Department of Community Sustainability Alumni

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Welcome back, alumni!

You may remember your department by a different name — Community, Agriculture, Recreation and Resource Studies (CARRS); Parks, Recreation, and Tourism; Agriculture and Natural Resources Education and Communication Systems (ANRECS); and many others. With so many changes, we understand it’s hard to keep track.

Our department name is now the Department of Community Sustainability (CSUS) — and it’s one that we consider you a member of!


Recent Alumni News


CSUS alumna makes parks and recreation more accessible for all

Kate Gille works to tell the story of local parks and why parks should be accessible for everyone.



Pursuing agricultural education to inspire future generations

Zoey Zupin shares why she is pursuing Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Education and her goals to inspire future generations as an educator.



CSUS alumna spotlight: Jennifer Jermalowicz-Jones

Pursuing a Ph.D. in CSUS helped Dr. Jermalowicz-Jones gain the scientific and social science skills needed to run a successful lake management business.



Congratulations to the 2021-2022 CSUS student award recipients!

We are excited to announce the winners of 2021-22 scholarships, fellowships, and awards in the Department of Community Sustainability.


Read more alumni news


What we've been up to

First, we would like to send a warm welcome to our spring 2022 graduates and we are pleased to have you join the CSUS alumni community. Your last few years here at MSU are certainly not what you had imagined, but we hope you will continue to stay connected as you move onto the great things in your futures.

Spring 2022 saw many great accomplishments from the CSUS community. Two CSUS faculty, Laurie Thorp and Lissy Goralnik, were interviewed for an episode of the “In This Climate” podcast. In this episode, Laurie and Lissy share what they've learned through teaching with contemplative practices. Associate Professor Dan McCole received the CANR Excellence in Teaching- Established Teacher Award and Frances Kaneene was posthumously awarded the 2022 CANR H. Paul Roberts Award for Distinguished Service in Education. These awards represent the acknowledgement of excellence all our CSUS faculty and staff bring to their work.

Looking to the future, we are excited to continue heading back to normal in fall 2022. This coming semester, fall 2022, a brand new course developed by CSUS faculty member, Bob Wilson, will focus on empowering future generations of outdoor recreation and trail development advocates. This course was developed with a generous gift of CSUS supporter and donor, Mike Levine, who himself is a long-time advocate for trails in Michigan. We also hope to see many of you in person again after a long hiatus for campus alumni events.

We wish you all a safe and fun summer!


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Learn more about the history of Community Sustainability!

Check out the interactive timeline below to learn more about how the department came to be.