As we progress and advance in our lives, we should teach others what we have learned.  Light the candle of another.
– Kirk Young, current BSP student

Members of the Bailey Scholars Program (BSP) have the opportunity to experience learning and community engagement like no other department or academic group at Michigan State University.  By providing monetary donations, you can support the learning journeys of BSP undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty fellows.

 How could your donations be used?

  • $50 would give the Bailey Service Organization the ability to buy supplies for a service project in the MSU or East Lansing community
  • $100 would provide a student their Learning Allowance, allowing them to further achieve the goals they established in their Learning Vision Statement
  • $250 would allow a Bailey core course to explore their collective learning goals outside of a classroom
  • $500 would help a group of students attend a conference where they can share about the Bailey learning opportunities and its impact on their collegiate experience
  • $1,000 would provide a scholarship for a Bailey undergraduate who is participating in a service learning trip in San Ignacio, Belize

To make a donation to the Bailey Scholars Program online, visit the MSU University Development secure site and type in “Liberty Hyde Bailey Scholars Program” in the search field.

Current Students

Ways to be invovled

There are multiple ways Bailey students can become involved in the community.  Here are the final events for Fall Semester 2017:

Community Lunch- Work WIth Purpose- Malik Hall
Saturday November 5th (12 pm)
Rm 50, Agriculture Hall

Core Course Share Night
Monday November 21st (6 pm)
Rm 49, Agriculture Hall
Come check out what ANR 210, 310, and 410 are up to this semester. Additionally, this is a potluck Thanksgiving dinner. Please bring your side dish to Room 50 Ag Hall at 5:30.

Senior Share Night- Meshall Al-Wshaq & Bayete Milhomme
Thursday December 1st (6:30 pm)
Rm 50 Agriculture Hall

Engage in YOUR Community!

Bailey Community Council (BCC)

Bailey Community Council (BCC) works collaboratively with the Senior and Student Directors to make decisions involving programming and governance. This semester, the meetings are every other Thursday at 6:30 p.m.  Contact Student Director .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with any questions.

BCC Meeting Dates: September 29, October 13, October 27, November 10, December 1

Bailey Recruitment and Engagement Committee (BREC)

Bailey Recruitment and Engagement Council (BREC) recruits new scholars into Bailey while planning and executing events to welcome them into the community.  Contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with any questions.

Bailey Service Organization (BSO)

Bailey Service Organization (BSO) is dedicated to finding and crafting service opportunities that build community – not just the Bailey community, but the larger communities Bailey is connected with (MSU, East Lansing, etc.). BSO IS OPEN TO NON-BAILEY SCHOLARS!  Contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with any questions.

Community Lunches (or Brunches)

Food plays an important role within the Bailey community, allowing scholars to enjoy each other’s company while engaging in meaningful dialogue.  There will be frequent meals throughout the semester where we welcome guest speakers or gather to discuss community issues.  For more information, or to host a Community Lunch, contact the BREC co-convener .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Spartans Without Borders – Bailey Belize Service Trip

Each year, the Bailey Scholars Program partners with Spartans Without Borders to host a service learning experience in San Ignacio, Belize.  Working with local schools and women’s groups, Bailey Scholars can expect an affirming, joyful experience.  To learn more, visit and hear about past attendee reflections.


If you have an idea about a new way to engage with the community, please contact one of the above student leaders.

BSP Forms

ANR 210, 310, 410 Course Assessment Form

ANR 210, 310, 410 Convener Assessment Form

Learning Allowance Request Form

Scholar (not completing the program) Exit Form

Senior Leaving Reflection Form

Prospective Students

Want to know more about the Bailey Scholars Program? Check this out to read about program highlights from 2014-2015!

The Bailey Scholars class has already given me a unique experience, which a lot of my peers will not have when they graduate.  I was able this semester to work in a smaller class and focus on my attributes that will make me better as a leader as well as a better teammate.

– Bayete Milhomme, current BSP scholar


What is the Bailey Scholars Program (BSP)?

At its core, BSP is a learning community where each student, graduate and faculty fellow design their own learning journey and achieve whole person development.  In this program, community members work towards fulfilling personal, professional, and academic goals. There are two facets of the Bailey Scholars Program:  the Minor in Connected Learning and the Bailey community.

Earning the Minor in Leadership in Integrated Learning

Every scholar’s learning experience (courses and topics) are different. The Learning Vision Statement (LVS) is the foundation of a BSP experience.  Each BSP Scholar creates their LVS, which reflects their personal, professional, and academic goals and their learning interests.  The LVS will be revisited each semester with the Learning Coordinator.

There are nine credits of BSP core courses that provide undergraduate scholars the opportunity to explore interests and connect their academic disciplines with 21st century skills.   With a faculty and a graduate student convener, each semester the classes decide what they are going to learn, how they are going to learn it, and how they will assess their learning.

The other 9 credits of electives (Middle 9’s) are used to customize each scholar’s learning experience.  The purpose of the M9’s are to enable students to further their learning goals as identified in their LVS.  Course can be from any department in the university and can be classes students already need for their major degree.  The only criteria are that the courses help to achieve stated LVS goals.  Once students have completed their M9’s, they share their learning experiences with the BSP community, via a community lunch or Bailey Daily article.

During a student’s final year at MSU, they present their Learning Journeys to the rest of the community.  This is a capstone experience in the BSP typically provides evidence and reflection of their time in the BSP and at MSU.

Co-Curricular Activities

Co-Curricular Activities are valuable not-for-credit life experiences. These activities happen outside of the traditional classroom and are an integral part of a scholar’s minor of study.  Examples of co-curricular activities may include an internship, volunteer experience, conference, or leadership positions.

Bailey Community

As a member of the Bailey Scholars Program, students have 24/7 access to Justin Morrill Hall of Agriculture, the BSP community space, and classroom.  They are free to study, nap, use the technology or kitchen area, or just stop by for a visit.

There are frequent Community Lunches where members hear from guest speakers, listen to presentations from fellow scholars, or discuss important issues.

Financial scholarships are available exclusively to Bailey students for study away experiences.  Additionally, each undergraduate may also apply for an annual Learning Allowance to support their goals as set forth in their Learning Vision Statements.

To learn more about all the ways students can become involved in the Bailey community, visit “Get Connected”.


The Bailey Declaration

The Bailey Scholars Program seeks to be a community of schoalrs dedicated to lifelong learning. All members of the community work toward providing a respectful, trusting environment where we acknowledge our interdependence and encourage personal growth.

Bailey Values

Community Creativity Dialogue
Diversity Engagement Inclusion
Integrity Joy Reflection
Relationships Respect Responsibility
Scholarship and Learning Space Voice

BSP Staff and Faculty Fellows

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Click here for info about the BSP Faculty Fellow’s Program

Click here for Faculty Learning Community Resources


Meet the Bailey Scholars Program Staff

 Dr. Jennifer “Jeno” Rivera
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 Dustin Petty 
 Academic Advisor
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 Karla Loebick
 Faculty Fellow
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Pauline Tobias
 Faculty Fellow
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Jessica Mestre
Faculty Fellow
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Bailey Graduate Fellows

''Shaira Abdul Razak is working towards earning her Ph.D. dual-degree in the Department of Fisheries & Wildlife and the Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior (EEBB) program. She is affiliated with Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (National University of Malaysia, UKM) where she will have an academic post at the college level when she graduates at MSU. She enjoys various kind of outdoor activities liking hiking, cycling, canoeing, kayaking, or camping especially when my kids are around! I simply love the breeze of fresh air and green lush of nature.



''Monica List is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Philosophy at Michigan State University, pursuing specializations in Animal Studies and Ecological Food and Farming Systems. Her research focuses on environmental philosophy, animal ethics, animal welfare, and bioethics, but she is also very interested in pedagogy; she hopes to be not only a good researcher in these areas, but a good teacher and communicator as well. Before coming to MSU, she trained and practiced as a veterinarian in Costa Rica, her native country, where she worked at a wildlife rehabilitation center, and later for a non-profit animal welfare organization.



Erin K. Pevin is a second-year graduate student in the Department of Anthropology here at Michigan State University. Her educational and professional background is diverse, and includes degrees in history and information technology, work as a software developer and programmer, and certification in Teaching English as a Foreign Language. She holds a special place for language learning, mythology, folklore, and Viking Age history. In her free time, she loves studying the Norwegian and German languages and reading medieval literature, as well as playing the occasional video game smile




Hogeun Park is a second year Ph.D. student in the school of planning, design, and construction. Currently, he works on synthesis study focusing on the urbanization and its impact on the environment under the framework of coupled human and nature systems (CHNS). Before joining MSU, he studied local development project and its social impact as a master thesis. As extracurricular activities, he successfully participated international research workshops as a member of the Asian Program for Incubation of Environmental Leaders (APIEL), and did an internship in the social science division at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI). His first professional career is started from Ecuador at the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA); from 2008 — 2010, he worked in both Pelileo and Saquisili City Hall as a GIS specialist.




Madeline Shellgren is a fifth year doctoral student in Linguistics at Michigan State University. Her research interests lie primarily in linguistics, though she is also invested in the scholarship of teaching. Madeline studies the intersection of personality and sociolinguistic perception and production, as well as the complexities of impression formation. With respect to teaching, she has taught several Linguistics courses at MSU, as well as English and Communication courses at Davenport University. If she is not in the classroom, she is either coaching for MSU’s Varsity Rowing Program, helping train MSU’s medical students as a Simulated Patient, or working as a linguistic consultant.





 Greg Steele is currently a 3rd year PhD student in the Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education program. My two previous degrees – a Master’s in  Student Affairs Administration and a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education – are both from MSU as well. This fall, I plan on running my first full marathon  in Detroit and seeing my 53rd Pearl Jam concert in New York City.





Alyssa Stepter is a second-year graduate student in the Human Development and Family Studies department. She currently works as a Youth Advocate, providing direct support and counseling to children in a residential treatment program in the area. She grew up in Lansing with my parents and her younger sister Alecia; who is a current student at Central Michigan University, where she also completed my undergraduate studies. She is passionate about people and dedicated to lifelong learning. In her spare time she enjoys listening to music, time with friends and volunteering in the community.


Bailey Faculty Fellows

The Bailey Scholars Program (BSP) Faculty Fellowship experience provides an opportunity for MSU faculty and staff to focus on the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) while leading undergraduate students in the journey of self-directed and community learning.  Problems of practice emerge from the classroom and become opportunities for SoTL research.

BSP Faculty Fellows utilize their time in Bailey as a space to develop professionally and academically. By being involved as a member of our multidisciplinary learning community, fellows elevate their teaching and learning styles. These new skills can refresh your academic teaching pursuits within your home department.

Faculty fellows are also involved in a BSP fellow’s learning community. This network annually explores innovative techniques that enhance teaching and learning practices and opportunities. For example, the Office of Campus Sustainability and the Student Organic Farm both began from learning circles convened by the Bailey Scholars Fellows.

The BSP Faculty Fellows rotate in and out of the program on a regular basis. The Faculty Fellows are made up of university faculty members, staff members, student affairs professionals, and adjunct faculty. They do not have to be associated with the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources to apply.

If you would like to serve as a Faculty Fellow in the Bailey Scholars Program, please contact the BSP Director, Dr. Jeno Rivera, at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Past Faculty Fellows:

Barbier, M., Fisheries & Wildlife; Biernbaum, J., Horticulture; Bilodeau, B., Director-LBGT Resource Center; Bingen, J., Rural Development; Burton, J., Animal Science; Carlson, P., Lear Center; Carra, C., Director- RISE. Chamblee, M., CANR Office of Academic & Student Affairs; Cooper, D., American Thought & Language; Crawford, P., BSP Director; Dann, S., Fisheries & Wildlife, CARRS; DeRosa, S., CANR Office of Academic & Student Affairs; Doberneck, D., University Outreach & Engagement; Elshoff, D., AEE, ANRECS, CARRS, CSUS; Erickson, R., Animal Science; Fails, B., LPI Associate Director; Farrell, P., ANREC Center for Evaluative Studies; Fear, F., Rural Development, CARRS; Habron, G., Fisheries & Wildlife; Harper, P., Horticulture; Hassoun, R., Anthropology; Herner, B., Horticulture; Hesse, J., Fishers & Wildlife; Hironaka, J., BSP Academic Specialist; Kenney, P., BSP Academic Specialist; Link, T., MSU Libraries; Lucas, J., AEE, ANRECS; Nickle, P., Rural Development; Oehmke, J., Agriculture Economics; Person, H., Agriculture Engineering; Petty, D., BSP Academic Specialist; Rios, T., Associate VP for Student Affairs; Rivera, J., CARRS, CSUS; Robinson, C., BSP Faculty; Schaffer, T., MSU Museum; Sterner, G., BSP Senior Director; Thorp, L., Rural Development; Turner, S., Packaging; Williams, S., Office of Women’s Affairs; Woodard, D., Agriculture Experiment Station; Workman, K., Lyman Briggs.


The following is a list of resources that will aid conveners in their work. Content will be continuously added to inform practice.

Bohm, D. & Nichol, L.  (2003) On Dialogue. New York: Taylor and Francis e-library.
(Note. This is only the first chapter. You can access the whole book electronically at

Bailey Scholars Fellows (2000). Weaving Bailey’s Larger Purpose Into the Bailey Core Courses. East Lansing, MI: College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Doberneck, DM, Mitchell, C., Chamblee, M. & Burkhardt, P. (2000). Practice ethic for faculty and student learning conveners in the Bailey scholars program. Retrieved August 13, 2014 from

Duley, J. (1999). The Bailey Scholars Program: It’s Ethos and Ethics. Retrieved August 14, 2014 from

Heierbacher,S. (2007) Dialogue and deliberation in P. Holman, T. Devane, & S. Cady (eds) Change Handbook: The Definitive Resource on Today’s Best Methods for Engaging Whole Systems. pp. 102-117.
(Note. This is only this chapter. You can access the whole book at

Isaacs, W. (1999) Dialogue and the Art of Thinking Together. New York: Currency.

Kaner (S). (2014). Facilitator’s Guide to Participatory-Decision Making (3rd ed.). San Francisco: Josseybass

Owen, H. (2008) Open space technology: A User’s Guide (3rd ed.). San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler.
(Note. This is only the first couple of chapters. You can access the whole book electronically at

Rodgers, C. (June, 2002). Defining reflection: Another look at John Dewey and reflective thinking. Teachers College Record 104(4) pp. 842-866.

Rivera, J. and Heinrich, B. (2014). Self-Study of The Liberty Hyde Bailey Scholars Program at Michigan State University. East Lansing, MI: College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Trosset, C. (1998) Obstacles to open discussion and critical thinking. Change 30(5) pp. 44-49.

UTNE (July, 2002). The power of talk.  UTNE reader. pp. 54-65.



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