Dean's Blog

A Teacher's Kindness and a Student's Gratitude


Almost a year ago, in the midst of the excitement of fall football, with the campus at the peak of its countenance, I met John Gruner. John was gaunt. His clothes hung loosely on a frame that had lost

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Catalysts of Communication


Last year, when collecting ideas for our strategic plan, I asked if there was one word that captured the essence of who we are and what we want to be. After various discussions and deliberations, we settled on catalyst.

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A Time for Reflection and Looking Forward


At a recent staff meeting, our staff teased me for my penchant for the number five when I listed five items on my agenda. I seem to have become fixated with the number five. They have a point. It should come as no surprise, then, that we started off this year with five goals. Here’s a quick update. Continue reading

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Who Will Create a Civil Society?

Sparty at sunset.

Individuals, organizations and societies need a bigger purpose for a meaningful existence. In the United States, we cherish the ideals of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Journalists cherish the First Amendment that guarantees free speech and go to extraordinary lengths to fight for this freedom. Institutions have high aspirations, as well. MSU’s campaign, Spartans Will, promotes the ideals of individual strength, collective power and extraordinary impact as our motto. Continue reading

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New Year: New Meaningful Experiences

Prabu David

At the beginning of a new school year, our students arrive on campus with hopes and dreams of new possibilities, as do our faculty and staff. This year, we welcome 3,257 undergraduate students, who come from all 50 states in the Union and 29 countries, and 254 graduate students from 19 countries. No matter where they come from, at some level, all students share similar aspirations and trepidations. Continue reading

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