Wyckoff & MIplace team receive MSU Distinguished Partnership Award for Community-Engaged Teaching

The MSU University Outreach and Engagement recently held their Awards Ceremony on Feb. 21, 2017.

April 6, 2017

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URP's Rex Lamore, CANR Dean Ronald Hendrick, MSHDA’s Gary Heidel, MML’s Luke Forrest & Assoc. Provost for UOE Hiram Fitzgerald.

The MSU University Outreach and Engagement (UOE) recently held their Awards Ceremony on Feb. 21, 2017. In 2016, MSU introduced the MSU Distinguished Partnership Awards, a series of four new university-wide recognitions for highly engaged and scholarly community-based work that positively impacts both the community and scholarship.

The awards are given in the following categories: 

  • MSU Distinguished Partnership Award for Community-Engaged Research; 
  • MSU Distinguished Partnership Award for Community-Engaged Creative Activities; 
  • MSU Distinguished Partnership Award for Community-Engaged Teaching; and 
  • MSU Distinguished Partnership Award for Community-Engaged Service. 

Each of these awards is jointly conferred on a faculty recipient and her/his community partner(s), and comes with a shared stipend of $1,500. The four award recipients are also finalists for a national Community Engagement Scholarship Award.

This year, the Engaged Teaching Award was presented to a team, including MSU professor Mark Wyckoff from the Land Policy Institute, the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) and the Michigan Municipal League (MML), for their work on the MIplaceTM Partnership Initiative.

The MIplace Partnership Initiative was created in response to the need to revitalize Michigan’s downtowns. Talented workers, who are essential to a prosperous economy, are often bypassing Michigan, partly because the state does not have the kind of attractive urban living environments that many are looking for--diverse housing, walkable neighborhoods, public transit, entertainment, restaurants and drinking establishments, green public spaces, and a broad range of arts and cultural opportunities.

Through extensive placemaking training, based on a new LPI and MSUE created curriculum and guidebook, as well as technical assistance provided to stakeholder groups and communities across the state, the MIplaceTM Partnership initiative has educated nearly 15,000 people about the importance of placemaking and been instrumental in the planning and implementation of dozens of placemaking projects throughout Michigan. Key partners are the MML, the Michigan Sense of Place Council, MSU Extension, and faculty and staff in the MSU School of Planning, Design and Construction (SPDC). MSU students received real-world experience, while providing fresh, innovative visions to help revitalize downtowns.

Gary Heidel of MSHDA was one of the initial creators of the MIplaceTM Partnership Initiative and the person most responsible for shepherding it through the four rounds of financial support at MSHDA. He spoke at the award ceremony of his appreciation of the efforts of MSU and MML in this initiative.

The MIplace team are giving their monetary award prize of $1,500 to SPDC’s Urban & Regional Planning Program to support students.

Please join us in congratulating Mark and the MIplace team on their award and efforts!

Photo courtesy of the MSU University Outreach and Engagement.


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