Earth Day and Big Week for CNAS!

April 19, 2016

Earth Day is this week! What a great week for CNAS – Undergraduate Research Day, the all-college picnic and MSU Graduate College IDF!  I hope to see you at all events.

  • Thursday, Apr 21 – Undergraduate Research Day begins at 2:00 PM in the PSU Ballroom.  Please encourage students from all of your classes to view the posters from 2-4 PM. Awards Ceremony starts at 4:00 PM.
  • Friday, April 22Ecopalooza
  • Friday, Apr 22All-CNAS Picnic is from 5p-8p!  (set up at 4p) – See attached flyer!!!  The weather is going to be great!  Let’s enjoy!
  • Friday, Apr 22 – Earth Day documentary screening of Racing Extinction at the Betty and Bobby Allison Recreation Fields, 8:00 PM, free to the public and free popcorn!
  • Saturday, Apr 23 – Graduate College IDF
  • May 4       All Faculty Recognition Reception at 3:00 PM in PSU Ballroom
  • May 13      Commencement – CNAS at 10:00 AM


The CNAS Diversity Page is up and running! We can still use your input and feedback, so please send me thoughts, ideas, information, etc. and CC David Szepatowski also.


The GGP Planning students attended the National Planning Conference in Phoenix, from April 2 – April 5. Eleven of our planning students went to this conference. Three of us spoke – myself (Simon Nogin), Carrie (Garza) Wallen, and Kyle Shoemake – about driverless cars. Planning for Autonomy: Driverless Cars and the Cities of Today was presented during the “Fast, Funny, or Passionate” time-slot. This time-slot is for quick presentations on a topic, and they particularly draw a large crowd. We estimate 120 people were in attendance during our presentation.

The National Planning Conference is an annual conference that attracts planners from all over North America (Canada included) to learn about what’s new in the field of city planning. Planning is a very broad and diverse field, so naturally our conferences reflect that. We attended planning sessions covering transportation, social justice, sustainability, emerging energy, ecological conservation, historic preservation, rural, water, and more.  A large part of attending conferences is the opportunity for us students to network with municipalities we are interested in working for, and networking with nationally accredited graduate planning programs.

Personally, since attending Phoenix and the networking I was able to do there, I have been approached for three very competitive internship opportunities! Had we not gotten the chance to attend the American Planning Association’s (APA) National Planning Conference (NPC), I would not have met these professional planners and made the connections I needed to be considered for these internships.

– Simon Nogin, Community & Regional Planning Major

Justus, Vaughn, Larson, Stanton, Coffman, Scott, Nogin

L to R: Jake Justus, Curtis Vaughn, AICP President-Elect Glenn Larson, Keegan Stanton, Corey Coffman, Mark Scott, Simon Nogin.

Shoemake, Nogin, Wallen

L to R:  Kyle Shoemake, Simon Nogin and Carrie Wallen


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  • Check out CNAS blog and CNAS NewsWatch for more information.Dr. Tammy Jahnke Dean College of Natural and Applied Sciences

Dr. Tammy Jahnke

Dean, College of Natural and Applied Sciences

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