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Region 11

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Agriculture and Natural Resources - 18

Arts and Letters - 18

Business - 18

Communication Arts and Sciences - 18

Education - 24

Engineering - 18

Human Ecology - 18

Human Medicine - 24

James Madison - 6

Justin Morrill College - 6

Lyman Briggs College - 6

Music - 16

Natural Science - 18

Nursing - 20

Osteopathic Medicine - 18

Residential College in Arts & Humanities - 6

Social Science - 18

Urban Affairs Programs - 6

Veterinary Medicine - 22









*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:

Four Alumni Named Detroit’s 30 in Their 30s

D Business named four Broad College of Business alumni to its 2017 30 in Their Thirties ranking. Recognized for their outstanding leadership skills and entrepreneurial abilities, these alumni have accumulated great success in their postgraduate years, collectively making an impact in the city of Detroit. (Read More)

Alum Finds Motown’s Sweet Spot

After traveling across 16 countries in eight years studying chocolate, Broad College of Business alumna Alex Clark (BA Hospitality Business ’10) opened Detroit’s first artisan chocolate shop in 40 years – officially pinning the city on the global “foodie” map. Following classic French techniques and using locally sourced ingredients, Clark created Bon Bon Bon, a unique gourmet shop – and a staple for the Detroit community. (Read More)

Detroit Designs Making a Difference: Alum Uses Fashion to Help Homeless

In the heart of Detroit resides a Broad College of Business alumnus with a mission. Josh York (BA Supply Chain Management ’16), founder of York Project, a clothing company started in 2012 that gives back to cities in need, began his mission with the desire to contribute to Detroit’s renaissance. (Read More)

Innovation is a Spartan state of mind

For Michigan State University Spartans, entrepreneurship is more than a skill or discipline—it’s a mindset. It’s a way of thinking and working that opens doors, creates connections and accelerates innovation across disciplines. Spartan innovators imagine a better world, then work to make it a reality. MSU supports them by connecting them to experienced business leaders and start-up funding opportunities and by cultivating university-wide entrepreneurship programs and community collaborations. (Read More)

MSU scholars aim to improve computer science in classrooms

A team of scholars from the Michigan State University College of Education will develop new methods to enhance computer science education in schools. The collaboration is funded by a nearly $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation. The team will work directly with the Oakland Intermediate School District to implement curriculum changes, focusing on minority and economically disadvantaged students to encourage their learning of the computer science field. (Read More)

MSU launches partnership for urban agriculture in Detroit

A Detroit neighborhood will host Michigan State University’s first urban food research center, developing solutions to economic and nutritional challenges unique in urban environments. The MSU Detroit Partnership for Food, Learning and Innovation will break ground during the first half of 2018 at the site of the former Houghton Elementary School in the Riverdale neighborhood, near Brightmoor. Urban-focused research areas envisioned for the center include soil sampling and pollution cleanup, pest and crop disease management, forestry, innovative growing systems and community food systems development. (Read More)

Michigan State uses $1.3m NSF grant to improve college and workforce readiness

MSU will use a $1.3 million grant from the National Science Foundation to help more low-income and minority high school students enroll in college. The two-year grant will allow the College Ambition Program to expand on and improve how students are prepared for college and the workforce. The CAP program, created in 2011, is a Michigan high school-based model that combines multiple strategies – including course counseling, mentoring and financial aid advising – to help students achieve postsecondary success. The program focuses primarily on juniors and seniors in 11 high schools in the Detroit and Lansing areas. (Read More)

Quicken Loans Pilots Entrepreneurship Program with Broad

Like a boomerang, the “Dan Gilbert Effect” launched from Detroit, is circling East Lansing, and will return to Motor City. Quicken Loans Family of Companies (QLFOC) and the Eli Broad College of Business have piloted a program that taps the college’s Entrepreneurship & Innovation program to help Quicken companies solve real business issues. (Read More)

Flowers of Vietnam blossoms Detroit restaurant scene

When one thinks of a bustling city center, the mind’s eye goes to skyscrapers, rush hour traffic, and unique restaurant offerings. The Book Tower, Fisher Building, and surrounding local traffic now have the third element, thanks to a Broad College of Business alum. George Azar graduated from Broad’s School of Hospitality Business in 2014, and in just a short time has grabbed national headlines as an innovative restaurateur in Detroit, and for putting a new face on a Detroit dining landmark. (Read More)

MSU launches IACMI with ribbon cutting, tours

Michigan State hosted local students, dignitaries and researchers for the official ribbon cutting and tours launching the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation, or IACMI, in Detroit’s Corktown. The institute is a partnership of industry, universities, national laboratories and federal, state and local governments exploring ways to use composite materials to make automobiles lighter and more fuel-efficient. This partnership between the government, private sector, and research universities will lead to innovation across the auto industry – a vital part of Michigan’s economy. (Read More)

MSU’s Science Gallery Lab Detroit receives $1M grant

Science Gallery Lab Detroit (SGLD) will launch exhibits in summer 2018 with help from a $1 million grant from MSU Federal Credit Union. The funds will be distributed in $200,000 increments over the course of five years and will support exhibition development, production, community engagement efforts and staffing needs. The goal of MSU’s lab is to reach youth ages 15-25 who are making important decisions about college and career choices and show them the interconnections between science, the arts, culture, design, business and innovation. (Read More)

MSU shows its sporty autonomous vehicle at Detroit Moves

Outreach specialist Brad Clark was among the Spartan Engineers representing MSU at the mobility showcase, Detroit Moves. Detroit Moves was a special collection of live demonstrations and activations hosted in Spirit Plaza in downtown Detroit from Sept. 7-9. It showcased the innovative mobility technology being designed and produced in Michigan to local, national and international visitors. (Read More)

The Great State Road Trip!

From East Lansing to Escanaba, see how MSU Spartans make Michigan a place of opportunity, innovation, and prosperity. (Read More)

MSU’s Detroit Street Care program

MSU’s Detroit Street Care program brings much-needed acute medical care to the city’s homeless population. MSU doctors and nurses provide hands-on learning experiences for medical students while caring for vulnerable populations that lack access to health care. Richard Bryce is Detroit Street Care’s faculty adviser and an assistant professor in MSU’s Department of Family Medicine. Dean Carpenter is a nurse and MSU alumnus. (See More)

MSU automotive research in Detroit

Michigan State University researchers in Detroit’s Corktown are exploring ways to use composite materials to make automobiles lighter and more fuel-efficient. The Department of Energy tapped MSU to lead a large-scale manufacturing facility, the MSU Center of Excellence, part of the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI). This collaboration between the government, private sector, and research universities will lead to innovation across the auto industry—a vital part of Michigan’s economy.(See More)

‘The Great State Road Trip’ to showcase MSU impact in Michigan

This summer, MSU’s Communications and Brand Strategy is taking a road trip throughout Michigan, highlighting the ways Spartans are making the state a place of opportunity, imagination and innovation. Titled “The Great State Road Trip: Exploring MSU’s Impact Across Michigan,” the journey spans three weeks and seven cities showcasing Spartan doctors, scientists, creators and educators, and the transformative work they do every day. (Read More)

MSU AgBioResearch announces field day schedule for summer 2017

Members of the community and Michigan’s agriculture industry are invited to tour several of the Michigan State University research facilities this summer during the annual field day festivities. (Read More)

Michigan ArtShare and Michigan State University Extension announce a “Call for Art” program

Michigan ArtShare is creating a “Looking-At-Art-Images” education program named ArtShare, utilizing a ‘critical thinking practice’ called Visual Thinking Strategies. The project goal is to use narrative images created exclusively by Michigan artists for the students to view using the VTS method, instead of using images from art history or other states or countries. This enables Michigan’s children to become more visually literate and creative problem solvers, and they will do so by looking at professional Michigan artist’s images and becoming more familiar with their work. (Read More)

MSU to partner with MusicTown

MSU will offer free educational programs in Detroit’s soon-to-be-built MusicTown, a venue designed to host and celebrate music, culture and entertainment in the city of Detroit. CBS RADIO Detroit, in association with Olympia Entertainment, will soon begin construction on MusicTown, located inside Hockeytown Café, within the 50-block, mixed-use sports and entertainment development known as The District Detroit. There, the College of Music and Community Music School-Detroit will host educational workshops, musical performances and lectures by MSU professors and musicians, said James Forger, dean of the College of Music. (Read More)

Pres. Simon’s testimony to the House Appropriations Higher Education Subcommittee

On March 23rd, President Lou Anna K. Simon testified before the House Appropriations Higher Education Subcommittee and made her case for MSU. "By supporting public higher education, you support Michigan residents’ ability to compete in a global knowledge economy. By supporting Michigan State, you are supporting our three-dimensional mission of education, research and service to Michigan communities. Michigan citizens deserve to have high expectations, together with the actual means to achieve them. With your support, MSU is committed to doing just that. (Read More)

Engaging Detroit's young adults in science and art

Part art gallery, part science lab, part theater, MSU is launching an initiative to ignite a passion for science, technology, engineering, art and math in Detroit’s young adults. Called Science Gallery Lab Detroit, the goal is to reach youth ages 15-25 who are making important decisions about college and careers and show them what interesting ideas emerge when different disciplines collaborate. It will work with scientists, researchers, artists and designers to develop creative ways to tackle some of the world’s largest problems, something MSU has been doing for more than a century. (Read More)



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Extension Information

MSU Extension District 11

28115 Meadowbrook
Novi, MI  48377
Contact: Richard Wooten
Toll Free:  (877) 643-9886
Office: (248) 380-9100