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June 09, 2011 - Image 31

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2011-06-09

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MSU Hillel's Facing Change program to spark
conversation, engagement

MSU launches kosher
meal service program

Facing Change is a new program at MSU Hillel that

Israeli conflict," says Danielle Gittleman, an MSU

Michigan State University Culinary

will launch in the fall to help students from all faiths

sophomore from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and one

Services launched a new kosher

converse and network on the Michigan State

of the five Facing Change interns. "I think it will give

meal service program this spring in

students and faculty a safe haven to speak about

Wilson Hall. Through the program,

University campus.

these topics without fearing that they will be judged."

Part of a nationwide initiative led by Hillel

International, the program is designed to utilize

Berkowitz and the interns will participate in a

Hillel's relationship-based engagement strategies to

weeklong training session at Washington University in

promote civil discourse on campus. After receiving a

August to prepare for the program's launch. 9

kosher meals were served during

the dinner meal period Sunday

through Thursday.

"MSU is committed to meeting the special dietary

grant from International Hillel, MSU Hillel partnered

needs of students, faculty, staff, and guests based on

with MSU's Office for Inclusion and Intercultural

everything from religious practices to food allergies

Initiatives to develop the program.

"It will allow students to have conversations with others

from different backgrounds and views," says Robyn

Berkowitz, director of engagement and Facing Change

program director at MSU Hillel. "We want this program

to be all about enhancing conversations on campus."

Jewish Student Union

In April, the Jewish Student Union (JSU) at

Michigan State University was awarded the

Multicultural/Cross-cultural Program Award at

Five MSU student interns will engage with peers from

the Department of Student Life's 10th annual

different faiths, cultures, and political affiliations to

Student Leadership Awards reception. JSU

spark discussion, ask questions, facilitate community

provides MSU Jewish students and students of

forums, and create new initiatives.

diverse faiths, backgrounds, cultures, and

ethnicities a variety of programming and events

and lifestyle choices," says Guy Procopio, director of

MSU Culinary Services.

MSU's kosher meal service program was developed in

partnership with Rabbi Jason Miller of Kosher

Michigan; Cindy Hughey, executive director of MSU

Hillel; and Chuck Radd, principal owner of Woody's

Oasis restaurant in East Lansing.

To accommodate kosher rules, all foods served

through the program were prepared in a kosher

kitchen at Woody's Oasis. The program was certified

by Kosher Michigan, and all meals served were

Working with supervisors to generate relevant

to further understanding of Jewish culture and

questions to engage their peers in dialogue, the

issues. Throughout the past year, JSU delivered

interns will promote discourse by building a social

many multicultural programs—from a black

During Passover, in addition to extensive meatless

network of 30 students through one-on-one dialogue

Shabbat to a Middle East tailgate—to provide a

options available, MSU dining halls served matzos,

and also build relationships with six influential people

diverse experience for students.

hard-boiled eggs, tuna fish, and cheese. Several

on campus, such as administrators and faculty.

identified with a kosher food icon.

traditional Jewish dishes were incorporated into the

menu, and single-service disposable dinnerware was

On a larger scale, the interns will lead an "Ask Big

available upon request.

Questions" campaign during the 2011-12 school year

consisting of two informal conversations for seven to

Sparty's coffee shop and convenience store locations

10 students and two forums for 20 to 30 students,

on campus also offer a variety of kosher options.

faculty, and administrators.

For more information about MSU's kosher meal

"This program will work hard to open a dialogue about

service program, visit eatatstate.com/nutrition .

some controversial issues, such as the Palestinian-


Wharton Center helps young performers hone musical theatre skills

MSU's Wharton Center is offering young people

arts with education to encourage the creative

Workshop participants in two age groups-10

across the state an opportunity to "Take It from the

process, especially for young people," says Kent Love,

through 13 and 14 through 18—will explore dancing,

Top" in a series of interactive workshops taught by

Wharton Center's director of communications.

singing, and acting with an eye toward a final recital.

Broadway professionals with a passion for sharing

An advanced workshop, which requires an admission

their talents and knowledge.

audition, is designed for students ages 15 through 22

who have experience with musical theatre and are

The "Take It from the Top" workshops—which are

ready for the next step. Their training will focus on

being offered this summer in East Lansing, Grand

performing an annotated version of a Broadway

Rapids, and Traverse City—are designed

musical at the recital.

to help participants find their own

voices through music, dance, and

theatre, whether they are interested in

Workshops will be held July 25-29 at Wharton Center,

TAff - 171--:

August 2-5 at the Old Town Playhouse in Traverse

pursuing a professional career in musical

City, and August 8-12 at the Grand Rapids Ballet

theatre or just want to have fun with

Company. For registration information, visit

performing arts.

The program is one of many offered through Wharton

Center's MSU Federal Credit Union Institute for Arts

and Creativity. "The institute strives to integrate the

whartoncenter.com and click on the "Take It from

Participants in a Wharton Center "Take It from the Top" interactive
workshop polish their performing arts skills and musical theatre
stage presence. Workshops are scheduled in three locations this
summer to give interested young people across the state the
opportunity to participate.

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