Past Meetings

  • January 4, 2021 ... Our speaker, Frank Telewski, Professor of Plant Biology and Curator of the W. J. Beal Botanical Gardens and Campus Arboretum, talked about “150 Years Later: The Contributions of Professor William James Beal to the World".

    In 1879, Dr. Beal started the study, and it continues to this day in what became one of the longest continuously operating experiments in the world.

    In 1993, Dr.Telewski was the Director of the Buffalo and Erie Botanical Gardens and was hired at MSU as the new director of the W. J. Beal Botanical Gardens. He talked about Dr. Beal, who was born in Adrian, Michigan, the seeds he collected, the plots and the bottles that were buried, and how in the year 2000, the 120th year bottle was unearthed and germinated.

  • December 7 Program ... Bert Cregg, Professor of Horticulture and of Forestry (dual appointment) discussed “Christmas Tree Production in Michigan”. His presentation focused on the current state of the Christmas tree industry in Michigan and the challenges that growers face in raising a conifer seedling to the 8 foot tall Christmas tree in your living room.

    Michigan ranks third in the US in Christmas tree production and Christmas trees are grown in nearly every county in the state.  Michigan’s Christmas tree industry is diverse and ranges from small-scale choose-and-cut operations to some of the largest wholesale producers in the country. Dr. Cregg’s lab conducts research on the physiology and management of trees in landscape, nursery and Christmas tree systems. He holds a doctorate in Forest Resources from the University of Georgia, an M.S. in Forest Science from Oklahoma State University and a B.S. in Forest Management from Washington State University. Prior to joining the faculty at MSU in 1999, Dr. Cregg was a research plant physiologist for the US Forest Service and International Paper.  A native of Olympia, WA, he began his professional career shearing Christmas tree in high school.

  • November 2, 2020 ... Dr. Kelly F. Millenbah, Senior Associate Dean and Director for Academic and Student Affairs in the MSU College of Agriculture and Natural Resources presented a program entitled “Higher Education & Covid 19: Impacts, Action and Lessons Learned.”

    Her presentation focused on how the MSU College of Agriculture and Natural Resources responded to the onset and presence of the novel coronavirus on their teaching, research and outreach/Extension mission.  Information was shared about challenges that were faced during uncertain times while also highlighting success stories that will make the college stronger in the future.

    Dr. Millenbah oversees the academic and student affairs portfolio of the college (including 2-year certificate, undergraduate and graduate programs encompassing approximately 4,800 students) and manages the college’s General Fund account. She is also a Professor in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife.

  • October 5, 2020 ... Dr. James Averill, VDL Interim Director and Courtney Chapin, Communications Manager for the MSU Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory presented a program entitled “Inside the MSU Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.”  They discussed how this full-service laboratory for all species is helping protect the animals and residents of Michigan. Trusted by veterinarians across the country for core diagnostics, innovative solutions, and expert service, the MSU VDL is a premier laboratory located in Michigan’s capital region.



  • 2nd Monday in September, and some years in January
  • 1st Monday, October through June
  • CURRENT: ZOOM presentation starts at 7:00 pm
  • CURRENT: During the pandemic, our programs are being conducted via ZOOM presentation.