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SPARTAN COUPLE NAME CHILDREN AFTER CAMPUS BUILDINGS

Scott and Trisha Hall’s dedication to MSU spans beyond just donning green and white: they named all three of their children after buildings on campus.

The couple met as sophomores at MSU when both of them lived in Holmes Hall. “Our rooms were only a few doors away,” Trisha Hall said. “We hit it off pretty quickly.”

While dating, the two joked that it would “be interesting, with a last name like Hall” to name their kids after MSU buildings. When they picked their favorites, “Brody and Kedzie jumped to the top of the list.” They were married in June of 2003 and when their first baby arrived, they decided to stick with their plan.

Every summer, Brody, Kedzie and Campbell (Cami) Hall have their pictures taken next to their respective buildings. While the buildings themselves didn’t have any specific significance to Scott and Trisha when they were students, they have become a very important part of their young Spartans' lives.

“The kids have come to think of the buildings as their own,” Hall said. “Some of their favorite parts of our annual trip are eating in the Brody Hall cafeteria, feeding the ducks at the Red Cedar River and getting their picture taken with the Spartan statue.”   

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TRADE ROUTES OF COASTAL IBERIA

Oct. 25-Nov. 2, 2016

This unique and exclusive nine--day itinerary aboard the five-star M.S. Le Lyrial showcases the coastal jewels of the five-star Iberian Peninsula between Barcelona, Spain and Lisbon, Portugal--during the best time of year.

Enjoy stunning scenery and visit three UNESCO World Heritage sites while cruising ancient trade routes from the Mediterranean Sea into the Atlantic Ocean aboard the exclusively chartered ship. Book your Spartan Pathways tour to Coastal Iberia by June 15, 2016 to receive special alumni savings.

The cost of the trip is $4,295 per person, plus airfare.

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.

SPARTAN MOVE-IN

Help welcome more than 8,000 new Spartans to campus when you volunteer for this year’s residence hall Spartan Move-In. Work alongside other alumni in the campus neighborhood of your choice on August 20 or August 27-29.

All volunteers receive a T-shirt, a meal in MSU’s award-winning dining halls and complimentary parking. Register today at alumni.msu.edu.

PURE POLYNESIA CRUISE

February 4-16, 2017

French Polynesia evokes images of pure natural wonder: soaring emerald mountain peaks, glistening neon-blue lagoons and powdery white-sand beaches.

Awaken your senses to these wonders and more on a 12-night luxury cruise aboard Sirena, Oceania Cruises’ newest masterpiece. Book your Spartan Pathways tour to French Polynesia by July 7, 2016 to receive special alumni savings.

The cost of the trip is $4,699 per person, including airfare from select cities.

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.

LERN ONLINE COURSES

The MSU Alumni Association has partnered with The Learning Resources Network (LERN) to provide online programming right at your fingertips. LERN is an international association providing lifelong learning programming on a wide variety of subjects, through both individual courses and certificate programs.

With the Alumni LENS and LERN you can participate anytime, as often as you like. The online courses are “asynchronous,” meaning that participants can ask questions and make comments anytime, day or night. The instructor will log in to the course four to six times a day to answer questions and make comments. No technical skills are necessary, other than the ability to get on the Internet and use a web browser.

Many LERN courses begin on June 6. Be sure to explore the available LERN courses and sign up online today.

SPARTAN ALUMNUS PUBLISHES BOOK ABOUT CORPORATE AMERICA

Frederic Thomas Selak, a 1962 graduate of the College of Social Science, has completed his new novel Empty Suits, a gripping and potent look inside the legal system and corporate America.

It tells the story of businessman Joe Strate, from his beginnings as a brash young advertising man through his ending years in the courtroom drama of his age discrimination suit. Along the way, there’s action aplenty.

There’s the untold, inside story of what plaintiffs are subjected to in our legal system – such as grueling pretrial interrogatories, psychiatric examinations, depositions, a mandatory mediation tribunal and judicial pressure--all aimed at forcing settlements with defendants and keeping cases out of court.

Potential plaintiffs unaware of the system may benefit from the information should they decide to file suits.

The book is available for purchase at Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

SPARTAN ALUMNA PUBLISHES BOOK ABOUT CARING FOR MOTHER WITH ALZHEIMER'S

Barbara Kincaid, a 1968 graduate from the College of Communication Arts and Sciences, recently published a book entitled, Come Live With Me: A Memoir of Family, Alzheimer's, and Hope.

It tells the story of how Kincaid cared for her mother for a decade while she slipped deeper into her Alzheimer’s disorder. The author describes the day-to-day struggles of caring for her mother’s needs and alongside the guilt and pain that she felt when she eventually was forced to put her mother into respite care in order to recover from her own medical struggles.

The book is available for purchase on Amazon and at Barnes and Noble

SPARTAN VET PENS BOOK ABOUT COPING WITH DEATH OF A PET

Corey Gut, DVM, a Bloomfield Hills veterinarian and graduate from the College of Veterinary Medicine recently published a children’s book called Being Brave for Bailey.

The book tells the life story of Bailey, a beloved family dog. When Bailey’s health begins to decline, the family in the story decides to “let Bailey go.”

Gut wrote the book to help ease the pain of losing a pet, which can be especially difficult and confusing for children. It touches on the consideration of the quality of life of the pet, putting the physical needs of the pet before the emotional needs of the family. The end of the book reminds readers that they can hold onto memories of past pets while looking forward to new relationships with future pets.

Gut started a kick-starter campaign and hopes to donate copies of the books to libraries, veterinary offices and elementary schools to reach more children. The book can be purchased on Amazon and at Barnes and Noble

SPARTAN PUBLISHES BOOK ABOUT BATTLE WITH MELANOMA

David L Stanley, a 1981 graduate from the College of Natural Science, published a memoir about his battle with melanoma. Melanoma: It Started with a Freckle, speaks to anyone who has bumped up against a major health scare and offers up an engaging primer on how to finesse a path through cancer, the boogeyman under everyone’s bed, with gravity, wit and honor.

The book takes you from sitting inside of the dermatologist’s office for the diagnosis to sitting on the operating room to facing the everyday challenges of living life with cancer.

The memoir can be purchased on Amazon

DANTONIO NAMED ONE OF BEST COACHES IN THE NATION

After another season with double-digit wins, Mark Dantonio moved up double-digit spots on CBS Sports' rankings of the top Power 5 football coaches.

And he made it all the way into the Top 5 by doing so. On the heels of an 11-2 season that led to Michigan State playing in the College Football Playoff, Dantonio climbed 10 places in this year's rankings all the way to No. 5.

Dantonio is entering his 10th season as the head coach with an 87-33 record. In the past three years, MSU has gone 36-5, winning two Big Ten titles, a Rose Bowl and a Cotton Bowl.

Dantonio placed as the No. 2 coach in the Big Ten, trailing Ohio State's Urban Meyer. Dantonio owns a 2-2 record against Meyer with wins in the 2013 Big Ten title game and in Columbus last season to end the Buckeyes' undefeated season and quest for a second straight national title. 

BTN PRIMETIME FOOTBALL BROADCASTS FOR FALL SEASON

Michigan State will play in three primetime games on the Big Ten Network next season.

The network released its primetime slate featuring two Big Ten games with the Spartans, both on the road. BTN will televise MSU's Oct. 1 trip to Indiana at 8 p.m. and its Oct. 22 trip to Maryland at 7:30 p.m.

Michigan State opens its 2016 season on Friday, Sept. 2, against Furman at Spartan Stadium, which will be the lone primetime home game of the season.

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