@MSU Newsletter | December 2016
READ THE RECENT MSU ALUMNI MAGAZINE
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SPARTY'S 2017 CALENDAR
Just in time for the holidays you can purchase the 2017 Sparty Calendar for the biggest Spartan fans in your life. Enjoy 12 months of Spartan spirit, great photos and fun facts! Order today at shop.msu.edu.
MSU CONTINUES INVESTMENT IN DETROIT
Michigan State University is bringing its Eli Broad College of Business Executive MBA program to the "D". It's the first such MBA program to be launched within the city.
As added support, MSU will provide scholarships to reduce the cost of the program by half to professionals in the nonprofit sector and/or are members of the Michigan Nonprofit Association.
Classes start fall, 2017. Instruction will be based in Hutzel Professional Building at the Detroit Medical Center in midtown. Click here for the full story.
MSU J-SCHOOL STUDENTS COVER ELECTION IN NEW DIGS
For many student journalists, this November was the first election they’ve been able to participate in. And, the students inaugurated a newly created space designed to cover a news story of that magnitude.
The Newsroom, located on the first floor of the Communication Arts and Sciences Building, covers nearly 5,000 square feet and provides students with the technology needed to cover a national election.
The first MI First Election event was in 2012 and was especially designed for first-time voters – youth who are now of age and new U.S. citizens who are now eligible. Learn more.
BOOK NOW TO SAVOR THE FLAVORS OF NORTHERN ITALY TOUR
Your tastebuds will forever thank you
Feed your travel bug with a nine-day journey to the culinary and cultural heart of Northern Italy—a region brimming with exquisite local wines, specialty ingredients, soul-satisfying signature dishes. They'll be whipped up by wonderful Italians using time-honored techniques.
The excursion will run June 3-11. Cost begins at $3,995 per person, plus airfare.
You'll settle into the beautiful and charming family-owned farmhouse and wine estate of Borgo San Donino. Within reach of the property is a connoisseur’s pick of artisan producers and extraordinary historic sights. Tour centuries-old wineries, taste rare hand-made cheeses, and dine in homes of chefs and producers.
You'll also have ample time to soak up more of Italy, learn from locals, and most of all, revel in la dolce vita—the joyful celebration of food, friends and life. An optional trip extension to Venice is also available.
EXPERIENCE THE SPECTRUM OF NORTHERN SPAIN'S BOUNTY
Join other Spartans on a trip that will encompass Spain’s tantalizing northern region known for cosmopolitan cities, charming villages and mouth-watering cuisine. The adventure begins in Madrid and will introduce you to the Royal Palace, the Plaza Mayor and the art-nouveau and neoclassical architecture of the Gran Vía.
The trip will run from June 21-30. Cost is $3,295 per person, plus airfare.
You may also marvel at El Greco’s greatest masterpiece at the Church of Santo Tomé and visit the synagogue of Santa Maria la Blanca in Toledo. See historic sites and Gothic architecture in Burgos, enjoy a Rioja vineyard and explore ageless plazas and bodegas inside Laguardia’s walls.
Tour the Guggenheim Museum’s cutting-edge art collections in Bilbao. Delight in scenic San Sebastián and see the Old Quarter, Town Hall and a neo-Gothic Cathedral. Local guides and experts provide compelling insight during fascinating excursions and interactive talks. This small-group experience features deluxe and first-class accommodations and an extensive meal plan including wine with dinner.
LYMAN BRIGGS AND VETERINARY ALUMNA MAKES A DIFFERENCE IN WASHINGTON, D.C.
Chelsey Shivley knows what it means to passionately pursue a goal.
She graduated from the College of Lyman Briggs in 2008 and the College of Veterinary Medicine in 2012. She went on to earn her PhD in animal behavior and welfare from Colorado State University. Today, she is board certified in the American College of Animal Welfare.
This past year, she was selected to be an American Veterinary Medical Association Congressional Science Fellow. The Science and Technology Policy Fellowship program is run through the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, D.C. She is currently working on the Senate Committee on agriculture, nutrition and forestry with Senator Debbie Stabenow, the Democratic senator from Michigan.
ALUMNA PARTNERS WITH MSU MUSEUM TO PRESERVE LOCAL BARNS AND HUSBAND'S MEMORY
Clint and Cynthia Barrett met at Michigan State University. She is a 1980 alumna of the College of Arts and Letters and he was a 1988 alumnus from the College of Social Science.
Though his parents were dairy farmers, Clint decided to pursue a career in insurance. He worked as a claims adjuster before opening Barrett Insurance in 2001 with his wife. He had one simple mission statement, “Protecting Your Dreams.” The two settled down in South Central Michigan and raised their family.
In August 2015, Clint passed away unexpectedly. His wife Cynthia took over the family business and established a scholarship fund in his name, helping local students attend MSU.
Because of her husband’s farming background and involvement in the Future Farmers of America Program, Cynthia also started the Clint Barrett Memorial South Central Michigan Barn and Farmstead Survey Project.
The project works to document traditional barns and farmsteads in South Central Michigan and share them with the community through the MSU museum.
“Clint was raised on a farm,” Cynthia said. “Clint, our daughter, Christina, and I all went to MSU. So this project has an extra special meaning for the Barrett family.”
$1 MILLION GIFT TO HELP LIGHT UP MSU'S DEMARTIN STADIUM
Michigan State University has announced a $1 million gift from alumnus Craig Bush to support construction of lights at DeMartin Stadium, home of MSU men’s and women’s soccer teams.
A portion of the gift also helped complete fundraising for the Lasch Family Golf Center, with the proposed naming of the Craig Bush Indoor Practice Area within the facility.
The donation is in support of Empower Extraordinary, the campaign for Michigan State University. The gift, made through the Spartan Fund, is the 25th gift of at least $1 million to MSU Athletics since the start of the campaign in July 2011. Click here for the full story.
MSU WOMEN'S BASKETBALL SEASON OFF TO SOLID START
The Spartans Womens Basketball team will have a three-game homestand playing Northeastern, Notre Dame and Illinois from Dec. 18-Jan. 1.
The team recently added a high-profile recruit for the 2017 class when forward Sidney Cooks of St. Joseph Catholic High in Kenosha, Wis., committed to the Spartans. Cooks is currently ranked fifth overall and second at her position by ESPN HoopGurlz. Here's the team's schedule.