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 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.



Recent alum educates youth about STEM, plastics, and sustainability

Evan Morton’s passion for research, teaching and sustainability shaped his time at MSU and his career trajectory.



Student research on water sustainability made possible by MSU alumnus and donor

Meaningful research is not always easy, but with help from the extended MSU network, improving natural resource management is made possible.


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What we've been up to

First we would like to say a warm welcome to our fall 2021 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. With the end of 2021, we say goodbye to another year that brought back some sense of normalcy along with many difficulties.

Though 2021 had its own challenges, our CSUS community continued to persevere and make incredible impact in communities here in Michigan and around the world. CSUS faculty Michael Olabisi lead a research team to develop a new app to help West African farmers and buyers connect and exchange goods more efficiently. This work has the potential to impact millions of farmers across Africa. Here in Michigan, the Center for Regional Food Systems received a grant to create a training program for beginning farmers, helping more individuals get into and stay in farming.

Looking to the future, we hope for the many exciting opportunities 2022 can bring. In the fall semester of 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 wish you all a warm, safe, and happy holiday season!


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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.