COVID-19 News Updates

Screenshot of many people on video chat screens.Musical Theatre Class Embodies Resilience for Final Project

At the beginning of the Spring 2020 semester, Musical Theatre students in MSU’s Department of Theatre expected to finish the academic year with some intense scene work that would bring together every element of what they had learned. When the university switched to remote learning for the remainder of the semester, the direction of the course began an organic shift, born out of creativity, student advocacy, and a deep dedication from faculty members Dave Wendelberger and Brad Willcuts. …

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Graphic that says "CREATE" with images creating each letter.Micro-Grants Offered for Art Projects That Address COVID-19

The Dean's Arts Advisory Council (College of Arts & Letters) invites proposals for creating artworks that respond critically and imaginatively to the ongoing COVID-19 global crisis …

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Photo of a brown haired woman standing in front of a wall of framed newspaper articlesXA Major Helps Lead 'State News' Coverage During COVID-19 Pandemic

While all face-to-face instruction at Michigan State University has been suspended and much of MSU’s daily operations are being conducted remotely, The State News team has continued its news coverage during the COVID-19 pandemic and the person helping to lead this effort is Madison O’Connor, Editor-in-Chief of The State News, a senior who is double majoring in Journalism and Experience Architecture (XA). …

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Two portraits. Left: Smiling mn with glasses and short brown hair wearing a blue shirt and green tie. Right: Smiling woman with long brown hair and a colorful scarf.Moving MSU Online: Behind the Scenes

Countless Spartans were instrumental in moving most university services online in the wake of the pandemic. Jeremy Van Hof, director of learning tech and development in the Broad College of Business, and Kate Sonka, assistant director of academic technology in the College of Arts and Letters, are two of those Spartans. Sonka and Van Hof’s answers to the following questions provide a glimpse behind the scenes of a massive, coordinated effort …

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Image of a YouTube channel screen with multiple video options displayed. MSU Department of Theatre Students Get Creative During COVID-19

Just a little over month ago, Michigan State University made the decision to move all face-to-face classes to virtual instruction due to the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) outbreak. Since then, students and faculty of the Department of Theatre have fully embraced the challenges of this transition and have created an impressive amount of online content …

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Image of the painting of the Mona Lisa modified so that she is wearing a surgical mask. When This Pandemic Ends, Culture Will Never Be The Same

The novel coronavirus pandemic is one of the nation’s greatest challenges since World War II, a war that fractured a significant portion of the economy and forced society to rearrange itself to fight back.

With COVID-19, we’ve nearly all been asked to quarantine ourselves and families. In the global spread of the coronavirus, we look to history for clues to understand what it means as a country to survive in an unpredictable climate …

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A person wearing a yellow sweater types on a laptop computer.COVID‑19 Internship & Job Search Tips from CAL Excel Network

The Excel Network would like to share resources to support students with tips on the job and internship search during COVID-19.

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Job & Internship Search Tips

Student FAQs for Remote (Virtual) Internships and Project-Based Work

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Old film reels on a white tableMSU Filmetry Festival to Present Free, Live-Streamed Movies, Music and More

Sometimes you have to pick between a poetry reading, a movie or a night of music. On Thursday, April 23, you can experience all three with the MSU Filmetry Festival, which willfeature a free live-streamed premiere of 13 short films adapted from work in the anthology “Respect: The Poetry of Detroit Music.” 

This year’s festival includes films made by MSU students, faculty and staff, as well as other filmmakers outside of the MSU community. The live premiere will stream at 7 p.m. on YouTube …

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Portrait of a man with short gray hair and glasses sitting in a home office with a dark green wall.

Dean Chris Long From Home

From his home in Michigan, Dean Christopher Long discusses the importance of self-care and how we can help one one another during the COVID-19 crisis.

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Green background with a white Spartan helmet in the center, surrounded by other spartan helmets. Spartans Standing Together

Spartans are coming together to offer words of hope and encouragement to help current Michigan State University students during this challenging and unprecedented time in our history as they continue their education remotely due to the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) outbreak …

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Photo of a smiling man and woman in front of a dark red background and an American flag.MSU English Alumnus Directs Communications for Michigan Governor

For Zack Pohl, it was inevitable he would attend Michigan State University. What wasn’t inevitable was him overseeing communications at the highest level of state government during the worst public health crisis in 100 years. A 2006 graduate of Michigan State University’s College of Arts & Letters, Pohl is the Communications Director for Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, a position he’s held since January 2019 after managing communications for Whitmer’s gubernatorial race …

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A person in denim overalls holds tongs inside of a white and gray ceramic vase. Imagining a Resilient Pedagogy

The sudden shift to remote teaching and learning in higher education and, in many states, in K-12 schools too, seems likely to be a watershed moment. It calls for us to invent an approach to learning that is more resistant to disruption, more resilient. To be clear, this is work that lies ahead of us. It is not something most of us are doing presently. The work we are up to now, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on schools, is more like what my colleague Steve Krause has called “lifeboat teaching.” We are getting by. Making the best of the circumstances we find ourselves in …

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Outdoor image of an empty stage and performance space.MSU's Summer Circle Theatre Season Postponed, Online Activities Offered

The Michigan State University Department of Theatre’s 2020 Summer Circle Theatre (SCT) season has been postponed. The entire season will move to June 2021, but the Department of Theatre will offer some online activities for all to enjoy remotely this summer. This decision comes as a result of the announcement made by MSU President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D., to continue virtual-only courses for the summer session in response to the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) pandemic …

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Black and white image of a man with his head down, hands together, praying.How Religions Around the World Are Keeping the Faith During COVID-19

COVID-19 has rocked everyday life for people around the world, requiring religious communities to shift worship at a time that many consider the most holiest of the year. Daily and weekly services at churches, synagogues, mosques, and temples have transitioned to take place in the home with family members as many places of prayer are closed for the first time in their history …

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Smiling young woman with curly dark hair, a pearl necklace, and a gray dress.Living with a Severe Latex Allergy During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic caused the Michigan State University community to adjust to a new ‘normal' following a transition to remote learning classes, the cancellation of sports and other big events. But for Religious Studies junior Liv Swanton, COVID-19 has made another part of her life more difficult to manage — her severe latex allergy …

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Photo of a man with glasses, long gray hair, and a black sweater.Leonard Fleck: OP-Ed: Sacrificing Public Health for the Sake of the Economy

President Donald Trump said this week that he hopes to see economic activity ramped up and social distancing practices and other public health measures reduced by Easter, which is April 12. This is a recipe for disaster and it again vividly illustrates his dismissal of medical and scientific expertise for his own political goals …

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Table with a 3d printed and newly printed face protection masks. MSU Colleges Create 3D-Printed Face Shields in Response to COVID-19

Michigan State University is helping local health professionals on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus by making 3D-printed personal protective equipment (PPE). To address the critical need for donations, medical face shields are being produced in a joint effort with colleges across MSU’s campus, including the College of Osteopathic Medicine, College of Engineering, College of Natural Science, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and the College of Arts & Letters …

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View inside of an art gallery with off white colored abstract sculptures.MFA Exhibition Artwork and Artist Talks Can Be Viewed Online

As the culmination of a three-year program through the Department of Art, Art History, and Design, Master of Fine Arts candidates traditionally have their work displayed at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum as part of the annual Master of Fine Arts Exhibition. Due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and with regard for the health and safety of the public, the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum currently is closed, but the work of this year's MFA candidates can be viewed online …

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Graphic that says "Global Digital Humanities Symposium"Global Digital Humanities Symposium Moves to All-Virtual Setting

This year’s Global Digital Humanities Symposium (GDHS) hosted by the Digital Humanities at MSU (DH@MSU) program will be an all-virtual event in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and with regard to the safety for all. …

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Image of a computer screen video chatting with many people.Learning Continues Remotely at MSU's Department of Theatre

On Thursday, March 12, Department of Theatre sophomores gathered for the course THR 292, also known as Sophomore Seminar. What made this particular class session unique is that it took place just one day following MSU’s decision to move all face-to-face classes to remote teaching and for the first time students met in a virtual classroom using Zoom video conferencing …

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Brick clocktower surrounded by flowering trees.Ways to Support Students During COVID-19 Outbreak

In responding to the evolving challenges of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the safety of our community through social distancing and the success of our students are our top priorities. Here at Michigan State University and in the College, we have moved our face-to-face instruction for students to virtual settings through the end of the semester, postponed spring commencement, and suspended spring/summer study away and abroad programs …

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Blue up-close image of a virus.MSU COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) Response Updates

On March 10, state officials announced the first two confirmed cases of coronavirus in Michigan. Following guidance from local, state, and federal public health agencies and in the interest of public safety, Michigan State University made the decision to suspend face-to-face instruction in lectures, seminars, and classroom settings and move coursework to virtual instruction as of noon on March 11 …

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