September 27, 2013 | Centennial Rooms B & C, Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center | Michigan State University

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The Environmental Science and Policy Program celebrated the generosity of Barbara Sawyer-Koch and Don Koch through the Fate of the Earth Endowment on Sept. 27, 2013. Their donation allows ESPP to continue its role as the umbrella organization for environmental studies for Michigan State University. This reception also celebrated our 10-year anniversary and welcomes to our community new faculty and students.





Fate of the Earth Endowment

Don F. Koch is an MSU Professor Emertius of philosophy and a nationally recognized scholar of the American philosopher John Dewey.

Barbara J. Sawyer-Koch, who received her master's degree in social science from MSU in 1990, served as a member of MSU Board of Trustees from 1980-1996.

Together, the couple and their children decided to make MSU the primary beneficiary of their estate in response to their growing concern about the environmental issues facing society today. They cited the interdisciplinary approach of ESPP as a way to tackle those issues and create solutions for global sustainability.

Specifically, the endowment will bring noted world scholars to MSU to speak to students and faculty about sustainability, with programs taped for sharing electronically worldwide. The endowment will also create cross-disciplinary “expert pods” of faculty members who will be called upon to provide an environmental perspective for diverse courses across campus. It will also support an annual Donald Koch Distinguished Lectureship, which will be open to the community, and a graduate assistantship to facilitate these programs.