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College of Human Medicine Opens New Flint Campus

Anchors new health and wellness district in city's downtown

MSU's College of Human Medicine recently unveiled its new medical education and public health research space in downtown Flint.
Located in the former Flint Journal building, the medical school anchors a new “Health and Wellness” district in the city’s downtown. The expansion of the program was made possible by more than $11 million in grants from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and the ongoing medical education support by MSU’s hospital partners Genesys Regional Medical Center, Hurley Medical Center and McLaren Flint.
"This is not just a ribbon cutting. It's a celebration of a deep partnership between the College of Human Medicine at Michigan State and the Flint community and particularly the local hospitals — Genesys, Hurley, McLaren — and others in this community," said William S. White, Mott Foundation chairman, president and CEO. "It's built on long, long, long term success." Read more.

Refurbished Chittenden Hall Welcomes Graduate School

Built in 1901, originally housed dairy plant

One of Michigan State University’s most historic buildings has undergone a major renovation and is housing a new tenant.
The building is Chittenden Hall, built in 1901. The new tenant is the MSU Graduate School, now marking the 20th anniversary of its existence in its current organizational structure.
When originally built, Chittenden Hall was home to the dairy plant of what was then known as State Agricultural College.
For much of its life, Chittenden was home to the Department of Forestry. In fact, the building is named in honor of Alfred K. Chittenden, who directed the university’s forestry programs from 1914 to 1930.
As home to the MSU Graduate School, Chittenden will provide renovated office space, workshop space, conference rooms, a student lounge and an outdoor terrace with picnic tables. The Council of Graduate Students also will be housed in the facility.
The restoration paid particular attention to the historic character of the building. Many original elements, such as blackboards, wood flooring and wainscoting, were retained.  Read more.

Get Your New Sparty Calendar Today

It’s not too late to purchase Sparty’s 2015 Calendar for the Spartan fans in your life this holiday season. Enjoy 12 months of photos featuring the world’s greatest mascot along with the men’s basketball schedule, monthly space to write reminders, birthdays and anniversaries, the history of Sparty and more!
All proceeds from calendar sales benefit the Sparty Mascot Program. Purchase yours today.

Enjoy Beautiful Cuba with Other Spartan Faithful

A subject of mystery, fascination and deliberation for decades, Cuba has been forbidden to American travelers – until now.
The MSU Alumni Association is pleased to offer you an exceptional opportunity to visit Cuba yourself on a remarkable eight-day exploration.
Encounter Cuba through intriguing excursions, exciting performances, informative discussions led by knowledgeable experts and personal contact with a variety of Cubans including painters, dancers, teachers, students, medical professionals and everyday people. 
The Travel to Cuba excursion will run Feb. 16-23, 2015. The trip's cost will run from $4,400 per person, including airfare from Miami.
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 Grad Oversees Big Horn Canyon National Recreation Area

MSU Graduate John Bundy, a 36-year veteran of the National Park Service (NPS),  has been named superintendent of Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area in Montana and Wyoming. He previously served as Superintendent at Shiloh National Military Park in Tennessee.
Bundy’s NPS career includes positions such as superintendent at Little River Canyon National Preserve and Russell Cave National Monument in Alabama, and Ocmulgee National Monument in Georgia. He also served as interim superintendent at Vicksburg National Military Park in Mississippi, and assistant regional director for Strategic Planning in the NPS’s Southeast Region. Bundy’s other assignments include deputy superintendent at Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site in Alabama, unit manager at Katmai National Park and Preserve, and Lake Clark National Park and Preserve in Alaska.
“I am excited about coming to Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area where both natural and cultural
resources have prominent stories to tell,” said Bundy. 
A native of  Niles,he earned a bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology and ecology from MSU in 1976. Prior to his NPS career, Bundy worked as a firefighter with the U.S. Forest Service.

MSU Alumnus Overcomes Loss of Vision

Daehee Lee shares his inspirational story

The College of Arts and Letters created this inspirational video of MSU alumnus Daehee Lee discussing how he overcame the loss of his eyesight, how he persevered to complete his academic studies and how he has become a leader in the field of human-computer interaction with help from his alma mater.

Lee is the 2014 recipient of the MSU Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities Outstanding Alumnus Award. Play the video. Read more about Lee

MSU Alumna Named President of Big, Midwest Talent Agency

Hedy Popson was recently named president of Productions Plus – The Talent Shop, assuming executive oversight of the company’s nationwide operations. As the largest specialty agency in the Midwest, it provides talent for film, print, TV, commercials, voice-over, auto shows, events, staffing and fashion. 
Popson began her career with the company as an automotive product specialist, formally joining the staff in 2004 and rising through the ranks as a facilitator, director of training, and executive vice president/chief marketing officer before assuming her current role. 
Previously, she worked as an actress and spokesperson in Los Angeles. She's been a member of SAG/AFTRA since she was seven years old.. Popson has appeared in over 100 television commercials and industrial films. 
A certified public speaker/facilitator and former member of the National Speakers Association, she has performed across the globe and has coached executives and key presenters from Fortune 100 companies such as Federal Express, Microsoft, Intel, Nissan and Toyota. 
Popson earned a bachelor's degree in theatre at MSU in 1991.

MSU'S Women Athletes Snare All-Big Ten Honors

MSU athletes in numerous sports racked up All-Big Ten team honors this semester. Here's a rundown:
Women’s Cross Country--A half-dozen MSU women were named to All-Big Ten teams from the No. 1 team led by senior Leah O’Connor, a three-time All-Big Ten selection. O’Connor also was named Big Ten Women’s Cross Country Athlete of the Year. She finished in the top 10 in all five competitions she competed in.
Also honored were sophomore Rachele Schulist, junior Lindsay Clark and senior Julia Otwell, who earned first-team honors; senior Sara Kroll and sophomore Alexis Wiersma earned second-team honors.
Women’s Soccer-- For the second consecutive year, junior defender Mary Kathryn Fiebernitz was named second-team All-Big Ten, while freshman Jamie Cheslik was named to the All-Freshman Team in the Big Ten. In her first year donning the Green and White, Cheslik led MSU with 20 points, including eight goals. Three of her goals were game-winners for the Spartans.
Field Hockey--This fall, seniors Abby Barker and Becky Stiles led the MSU field hockey team to its third consecutive double-digit win season. Barker, who ranked in the top five in the Big Ten in goals, assists and points, earned her third consecutive first-team nod, while Stiles earned her second straight second-team selection.

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