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Join SPARTANS WILL. POWER -- A Global Day of Service

Sign up now to participate in April 18 worldwide event

The SPARTANS WILL. POWER Global Day of Service, set for April 18, is MSU's way of showing the world the extraordinary impact Spartans can make in a single day. This organized, collaborative effort brings Spartans together to serve others in their communities while demonstrating the reach and power of the Spartan network.

Volunteer registration is now open and we encourage you to visit the Service Day website to sign-up to participate in an already established project or create your own. Who will? Spartans Will.

Did You Graduate in 1965 or Before?

This year's Alumni Reunion Days festivities designed with you in mind

Michigan State University and the MSU Alumni Association invite Spartans from the class of 1965 and earlier to return to campus for Alumni Reunion Days, April 24-25.

Plans have been finalized for two days of celebration, camaraderie and fellowship. Programs of broad interest and college events will occur on each day. Some events will be free of charge, while others require a fee.

A full reunion brochure will be mailed this month and you can also check the Alumni Reunion Days website for program details. 

Enjoy Paris, Provence, Burgundy and Beaujolais in Fall

Book soon, save $1,000

Travel with other Spartans on this exclusive French sojourn featuring a two-night stay in the enchanting city of Paris, travel from the sun-drenched Rhône Valley through the heartland of France aboard the famous Train à Grande Vitesse –  TGV high-speed train, and cruise through the best of the world-famous Burgundy, Beaujolais and Provence wine regions.

The tour will take place from Sept.7-15. Costs are from $3,695 per person, excluding airfare.

Book by March 13, 2015 and save $1,000 per person! 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.

Registration for Grandparents University Opens March 18

Sign up early to request specific classes

Registration for the 2015 Grandparents University program will begin online March 18 at 10 a.m. ET.

MSU’s Grandparents University is a program for grandparents and their grandchildren (ages 8-12) to come together for a three-day educational experience on the campus of Michigan State University. This year’s program will be held Tuesday, June 30-Thursday, July 2.

New to the program this year, when registering for classes you will select the classes you wish to attend and if available, you’ll receive that class. Please note, we’re unable to guarantee availability within specific class sections, as capacity and demand varies for each course and many courses fill quickly. Be sure to visit the Grandparents University website for a complete class listing, as well as program updates. 

Flint Native, MSU Alumnus Traps Detroit Tiger's History in New Book

Flint native Jim Sargent recently released Yesterday's Tiger Heroes: The Detroit Tigers and the 1956 Baseball Season. It's a history of the 1956 Major League Detroit Tigers and its players, from All-Stars Al Kaline and Harvey Kuenn to unsung heroes like Wayne Belardi and Buddy Hicks.

Even if you don't follow baseball, you'll learn about the all-American sport's importance in the 1950s. Meanwhile, diehard fans will enjoy a host of fond memories. 

With a foreword by Bob Miller and an introduction by David Hillman, the book may be the go-to novel for anyone interested in the Tigers during that era.

An historian, Sargent earned a master's and a doctorate in history at MSU in 1968 and 1972, respectively.  He retired in 2010 from Virginia Western Community College in Roanoke, after 40 years of teaching U.S. history there along with previous stints at Clemson and Ball State universities.

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MSU Alumna's New Book Tackles Deception in Today's Culture

Author and psychologist Lori L. Badura explores the elements of truth and fiction in everyday life to exemplify the ways in which deception has woven itself into the fabric of modern society in her new book, Tell It Like It Isn’t: The Definitive Guide to Surviving in a Deceitful World.
The book aims to increase understanding of the implications of deception and misinformation and examines public figures and members of popular culture as specimens for a case study on the subject of lying.
Her narrative also points the finger at consumers of information, highlighting the public’s culpability in perpetuating what she calls a “culture of deceit.”
Badura is a psychologist and neuroscientist whose career spans three decades across both academic and industry settings. She said she lives near Boston with her husband, two horses, a lazy cat  and three exceptionally mischievous ferrets.
She earned a PhD from the College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1988.

Fiction Based on Fact: The Tale of Two Motor City Miracles that Wowed Racing World

David G. Barnes, a 1981 graduate from the College of Arts & Letters, recently released his book Blood, Sweat & Gears: The Story of the Grey Ghost and the Junkyard Firebird.
It’s historical fiction-- based on a true story about a group of independent engineers at GM’s Pontiac Division who designed and built a race car from an old 1964 sedan and rolled it out on the 1971 professional Trans-Am racing circuit. 
In 1972 they did it again. That year, they rebuilt a wrecked Pontiac Firebird. Its track record shocked the racing world.
It's available in print and digital formats.


Spartan NFL Combine Report

Courtesy MSU Spartan Athletics

INDIANAPOLIS - It was a record-setting performance for former Michigan State cornerback Trae Waynes at the NFL Combine on Feb. 23, the final day of testing at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Already rated the top cornerback entering the NFL Combine by ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. and NFL Network's Mike Mayock, Waynes further validated his case as the top player at his position in the 2015 NFL Draft class with his showing on Monday.

Waynes ran the fastest 40-yard dash time ever recorded by a Spartan at the NFL Combine at 4.31 seconds, a time that was also the fastest by any cornerback and the second-fastest overall in 2015. Watch Waynes run the 40-yard dash courtesy of

Waynes' time of 4.31 in the 40 eclipsed former Spartan wide receiver Devin Thomas' 4.40 seconds in 2008. Only wide receiver J.J. Nelson of UAB ran a faster 40 time than Waynes this year (4.28).

In addition, the 4.31 tied for the third-best time by a cornerback and tied for the 10th-best overall since 2006. It also tied for the best 40 time by a Big Ten player in the last 10 years (Justin King, cornerback, Penn State, 2008).

Waynes also was a top performer in the bench press (19 reps of 225 pounds; tied for fourth), vertical jump (38 inches, tied for sixth) and broad jump (122 inches; tied for 15th). He was clocked at 4.39 seconds in the 20-yard shuttle and 7.06 seconds in the 3-cone drill.

"I always know what I get from Michigan State players, especially on the defensive side of the ball," said Mayock in an exclusive interview with at the NFL Combine. "Trae Waynes to me is a press corner. He's not afraid, he's used to man coverage, he tackles, and he's well-coached. He's a first-round press corner and he could be the first corner off the board. I really like him."

All of Michigan State's NFL Draft prospects are eligible to participate on MSU's Pro Day, which is set for March 18 in East Lansing.

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