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Region 7

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Agriculture and Natural Resources - 18

Arts and Letters - 18

Business - 18

Communication Arts and Sciences - 16

Education - 20

Engineering - 18

Human Ecology - 16

Human Medicine - 20

James Madison - 6

Justin Morrill College - 6

Lyman Briggs College - 6

Music - 14

Natural Science - 18

Nursing - 18

Osteopathic Medicine - 16

Residential College in Arts & Humanities - 4

Social Science - 18

Urban Affairs Programs - 2

Veterinary Medicine - 20









*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:

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)

$88.1M Grand Rapids Research Center opens doors to medical discovery

A new era for scientific discovery was unveiled this morning during a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony for Michigan State University’s $88.1 million Grand Rapids Research Center. “The opening of our Grand Rapids Research Center is a major step toward creating a special blend of learning and discovery that will have a positive impact on the lives of the people we serve in Michigan, the country and the world,” said MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon. (Read More)

MSU Expanding Medical Research In Grand Rapids

Next month, the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine will open a new research facility in Grand Rapids. For almost a decade, MSU has leased research space in Grand Rapids from the Van Andel Institute. This new building is the former site of the Grand Rapids Press newspaper. Demolition of that building and the construction of a six-story, 162,800 square foot research center came with a price tag of just over $88-million dollars. Donors include Richard and Helen DeVos, who gave $10-million, and Peter and Joan Secchia, who contributed another $5-million. Other money is coming from the MSU general fund and from tax exempt financing. (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)

‘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)

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)

Tapping century-old Spartan barley

MSU’s agricultural roots are infusing Michigan’s robust beer industry with the revival of Spartan barley. The variety, boasting superior qualities and well suited to Michigan’s climate, was developed 100 years ago at MSU and made its way into fields across the country. Recently, an MSU AgBioResearch agronomist and his team revived the barley from heirloom seed and partnered with New Holland Brewing Co. to create a limited-edition beer. Brewing with this storied grain is a toast to Spartans’ significant contributions to Michigan agriculture and economic prosperity. Cheers! (See more)

The newest economic realities for your dairy farm

There is no question that Michigan dairy farms have been experiencing tough economic conditions over the past two years. Some drivers of these conditions are new, or at least greater in scale than have been experienced previously. The response by individual farms is critical to their ability to survive and thrive. MSU Extension is offering a program called Newest Economic Realities in Agriculture: Building Your Farm’s Plan. This program is designed to help everyone, from a novice to an advanced farmer, to understand your business’ numbers. (Read more)

Supporting innovation and entrepreneurship in the arts

When Cynthia Kay graduated from Michigan State University in 1975, she focused on transforming her double major in applied voice and television and radio into a career. Today, Kay owns a full-service media production company in Grand Rapids — one she founded in 1987 after a dozen years of seeking a career that combined her passions. As a small business owner, Kay believes in helping others shape their careers, as evidenced by her support of the MSU College of Music’s Running Start entrepreneurial program. (Read more)

MSU to help increase student success in Grand Rapids

Michigan State University has joined a Grand Rapids-area community initiative to increase the number of students from underrepresented groups entering and graduating from Michigan colleges. To College, Through College is a collaboration between the city of Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids Public Schools and 10 higher education institutions across the state. The goal is to increase college enrollment and graduation for all Grand Rapids-area students, but particularly for first generation students and people of color. (Read more)



Regional Contact information

Extension Information

MSU Extension District 7

775 Ball Avenue NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Contact: Betty Blase
Toll Free: (877) 643-9884
Office: (616) 336-3275