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DID YOU MISS THE SUMMER ISSUE OF THE ALUMNI MAGAZINE?

Go Green! In this issue of the magazine, you will read about how MSU students, staff and faculty promote sustainability on campus. 

The University Activities Board turned 100 this year. Take a photo tour through the history of the organization. 

Follow four young, inspiring alumni as they show the world what it  means to be a Spartan. 

As always, enjoy updates on news, arts and culture, sports and alumni club activities.

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MSU HAS BIG PRESENCE AT TRAVERSE CITY FILM FESTIVAL

Michigan State University expanded its presence and placed its stamp on this year’s Traverse City Film Festival as the main educational sponsor for the international film fest. The five-day event, held in downtown Traverse City on July 26-30, featured MSU student-produced films, an MSU interactive multimedia gallery, an MSU film school presentation and even a Spartan Headquarters!

“I was so impressed by the breadth of MSU’s presence at the Traverse City Film Festival this year. The town was painted green!” said MSU alumna Chris Dennos.

Five MSU student-produced films were screened at the festival including Sorta Late, Blacktop, From Flint: Voices of a Poisoned City, #LendMIHand, and Run, Jump, Paddle. The films showcase the work of students in MSU’s College of Arts & Letters, College of Communication Arts & Sciences and College of Music.

MSU’s Game Design and Development program also offered festivalgoers the chance to explore the latest in gaming and virtual reality technology at “The Woz,” an interactive media and gaming showcase. And, throughout the week, MSU fans of all ages enjoyed free giveaways and connecting with fellow Spartans at the Spartan Headquarters.

Michigan State University looks forward to being a part of next year’s festival, which will take place July 25-30, 2017. 

SHOW YOUR ALLEGIANCE: PARTICIPATE IN COLLEGE COLORS DAY

Show your Spartan Spirit on College Colors Day, Friday, Sept. 2, by wearing green and white. Be sure to visit the College Colors Day website throughout football season to submit photos for a chance to win an all-expense paid trip to the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game in Tampa Bay.

Full details can be found online.

JOIN THE MSU FAMILIES @ HOMECOMING TAILGATE

Save the date: Saturday, Oct. 15

Don't worry about hauling a grill and a tent to campus for the Homecoming festivities on Oct. 15. Leave the work to us. 

You’ll be treated to a tailgate-style lunch provided by the Spartan Hall of Fame Café and performances by the MSU Dance Team, cheerleaders and the Spartan Marching Band's drumline.

You’ll also enjoy tailgate games, activities and photographs with the world-famous Sparty! Registration for this family-friendly event is required and ends Saturday, October 1.

COME BACK AND ENJOY HOMECOMING WEEK

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. 

Learn more about this year's Spartans for Life Homecoming Week theme. And join us as MSU celebrates Oct. 10-15.

Visit the Homecoming website to learn about Homecoming Grand Marshals Tom and Lupe Izzo and to see a list of activities taking place during Homecoming Week.

TRAVEL TO SACRED SANCTUARIES: FROM ATHENS TO ATHENS

Embark on a journey that features some of the world’s most sacred treasures, including Jerusalem’s Western Wall and gold-plated Dome of the Rock. Depart Athens aboard Riviera and sail to Patmos to see the island’s 11th-century monastery.

Admire the breathtaking Baha’i Shrine and Gardens in Haifa; encounter timeless sites in Jerusalem, the holiest city on earth for three major religions; and behold the medieval Lemesos Castle in Cyprus. Explore Rhodes’ beaches and medieval monuments.

Before capping off your adventure in Athens, experience the postcard-worthy villages on Santorini, the Aegean’s crown jewel, and discover the charms of Mykonos, with its 16th-century windmills.

Cost starts at $2,799 per person. Travel is April 18-29, 2017.

Includes free airfare, unlimited Internet, pre-paid gratuities and your choice of free shore excursions, free beverage package or $400 shipboard credit. This special offer applies only to those who sign up through the MSU Alumni Association and Go Next.

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.

IMMERSE YOURSELF IN A MEDITERRANEAN MASTERPIECE

Travel from Rome to Barcelona

From ancient cities soaked in color and culture to cobbled squares framed by elegant cathedrals, encounter extraordinary sights in Italy, France, Monaco and Spain. From "Oceania’s Marina," set sail for Livorno, a gateway to Florence, Pisa and the Tuscan countryside.

Journey to Sardinia’s Emerald Coast to discover the beauty of Olbia or Porto Cervo. Stop at Ajaccio, the capital of Corsica. See breathtaking panoramas along Italy’s Cinque Terre and savor the glamour of Monte Carlo and Antibes. Explore Marseille’s markets and marvel at Palma’s Gothic cathedral.

Before concluding in Barcelona, take in Valencia’s ultra-futuristic City of Arts and Sciences.

Cost begins at $2,999 per person. Travel will be from May 10-21, 2017.

*Includes free airfare, unlimited Internet, pre-paid gratuities and your choice of free shore excursions, free beverage package or $400 shipboard credit. This special offer applies only to those who sign up through the MSU Alumni Association and Go Next.

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.

DENTAL HEALTH FAIR IN FLINT NEXT MONTH

On Oct. 1, the College of Human Medicine will host a Dental Health Fair in Flint, providing dental health education, examinations, information about local dentists and dental insurance and free dental supplies. The fair will be held at the New Jerusalem Full Gospel Baptist Church at 1035 East Carpenter Rd. from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.

MSU MEAT LAB OPEN FOR TAILGATING

The MSU Meat Lab will be open four hours prior to kickoff on football Saturdays for walk-up sales and will have different flavors of franks, brats and hamburger patties ready for your grill. If you’re interested in purchasing the freshest meats around for tailgating, simply order ahead and your meat will be thawed and ready for the grill! 

For more information on what's available, to place your order, or to check availability of an item, contact the Meat Lab at (517) 353-9773.

The MSU Meat Lab is staffed by a team of student employees who are learning meat processing from start to finish. The fresh and processed meats made from animals raised at the MSU farms are available for purchase by alumni, faculty, staff, students and the public.
 
The MSU Meat Lab is located in the northwest corner of Lot 43, behind the MSU Dairy Store. It is managed by MSU's Department of Animal Science and the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition.

2016 SPARTAN CRYSTAL BALL PRESENTS THE GOLDEN GALA

Join the the Mid-Michigan Spartans at the Golden Gala from 6 p.m. to midnight on Friday, Sept. 30. The event will be at the Huntington Club in Spartan Stadium.

It will feature a cocktail reception, dinner and silent auction for nearly 200 alumni, faculty and friends and will honor the 2016 Spartan Hero, MSU icon Duane Vernon and the 2015 MSU Undergraduate Teaching Award recipients.

Proceeds will benefit the club’s university-related initiatives, including the academic endowed scholarships for MSU students from the Tri-county area.

Details are here

ALUMNUS NAMED 2016 VIRGINIA FARMER OF THE YEAR

Tyler Wegmeyer, a 1999 graduate from the College of Agriculture and Natural Resoures, was recently named the 2016 Virginia Farmer of the Year by the Virginia Cooperative Extension. 

Wegmeyer operates a diversified 250-acre fruit and vegetable farm. The farm consists of three u-pick strawberry locations, four u-pick pumpkin locations, a vegetable CSA and a large separate agritourism farm. 

His agriculture leadership roles  include serving on the boards of the Virginia Strawberry Association, Southern States Cooperative, Loudoun County Heritage Farm Museum and as the past president of the Loudoun County Farm Bureau.

Wegmeyer traded in his urban office for strawberry fields in 2013 when he decided to farm full time. Previously, Wegmeyer farmed part time and had a 15-year career in agricultural policy in Washington, D.C., where he served most recently as director of congressional relations at the American Farm Bureau Federation. In addition, he was a strategic marketing project manager at John Deere, staff director for the House Committee Agriculture’s Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management and a member of the staff of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry.

 “Our mission with all our farm locations is to engage with people and offer a memorable family experience that will educate and create a positive awareness of  agriculture,” said Wegmeyer. "Good agriculture policy starts with consumers understanding a little bit about what it takes to grow food.  We have a passion for agriculture, and for us, it’s much more than just producing a high-yielding crop.  We aim to make a difference in the public’s perception of how food is grown."

ALUMNA CREATES WATER BOTTLE ID BAND TO HELP ENVIRONMENT

Cassandra Gut, a 1998 graduate from the College of Communication Arts and Sciences, created a unique solution to a common problem. 

H2O ID is a reusable identification band that can be placed around a waterbottle to help you keep track of it. Gut realized that too many people throw away their plastic water bottles because they are not sure if it belongs to them and they do not want to risk the spread of germs. Using H2O ID reusable bands saves water, creates less waste, prevents the spread of germs and helps prevent allergic reactions. The band is also biodegradable, part of Gut's desire to preserve the environment. 

Prior to becoming an inventor and water advocate, Cassandra held corporate positions at Cartier, Chanel, and Gucci for the past 12 years in New York City.

ALUMNUS PUBLISHES BOOK ABOUT SCREENWRITING

Jack Epps Jr., a 1972 graduate from the College of Arts and Letters, recently published a book entitled, Screenwriting is Rewriting, a guide for budding screenwriters. 

Epps has enjoyed a long career in screenwriting. Alongside the late MSU professor Jim Cash, the two wrote the screenplays of Top Gun, Dick Tracy and The Secret of My Success, alongside many others. He currently works as a professor and chair of the Writing for Screen and Television Division at the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts. 

His film career started during his student days at MSU. He produced his first film, The Pigs vs. The Freaks, about the East Lansing Charity Football Game. The film was purchased by NBC and made into a Movie-of-the-Week, re-titled Off Sides. Epps produced and worked as a second unit director on the film. 

Epps was the fall 2008 commencement speaker at the Michigan State University graduation ceremonies and was awarded an honorary doctorate by Michigan State University. In addition, Epps is recipient of the Michigan State University Spartans in Hollywood Lifetime Achievement Award.

EARN THE JERSEY: SEE BEHIND SPARTAN FOOTBALL TEAM'S PRESEASON TRAINING

Big Ten Network features

Fresh from its 2016 Big Ten Championship and an appearance in the College Football Playoff, the Michigan State football team has allowed BTN behind-the-scenes access for Green and White Days: Inside Michigan State Training Camp. The series aired first on Aug. 18 on BTN.

The final episode aired Sept. 1 at 7 p.m. on BTN. 

Programs are also available on BTN2Go for mobile users.

A PAIR OF SPARTANS WIN OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALS

Congratulations alumni Draymond Green, basketball, and Emily Regan, rower

Draymond Green became the third Spartan to win an Olympic Gold Medal in men’s basketball when Team USA defeated Serbia, 96-66, Aug. 21 in Rio de Janeiro.

“It’s an amazing feeling and I’m blessed to have this opportunity,” Green said. “It’s even more than what you thought. It’s one of those things where you go in with such high expectations. Then you get to it and you hope it reaches the expectations I had. It completely blows it out of the water. I’m thrilled. It’s a lifelong dream. It’s one of those ones that you don’t think you’re going to get and to be here, it’s amazing.”

Green joins Earvin “Magic” Johnson (1992, Barcelona) and Steve Smith (2000, Sydney) as Spartan Olympians. He is the second Spartan to win Gold in the 2016 Rio Games, joining Emily Regan, a member of the US Women’s eight in rowing.

Emily Regan is a 2010 Michigan State graduate and 2010 Big Ten Rower of the Year. She captured an Olympic gold medal, the first for a member of MSU's rowing program.

As one of the US Women's eight, she belongs to one of the most prolific dynasties in Olympic history, capturing their third consecutive gold medal and 11th consecutive World Championship .

"This was a hard-earned victory  the level of success that US Rowing has enjoyed over the last decade doesn't make it any easier for the athletes," said Matt Weise, who coaches MSU's womens rowing team.

"For us here at Michigan State, it was an amazing thing to watch. That gold medal going around her neck, that determination and toughness  it was just such an emotional and exciting thing for all of us to see her achieve her goals. She is an amazing representative of Michigan State and our program."

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