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MSU, which capped off an 11-2 season in 2014 with a dramatic 20-point comeback win over No. 4 Baylor in the 2015 Cotton Bowl Classic, enters the ninth season of the head coach Mark Dantonio era in 2015 primed to make a run for a spot in the College Football Playoff after finishing last season with a No. 5 ranking in both of the national polls.
Here's today's MSU High 5 - a morning hello and the fastest way to get you up to speed with what's happening at MSU.
Tamara Williams, alumna of the MSU College of Music, has developed music programs in New Jersey and the Bronx for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse and for individuals with post traumatic stress disorder.
Just as nations around the globe carefully guard their defense secrets, so do plants.
Director of Spartan Performance Joe Eisenmann's goal when returning to MSU was to create a center of excellence around integrated sports medicine and sports performance for the young athlete.
The power strategists behind the winning presidential campaigns of the past two decades are headed to the stage at MSU's Michigan Political Leadership Program's dinner and breakfast in March.
Aron Sousa, senior associate dean for academic affairs in the MSU College of Human Medicine, will be recommended as interim dean of the medical college, succeeding Dean Marsha Rappley, who has served in the position since 2006.
Summer is flying by, and fall classes at MSU are around the corner.
As students make their way to the banks of the Red Cedar, there are a variety of tips and pieces of advice offered by MSU experts on topics ranging from health to finance.
When it comes to body clocks, pandas are the rugged individualists of the forest.
The MSU College of Human Medicine has expanded its premedical education "pipeline" program in Northern Michigan adding two community colleges to its Early Assurance Program, or EAP.
A recent $40,000 gift from the MSU Federal Credit Union will support MSU Museum exhibits, education and programs.
The Broad College of Business is working with the White House and other major business schools and companies to expand opportunities for women in business.
As much as I love girly clothes, high heels and nail polish, I'm not afraid in the least of a little dirt. I remember making mud pies, helping plant flowers in the yard, picking tomatoes from the garden, rolling around in the grass and practicing sliding into home base. I loved digging for potatoes in the mounds of my great-uncle Art's garden and walking barefoot in mud. I'm sure I ate my fair share of the earth - but a little dirt never hurt anyone.
Now that I'm grown up, I still don't mind digging into the soil and getting a little dirty. All through winter I long for warm enough days to plant flowers in the yard. Sure, it ruins my nail polish, but there's something satisfying about getting a little dirt under your nails every so often. I still like to venture out into my dad's garden and steal a few tomatoes and I'm competitive enough to take a dive into the dirt during pretty much any sport if it will help me win.
A few weeks ago I went camping - in a tent. I'm pretty sure I brought home a fair amount of Tawas Point State Park dirt home with me, but that's what camping is all about. A few years ago when I traveled the world as part of Spartans Will.360, getting dirty was part of the gig. When you travel to remote areas in 11 countries in eight weeks, with two pair of shoes and about five outfits, dirt is inevitable. I didn't mind it a bit. Dirt washes off, but a missed adventure can fill a life with regret.
I loved interacting with the farmers in my village in Guinea, particularly the women's gardening cooperatives, chatting with them and learning about the opportunities and challenges they faced.
On his first trip to Honduras eight years ago with a medical mission group, Evan Milton was struck by how a health care system's efficiency - or lack of it - can affect the wellbeing of the people it's supposed to serve.
John Papapolymerou has been named chair of MSU's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, effective Aug. 16.
MSU has named a point person to continue developing a campuswide culture of entrepreneurship and innovation among its undergraduate students. An experienced entrepreneur, business executive and Forbes contributor, Neil Kane will create a unified entrepreneurship strategy and introduce new programs, courses and initiatives focused on entrepreneurship and innovation.
Michigan State football fans of all ages are invited to attend the 13th-annual "Meet The Spartans," presented by Pepsi, on Aug. 18 from 5-8 p.m. in Spartan Stadium. Ninth-year Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio and members of the 2015 football team will be available for autographs on the concourse inside the stadium.
To improve emergency planning and better prepare the campus community for crisis situations, the MSU Police Department is holding a two-part evacuation drill Friday with cooperation from 14,000 Boy Scouts and staff.
MSU Museum's Great Lakes Folk Festival will take place Aug. 7-9. The event will showcase cultural treasures of the Midwest, along with the best of traditional artists from around the country.