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Dear Students:

As you may be aware, the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs is engaged in a search for two Assistant/Associate Vice Presidents. The search committee has identified six candidates for on campus interviews; below please see the schedule for the visits with time and location for the public presentations.  We need your assistance in this important interview process. Your input is essential in finding the right individuals to fill these key roles for our campus and your experiences. We will provide a feedback form  for you to assist in selecting the new Assistant/Associate Vice Presidents.

In addition to the public presentation to be given by each candidates during the full day of interviews, there will be a specific time for students to meet with the candidates. For the first candidate this Friday, please come to 150 Student Services Building from 2:40 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.  We will forward additional dates and times when confirmed. 

Please find Drs. Younger and Osiris’ resumes on the Student Affairs website at: We hope you will join us for the important time and choice in the life of students, MSU and Student Affairs.

Please contact Toni Fredline  ( to inform her of your participation, so that we may appropriately accommodate everyone participating for each session.

We look forward to your involvement.

Denise B. Maybank, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs
Michigan State University
(517) 355-7535


June 26-27, 2014
Toyia Younger - Identity & Affinity
Assistant Provost, Division of Academic Affairs, Towson University, Towson, MD

* Friday, June 27, 2014, 1:00pm-2:30pm,
119 Psychology Building

July 1-2, 2014
Charles Osiris - Identity & Affinity
Executive Director, Inspire, Leadership, Educational, Accountability, Development Institute, Santa Maria, CA

* Wednesday, July 2, 2014, 1:00pm-2:30pm, 118 Psychology Building

July 2-3, 2014
Terrence Frazier - Identity & Affinity
Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, Alabama A&M University, Huntsville, AL

* Thursday, July 3, 2014, 1:00pm-2:30pm, 119 
Psychology Building

July 7-8, 2014
Edgar Berry - Health, Wellness & Safety
Vice President for Student Affairs, Albany State University, Albany, Georgia

* Tuesday, July 8, 2014, 1:30pm-3:00pm,
119 Psychology Building

July 8-9, 2014
Salvador Mena - Health, Wellness & Safety Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, College of Staten island, City University of New York

* Wednesday, July 9, 2014, 2:30pm -4:00pm, 118 Psychology

July 9-10, 2014
Vernell Bennett - Identity & Affinity
Assistant Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion/Senior Advisor to Academic Affairs and Presidential Liaison, Kentucky State University

* Thursday, July 10, 2014, 1:00pm-2:30pm, 119 Psychology

Possibility for a seventh interview for a third candidate in the search for Health Wellness & Safety July 10th & 11th to be confirmed.


Check out the last COGS newsletter of the school year.

Stop by the COGS Main Office and renew or purchase your summer discounted parking permits!

All Spartan Village and University Village Residents are invited and encouraged to attend:

Spartan Village Redevelopment Meeting

When:  Tuesday, April 8

Start Time:  7:00pm

Where:  164 Spartan Village Community Center

49 Middlevale Rd., East Lansing, 48823

(South Lounge)

Architects will be here to offer information, seek input and answer questions

 -          Residence Education and Housing Services will provide updates quarterly, or as needed, on the planning associated with the Spartan Village closure and redevelopment efforts. REHS will also work with UACOR to present and be available to answer questions from residents on a regular basis.

-          Residential Hospitality Services has contracted with both an architectural and engineering firm on site selection.  Three sites are under consideration including the former site of Faculty Bricks/Cherry Lane, the State Police site next to University Village, and Spartan Village.

-          For more information about Spartan Village Redevelopment, please visit or email Join the conversation on Twitter by following @SVRedevelopment. 

Call for Proposals

2014 Cultural Rhetorics Conference “Entering the Conversation”

Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, USA 
October 30 – November 1, 2014

What is this conference for?

To create a space for ongoing conversations in the emergent field of Cultural Rhetorics, connect conversations among those doing work in this field, and build a consortium of cultural rhetorics practitioners.

Who is this conference for?

Anyone who wants to join the conversation about cultural rhetorics!

Faculty, grad students, teachers, scholars, writers, artists, activists….

How can I participate?

Submit a proposal. We‘re looking for papers, panels, roundtables, performances, media installations, posters, readings, workshops & more that define, expand, illustrate, and/or question what it means to join the cultural rhetorics conversation.

Apply to be a participant in our opening roundtable — “What does it mean to do cultural rhetorics & what does it look like?”

Deadline for proposals is May 1st, 2014 at 11:59 p.m.

To submit or find out more about the conference, go to

For questions, contact us at

$15 Student Tickets available to Tao: Phoenix Rising! Watch a preview here: