Novel Coronavirus Student Resources

Our leadership, faculty and staff recognize that this might be a stressful and concerning time for many of our students and their family members. Please know that ComArtSci is here to offer support.

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All eligible Michigan State University students may request to have their grades recorded in a binary grading system of Satisfactory/Not Satisfactory (S/NS) for each eligible course in which they are enrolled during the Spring 2020 semester.

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Grade Recording FAQs

As a result of campus closure, student access to Adobe Creative Cloud in labs and classrooms is not available. Adobe has provided temporary at-home access for impacted students and faculty, so that they can continue their work remotely. Please follow the instructions below to enable access to Creative Cloud Desktop Apps on your personal device. Access will be available until May 31, 2020.

  1. Visit https://creativecloud.adobe.com and use your msu.edu email to sign in.

    Adobe sign in

  2. After you enter your email and click continue, if you have never created an Adobe account with your MSU email address, you will receive an email requesting you to change your password. If you do not receive an email within 15 minutes, please check your spam or junk folder.
    1. Click on the link in the email that you received and fill in the required information.
    2. Once you have created your account, return to creativecloud.adobe.com to access your downloads.
  3. From the Creative Cloud website, browse for and download your desired app. Click Apps on the top of the page to view all apps.  If you are prompted to begin a free trial, or do not see download options for the creative cloud apps, your account may not have been added to our portal; please contact the IT Service Desk for assistance.

    Creative Cloud Photoshop

For more information on how to download or install apps, see Download and Install Creative Cloud apps.

For Higher Education students to continue developing skills, Adobe offers free “Daily Creative Challenges”. These are guided projects where participants receive creative prompts and connect with pros, mentors, and other students for feedback and support. Click on the app name to learn more: Photoshop, XD, and Illustrator. Also, for inspiration and over-the-shoulder learning, watch pros share their creative process on Adobe Live daily at www.behance.net/adobelive

Please visit this HelpX page if you have questions. 

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns about your online courses, please reach out to your instructors or advisors.

Keep Learning Resources

As we work to minimize the spread of the novel coronavirus, it remains that social distancing is the best way to accomplish this. MSU continues to strongly urge all Spartans to return to their permanent residence if they are able to do so. We understand home means different things to different Spartans; if you are not able to leave or MSU is your permanent home, you continue to be welcome. We are here, open and ready to serve our Spartan community.

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Graduate School

The MSU Graduate School has created a site with updates related to COVID-19, which includes information and resources that are specific to graduate students.

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ComArtSci Graduate Program Contacts

Doctoral Program Directors

Kjerstin Thorson (Advertising) 
thorsonk@msu.edu

Manuel Chavez (Journalism)
chavezm1@msu.edu

Rick Wash (Media and Information)
wash@msu.edu

Brandon van der Heide (Communication)
vdheide@msu.edu

J. Scott Yaruss (CSD)
jsy@msu.edu

Master’s Program Directors

Matt Phillips (CSD)
phill630@msu.edu

Bree Holtz (Health and Risk Communication)
bholtz@msu.edu

Kjerstin Thorson (Advertising)
thorsonk@msu.edu

Dan Bergan (Communication)
bergan@msu.edu

Ruth Shillair (Media and Information)
shillai7@msu.edu

Jason Archer (Strategic Communication)
jason@msu.edu

Howard Bossen (Journalism)
bossen@msu.edu

Bruno Takahashi (Journalism)
btakahas@msu.edu

Esther Thorson (Associate Dean for Graduate Studies)
ethorson@msu.edu

Pat Huddleston (Director of Information and Media PHD)
huddles2@msu.edu

A list of additional resources for students have been compiled, and we encourage you to look through them to help answer questions you may have.

View the additional resources

Here is an archive of the ComArtSci Student Weekly Newsletters which contain important updates for students.

View past newsletters

Important News and Updates

Students, faculty, staff, and parents can call MSU's toll-free hotline for answers to any questions or concerns: 888-353-1294.

Given the current status of the novel coronavirus, the majority of all undergraduate students are continuing their education remotely. Safety continues to be our top priority, and we are working hard to support an engaged and connected experience for all Spartans wherever they are. 

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