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CRACK OPEN THE WINTER MSU ALUMNI MAGAZINE

Slip aboard a sailboat and see Cuba, read insider interviews with five Spartan football players, and much more in the new MSU Alumni Magazine's winter issue.

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INDULGE YOUR SWEET TOOTH IF YOU'RE IN TOWN

Feb. 26

Chocolate torte, cheesecake, truffles, chocolate fountains, and other delicacies make for an edible exhibit for the MSU Museum's 28th annual Chocolate Party Benefit on Sunday, Feb. 26, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m., presented by the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center (219 S. Harrison Road) in East Lansing.

Local restaurants, caterers, bakeshops, candy makers, and other vendors share their taste-tempting chocolate creations, literally filling the Kellogg Center's Big 10 Rooms with the key ingredient, chocolate. This year’s Chocolate Party competition takes its inspiration from the feature film, “The Secret Life of Pets.” In addition, the MSU Museum will feature exhibits showcasing a number of artifacts and specimens from the collections.

In this popular mid-winter event, foodies and museum friends alike indulge for a feel-good cause: the Chocolate Party benefits care and preservation of the extensive cultural and natural science collections of the MSU Museum. 

Online tickets are available.

GET READY NOW FOR SPARTANS WILL. POWER GLOBAL DAY OF SERVICE

April 8

The 2017 SPARTANS WILL. POWER Global Day of Service, set for April 8, 2017, 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. In 2016 Spartans across the globe donated more than 16,000 hours of service, a number we hope to surpass in 2017.

Project registration is now open and we encourage you to visit the Service Day website to create a project in your community.

JOIN US FOR IMPRESSIONS OF NORTHERN SPAIN

June 21-30

Spain’s tantalizing northern region flaunts cosmopolitan cities, charming villages and mouth-watering cuisine on this small-group tour June 21-30, 2017. This ten-day tour includes stays in Madrid, Laguardia, and San Sebastian with visits to two of Spain’s UNESCO World Heritage sites, the Historic City of Toledo, and the Burgos Cathedral.  

Local guides and experts provide compelling insight during fascinating excursions and interactive talks. This experience features deluxe and first-class accommodations and an extensive meal plan including wine with dinner.

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.

MSU PARTNERS WITH 2017 TRAVERSE CITY FILM FESTIVAL

July 25-30

When the Traverse City Film Festival returns this summer, MSU will be hosting a Spartan Headquarters on East State Street. From July 25-30, the school will be offering Spartan gear and free tickets to students with ID, as well as supporting event programming.

MSU has a history of involving students, faculty, alumni, and the community in the Traverse City Film Festival with innovative work and new experiences, including special screenings.
 

For more on the festival, visit the official website.

TRAVEL TO ICELAND WITH FELLOW YOUNG ALUMNI

August 10-13

Designed specifically for younger alumni, this four-day program August 10-13, features the highlights of this young geological country. From your home base of Reykjavik, Iceland’s friendly capital, visit Þingvellir in Southwest Iceland, where the Eurasian and North American plates are slowly drifting apart, see nature unspoiled with spouting geysers, active volcanoes, tumbling waterfalls, towering mountains, lava deserts, and sparkling iceberg-filled lagoons. Reykjavik offers plentiful cultural and social happenings in addition to an abundance of first-class restaurants, interesting boutiques, museums, art galleries, and a legendary nightlife.

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.

JOIN AN ODYSSEY TO OXFORD

August 20 - September 2

Quench your thirst for knowledge by studying at one of the world’s most famous universities while you experience Oxford as a student. Celebrating its 34th anniversary in 2017, this two-week lifelong education program takes you on a rare adventure to Oxford – “city of dreaming spires” – and to the University of Oxford, famous as a great center of learning since the 12th century.

Each participant will enroll in one non-credit course of study taught by an Oxford tutor and each course has its own excursions. Online registration is now open and early registration is recommended as courses of study are limited to 10-14 participants each and fill quickly. Please note, due to increased measures by MSU to ensure a secure credit card transaction, the MSU Alumni Association can no longer accept credit card information over the phone for this program.

THEATRE ALUMNUS RECOGNIZED WORLDWIDE

Veteran actor Bernard White got his start at MSU, cast in his first play Sakharam Binder as a sophomore. The theatre alumnus has acted on stages across North America and around the world as well as in several Off-Broadway shows, and appeared in films like The Matrix and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. 

“There’s something beautiful for an actor to go back to where it began,” White said during a recent visit to MSU. “This is where I really decided to be an actor. I would not be an actor today if it were not for this place.”

To read White's full reflection on his time at MSU, visit the College of Arts and Letters.

PHILOSOPHY ALUMNA LEADS BIG TEN ACADEMIC ALLIANCE PROGRAMMING

Katherine C. Galvin is the new director of programs for the Big Ten Academic Alliance, effective January 3, 2017.

In her new role, Galvin leads a team of professionals in support of programs such as the fiber-optic network linking member campuses; the acclaimed Academic Leadership Program; and large-scale research collaborations in traumatic brain injury and health equity. In addition, she will work with leaders at the highest levels of the Big Ten universities including deans, vice presidents, chief information officers, and other senior officers.  

"I am very happy to have this opportunity to serve the incredible institutions of the Big Ten," Galvin said. "The Big Ten Academic Alliance is a national leader among academic consortia. I am honored to be joining the Big Ten Academic Alliance and know that the work will be tremendously gratifying."

Full story at College of Arts and Letters.

BUSINESS ALUMNUS OPENS CHILDREN'S MUSEUM

James (Jim) P. Bonomo, a 1995 graduate of the Eli Broad College of Business has created a hands-on children's museum with his wife.

The Children's Museum of Findlay was established in 2013 by Jim and Nikki Bonomo, with the official opening on July 11, 2014. The museum is a 7,000-square-foot space offering 12 exhibits for children up through 10 years of age.

The museum is based on aspects revolving around STEM and has multiple education components in each exhibit, with special programming for special needs as well. All the exhibits are sponsored in cooperation with local businesses in Findlay, Ohio and its vicinity.

An expansion has begun to bring the museum to 12,000-square-feet and offer several new and larger exhibits, including topics like geology, medical sciences, social sciences, and others. The current exhibits involve construction, agriculture, literacy, veterinary medicine, finance, and others.

Visit the Children's Museum of Findlay to learn more.

FORESTRY ALUMNA LEADS CAREER IN ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY

Angela Ayers, a 1998 graduate of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, is an important member of Michigan Governor Rick Snyder's office as special advisor on the environment. Ayers is also a graduate of the Great Lakes Leadership Academy, and contributes her leadership skills to her time at MSU.

Her role requires her to speak with stakeholders and coalitions to promote Michigan's recycling rate, protect the Great Lakes, and supply the state's industries.

NCAA TOURNAMENT BRACKET IN-SEASON LOOK COMING IN FEBRUARY

March Madness is heating up early this season.  For the first time ever, the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Selection Committee will offer teams and fans an in-season look at the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship bracket. NCAA Men’s Basketball Chair Mark Hollis will be in studio for the reveal of the nation’s top 16 seeds, identifying the top-four teams in each region as they stand on Feb. 11. CBS Sports and Turner Sports will present NCAA MARCH MADNESS BRACKET PREVIEW, airing Saturday, Feb. 11 at 12:30 PM, ET on CBS.

Leading off the show, the bracket with the committee’s top 16 seeds as of Feb. 11 will be revealed.  Hollis, along with host Greg Gumbel and analysts Clark Kellogg and Seth Davis, will discuss the selection and seeding process as well as the reasoning behind the committee’s first-ever in-season bracket preview.

The Michigan State Spartans are hoping to earn a spot in the March Madness tournament yet again this year. For more on the event, visit NCAA.

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