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Looking for a Michigan State University expert to speak at your club function? The MSU Alumni Association is pleased to provide an expanding list of experts from our Academic Colleges, Administration and the University Commnity who are willing to travel to your location and meet with alumni at dinners, luncheons or receptions.

For information and scheduling assistance contact David Brown of the MSU Alumni Association at (517) 432-2018 or

College of Education

The College of Education at Michigan State University is one of the leading institutions in the nation for pursuing a career in education and serves as a model for other programs of professional education. It offers outstanding opportunities for students, faculty and staff through its strong commitment to excellence in research, teaching and service.

The college is home to 154 faculty members and comprised of the Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Special Education, the Department of Educational Administration, the Department of Kinesiology, and the Department of Teacher Education.

The departments are home to a vibrant community of faculty and students working to understand and improve teaching and learning of disciplinary subject areas and often doing so by drawing on faculty from other departments and colleges.

Among the Faculty who are available to speak at your function:

  • William Schmidt, Curriculum, K-12; Education in Math & Science, how U.S. Compares to other countries

College of Human Medicine

The College of Human Medicine at Michigan State University is committed to educating exemplary physicians and scholars, discovering and disseminating new knowledge, and providing service at home and abroad. We enhance our communities by providing outstanding primary and specialty care, promoting the dignity and inclusion of all people, and responding to the needs of the medically underserved.

The College of Human Medicine (CHM) has a national reputation for its history of innovation and excellence in medical student education. More than 3,100 M.D. graduates of the College have experienced a unique combination of basic science education on the campus of a large, land-grant University, and clinical education in one of six campuses located across the state of Michigan. More than 200 paid and 3200 volunteer faculty are committed to teaching core institutional values that mark CHM graduates as unique and exemplary: respect of and care for patients, commitment to community, and the incorporation of psychological, social, and spiritual elements into care delivery.

CHM was founded in 1964 in response to Michigan's need for primary care physicians. It was the first community-integrated medical school, with a curriculum that emphasized a patient-centered philosophy and a biopsychosocial approach to caring for patients.

  • Dr. Nigel Paneth: Epidemiology; Child health; Cerebral Palsy.  Neurodevelopmental Disorders; Clinical Research
  • Dr. Dele Davies: Infectious dseases, Epidemiology, Pediatrics, Health Care management, Childhood obesity
  • Dr. Tom Tomlinson: health care ethics; end-of-life care; organ transplantation; research with human subjects; caring for patients with deadly infectious diseases; genetics and other new technologies

College of Music

The MSU College of Music - MSU's newest college - is pleased to offer faculty and staff that can not only serve as speakers for your event, but can offer "mini concerts", or "informances" - performances and commentary.

In some cases, the College may consider assissting with the travel and expense cost of a faculty speaker attending your alumni function.

The College of Music at Michigan State University is known throughout the United States and in many parts of the world as a leading professional training ground for composers, conductors, performers, music educators, historians, theorists, and therapists.

An outstanding faculty of more than 75 resident artists and scholars is noted for a devotion to teaching, for mentoring students to find their personal style, for excellence in performance, and for the production of creative musical works and research. The College of Music, which presents more than 300 annual events, including, concerts, recitals, workshops, and master classes, attracts talented students seeking a solid program of musical excellence where they are encouraged to explore the frontiers of their art.

The College of Music enjoys students from all corners of the United States and has significant international representation with students from more than 17 nations.

Faculty available as speakers include:

  • Dmitri Berlinsky, Associate Professor of Violin
  • Ricardo Lorenz, Associate Professor of Composition

College of Natural Science

With more than 400 faculty affiliated with the College of Natural Science, research in biological, physical and mathematical sciences is synergetic with the university's goal of advancing fundamental knowledge in cutting-edge areas.

Faculty speakers are among the most frequently requested experts for alumni groups and community service groups, and can provide important perspective on a variety of topics that impact our lives and families.

  • Wolfgang Bauer: FRIB at MSU; Future Energy Resources
  • Marcos Dantus: Explosives Detection, Homeland Security, Cancer
  • Fred Dyer: Zoology, Animal Behavior
  • Michael Gottfreid: Fossils
  • Richard Triemer: Plant Biology
  • Paul Mantica: Nuclear Chemistry, National Superconducting Cylcotron
  • Richard Merritt: Forensics Entomolgy; Bugs & Bodies; Bugs & Crime
  • Robert Last: Modern & Traditional Plant Breeding; Plant Genomics
  • Keith Promislow: Fuel Cell Research; Basic Energy Conversion

Libraries & Computing Technologies

Finals week, research papers, first dates.

For many alumni, the library was an integral part of their Michigan State experience. It remains at the heart of campus for current students — even in today‚Äôs increasingly electronic world.

But the MSU Libraries are more than the Main Library on the banks of the Red Cedar. They are renowned collections used by students, faculty and researchers from around the world; internal branches focusing on specific areas of study, such as maps, fine arts and government documents; and external branches in college buildings around campus and off-campus at the Kellogg Biological Station and MSU Dubai.

The needs of the MSU Libraries are great, especially given the rise in cost of electronic materials, books and other vital resources. Thanks to the generosity of alumni, faculty and friends, we are able to continually able to enhance our collections and services to current and future users.

Please consider inviting the MSU Libraries to your next alumni club gathering. Director Cliff Haka is happy to share our achievements and challenges with your members, as well as let them know how they can make a difference in the MSU Libraries for future generations of Spartans.

For more information, contact Diane Nye Mattick in Libraries, Computing & Technology at or (517) 432-6123, ext. 137.

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