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MSU DPPS hires Jaclyn Sayen as first Community Liaison Coordinator

February 1, 2023

Jaclyn Sayen

EAST LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan State University Department of Police and Public Safety (MSU DPPS) is excited to welcome Jaclyn Sayen as its first Community Liaison Coordinator. Sayen began her role with the department in November.

Sayen was born in Hancock, Michigan and later moved to Okemos. She received a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Tourism Management from Grand Valley State University, a Graduate Certificate in Sport Coaching and Leadership, and a Master of Arts in Education from MSU.

“Being the first Community Liaison Coordinator carries some weight and expectations,” said Sayen. “Through community engagement, we intentionally create interactions that build and strengthen trusting relationships and give those we serve a glimpse at our humanity, vulnerability, passion and values. I’m looking forward to sharing that through my new role.”

Before working at MSU DPPS, Sayen was employed in the food service department for the Lansing Lugnuts and moved to MSU Concessions in 2007. From 2013 until 2022, she served as an Environmental Health and Safety Inspector responsible for the MSU Division of Student Life and Engagement’s safety programming.

“I am interested in broadening my perspective,” said Sayen. “One of my goals is to learn about other employees within MSU DPPS and assist in allowing their passions to shine to the greater Spartan community.”

The MSU DPPS Community Engagement Unit currently utilizes three community-based offices on MSU’s main campus. Captain Dan Munford works out of the MSU Main Library. Lieutenant Kim Parviainen resides in the MSU Union. Sayen’s office is located in Brody Hall.

“We are very excited to welcome Jaclyn to the Community Engagement Unit,” said Captain Munford. “She brings a unique perspective and background to MSU DPPS and is a great addition to our evolving team.”

Sayen says she is excited for the chance to build community and connect with Spartans on and off campus. If you’d like to reach out to Sayen and share ideas, you can email her at

As always, MSU DPPS can be contacted anytime at 517-355-2221 or 911 for emergencies.



Dana Whyte, Spokesperson, MSU Department of Police and Public Safety