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New Cookbook Offers a Peek at Civil War Period Kitchens and Recipes

MSU historian serves up a glimpse of Yankee cuisine and daily life

The Michigan State University Press just released a new cookbook that features foodways from the Civil War, as experienced in the Northern States. Helen Zoe Veit, an assistant professor of history at MSU, edited the book, which aggregates several recipes from a variety of cookbooks.
Veit believes that cookbooks offer an important way to examine American life. Their lessons, however, are not always obvious. Direct references to the American Civil War were rare in cookbooks, even in those published right in the middle of it. In part, this is a reminder that lives went on and that dinner still appeared on most tables most nights, no matter how much the world was changing outside.
Those accustomed to thinking of cookbooks as a source for recipes, and not much else, may be surprised by how much information such books reveal about the authors' daily lives and ways of thinking. Veit's historic compilation, which includes excerpts from five Civil War–era cookbooks, presents a compelling portrait of cooking and eating in the urban North.
Veit specializes in 19th and 20th century American food and nutrition. She talked about her new book on WKAR, MSU's public media outlet. Catch it here. For more information on the publication, visit the Michigan State University Press' website.

MSU Opening Doors/The Kellogg Company

Join the MSU Alumni Association on Oct. 15 for an insider's look at the inclusive practices that landed the Kellogg Company on DiversityInc’s list of Top 50 Companies for Diversity. An optional evening reception will discuss MSU's and Southern Michigan's roles in the Civil Rights Movement as part of MSU’s Project 60/50.

Learn more and register online

Spartan Pathways Spotlight: The Mekong River Discovery

March 2-17, 2015

Join us on a comprehensive 14-night journey through the heart of Vietnam and Cambodia, including a seven-night cruise along the mighty Mekong River. You'll be aboard the brand-new, luxurious R.V. Mekong Navigator, which was specially constructed to ply the Mekong River between fabled Siem Reap and cosmopolitan Ho Chi Minh City.

The ship embraces the elegant French-colonial design similar to the many homes that once lined the streets of old Saigon and she boasts spacious suites.

With never more than 22 guests per expert guide, you'll hear enriching lectures and take well-planned excursions. Most meals and beverages are included.

The trip is $4,995 per person, including airfare if paid by Oct. 24.

Click here for more information.

Georgia Spartans License Plate Initiative

Congratulations to the Atlanta Spartans who have successfully worked with the Georgia Department of Motor Vehicles to offer a Michigan State University license plate to Spartans living within the state. More than 450 MSU fans have already taken advantage of this unique opportunity to show their Spartan Spirit across the roadways in the Peach State. 
If you’re a Spartan living in the state of Georgia and would like to purchase an MSU license plate, fill out the online form

Global Focus Photo Competition

Michigan State University’s International Studies and Programs, in partnership with the MSU Alumni Association, is accepting entries to the 2014 international photo competition, Global Focus. Submissions are due Friday, Oct. 3.
The international photo contest recognizes MSU faculty, staff, students and alumni who have captured exceptional photographs while on work assignments, study abroad programs or during personal travels abroad. 

Fall Alumni LENS Offerings Now Available

From bi-weekly webinars to livestreamed events and online and in-person classes, the Alumni LENS program brings you the best of Michigan State University. Program offerings are so diverse, there's likely something for everyone. Learn more and register at

Texas Instruments Names Spartan Dave Pahl Vice President

Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) recently announced the election of Dave Pahl as vice president in charge of investor relations. He  oversees communications with TI’s investor community.
Pahl’s experience with TI spans more than 25 years. He began his career as an applications engineer and then accepted a sales and management position in Silicon Valley for eight years. Pahl returned to Dallas as a marketing manager and then moved to Houston as a program manager. In that role, he managed the development of more than 12 new products with several global teams. Later, Pahl was a business manager of several embedded processing product lines.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Michigan State University in 1986.

Spartan Couple Competes in this Fall's Survivor

Program airs Wednesday evenings on CBS

The cast for Survivor: San Juan del Sur — Blood vs. Water features a pair of young Spartan contestants. College sweethearts Jon Misch and Jaclyn Schultz are among the season's nine competitive couples.
Misch is a former Spartan football player and is a concert pianist. Schultz is a media buyer and was Miss Michigan USA in 2013.The program was filmed in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua, from early June to mid-July.
Learn more about the couple in this online, pre-show interview.
Survivor: San Juan del Sur — Blood vs. Water airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. EDT.

What Do Youth Sports Really Teach Our Children?

Life skills imparted through sports endure long after the game

Suzanne Pish works for MSU's Extension. Her job is running The Better Kid Care Program in Branch, Calhoun, Jackson, Hillsdale, Lenawee and St. Joseph counties. Recently, she shared her take on the value of youth sports. Here's an excerpt from her column:
"There has been a lot of controversy about whether or not young children should begin to play football. As a mother it is hard to watch your child be under a pile of other players, wondering if they are going to get up, and listening to coaches yelling at them. But, there are also a lot of great points to football and it goes far beyond the hitting and yelling. These boys are learning life skills that they can use the rest of their lives," she wrote.
She goes on to list the following life skills that children can pick up through sports participation:
  • social skills
  • competitive skills
  • sportsmanship skills
  • leadership abilities.

Read her entire essay online. Additional parenting information is available through the Extension’s Nurturing Families program.

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