The university could see a change on campus if a proposal to plan to move the Kresge Art Museum to a new location is passed by the MSU Board of Trustees on Friday. According to the board's agenda for the upcoming meeting, if the proposal passes, the project could cost up to $30 million. Under the proposed project, the museum would also move into the old Paolucci Building along East Circle Drive, which is currently abandoned. Officials from the museum did not want to comment on the issue until after the meeting, but MSU's chief engineer, Robert Nestle, said this site had a lot of good attributes that would benefit an art museum in the future. "The current building is vacant and is not a good candidate for other uses," Nestle said.
Grand Valley State University will partner with MSU's College of Human Medicine next month in a project to expand the medical school into West Michigan. MSU Provost Kim Wilcox said the absence of a medical school at GVSU did not affect MSU's plans to make the university a partner in this expansion. Wilcox said one of the programs MSU is lacking in and therefore could benefit from by signing on with GVSU is its physical therapy program. Adding to that, the partnership could expand into multidisciplinary teaching and nursing programs as well, said Denise Holmes, associate dean of MSU's College of Human Medicine. Since the expansion's announcement, university officials have added additional partners to help with the transition, including Spectrum Health and Van Andel Institute. Holmes said she expects the signing to happen around the third week of January in Grand Rapids and is hopeful for the partnership's future. "This is the major four-year university in the area," Holmes said.
The MSU livestock judging team finished in third place at the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Ky. This is the team's seventh event this season and they have always finished among the top teams, where most of these competitions have up to 30 teams competing. Besides this most recent finish, the group has also placed fifth overall at the American Royal in Kansas City, Mo., and third at the National Barrow Show in Austin, Minn. The team is sponsored by the Department of Animal Science at MSU. This was the team's last event of the season.
The MSU Board of Trustees will vote Friday to establish an endowment that would provide support to departments focused on central nervous systems disorders in the College of Human Medicine. The fund will support departments, such as neurology and ophthalmology but can be used to provide additional assistance in similar areas of research.