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Mark your calendars and start planning your trip back to campus for MSU’s Homecoming Week, taking place October 10-15.

Activities will include: week-long campus and student events, the Homecoming Parade, college events, the Grand Awards Gala, the Green & White pre-game brunch, the MSU Families @ Homecoming Tailgate and the Homecoming football game versus the Northwestern Wildcats.

Whether you’re a future Spartan, current student, alumnus or friend of Michigan State, your connection to the Green and White will last a lifetime. Since 1855 and for years into the future, our shared experiences have made us all Spartans for life.

Tom and Lupe Izzo are this year’s MSU Homecoming Grand Marshals. After more than two decades within the MSU community, they epitomize the Spartans for Life Homecoming theme. Read the Grand Marshal page on the Homecoming website to learn more about Tom and Lupe Izzo.

Be sure to check the Homecoming website as events and activities happening during the week will be added regularly.


Two trips: Jan. 18-21; March 8-11, 2017

This unique winter adventure offers you the opportunity to hook-up and drive your own dog team or take a ride with the sled dogs of Nature’s Kennel through the pristine trails of Northern Michigan.

Nature’s Kennel, Michigan’s premier dog sledding destination, is owned by Michigan State alumni Ed and Tasha Stielstra.

Enjoy a bit of winter splendor with a trip to Tahquamenon Falls State Park where Park Naturalist and MSU alumna Theresa Neal will lead you on a snowshoe hike to the falls.

Finally, join MSU alumnus Steve Tchozeski of Great Lakes Geoscience and learn about the geological formation of the Upper Peninsula’s shoreline as you explore the Eben Ice Caves, Munising Falls and/or the ice caves of Grand Island National Recreation area.

This tour is limited to 10 people so register quickly.

The cost of the trip is $1,095 per person, $1,980 per couple.

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.


The MSU Alumni Association has partnered with the Learning Resources Network (LERN) to provide a range of educational programming at your fingertips.

Individual courses include: certificate programs in business, career skills, health, human resources and more. LERN also offers courses for K-12 teachers and is one of the few resources for online LEED exam preparation.

Enrollment is now open and courses are beginning soon, so be sure to visit our website and sign up today.


We invite you to travel with the MSU Alumni Association on any of the more than 30 exciting tours we have planned for destinations around the world in 2017.

From dog sledding in Northern Michigan to a young alumni trip to Iceland, our tours appeal to a wide range of interests and are sure to appeal to your sense of adventure.

Viit our website today to see where our travel tours can take you in 2017. 


Katie Dalebout, a 2012 graduate of the College of Communication Arts and Sciences, is an expert in wellness, even though she won’t admit it. Her website bio reads, “I’m not an expert in anything, but I am an enthusiast of a bunch of things!”

Dalebout runs a blog called the Wellness Wonderland and a podcast called Let It Out, where she shares advice and inspiration on health, fitness, beauty products and positive thinking.

This year she published a book on journaling, also entitled Let It Out. She provides exercises and advice for readers to apply to their own journaling time, an activity that Dalebout swears by.

“This interactive guidebook offers you a new way to navigate your daily life, cope with stress, and create exciting, permanent change,” she writes on her website. “Covering everything from clearing clutter to cultivating abundance to moving beyond fear, this book will be your new best friend and coach anytime you seek clarity or crave solace.”

Her book can be found on Amazon and at Barnes and Noble


Spartan engineer recognized for leadership excellence

Shilpan Amin, a GM executive director, Global Purchasing Program Management, was named a 2016 Automotive News “Rising Star."
The award recognized Amin’s influential efforts as a young executive leader, mentor and champion for organizational excellence. 
As an executive director, Amin leads a global team of more than 400 people, and is responsible for ensuring that GM’s vehicle development planning meets the company’s international objectives for high-quality and profitability of new-product launches. 
“The opportunities at GM have been endless for me,” said Amin, who’s held multiple roles within GM’s global purchasing and supply chain and vehicle engineering functions. “I am grateful to my mentors and leaders, who have allowed me to learn new skills and demonstrate my capabilities to impact the business.”
“The Rising Stars program recognizes automotive executives in middle and upper management who are likely to grow in influence and prominence,” said Jason Stein, publisher and editor of Automotive News. “When high-potential talent is identified and rewarded early, the organization wins. These executives are influential, dynamic and the ones to watch.”
The Automotive News Rising Stars program began in 2014 and honors talented and entrepreneurial automotive executives under the age of 45 in North America.
Click here for more information.



Phil Steele knows college football and in his official preview magazine he says the Michigan State Spartans are one of college football’s biggest potential surprises for 2016.

Here’s what Steele had to say about MSU this fall, per an ESPN post:

"My No. 9 surprise team last year was Clemson and the Tigers made it to the national title game. This year my No. 9 surprise team, Michigan State, also made it to the 2015 CFP, but did not fare as well. The Spartans play best with a chip on their shoulder. Last year they came in as the preseason No. 5 team and played differently than in years past.

"Well, the chip is back! They will not be in the top 10 and all the talk is "Michigan or Ohio State" to win the East. Well, this just in, Michigan State beat both of those teams on the road last year (with a combined 37-15 edge in first downs) and gets them both at home this year!

"The Spartans also avoid Iowa and Nebraska out of the West. They are one of the least experienced teams in the country according to my ratings, with just 10 returning starters. But Mark Dantonio will have them coached up and they are back in their preferred spot of being overlooked."

The other teams on the list were Washington, TCU, Iowa, Baylor, UCLA, Miami, Georgia, Houston, Ole Miss, Louisville, North Carolina and Oregon. Nebraska also made it in as a 'bonus long-shot pick.'

So three Big Ten teams made the list, but as Steele notes, the Spartans avoid the other two.

It is sort of amazing that people will still be surprised when Michigan State has a good season this year.



MSU's senior tight end Josiah Price has been nominated for two awards for his community service efforts, coupled with his academic and athletic achievements.

The senior was placed on the Wuerffel Trophy Watch List and was nominated for  the 2016 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team.

The Wuerffel Trophy, known as “College Football’s Premier Award for Community Service,” is presented annually by the All Sports Association in Fort Walton Beach, Florida.

The Allstate AFCA Good Works Team recognizes college football players from across the country who are committed to service in their communities while maintaining the delicate balance of academic and athletic excellence.

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