Food Packaging Basics

Date: November 10, 2015 - November 12, 2015
Location: MSU School of Packaging's Ternes Outreach Center

This hands-on workshop is designed for those who have a role in managing packaging for food and related operations within their organizations.  The workshop will offer full insight in all aspects of food packaging including function, materials, systems and processes, shelf life estimation, active packaging, modified atmosphere packaging, distribution, food security and more!  You will leave this course better prepared to implement functional design elements and sustainability practices to your company’s packaging and related operations.

Cost: $1,495
(MSU student and faculty discounts available at the registration page.)

To register please visit our online store!

 

The agenda for the Food Packaging Basics Course is:

FOOD FOODPACKAGING BASICS COURSE NOVEMBER 10-12, 2015

Day One –  Tuesday, November 10,  2015

8:45

REGISTRATION & WELCOME & INTRODUCTIONS

Cimberly

15 min

9:00

INTRODUCTION TO FOOD PACKAGING: This session will explore how packaging materials and containers are used to protect food products from elements such as moisture, oxygen and light. Differences in barrier and product compatibility will be highlighted.  Preservation techniques such as modified atmosphere packaging, irradiation and aseptic processing and packaging will be included in the presentation in an overview format.

Dr. Bruce Harte

60 min

10:00

THE ROLE OF PACKAGING IN CONTROLLING PRODUCT DETERIORATION – continuation of Intro above just focusing more on the effects of packaging on food products. 

Dr. Bruce Harte

75 min break?

11:15

Networking Challenge

 

 

11:45

Lunch

 

45 min

12:30

PAPERBOARD & CORRUGATED for FOOD PACKAGING - this session will focus on the materials and process of paper, paperboard and corrugated that are used in food packaging.

Dr. Diana Twede

90 min

2:00

PAPERBOARD & CORRUGATED  LABORATORY DEMONSTRATIONS

Dr. Diana Twede

45 min

2:45

GLASS AND METAL for FOOD PACKAGING -this session will focus on the raw materials, manufacturing, forms, advantages and limitations of Glass and Metal packaging as used for food and beverage.

Paul Koning

60 min

3:45

ACTIVE PACKAGING - Active packaging technologies will be discussed and how they are currently being used to extend product shelf life. 

Dr. Bruce Harte

75 min

5:00

Group Dinner Brody Square

Cimberly Weir

 

 

Day Two – Wednesday, November 11, 2015

9:00

PLASTICS and COMPOSITES for FOOD PACKAGING - this session will focus on the materials and process of the different plastics that are used in food packaging.

Dr. Maria Rubino

150 min (2.5 hrs) + Break(s)

11:30

PLASTICS LAB and PROCESSING DEMO

Dr. Maria Rubino

60 min

12:30

Lunch

 

45 min

1:00

BARRIER and SHELF LIFE ESTIMATION: Determining the shelf life of food products is a fundamental need to successfully commercialize products. This session will provide the fundamentals of shelf life modeling and prediction. It will also describe the basic to measure barrier to membranes.

Dr. Rafael Auras

105 min

2:45

Break

 

 

3:00

MODIFIED ATMOSPHERE PACKAGING: This session will discuss types of modified atmosphere packaging (MAP), gases, design (packaging factors, food product factors, surrounding environment), beneficial and detrimental effect of MAP on food, and MAP and cold chain.

Dr. Eva Almenar

120 min

 

Day Three – Thursday, November 12, 2015

9:00

DISTRIBUTION DYNAMICS AND SUPPLY CHAIN – This session will focus on the distribution hazards most commonly found with shipping of food packages such as; atmosphere, shock, vibration, drop and compression forces. 

Dr. Gary Burgess

120 min

11:00

DISTRIBUTION DYNAMICS LABORATORY: Review demonstrations using the dynamic testing laboratory.

Dr. Gary Burgess

60 min

12:00

Lunch

 

 

1:00

FOOD SECURITY IN FOOD PACKAGING; This session will focus on the mechanisms that can be used to enhance food security issues in food packaging.

Dr. Robb Clarke

60 min

2:15

UNSALEABLES are UNSUSTAINABLE; This research will develop the means for product manufacturers to collect useful data, and measure how specific packaging and supply chain initiatives can reduce food waste and unsaleables.

Dr. Robb Clarke

15 min

2:30

Break

 

 

2:45

MACHINERY IN FOOD PACKAGING

Dr. Robb Clarke

90 min

4:15

MACHINERY LABORATORY DEMONSTRATION

Dr. Robb Clarke

45 min

A block of rooms is reserved until October 9, 2015 at the:
EAST LANSING MARRIOTT AT UNIVERSITY PLACE;  517-337-4440
Book Standard Room at East Lansing Marriott at University Place for $145 per night

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation prior to Oct. 15, 2015 will receive full refund, no refunds thereafter. The School of Packaging reserves the right to cancel or change speakers without notice.

Seminar Series

Date: October 15, 2015 - December 11, 2015
Time: 3 p.m.
Location: Room 100 School of Packaging

The MSU School of Packaging: 2015 Seminar Series

The MSU School of Packaging is pleased to invite you to participate in the School of Packaging Seminar Series. The School of Packaging Seminar Series was initiated in 2010 to encourage the exchange of ideas across different disciplines as they apply to packaging.  The goal is to provide a forum for faculty researchers and students to discuss advances in packaging science and specific research needs that will strengthen the packaging discipline. Each year we also invite distinguished professionals from Michigan and across the United States to the School to give presentations on topics of current interest. The variety of the seminars presented is crucial to the success of our Seminar Series.

This year’s seminar speakers are: 
In order of appearence, more will be added as they are confirmed

Dr. Henrik Pålsson, Associate Professor, Packaging Logistics, Lund University, Sweden
Presentation: Packaging logistics in supply chain practice – current state, challenges and improvement potential
Date: September 3, 2015 at 3:00pm
Location: MSU School of Packaging room 100

The presenter has been doing research for more than ten years on this topic and prior to that he worked with it in industry for five years. The seminar will use current knowledge and empirical insights from a multiple case study of 22 unique supply chains, three single case studies and statistical data to highlight and discuss the current state, challenges and improvement potential of packaging logistics in supply chains. These issues will be discussed in terms of economic and environmental sustainability and logistics efficiency. The seminar will cover the need for a system perspective in packaging logistics, returnable vs. one-way packaging, and suggest improvement areas and associated challenges for different parts of a packaging system and for different supply chain actors.

This meeting will be shared via ZOOM:
Join from PC, Mac, iOS or Android: https://msu.zoom.us/j/4524916576
Or join by phone: +1 415 762 9988 or +1 646 568 7788 US Toll
Meeting ID: 452 491 6576
International numbers available: https://msu.zoom.us/zoomconference?m=C9NM1SHE9e1KsKqenuTiV1JgWhv9cVu0 
Or join from a H.323/SIP room system:
Dial: 162.255.36.11 (US West) or 162.255.37.11 (US East)
Meeting ID: 452 491 6576 

Dr. Mary Ann Curran, LCA & Sustainability Consultant at BAMAC Ltd., Rock Hill, SC
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Title:  Presentation: Life Cycle Assessment and Other Approaches in Evaluating System-Wide Environmental impacts of Products, Processes and Packaging
Date: October 15, 2015 at 3:00pm
Location: MSU School of Packaging room 100

Dr. Mary Ann Curran is an internationally-recognized expert in the field of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). After 32 years of federal service as a research chemical engineer with the US Environmental Protection Agency, Dr. Curran works independently as an LCA and sustainability consultant (BAMAC, Ltd., Cincinnati, Ohio). Upon receiving a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati in 1980, Dr. Curran began working for the EPA’s National Risk Management Research Laboratory in Cincinnati, Ohio. After working in waste management research for several years, her research turned to industrial pollution prevention. In 1989, this work introduced her to a new environmental management approach called LCA. Through 20+ years of LCA research, networking, and publishing, she developed an in-depth knowledge of the field and created an extensive network of LCA researchers and practitioners world-wide. Dr. Curran is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment. She has authored and co-authored numerous papers and book chapters which address the LCA concept and its applications, and created the LCA Handbook: A Guide to Environmentally Sustainable Products as editor and co-author (published by Scrivener-Wiley in October 2012). She has presented EPA’s activities in LCA-related research at technical meetings across the US and in Europe, South America, South Africa, Asia, and Australia. Dr. Curran studied Environmental Management and Policy at Lund University, Lund, Sweden (MSc 1996); and earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Erasmus University’s International PhD program on “Cleaner Products, Cleaner Production, Industrial Ecology and Sustainability” for her thesis entitled “Development of Life Cycle Methodology: A Focus on Co-Product Allocation” (2008). Dr. Curran is a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE).
Specialties: Life Cycle Assessment, Environmental Sustainability, Pollution Prevention
 

 

 

 

AFRE Global Food Systems Economics and Management Position Candidate Seminar - Nicoleta Uzea

Date: September 21, 2015
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location: 75 Morrill Hall of Agriculture

Seminar Title and Abstract

“Risk Management in the Agri-Food Industry and Unintended Consequences of Government Risk Management Programs”

With volatility on the rise, risk management is becoming one of the most important managerial roles facing the agriculture and food industry. This paper draws upon empirical evidence from agriculture to examine one risk management strategy that is available to businesses – i.e., risk balancing – and how government risk management programs may lead to unintended consequences on firms’ risk management behavior. Risk balancing refers to the balancing of business risk and financial risk by firms through their investment and borrowing decisions. That is, any increase in income variability (business risk) could be offset by a decrease in leverage (financial risk). Conversely, upward adjustments in optimal leverage levels could be warranted when income variability decreases. Using this framework, a number of studies showed theoretically that farm policies designed to reduce business risk can, through risk balancing, lead to increased financial leverage and probability of farm financial failure. This paper takes advantage of a unique longitudinal farm-level data set from Ontario to examine whether Canadian risk management programs fail to reduce farm risk as a result of farmers’ risk balancing behavior. Results show that (1) risk balancing holds particularly for the larger farms and (2) participation in the main government risk management program increases the probability that farms take on more debt than they would take otherwise. The managerial and policy implications of this research are presented.

 

Dr. Olivier Vitrac lectures and workshops

Date: July 1, 2015
Location: School of Packaging, MSU

LECTURES ABOUT

“PREDICTION OF MASS TRANSFER IN POLYMERS”

by OLIVIER VITRAC, Ph.D.

INRA, FRANCE

When

Presentation

Where

29th June (Monday)

10:00am-11:00am

Diffusion coefficients of organic solutes in polymers: new perspectives of prediction

Conference Center, Room 100, School of Packaging

Abstract: Diffusion coefficients in and through polymers are of general interest in many technological applications from material science, membranes to packaging applications. It is had been thought for decades that they could not be predicted from first principles for bulky and flexible solutes. This presentation bridges two theories, the free-volume and the Rouse theory, to reproduce the scaling of diffusion coefficients of solutes with linearly repeated patterns in arbitrary polymers at any temperature. The resulting approach is demonstrated for both aliphatic and aromatic solutes based on molecular simulations and experimental data. Extensions to other branched solutes are sketched.

NO NEED TO REGISTER FOR THIS ON CAMPUS SESSION
TO REGISTER FOR THE ONLINE WEBINAR VIA this link for ZOOM:
https://msu.zoom.us/webinar/register/c35f709b7978dba934538d7d4481ef37

30th June (Tuesday)

2:00pm-3:00pm

An atomistic Flory-Huggins formulation for the tailored prediction of activity and partition coefficients

The Ternes Outreach Center, Room 120, School of Packaging

Registration required

Abstract: Claiming that activity coefficients are the easiest properties to calculate was a utopia until few years ago. Conventional techniques sample configurational space by particle insertion/deletion methods or by thermodynamic integration ones. They are particularly time-consuming and almost intractable for large solutes in entangled polymer matrices. Conversely, we developed new tailored methods to estimate chemical potentials or activity coefficients in situations met in food packaging applications: aqueous dominant mixtures, homopolymers and copolymers. They rely on a compressible Flory-Huggins formulation at atomistic scale with additional entropy and enthalpy corrections inferred by molecular dynamics simulation. Corrections are particularly important to reproduce radial distributions, cooperative hydrogen bonding and the residual elastic energy in glassy polymers. The whole approach has been validated to estimate partition coefficients of various substances (e.g., aroma, plastic additives, homologous series of alkanes and alcohols) between a broad range of polymers and food simulants.

TO REGISTER FOR THIS WORKSHOP FOR THE ON CAMPUS VIA OUR ONLINE STORE in the link below
TO REGISTER FOR THE ONLINE WEBINAR VIA this link for ZOOM: https://msu.zoom.us/webinar/register/779419c4bb80edd47c24e00bf0acd2b8

1st  July (Wednesday)

2:00pm-4:00pm

Workshop: Prediction of the migration: beyond conventional estimates*

The Ternes Outreach Center, Room 120, School of Packaging

Registration required

Abstract: Regulations in the EU and the US authorize the use of migration modeling to demonstrate the compliance of food contact materials or substances. The legal basis assumes that there is enough scientific evidences to support compliance but not for non-compliance. This presentation will give an overview of the different recognized methods to overestimate the migration in food and consumer exposure. In simple cases, the overestimation can originate from conservative assumptions or from probabilistic estimates. For more sophisticated cases involving complex designs or industrial practices along the supply chain, more robust approaches are required. A recent methodology based on Failure Mode and Effects and Criticality Analysis will be illustrated as well as the concepts of food packaging “safe-by-design”. http://modmol.agroparistech.fr/SFPD/

TO REGISTER FOR THIS WORKSHOP FOR THE ON CAMPUS VIA OUR ONLINE STORE in the link below
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To Register enter our Online Store
Choose the “worshop” option in the online store; registration is free. 

 

Dr. Olivier Vitrac

Researcher at the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA), Massy, France

Dr. Vitrac is a graduate from the Paris Institute of Technology (ParisTech) in Chemical Engineering (PhD and MS) and from the AgroSup Dijon in Food-Processing Engineering (Eng. degree). He has been researcher at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture in Colombia (member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research). He was a postdoctoral fellow at the French Centre de coopération internationale en recherche agronomique pour le développement (CIRAD).

He has authored more than 40 original scientific articles and more than 20 book chapters. He is a specialist of mass transfer and multiscale modeling from molecules to large simulations for chemical risk assessment. His work covers theory, experiments and probabilistic simulation of mass transfer in and through polymeric and porous materials. Most of his approaches have been distributed freely through the Safe Food Packaging Portal initiative or through separated open-source projects.

Dr. Vitrac collaborated to several projects funded by the EU union. He coordinated the project SafeFoodPack Design funded by the French National Research Agency (2011-2014). He collaborates regularly with industry (e.g. EDF, Solvay, Cargill, McCain, Pepsi-Cola, Pernod, SEB…) and provides public expertise for the EU Commission, and, recently, for the FDA on advanced modeling issues.

Packaging Basics

Date: May 11, 2015
Location: The School of Packaging Ternes Outreach Center

This hands-on workshop is designed for all levels of industry professionals that have a role in managing packaging and related operations within their organizations seeking a formal background in packaging concepts. The workshop offers full insight in all aspects of packaging including function, materials, systems and processes, distribution and more! You will leave this course better prepared to implement virtual design and sustainability practices to your company’s packaging and related operations. This course is taught by School of Packaging professors and instructors and is reflective of the same core content instilled in our undergraduate curriculum.The  workshop is a total of 32 hours of content, including many networking opportunities with course participants. Class size is limited. Sign up today! 

Workshop cost is $1,995 and includes all materials, three lunches and one networking dinner. 

Dates: May 11-15, 2015. 

To register please visit our online store.

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Networking Challenge 2013                                                                      2014 Group at the Recycling Center 

Below is this year’s course schedule:

2015 Michigan State University School of Packaging – Packaging Basics Course Agenda
448 Wilson Road, East Lansing, MI USA

Time

Daily Schedule

 

MONDAY May 11, 2015

1:00

WELCOME FROM THE DIRECTOR OF THE SCHOOL OF PACKAGING and Class Introductions

1:45

INTRODUCTION TO PACKAGING (a.k.a. PKG 101):  This session will explore how packaging materials and containers are used to protect, contain, communicate and provide utility for products.  It will introduce packaging terminology and provide the basic fundamentals for the remainder of the course.

3:45

BREAK

3:55

TOUR OF PACKAGING BUILDING: The tour will provide a detailed walk-through of all the School’s laboratory space and highlight research areas. 

4:30

NETWORKING CHALLENGE AND DINNER: Put your “skills” to the test and meet other industry professionals in a fun atmosphere.  Learning wouldn’t be the same if we didn’t give you a group project!   We will be walking to dinner and will provide a guided tour of the campus along the way, please dress accordingly and bring comfortable walking shoes.  The walk one-way is approximately 20 minutes.  Driving is an option as well. 

 

TUESDAY May 12, 2015

8:15

Materials Section 1: GLASS AND METAL:  This session will focus on the raw materials, manufacturing, forms, advantages and limitations of Glass and Metal packaging as used in packaging.

9:45

Materials Section 2: PAPER AND PAPERBOARD:  This session will focus on the material characteristics and the processes of creating paper, paperboard and corrugated that are commonly used in packaging applications.

10:30

BREAK

10:40

Materials Section 2: PAPER AND PAPERBOARD continued

12:00

LUNCH

12:45

Materials Section 2: PAPER AND PAPERBOARD LABORTORY TOUR AND DEMONSTRATION

1:30 

Materials Section 3: PLASTICS IN PACKAGING: This session will focus on the material characteristics and the processes of creating the different plastics that are commonly used in packaging applications.

2:45

BREAK

2:55 

Materials Section 3: PLASTICS IN PACKAGING continued

4:15 

Materials Section 3: PLASTICS IN PACKAGING LABORATORY TOUR AND DEMONSTRATIONS

 

WEDNESDAY May 13, 2015

8:15

LABELS, CLOSURES, PRINTING

9:45  

BREAK and transition to room 121

10:15

VIRTUAL PACKAGE DESIGN & PROTOTYPE LABORATORY

11:30

LUNCH

12:15

Interactive group discussions of actual packaging projects; review of grab bag items as well as overview of MSU SoP Programs for industry

1:00

PACKAGING SUSTAINABILITY: This session will focus on materials that offer more sustainable choices for packaging applications and will also touch on LCA and other environmental aspects of packaging.

1:45

DECISION SCIENCE as it relates to packaging: This session will cover computer programs commonly used in packaging roles such as Microsoft Project and CAPE

3:00

Break

3:15

PACKAGING AND COMMUNICATION: What Cues Catch Consumer Attention? 

 

THURSDAY May 14, 2015

8:00

DISTRIBUTION DYNAMICS - This session will focus on the distribution hazards most commonly found with shipping of packages such as; atmosphere, shock, vibration, drop and compression forces. 

10:00

DISTRIBUTION DYNAMICS LABORATORY: Review demonstrations using the dynamic testing laboratory.

11:00

Break

11:15

ASTM/ ISTA standard explanation

11:30

SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT:  This session will focus on the different mechanisms of supply chain environments and packaging opportunities for many different industry sectors

12:30

LUNCH

1:20

Travel to tours

2:00

Tour of Meijer Distribution
No Open Toe or Open Heeled Shoes please! 

4:00

Tour of Smithers Pira

5:00

RETURN TO SCHOOL

 

FRIDAY May 15, 2015

8:15

PACKAGING MACHINERY and PACKAGING MACHINERY LABORATORY  ACTIVITIES

10:30

BREAK

10:45

Class grab bag reports; 3-5 min flash reports from class

 

 

 12:00

END

A block of rooms will be reserved for $99 per night until April 26, 2015 at the:
MARRIOTT TownePlace Suites East Lansing
Book your stay here for $99 per night

Other hotel options can be found under VISITING US

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation prior to April 27 will receive full refund. After April 27, no refunds will be given. The School of Packaging reserves the right to cancel or change speakers without notice.

If you have questions, please contact Cimberly Weir at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) 

 

Packaging: the User Experience

Date: April 27, 2015 - April 30, 2015
Location: Ternes Outreach Center, Packaging Building room 120

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Lead By: Dr. Bruce Harte

Dr. Bruce R. Harte is Professor at the School of Packaging, Michigan State University, and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition.  He has been a member of the packaging faculty since January, 1979, and was Director of the School 1993 – April 1, 2004.  He was Acting Director of the School of Packaging from January 1, 1986 – June 30, 1986, and was Associate Director of the School’s Center for Food and Pharmaceutical Packaging Research from its inception in 1987 – 2007.  Dr. Harte was an executive board member of the International Association of Packaging Research Institutes from 1993 – 2003.  Dr. Harte was selected to the Packaging Hall of Fame in 2004 and in 2010 was made a Distinguished Professor of Michigan State University.

Dr. Harte’s research interests include product/package interaction and compatibility, product stability and quality maintenance, barrier packaging, active packaging, material science applications to packaging including bio-based materials, and product-process-package system development.  Much of his work has been cross disciplinary with Food Science and Human Nutrition, Horticulture, and Bio-systems engineering.   Dr. Harte has had substantial interaction with the packaging and manufacturing industries, both in the U.S. and internationally. 

 

 

Location: Michigan State School of Packaging

Jointly sponsored by: The Understanding and Insight Group and the Michigan State School of Packaging in cooperation with Amway R&D

Empowered Packaging: Techniques that transform your Package Design

Packaging: The User’s Experience is an interactive, three and a half-day workshop that teaches a unique and innovative approach to package concept development using targeted tools and critical thinking to help attendees advance their skills through all phases of packaging development, particularly concept development and packaging alignment.  Tools such as knowledge mapping, consumer and marketing observation, idiographing, hypothesis generation, protocept development, QMA, Kano, Gameboard, conjoint analysis, rapid package optimization, and more are used to drive the package design. Using this approach, participants will develop a more in-depth understanding of the user/consumer experience and how to work with consumers to make the right package, at the right time, considering people’s needs.  It is anticipated that this course will help improve a company’s package concept development process resulting in a much higher market entry success rate and conversely less package introduction failures.  This will decrease the amount of time and money spent on concepts that don’t work in the marketplace, resulting in faster to market packages that do work, ultimately improving a company’s profitability.

''DAY 1 (evening only, dinner provided):

  • Participant Introductions
  • Philosophy of Course
  • Current State of Packaging

''DAY 2:

  • Introduction
    • Philosophy of Course
    • Business Case      
  • Discovery: Understanding consumer needs

    • Knowledge Mapping                                                                            
    • Person Observation 
    • Idiographs
    • Market Observation 
    • Hypothesis Generation

''DAY 3: 

  • Scoping: Developing the packaging idea
    • QMA
    • Kano                                                                               
    • Gameboard
    • Quantitative Conjoint                                           
  • Concept Development and Project Brief          

''DAY 4:

  • Scoping (continued)
    • RPN           
    • Revisiting Kano
  • Optimization: Finalizing the packaging design

    • Rapid Packaging Optimization (RPO)

 

Registration Details

Registration: $2,295  

To register visit our online store!

Course Instructors

Bruce Harte, Ph.D.: 34+ years working as a packaging educator and researcher. Has developed several courses and spent considerable time in packaging development. Worked with both US and international product and package companies to improve their packaging solutions.

Jacqueline Beckley is the Founder and President of The Understanding & Insight Group and has made understanding consumers and the choices they make her unending passion. With technologies and patented processes for quantifying consumer emotions, she unearths deeply-held motivators that pre-determine buyers’ behavior in the marketplace.  She is a Fellow in The Institute of Food Technologists.

Melissa Jeltema, Ph.D. more than 30 years experience in consumer research and product design.  She has developed a variety of methods for consumer driven product design. 

Stephanie Swint is a senior engineer at Amway where she has spent more than a decade of her career as a packaging engineer.  She has managed hundreds of package developments in  the beauty category and holds four granted patents and one pending.  Swint earned her packaging degree from Michigan State University.

AuBree Taylor is a senior research scientist at Amway where she works in Consumer Product Research supporting R&D.  She is a two-time Spartan with degrees in Advertising and PR as well as Packaging.  In her current role she supports the packaging department with consumer and design thinking tools in the fuzzy front end.

A block of rooms will be reserved until March 26, 2015 at the: 
East Lansing Marriott at University Place 
Book your stay here for $145 per night

 

Annual Awards Banquet

Date: April 16, 2015
Location: Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center

''The School of Packaging and the Packaging Alumni Association invite all Donors, Scholarship Receipients, Award Winners, and their Family and Friends to the 2015 Annual Awards Banquet. 

This event is made possible by the Donors of the Packaging Alumni Association; a complete list of PAA Sponsors can be viewed on the MSU PAA website at: www.msupaa.org

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Please visit our “online store” to RSVP and/ or purchase additional tickets.  MSU School of Packaging Online Store 

2018 Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference

Date: May 15, 2018 - May 17, 2018
Location: The Wisconsin Center, Milwaukee, WI

On May 15-17, 2018, an estimated 1,000 urban, suburban, and rural leaders will gather in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, for the eighth Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference (RVP), the only national conference of its kind. Attendees will represent nonprofits, government, business, and community organizations, and many different professional disciplines, but they’ll share a commitment to strengthening their communities.

RVP explores the latest strategies to address vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated properties, providing space to showcase innovation and creating a forum in which new ideas can arise. It brings people together around these common challenges and equips them to return home and effect real, on-the-ground change.

Themed “Groundswell: Rising to the Challenge,” the eighth RVP will celebrate the growing movement of people dedicated to revitalizing distressed communities, and will explore how to harness that energy to tackle the difficult fiscal and policy challenges communities face today. Conference sessions will highlight work from around the country, including the host city, Milwaukee.

To learn more about the event, visit the Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference website.

Bug House Holiday Open House

Date: December 30, 2017
Time: 1-4 p.m.
Location: 146-147 Natural Science Building

Our holiday open house provides an opportunity to see the Bug House at your own leisure for free. Great event for kids and parents alike!

Michigan Citizen Planner: Webinar Series - Class 6

Date: December 21, 2017

The 2017 Master Citizen Planner (MCP) Webinar Series is designed to offer participants the latest updates and information on current topics. Using Zoom WebinarMSU Extension educators will provide an overview of topics of interest to planning and zoning officials. Webinars are the third Thursday of February, April, June, August, October and December from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Each session is available individually or participants can register for all six at once. MCPs will earn one hour of continuing education per webinar.

The sixth session will be: Land Use Legislative and Case Law Recap for 2017 Brad Neumann, AICP; Local government planning and zoning responsibilities and limitations are ever-changing. Learn about major legislation and case law that has come to influence your community’s planning and zoning program during 2017. What you don’t know can still land you in court!

The cost per webinar will be $10 for MCPs and $20 for regular registrants. 

Registration is available online. The last date for online registration is December 20, 2017.

Accommodations

Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Contact Information

For more information contact Citizen Planner Coordinator, Janean Danca, at (269) 657-8213 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Evening of Lights

Date: December 10, 2017 - December 10, 2017
Time: 5 p.m.
Location: Hidden Lake Gardens, Tipton, MI

Evening of Lights

Date: December 9, 2017 - December 9, 2017
Time: 5 p.m.
Location: Hidden Lake Gardens, Tipton, MI

Evening of Lights

Date: December 3, 2017 - December 3, 2017
Time: 5 p.m.
Location: Hidden Lake Gardens, Tipton, MI

Holiday Festival

Date: December 2, 2017 - December 2, 2017
Time: 4 p.m.
Location: Hidden Lake Gardens, Tipton, MI

Bug House Open House

Date: November 13, 2017
Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Location: 146-147 Natural Science Building

Our winter open house provides an opportunity to see the Bug House at your own leisure for free. Great event for kids and parents alike!

2017 Making it in Michigan Conference and Marketplace Trade Show

Date: November 7, 2017
Location: Lansing Center, Lansing, MI

The MSU Product Center is hosting their 10th annual Making it in Michigan Conference and Marketplace Trade Show on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, at the Lansing Center in Lansing. This one-day conference provides visitors with all the resources to launch or expand their businesses. If you are a new or existing business trying to find the right customers and expand your markets, the Marketplace trade show is a must for your business success. This is the event that every entrepreneur, producer, buyer and processor in food and agricultural businesses needs to attend. Learn more at 2017 Making it in Michigan Conference.

Community Progress’ Vacant, Abandoned and Deteriorated Properties Academy – Connecticut

Date: November 6, 2017 - November 7, 2017
Location: Hilton Hartford 315 Trumbull St. Hartford, CT 06103

Registration: $175, which includes tuition and meals during the event. Participants are responsible for the cost of travel, lodging, and dinners.

Click to register

Lodging: A limited number of Hartford Hilton rooms are available at a special rate of $159 per night. 

Reserve a hotel room  

Background

Vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated properties are a major problem in communities across the country. In some places, population loss has led to property abandonment, while in others, speculators are buying up and operating substandard or illegal rental units, or broken property tax enforcement systems are contributing to decline. Many communities face a combination of these and other challenges.

When it comes to developing – or strengthening – a comprehensive strategy to tackle those properties, it can be difficult to know where to begin. So many different departments, organizations, and other stakeholders are involved, and they don’t always speak the same language or meet regularly. The systems involved, like code enforcement or rental regulation, are complicated. The way those systems interact with each other is nuanced and complex. While data-informed decision-making is often the goal, important data about neighborhood conditions is typically found across many different entities and isn’t aggregated or even comparable. And underlying all stabilization and revitalization efforts, tight municipal budgets constrain every community’s options.

Why the VAD Academy

Center for Community Progress’ VAD Academy is a critical training opportunity for public, private, and nonprofit leaders working to resolve property vacancy, abandonment, and deterioration. Appropriate for communities just beginning to develop a strategy as well as those seeking to strengthen longstanding efforts, this training is unusual in its comprehensive approach. Rather than focusing narrowly on one particular tool or technique, this rigorous, two-day training equips leaders with the ability to understand and influence cross-cutting systems.

What You’ll Learn

Through a mix of interactive classroom sessions and discussion-based group exercises, an expert faculty guides VAD Academy students through these topics:

  • Using Data to Understand Neighborhood Conditions: Understanding the conditions that shape revitalization opportunities and constraints and how to plan accordingly.
  • Property Tax Systems: Reforming tax policies so that they contribute to neighborhood stabilization.
  • Strategic Code Enforcement: Developing code enforcement programs that respond to the varying needs and priorities of different neighborhoods.
  • Rental Regulation: Developing strategies, including registration and licensing programs, to identify and improve rental property conditions.
  • Land Banking: Examining how to use this tool effectively to eliminate properties’ liabilities and return them to productive use.

Who Should Attend 

The VAD Academy is the right opportunity for government, nonprofit, community, and private sector leaders whose work involves vacant, abandoned and deteriorated properties. Attendees may include urban planners, city attorneys, elected officials, local, state, and federal officials, CDC staff, land bank leaders, academics, police officers, code enforcement officials, neighborhood association leaders, developers, representatives from lending institutions, urban policy experts, and more. Attendees representing urban and rural communities experiencing population loss and widespread abandonment, as well as growing communities where some neighborhoods find themselves left behind, will benefit from the VAD Academy. 

If you have questions about the VAD Academies, please contact Courtney Knox, Director of National Leadership and Education, at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

CM Alumni Football Tailgate – Penn State

Date: November 4, 2017
Time: TBA
Location: The lawn outside of the Human Ecology Building on the campus of MSU in East Lansing.

The Construction Management Program is hosting a tailgate prior to the MSU vs. Penn State football game on Saturday, November 21, 2017, on the lawn outside of the Human Ecology Building on the campus of MSU in East Lansing. This event is open to CM students, alumni, faculty and friends of CM. Come help us cheer on MSU to victory! To RSVP, send an email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Bug House Halloween Open House

Date: October 29, 2017
Time: 1-4 p.m.
Location: 146-147 Natural Science Building

Our Halloween Open House provides an opportunity to see the Bug House for free and meet some of our creepy crawlers. Great event for kids and parents alike.

Innovation Seminar on Smart Buildings

Date: October 25, 2017
Time: TBA
Location: TBA

The School of Planning, Design and Construction is hosting the 2017 Innovation Seminar on Smart Buildings at Michigan State University, on Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017. This prestigious event is organized by the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest. The seminar will include presentations from select German companies and institutions, and will feature an expert speaker from the smart building sector in Germany. Additionally, there will be opportunities for students, their professors and the participating German company representatives to meet and network. More details coming soon.

NCI at MSU: National Charrette Training

Date: October 24, 2017 - October 27, 2017
Location: American Planning Association Headquarters, Chicago, IL

The National Charrette Institute at MSU is pleased to announce its biggest training update in years, both reducing your time away and saving you money. Now attendees can earn both the NCI Charrette System certificate and the NCI Charrette Management and Facilitation certificate in only 3.5 days of training!

This set of trainings represents a collaborative project management system centered on the co-design process using charrettes. Course content includes project assessment tools for gauging the length and cost of a charrette using project budget, political considerations and design difficulty. Also included in the training are conflict resolution tools, high- and low-tech tools for stakeholder engagement and public meetings. Registration is coming soon. Learn more at NCI Individual Certificate Trainings.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn a systematic approach to fostering creativity and innovation.
  • Identify and orchestrate the engagement of key stakeholders.
  • Learn how to create broad stakeholder support, reduce costly rework, and produce a plan with an exceptional design.
  • Gain a practical knowledge of the high- and low-tech collaborative planning tools and techniques used by leaders in the field.
  • Explore methods for facilitating a public, hands-on workshop that maximizes participation while assuring that no person or group dominates.
  • Practice using key NCI Charrette System tools and techniques, including: Guiding Principles, Project Charrette Products, Stakeholder Analysis and Outreach, Project Complexity Analysis, NCI Charrette System Roadmap, Charrette Ready Plan, and Charrette Scheduling.

NCI trainings consistently attract top practitioners in the field from across the US and abroad. Students report that one of the most valuable aspects of the course is learning from others and establishing beneficial relationships in the field of community planning.

Continuing Education

This course is approved by the AIA for 17.25 continuing education hours (CEHs), the AICP for 17.25 certification maintenance (CM) credits, and the CNU for 17.25 CNU-A continuing education credits.

CM Alumni Homecoming Football Tailgate – Indiana

Date: October 21, 2017
Time: 9 a.m.
Location: The lawn outside of the Human Ecology Building on the campus of MSU in East Lansing.

The Construction Management Program is hosting a homecoming tailgate prior to the MSU vs. Indiana football game on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, on the lawn outside of the Human Ecology Building on the campus of MSU in East Lansing. This event is open to CM students, alumni, faculty and friends of CM. Come help us cheer on MSU to victory! To RSVP, send an email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Fall Foliage Festival

Date: October 21, 2017 - October 21, 2017
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Hidden Lake Gardens, Tipton, MI

Michigan Citizen Planner: Webinar Series - Class 5

Date: October 19, 2017

The 2017 Master Citizen Planner (MCP) Webinar Series is designed to offer participants the latest updates and information on current topics. Using Zoom WebinarMSU Extension educators will provide an overview of topics of interest to planning and zoning officials. Webinars are the third Thursday of February, April, June, August, October and December from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Each session is available individually or participants can register for all six at once. MCPs will earn one hour of continuing education per webinar.

The fifth session will be: Understanding and Planning for the Shared Economy Andy Northrop; The Sharing Economy, characterized by the sharing and reuse of excess goods and services, has spawned opportunities for leveraging assets and fostering business ventures, thus leading to a new wave of entrepreneurs in the 21st century. As a result, ventures, such as ridesharing, shared housing, and other shared services are moving communities to rethink (and redesign) policies and plans. This program will address a number of Sharing Economy business models that have empowered entrepreneurship and discuss a number of policies communities can take to foster this growing trend. Industry, such as travel and tourism, will be used as an example.

The cost per webinar will be $10 for MCPs and $20 for regular registrants. 

Registration is available online. The last date for online registration is December 20, 2017.

Accommodations

Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Contact Information

For more information contact Citizen Planner Coordinator, Janean Danca, at (269) 657-8213 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

SPDC Special Guest Lecture: Henry Cisneros

Date: October 11, 2017
Time: 5pm
Location: Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center, 219 S Harrison Rd, East Lansing, MI 48824

Henry Cisneros photoIn celebration of National Hispanic Month, the School of Planning, Design and Construction has invited special guest lecturer, Henry Cisneros, former HUD secretary and co-chair of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Immigration Task Force, to speak at MSU on Oct. 11, 2017, at the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center in East Lansing. He will present on “Cities and How They are Fueling America’s Destiny; Smart Growth and a Sustainable Future, and American Latinos and the Nation’s Future.”

This event is free and open to the public, and is co-sponsored by the MSU Julian Samora Research Institute, the Chicano Studies Program, the Environmental Science & Policy Program, and University Outreach and Engagement.

Bug House Open House

Date: October 9, 2017
Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Location: 146-147 Natural Science Building

Our fall open house provides an opportunity to see the Bug House at your own leisure for free. Great event for kids and parents alike!

CM Alumni Football Tailgate – Iowa

Date: September 30, 2017
Time: TBA
Location: The lawn outside of the Human Ecology Building on the campus of MSU in East Lansing.

The Construction Management Program is hosting a tailgate prior to the MSU vs. Iowa football game on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017, on the lawn outside of the Human Ecology Building on the campus of MSU in East Lansing. This event is open to CM students, alumni, faculty and friends of CM. Come help us cheer on MSU to victory! To RSVP, send an email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Adopt-A-Highway

Date: September 30, 2017 - September 30, 2017
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Location: Hidden Lake Gardens, Tipton, MI

CM Alumni Football Tailgate – Notre Dame

Date: September 23, 2017
Time: 1 p.m.
Location: The lawn outside of the Human Ecology Building on the campus of MSU in East Lansing.

The Construction Management Program is hosting a tailgate prior to the MSU vs. Notre Dame football game on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, on the lawn outside of the Human Ecology Building on the campus of MSU in East Lansing. This event is open to CM students, alumni, faculty and friends of CM. Come help us cheer on MSU to victory! To RSVP, send an email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Run for the Hills! 1 Mile and 5K Run/Walk

Date: September 23, 2017 - September 23, 2017
Time: 9 a.m.
Location: Hidden Lake Gardens, Tipton, MI

Volunteer Fair

Date: September 19, 2017 - September 19, 2017
Time: 11 a.m to 1 p.m. or 6 to 8 p.m.
Location: Hidden Lake Gardens, Tipton, MI

Hands-On Drone-to-GIS Workshop - NMC

Date: September 18, 2017 - September 20, 2017
Location: Northwestern Michigan College, Parsons Stulen Building, 2731 Aero-Park Dr., Traverse City, MI

This unique three-day course, taught by experts in the fields of Aviation and GIS, teaches participants how to fly drones and collect data within existing regulations, and then turn data into a usable product. Participants will leave the course with a clear understanding of the Drone-to-GIS workflow, including becoming a Remote Pilot-in-Command*, planning and completing missions and analyzing the resultant data.

This course is relevant for professionals in agriculture, planning, natural resource management, engineering, construction, GIS and more.

*This course is not intended to be a Remote Pilot Certificate prep course. It is recommended you invest time in further study before taking the exam. A prep course from NMC is available.

Workshop Details

Duration: 3 days
Cost: $1,500
Suggested Prerequisite: None

During the course, participants will complete the following:

  • Learn current FAA regulations & requirements for obtaining an FAA Remote Pilot Certificate
  • Plan & Execute autonomous drone missions
  • Manually operate multi-rotor drones
  • Process imagery into usable products, such as image mosaics, surface models and indices
  • Learn the basics of visible and near-infrared (VNIR) remote sensing, ground control data collection, photogrammetric principles and more
  • Examine drone data along with existing publicly-available GIS data using freeware (QGIS and QT Reader) and commercial GIS software (ArcGIS)

Visit the Instructor-Led training page to register.

The Art of Bonsai

Date: September 17, 2017 - September 17, 2017
Time: 11 a.m.
Location: Hidden Lake Gardens, Tipton, MI

The Art of Bonsai

Date: September 17, 2017 - September 17, 2017
Time: 11 a.m.
Location: Hidden Lake Gardens, Tipton, MI

27th Annual Landscape Architecture Alumni Association Golf Outing

Date: September 15, 2017
Location: Hawk Hollow Golf Course 15200 Chandler Road, East Lansing, MI

The Landscape Architecture Program in the MSU School of Planning, Design and Construction welcomes alumni to their annual golf outing and scholarship fundraiser at Hawk Hollow Golf Course on Friday, September 15, 2017. Registration is now available online. Click on “LA Golf Outing” in the SPDC Cashnet store. Be sure to register online before September 8, 2017 or onsite Friday at 8 a.m. with shot gun at 9:30 a.m.

The day includes a 4-ball scramble – 18 holes with cart. Prices are $120 per golfer; $440 per foursome, prepaid saves $40; $80 per LA student; $300 per LA student team, a $20 savings; and $30 per person for the awards lunch buffet.

A portion of your gift is tax-deductible. Donors will be listed on each cart, at the scoreboard, at lunch and in the LAAAB Newsletter. Your participation, sponsorships and gifts serve undergraduate students in the Landscape Architecture program. As of 2016, you have helped raise over $50,000 in student scholarship dollars!

Tournament Sponsors

Sponsorship Type Tax Deductible Amount Total Sponsorship
Award Lunch $1,000 $1,000
Breakfast $500 $500
Printing $500 $500
Student Team $300 $300
Beverage Cart $250 $250
Long Drive $150 $200
Close Pin $150 $200
Long Putt $150 $200
Driving Range $200 $200
Scoreboard $200 $200
Tee Sponsor $100 $100

Scholarship Patrons

Patron Level Tax Deductible Amount Total Sponsorship
Gold Patron $1,407.44 $2,500
Includes 2 foursomes and a 1/2-page ad in the LAAAB newsletter.
Silver Patron $1,153.72 $1,750
Includes 1 foursome and a 1/4-page ad in the LAAAB newsletter.
Bronze Patron $901.86 $1,250
Includes 2 golfers and a 1/8-page ad in the LAAAB newsletter.

Thank you, 2016 Sponsors and Donors!

Bauer-Ford Reclamation, Charlevoix Community Foundation, Daniel Bulemore, Eagle Eye Golf Club, Garden Works Horticultural Services, Hank Byma, Dr. Jon Bryan Burley, FASLA, Kenneth and Shirley Polakowski Family Fund, Maureen and Paul Nieratko, Landscape Forms, Inc., MSU Student Chapter of the ASLA, The Naturalist, Robert and Diana Leipprandt, Robert and Maria Lasky, Smithgroup/JJR, Inc., Steve and Beth Troost, and Tim Mrozowski.

Bug House Open House

Date: September 11, 2017
Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Location: 146-147 Natural Science Building

Our fall open house provides an opportunity to see the Bug House at your own leisure for free. Great event for kids and parents alike!

Late Summer Nature Hike

Date: September 9, 2017 - September 9, 2017
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location: Hidden Lake Gardens, Tipton, MI

Hands-On Drone-to-GIS Workshop - MSU

Date: August 29, 2017 - August 31, 2017
Location: MSU Geography Building, Room 219, 673 Auditorium Road, East Lansing, MI

This unique three-day course, taught by experts in the fields of Aviation and GIS, teaches participants how to fly drones and collect data within existing regulations, and then turn data into a usable product. Participants will leave the course with a clear understanding of the Drone-to-GIS workflow, including becoming a Remote Pilot-in-Command*, planning and completing missions and analyzing the resultant data.

This course is relevant for professionals in agriculture, planning, natural resource management, engineering, construction, GIS and more.

*This course is not intended to be a Remote Pilot Certificate prep course. It is recommended you invest time in further study before taking the exam. A prep course from NMC is available.

Workshop Details

Duration: 3 days
Cost: $1,500
Suggested Prerequisite: None

During the course, participants will complete the following:

  • Learn current FAA regulations & requirements for obtaining an FAA Remote Pilot Certificate
  • Plan & Execute autonomous drone missions
  • Manually operate multi-rotor drones
  • Process imagery into usable products, such as image mosaics, surface models and indices
  • Learn the basics of visible and near-infrared (VNIR) remote sensing, ground control data collection, photogrammetric principles and more
  • Examine drone data along with existing publicly-available GIS data using freeware (QGIS and QT Reader) and commercial GIS software (ArcGIS)

Visit the Instructor-Led training page to register.

Michigan Citizen Planner: Webinar Series - Class 4

Date: August 17, 2017

The 2017 Master Citizen Planner (MCP) Webinar Series is designed to offer participants the latest updates and information on current topics. Using Zoom WebinarMSU Extension educators will provide an overview of topics of interest to planning and zoning officials. Webinars are the third Thursday of February, April, June, August, October and December from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Each session is available individually or participants can register for all six at once. MCPs will earn one hour of continuing education per webinar.

The forth session will be: Real Estate Law for Planning Commissioners Wend Walker; Local land use decision-makers often interact with real estate attorneys who represent development project participants and handle the legal issues involved. This webinar will demystify the legal lingo you hear and help you review development proposals with a better understanding of real estate law, including due diligence, ownership structures, leases, easements, private land use controls, and project financing.

The cost per webinar will be $10 for MCPs and $20 for regular registrants. 

Registration is available online. The last date for online registration is December 20, 2017.

Accommodations

Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Contact Information

For more information contact Citizen Planner Coordinator, Janean Danca, at (269) 657-8213 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Bug House Open House

Date: August 12, 2017
Time: 1-4 p.m.
Location: 146-147 Natural Science Building

Our summer open house provides an opportunity to see the Bug House at your own leisure for free. Great event for kids and parents alike!

Nature Hike

Date: August 12, 2017 - August 12, 2017
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location: Hidden Lake Gardens, Tipton, MI

Homes for Birds

Date: August 10, 2017 - August 10, 2017
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location: Hidden Lake Gardens, Tipton, MI

Garden Day

Date: August 5, 2017
Time: 8:00 AM - 4:15 PM
Location: Plant & Soil Sciences

Join us for Garden Day 2017 and add a little spice to your life with Helen Yoest!

In Helen’s first presentation, Plants with Benefits, find out how 50 plants got their hot reputation – and what modern science has to say about it. You’ll learn how to grow these plants in your home garden and take away some delicious recipes!

In her second presentation, My Forever Garden, find out how to make your garden manageable and more desirable than ever, leading to years of future enjoyment!

Additionally, you’ll enjoy your choice of two engaging workshops, Garden tours and perusing our Green Garden Marketplace for plants, garden accessories and other great buys! Also included is morning coffee, lunch, materials and parking.

2017 MSU Horticulture Garden Members: $76
Non-members: $86
All registrations after 5pm July 29: $96

For additional information and to register, click here.

19th Annual Construction Management Golf Outing

Date: August 1, 2017
Time: 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Location: Forest Akers West, 3535 Forest Rd, Lansing, MI 48910

The 19th annual Construction Management Golf Outing takes place on Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017, starting at 9:30 a.m., at Forest Akers West, Lansing. Golf day includes 18 holes of golf, driving range, lunch at the turn, longest drive contest, closest-to-the-pin contest, beverage carts on the course, social hour/open bar/hors d’oeuvres and Spartan golf gifts.

Funds generated from this event will help ensure that the Construction Management Program maintains it’s stature as one of the nation’s best.

Sponsorship opportunities abound and donations are welcome. To register, visit: CM Golf Outing.

Questions about this event should be sent to Melanie Goerke at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call (517) 974-8151.

Plein Air Painting

Date: July 29, 2017 - July 29, 2017
Time: 9 a.m.
Location: Hidden Lake Gardens, Tipton, MI

Plein Air Painting

Date: July 28, 2017 - July 28, 2017
Time: 9 a.m.
Location: Hidden Lake Gardens, Tipton, MI

Nature Hike and Garden Walk

Date: July 27, 2017 - July 27, 2017
Time: 7 pm
Location: Hidden Lake Gardens, Tipton, MI

Preschool Program - Terrific Turtles

Date: July 27, 2017 - July 27, 2017
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location: Hidden Lake Gardens, Tipton, MI

Adopt-A-Highway

Date: July 22, 2017 - July 22, 2017
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Location: Hidden Lake Gardens, Tipton, MI

Bug House Open House

Date: July 15, 2017
Time: 1-4 p.m.
Location: Location: 146-147 Natural Science Building

Our summer open house provides an opportunity to see the Bug House at your own leisure for free. Great event for kids and parents alike!

Master Rain Gardener Certification Class

Date: July 14, 2017 - August 18, 2017
Time: 12 p.m.
Location: Hidden Lake Gardens, Tipton, MI

Preschool Program - Spiders are Special

Date: July 13, 2017 - July 13, 2017
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location: Hidden Lake Gardens, Tipton, MI

Ives Road Fen Preserve Tour

Date: July 13, 2017 - July 13, 2017
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Tecumseh, MI

Summer Nature Hike

Date: July 8, 2017 - July 8, 2017
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location: Hidden Lake Gardens, Tipton, MI

Preschool Program - Pretty Pollinators

Date: June 29, 2017 - June 29, 2017
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location: Hidden Lake Gardens, Tipton, MI

Orations & Libations

Date: June 22, 2017
Time: 7-9 p.m.
Location: American Fifth, 112 N. Larch St, Lansing, MI

Join members of the MSU Department of Entomology for short talks from local experts about the state of pollinators and pollination in Michigan. This event is free (other than the purchase of your desired beverage!) and is for persons 18 or older. Watch for upcoming information on these events by visiting the American Fifth website or going to the MSU Extension Pollinators and Pollination page.

Master’s Thesis Defense: Navwant Thakur

Date: June 21, 2017
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Room 315 Human Ecology Building on the campus of MSU in East Lansing

Navwant Thakur will present and defend his master’s thesis on Wednesday, June 21, 2017, at 2 p.m. in Room 315 Human Ecology Building on the campus of MSU in East Lansing. His Plan A project is entitled “Effect of Battery Storage Technology on the Construction of Charging Station for Electric vehicles.”

Committee members include:

  • Dr. Dong Zhao, Chairperson and Assistant Professor, Construction Management
  • Dr. Michael Thomas, Associate Professor, SPDC
  • Dr. Mohamed El-Gafy, Associate Professor, Construction Management

Persons with disabilities should contact the main office at (517) 432-0704 at least 10 days prior to the presentation to request special arrangements. Requests received after that time will be met when possible.

Artisan Hands-On Basic Cheese Making Workshop

Date: June 21, 2017 - June 23, 2017
Location: Dairy Food Complex, 1135 S. Anthony Hall, East Lansing, MI 48824

This three-day class is designed for people who have never made cheese before and those who want to improve their skills in order to enter the cheese business. Participants will learn about milk quality, ingredients, processes for making a variety of cheeses, techniques and requirements for aging cheese and planning to establish a farmstead or artisan cheese business.

The heart of the workshop is the hands-on opportunity for participants to make a number of cheeses, that may include fresh lactic, Italian, Alpine, Dutch and American varieties from goat and cow milk. A cheese tasting, featuring locally produced cheeses, takes place Tuesday evening.

Learn from Dr. John Partridge, Bill Robb, Barb Jenness and the MSU Dairy Plant employees about how to make cheese, start a cheese business and practice food safety.

The workshop takes place at the MSU Dairy Plant, part of the Dairy Foods Complex on the MSU campus, 1135 S. Anthony Hall, East Lansing, Mich. Visit http://fshn.msu.edu/facilities/dairyComplex.html

The registration fee of $625 per person includes tuition, resource material handouts, all workshop supplies, lunches and refreshments for all three days. Registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. The class must be limited to 20, so there can be no refunds unless we can fill your space.

Schedule:

Wednesday June 21

9:30 a.m. Registration

10:00 a.m. Review raw materials (milk, rennet, culture, salt, color), cleaning and sanitation methods

Noon Lunch

1:00 p.m. Raw materials, cleaning and sanitation methods (continued)

2:30 p.m. Break

3:00 p.m. Labs:

Tour plant equipment

Set lactic cheeses

5:00 p.m. Adjourn

Thursday, June 22

8:00 a.m. Lab: Ladling lactic cheeses

Lecture: Starter Cultures and Varieties

Lab: Set cheeses

Noon Lunch

1:00 p.m. Labs:

Brine making and maintenance

Cheese making – rennet

Packaging options

Ricotta/heat and acid coagulation

5:30 p.m. Cheese tasting

Friday, June 23

8:00 a.m. Labs: Mozzarella, direct acidification

Flavoring and packaging of lactic cheeses

Noon Lunch

1:00 p.m. Lectures:

Aging Facilities – business planning

and budgets

Management and resources

5:00 p.m. Adjourn

Lodging can be arranged at the MSU Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center at 800-875-5090 or elsewhere in the East Lansing area. For more information contact the Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau at  www.lansing.org or 888-252-6746. 

To register for this event, please visit https://events.anr.msu.edu/cheesemaking2017/.

 

Doctoral Candidate Defense: Ali Lahouti

Date: June 20, 2017
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Room 009 of the Human Ecology Building on MSU campus in East Lansing, MI.

Ali Lahouti, Doctoral Candidate with a concentration in Construction Management, will present and defend his dissertation on Tuesday, June 20, 2017, at 10 a.m. in Room 009 of the Human Ecology Building on MSU campus in East Lansing, MI. His dissertation is titled, “Cue-based Decision-Making in Construction Work Crews: An Agent-based Modeling Approach.”

Biology on Tap

Date: June 20, 2017
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave, Lansing, MI

Join members of the MSU Department of Entomology for short talks from local experts about the state of pollinators and pollination in Michigan. This event is free (other than the purchase of your desired beverage!) and is for persons 18 or older. Watch for upcoming information on these events by visiting the Biology on Tap website or going to the MSU Extension Pollinators and Pollination page.

Bug House Open House

Date: June 18, 2017
Time: 1-4 p.m.

Our summer open house provides an opportunity to see the Bug House at your own leisure for free. After learning about and handling some of our cuddly critters, head south to the MSU Horticulture Gardens and learn about the wonderful world of pollinators at Bee Palooza, also from 1-4 p.m. 

2017 Bee Palooza

Date: June 18, 2017
Time: 1-4 p.m.
Location: Michigan State University Horticulture Gardens, 1066 Bogue St, East Lansing, MI 48824

For people of all ages, this is a free, fun and educational afternoon of interactive activities centered on understanding the wonderful world of pollinators. The beautiful gardens will be dotted with displays on honey bees, bumble bees, wild bees of Michigan, plants to support pollinators, garden pesticide safety, bee-friendly lawn-care and how important bees and other pollinators are for our food supply. Hands-on workshops will show you how make a native bee hotel, how to make seed “bombs” to support pollinators, and how to identify different pollinators in your garden. Pollinator-themed face painting will be back by popular demand, too!

The MSU Horticulture Gardens are located on the southwest corner of Bogue Street and Wilson Road on the MSU campus in East Lansing, Michigan, with ample parking on the west and east side of the gardens. For updates and more information, visit the MSU Bee Palooza website or our Bee Palooza Facebook Event page.

Master’s Thesis Defense: Haoxuan Xu

Date: June 15, 2017
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Room 315 Human Ecology Building on the campus of MSU in East Lansing

Masters candidate Haoxuan Xu will present and defend her Plan A Environmental Design project on Thursday, Jun. 15, 2017, at 2 p.m. in Room 315 Human Ecology Building on the campus of MSU in East Lansing. Her Plan A project is entitled “Cross Cultural Comparative Study of Burial Sites.”

Committee members include:

  • Dr. John Burley, Major Advisor and Associate Professor in Landscape Architecture, SPDC;
  • Dr. Pat Crawford, Associate Director of SPDC and Associate Professor in Landscape Architecture.
  • Dr. Robert Schutzki, Associate Professor in the Department of Horticulture, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Persons with disabilities should contact the main office at (517) 432-0704 at least 10 days prior to the presentation to request special arrangements. Requests received after that time will be met when possible.

Michigan Citizen Planner: Webinar Series - Class 3

Date: June 15, 2017

The 2017 Master Citizen Planner (MCP) Webinar Series is designed to offer participants the latest updates and information on current topics. Using Zoom WebinarMSU Extension educators will provide an overview of topics of interest to planning and zoning officials. Webinars are the third Thursday of February, April, June, August, October and December from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Each session is available individually or participants can register for all six at once. MCPs will earn one hour of continuing education per webinar.

The third session will be: Tools, Tips, and Techniques for local government success in the New Economy Crystal Wilson; Many people have heard of the New Economy or global economy, but what are local governments doing to prepare for it? Now is the time for communities in Michigan to assess their planning, zoning, and local practices to support the ways many businesses think, act, and remain competitive in this new world. This webinar will provide best practices, checklists, and guides to assist urban, rural, and suburban communities to prepare for success in the New Economy.

The cost per webinar will be $10 for MCPs and $20 for regular registrants. 

Registration is available online. The last date for online registration is December 20, 2017.

Accommodations

Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Contact Information

For more information contact Citizen Planner Coordinator, Janean Danca, at (269) 657-8213 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Preschool Program - Playdate with Kermit T. Frog!

Date: June 15, 2017 - June 15, 2017
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location: Hidden Lake Gardens, Tipton, MI

Hands-On Drone-to-GIS Workshop - MSU

Date: June 12, 2017 - June 14, 2017
Location: MSU Geography Building, Room 219, 673 Auditorium Road, East Lansing, MI

This unique three-day course, taught by experts in the fields of Aviation and GIS, teaches participants how to fly drones and collect data within existing regulations, and then turn data into a usable product. Participants will leave the course with a clear understanding of the Drone-to-GIS workflow, including becoming a Remote Pilot-in-Command*, planning and completing missions and analyzing the resultant data.

This course is relevant for professionals in agriculture, planning, natural resource management, engineering, construction, GIS and more.

*This course is not intended to be a Remote Pilot Certificate prep course. It is recommended you invest time in further study before taking the exam. A prep course from NMC is available.

Workshop Details

Duration: 3 days
Cost: $1,500
Suggested Prerequisite: None

During the course, participants will complete the following:

  • Learn current FAA regulations & requirements for obtaining an FAA Remote Pilot Certificate
  • Plan & Execute autonomous drone missions
  • Manually operate multi-rotor drones
  • Process imagery into usable products, such as image mosaics, surface models and indices
  • Learn the basics of visible and near-infrared (VNIR) remote sensing, ground control data collection, photogrammetric principles and more
  • Examine drone data along with existing publicly-available GIS data using freeware (QGIS and QT Reader) and commercial GIS software (ArcGIS)

Visit the Instructor-Led training page to register.

Late Spring Nature Hike

Date: June 10, 2017 - June 10, 2017
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location: Hidden Lake Gardens, Tipton, MI

Insect Movie Night

Date: June 10, 2017
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: The Coslor residence

We are a new group initiated by GUESS that comes together once a month to watch an insect-themed movie. These movies can be from any era or genre: from classic horror to modern adventure and even cartoons! Once a month, an individual or group (like a lab) will host the movie night and decide on the location and movie. For our inaugural insect movie night, Charlie Coslor will be hosting on June 10. Bring your own beverages and we can all pitch in to order a couple pizzas. 

If you are interested in participating with the insect movie night group, please:

  1. Send an email to Courtney Larson at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) if you are interested in receiving information on the movie nights. In order to avoid excessive listserv emails, we have created an Insect Movie Night Google group to communicate information (https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/insect-movie-night). Please note your preferred email, and Courtney Larson will add it to this group. If you decide later on that you don’t want to receive this information, you can always leave the Google group.
  2. Let Courtney Larson know if you or your lab would be interested in hosting a movie night. We are still looking for someone to host in July!

Everyone is welcome to come, students, staff, faculty, non-MSU affiliated people, etc. Please let Courtney Larson know if you have any questions. 

Applying Beneficial Microbes to the Garden

Date: June 8, 2017 - June 8, 2017
Time: 7 pm
Location: Hidden Lake Gardens, Tipton, MI

Applying Beneficial Microbes to the Garden

Date: June 8, 2017 - June 8, 2017
Time: 7 pm
Location: Hidden Lake Gardens, Tipton, MI

CCED Building a Trusting Relationship

Date: June 8, 2017
Location: Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center, 219 S Harrison Rd, East Lansing, MI 48824

The MSU Center for Community and Economic Development’s Contemporary Issues Institute will explore how trust is rebuilt, and how trust can be created and maintained at a public forum on Thursday, Jun. 8, 2017, from 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. This event is free and open to the public, and will include personal expressions of broken or trusting relationships through spoken word poetry performances.

MiCNU presents: Neighborhoods: Placemaking’s Building Blocks

Date: June 6, 2017
Time: 2-5 p.m.
Location: Birmingham Community House, 380 S. Bates St., Birmingham, MI

The Michigan Chapter of the Congress for New Urbanism is sponsoring a public urban planning symposium featuring Maurice Cox, Planning Director for the City of Detroit, as the keynote speaker. Mr. Cox will discuss his recent master plans for Detroit’s neighborhoods, including his theory on “20-Minute Neighborhoods.”

Other Speakers are: Robert Gibbs, who will present best practices for complete neighborhood planning and development including case studies of Michigan’s New Urban Communities; and John Jackson, who will present proven practices for planning and implementing sustainable neighborhoods.

Tickets are $10 in advance or $20 at the door.

Visit the event page to order tickets and learn more.

Bug House Open House

Date: June 3, 2017
Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Location: 146-147 Natural Science Building

As part of Be a Tourist in Your Own Town, the Bug House will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for free to the public. In addition to viewing the amazing pinned displays, kids and adults can get up close and personal with a whole room of awesome insects, including handling a few of the larger species.

AFRE Seminar - Why Should I Believe Your Applied Economics? - Scott Swinton

Date: June 1, 2017
Time: 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Location: 75 Morrill Hall of Agriculture

AFRE Seminar, “Why Should I Believe Your Applied Economics,” presented by Scott Swinton, Professor, AFRE Department, MSU.

Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Green Infrastructure Conference

Date: May 31, 2017 - June 2, 2017
Location: Cobo Hall, Detroit, MI

This is the first conference to focus on using green infrastructure across the landscape with a primary goal to benefit the Great Lakes. The time is right for a comprehensive look at this important topic.

The conference location is in the middle of the Great Lakes chain, and at the forefront of many innovative green infrastructure projects. Much of Detroit is being recreated from the ground up. They are finding ways to reduce the burden on combined sewers for less than the cost of storing and treating combined effluent. They are making neighborhoods feel safer and more inviting and increasing green acreage over the top of thriving industry. These efforts are clearly linked to the Great Lakes, by reducing nutrient inputs to Lake Erie, and all Great Lakes’ and St Lawrence waters downstream.

This conference will include over 80 speakers to address the topics of green infrastructure technology, economics, local government/public works, and multijurisdictional/regional scale projects. The conference will also offer tours of green infrastructure projects across Detroit, valuable networking opportunities, and an exhibitor area. Don’t miss out! Come be part of what is happening to advance green infrastructure within the Great Lakes’ watershed in 2017!

This event is hosted by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) and its partners.

To learn more about this event, visit the Michigan Department of Enviornmental Equality (MDEQ) website.

Food Aid Packaging Solutions Workshop Series - Michigan State University

Date: May 23, 2017 - May 24, 2017
Location: MSU School of Packaging, 448 Wilson Rd., East Lansing, MI 48824

Gathering key food aid stakeholders to discuss the status of food aid commodity packaging, challenges, new technological advances, potential solutions, and identify next steps in optimizing food aid packaging. The workshop should result in a report outlining specific steps to address current challenges using readily available technologies (2017), as well as research and innovation opportunities within the next three years (2017-2020).

Cost: $50

A draft agenda, outlining the full program is included below.

Lodging 

For anyone needing lodging, we recommend the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center. For availability and reservations, please call 800-875-5090. Additional lodging options near campus can be found through the Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau website

 

Guided Spring Nature Hike

Date: May 20, 2017 - May 20, 2017
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location: Hidden Lake Gardens, Tipton, MI

Entomology Faculty Meeting

Date: May 19, 2017
Time: 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Location: Gordon Guyer Conference Room, 244 Natural Science

Entomology Department faculty meetings are scheduled for the third Friday of the month from 10 a.m. to noon in The Gordon Guyer Conference Room, 244 Natural Science. Notification will go out to the department if there is any change in the scheduled faculty meeting dates as soon as a necessary change is determined.

 

37th Annual Statewide Preservation Conference

Date: May 17, 2017 - May 20, 2017
Location: North Central Michigan College, Petoskey

Titled “Power of Partnerships,” the 37th annual conference presented by the Michigan Historic Preservation Network (MHPN), takes place May 17 to 20, 2017 in Emmet County headquartered in Petoskey. While people from across the state will be joining us for the entire conference, there are a number of programming options for those seeking fun things to do at either a low-ticket price or no charge at all!

Two conference highlights are free and open to the public. On Thursday evening from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM, everyone is invited to the Opening Reception, with a cash bar and free snacks, that includes the Vendors’ Showcase, Marketplace, Silent Auction, and Raffle. The Vendors’ Showcase features firms and organizations with the latest preservation products and services.

Also, free, and open to the public is “Tapping the Full Power of Michigan Zoning to Protect Historic Properties.” This session, held Friday, May 19th from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM looks at how zoning codes can, with understanding, be used to protect and enhance historic properties. Among the session speakers are representatives from Michigan Economic Development Corporation, MHPN, Michigan Municipal League, and the Michigan State Historic Preservation Office.  

A third event that is free and open to the public is our keynote presentation held from 12:45 PM to 2:00 PM in the Iron Horse Café in the SCRC. Discussing “Partnerships for Preservation” is our keynote speaker, Phil Porter. Mr. Porter is the Director at Mackinac State Historic Parks, where he has been on staff since 1976 and appointed director in 2003.

To learn about the conference, find out which sessions are approved for AICP, AIA, and MCP credits, or learn which activities are ticketed, download the brochure, and register to attend, visit the MHPN website.

Plant Sale

Date: May 13, 2017 - May 13, 2017
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Hidden Lake Gardens, Tipton, MI

The annual Plant Sale offers annuals, perennials, shrubs, trees, conifers, hostas, vegetables, herbs, and other ornamental garden and landscape plants.  HLG staff and volunteers will be available to answer questions and assist in plant selections.  Visit our website in May for an updated list of plants for sale.  Plant Sale hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

 

Plein Air Painting

Date: May 13, 2017 - May 13, 2017
Time: 9 a.m.
Location: Hidden Lake Gardens, Tipton, MI

Plein Air Painting

Date: May 12, 2017 - May 13, 2017
Time: 9 a.m.
Location: Hidden Lake Gardens, Tipton, MI

The Clinton Arts Center is conducting a Plein Air Painting event at Hidden Lake Gardens on Friday, May 12, and Saturday, May 13. A reception and exhibit of plein air art will take place on Saturday, May 13, in the Visitors Center at HLG from 4 to 6 p.m.  Artists of all skill levels are encouraged to participate. For questions and registration information, call 517-605-5145, or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

 

Plant Sale Preview - Members Only!

Date: May 12, 2017 - May 12, 2017
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Location: Hidden Lake Gardens, Tipton, MI

Friends of Hidden Lake Gardens members receive a sneak-peek chance to purchase the great plants of the HLG Plant Sale the evening before the public sale.

 

Great Lakes Spring Circuit

Date: May 12, 2017 - May 14, 2017

7 p.m., Friday

8 a.m., Saturday and Sunday

The Michigan Quarter Horse Association is an enthusiastic group of individuals who breed, raise, train, show or just plain love the American Quarter Horse. MQHA offers those who wish to compete nearly 40 AQHA/MQHA approved shows, including an All-Novice Show/Open Show to introduce less seasoned competitors to national competition. Shows offer not only halter, showmanship, western and hunt seat classes, but trail, western riding, roping, reining, barrels and poles, over fences and many other specialty competitions.

For more information, please visit the Michigan Quarter Horse Association’s Event page: http://www.miquarterhorse.com/shows.html

Bonsai Exploration in Japan

Date: May 11, 2017 - May 11, 2017
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Hidden Lake Gardens, Tipton, MI

Bug House Open House

Date: May 8, 2017
Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Location: 146-147 Natural Science Building

Our spring open house provides an opportunity to see the Bug House at your own leisure for free! Great event for kids and parents alike!

 

College of Social Science Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony Spring 2017

Date: May 6, 2017
Time: 8:30 a.m.
Location: Breslin Student Events Center, 534 Birch Rd, East Lansing, MI 48824

The College of Social Science Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony for students graduating in Spring 2017 will be held in the Breslin Center at 8:30 a.m. on Sat., May 6. Urban and Regional Planning students will graduate as a part of this ceremony.

Each ceremony is two hours. Doors open one hour and 15 minutes early. NO admission tickets required.

Check out the Spring 2017 Commencement Schedule for a full list of ceremonies.

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Undergraduate Commencement Spring 2017

Date: May 6, 2017
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Breslin Student Events Center, 534 Birch Rd, East Lansing, MI 48824

The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony for students graduating in Spring 2017 will be held in the Breslin Center at 7:30 p.m. on Sat., May 6. Undergraduates in all CANR majors, including Construction Management, Interior Design and Landscape Architecture students will graduate as a part of this ceremony.

Each ceremony is about two hours. Doors open one hour and 15 minutes early. NO admission tickets required.

Check out the Spring 2017 Commencement Schedule for a full list of ceremonies.

2017 APA National Planning Conference

Date: May 6, 2017 - May 9, 2017
Location: Javits Convention Center, New York City, NY

Planning is on the move. Get on board! Take the APA train to the 2017 National Planning Conference in New York City.

Submit a Proposal. Propose a session, workshop, discussion, or bite-sized presentation for NPC17 and share your ideas about where planning is headed.

Key Dates for Speakers and Organizers

  • June 1, 2016 - Session Proposal window opens
  • July 29, 2016 - Mobile workshop proposals due
  • August 25, 2016 - Session; deep dive; facilitated discussion; general and student posters; Fast, Funny, or Passionate proposals due
  • October 13, 2016 - Student Fast Funny or Passionate proposals due
  • May 6–9, 2017 - National Planning Conference in New York City

More Information

College of Social Science Advanced Degree Commencement Ceremony Spring 2017

Date: May 5, 2017
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Location: Breslin Student Events Center, 534 Birch Rd, East Lansing, MI 48824

The College of Social Science Advanced Degree Commencement Ceremony for students graduating in Spring 2017 will be held in the Breslin Center at 3:30 p.m. on Fri., May 5. Urban & Regional Planning students will receive their degrees as a part of this ceremony.

The ceremony is about two and a half hours. Doors open one hour and 15 minutes early. NO admission tickets required.

Degree Candidate schedule

Assembly of degree candidates at 2:30 p.m.
Commencement Processional at 3:20 p.m.

Check out the Spring 2017 Commencement Schedule for a full list of ceremonies.

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Advanced Degree Commencement Spring 2017

Date: May 5, 2017
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Location: Breslin Student Events Center, 534 Birch Rd, East Lansing, MI 48824

The CANR Advanced Degree Commencement Ceremony for students graduating in Spring 2017 will be held in the Breslin Center at 3:30 p.m. on Fri., May 5. Construction Management, Interior Design and Landscape Architecture students will receive their degrees as a part of this ceremony.

The ceremony is about two and a half hours. Doors open one hour and 15 minutes early. NO admission tickets required.

Degree Candidate schedule

Assembly of degree candidates at 2:30 p.m.
Commencement Processional at 3:20 p.m.

Check out the Spring 2017 Commencement Schedule for a full list of ceremonies.

Michigan Citizen Planner: Macomb County - Class 7

Date: May 4, 2017
Time: 6 - 9 p.m
Location: MSU Extension Office Assembly room, 21885 Dunham Road, Suite 12, Clinton Township, MI 48036

About

Michigan Citizen Planner offers land use education and training to locally appointed and elected planning officials. The Citizen Planner program is a seven-session series leading to a certificate of completion awarded by MSU Extension. The course is intended for local appointed and elected officials, zoning administrators and interested citizens.

The Macomb County Citizen Planner classroom program will be held at the MSU Extension Office Assembly room at 21885 Dunham Road, Suite 12, Clinton Township, MI 48036. Class begins on March 9 and continues on Thursday evenings, 6 - 9 p.m., March 16, 23, 29, April 13, 20, 27, and May 4, 2017. There will be no class on April 6, 2017. The May 4 class is not required for the Citizen Planner certificate and may not be used as a substitute for a core class (1-7), but is required to be considered for a scholarship from Macomb County. The attached flyer has class dates, descriptions, registration information and a map for the MSU Extension office in Clinton Township.

The seventh class will be: The Art of Community Planning - Participation, Effective Meetings and Managing Conflict.

Cancellations

Registration is available online. Registrations cancelled on or after March 2, 2017 will be assessed a $45 cancellation fee.

Michigan Citizen Planner Program: St. Joseph County - Class 7

Date: May 3, 2017
Location: Southwest MI Construction Code Essential Standards Library, 68596 Thomas Road, White Pigeon, MI 49099

The final session wiIl be: The Art of Community Planning - Participation, Effective Meetings and Managing Conflict. It will be held on Wed., May 3, 2017 at the Southwest MI Construction Code Essential Standards Library in White Pigeon, MI. Registration is currently open. The last date for online registration is March 15, 2017.

About

Michigan Citizen Planner offers land use education and training to locally appointed and elected planning officials. The Citizen Planner program is a seven-session series leading to a certificate of completion awarded by MSUE. The course is intended for local appointed and elected officials, zoning administrators and interested citizens.

Why?

The simple truth is that communities need to change the way they do community planning. Local officials have a responsibility to help their communities manage the impacts of economic change and be part of the solutions to challenges and issues their communities face. Local communities that proactively plan to succeed in the New Economy can improve their quality of life and lead Michigan’s recovery and transformation. Michigan Citizen Planner empowers local officials to shape the future of their communities by providing them with the tools and education they need to lead. Participants may also choose to continue on with the program and earn the Master Citizen Planner (MCP) credential by completing the Fundamentals of Planning and Zoning, an exam, and a capstone presentation. Master Citizen Planners receive course discounts, exclusive training opportunities and other incentives.

The St. Joseph County Citizen Planner classroom program will be held on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM beginning March 22, 2017, with class dates of March 29, April 5, 12, 19, 26 and May 3. Classes will be held at the Southwest MI Construction Code Essential Standards Library, 68596 Thomas Road, White Pigeon, MI 49099. The Citizen Planner program is $295 per participant with discounts offered for groups beginning with 4 participants.

For more information and registration, please take a look at the event summary.

Therapy Dogs

Date: May 2, 2017
Time: 1:30-3 p.m. and 6:30-8 p.m.
Location: Main Library and Business Library, MSU Campus, East Lansing, MI

Therapy Dogs will be in the business library from 1:30-3:00PM and in the main library from 6:30-8PM. Part of the “Finals Survival” event series during finals week.

Week-long activities include:

  • doing a puzzle and making a button in MakeCentral (Main Library, 2W);
  • coloring a mural in the Fine Arts Library (Main Library, 4W).

2017 Senior Interior Design Showcase

Date: May 2, 2017
Time: 8 a.m. - noon
Location: Room 315, Human Ecology Building, 552 W. Circle Drive, East Lansing, MI 48824

The Interior Design Progam is hosting the 2017 Senior Interior Design Showcase on Tuesday, May 2, 2017, from 8 a.m. - noon, in Room 315 in the Human Ecology Building. Fourteen students and their work will be on display.

Master’s Thesis Defense: Morgan Haffey

Date: May 2, 2017
Time: 10 a.m
Location: Human Ecology Building, Room 115

Master’s candidate Morgan Haffey will present and defend her Plan A Report on Monday, May 2, 2017, at 10 a.m. in Room 115 in the Human Ecology Building on the campus of MSU in East Lansing. Her report is entitled “An Evaluation of Design: Low Impact Development vs. Traditional Design on a site in Los Angeles, California”

Committee members include:

• Trish Machemer, Chairperson, Landscape Architecture Program;
• Jon Burley, committee member, Landscape Architecture Program; and
• Zeenat Kotval-K, committee member, Urban & Regional Planning Program.

Persons with disabilities should contact the main office at (517) 432-0704 at least 10 days prior to the presentation to request special arrangements. Requests received after that time will be met when possible.

Hands-On Drone-to-GIS Workshop - NMC

Date: May 1, 2017 - May 3, 2017
Location: Northwestern Michigan College, Parsons Stulen Building, 2731 Aero-Park Dr., Traverse City, MI

This unique three-day course, taught by experts in the fields of Aviation and GIS, teaches participants how to fly drones and collect data within existing regulations, and then turn data into a usable product. Participants will leave the course with a clear understanding of the Drone-to-GIS workflow, including becoming a Remote Pilot-in-Command*, planning and completing missions and analyzing the resultant data.

This course is relevant for professionals in agriculture, planning, natural resource management, engineering, construction, GIS and more.

*This course is not intended to be a Remote Pilot Certificate prep course. It is recommended you invest time in further study before taking the exam. A prep course from NMC is available.

Workshop Details

Duration: 3 days
Cost: $1,500
Suggested Prerequisite: None

During the course, participants will complete the following:

  • Learn current FAA regulations & requirements for obtaining an FAA Remote Pilot Certificate
  • Plan & Execute autonomous drone missions
  • Manually operate multi-rotor drones
  • Process imagery into usable products, such as image mosaics, surface models and indices
  • Learn the basics of visible and near-infrared (VNIR) remote sensing, ground control data collection, photogrammetric principles and more
  • Examine drone data along with existing publicly-available GIS data using freeware (QGIS and QT Reader) and commercial GIS software (ArcGIS)

Visit the Instructor-Led training page to register.

Therapy Dogs/Coffee, Cookies, and Milk

Date: May 1, 2017
Time: 1:30-3 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.
Location: Main Library and Business Library, MSU Campus, East Lansing, MI

Therapy Dogs will be in the business library from 1:30-3 p.m., then coffee, cookies and milk will be in the main library from 6-8 p.m. Part of the “Finals Survival” event series during finals week.

Week-long activities include:

  • doing a puzzle and making a button in MakeCentral (Main Library, 2W);
  • coloring a mural in the Fine Arts Library (Main Library, 4W).

Master’s Thesis Defense: Harshal Shah

Date: May 1, 2017
Time: 2:30 p.m.
Location: Human Ecology Building, Room 315

Construction Management Master’s candidate Harshal Shah will present and defend his Plan B Report on Mon. May. 1, 2017, at 2:30 p.m. in Room 315 in the Human Ecology Building on the campus of MSU in East Lansing. His report is entitled “Computer Integration of Construction Management Functions.”

Committee members include:

  • Matt Syal, Professor, Construction Management.
  • Dong Zhao, Assistant Professor, Construction Management.

Persons with disabilities should contact the main office at (517) 432-0704 at least 10 days prior to the presentation to request special arrangements. Requests received after that time will be met when possible.

2017 Building Michigan Communities Conference

Date: May 1, 2017 - May 3, 2017
Location: Lansing Center, Lansing, Michigan

With over 1,700 attendees, the Building Michigan Communities Conference has quickly become the largest conference of its kind in the United States. The conference is attended by service providers, nonprofit and for-profit developers and financiers.

Speakers Include:

  • Kevin Elsenheimer, Executive Director, MSHDA
  • Jimmy Wayne, Country Music Singer/Songwriter
  • Tahirih Ziegler, Executive Director, Detroit Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)
  • Shaka Senghor, Director of Strategy, #Cut50

To learn more, visit the conference website.