Michigan native and MSU alumnus, Dewey Longuski is the newest member of the MSFS team. His top priority will be guiding and assisting students through their final project which is part of VM 815, Applied Food Safety. In 1987, Longuski earned his B.S. in Animal Science and subsequently worked as a herdsman at the MSU Experimental Fur Farm. In 1990 he was hired as a research assistant in dairy cattle nutrition and, while working full-time, earned his M.S. in Animal Science in 2003. A major part of his responsibilities as a research assistant was assisting graduate students with their thesis and dissertation research projects, however, he also was lead coordinator on 14 studies as well. Longuski said, “I have always had a love for teaching and working one-on-one with students and their research projects, so when the opportunity to be an Academic Specialist in the MSU Online Master of Science in Food Safety program arose I jumped at the chance.” He added, “Guiding and assisting graduate students through their research projects has always been rewarding to me. To continue this passion as an academic specialist in such an exciting and important field like food safety is absolutely thrilling!”
Although born in Detroit, Longuski was genetically predisposed to work with dairy cattle in some form or fashion being that his dad and grandpa owned and operated a dairy farm in Michigan’s Thumb region. During his undergraduate years, he immersed himself into all areas of animal husbandry by working at the MSU Livestock Pavilion, Horse Farm and Experimental Fur Farm. He was also a member of the MSU Horse Judging Team and was honored to be the first recipient of the Kim McClane Award for dedication and enthusiasm. In 2010, Longuski and his colleague were awarded the College of Agriculture and National Resources Outstanding Team Award.
Outside of work Longuski loves spending time on his hobby farm together with his wife of 21 years, Anna, and their boys, Daniel and Aaron. He is a member of the bluegrass group, The Red Cedar River Boys and runs a monthly song writers’ night in Williamston, MI. His love for song writing prompted him to start his own music production company, Dewey’s Ditties, LLC, in 2014. Dewey has written several jingles for local businesses in the Lansing area and his songs have been heard on radio stations throughout the state. In 2011, he won a national jingle writing contest at the Hard Rock Café in Nashville, TN which was judged by country music recording artist Trace Adkins. More recently, Dewey’s song, “Making Mason Memories”, became the official song of Mason, Michigan’s Sesquicentennial Celebration in 2015 and is also the title track of his debut CD.