Wednesday, August 10, 2022

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Faculty tour may open Lithuania to study abroad

MSU students may soon be able to set their sights on a country that once laid beyond the iron curtain - Lithuania.Robert Huggett, MSU vice president of research and graduate studies, joined a group of three faculty members in a tour of the country’s universities last month.He said he hopes to establish opportunities for students to study abroad in the nation, which was formerly under Communist influence.“We discovered what appears to be a great interest in collaborating with MSU,” he said.

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U donates time, honors Gandhi Day

The Coalition of Indian Undergraduate Students took the opportunity to honor Mahatma Gandhi on Saturday by facilitating its second day-long volunteer effort.The event was designed to coincide with Gandhi Day, celebrated on Oct.

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Program provides companionship for HIV patients

Anyone looking to donate some time and caring effort may find an opportunity through the Lansing Area AIDS Network. The network is looking for volunteers for its buddy program and for this Sunday’s AIDS walk. “Being a buddy can change your life,” said David Bialski, a buddy program volunteer.

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Campus briefs

Red Cross to sponsor disaster relief trainingA student chapter of the nationwide group, Physicians for Social Responsibility, is sponsoring a Red Cross Disaster Relief Training session from 9 a.m.

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Honors College enrollment prospers

Of the more than 34,000 undergraduate students enrolled at MSU, 6.5 percent are enrolled in the Honors College. The college has 2,300 students, including 480 incoming students - a 14 percent increase from last year. These preliminary enrollment statistics for the 2001-02 school year, showed the Honors Colleges reached the second highest enrollment since 1971. At the Academic Council meeting Tuesday, Provost Lou Anna Simon said MSU has an ethnically and academically diverse group of students - and the Honors College numbers enhance that. “1971 was a banner year for the Honors College enrollment, and this is almost near that record,” she said. Director Ron Fisher said enrollment has consistently gotten larger over the last seven years, but he hopes it will stay around this level for a while. “My hope for the future is to stabilize somewhere between 2,100 and 2,300 each year,” he said. While the Honors College’s enrollment has increased in size, the new students in the college have increased in academic talent as well - along with the rest of MSU’s incoming freshmen this year. “The university in the last six or seven years has expanded its research of the high academic talent in Michigan and other states,” Fisher said. Gordon Stanley, director of admissions, said this was one of the strongest incoming classes. “Going by the preliminary numbers, yes, this is the best academic class to come through MSU,” he said.

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Engineers seek to make odorous oinkers smell sweet

The odors on swine farms can be a problem not only for farmers, but for the public as well. Agricultural engineers at MSU are hoping to do something about it. A group of researchers are searching for ways to eliminate these pungent odors.

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Students, faculty unite to celebrate Yom Kippur

Shira Weinstein said she will share in a Hebrew prayer for peace and those suffering during Yom Kippur today. Yom Kippur is the Jewish holiday for reflection and forgiveness. Weinstein, the program director of the Hillel Jewish Student Center, 402 Linden St., said the disasters in New York and Washington are in her heart during the holiest day of the year. “It’s been a part of our prayer.

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U to sell exotic plants

Students and community members who love plants will have an opportunity to purchase them at a cheap price Friday and Saturday.In an effort to cut back its live plant collection, the Department of Plant Biology is selling a portion of its greenhouse collection.Jason Kilgore, president of the department’s Graduate Student Organization that is planning the sale, said the need to downsize stems from the loss of greenhouses behind the Old Horticulture Building, which were torn down in August 1999 with the promise of new ones.“While we were waiting for these new greenhouses, the plants were stored in temporary ‘polyhouses’ (plastic houses) on south campus,” the botany and plant pathology graduate student said.

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Stabenow to discuss recent attacks with campus

U.S. Sen. and MSU alumna Debbie Stabenow will speak to students on campus today about the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and what can be done for the future. Stabenow, D-Lansing, will discuss the fact that despite national struggles in the past, the government has still managed to pass significant legislation. She will also address the diverse American culture and her experiences as a senator.

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Conference to give proof of animal healing powers

Owning or just petting a cat or dog can help lower one’s blood pressure and even help a child with a chronic illness, MSU researchers have found.Lana Kaiser, a professor of nursing who organized the conference, said these findings have been accepted as truth for years, but the science to back them up has not been discovered until now.Since the creation of the Human Animal Bond Initiative - an effort by MSU faculty and community members to uncover the healing powers of animals - was created last year, MSU and nationwide researchers have been hard at work.Their findings will be presented at a conference Friday and Saturday.The two-day event, “Cuddle a Critter and Call Me in the Morning: The Science Behind Our Relationships With Animals,” will be held at the Michigan Athletic Club, 2900 Hannah Blvd., and the Life Sciences Building on campus.Linda Spence, an assistant professor of nursing, will introduce speakers at the conference, including Alan Beck, director of the Center for the Human-Animal Bond at Purdue University.

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Eli Broad maintains highest enrollment honors at U again

The MSU Board of Trustees presented preliminary enrollment numbers for the most populated colleges in the university for the 2001-2001 academic year at its meeting Friday.Leading the list was The Eli Broad College of Business followed by the College of Natural Science, the College of Social Science and the College of Engineering - the same top four as last year.

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Wealth of career workshops available

As the semester gets underway, career fairs, workshops and interviews aim to draw students of all majors to get acquainted with recruiters of their desired professions. “We’ve done really well with our workshops,” said Lenroy Jones, career services coordinator for Career Services & Placement.

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ASMSU ends search, names chief of staff

ASMSU has been looking for the right person to fill its chief of staff position for three months.They finally found her.Ashley Grieve, a packaging junior, was officially hired as the new chief of staff of MSU’s undergraduate student government Thursday, beating out five other candidates.

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Crime drops over chiefs 15 years

For the last 15 years, Melinda Benson has spent many birthdays celebrating within the walls of MSU’s Department of Police and Public Safety.With her September birthday falling right when students return to campus, it’s the only way she has the chance to see her husband, MSU police Chief Bruce Benson, on her special day.“He’ll always say ‘I know how to show my wife a good time,’” she joked.

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Haley takes position as DCL board president

Clifton Haley, a 1961 graduate of the MSU-Detroit College of Law and board member since 1997, was unanimously elected president of the MSU-DCL Board of Trustees on Friday.Haley has served as vice president of the board under the leadership of Judge Richard Suhrheinrich since 1998 and since then has helped to increase the academic standards and enrollment at the law school.Haley said he has wanted to give something back to the university for some time.“It’s a tremendous honor to be elected by the same school that I graduated from,” he said.