12/11/2010 -Lyman Briggs College Fall 2010 Commencement Reception
35 Lyman Briggs College graduates joined a total of 1,722 undergraduate-degree candidates who took part in MSU's fall commencement ceremonies. Jeff Immelt, the ninth chairman of General Electric Co., spoke at the December 11th ceremony. Briggsies gathered in Holmes Hall for a reception prior to the ceremony where they were greeted by family and LBC faculty and staff.
5/26/2010 -Lee P. Begrow, D.O., 2010 LBC Distinguished Alumni Award
A reception was held in honor of Lee P. Begrow, D.O., recipient of the Lyman Briggs College 2010 LBC Distinguished Alumni Award. The Grand Rapids event was co-sponsored by Lyman Briggs and Spectrum Health Medical Group. Many of Dr. Begrow's family, friends, colleagues and fellow MSU/LBC alums. Dr. Begrow was honored for being a Best of the Best physician who is known for his dedication to his profession, family and community. The award was present by Lyman Briggs Associate Dean Stephen Spees, Ph.D.
5/8/2010 -2010 Spring Graduation
Our nearly 250 spring and summer 2010 graduates were joined by over 1000 family, friends, alumni, and LBC faculty and staff at the Lyman Briggs Commencement ceremony held at the MSU Auditorium on Saturday May 8, 2010. A dessert reception was held in Shaw Hall following the ceremony. Family members and graduates enjoyed watching a power point presentation which included both baby and adult pictures along with their plans after graduation. Congratulations to all of our 2010 graduates!
11/24/2009 -Lyman Briggs staff visit National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory
NSCL is a center for world-class rare isotope research and education. Scientists there are dedicated to studying the nature of the nucleus and the rules that govern its behavior. Each new discovery helps shed light on how nuclei have shaped our universe and ourselves. Staff were taken through a behind the scenes tour. For more information to schedule a free 90-minute tour, call: (517) 355-9671
11/8/2009 -MSU Women's Leadership Conference
The theme of this year's MSU Women's Leadership Conference was “The Courage to Lead, The Power to Make a Difference.” Drs. Fata-Hartley and Montgomery accompanied a group of LBC students to the conference. The afternoon was spent attending workshops on topics including negotiating, balancing work/life, and inclusive leadership and ended with a banquet. The conference was run by the undergraduate group Women's Initiative for Leadership Development (WILD) and sponsored by Residential Life, Student Life, University's Activities Board, and Women's Resource Center.
11/5/2009 - LB 133 (5) class visits Potter Park Zoo
Class read two articles about the history of zoos as places for science, conservation, education, and recreation. The class then went on a field trip to Potters Park Zoo to see for themselves how our local zoo serves as a site for science, conservation, and education. With the aid of the class readings and lecture, students could also contextualize the exhibits within the history of zoological parks.
10/6/2009 - Drs. Julia and Michael VanRooyen give talks at LBC
Dr. Julia Van Rooyen, of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative talked about "Dynamics of Sexual Violence as Weapons of War: Crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo". The conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has claimed over five million lives since 1996, making it the deadliest conflict since World War II. While mass rape has been a feature of many civil and interstate conflicts, the violence in eastern DRC features unique and disturbing characteristics. In 2007, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes called rape in the DRC, "the worst in the world."
Dr. Michael VanRooyen, of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative talked focused on "The Journey From MSU’s Lyman Briggs College to the Congo: Advancing the Science and Practice of a Humanitarian Response to Violence and War".
Dr. Michael VanRooyen is a 2009 MSUAA Distinguished Alumni Award winner and a 2008 Lyman Briggs College Distinguished Alumni Award winner. He has worked extensively in humanitarian assistance in over thirty countries affected by war and disaster, including Somalia, Bosnia, Rwanda, Iraq, North Korea, Darfur-Chad and the Democratic Republic of Congo, both as a physician and a policy advisor with numerous relief organizations, including CARE, Save the Children, Physicians for Human Rights and Samaritans Purse International Relief.
7/26/2009 - 8/8/2009 Freshman Seminar Abroad travels to New Zealand
The Freshman Seminar Abroad program to New Zealand was designed allow first-year students an opportunity to explore intriguing topics in small, intimate learning environments. New Zealand has captured the world's attention with its natural beauty as highlighted in the Lord of the Rings trilogy; however, like the rest of the world, New Zealand faces challenges that threaten its environmental resources and cultural heritage. This program visited important environmental and historic sites on New Zealand's North Island, including volcanoes, geysers, rainforests, wildlife sanctuaries, and museums. Students participated in one of two academic tracks: one emphasizing the natural and human environment led by Philip Strong and another emphasizing sustainability and agriculture led by Kirk Heinze. The entire program had a shared environmental/sustainability theme; all of our field visits and service-learning projects occurred as a full group and students were active and be outside throughout much of the program.