2015-11-23 - JMC senior Sarah Kovan is named a 2016 Rhodes Scholar!
Michigan State University senior Sarah Kovan, from Okemos, has been named a 2016 Rhodes Scholar.
A member of the Honors College majoring in comparative cultures and politics in James Madison College and human biology in the College of Natural Science, Kovan is MSU’s 17th Rhodes Scholar since the awards began in 1904. MSU’s first Rhodes Scholar was named in 1919.
The Rhodes Trust chose 32 scholars from an applicant pool of 2,000. Half the scholars selected are women.
“Being named a Rhodes Scholar is an incredibly amazing and humbling experience, and I couldn’t have gained this recognition without the unending support from the MSU community,” Kovan said. “As a scholar-athlete, I’m most proud of the accomplishments I have achieved in collaboration with my teammates, like our most exciting wins. It is in these successes, and in the camaraderie created in those moments, that make me proud to be a Spartan athlete.”
Kovan is a starting midfielder and captain for the MSU women’s soccer team, earning Academic All Big-Ten Awards in 2012, 2013 and 2014, along with the 2015 Big Ten Distinguished Scholar Award and MSU Scholar-Athlete Award.
She is the daughter of Jessica and Jeff Kovan, director of MSU sports medicine and team physician for MSU basketball, soccer, track and softball.
Professor Linda Racioppi commented on Sarah's success: "Sarah is a top-notch student and varsity athlete who embodies the values and spirit of the Rhodes Scholarship. Drawing on insights and skills learned in her Comparative Cultures and Politics major and from her overseas experiences in Sri Lanka and Israel, Sarah has been able to address issues of development, gender equality, and sociopolitical representation. She is an extraordinary student, but as importantly, she is an exceptional human being whose interest in and commitment to international health and development issues run deep. It’s hard to imagine a more worthy Rhodes Scholar! "
2015-11-19 - MSU's Commitment to Diversity
Dear JMC Faculty and Staff,
Given the continued issues surrounding inclusion in the College and our ongoing efforts to foster dialogue, I want to share with you President Simon's recent statement on campus efforts to focus on race.
Sherman Garnett Dean, James Madison College
Our commitment to diversity
President Lou Anna K. Simon
Recent events on college and university campuses across the country demonstrate that racism and indifference remain persistent societal problems. And they are not distant issues. As I have talked over time—and continue to talk—with members of the Michigan State campus community and with our neighbors in the greater community, I recognize these issues are part of our lives in a real and present way. More...
2015-11-11 - Dec. 22nd: Deadline for the MLK Advancing Inclusion Through Research Award
|In an effort to build the body of work authored by students that supports the MSU and MLK, Jr. ideals of inclusive excellence, we encourage submissions of MSU student research papers and creative projects on topics on inclusion, diversity, and marginalized populations.|
|MSU members of Honors College, James Madison College, Lyman Briggs College, or the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities during the Fall 2015 semester are eligible to apply.||
2015-10-26 - JMC freshman Matthew Rappe awarded Cummings Scholarship
Matthew Rappe awarded Nelson and Marlene Cummings Scholarship
First-year JMC student Matthew Rappe (IR/CCP/Arabic minor), a native of Chicago, is the recipient of the Nelson and Marlene Cummings Scholarship at James Madison College. The Cummings Scholarship, established by JMC Distinguished Alumnus Jeffrey Cummings (MM ’84), is open to all incoming first-year JMC students. It supports students who will contribute to the intellectual and cultural enrichment of James Madison College because of their unique life experiences and demonstrated excellence in preparing an essay addressing contemporary public policy issues. Students who have exhibited leadership skills, overcome adversity, and shown an interest in multiculturalism and diversity are strong candidates for this scholarship.
The Nelson and Marlene Cummings Scholarship award is $3,500 and the essay competition is open to all incoming first year James Madison College students.
The Nelson and Marlene Cummings Scholarship was established by Jeffrey to honor his parents and their life-long commitment to public affairs, civic activities, and education. They raised four sons with love, guidance, discipline, support and educational opportunities, all of whom have successful careers in business and the law. The scholarship is intended to assist James Madison College in its efforts to recruit and retain students whose presence will further the College’s compelling interest in obtaining the educational benefits that flow from a racially and ethnically diverse student body.
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2015-07-29 - Three outstanding JMC seniors named to MSU Homecoming Court for 2015-16
Ten outstanding senior ambassadors have been named to the 2015-16 Homecoming Court. Three of the ambassadors are James Madison students: Teresa Bitner (SRP/Education), Bradley Disbrow (IR/microbiology/Honor College), and Nate Strauss (CCP/journalism).
Ambassadors, who were endorsed by an individual or an organization, were chosen through a highly selective process. The students were evaluated based on his or her leadership, community involvement, academic excellence and Spartan pride. A group of MSU faculty, staff, alumni and students conducted personal interviews with students to select the final 10 court ambassadors.
“This year I feel privileged to have the opportunity to work with 10 of the most diverse, talented and devoted Spartan students that we have here at Michigan State University,” said Homecoming Court adviser Natisha Foster. “These students represent the vast experiences both in and out of the classroom that make MSU a world class institution.”
The students have begun their duties as ambassadors this summer, as they have been representing the MSU student body at various alumni, community and university engagements. They will continue their commitment through the 2015-16 school year. During homecoming week, Sept. 28 – Oct. 3, ambassadors will attend many functions, including the parade on Oct. 2 and the football game on Oct. 3.
2015-04-30 - JMC student Kevin Mills awarded inaugural Frank H. Knight Scholarship
Inaugural Frank H. Knight Scholarship Awarded
Michigan State University and James Madison College are pleased to announce the selection of Kevin Mills as the recipient of the inaugural Frank H. Knight Scholarship. Mr. Mills is a Political Theory & Constitutional Democracy major in James Madison College, with a minor in Political Economy. He is also pursuing a finance major in the Eli Broad School of Business. Mr. Mills is a native of Novi, Michigan.
The Knight Scholarship of $500 is awarded annually to a student enrolled in the Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy major whose undergraduate work exemplifies an intellectual curiosity for the practical application of where economic principles, political theory, and ethical deliberation intersect. The scholarship was created by Tiberian Advisers, LLC, the company founded by James Madison College alumnus Bradley Dizik (PTCD, 2006). Mr. Dizik created the Knight Scholarship in appreciation for the education his professors at the College provided him in political theory, ethics and economic principles. An anti-corruption and financial regulatory attorney, Mr. Dizik's career is dedicated to helping his clients understand how ethical and economic principles can inform and support their decision making and business processes. Mr. Dizik chose to name the scholarship for the noted economist Frank H. Knight (1885-1972), Morton D. Hull Distinguished Service Professor of Social Science and Philosophy at the University of Chicago, who helped make the integration of politics, economics, and ethics integral to the emerging field of constitutional political economy.
As part of his studies in Political Theory & Constitutional Democracy and Political Economy, Mr. Mills took two political courses from Professor Ross B. Emmett, a historian of economics who has focused much of his work on Frank Knight. The two courses were MC 241: Politics and Markets, which included readings from Frank Knight as well as other economists in the Chicago tradition, and a senior seminar focused on “Liberty, Justice, and Constitutionalism,” with readings on constitutional political economy from Knight, F. A. Hayek, John Rawls, and John Tomasi. These courses, along with his studies in finance, make him a prime example of the kind of student the Knight Scholarship was designed to honor.
In response to the award, Mr. Mills remarked: “I would like to thank both James Madison College and Tiberian Advisers, LLC for providing an excellent opportunity for PTCD students interested in the niche of political economic ethics to feel that their hard work in academia is not without reward.”
2015-04-30 - JMC students chosen as 2015 Demmer Scholars
Congratulations to the 8 JMC students and 12 other MSU students who will participate in the seventh annual MSU William A. Demmer Scholars Program in Washington, D.C. this summer, in a variety of internships including those in federal agencies and non-governmental organizations: Joe Brennan (PTCD junior), Lizzie DePentu (CCP junior), Quincy Kittle (CCP sophomore), Mitch Roberts (IR junior), Simon Schuster (SRP junior), Linsey Stauffer (SRP senior), Bryn Williams (CCP sophomore), Sarah Wisely (IR junior). While in the program, students meet once a week for a class taught by Mark Rey on natural resources policy. Every Saturday, students get firsthand experience in the subjects they learned about that week by going on field trips to Grey Towers National Historic Site, the Watergate Complex and the U.S. Capitol.
2015-04-09 - JMC senior Becky Barann was chosen as MSU Student Employee of the Year
Congratulations to Becky Barann (SRP/Econ/Honors College) JMC senior who was chosen MSU's Student Employee of the Year! Becky has been a member of the Spartan Marching Band for five years, serving as band president this past season, is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, a national honor fraternity, and Kappa Kappa Psi, a national honorary band fraternity, and has completed two study abroad programs. She has been a valuable and excellent student employee in the JMC Admissions Office since the fall of 2011.
2015-04-01 - Alumnus Brad Dizik funds new Frank H. Knight Scholarship at JMC
James Madison College at Michigan State University is pleased to announce that Bradley L. Dizik , PTCD & PE ’06, founder and managing principal of Tiberian Advisers LLC and Dizik PC, has made a commitment to establish a new scholarship award, the Frank H. Knight Scholarship, at the College. The Knight Scholarship will be awarded each year to one student in the amount of $500.
“I value what JMC has afforded me since graduation,” Dizik said. “I wanted to give back to the College by creating a scholarship that could be used to provide financial assistance to current students.
“With this commitment, Bradley Dizik has taken a distinctive approach to supporting the next generation of leaders at JMC,” said Ross Emmett, Professor of Political Economy and Political Theory at James Madison College. “We are deeply grateful that a young alumnus has chosen to give back to the College, and to present and future scholars.”
“Scholarships allow the College to uphold its commitment to attracting the best and brightest students from around the world, and it ensures that these students can accept an offer of admission without anxiety over a burden of debt,” Dizik said. “I could not imagine a better way to support the place that helped shape my career and my future.”
Mr. Dizik received his LL.M. in securities and financial regulation from Georgetown University Law Center, and his J.D., cum laude from Michigan State University, where he served as a team captain and an award winning member of the Moot Court and Advocacy Board. He is a recipient of the Federal Bar Association’s Edward H. Rakow Scholarship Award for academic excellence in corporate and securities law. Mr. Dizik was also recognized for his “extraordinary academic performance” in International White-Collar Crime and was the recipient of the book award in Securities Regulation. Mr. Dizik received his B.A. in political theory with a specialization in political economy from James Madison College at Michigan State University. He is a member of the New York and District of Columbia Bars.
In 2012, he founded Tiberian Advisers LLC. Before starting Tiberian, Mr. Dizik was a member and co-manager of an international law firm’s financial regulatory reform working group, where he advised clients concerning new financial regulatory reform legislation and its impact on regulatory compliance, investments and litigation risks. Mr. Dizik represented clients before regulatory bodies and drafted comment letters in association with the Dodd-Frank Act’s rulemaking process. Prior to joining Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, Mr. Dizik served as a research consultant to the Committee on Capital Markets Regulation, a 501(c)(3) research organization dedicated to improving the regulation of US capital markets. Mr. Dizik has also done stints with the SEC’s Offices of General Counsel and International Affairs, where he focused on the international enforcement of the federal securities laws, and provided technical assistance to foreign regulators.
To learn more about Tiberian Advisers LLC, visit tiberianadvisers.com.
2015-03-27 - Alumnus Wallace Jefferson Livestreaming video
Join Us March 28th to Celebrate the career of Professor Ken Waltzer
2015-03-24 - Prof Ken Waltzer is featured in Jewish News article
MSU’s Ken Waltzer shaped students, academia and Holocaust scholarship for 43 years.
As last year ended, Ken Waltzer completed 43 years of teaching, scholarship and service as professor of history at Michigan State University’s James Madison College. He helped save the college and worked to build MSU a solid Jewish Studies program, while teaching thousands of students and reaching many more through curriculum development.
2015-03-24 - Congratulations to JMC's Varsha Koduvayur, Carnegie Junior Fellow recipient
2015-03-02 - JMC junior Joseph Brennan nominated for national Udall Scholarship
JMC junior Joseph Brennan (PTCD/Honors College) is one of four students nominated by MSU for the nationally competitive Udall Scholarship. The Udall Foundation awards scholarships to college sophomores and juniors for leadership, public service, and commitment to issues related to American Indian nations or to the environment. Each year, the foundation awards up to $5,000 for educational expenses to 80 outstanding students in the United States.
2015-02-27 - Two Madison students are finalists for the prestigious Truman Scholarship
Congratulations to Madison juniors Raziel Lavalais (PTCD/HC/Econ), and Florence Otaigbe (IR/HC) who have been chosen as national finalists for the national Truman Scholarship!
2015-02-24 - JMC senior Varsha Koduvayur chosen as Carnegie Junior Fellow Finalist
JMC senior Varsha Koduvayur (IR/CCP/Arabic/Honors College) was chosen as a finalist for a nationally competitive research assistant fellowship through the Carnegie Junior Fellows Program within the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
2015-02-18 - MSU Debate Team, including 3 JMC students, heading to National Debate Tournament
Congratulations to the MSU Debate team, including Madison students Tyler Thur, Jack Caporal, and Quinn Zemel, with math junior Margaret Strong, for receiving two first-round bids for the National Debate Tournament – designating them as two of top 16 teams in the country. http://msutoday.msu.edu/news/2015/debate-teams-head-to-national-tournament/
2015-02-10 - MSUFCU Dean's Choice Scholarship
Michigan State University Federal Credit Union
Dean’s Choice Award Scholarship
for Best Public Policy Paper
Deadline for Submissions: March 1st!
Michigan State University Federal Credit Union is supporting James Madison College by providing $2500 in scholarships for the best student papers addressing an important issue in public policy.
One of the missions of James Madison College is to produce students who are exceptionally prepared to identify social and political problems, evaluate existing solutions to problems, and suggest creative strategies for addressing pressing issues in public policy. This award will recognize students whose papers best advance that mission, demonstrating an ability to pinpoint gaps in existing research, and using their own research to improve our knowledge of the efficacy or lack thereof of current public policies. Students may write about any problem in public policy, whether the problem is domestic or international.
Specifications: Papers should be well researched, explain the problem to be addressed, the methods to be employed, a discussion of the research and its implications, and use appropriate academic documentation. Papers should be no shorter than 15 pages in length, with additional pages for bibliography or end notes. Applicants may be sophomores, juniors, or seniors. Students from all majors are encouraged to apply.
Criteria: Papers will be selected based on their significance, originality, and quality of writing.
Recipients of these awards will have the scholarship credited to their MSU accounts.
Recipients will also be required to present their research at James Madison’s Research Showcase on May 1, 2015, where they will also receive their award.
All submissions must be posted electronically at: jmc.msu.edu/msufcu
First Prize: $1200
Second Prize: $ 800
Third Prize $ 500
Questions may be directed to Associate Dean Julia Grant at email@example.com
2015-02-06 - Race in 21st Century America: The 9th National Conference Apr 14-15
Race Conference - April 14-15 2015
FREE to attend
The ninth biennial Race in 21st Century America conference is FREE to attend and it brings to campus leading scholars, community activists, public officials and residents, representing racial, ethnic, gender and ideological diversity, to participate in an important conversation with the MSU community about the problem of race in America. Though the conference will cover a number of areas, our theme this year is Race and Democracy. The race conference, as we call it, is fundamentally designed to examine systems of power and privilege in the United States, especially the ways in which they impact communities of color. We also identify specific goals and strategies that promote democratic, yet radically transformative, social, economic and political structures…Our project is not simply about identifying and examining problems, but especially proposing actionable recommendations for addressing twenty-first century challenges.
2015-02-02 - IR senior Nick Keywork appears in MSU video "Real-World Experience"
2015-01-22 - JMC wins MSU Excellence in Diversity Award
James Madison College was the recipient of the Excellent Progress toward Advancing Diversity within Community award from MSU as a group that has exemplified diversity and inclusion in extraordinary ways. The recipients were honored at the 2015 All-University Excellence in Diversity Awards Ceremony and Reception Feb. 16. http://msutoday.msu.edu/news/2015/recognizing-groups-individuals-for-excellence-in-diversity/?utm_campaign=standard-promo&utm_source=msufacebook-post&utm_medium=social
2015-01-15 - Two JMC seniors nominated for Carnegie Junior Fellows Program
Congratulations to JMC and Honors College seniors Varsha Koduvayur and Brittany Zwierzchowski who have been nominated for the Carnegie Junior Fellows Program within the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. http://msutoday.msu.edu/news/2015/two-honors-college-seniors-nominated-for-nationally-competitive-research-assistant-fellowship/
2015-01-13 - JMC IR seniors Jack Caporal and Quinn Zemel win Miami debate tournament
The MSU Debate team of JMC seniors Jack Caporal (IR) and Quinn Zemel (IR) came in first place in a crowd of nearly 50 teams at the University of Miami debate tournament last week. They bested teams from Emory University, the University of Michigan, Dartmouth College, Vanderbilt University, the University of Kentucky, Indiana University and Trinity University.
2014-11-24 - JMC and Honors College senior Allison Stuby receives ESPP service award
2014-11-19 - JMC senior Hannah Jenuwine publishes article in Student Pulse
Hannah Jenuwine (SRP senior) published "Third Grade Reading and Retention Policies to Improve Education Outcomes " in Student Pulse 6.10 (2014).
2014-10-22 - Professor Chandra studied the evolution of the 1918 influenza pandemic
2014-10-22 - Professor Mark Largent discusses Ebola hype on WILX-TV
2014-10-15 - Richard Cordray video available for viewing
Watch the video of the James Madison College event with Richard Cordray, from Friday, October 10, 2014. Livestream provided by the MSU Alumni Association: http://new.livestream.com/msualumni/RichardCordray
2014-10-15 - Gordon Wood video available for viewing
Watch the video of the James Madison College Founders Circle event with Professor Gordon Wood, from Thursday, October 9, 2014. Livestream provided by the MSU Alumni Association: http://new.livestream.com/msualumni/GordonWood
2014-10-02 - JMC senior Paul Rose nominated for Marshall Scholarship by MSU
Congratulations to JMC senior Paul Rose (IR/CCP/Russian) who has been nominated by MSU for the Marshall Scholarship. During his time at MSU, Rose has worked as a research assistant and served as a student representative for the university at the G20 Youth Summit. He is the recipient of the Office of Study Abroad Award for Academic Excellence. Rose plans to pursue political science and international studies.
2014-08-27 - Professor Yael Aronoff publishes article in Foreign Policy
Professor Yael Aronoff's article “And, how does that make you feel?", The psychology behind Israel's Gaza war and the truce that followed, appears in Foreign Policy August 27, 2014.
2014-08-13 - Fall Visit Days for high school seniors and their families
New dates for 2014 Fall Visit Days for high school seniors and their families: , , October 24, .
2014-06-02 - JMC spring commencement video available online
The JMC spring commencement can be viewed online from WKAR-TV here...
2014-04-18 - Professor Yael Aronoff publishes new book
Professor Yael Aronoff's book, The Political Psychology of Israeli Prime Ministers: When Hard-Liners Opt for Peace, will be published by Cambridge University Press, May 2014.
2014-04-18 - Professor Constance Hunt receives prestigious award
Professor Constance Hunt was awarded the 2013 Top 15 Distinguished Professor of the Year Award by the Presidents Council of Michigan. The Presidents Council, State Universities of Michigan serves as a forum for the presidents and chancellors of Michigan's 15 public universities to discuss and frame positions on key higher education finance and policy issues.
2014-04-17 - Parade of Honors program details student achievements
2014-04-17 - JMC Senior Honors Defense Schedule
James Madison College
Senior Honors Program
2014 Thesis Defense Schedule
Case Seminar Room
“Tocqueville and Modern Science: How Scientific Authority Exacerbates Soft-Despotism and the Implications for Liberal Democracy and the Soul”
“An Examination of Arms Control: The Merits and Limits of the Bilateral and Multilateral Approaches”
at JMC Research Conference
“Weighing an Active Judiciary: The Supreme Court’s Control Over Morality”
at JMC Research Conference
“Transnational Writing and Performance in ‘Public’ Digital Spaces: Wikipedia and the 2013 Protests in Brazil”
at JMC Research Conference
“Political Entrepreneurship Efforts in Education Reform”
2014-04-16 - JMC to co-host annual Association for Interdisciplinary Studies meeting
Interdisciplinary Public Problems, the Global Community, and Diversity
October 15-19, 2014
Michigan State University
Michigan State University is proud to host the 2014 annual meeting of the Association for Interdisciplinary Studies. Presentations and workshops will be held at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, which is on the campus of Michigan State University. Given MSU’s proud history as the nation’s pioneer Land Grant University and its commitment to research and education that engages scholars from the humanities, natural sciences, arts, social sciences and professions, the 2014 AIS conference will invite participants to explore the ways in which interdisciplinary studies engage today’s problems and opportunities.
The theme of the 2014 AIS conference, “Interdisciplinary Public Problems, the Global Community, and Diversity,” emerged from a growing consensus that public problems—problems affecting multiple groups and populations across cultures in a diverse, global community—require insights and tools from a variety of disciplines, perspectives, and practices. As scholars and teachers, we are members of both local and global communities with a mandate to explore the roots and potential solutions to public problems and to educate a generation that is capable of addressing them. To do this, we must interrogate, integrate, and expand existing knowledge by creating collaborative relationships among disciplines in the arts, humanities, and sciences and by adopting integrative modes of research, education, and learning, communication, and policy-making.
2014-03-04 - JMC junior Joel Arnold advances as a finalist for the Truman Scholarship
Outstanding JMC junior Joel Arnold (SRP/Urban Planning) has been selected as a finalist for the Truman Scholarship. Arnold is a squad leader for the MSU Spartan Marching Band and served as an intern for Flint Mayor Dayne Walling (SR ’96), will travel to Chicago March 7 for an interview with the Truman Foundation’s Regional Review Panel. More than 650 students submitted an application from 289 colleges across the country. Michigan State has previously produced 16 Truman Scholars, 11 of them Madison students. JMC’s Jolisa Brooks was also nominated by MSU to compete in the scholarship. She is from Detroit, is president of the Case Hall Black Caucus, and served as a Spartan Ambassador to China as part of a Residence Education and Housing Services program.
2014-02-25 - We sadly announce that Beth Zinman, wife of Prof Zinman, passed away Feb. 14
Beth Zinman, wife of Professor Dick Zinman, passed away February 14, 2014 after a long bout with breast cancer. In accordance with her wishes, there will be no funeral, but there will be a memorial service later this spring or in the fall. Details will be announced as soon as possible.
Also at Beth’s wish, in lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in her memory to the Leelanau Conservancy (105 1st St. Leland, MI 49645) or to James Madison College at MSU (Case Hall, 842 Chestnut Rd., East Lansing, MI 48825).
Professor Zinman's retirement event was postponed due to Beth's illness. We are looking at dates in the fall of 2014 to reschedule the celebration.
2014-02-18 - JMC students Ramesh and Thur earn top bid in National Debate Tournament
DEBATE MEMBERS EARN FIRST ROUND AT-LARGE BID FOR NATIONAL DEBATE TOURNAMENT
Madison students Kaavya Ramesh (IR/CCP/Chinese/Honors College senior) and Tyler Thur (IR sophomore) have earned an at-large bid in the first round of the National Debate Tournament, designating them as one of the top 16 teams in the country. The national tournament will be held at Indiana University from March 28 to April 1.
MSU Debate Team members Kaavya Ramesh and Tyler Thur have earned an at-large bid in the first round of the National Debate Tournament, designating them as one of the top 16 teams in the country.
By receiving this at-large bid, Ramesh and Thur automatically qualify for the national tournament, bypassing the normal procedure.
Other colleges that earned at-large bids include: University of California-Berkeley, Georgetown University, Harvard University, University of Kansas, University of Mary Washington, University of Michigan, Northwestern University, University of Oklahoma, Rutgers University, Towson University, Wake Forest University and University of West Georgia.
“Bids are voted on by a panel of coaches from around the country and designate a team as among the top 16 two-person teams based on season-long performance,” said Debate head coach Will Repko. “This is a huge honor for Kaavya and Tyler and the MSU Debate program as a whole.”
Additional members of Debate will participate in the District 5 qualifying tournament, which will be held at U-M beginning Friday.
The national tournament will be held at Indiana University from March 28 to April 1.
The MSU Debate Team is a part of the Honors College. For more information, go to www.debate.msu.edu.
2014-02-05 - JMC juniors Brooks and Arnold nominated for the Truman Scholarship
Three student leaders at Michigan State University have been nominated for the Harry S. Truman Scholarship.
The scholarship nominees are: Joel Arnold, a junior majoring in social relations and policy in the James Madison College and urban and regional planning in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources; Jolisa Brooks, an Honors College member and junior majoring in political theory and constitutional democracy in the James Madison College; and Sean Fitzpatrick, an Honors College member and junior majoring in interdisciplinary studies in social science in the College of Social Science and arts and humanities in the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities.
“All three of these students are passionate about public service,” said Cynthia Jackson-Elmoore, dean of the MSU Honors College. “Michigan State University has given them the opportunity to explore their passions and we are pleased to nominate them for the Truman Scholarship. We look forward to seeing what each one will accomplish next.”
Michigan State has previously produced 16 Truman Scholars.
Arnold is from Davison, Michigan and a graduate of Davison High School. He is a squad leader for the MSU Spartan Marching Band and president/co-founder of LiveWorkDetroit! at MSU.
Arnold served as an intern for the City of Flint Planning Department, and as an intern for Flint Mayor Dayne Walling, an MSU Truman Scholar in 1995. He has volunteered in several Genesee County political campaigns and currently works as a store manager for MSU Sparty’s convenience store. He’s the recipient of the Davison Community School’s Music Program Scholarship.
He plans to pursue a master’s degree in urban planning.
“Given my experience in Flint and Detroit, it would be essential to have a federal level internship in Washington, D.C.,” Arnold said. “I would be interested in participating in this opportunity and would like to work on issues related to urban development or transportation.”
Brooks is from Detroit, Michigan and graduated from Renaissance High School. She is president of the Case Hall Black Caucus and served as a Spartan Ambassador to China as part of a Residence Education and Housing Services program. Brooks has studied biodiversity crisis in Madagascar and has served as a resident assistant in Case Hall.
She was an intern for Trout Unlimited in Washington, D.C. Brooks serves as a peer educator for the MSU’s Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Prevention Program, a volunteer for the Taking it to the Streets Service Program, and is a volunteer for the James Madison College Leadership Club. She is the recipient of the MSU Black Alumni Scholarship, the Donald and Barbara Koch Environmental Studies Scholarship, the Midnight Golf Scholarship, and the Michael J. Berkeley Memorial Scholarship.
Brooks plans to pursue a master’s degree in philosophy with a concentration in environmental policy.
“I have always known that I wanted to dedicate my life to public service,” Brooks said. “If I receive the Truman Scholarship, I plan to pursue a master’s degree in globalization and development. I hope to influence social policy both domestically and abroad and ultimately work in the United Nation’s Social Development Division.”
2014-01-30 - Madison students help MSU Debate take first place in tournament
Madison Students Help MSU Debate Take First Place in Indiana Tournament
The Michigan State University Debate Team recently took top honors at a tournament hosted by Indiana University Jan 24-27. and was runner-up in the Weber Round Robin held in Utah. The two-person team ofIR juniors Jack Caporal and Quinn Zemel took the top spot at Indiana, going 7-0 in the preliminary rounds and defeating the University of Iowa in the final round. At the Weber Round Robin, IR junior Aniela Butler and math sophomore Margaret Strong went 6-1 in the preliminary rounds and finished in second place after losing a tough match to a team from the University of North Texas.More about the competitions and Madisonian success...
2014-01-30 - JMC Student wins the top prize in the MLK Jr. Advancing Inclusion through Resear
A JMC Student Once Again Wins the MSU MLK Jr. Award for Best Paper
JMC senior Kristi Schmidt (SRP) won the $500 first place prize in MSU's MLK Jr. Advancing Inclusion through Research Award for her paper “Research Verses Reality: Examining the School to Prison Pipeline in Detroit Public School.” The award was given for the first time in 2011 and a Madison student has won the top prize each year.
2014-01-30 - Reminder: Professor Zinman Retirement Event postponed indefinitely
2014-01-21 - JMC Alumnus Peter Spadafore named president of the Lansing School Board
LANSING — The Lansing School Board announced their new officers today and it included a change at the top as they selected Peter Spadafore as its new president.
"I'm honored to be chosen by my colleagues as the next president of the Lansing School District Board of Education," Spadafore said in a statement. "We have a strong board dedicated to serving the children of the district and I look forward to the year ahead."
Spadafore, a Michigan State University alumnus, is currently the vice-president of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Michigan, and previously worked for the Michigan Association of School Boards. Joining Spadafore are former president Myra Ford as vice president, Rachel Lewis as secretary and former president Shirley Rodgers as treasurer.
"The Lansing School District is fortunate to have an experienced, energized leadership team and Board of Education," Lansing school superintendent Yvonne Caamal Canul said. "Spadafore is uniquely qualified to lead this team which includes Myra Ford and Shirley Rodgers who have both served terms as school board president, and Rachel Lewis who is simply an outstanding young leader and very active in many community and school issues."
2014-01-16 - JMC senior Caleigh Nowlin nominated for Carnegie Fellows Program
JMC senior Caleigh Nowlin (IR/Honors College), along with Honors College student Milan Griffes, was nominated for the Carnegie Jr. Fellows Program.
Read more: http://msutoday.msu.edu/news/2014/students-nominated-for-carnegie-jr-fellows-program/
2014-01-16 - JMC alumnus among finalists in the search for MSU Provost
JMC Alumnus Paul D’Anieri (IR ’86), along with Jose Bermudez, Deborah Kochevar, Sarah Mangelsdorf, and June Youatt are finalists in the search for MSU Provost.
2014-01-09 - Alumna Lesley Weber passed away December 31, 2013
Lesley Weber (SR '97) passed away on 12/31/13 in NYC. After graduating from JMC she went to Loyola Law School in Chicago. She worked for Allstate for many years and recently received a promotion and moved to NY. Lesley was a member of the MSU Alumni Association and a true Spartan through and through. http://www.wasikfuneralhome.com/obituaries/Lesley-Weber/#!/Obituary
2013-12-18 - Alumnus Lawrence Sheets is featured in Spartan Saga
Alumnus Lawrence Sheets is featured in Spartan Saga: http://spartansagas.msu.edu/spotlight/1039/
2013-11-21 - MSU Debate and JMC students finish strong at Wake Forest
Congratulations to the MSU Debate Team and Madison students for their strong performance at Wake Forest! Kaavya Ramesh (IR/Chinese/CCP senior) and Tyler Thur (IR sophomore) were the top-finishing, two-person team. JMC's Jack Caporal, Quinn Zemel, and Aniela Butler also finished strong.
2013-11-21 - JMC alumnus Nathan Triplett elected as mayor of East Lansing
JMC alumnus Nathan Triplett was elected as mayor of East Lansing. Triplett has served on the East Lansing City Council since 2007 and as pro tem since 2011.
2013-11-12 - Alumna Helen Rosenthal elected to NYC Council
Alumna Helen Rosenthal was elected to the New York City Council last week. Congratulations to Helen! http://www.helenrosenthal.com/about_helen
2013-11-06 - JMC students on the MSU Debate Team have successful Harvard tournament
The Michigan State University Debate Team, which includes a number of James Madison students, placed three two-person teams in the top 25 at the Harvard University tournament. The debate was held Oct. 26-28 on the campus of Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass.
The top-finishing two-person MSU team consisted of Honors College students Kaavya Ramesh, an international relations, Chinese, comparative cultures and politics senior, and Tyler Thur, an international relations sophomore, who finished 17th out of 77 teams competing from 36 schools.
The team of international relations junior Aniela Butler and math sophomore Margaret Strong finished 19th. And the team of international relations junior Jack Caporal and international relations junior Quinn Zemel placed 25th.
2013-10-21 - Professor Chandra and JMC students publish article in the Journal of Drug Issues
Siddharth Chandra, with JMC students Samuel Peters and Nathaniel Zimmer, (2013) published "How powdered cocaine flows across the USA: Evidence from open-source price data," Journal of Drug Issues, in press.
2013-10-15 - Congratulations to alumna Amanda Sloat on her new position
Amanda Sloat (PTCD/Honors College ’97) recently began working as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Southern Europe and Eastern Mediterranean Affairs at the State Department. In this capacity, she is responsible for issues related to Greece, Turkey, and Cyprus, as well as for coordinating with Europeans on U.S. engagement with the countries of the Middle East and North Africa. Most recently, she served as Senior Advisor to the White House Coordinator for the Middle East, North Africa and Gulf Region. Sloat holds a Ph.D. in Politics from the University of Edinburgh. She has published a book (Scotland in Europe: A Study of Multi-Level Governance) and numerous academic articles on comparative European politics. She served as president of the James Madison College Student Senate and is currently a member of the college's Board of Visitors.
2013-10-03 - Congratulations to senior Kaavya Ramesh for her Marshall nomination!
JMC senior Kaavya Ramesh (IR/CCP/Chinese/Honors College) has been nominated for the Marshall Scholarship.
Kaavya Ramesh, an Honors College senior majoring in international relations and comparative cultures and politics in James Madison College and Chinese in the College of Arts and Letters has been nominated for the Marshall Scholarship. Two other Michigan State University students have been nominated for the prestigious scholarship, and one the Rhodes Scholarship. The awards allow students to pursue their graduate studies at universities in the United Kingdom. All three have chosen different fields of study, including neuroscience, ecological economics and public health. MSU has a strong history with these awards, producing 17 Marshall Scholars and 16 Rhodes Scholars. To see more click here
2013-09-30 - IR senior Kaavya Ramesh debating in prestigious Kentucky Round Robin
2013-09-26 - Alumnus Peter Spadafore named one of Lansing's "10 over the next 10"
2013-07-18 - Alum Richard Cordray confirmed as head of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
WASHINGTON — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was conceived by a Harvard professor, embraced by the Obama administration and pushed into law by Congressional Democrats determined to expand the federal government’s authority to protect borrowers from abusive lending practices — all in the space of just three years.
Daniel Rosenbaum for The New York Times
But even after the agency opened its doors in July 2011, almost exactly two years ago, its legal authority remained uncertain so long as Republicans prevented the confirmation of a director to lead the agency, as required by law.
That barricade collapsed on Tuesday. Republicans agreed to allow the confirmation of Richard Cordray, by a vote of 66 to 34, cementing a new era of expansive federal oversight of companies that lend money to consumers.
2013-07-01 - Alum Joseph Baumann named Michigan Supreme Court General Counsel
Joseph J. Baumann (IR ’00), former counsel to the state House of Representatives majority caucus and deputy legal counsel to the Department of Community Health, has been named by the Michigan Supreme Court as its new General Counsel, succeeding Matthew Schneider (IR ‘96), who has been appointed by Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette in April 2013 to be his Chief Legal Counsel. Chief Justice Robert P. Young, Jr. said that Baumann was the unanimous choice of the Court. Baumann was previously an associate in the public policy and governmental relations division of Dykema Gossett, where he specialized in health care, real property, and energy litigation. He was the 2006 recipient of the Michigan State Police’s “Award for Professional Excellence” for the DCH’s Hurricane Katrina response.
2013-06-17 - Madison students study a wide variety of languages abroad
For information about the Less Commonly Taught Languages at MSU, go to: http://linglang.msu.edu/languages/asian-languages/lctl/
For questions about the Turkish or the Uzbek languages taught at MSU, please contact Timur Kocaoglu at firstname.lastname@example.org or Danielle Steider at email@example.com.
Video 1 - former JMC student Alyssa Meyer on Why Study Uzbek
Video 2 - MSU graduate student David Baylis on Why Turkish is important
Video 3 - MSU undergraduate student Hannah Selig on Why Study Turkish
Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTLs) are world languages that are less frequently studied by Americans. All languages except English, French, German, and Spanish are considered LCTLs. The MSU LCTL program coordinates those less commonly taught languages that have variable enrollments, but are considered of critical need. Some of these are taught as traditional teacher-fronted classes, and some are taught as individualized, small-group classes. Most of the language classes offered are open to everyone, but some have limited enrollment or may only be available for graduate students who have received language fellowships.
2013-05-16 - IR senior Kara Brewer to be on the 2013-14 MSU Homecoming Court
HOMETOWN: Essexville, MI
MAJOR: International Relations (James Madison College) with a French Minor and a Specialization in Business
STUDY ABROAD: French Language, Literature, and Culture in Tours, France, Summer 2012
- Alternative Spartan Break Executive Board Member, Fundraising Chair 2012-2013; Site Leader to Washington, D.C. 2011-2012
- Spartan Marching Band, Alto Saxophone Section; Squad Leader 2013-2014
- Research Scholar, MSU Department of Linguistics; Presented research at the Boston University Conference on Language Acquisition and Development, 2010-2013
- James Madison Representative to Associated Students of Michigan State University, 2012-2013
- Intern at Financial Services Volunteer Corps, summer 2013, Precinct Captain and Voter Outreach Intern for the Honorable Andrea Larkin, 2012
- Senior Class Council, Philanthropy Committee Chairperson
OTHER: Every member of immediate family has attended or is currently attending MSU; Member of the Koch Scholars Program at MSU
2013-05-14 - Senior Elena Herfi has won a Boren Scholarship to study Arabic in Amman
James Madison College senior Elena Herfi has won a Boren Undergraduate Scholarship to study Arabic in Amman, Jordan during the 2013-2014 academic year.
2013-05-09 - JMC Parade of Honors Program lists the myriad of honors bestowed on students thi
The James Madison College Parade of Honors Program lists the myriad of honors bestowed on Madison students during the 2012-13 academic year.
2013-05-01 - Alumnus Tom Boyd Featured in National Documentary
2013-04-29 - Students Amanda Kruzel and Hannah Jenuwine recognized in competition
Sophomores Amanda Kruzel & Hannah Jenuwine are fourth place winners in the 2012 Students Reinventing Michigan Competition (SRMC). Their mentor professor was Constance Hunt. The SRMC sponsors an annual competition open to all Michigan undergraduate and high school students, with the goal of engaging students in finding solutions to contemporary problems that face the Legislature and citizens of Michigan. The topic for 2012 was: “How All Students Entering College Can Be College Ready.”
For more information: http://studentsreinventingmichigan.com/
2013-04-22 - Madison students defend senior theses
2013-03-25 - Prof. Largent Accepts Job as Associate Dean for Lyman Briggs College
Prof. Mark Largent has accepted a position as the new Associate Dean for Lyman Briggs College at MSU. He will spend about half of his time in Briggs and will continue to teach two classes a year in Madison.
2013-02-28 - Professor Cook appears on MSNBC discussing the Sequester
James Madison and Economics Professor Lisa Cook appeared on the Melissa Harris-Perry show on MSNBC to discuss the sequester and its impact on Michigan.
2013-02-20 - JMC students awarded first round bid at National Debate Tournament
The Michigan State University debate team and JMC students Kaavya Ramesh and Evan Hebert has been awarded a first round at-large bid to the 67th National Debate Tournament 2013, to be held at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, March 28 – April 1.
Ramesh, a graduate of Chattahoochee High School in Alpharetta, Ga., is a junior Honors College member triple-majoring in international relations and comparative cultures and politics in James Madison College and Chinese in the College of Arts and Letters. Hebert, a graduate of Brother Rice High School in Bloomfield Hills, is a sophomore majoring in international relations in James Madison College.
2013-02-20 - JMC Alumni Study Abroad in Florence Italy June 2013
2013-02-06 - Call for Proposals: for JMC's inaugural student research conference
2013-01-30 - JMC Junior Natalie Lyons wins top prize in MLK Research Award
JMC junior Natalie Lyons won the $500 first place prize in MSU's MLK Jr. Advancing Inclusion through Research Award for her paper, "Domestic Violence in Korean-American Communities: The Role of Culturally Sensitive Feminist Reform."
2013-01-15 - Professor Lisa Cook featured in MSU's Engaged Scholar
Sharing Economic Realities and Expertise: MSU Professor Spends Valuable Year at the White House with the Council of Economic Advisers
One of the most expansive professional development experiences for an economist is to advise the President of the United States. Lisa Cook had that opportunity recently, serving as a senior economist at the Council of Economic Advisers. During the year-long appointment she focused on the euro zone, macroeconomics, technology and innovation, and entrepreneurship.
2013-01-08 - Alumnus Anthony Leiserowitz discusses cllimate change with Bill Moyers
JMC alumnus Anthony Leiserowitz, Director of the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication and a Research Scientist at the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale University, discusses climate change on Moyers and Company.
2012-12-03 - Professors Hunt and Tremonte help MSU secure grant to prepare future faculty
2012-11-01 - Professor Ayoob featured in MSU's "Engaged Scholar"
Professor Mohammed Ayoob is featured in an article in MSU's Engaged Scholar, a publication of University Outreach and Engagement. The article starts on page 12.
2012-10-22 - Alumnus Kevin Rushton passed away October 17
We are sad to announce that JMC alumnus, and devoted and active Board of Visitors member, KEVIN EDMUND RUSHTON died October 17, 2012, at age 54, of Bloomfield Hills.
2012-10-09 - Alumna Clare Glenn (SRP '11) nominated for Rhodes Scholarship
EAST LANSING, Mich., October 5, 2012 — Claire Glenn has been nominated by Michigan State University to compete for the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship and the opportunity to study at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. Glenn, a graduate of Simley High School in Grove Heights, Minn., and an Honors College alumna, graduated in December 2011 with dual majors in social relations and policy in James Madison College and piano performance in the College of Music. If selected, Glenn will become MSU’s 17th Rhodes Scholar.
2012-09-26 - Prof Mark Largent to speak on the Autism Debate at the NY Academy of Medicine
Section on the History of Medicine: Vaccine: The Modern American Debate
Over the last two decades, American parents have become increasingly concerned about the possible side effects of the many vaccines they are legally compelled to provide for their children. A scientific debate about the issue emerged in the late 1990s and was quickly settled within the medical community. Nonetheless, parents' fears persist, and today nearly 40% of American parents have refused or delayed at least one routine vaccination for their children. Concerns that vaccines might cause autism are commonly cited by parents, but scientists and physicians have stridently rejected any connection. The vaccine-autism debate is a proxy debate. Behind it loom a number of serious and sometimes intractable problems with modern vaccination schedules. The medical community has been unwilling or unable to address the underlying concerns that animate parents' fears, and many parents have seized on the claim that vaccines cause autism because it reflects many of their anxieties. This talk will describe the emergence of the modern American vaccine debate and uncover some of the concerns that animate parents' anxieties about vaccines.
Mark Largent is an historian of science and medicine and director of the Science, Technology, Environment and Public Policy Specialization (STEPPS) in James Madison College at Michigan State University. His research and teaching focuses on the role of scientists and physicians in American public policy. He has written on the evolution-creation debate, the professionalization of American biology, Darwinism, the history of the American eugenics movement and recent debates over compulsory vaccination. He is the author of (2008) and (2012) and is currently writing a history of Reye's Syndrome.
2012-08-22 - Professor Mark Largent publishes book on vaccines and autism
The bitter debate over whether vaccines cause autism is masking real problems with the modern inoculation schedule and encouraging a growing number of parents to refuse recommended vaccines for their children, argues a Michigan State University scholar.
In his new book “Vaccine: The Debate in Modern America,” Mark Largent writes that extremists for and against vaccinations have clouded the issues for parents seeking to make the best possible decisions for their children’s health.
2012-07-25 - JMC sophomore receives Dept of State Critical Language Scholarship
Kaavya Ramesh (IR sophomore) has been selected for the U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program to study Chinese in China during the summer of 2012. Kaavya is among the approximately 630 U.S. undergraduate and graduate students selected for the U.S. Department of State’s CLS Program in 2012 to study Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Indonesian, Japanese, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, or Urdu languages. The students spend eight to ten weeks in intensive language institutes during the summer in 14 countries where these languages are spoken. The CLS Program provides fully-funded, group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to increase language fluency and cultural competency. CLS Program participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship and apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers. The CLS Program is administered by the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) and American Councils for International Education.
2012-07-11 - JMC is devastated at the passing of Jackie Stewart, integral staff member
Jackie Stewart was a devoted and beloved staff member at Madison for 41 years. Obituary and information about her memorial service.
Jackie was the recipient of the 2007 Jack Breslin Distinguished Staff award, which exemplified her commitment to James Madison College.
2012-07-10 - View the video and photos from the DC Career Exposure Trip
The JMC Career Services office hosted the first career exposure trip for 24 Madison students during spring break 2012. The trip was a tremendous learning and networking experience for the students, allowing them to learn what successful alumni have done with their degrees. Thank you to all our wonderful alumni and their staff who hosted the college and made the students feel welcome and a part of the Madison community.
2012-05-30 - JMC 2012 Commencement video available for viewing
The JMC 2012 Commencement is available to view online:
2012-05-11 - Madison has a new mailing address
James Madison College has a new address!
842 Chestnut Rd Room S369L
East Lansing MI 48825
For more details, see http://campusaddresses.msu.edu/
2012-04-30 - We sadly announce the passing of '07 alumna Rachel Kahan
Alumna Rachel Kahan (IR 2007) died on Friday, April 27 after a battle with an aggressive oral cancer. There will be a memorial service on May 2nd, at 1:30 PM at the Dorfman Chapel, 30440 W Twelve Mile Rd, Farmington Hills MI 48334. Her Madison friends have established a scholarhip in her name to benefit JMC students participating in the semester in DC program. To contribute to this fund, contact Rocky Beckett at 517-432-2117 or make a gift on-line at: www.givingto.msu.edu.
2012-04-12 - Three JMC students receive National Breast Cancer Emerging Leader scholarships
Three Madison students, who will be working with the Michigan Breast Cancer Coalition as Advocate Leaders and Student Ambassadors, Liz Lupher, Emily Steinert and Crystal Matti, have all received scholarships to attend the National Breast Cancer Coalition's Emerging Leaders Program and Advocate Summit and Emerging Leaders Training. They will be travelling to Washington, DC with members of the Michigan Breast Cancer Coalition in May and will have opportunities to meet with other students from across the U.S. and many leaders in public policy, advocacy and research.
2012-04-10 - Madison students win national debate title
The Michigan State University debate team of Kaavya Ramesh and Evan Hebert recently won the Freshman-Sophomore Nationals title. They also were named one of the top 16 debate teams in the country –the youngest team to receive that honor.
Ramesh, from Alpharetta, Ga., is a second-year international relations, Chinese and comparative cultures and politics major, and Hebert, from Bloomfield Hills, is a first-year international relations major.
En route to winning the tournament, they defeated teams from the University of Iowa, Northwestern University and the University of Michigan. During the championship round against U-M, the team debated the issue of human rights in Bahrain, specifically the political implications if the U.S. were to intervene.
2012-03-14 - Professor Racioppi has won the Smuckler Award for Advancing International...
Professor Linda Racioppi has won the Ralph H. Smuckler Award for Advancing International Studies and Programs. Professor Racioppi's nomination was supported by both the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and James Madison College for her accomplishments and working collaboratively across the university to advance international studies.
2012-02-28 - Donna Hofmeister given MSU's Jack Breslin Distinguished Staff Award
2012-02-28 - Lecture Series on the Arab Spring and Transitions to Democracy
A Lecture series on the Arab Spring and Transitions to Democracy
2012-02-15 - Professors Hunt and Kramer presented with prestigious MSU awards
MSU All-University Awards were presented at the annual awards convocation February 14th. Professor Constance Hunt is the recipient of the MSU Alumni Club of Mid-Michigan Quality in Undergraduate Teaching Award. Professor Daniel Kramer received the Teacher-Scholar Award. The MSU Awards Convocation and "State of the University" address by President Simon can be viewed online at WKAR.org.
2012-02-01 - JMC student Ashley Herzovi article in Atlantic-Community.Org
Ashley Diane Herzovi: The United Nations should repurpose the Trusteeship Council to oversee states with long-term issues of self-governance due to conflict that are thus unable to provide basic human necessities to their constituents. This action would allow the UN to contribute to long-term governance solutions.
Ashley Herzovi is a student at James Madison College at Michigan State University. This article was first published by our partner Roosevelt Institute Campus Network in their "10 Ideas for Defense & Diplomacy" publication.
2012-01-04 - Alumnus Richard Cordray appointed chief of consumer agency by President
2011-12-07 - Congratulations to JMC senior Rebecca Farnum, MSU's newest Marshall Scholar
Rebecca Farnum (IR), who once served as an intern for First Lady Michelle Obama, will take her passion for environmental justice to the United Kingdom next year as one of two students from Michigan to be named a 2012 Marshall Scholar. Farnum, of Mt. Pleasant, earned one of 36 coveted Marshall Scholarships. She is MSU’s 13th Marshall Scholar, Madison's 9th.
2011-11-16 - JMC student Christopher Schotten is MSU's first Kremlin Fellow
2011-11-14 - Read Mohammed Ayoob's recent article "Turkey's Kurdish conundrum"
Professor Mohammed Ayoob's recent article"Turkey's Kurdish conundrum" appears in Foreign Policy.
2011-11-09 - Madison alumni successful in election
2011-10-12 - Madison students nominated for major awards
ased on academic accomplishment and excellence in research, community engagement and other leadership activities.
ased on academic accomplishment and excellence in research, community engagement and other leadership activities.
2011-10-05 - JMC junior Charlie Kraiger chosen as White House intern
The White House Internship Program announced today that Charlie Kraiger, JMC IR junior, is among its incoming participants for the Fall 2011 session.
2011-09-27 - Alumnus John Heffern confirmed as Ambassador to Armenia
2011-09-15 - Madison Seniors named to MSU Homecoming Court
2011-08-31 - Alumnus Richard Cordray nominated to lead consumer agency
Richard Cordray nominated by President Obama to Lead Consumer Agency
2011-08-23 - Professor Constance Hunt to Direct IIT Fellows Program
2011-2012 Interdisciplinary Inquiry and Teaching (IIT) Fellows
The 2011-2012 Fellows are: David Baylis (Department of Geography, College of Social Sciences), Ann Chrapkiewicz (Department of Anthropology, College of Social Sciences), Betsy Ferrer (Department of Teacher Education, College of Education), Hannah Klautkeh (Department of Communications, Collge of Communications), Emma Trentman (Department of Second Language Studies, College of Arts and Letters), Baburhan Uzum (Department of Second Language Studies, College of Arts and Letters), Antonio Vasquez (Department of American/Chicano Studies, College of Arts and Letters).
Please see program website http://grad.msu.edu/iit/.
2011-08-10 - Professor Lisa Cook appointed to presidential council
Lisa Cook, assistant professor in James Madison College and the Department of Economics at MSU, will offer her expertise on a team chosen to advise President Barack Obama on matters of economic policy. Cook began a yearlong appointment on August 8 on the president's Council of Economic Advisers. Specifically, she'll focus on issues related to international economics and science and innovation, and call upon her research in macroeconomics and the Michigan economy to help address the nation’s high unemployment rate.
2011-07-21 - Professor Kleinerman in the Weekly Standard and NPR
Read Professor Kleinerman's (co-authored with Vincent Phillip Munoz) article "Did Founders Create War Powers?" in the Weekly Standard and NPR.
2011-07-21 - Alumnus Justin Gengler publishes article in "Foreign Policy"
Read the article "The other side of radicalization in Bahrain" in Foreign Policy by Madison alumnus Justin Gengler.
2011-07-19 - JMC student MJ Crawford has article published in the Atlantic-Community.org
Read MJ Crawford's piece "To Protect and Serve: Women in Security Forces" in the Atlantic-Community.org. In order to curtail the rising number of female suicide bombers in Middle Eastern countries undergoing conflict, there must be an increase in women serving within military and police forces. This will undoubtedly contribute to the safety of the region and bolster the status of women around the world.
2011-05-26 - Professor Lisa Cook in MSU news
Lisa Cook calls for major changes in consumer behavior. Despite living in the "epicenter of the Great Recession," Michigan residents continue to do a poor job budgeting their money, according to a study by an MSU economist who recommends major changes in consumer behavior and financial education.
2011-05-23 - Alumnus John Heffern nominated Ambassador to the Republic of Armenia
Alumnus John Heffern will be nominated by President Obama as Ambassador to the Republic of Armenia. Heffern is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service and currently serves as the Deputy Chief of Mission at USNATO, Brussels. Prior to his current post, Mr. Heffern served as Deputy Chief of Mission and Executive Assistant to the Undersecretary for Political Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Indonesia. His career has also included overseas assignments to Japan, Malaysia, Ivory Coast and Guangzhou, China. From 1994-1996, Heffern served as a Pearson Fellow on the Asia Sub-Committee for the House International Relations Committee. Prior to entering the Foreign Service, he served in the Office of Senator John C. Danforth as the Senator’s Office Director and Research Assistant.
2011-05-10 - Professor Mark Largent named Fellow at AAAS
Professor Mark Largent has been named an American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellowship winner for 2011-2012. He will spend the next year in Washington, DC working at the National Science Foundation, where he will lead a project to assess and reform the NSF's Living Stocks Collections for Biological Research.
2011-05-04 - Professor Kleinerman appointed Garwood Visiting Fellow
2011-05-04 - Curtis Stokes and Race Conference in Seattle Medium article
Curtis Stokes and the April 2011 Race Conference are featured in a Seattle Medium article "Women In Prison - What About The Children" by Julianne Malveaux, keynote peaker at the conference.
"There are more than 200,000 women who are currently incarcerated, 115,000 in federal or state prisons and 99,000 in local jails. Nearly 1 million women are on probation – representing 26 percent of those on probation. 98,000 are on parole. Women’s incarceration has grown by over 800 percent in the last three ..."
2011-05-03 - PTCD senior Brian Palmiter wins Jack Chapin Memorial Award
Brian Palmiter is this year's winner of the Jack Chapin Memorial, awarded to the outstanding senior in PTCD. Brian graduated with a 3.95 GPA. His many other awards include a research fellowship from the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress (2009-2010), which culminated in his article "Letting Sleeping Scandals Lie? T.H. White and the Consequences of Executive Accountability," published in A Dialogue on Presidential Challenges and Leadership (2010), and an internship at the Scientific Freedom, Responsibility, and Law Program at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2010-present), during which he is working on and writing about issues of professional ethics. For the next two years, Brian will be with Teach for America, teaching in Memphis, TN.
2011-05-03 - Professor Lisa Cook receives $157,000.00 NSF grant
Lisa Cook received a $157,000 grant award from the National Science Foundation to conduct further research on the Economics of Innovation. The focus of this work will be patent activity among minorities and women and runs from 2011 to 2013. The work on which the award is based can be found in the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) Working Paper Series at http://www.nber.org/papers/w16331.pdf.
2011-04-27 - CCP senior Joseph DeLeon wins MSU French Award
Joseph DeLeon (CCP senior) received the Dorothy Carr Houvener Award from the French department in the College of Arts and Letters.
2011-04-19 - JMC senior canoeing the Mississippi
2011-04-07 - Mohammed Ayoob is Co-PI of Muslim Studies project awarded $100,000.00
The Muslim Studies Program and the Asian Studies Center at Michigan State have been awarded a $100,000 grant from the Social Science Research Council to pursue a project titled “Migrations of Islam: Muslim American Popular Culture in the 21st Century.” The MSU project will include a series of public events planned for Fall 2011 and the production of a documentary film on the topic Muslim American culture. Mohammed Ayoob, University Distinguished Professor of International Relations and Coordinator of the Muslim Studies Program, and Salah D. Hassan, Associate Professor in the Department of English and Core Faculty in Muslim Studies, are the Co-PI’s on the project, which will be administered by the Asian Studies Center. This grant is the second awarded by the SSRC to the Muslim Studies Program in the past 3 years.
2011-04-06 - Alumnus Terry Terry's firm is a "Michigan Company to Watch"
Alumnus Terry Terry is President of MessageMakers, recently recognized as one of the 2011 "Michigan 50 Companies to Watch," an awards program sponsored by the Edward Lowe Foundation and presented by Michigan Celebrates Small Business.MessageMakers is a full–service production company specializing in live events, video production and learning programs, with more than 30 years of worldwide experience and proven success.
2011-04-04 - Conference to focus on race and the criminal justice system
An article in the MSU News about Race in 21st Century America: The 7th National Conference.
2011-03-30 - Three Madison Students Chosen as Outstanding Seniors
Madison seniors Isabel Laczkovich, Nicholas Pfost, and Sharmaake Sabrie will receive the MSU Outstanding Senior Award at a ceremony in April. The award is given to 30 MSU students and selections are made by the MSU Senior Class Council. Congratulations!
2011-03-30 - Alumna Dereth Glance nominated to post by President Obama
President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate JMC alumna Dereth Glance for Commissioner, International Joint Commission, Department of State. She is currently the Executive Program Director for Citizens Campaign for the Environment, a non-profit citizens environmental and public health advocacy organization in New York and Connecticut. Previously, Ms. Glance worked for Defenders of Wildlife, Citizen Action Coalition of Indiana, and the Michigan League for Human Services.
2011-03-29 - IR senior Eric Branoff awarded FLAS fellowship
IR senior Eric Branoff was awarded a Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship through the MSU Asian Studies Center and the U.S. Department of Education. The FLAS Fellowship program is designed to meet critical needs for specialists in American education, government, and other services of a public and/or professional nature who will utilize their skills in training others and in developing throughout the United States a wider knowledge and understanding of other countries and cultures. FLAS fellowships offer tuition payment of up to $18,000 per year (graduate) $10,000 per year (undergraduate) and a monthly stipend for each.
2011-03-14 - JMC students appear on ABC in Charleston
JMC students Aaron Foote (SRP) and CJ Demmer (PTCD) appear on ABC in Charleston during a visit to the slave market museum while on a spring break field trip with the Madison Futures class.
2011-03-10 - Professor Dan Kramer receives Emerging Leader Award
Professor Dan Kramer is to be awarded the John K. Hudzik Emerging Leader Award at the 2011 International Award ceremony on March 23rd. This award, established in 2006 to honor John K. Hudzik, former Dean of International Studies and Programs and Acting Provost of Michigan State and current Vice President for Global Engagement and Strategic Projects, recognizes a faculty member (only one annually) early in his/her career who is making a significant impact on the advancement of international scholarship, teaching, and/or public service and outreach at MSU.
This award, established in 2006 to honor John K. Hudzik, former Dean of International Studies and Programs and Acting Provost of Michigan State and current Vice President for Global Engagement and Strategic Projects, recognizes a faculty member (only one annually) early in his/her career who is making a significant impact on the advancement of international scholarship, teaching, and/or public service and outreach at MSU.
2011-03-03 - Isabel Laczkovich (IR senior) honored as MSU outstanding senior
Isabel Laczkovich will receive the MSU outstanding senior award at an event in April. Originally from Germany, she moved to the United States 9 years ago with her family. Her primary academic focus at MSU has been researching the European Union and currently she is editing the last chapters of her thesis on public engagement with the EU. Isabel is also president of the MSU chapter of Toastmaster International and has been a regular speaker for the MSU Speakers Bureau. She is founder and president of the student group "Linking Lansing & U," an initiative by the Mayor of Lansing connecting MSU students with the City of Lansing, building talent retention, and helping the city's economy.
2011-02-21 - Read Mohammed Ayoob's recent article in "Foreign Policy"
Read Mohammed Ayoob's recent article "The GCC shows its true colors."
2011-02-21 - Three JMC students win first MLK-inspired research award
Claire Glenn, Courtney Hurtt, and Elizabeth Dunham were the first recipients of the MLK-inspired award. Mitch Goldsmith earned honorable mention. Martin Luther King Jr. said, "The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically..." And Michigan State University students have recently demonstrated how well they have taken this philosophy to heart. The MLK Jr. Advancing Inclusion Through Research Award was created in 2010 to showcase the legacy of King's ideals of inclusive excellence through current students' research.
2011-02-10 - Alumnus Steven Webster taking over as CEO/chairman of Prima Civitas Foundation
Alumnus Steven Webster (Urban '75) will be taking over as CEO and chairman of Prima Civitas Foundation, replacing David Hollister, who will continue as senior vice president and senior advisor. Webster is currently vice president of governmental affairs at Michigan State University. He will be Prima Civitas Foundation’s chief executive for knowledge enterprises and economic development. Prima Civitas Foundation, which has a mission of aggregating knowledge resources from Michigan’s universities, colleges, community colleges and other entities, will expand its services to make them available statewide. Previously, the foundation had focused on a region throughout the center of the state and over into the Thumb.
2011-02-08 - Professor Yael Aronoff receives MSU Teacher-Scholar Award
Yael Aronoff, James Madison College Professor and Michael and Elaine Serling and Friends Chair of Israel Studies, is a 2011 recipient of the MSU Teacher-Scholar Award which is awarded to faculty who early in their careers have earned the respect of students and colleagues for their devotion to and skill in teaching and who have shown scholarly promise.
2011-02-07 - We sadly announce that JMC alumna Nell Hennessy has died
Nell Hennessy, a Madison alumna from the first graduating class, died February 4, 2011 after a brave battle with cancer. Hennessy, Chief Executive Officer of Fiduciary Counselors Inc., was widely respected in the employee benefit community for both her professional leadership in the development of employee benefit law and her generous mentorship and friendship to employee benefits practitioners throughout her career. She was a generous friend to James Madison College.
2011-02-03 - Read the inspiring "Spartan Saga" of IR grad Brittany Fox.
2011-01-27 - IR senior Mikayla Bouchard stars in premiere of new MSU play
IR senior Mikayla Bouchard is a cast member of a new play debuting at MSU, "Happy Holy Days." The play is an irreverent philosophical comedy which explores the intertwining of secular and religious celebrations in a collection of contemplative scenes both profane and profound.
2011-01-27 - IR students Eric Branoff and Samuel Peters awarded Shao Chang Lee Scholarships
IR senior Eric Branoff and IR junior Samuel Peters have been awarded 2011-2012 Shao Chang Lee Scholarships, Branoff in the amount of $4,000 and Peters, $3000.00. The scholarships are awarded by the MSU Asian Studies Center.
2011-01-19 - PTCD senior Kevin Pietrick receives peace and justice scholarship
PTCD senior Kevin Pietrick is the recipient of a $500.00 Veterans for Peace Scholarship, awarded by the Utah Phillips/J. David Singer Chapter 93 of Veterans For Peace, to a Michigan resident who will pursue studies in a peace studies program or other program that actively promotes the study of global conflict resolution or issues of peace and justice.
2011-01-17 - Alumnus Patrick Paige appointed President and CEO of Acument Global Technologies
Alumnus Patrick Paige (SOCEC '87) was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Acument Global Technologies, Inc. in Troy MI, one of the world’s leading providers of mechanical fastening systems. Paige previously served as Vice President and General Manager.
2011-01-11 - Alumnus Matthew Schneider new chief of staff / general counsel MI Supreme Court
Alumnus Matthew Schneider (IR ’96) has been named chief of staff and general counsel to the Michigan Supreme Court. He succeeds JMC alumnus Michael Gadola (IR '85) as general counsel and Carl Gromek as chief of staff. Schneider most recently worked in the public corruption unit of the U.S. Attorney's Office in Detroit, where he has prosecuted members of organized crime and outlaw motorcycle gangs. [Detroit News Article]
2010-12-16 - Student Eric Branoff (IR junior) awarded Habib Scholarship
Eric Branoff has been awarded the Habib Scholarship for spring semester. Recipients are selected on the basis of their enrollment in the Muslim Studies Program Specialization at MSU. Branoff was previously awarded a Boren Scholarship for the study of Arabic in Amman, Jordan.
2010-12-16 - Alumnus Richard Cordray taking top post with federal consumer protection bureau
2010-12-09 - Alumni establish the JMC Spartan Scholarship Challenge
MSU is using $7 Million from an anonymous gift to match new endowed scholarships at the University. Several Madison alumni have helped the college establish the James Madison College Spartan Scholarship Challenge and are encouraging all Madison alumni and friends to consider donating to the fund. The college's goal is $100,000 including the matching funds from MSU. As of December 9th, there has been $49,100 raised of the $67,000 needed to reach the JMC goal.
2010-12-08 - Junior Spencer Nordwick writes novel in Poland over the summer
CCP/IR junior, Spencer Nordwick, spent the summer in Krakow, Poland writing a historical fiction novel.
2010-12-01 - Alumnus Jeff Williams named CEO of Public Sector Consultants
Alumnus Jeff Williams named CEO of Public Sector Consultants.
2010-12-01 - Student Anna Schroen awarded $15,000 Fellowship
Student Anna Schroen awarded $15,000 Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship.
2010-11-18 - Alumnus named to Michigan Governor-elect's administration
Alumnus Michael Gadola (IR ’85) was named legal affairs director for Michigan Governor-elect Snyder. Gadola has served as legal counsel to the Michigan Supreme Court for the last 10 years.
2010-11-10 - Travel with JMC
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2010-11-09 - MSU Debate Team Success
The MSU debate team of Madison junior Josh Miller (SRP) and freshman Randy Rossman took home first place the weekend of Oct. 30 at the Motor City Classic Tournament, hosted annually by Wayne State University. Several other MSU debaters had a very successful weekend, including JMC students Val McIntosh (IR sophomore) and freshman Paul Piro.
2010-11-09 - New Facebook Page
Madison has just created a new Facebook Page for updates on the college. Please join us there.
2010-11-08 - Professor Ramazan Kilinc awarded grant
Professor Ramazan Kilinc was awarded a grant for his project "The Role of Religious Beliefs and Institutions in Generosity: Catholicism and Islam," with two professors from Arizona State University (Carolyn Warner, Political Science; Adam Cohen, Psychology). The project examines charitable giving and voluntarism of the adherents of Catholicism and Islam in Turkey, France, Italy and Ireland. The project is funded by the Templeton Foundation, through the University of Notre Dame (budget $ 363,666).