@MSU Newsletter | June 2015
It's Time to Welcome Everyone
You belong to the group of 500,000 Loyal Spartans worldwide
You've been a loyal Spartan since the moment you stepped on campus.
Now, we are moving forward to an Alumni Association model that makes each and every Michigan State University alumnus part of the association.
Beginning July 1, 2016, as part of our new, more inclusive model, we will no longer require dues. Instead, we encourage you to apply those same resources to support the areas of MSU you love best through a charitable gift.
This will do two things:
Allow you to show your support and enthusiasm for MSU.
In this issue of the magazine you'll find stories on Abrams Planetarium, a former sniper who found peace through yoga and a new book of historical MSU postcards with images from 1900-1925. Don't miss the Spartan Profiles, the recap of the Spartan Basketball team's Final Four glory, Class Notes and more.
Join fellow alumni helping the less fortunate around the world
Show the world that you’re a Spartan leader, problem solver and game changer this year by working alongside Spartans Without Borders. The volunteer organization has projects in such locations as Rome, Italy; Merida, Mexico; and San Ignacio, Belize.
Autobiographical coming-of-age tale set in 1950s-era Detroit
In her book for young adult readers, author Gloria Nixon-John tells her personal story of growing up in 1950s-era Detroit. The daughter of Italian immigrants, her tale brims with insights about racial discrimination, hidden pasts and some of her neighbors' secret lives.
Spartan Jim Proebstle's New Book Lays Bare His Late Brother's Dementia Struggles
Spartan alumnus Jim Proebstle has just released his latest book--Unintended Impact: One Athlete's Journey from Concussions in Amateur Football to CTE Dementia.
It's a tale of the tragedy his late brother Dick endured after suffering sports concussions. At the same time, it reveals Jim's love and dedication to his brother under the most difficult of circumstances.
There may be no higher praise for this important book than that of MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon, who said:
“The heartbreaking story of Dick Proebstle underlines the importance of protecting our young athletes’ most vital strength—their minds. As our knowledge of these injuries develops, we as coaches, parents, teachers, administrators, and fans must remember this story as we work toward creating safer competition in the sports that are such an important part of our culture.”
MSU Women Win Big 10 Outdoor Track & Field Championship
Courtesy MSU Athletic Communications
Competing in her final home meet May 17, senior Leah O'Connor delivered another historic performance in leading the Michigan State women's team to the Big Ten Outdoor Track & Field Championship with 128 points.
The Big Ten title was the second in MSU women's program history and the first since 1982. Michigan State hosted this weekend's event at Ralph Young Track & Field for the first time since 2006.
The Spartan men recorded 55 points and finished seventh overall as Illinois took home the men's team championship.
MSU Director of Track & Field/Cross Country Walt Drenth praised the Spartan women. "We knew after the indoor meet we had a chance to score well here, and this finish is just a credit to everyone involved."
A day after winning her fourth Big Ten 3,000-meter steeplechase title, O'Connor won both the women's 1,500-meter and 5,000-meter races for the second time in her career. She claimed her second straight women's 1,500-meter title with a time of 4:14.19 and went on to capture the women's 5,000-meter run with a personal-best time of 16:03.98.
O'Connor's 10 total conference championships are the most in program history.