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It's Time to Welcome Everyone

You belong to the group of 500,000 Loyal Spartans worldwide

You've been a loyal Spartan since the moment you stepped on campus.

Now, we are moving forward to an Alumni Association model that makes each and every Michigan State University alumnus part of the association.

Beginning July 1, 2016, as part of our new, more inclusive model, we will no longer require dues. Instead, we encourage you to apply those same resources to support the areas of MSU you love best through a charitable gift.

This will do two things:

  • Allow you to show your support and enthusiasm for MSU.
  • Ensure Michigan State's continued excellence.

To learn more, visit our website.

Read the MSU Alumni Magazine Today

In this issue of the magazine you'll find stories on Abrams Planetarium, a former sniper who found peace through yoga and a new book of historical MSU postcards with images from 1900-1925. Don't miss the Spartan Profiles, the recap of the Spartan Basketball team's Final Four glory, Class Notes and more.

Read the online copy today.

Escape Next Winter's Cold and Snow

Book a trip to the Tahitian Islands

Indulge your Pacific dreams of the Tahitian Islands. Experience one of the world’s most exotic destinations—the dreamy islands of the South Pacific Ocean.

You'll savor the vanilla-scented air on the Sacred Island of Raiatea, visit the coral gardens and flawless beaches of Bora Bora and see the deep bays and majestic waterfalls of Nuku Hiva.

The trip will run from Jan. 25 through Feb. 4. Costs begin at $3,999 per person, including airfare from various gateway cities.
Visit the MSU Alumni Association’s travel website for more information on this exciting trip. To request a travel brochure, simply fill out our online form.

Become a Spartan Without Borders

Join fellow alumni helping the less fortunate around the world

Show the world that you’re a Spartan leader, problem solver and game changer this year by working alongside Spartans Without Borders. The volunteer organization has projects in such locations as Rome, Italy; Merida, Mexico; and San Ignacio, Belize.
Learn how you can make a difference. Visit our website for details.

MSU Alumna Pens New Novel for Young Adults

Autobiographical coming-of-age tale set in 1950s-era Detroit

In her book for young adult readers, author Gloria Nixon-John tells her personal story of growing up in 1950s-era Detroit. The daughter of Italian immigrants, her tale brims with insights about racial discrimination, hidden pasts and some of her neighbors' secret lives.
Learning from Lady Chatterly: A Novel Based on Memory, is available online. 

Spartan Jim Proebstle's New Book Lays Bare His Late Brother's Dementia Struggles

Spartan alumnus Jim Proebstle has just released his latest book--Unintended Impact: One Athlete's Journey from Concussions in Amateur Football to CTE Dementia.

It's a tale of the tragedy his late brother Dick endured after suffering sports concussions. At the same time, it reveals Jim's love and dedication to his brother under the most difficult of circumstances.

There may be no higher praise for this important book than that of MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon, who said: 

“The heartbreaking story of Dick Proebstle underlines the importance of protecting our young athletes’ most vital strength—their minds. As our knowledge of these injuries develops, we as coaches, parents, teachers, administrators, and fans must remember this story as we work toward creating safer competition in the sports that are such an important part of our culture.” 

Copies are available online.

Your Alma Mater Helps Drives Michigan's Economy

MSU is a vital engine of Michigan’s prosperity, with an annual economic impact of $5.4 billion. This includes spending more than $480 million each year with Michigan businesses.

See how MSU is making a difference and moving Michigan forward through research, outreach and partnerships. 

MSU Women Win Big 10 Outdoor Track & Field Championship

Courtesy MSU Athletic Communications

Competing in her final home meet May 17, senior Leah O'Connor delivered another historic performance in leading the Michigan State women's team to the Big Ten Outdoor Track & Field Championship with 128 points.

The Big Ten title was the second in MSU women's program history and the first since 1982. Michigan State hosted this weekend's event at Ralph Young Track & Field for the first time since 2006.

The Spartan men recorded 55 points and finished seventh overall as Illinois took home the men's team championship.

MSU Director of Track & Field/Cross Country Walt Drenth praised the Spartan women. "We knew after the indoor meet we had a chance to score well here, and this finish is just a credit to everyone involved."

A day after winning her fourth Big Ten 3,000-meter steeplechase title, O'Connor won both the women's 1,500-meter and 5,000-meter races for the second time in her career. She claimed her second straight women's 1,500-meter title with a time of 4:14.19 and went on to capture the women's 5,000-meter run with a personal-best time of 16:03.98.

O'Connor's 10 total conference championships are the most in program history.

Check out the rest of the story.

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