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TWO SPARTANS AMONG TIME'S 100 MOST INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE

Photo, right; ©2016  Thomas Gennara, photographed first for Faith Catholic, faithpub.com

A pair of Spartans are among Time's 100 Most Influential People, announced in late April. They are Eli Broad, a graduate of MSU's College of Business, and Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, who earned her medical degree at MSU. 
 
Broad is listed as a Titan for creating two Fortune 500 companies andfor his extensive philanthropy in arts, education, medical research and more. His name is a familiar one at MSU, where he's supported the business college and an art museum, both of which bear his name.
 
Dr. Hanna-Attisha and fellow researcher Marc Edwards, from Virgina Tech, are recognized together in the Pioneers category. They discovered and alerted the world about lead-tainted water flowing from faucets in Flint.
 
Read more about them and their distinguished peers.

JIM HARRISON, BELOVED SPARTAN AUTHOR, PASSES AWAY AT 78

Jim Harrison, beloved Michigan-born author, passed away at his home in Patagonia, Arizona, on March 26. He was 78.

Known for his gruff, no-nonsense approach to writing and life, Harrison had an impact on those who knew him personally and who read his work. He published over 40 works of poetry, nonfiction and fiction novels and novellas, including a children’s book. While he received acclaim for many of his works, his most famous was his 1979 novella, Legends of the Fall, which was adapted into a 1995 film starring Brad Pitt.

Alongside his time in Hollywood, Harrison was also an avid fisherman and hunter, hobbies that he acquired from his upbringing in Michigan and continued to enjoy as he moved across the American landscape to places like Livingston, Montana, and Patagonia, Arizona.

His work was often compared to that of Ernest Hemingway or William Faulkner and he won several awards for his publications throughout his accomplished career.

Harrison received his bachelor’s degree in 1960 and his master’s degree in 1966, both from the College of Arts and Letters.  

Click here to read a previous feature story on Harrison in the 2015 MSU Alumni Magazine.

POEMS OF RETIRED MSU PROFESSOR FEATURED IN NEW FILM

Diane Wakoski reads her work in experimental documentary

Diane Wakoski, a retired MSU professor who taught English in the College of Arts and Letters, has captivated audiences for decades with her award-winning poetry. Now, she is the subject of a student's experimental film, Emerald Ice.

The 16-min. docufantasy strives to convey the beauty of Wakoski's emotional spectrum, as revealed through images and voice-overs, said filmmaker Jesseca Simmons, an MFA student at Northwestern University.

Wakoski narrates her own poems in Emerald Ice to take the viewer on a journey of the imagination to explore various themes and mythical figures in her poetry.

The film will debut June 8th in the Chicago area. Simmons hopes it will be accepted in upcoming Michigan film festivals.

 For more information on the project, click here.

HOLIDAY MARKETS CRUISE

November 25 – December 6, 2016

Spend seven nights cruising along the Rhine and Mosel rivers aboard the exclusively chartered, award-winning MS Amadeus Silver. Enjoy a customizable journey with a choice of included excursions in many ports of call. Begin your adventure in Germany, and then discover historic Strasbourg, France. Cruise to Speyer, your gateway to Heidelberg, before exploring ancient Worms. Visit the village of Rüdesheim, and then sail through the romantic Rhine Valley to Koblenz at the confluence of the Rhine and Mosel rivers. Continue on the Mosel to explore Cochem, Trier and Bernkastel, the Pearl of Mosel. Travel by train to Luxembourg before ending your journey with a three-night hotel stay in Paris.

From $2,995 per person, plus airfare (no single supplement for solo travelers).

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.

SPARTANS WILL. POWER GLOBAL DAY OF SERVICE

Thank you for your generosity

On behalf of MSU, we thank those of you were were able to participate in our 2016 SPARTANS WILL. POWER Global Day of Service. This year’s event featured 260 projects, including three held internationally. In total, 3,700 Spartans donated nearly 16,000 hours of service to their communities on April 16. The total value of this service was nearly $400,000.

Throughout the day, Spartans from around the globe were posting pictures and videos on YouTube, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #MSUServiceDay. All submitted pictures can be found on the SPARTANS WILL. POWER website.

JOIN OTHER SPARTAN WOMEN AT THIS MINDFUL LEADERSHIP RETREAT

Nestled in the Smoky Mountains, St. Mary’s Sewanee is a uniquely calming retreat destination. The former monastery now serves as an escape from the busy world for groups and individuals from all faiths and backgrounds.

Susan Packard, fellow MSU alumna, co-founder of HGTV, author and leadership expert, chose St. Mary’s Sewanee as the ideal location to bring together Spartan women and friends looking to explore mindful leadership.

In addition to spending the weekend with Susan as she leads dynamic discussions on game changers for women in business, you may participate in exercises to increase mindfulness, a process Susan believes allows for more authentic personal and professional growth. Visit the Alumni LENS website for more information or to register.

ODYSSEY TO OXFORD

August 21 – September 3, 2016

Celebrating its 33rd anniversary in 2016, this two-week lifelong education program takes you on a rare adventure to the University of Oxford, renowned as a great center of learning since the 12th century. Once England's capital, Oxford is located in the heart of the country just 50 miles northwest of London.

For more information on this year's Odyssey to Oxford program, including course and group excursion information, visit our website.

SPARTAN ALUMNA PUBLISHES AWARD-WINNING POETRY COLLECTION

Lindsay Tigue, a 2007 graduate of the College of Arts and Letters, recently published a collection of poems, System of Ghosts.   

It details the way that landscapes speaks to isolation and personhood and how virtual and live networks alter experiences. Tigue questions how built environments structure lives, how we seek out information within these spaces, and, most fundamentally, how we love. Rooted in the personal, the speaker of this collection moves through society and history, with the aim of firmly placing herself within her own life and loss.

Tigue's collection won the 2015 Iowa Poetry Prize. She read from her work on campus last month. 

MSU GRADUATE PENS MEMOIR ABOUT HER TIME IN FOSTER CARE

Shenandoah Chefalo, a 2003 graduate from the College of Social Science, recently published a memoir entitled Garbage Bag Suitcase, about her wholly dysfunctional journey through a childhood with parents who were addicts.  

She endured numerous moves in the middle of the night with just minutes to pack, multiple changes in schools, hunger, cruelty and loneliness. Finally at the age of 13, Chefalo had enough. After being abandoned by her mother for months at her grandmother’s retirement community, she asked to be put into foster care. Surely she would fare better at a stable home than living with her mother, she told herself.

It turns out that it was not the storybook ending she had hoped for. With foster parents more interested in the income received by housing a foster child, Chefalo was once again neglected emotionally. The money she earned working at the local grocery store was taken by her foster parents to “cover her expenses.”

When a car accident landed her in the hospital for weeks with grave injuries and no one came to visit her, she realized that she was truly alone in the world.

Overcoming her many adversities, she became part of the three percent of all foster care children who get into college, and the one percent who graduate. She became a successful businesswoman, married and had a daughter. Despite her numerous achievements in life, she still suffers from the long-term effects of neglect. And she's discovered that the coping skills that she adopted as a child are not always productive now that she's an adult.

Garbage Bag Suitcase is an inspiring and hair-raising look at one woman’s journey to overcome a desolate childhood. In addition, Chefalo includes some of her grass-root solutions on how to revamp what she calls a broken foster-care system.

SPARTAN PUBLISHES BOOK OF HER PARENTS' LETTERS FROM AFRICA

John Reuling and his bride Eleanor Reuling, both 1927 graduates of the College of Arts and Letters, signed up to work in a missionary teacher training college for Bantu students in South Africa right after graduation. They chronicled their amazing, sometimes harrowing experiences in countless letters, describing what it was like raising four children in 1930's South Africa. Through the years, they wrote more than 3,000 letters to friends and family in America.

Edna Wade, the first of four children born to John and Eleanor in the McCord Zulu hospital in Durban, began collecting her parents letters. They were so interesting that she was inspired to share them in book form.

Wade located 1,500 of her parent's surviving letters. She edited them into an abridged 400-page tale of one family's religious, political and cultural experiences in South Africa from 1927 until 1941. Praise Names of Reuling: a Zulu Song was published last year and can be purchased here.

CHECK OUT SPARTAN STADIUM ONLINE AND IN HIGH DEFINITION

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