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 student brings together sustainability science and art

Gianna Méndez Germán pursues their studies in Environmental Studies and Sustainability, exploring best practices in global sustainability and incorporating art and science to address environmental issues in the Dominican Republic.



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.



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.




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What we've been up to

The leaves are changing and students are back on campus as MSU gets into full swing again. We are so happy to welcome our students back to campus and share in the beautiful mid-Michigan fall. 

There have been a number of exciting changes in and around the department. Our own Dr. Jeno Rivera was selected as director for MSU's Institute for Agricultural Technology (IAT), which offers agricultural educational programs to graduates through industry-specific training. Additionally, CSUS welcomes Dr. M. Jahi Chappell as director of the Center for Regional Food Systems and W.K. Kellogg Foundation Endowed Chair in Food and Society.

Our CSUS community continue to demonstrate their excellence. CSUS alumnus, Brian Matchett was the recipient of a 2022 Outstanding Educator Award. The Outstanding Educator Awards recognize school employees in northwest Michigan who have made exemplary contributions to the academic success of students, educational collaboration and professional development through a partnership between Northwest Education Services (North Ed), Traverse Connect and TBA Credit Union. Additionally, this summer two CSUS students were awarded CANR Alumni Association Awards for their academic performance and contributions to their majors and communities.

Congratulations to all in their well earned acknowledgements. We hope you will continue to stay connected with us in the future to share your own future great news!


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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.