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Update from Interim President Engler

March 23, 2018

After a brief disruption in his update schedule, Engler shares what he has been up to.

Update from Interim President John Engler re: CMU shooting

March 03, 2018

"I was shocked, and I am grieved, to learn about the gunfire deaths at Central Michigan University this morning. Mount Pleasant is my hometown and I know the impacts of this tragedy will afflict the entire community...."

CANR Dean Ron Hendrick speaks out against Spencer visit

March 01, 2018

Sent to all in CANR.

MSU Announces New Legal Team

MSU appoints a new legal team following Bob Noto's retirement. MSU's deputy general counsel, Kristine Zayko, will serve as the acting vice president for legal affairs and general counsel. 

Bob Noto's Retirement

February 19, 2018

The Vice President of Legal Affairs and General Counsel, Bob Noto, announced his retirement effective March 5, 2018. 

Interim President Engler's First Memo

February 05, 2018

A memo sent out by Interim President Engler in his first week. 

Update From Interim President John Engler

February 13, 2018

Email update regarding Interim President John Engler's second week in office sent out on Tuesday, February 13. 

Comparative Analysis of Big 10 Mental Helath Services

February 23, 2018

The following document compares counseling centers at all fourteen Big Ten Universities primarily through a quantitative and qualitative analysis of each of the universities’ counseling websites.

Lou Anna Simon's Terminating Contract

February 20, 2018

This contract, last updated December 14, 2012 and in force when President Emeritus Simon resigned in January 2018, lists MSU's and Simon's ongoing obligations to each other, as well as duties when she was in office. Obtained via the Detroit Free Press: 

All-residential colleges teach-in/learn-in

February 20, 2018

This BIG event is happening Feb. 27 (see our calendar!)

Email correction from the Faculty Steering Committee

February 20, 2018

"In these difficult times, it is a challenge for the Steering Committee to respond in a timely manner to all correspondences submitted and to do so without error.  Three points need to be brought to your attention:..."

January 01, 2020

The Board of Trustees is supposed to meet at least once a month, according to their bylaws, yet their March meeting has been canceled. Reclaim MSU demands that the Board starts meeting bi-weekly or at least holds a March meeting. 

MSU Steering Committee announces No Confidence vote and next steps

February 16, 2018

"...We believe that proper procedure should allow for the Faculty Senate to deliberate and vote on the next course of action. The Faculty Senate will meet next week to do just this. The agenda item will be a discussion of the next steps following the Faculty Senate vote of no confidence. Among possible actions to this vote are a resignation request from the whole body, a recommendation to replace individual trustees, creating mechanisms to add faculty (and others) to the governing body, changing the responsibilities of the governing body, etc..."

Hiring Harassers Student Letter to the College of Natural Sciences

February 15, 2018

To whom it may concern,

I have submitted this letter regarding hiring individuals who have previously sexually harassed students, including a current MSU faculty member, to both Dr. Cheryl Sisk (Interim CNS Dean) and Dr. Jim Galligan (Neuroscience Program Head).




Daniel Pfau, MS, PhD candidate 
Neuroscience Department
Michigan State University

Pronouns: They, them, their



CAL-Talk Listserv Goes Live

February 15, 2018

"Dear CAL staff, faculty and students, We are launching a new e-mail listserv, cal-talk, to give faculty, staff, and students the opportunity to exchange information about events, training and resources related to the university’s current moment of transition...."

To sign up:

Official Results of Faculty Senate No-Confidence Vote

February 14, 2018

"Of the 65 Faculty Senate members who voted, the results of their vote were 61 votes for "no confidence" in the MSU Board of Trustees (94% of the total votes cast), and 4 votes against the "no confidence"vote in the MSU Board of Trustees (6% of the total votes cast)."

Update from Interim President Engler

February 13, 2018

"On this second day of my second week as interim president, I think it is important to address several matters many of you have raised with me...."

Open Letter from Chicano/Latino Studies Program Advisory Committee

February 09, 2018

"We commit ourselves to being active participants in creating a new MSU. We will not stand by while the groundbreaking intellectual work, vital to our community, state, and nation, is put at risk by institutions and actors that silence and ignore survivors of abuse...."

Mosallam Town Hall Full Transcript

February 09, 2018

A full and official transcript for the Town Hall on Thursday, 2/1/18, with Trustee Mosallam.

Update on Faculty Senate Vote of No Confidence

February 05, 2018

Contains the results of the poll sent out to 2,776 faculty members, inquiring if faculty should take a vote of no confidence on Board of Trustees at the Faculty Senate meeting on 2-13-2018

Memorandum from Interim President Engler to Faculty

February 05, 2018

First letter to staff and faculty, warning them to retain documents "that could reasonably be relevant to pending inquiries."

Spartan Demands Google Form

February 07, 2018

"The Spartan Community Coalition is writing a list of demands sourced from EVERYONE here at MSU. If you are outraged about what's going on at our University, please fill out this form.

If your organization already has a list of demands, please email them to Please forward this to everyone and post the link on social media to ensure that as many people as possible are included.


Please fill out this form as an individual or organization. If you fill it out as in organization, please include your organization name.


Any additional comments, questions, or concerns? Please feel free to contact Natalie Rogers at, or Samuel Richard Klahn at"

Time's Up MSU: A Student Perspective

February 08, 2018

"I remember distinctly the first time I was turned off by MSU’s culture.

December 6th, 2015. Downtown Indianapolis. ..."

Statement of No Confidence from MSU's Three Residential Colleges

February 07, 2018

"Thus, as student leaders representing James Madison College, Lyman Briggs College, and the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities, we express this statement of No Confidence in the Board of Trustees’ current ability, as publicly elected officials, to effectively serve the students of the aforementioned residential colleges."

Provost Youatt's open office hours for faculty & staff

February 07, 2018

"Colleagues, In the next few weeks I hope to visit with colleges across campus for the purpose of listening to concerns and recommendations.  In the meantime, I would like to offer faculty and staff the opportunity to share advice and concerns with me.   To that end, I am beginning open office hours dedicated solely to this purpose..."

NOTE: Calling ahead is still required. See attached.

COGS Vote of No Confidence in the Board of Trustees

February 07, 2018

"The Council of Graduate Students--the constitutionally authorized governing body for graduate and professional students of Michigan State University--has passed a vote of no confidence in the Board of Trustees with an overwhelming majority. We call for the immediate removal of John Engler as Interim President and demand the subsequent resignation of each Trustee effective immediately."

Open Letter from MSU Faculty for Institutional Change

February 06, 2018

What's this item about? What makes it interesting? Write a catchy description to grab your audience's attention...

Meeting minutes from MSU-wide coalition for change

February 06, 2018

On 2/6/18, about 60 MSU faculty, staff, and students, representing a variety of groups and interests on campus, held the first coalition meeting where their respective efforts and concerns were lifted up. Meeting minutes below.

Email to all CAL from the College Advisory Committee

February 05, 2018

Another update from the CAL CAC.

Email announcing CSUS departmental town hall

February 05, 2018

To be held 2/8/18, 7-9 pm. See official flyer here.

Email announcing grassroots Student Leader meeting

February 02, 2018

Sent to many, many people beyond those listed in this PDF.

Email announcing Student Leaders meeting with CANR Dean, Ron Hendrick

February 02, 2018

Sent to the emails listed in the PDF.

New bill would place Boards of Trustees under Governor's choice

February 01, 2018

"Rep. James Lower, R-Cedar Lake, announced Thursday that he was introducing legislation calling for a constitutional amendment to shift the power of selecting members of the state Board of Education and the boards of MSU, the University of Michigan and Wayne State University from voters to the governor of Michigan." 

Uh, can we talk about this?

CAL CAC open meeting minutes

February 01, 2018

Efforts to communicate and plan across campus.

Email to all CAL from the College Advisory Committee

January 31, 2018

CAL's CAC has proven one of the most comprehensive and proactive sources in this crisis since 1/31/18.

Official Transcriber's Summary of Trustee Mosallam Town Hall

February 03, 2018

"I write as a member of the MSU community, as a violence prevention researcher working to change climate across our campus and all of society, and as the designated transcriber at Trustee Brian Mosallam's Town Hall on February 1, 2018....

What I heard throughout your stories shared at the Town Hall is that we have a great big problem with power on our campus."

Steering Committee Letter to Faculty Re Vote of No Confidence

January 31, 2018

January 31st email to faculty, asking them to vote whether or not the Faculty Senate should convene an emergency meeting to conduct a vote of no confidence in the Board of Trustees

Open letter from the Faculty At-Large Members of the Steering Committee

January 31, 2018

Open letter to the MSU Community regarding the potential appointment of Fmr. Gov. Engler to be Interim President of MSU. Read aloud at the Board of Trustee's meeting 1/31/18.

Open letter from Bill Hart-Davidson, Associate CAL Dean of Research & Graduate Education

January 31, 2018

Sent to all graduate students in CAL via their department chairs.

MSU Dean's clarifying letter to Board of Trustees re: Interim President decision

January 30, 2018

Excerpt below from email from Philosophy department chair Matt McKeon on 1/31/18:

"In the Monday, Jan. 29th meeting with Deans and the Board, the Board asked the Deans three specific questions to which they  promised to respond within 24hrs. Their response is attached."