Welcome to the official blog of the Michigan State University RISE Program!
RISE stands for Residential Initiative on the Study of the Environment; as members of this organization, form a ever-growing living-learning community in Bailey Hall on the beautiful campus of Michigan State University. As environmental stewards, RISE students are committed to sustainability, social change, environmental health and stewardship, and community.
This blog was created by a group of RISE students in order to foster a space for peers to share their stories and let their voices be heard. This is a collaborative effort between staff, faculty, and students, and we are dedicated to publishing anything and everything related to RISE. If you are interested in adding your voice to the mix, we encourage you to contact us.
Meet the Staff
Bethany Kogut, Editor
My name is Bethany, and I am currently a third year student at MSU majoring in Elementary Education with a minor in Environmental and Sustainability studies. I enjoy writing about crafts and recipes that use sustainable practices in order to be produced. I have gotten involved with the RISE Blog to gain experience in blogging. Hopefully I will write one of my own throughout the next few years for parents about living a sustainable life with their children. If you need to contact me, you are welcome to email me.
Lindsay Mensch, Editor
Hi, my name is Lindsay! I’m a second-year student studying English with minors in Environmental and Sustainability Studies and Horticulture. The RISE Program was a significant contributor in my decision to come to MSU, and I couldn’t be happier with the choice I made! I hope that my posts will make you think about your role in the natural and social worlds, and help you to have a greater understanding of how important our actions are. If you have any questions, ideas, or writing you want to submit, feel free to contact me. Happy reading!
Marie Clark, Editor
I’m a Sophomore with a major in Kinesiology and a minor in Environmental Studies and Sustainability. I hope to one day work in Outdoor Education with kids, teens, or communities. I have a passion for dance, design, and writing. I even dabble in photography and filming, so keep an eye out for some interesting RISE videos. Shoot me an email of any content you want to share and we’ll create some funky fresh ideas!
Claire Gault, Content Manager
Hey guys, my name is Claire! I’m a first-year student double majoring in Chinese and Environmental & Sustainability Studies. Promoting a low impact, green approach to collegiate life is one of my primary interests here on the RISE blog. I also love poetry, native wildflowers, traveling, matcha green tea, and public radio. Email me if you’d like to collaborate, submit your own work, or want to respond to any of my posts. Go green or go home.
Kieran Maloney, Content Manager
Hello world! My name is Kieran and I’m a first-year student studying Food Science. Food is involved in a majority of my posts, (most often baked goods) and derives from my online cupcake business established in my hometown of Matawan, New Jersey. When I’m not baking, you can find me in the dance studio, the plant bio lab, or on my couch watching Gilmore Girls. I’m so happy to be a part of the RISE community and thankful for the creative ways it allows me to not only think outside of the box, but put changes into effect. I hope you enjoy the inventive points of view these lovely ladies and I have to share with you!
Emma Ross, Content Manager
Hello readers! My name is Emma and I’m a freshman here at MSU who’s still trying to figure out what she wants to do with her life! Although I am undeclared, I’m passionate about a lot of things including writing, hooping, music, nature, or any form of artistic expression! My happy places are music festivals and in my bed snuggling with my cats. Feel free to contact me with any questions, concerns, or if you’d like to work with me! Hope you enjoy!
Cameron Jenkins, Content Manager
Hi, everyone! My name is Cameron, and I am a freshman studying Nutritional Sciences with minors in Environmental Studies & Sustainability and Integrative Learning & Leadership. I’m not sure exactly where I will end up, but every day I gain more and more insight. I hope to find my path through my passions of healthy living, organic eating, running, writing, and music. You can usually find me at a hot yoga studio, running trails, writing blogs, or at the library hitting the books. If you’d like to chat or have any comments, my email is checked daily. Thanks for tuning in to this blog by these wonderful, talented ladies!