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Meetings & Speakers 2019-2020

All MSU retirees, spouses and friends are welcome. No prior registration is required. TIME: The second Monday of each month, September through May. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. for refreshments; program starts at 2:00 p.m. LOCATION: MSU Federal Credit Union Farm Lane Branch Office, 4825 E. Mt. Hope Road | Map, East Lansing.

Monday, January 13, 2020 David Thornton, Associate Director of Bands & Director of the Spartan Marching Band video of meeting

Monday, February 10, 2020  Dr. Hanna-Attisha will give us an update on Flint’s water and talk about what is being done to protect and ensure our water is safe at the February membership meeting. Hanna-Attisha is founder and director of the MSU and Hurley Chil-dren’s Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative, an innovative and model public health program in Flint. A pediatrician, scientist, activist and author, she has testified twice before the United States Con-gress. She was awarded the Freedom of Expression Courage Award by PEN America and named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World for her role in uncover-ing the Flint Water Crisis and leading recovery efforts. She has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, BBC and countless other media outlets championing the cause of children in Flint and beyond. Hanna-Attisha’s bestselling and widely acclaimed book “What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City” is an account of a shameful disaster that became a tale of activism and hope. It’s the story of a city that came together to fight for justice, self-determination, and the right to build a better world for their — and all of our — children. The book was named a 2018 New York Times 100 Notable Book, NPR Science Friday Best Science Book of 2018, and a 2019 Michigan Notable Book.Hanna-Attisha received her Bache-lor’s and Master of Public Health de-grees from the University of Michigan and her medical degree from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine (MSU CHM). She completed her residency at Children’s Hospital of Michigan in Detroit, where she was chief resident. She is currently an asso-ciate professor of pediatrics and human development at MSU CHM.

Monday, March  9, 2020 Dr. Charles Ballard, Professor, Department of Economics, Economic Impact Facing Retirees about the economic impact facing retirees. Ballard has been on the Economics faculty at Michigan State Univer-sity since 1983, when he received his Ph.D. from Stanford University. In 2007, he be-came Director of the State of the State Survey, in MSU’s Institute for Public Policy and Social Research. Also in 2007, he won the Outstanding Teach-er Award in MSU’s College of Social Science. He currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Mich-igan League for Public Policy. He has served as a consultant with the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Health & Human Services, and Treasury, and with research institutes in Australia, Denmark, and Finland. His books include “Michigan at the Millennium” and “Michigan’s Economic Future.”

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 1:30–3:30 p.m. MSU/Straightline Financial Planning Seminar MSUFCU Mt Hope

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 Volunteer Fair Event MSUFCU Mt Hope. View description in the February-March Newsletter. Click on Newsletters on the left to access.

Friday April 10, 2020 for an evening of theatre. MSURA members will see the opening night performance of “Marian, Or the True Tale of Robin Hood,” an MSU Department of Theatre production at the Pasant Theatre in Wharton Center at 8 p.m. Tickets are available at Individuals will purchase their own tickets.We have arranged an entire evening for you. You can join a group for dinner before the performance at 5 p.m. at Coral Gables at 2838 East Grand River in East Lansing. Email, text or call Jacqie Babcock to re-serve space for dinner (; 517-282-6861). Individuals will pay for their own meals.There will be a special 15 -minute talk with the director, Alexis Black, before the performance of Marian. ( Attendees wishing to join this discussion need to arrive at the Christman Lobby in Wharton Center by 7:20 p.m. Please email, text or call Jacqie Babcock if you plan to attend this pre-talk as we need to provide a list of names for ushers so you can access the Christman Lobby. (; 517-282-6861)There will also be a post-show discussion with the director for the MSU Retiree attendees. We are hoping for an after show stage combat demo of the fights following the performance with understudies. Simply stay in your seats at the close of the performance for this post-show extra.You can join all or a portion of the schedule events. Hope to see you there!

Monday, April 13, 2020 Dr. Rufus Isaacs, Professor, Department of Entomology, Michigan’s Bees & What You Can Do to Support Them. In recent decades the populations have been declining. What can we do to support them? What are the affects on our food crops? Isaacs will answer these questions and more about this important species. Isaacs is a professor and extension specialist in the Department of Entomology at MSU, where he has worked for the past two decades. His research program explores insect ecology and behavior to develop insect manage-ment practices for sustainable crop production. Pest management challenges are addressed by testing new reduced-risk insecticides, developing new pest control tools and tactics, and integrating them into established integrated pest management programs. The lab also focuses on crop pollina-tion, with emphasis on the biology and conservation of native bees and their roles in berry crop production.

MSURA is planning its next day trip for Monday, April 20, 2020, to Grand Rapids to visit the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park and the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum. Because the last two MSURA day trips sold out quickly, plan to register as soon as the registration form is ready. Full description of trip and registration form is in the February-March Newsletter. Click on Newsletters on the left side to access.

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 11:30am MSURA Elections & Annual Business Meeting, MSU University Club. Room announced at the front door. Speaker will be MSU President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D.

Lugnuts Outing  TBA

BOARD MEETINGS:   Board of Directors meetings are normally held on the Wednesday prior to each member speaker meeting at 10:00 AM, unless otherwise listed below, in room 125 Nisbet Bldg

2019 January 8, February 5, March 4, April 8, April 29

Members of MSURA are persons officially designated as retired by the Michigan State University Board of Trustees, and their spouses or surviving spouses, (b) upon their written request, persons retired from other employment who had formerly been employed or appointed to adjunct positions by Michigan State University, and their spouses or surviving spouses, and (c) active Michigan State University employees who pay an annual subscription fee as set by the Board of Directors of MSURA.

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