@MSU Newsletter | August 2015
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The summer issue of your alumni magazine is packed with stories of interest to MSU's Spartans and friends.
You'll find feature pieces on a Spartan couple's outreach work in Uganda and take a vicarious trip to visit renowned writer Jim Harrison, an alumnus perhaps best known as the author of Legends of the Fall. Check out alumni community news, Spartan profiles, class notes and more. Read it now.
New Grand Rapids Research Center Project will add 728 jobs; $95 Million in Economic Impact
By Geri Kelly, College of Human Medicine
With construction underway for the new Michigan State University Grand Rapids Research Center, officials from MSU, Clark Construction Company and Rockford Construction announced measures of economic impact that construction alone will have on the West Michigan economy.
Key findings from an Anderson Economic Group study, which evaluated the benefits construction would have in Kent, Ottawa and Muskegon counties, included:
Creating 728 jobs over the course of the project
Providing $55M in wages
And $95.6 million of economic impact to the area.
“Having previously worked with MSU building research facilities covering nanotechnology, robotics, tissue engineering and imaging, we are excited to be working on another facility to provide research to solve some of humanity's biggest challenges," said Samuel D. Clark, president of Clark Construction Company. "We are pleased to see that MSU's continued investment in research facilities will have such a positive impact on the local and state economy and humanity as a whole.”
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 home to 160 Alaskan Huskies in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and owned by MSU alumni Ed and Tasha Stielstra.
You’ll also 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.
Join MSU alumnus Steve Tchozeski of Great Lakes Geoscience and learn about the geologic formation of the shoreline of the Upper Peninsula as you explore the Eben Ice Caves, Munising Falls, and/or the ice caves of Grand Island National Recreation Area. These tours are limited to 10 people so be sure to register early.
Book one of two excursions from Jan. 20-23 or Mar. 9-12, 2016. Cost of the trip will be $995 per person (single occupancy), $1,780 per couple (double occupancy).
Plan to Attend the MSU Spartans vs. Western Michigan Tailgate
Celebrate the return of Spartan Football with a pregame tailgate on Friday, Sept. 4, in Kalamazoo before the Spartans take on the Western Michigan University Broncos.
Show your support for Coach Dantonio and the Spartans while enjoying good food, music, contests, prizes and the camaraderie of the Green & White. Register today!
Choose Your Favorite MSU Homecoming Pregame Option
Are you looking for a way to spend Homecoming morning? The MSU Alumni Association is pleased to provide you with two options to best suit your needs.
MSU Families @ Homecoming Tailgate: Beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 3 at Auditorium Field by “The Rock,” enjoy a tailgate on the banks of the Red Cedar with great food, games and fun for the whole family? Register today!
Green & White Homecoming Brunch: Join fellow Spartans, Head Coach Mark Dantonio and other MSU VIPs for the annual Green & White Bunch at the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center before the Homecoming showdown between the MSU Spartans and the Purdue Boilermakers. Registration coming soon.
Spartans on the Move
MSU's Inaugural Cohort of International Food Lawyers Embark on Careers
By Kristen Parker, Media Communications
The first cohort of students specializing in global food law at Michigan State University is ready to apply new-found knowledge to better navigate the new crop of complexities of their field.
Coursework is digital. The goal is to expand the pool of professionals who grasp the complexities of food law and regulation. The MSU College of Law oversees the program, which leads to a master's degree.
Launched in 2012 in collaboration with MSU’s Institute for Food Laws and Regulations, the Global Food Law Program is the first and only global food law master’s degree program. It offers two tracks: a master of laws for practicing lawyers or those with a law degree and a master of jurisprudence for those without law degrees. There are currently 30 students from seven countries enrolled in the program.
“Understanding global food law can prevent costly regulatory mistakes, such as putting an unacceptable food additive on the market or mislabeling a product,” said Neal Fortin, director of the Global Food Law Program. “In addition, recognizing how such laws impact the flow of food and agricultural products across boundaries can help a company expand its global market.”
Many of the students began their careers as scientists and now work in food and agriculture industries, food safety, government and other areas involving international food law, he said. Several hold upper management positions for companies such as Hershey Co., J.M. Smucker Co., Nestle Health Science and Country Fresh.
“From product innovation to the manufacturing process to the successful launch of products, I have to make sure everything works well,” said graduate Christy Kadharmestan, senior formulator for Pharmavite, a dietary supplement manufacturer. “The thought process I’ve developed is already helping me create Nature Made products for international markets.” Read more.
Sally Nogle Honored With Tim Kerin Award
Sally Nogle was honored with the Tim Kerin Award Kerin Award in June at the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) annual convention in St. Louis, Missouri.
The Tim Kerin Award recognizes one individual each year for outstanding service by an athletic trainer. The award itself is shaped like a three-leaf clover. Each leaf represents one of Tim Kerin’s finest qualities: service, dedication and integrity.
“This is quite a professional honor, especially since I knew Tim Kerin,” Nogle said. “As a young professional, I looked up to Tim because he had established himself as a leader in this field. He had quite an impact on this profession.”
Nogle was inducted into the NATA Hall of Fame in June 2012 and has been recognized on several previous occasions by the organization. In 2003, she received the Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award, and in 1998, she claimed the NATA Service Award.
Nogle has served as a member of the Michigan State Athletic Training staff since October 1983. She was promoted to the position of MSU head athletic trainer and head football athletic trainer during the summer of 2013.