@MSU Newsletter | January 2017
BTN SPOTLIGHTS MSU VIGNETTES IN YEAR-END REVIEW
As 2016 comes to a close, the Big Ten Network is highlighting its favorite Michigan State vignettes of the year.
"Michigan State University is a college of firsts. A founding land-grant institution, MSU was the first school in the nation to teach agriculture from a scientific perspective. The progressive university was also among the first in the nation to admit women in 1870.
"That vanguard spirit continues to this day. Michigan State is an established research leader that excels in the art of the innovative approach. From the campus community to the global stage, the idea that “Spartans Will” permeates every endeavor, minute or monumental," the network writes.
GET READY NOW FOR SPARTANS WILL. POWER GLOBAL DAY OF SERVICE
The 2017 SPARTANS WILL. POWER Global Day of Service, set for April 8 is MSU's way of showing the world the extraordinary impact Spartans can make in a single day.
This collaborative effort brings Spartans together to serve others in their local communities while demonstrating the reach and power of the Spartan network. Last year Spartans across the globe donated more than 16,000 hours of service, a number we hope to surpass in 2017.
Project registration is now open and we encourage you to visit the Service Day website to create a project in your community.
JOIN US ON CAMPUS FOR ALUMNI UNIVERSITY
Members of Michigan State University’s Class of 1967 and all Spartans from classes up to 1992 are invited to the June 28 and 29th Alumni University, formerly known as Alumni Reunion Days.
Plans call for two days of educational experiences, tours and camaraderie with other Spartans and classmates on the East Lansing campus. The Kedzie Reunion Luncheon on June 29 will honor alumni who graduated 50 years ago.
This year, the event coincides with Grandparents University. For more information on the reunion, check here in the weeks to come.
MSU PROF TO LEAD RHINE RIVER CRUISE
July 10 to 18
Associate Professor L. Alan Prather will headline a summer cruise aboard the elegant Amadeus Silver III. Travelers may partake of activities in Holland, Germany and France. In Amsterdam, for instance, they'll explore charming canals and will sail past many historical sites.
They'll visit the Gothic cathedral in Cologne, sail through the Rhine River Gorge and see fairytale castles perched above the shorelines. Additional stops include river communities and Strasbourg, France.
Prather and others will interpret the wonders seen during shore excursions. Enjoy first-class ship accommodations, including some cabins with connecting doors, an extensive meal plan, and wine with lunch and dinner.
Price has been discounted by $250 per person with no single supplementary costs to solo travelers.
EXPERIENCE NATIONAL PARKS AND LODGES OF THE OLD WEST
July 25 to August 3
Sign up for a 10-day American expedition sure to connect you to our nation's pioneer spirit and nature's beauty in the old West.
Your expedition leader will trace the historic paths and natural splendors of the sprawling region. Storied sites include Badlands National Park, Custer State Park, Spearfish Canyon, Yellowstone National Park, and Grand Teton National Park.
In addition, you'll see bison herds, Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse Memorial. Nights will be spent in the park's lodges and atmospheric hotels.
Experience England's Oxford University as a student. Celebrating its 34th anniversary in 2017, this two-week program takes you on a rare adventure to a “city of dreaming spires," a great center of learning since the 12th century.
Each participant will enroll in one non-credit course of study taught by an Oxford tutor. Each course has its own excursions. Early online registration is recommended as courses are limited to 10-14 participants and fill quickly.
Please note, due to increased measures by MSU to ensure a secure credit card transaction, the MSU Alumni Association can no longer accept credit card information over the phone for this program.
Spartans on the Move
MUSEUM OF FLY FISHING TO HONOR WRITER TOM MCGUANE
The American Museum of Fly Fishing is planning this spring to honor influential author and alumnus Thomas McGuane with its 2017 Heritage Award.
"Thomas McGuane has built an impressive literary career, from humble beginnings as the 'Humor Editor' at his high school newspaper, The Crane, to becoming one of the most accomplished and diversely talented authors of our generation. He gained acclaim by deftly exploring the depths of human relationships and bringing a decidedly local feel to all of his writing. Whether the context is set in Michigan, the Florida Keys, or the plains of Montana, he deeply understands the environs in which his characters live," a museum announcement said.
Karen Kaplan, president of the museum's board of trustees, said: “Thomas McGuane elevated the field of writing about fishing to new heights with the publication of The Longest Silence in 1999. We are delighted to recognize not only his immense contributions to literature, but also to recognize him as a world class angler and conservationist.”
McGuane infuses his works with a rich appreciation of the natural world.
He's authored more than 12 novels, screen plays, and short stories. His book The Bushwhacked Piano won the Rosenthal Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1971 and his novel Ninety-Two in the Shade was nominated for a National Book Award in 1974.
He received the 2009 WallaceStegner Award, courtesy of the Center of the American West and is a member of the American Academy of Arts & Letters. An avid outdoorsman, he's won Fly Rod & Reel Magazine’s 2010 Angler of the Year and been inducted into the Cutting Horse Hall of Fame in 2005.
Stephen Lamson, a 2003 graduate from the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, summited the eighth highest mountain in the world, Manaslu in Nepal, sporting a Spartan ballcap and flag.
Here's an excerpt from his diary:
"Summit success!!! On Sept. 30th, I was able to reach the top of the 8th highest mountain in the world, Manaslu! At 8,163 meters (26,781 feet), it represents accomplishing a longtime mountaineering goal I wasn't sure I'd ever have the chance to achieve.
"Ever since I read, Into Thin Air 18 years ago, I wanted to test my body to climb into 'the death zone' of an 8,000 meter peak. I knew Mt. Everest was unrealistic for me due to very high cost and time required, but I had always hoped another 8,000 meter peak might one day be possible in my life.
"I was blessed to get the chance to attempt Manaslu and achieve the ultimate mountaineering dream of a kid from a small Michigan town barely above sea level. It still feels surreal to know my longtime dream (that once belonged only in books) has now been fulfilled.
"The climb itself was damn tough! I'm not wearing it in the photo but I used oxygen on summit day...Even with oxygen, going to that altitude is quite tough on your body. I lost at least 10 pounds on the summit bid due to lost appetite from altitude and the physical exertion from climbing. I felt exhausted long before reaching the top but knew I had to keep pushing on.
"Now I'll be able to enjoy a sense of accomplishment for a lifetime for enduring those hours of suffering. Right around the time we crested the top of Manaslu, the morning sun turned the bitter cold into the perfect summit weather....I really couldn't have asked for things to go any more perfectly."
MIDLAND-BASED ALUM PENS HORROR COMIC BOOK SERIES
Greg Wright published a graphic novel based on the TV show Holliston, called Holliston: Friendship is Tragic. Recently, he announced its sequel, Carnival of Carnage.
The book will be published this year by Source Point Press, a Detroit-based publisher of horror, supernatural, occult and pulp comics, novels, and art books.
Wright earned a doctorate in American literature and film in 2007.
WRESTLING CHAMP WRITES BOOK ON HIS TEAM'S 1966 SEASON
Former Spartan wrestler Dale Andersen has written a book about his team's 1967 NCAA championship finish.
A Spartan Journey: Michigan State’s 1967 Miracle on the Mat recounts what he believes can only be explained as a miracle. The team had finished last in the Big Ten in 1964. But in 1967 it finished first thanks to a team composed primarily of walk-ons. Anderson earned a bachelor's in social science in 1969.