There isn’t a better time than Spring to explore, improve, and enjoy everything MSU has to offer as the weather warms up and the sun peeks through the clouds.
Looking for a reason to get outside? MSU Horticulture and Gardens is taking advantage of the April showers and May flowers. You should too!
- Check out the 2022 garden displays in the Beal Gardens on the East Lansing campus, and learn from MSU Horticulture expert and garden manager Daedre McGrath about what was planted and why by reading this article.
- Dive into even more about the flora in the Beal Gardens with an MSU Libraries event in May called Wild Foods and the Salad Bar of Spring. Bring your family and friends to a stroll through the dos and don’ts of growing your own vegetables.
- If you love what you saw in the gardens, mark your calendar for the annual Horticulture Gardens Plant Sale on May 14 at the Plant and Soil Sciences Building. You can even become a Garden Member to shop the sale early and receive 10% off.
After a day of Spring cleaning, grab a well deserved break at one of the many offerings this season at Wharton Center:
- MSU’s Music Department is celebrating 150 years of bands with a grand performance on April 30. Purchase tickets and view the seating map here.
- The Wharton is hosting two Broadway caliber touring shows in the next few months so make sure to pick up your tickets for Dear Evan Hanson and Ain’t Too Proud before they sell out.
No matter the season, prioritizing your health and wellness is always important, and MSU has the tools to help faculty and staff year round:
- For the first time in two years, Rest with Music at the Abrams Planetarium is back. Discover the healing properties of music once a month in person or on Health4U’s Facebook Live.
- MSU’s IM facilities are great places to start preparing for a summer hike, swim or bike ride and offer discounted rates for staff. Visit their website for rates, capacity trackers, and up to date hours, which change after the conclusion of the Spring Semester.
As always, if you are looking to improve some of your soft work skills or discover a new passion for work, professional development is for you.
Go out and explore this spring, but don’t forget your allergy pills!
As the colder weather sets in and the holidays approach, take note of the following opportunities on campus or in the surrounding area for you and your family. Please note: the events below are subject to change at any time. Please confirm event details, safety policies, etc. directly with each event listed.
- Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday – MSU Abrams Planetarium Family Shows: In November, check out Violent Universe: Catastrophes of the Cosmos and The Little Star That Could. They also offer sensory friendly shows on the third Sunday of the month.
- Nov. 6 – Family Day: Perspective: Make creative connections with our exhibitions through free hands-on and interactive family fun throughout the museum. All ages are welcome. See all upcoming events at the MSU Broad Art Museum here.
- Nov. 19 – Silver Bells in the City: Millions of lights. Thousands of people. One very special guest. Lansing’s premiere holiday event.
- Starts Nov. 20 – Wonderland of Lights at Potter Park Zoo: Tour grounds with friends and family as thousands of lights and decorations transform the zoo into a holiday spectacle.
- Nov. 21 – CADL-Downtown Branch Sensory Friendly Movies: Join in on the 3rd Sunday of the month for sensory-friendly family-friendly movies when we turn the lights up and turn the sound down. Feel free to get up, dance, walk, shout or sing! Snacks provided.
- Nov. 4 – Dec. 23 (every Thursday, Friday and Saturday) – Michigan Made Holiday Art Exhibition: Showcasing established and emerging artists, enjoy holiday shopping and opportunities to support makers in the local economy.
- Nov. 5 – 2021 MSU Houseplant & Succulent Sale: All sales from this fundraiser help support the gardens, including funding for garden maintenance, educational programming, and support for our undergraduate student employees.
- Nov. 5 – Arts Night Out: Shops host a special sale, exhibits, arts and crafts demo, live performances.
- Second Friday of the Month – Second Friday Shop Hop in Old Town: Hop around to multiple participating businesses for specials, make and takes, pop up shops, local artist, and more.
- Nov. 2 – MSU Percussion Ensemble: Presenting a range of contemporary works performed by members of MSU’s percussion ensemble.
- Nov. 3 – Robin Theatre Presents: MikeyyAustin & the Soulcial Club: Lansing-based artist and activist, MikeyyAustin and his band, The Soulcial Club, were recently highlighted by NPR Music for their Tiny Desk submission. Check out all upcoming performances at the Robin Theatre.
- Nov. 3 – MSU Federal Credit Union Showcase Series: The Westerlies: This arty brass quartet of childhood friends from Seattle mixes ideas from jazz, new classical, and Appalachian folk.
- Throughout November and December – Wharton Center for the Arts presents a variety of musical performances, including Spartan Spectacular, Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, Songs of Comfort and Joy, Leslie Odom, Jr The Christmas Tour, and more.
Performance and Art
- Nov. 3 – Whose Live Anyway? 90 minutes of hilarious improvised comedy and song all based on audience suggestions.
- Nov. 14 – Print Club!: Print Club! is a LGBTQ+ affirming social club founded by Lansing artist Randi Richards (they/them/she/her) dedicated to making space for those that love ink to work together, share, and build skills without financial barriers.
Personal/Professional Development Opportunities
- Nov. 3 – Introduction to Process Mapping: Learn how to define key process improvement terminology, identify common elements of process maps, reduce barriers to success, and create a process map. If you take this course, consider taking the follow-up Promapp, Interactive Process Creation course on Dec. 1.
- Starts Nov. 8 – Understanding Shame and Building Shame Resilience: Join MSU’s certified Daring Way Facilitator Lisa Laughman for this 7-week course based on the work of Dr. Brené Brown.
- Starts Nov. 8 – Crucial Conversations: Learn step by step tools for promoting open, honest dialogue around high-stakes, emotional, or risky topics.
- Nov. 11 – Family Affinity Group: How to Support Your Children’s Learning from Technology: In this session, we’ll talk about what we know from research about children and screens and how caregivers can use that information to support their children’s learning.
- Dec. 1 (register by Nov. 17) – The Power of Habit: Based on “The Power of Habit” by Charles Duhigg, in this course you will learn how habits are created and how to replace undesirable habits with productive ones.
- Dec. 9 – Building Cohesive Teams: Explore strategies to increase team cohesiveness and establish positive day-to-day interactions to enhance communication, build team awareness and cultivate trustworthiness in the work culture.
- Dec. 9 – Family Affinity Group: Depression, Anxiety, and Other Common Mental Health Challenges in Youth: Learn about the most commonly-diagnosed mental health challenges in young people as well as ways to help them be successful in managing them.
- Nov. 20 – Silver Bells 5K: Participants will be able to run/walk the 5K marked course in downtown Lansing or from home virtually.
- Nov. 25 – Lansing Turkey Trot (in-person or virtual): Proceeds from the race go to support High School and Middle School Cross Country and Track programs, and Youth Running Clubs through the Michigan Running Foundation grant program.
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