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GET READY NOW FOR SPARTANS WILL. POWER GLOBAL DAY OF SERVICE

April 8

The 2017 SPARTANS WILL. POWER Global Day of Service, set for April 8, 2017, is MSU's way of showing the world the extraordinary impact Spartans can make in a single day. This organized, collaborative effort brings Spartans together to serve others in their communities while demonstrating the reach and power of the Spartan network. In 2016 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.

COLLEGE OF VETERINARY MEDICINE HEALS LEAD-POISONED BALD EAGLE CHICK

On February 10, a bald eagle named Lucky, estimated to be less than a year old, was released back into the skies. Lucky had been rescued after ingesting lead and treated in MSU's College of Veterinary Medicine.

Five students from the college and members of the Tri-County Wildlife Support Team were present to release the bald eagle in Bay County's Hampton Township.

Lucky was rescued in November and treated for seizures caused by lead poisoning. The veterinary staff was able to remove ingested lead from the bird's stomach and nurse it back to health.

SAVE THE DATE: GRANDPARENTS UNIVERSITY

June 27-29

Grandparents University brings grandparents and their grandchildren (ages 8-12) together for a three-day educational experience on the MSU campus. The 2017 program will take place Tuesday, June 27 to Thursday, June 29. Again this year we have a two-step registration system. Beginning at 10:00 a.m. EST on Wednesday, March 15, 2017, you can go online to reserve your space and fill out the information packet. At 10:00 a.m. EST on Wednesday, March 22, 2017, you are asked to return to the Grandparents University website to select class sessions and complete your registration.

When completing your registration on Wednesday, March 22, 2017, you will select the classes you wish to attend and, if available, you'll be enrolled in that class. We're unable to guarantee availability within specific class selections – capacity and demand vary for each course, and many courses fill quickly. Additionally, there is the chance that a course you enroll in could be cancelled as the program date nears. In this event, you will be contacted and asked to select another course.

Participants need not be MSU alumni. For 2017 Grandparents University updates, as well as photos from the 2016 program, visit the Grandparents University Facebook page.

PROVENCE & THE FRENCH RIVIERA

June 1 -11


Join the MSU Alumni Association on a fascinating journey to Provence and the French Riviera and experience the best of southern France. Enjoy a range of excursions that showcases this unique region: Avignon’s storied religious past, the charm of Provencal towns and the grand architectural ruins of the Roman era, plus much more. This program includes informative excursions, educational programs and an extensive meal plan, plus wine with dinner.

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.

VISIT THE CANADIAN ROCKIES

July 28 - Aug 5

Join former MSU Professor Dr. Jim Detjen as Canada celebrates its 150th year of confederation on this eight-night journey through the majestic splendor of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. There will be opportunities to interact with wolfdogs and experience cowboy life in Kananaskis. You will see the breathtaking beauty of Jasper National Park while exploring the ancient Columbia Icefield, as well as the shimmering starlight in Jasper Dark Sky Preserve and enjoy three nights in Banff National Park.  

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.

YOUNG ENGINEERING ALUMNUS HONORED BY PRESIDENT OBAMA

Adam Pilchak Ph.D., a 2005 graduate of the College of Engineering, was named a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers by President Barack Obama, on January 9, 2017.

Pilchak is one of only 102 scientists in 2017 to receive this honor, the highest bestowed by the U.S. Government to science and engineering professionals who are in the beginning stages of their research careers.

Dr. Pilchak, a White Lake, Michigan native, works as an innovative materials research engineer in the Metals Branch, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory.

See more of Adam's story here.

BUSINESS ALUMNA EARNS CELEBRITY CHEF STATUS

Broad College of Business alumna Chef Kimberly Ann Ryan was recently named winner of the 16th season of FOX’s Hell’s Kitchen, hosted by celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay.

Ryan, deemed by Ramsay the “tough-to-beat” chef, recently paid a visit to her alma mater for the bi-annual, and final, visiting chef event at the Kellogg Center. Ryan is the 108th chef to entertain guests with a one-night on-site cooking demonstration, followed the next evening by an exclusive dinner with the chef. The visiting chef series, in its 19th year, is an opportunity to bring renowned chefs from around the country to East Lansing to share their culinary talents and prepared recipes with registered guests.

For more, visit the Eli Broad College of Business.

ALUMNUS' NEW BOOK RECALLS CLINICAL EXPERIENCE

Richard J. Wiseman has dedicated his life to the change and transformation of children's mental health in Connecticut. He was the first in the state argue that autism was a developmental, not a psychiatric, disorder, which primarily sparked from his experience working with a six-year-old autistic child during his clinicals at MSU.

This work has led to multiple community programs in Connecticut to treat autism as a developmental disorder. Wiseman, now retired, detailed his experience as a child psychologist in a new book, available on Amazon.
 
His book, Riverview Hospital For Children and Youth: A Culture of Promise is comprised of patient and staff interviews to offer perspective on the history of children's mental health treatment in Connecticut.
 

SUZY MERCHANT RETURNS TO LEAD WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

Women’s Basketball Coach Suzy Merchant was released from a month-long medical leave and returned courtside with her team Feb. 12. She’d been sidelined after a cardiovascular scare.


Merchant said she’s wearing a tiny heart monitor and taking medicine to control low blood pressure.

With the NCAA tournament on the horizon, Merchant said she’s grateful to be back in the game. And she thanks the Spartan community for its continued support.

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