of the public attended the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams and National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory open house on Aug. 20. The "Rare Access” event included activities, demonstrations, presentations and tours that allowed attendees to learn more about a world-leading science facility in operation (NSCL) and one in the making (FRIB). (Read More)

Hundreds pack into FRIB during open house

Nine-year-old Johanna Glinz of Montcalm Township was busy Saturday afternoon keeping a model molecule between two lines on a 10-foot-high clear cylinder. Using a handheld dial to control a fan at the base of the tube, the 4th-grader learned her task was similar to that of FRIB scientists, who will have to carefully monitor unstable molecules. "The scientists will also use electron microscopes to look at the particles," she said when her mother Jennifer Glinz prodded her to share what she'd learned. (Read More)



Regional Contact information

Extension Information

MSU Extension District 9

1 Tuscola St., Suite 100
Saginaw, MI 48607
Contact: Deanna East
E-mail: eastd@msu.edu
Toll Free:  (877) 643-9885
Office (989) 758-2500

Alumni Clubs

Bay County Alumni Club

Contact: Gretchen Walraven
Email: walraven5@yahoo.com
Website: http://www.baycountymsualum.com/
Like the Bay County Alumni Club on Facebook

Genesee County Alumni Club

Contact: Christine Gleason
Email: cgleason@genesys.org
Website: http://msu-gcac.com/

Midland County Alumni Club

Contact: Kurt Ieuter
Email: kurt@ieuterinsurancegroup.com
Website: http://s390949709.onlinehome.us/wp/

Saginaw County Alumni Club

Contact: Rachel Hopkins
Email: GoGreen@SaginawSpartans.com
Club site: http://www.saginawspartans.com/
Like the Saginaw County Alumni Club on Facebook 

Shiawassee County Alumni Club

Contact: Kenneth Geoghegan 
Email: kengeoghegan@charter.net