June 14, 2021
Beaumont Tower is one of the most photographed images on campus, but it’s a rare treat to get a closer look. Photo by Nick Schrader.
Infrastructure, Planning and Facilities custodian Bob Simon has an insider perspective on MSU’s iconic tower, as he keeps it clean and looking its best. Photo by Nick Schrader.
A Pride flag is displayed at the entrance of Student Services. Student Services is home to the LBGT Resource Center, soon to be renamed the Gender and Sexuality Campus Center, which serves as a hub of resources for LGBTQ+ students on campus. Photo by Derrick L. Turner.
President Stanley, Senator Debbie Stabenow, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and U.S. Representative Elissa Slotkin tour the MSU STEM facility. The facility is expected to open for student instruction in fall 2021, and will provide a unique teaching, learning and laboratory space. Photo by Derrick L. Turner.
While construction on the STEM facility is concluding inside, IPF Landscape Services is adding a finishing touch of greenery on the outside. Photo by Nick Schrader.
We’re not horsing around, and neither is the MSU Horse Teaching and Research Center, which welcomed eight new fillies to campus this spring. Photo by Derrick L. Turner.
Members of MSU’s Campus Archeology Program headed to Spartan Village this week to survey a construction site for artifacts. The Campus Archeology Program, comprised of graduate and undergraduate students and supervised by Professor of Anthropology Stacey Camp, delve into construction projects at MSU to make sure campus’s rich material culture is documented and protected. Photo by Nick Schrader.
A Campus Archeology Program survey pays off, unearthing several children’s toys turned artifacts at Spartan Village, including this toy car. Photo by Nick Schrader.
A meeting of the minds between Plant Biology, the student Fisheries and Wildlife Club and Infrastructure, Planning and Facilities Landscape Services has resulted in Project Wingspan, an effort to bring more bees, butterflies and other pollinators to campus. Here, Lars Brudvig, Juhi Parekh and Sarah Naughtin plant seedlings near Trowbridge Road. Photo by Nick Schrader.
Members of Project Wingspan survey the space where they’ll be adding native pollinator-friendly plants. Selecting native plants is vital to helping pollinators thrive, as it helps drive out invasive species that jeopardize the biodiversity of an area. Photo by Nick Schrader.
Lars Brudvig, associate professor of plant biology in the College of Natural Science, sorts through the seedlings that will be planted. “A lot of the animals that we could support on campus rely on native plants, like bees, and butterflies, and other pollinators,” he said. “Being pollinator-supporting plants, they all have really showy flowers, advertisements for pollinators,” Brudvig said. “There are going to be a whole bunch of beautiful and spectacular flowers as this area matures.” Photo by Nick Schrader.
Spartans threw a birthday party on Wednesday for everyone’s favorite statue. The original ceramic Spartan, dedicated in 1945, turned 76 last week.
At the original dedication, then-MSU president John Hannah said, “In the years ahead, this Spartan warrior in this beautiful and proper setting will become one of the distinguishing marks of this campus that all students and visitors will associate with this college…” and 76 years later, we think he couldn’t have been more correct. Photo by Derrick L. Turner.
Is that Bambi’s cousin? A fawn looks about ready for a nap near Munn Ice Arena. Photo by Derrick L. Turner.
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