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MSU Capital Campaign Hits Milestone

Michigan State University’s Empower Extraordinary capital campaign recently surpassed the $1 billion milestone. A total of $1,012,005,798 was committed toward the campaign's $1.5 billion goal by the end of August. It's been less than a year since the public phase of the campaign was launched. 
Empower Extraordinary has been embraced by volunteers, friends and alumni who are invested in making MSU the greatest university of its kind,” said MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon.
“We are grateful for this outpouring of support, which is helping to place MSU on a strong and sustainable financial footing to assure that innovation and opportunity will continue to thrive at MSU now and well into the future.”
More than 221,000 donors have made a gift to the campaign, including 104,952 alumni. Watch the video celebrating the milestone. For more information or to make your gift to the campaign, visit the MSU giving website.

Take this Tanzania Migration Safari with Friends

Enjoy the beauty, wildlife of East Africa

Under the limitless blue sky of East Africa lives a wild animal population that is staggering in sheer numbers and variety. Take part in this tour of the great national parks that make Tanzania one of the world’s most spectacular wildlife destinations. See the plains of the Serengeti, the Ngorongoro Crater, Olduvai Gorge and Tarangire National Park. 
This Tanzania Migration Safari takes you to great wildlife destinations, world famous national parks and reserves. You'll stay in the finest accommodations and tented camps available with private en-suite facilities, each chosen to emphasize wildlife viewing, comfort and attentive service.
The feeling of a tented camp immersed in open air and sounds of the wild creates a genuine safari atmosphere never to be forgotten. An optional Rwanda Gorilla trekking extension is also available.
The excursion will take place Feb. 24 through March 2, 2016. Individual costs begin at $6,285, plus airfare.
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.

Help Commemorate the 1965 National Championship Football Game

New line of merchandise revisits such significant events, logos in Spartan sports

Michigan State University will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of its 1965 National Championship at the Oct. 3 homecoming football game against the Purdue Boilermakers.
To commemorate this occasion, MSU is proud to announce the first line of College Vault merchandise. College Vault celebrates college fans and the time-honored traditions of their favorite teams.
The purpose of College Vault has been to give new life to the retired logos, icons and images of participating institutions. MSU’s College Vault clothing and non-apparel items will include Spartan fans’ favorite logos from years past. Be on the lookout for the new line!

Spartan Women: You're Invited to Network in Washington, D.C.

The MSU LENS program will feature accomplished alumnae

Join the MSU Alumni LENS program on Wednesday, Oct. 28 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Hotel Monaco in Washington, D.C. for the Spartan Women speaker series. Experts in the fields of science, medicine and government will visit with participants.
This series encompasses several one-day events that showcase Spartan alumnae who are making differences in their companies, families and communities.
U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow will open the event. Learn more and register for this event online today.

MSU Meat Lab Open for Tailgating

Place your order now

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 available. 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 the availability of items, contact the Meat Lab at (517) 353-9773 or send an email to
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. 

Share Your Travel Photographs through MSU's Global Focus Competition

Global Focus, MSU’s international photography contest, is now open! As an alumnus or friend of MSU, you’ve represented the Spartan community around the world through study, travel and business, and have captured some wondrous moments.
Now we want you to share them with us.Your photo could be featured in MSU’s International Center, or chosen by the Spartan community as the People’s Choice winner!
Presented by International Studies and Programs, the contest is open to MSU students, faculty, staff and alumni. Visit the Global Focus Photo Competition website and enter your image by October 11. 

Robert L. Green's New Memoir Relates Untold Stories from Civil Rights Movement

At the Crossroads of Fear and Freedom published by MSU Press

Robert L. Green, a friend and colleague of Martin Luther King Jr., served as education director for King’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference during a crucial period in civil rights history, and—as a consultant for many of the nation’s largest school districts—he continues to fight for social justice and educational equity today.
Now, he's written a memoir in which he relates previously untold stories about major civil rights campaigns that helped put an end to voting rights violations and Jim Crow education, explains how Green has helped urban school districts improve academic achievement levels and explains why this history should inform our choices as we attempt to reform and improve American education.
MSU Press published the book, At the Crossroads of Fear and Freedom: The Fight for Social and Educational Justice.
An education consultant, Green is a professor emeritus and former MSU dean. He earned his PhD in the MSU College of Education in 1963.
Green’s quest began when he helped the Kennedy administration resolve a catastrophic education-related impasse and has continued through his service as one of the participants at an Obama administration summit on a current academic crisis.
It is commonly said that education is the new civil rights battlefield. Green’s memoir, At the Crossroads: The Fight for Social and Educational Justice, helps us understand that educational equity has always been a central objective of the civil rights movement.
Visit the MSU Press website to order Green's most recent book.

MSU's Men's Basketball Receives $3.1 Million Gift from Spartan Draymond Green

The Draymond Green Strength and Conditioning Center at Breslin to be named in his honor

Continuing on the extraordinary tradition of former Michigan State student-athletes giving back, Draymond Green has made a $3.1 million contribution to MSU Athletics in support of the men’s basketball program. With his gift, pending Board of Trustee approval, The Draymond Green Strength and Conditioning Center at the Jack Breslin Student Events Center will be named in his honor. In addition, a portion of Green’s gift will fund an endowment for the program.
The gift is the largest single gift to MSU Athletics from a former student-athlete. It is the fourth gift given to MSU Athletics of $1 million or more by a former MSU student-athlete turned professional, following Steve Smith (’99), Earvin “Magic” Johnson (’12), and Flozell Adams (’14). Overall, more than 2,400 former MSU student-athletes have donated over $22 million (all-time) in philanthropic support back to MSU Athletics.
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