MSU Faculty Welcome the Class of 2023

MSU Faculty Welcome the Class of 2023

August 27, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


– Wow. Look at this. – [Interviewer] Are you ready? – I’m ready. – Oh you’re making me stand (sighs). – [Interviewer] What’s your
favorite thing about MSU? – So one of my favorite things, is the fact that it’s a really big campus. But it’s not a big campus. You get to go and explore it, and you get to meet new
and exciting people, wherever you go. – My favorite thing, I always
say this is the students. From the first time that you meet them, to the time that they graduate, that relationship continues on. – It feels like home. People make you feel at home
here, and like you belong. – [Interviewer] What’s been your best experiences with students? – Study abroad. Students come back changed,
they come back different. – When I can get them in conversation and being, like laughing
and talking with each other. Tune in a little bit to their inner child. – [Interviewer] Do you have
a favorite spot on campus? – You got to go to the Broad. The Broad Museum is a dream. – The Dairy store. – I recommend the Dairy Store, grilled cheese, double chocolate
milkshake and hang out. – [Interviewer] I want
to show you something. Can you describe what you see here? – These (mumbles) tests? – (laughs loudly) – (laughs loudly) – Oh my gosh! Where did you get this picture? – (laughs loudly) – Okay, who’s been working
with you first of all? – Do you guys want to see this? – Yeah that is me as a first
year student at Wittenberg. – This is Jeff Wray. – That is me, about 20 pounds lighter. – Has to be college because
I have straight hair. And this belt. This is, Oh God! This is shenanigans. – Sorry, I can’t believe
you talked to my Dad this is like, oh my God! – This is a trip I took with
all of my best girl friends right at the end of one academic year. On a Ferris wheel at Myrtle beach. – This is a photo of me with my paternal grandmother who was an amazing feminist icon. – (laughs) Wow! That’s the first excavation
I ever was put in charge of. That’s my first trench ever. And it quite literally changed
my whole entire career. – This would of been me just
about headed off to college. At that point I was a new
art student at the time and that felt really scary and risky, but I knew I wanted to
study art and design, and teach people. – I wanted to be the dean of the College of Arts and Letters
at Michigan State University. No I mean, I did not have any
idea what I wanted to study. I took a class in philosophy
my first semester there and I thought this is
something you could study? – I felt like everything was ahead of me and I was excited by that. I was scared by that, but I
was also very excited by that. – [Interviewer] What advice
would you tell yourself? – What advice would I give you now? It’s okay to change your mind. It’s okay to change your mind a lot. – I think as a first year student you have an opportunity
to really think about what is it you want to do? – If you’re kind of afraid of it, do it. If it scares you a little bit, do it. – Take more chances, don’t
talk yourself out of things. – [Interviewer] What did
you bring to your dorm room that you did not need? – Tapestries. I had all these tapestries,
for some unknown reason. – A telephone. I didn’t need a phone,
coz nobody ever called me. – I had these ungodly large speakers. – [Interviewer] Best part
about being a Spartan? – I was an undergraduate here in the very department that I now work in. What MSU allowed me to do was understand how I wanted to live my life. – Your asking a Greek archeologist the best part about being a Spartan? I mean how many other Greek archeologists can claim that they’re
an honest to God Spartan? – In New York this summer
I was at the Kennedy, and so someone that was a little bit down the hallway from me said, go green! I’m like, go white! – I think the best part is that you’re just part of a bigger family. And that family is large and wide beyond, even beyond immeasurable. – Welcome – Welcome to Michigan State University. Welcome home. – Welcome to MSU. – Welcome to MSU. – Welcome to the Spartan family. – Welcome to the Spartan family. – Welcome class of 2023. – Welcome class of 2023. – Really this is the class of 2023? – That’s 23? (uplifting music) – I have to say one thing okay? I met my wife as an undergraduate. So that’s the answer that
will be in this film. (laughs)