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Requires choreographed concrete pours

In the early morning hours of Wednesday, July 23, a massive structural concrete pour took place at the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams, or FRIB, at Michigan State University.

It began at about 3 a.m. and by the time the sun rose, nearly 140 trucks had dumped 1,400 cubic yards of concrete that will serve as the floor of the underground tunnel that will be the FRIB's heart.

FRIB is a new national user facility for nuclear science, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science and operated by MSU. Supporting the mission of the Office of Nuclear Physics in DOE-SC, FRIB will enable scientists to make discoveries about the properties of rare isotopes in order to better understand the physics of nuclei, nuclear astrophysics, fundamental interactions, and applications for society, including in medicine, homeland security and industry. See more photos.

Two more pours of similar size will take place in the coming weeks.


ESPN's Jemele Hill to lead Homecoming Parade

Michigan State University alumna Jemele Hill, '97, will serve as the grand marshal for MSU's 2014 Homecoming Parade on Sept. 26.

Along with Michael Smith, Hill co-hosts ESPN2's “Numbers Never Lie.” In addition to their hosting duties on “Numbers Never Lie,” Hill and Smith also co-host the ESPN Audio podcast “His & Hers with Michael Smith and Jemele Hill.”

Hill joined ESPN in November 2006 as a national columnist on and has made regular appearances on television, including “SportsCenter,” “ESPN First Take,” “Jim Rome is Burning” and “Outside the Lines.” While at MSU, Hill was a regular columnist for The State News. She received a degree in journalism from MSU's College of Communication Arts and Sciences.

Many activities will take place during Homecoming, including week-long campus and student events, the Homecoming parade, college events, the Grand Awards Dinner, the Green and White pre-game brunch, the MSU Families @ Homecoming pre-game tailgate sponsored by the Association of Future Alumni and the Homecoming football game versus the Wyoming Cowboys.

For more information on MSU's 2014 Homecoming, visit the Homecoming website.


Win four tickets to Sept. 20 football game

Many MSU alumni have formed lifelong friendships during their years at the university and we want you to tell us your story for the chance to win four tickets to the MSU vs. Eastern Michigan game on Saturday, Sept. 20.

Submit a photo of a get-together you have participated in or hosted, along with the story of your lifelong friendships, for the chance to win. Photos must be submitted online by the end of the day on Monday, Aug. 11.  The winner will be announced on Monday, August 18.




January 11-21, 2015

From the sophisticated capital of Santiago to the unspoiled landscapes of Patagonia, Chile is a country that never ceases to delight. Explore Santiago’s historic center, then journey to the Lake District in Patagonia and see the Petrohue River waterfalls.

Cruise Lake Todos los Santos and admire stunning views of Osorno Volcano. Visit an estancia to learn about the huasos, Chilean cowboys, and watch an exciting rodeo.

Then, discover the pristine beauty of Tierra del Fuego as you cruise the same waters as Magellan, Darwin and other intrepid explorers. Marvel at the Marinelli Glacier. Explore a Magellanic subpolar forest and see if you can spot southern elephant seals. Walk on the glacier in Almirantazgo Sound. Visit the Águila Glacier and a Patagonian rain forest.

 Travel by zodiac to Magdalena Island to see its penguin colony. Your program includes deluxe hotel accommodations in two locations, accommodations on a state-of-the-art vessel designed to traverse Tierra del Fuego’s waters, all excursions and an extensive meal plan featuring wine with dinner.

Register by Sept. 16 to save $500 per couple. Register here.




The Spartan Fund, the fundraising department for Michigan State Athletics, has unveiled a new website.
Come meet our champion student-athletes and view profiles of donors who are truly making an impact in the lives of nearly 800 student-athletes. With easier navigation, fans will be able to find out pertinent information on how to give to MSU Athletics, donor levels and associated benefits, facility projects and endowments, as well as information related to tickets and parking.
About the Spartan Fund: We're on a mission to enrich the experience for our Spartan supporters who provide our nearly 800 student-athletes—our champions—the best experience possible in the classroom, in competition, and in the community during their time at MSU. Your philanthropic gifts in support of that mission provide resources necessary to keep MSU Athletics self-sustaining and competitive in today's ever-changing intercollegiate landscape while also shaping the future of MSU Athletics.
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