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Alma Matters



  • Author:
    Robert Bao
  • Published:
    Winter 2012

REGIONAL CLUBS

BLUEWATER AREA—

Jul. 31: More than two dozen area Spartans attended a picnic for incoming MSU freshmen at Ft. Gratiot Park on the shores of Lake Huron.

CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA—

Aug.13: Incoming MSU student Nick Hartley (3rd from right) received a $500 scholarship from the club at a gathering in York, PA. A graduate of Penn Manor High School, Millersville, he will major in criminal justice at MSU.

FORT WAYNE, IN—

Jul. 15: About 32 area Spartans attended a dinner at Parkview Stadium followed by a AAA baseball game between the Tin Caps and Padres. Jul. 17: Nearly 20 area Spartans attended a picnic at Swinney Park.

GREATER CADILLAC—

Jul. 24: More than 100 area Spartans took part in a golf and tennis outing at Caberfae Golf and Ski Resort in Cadillac. Club scholarships were awarded to A.J. VanAlst and Marissa Mitchell.Special guests included MSU Trustee Mitch Lyons and radio broadcaster Will Tieman. About $5,000 was raised for student scholarships.

GREATER ST. LOUIS, MO—

Jul. 17: About 20 area Spartans gathered at Ballpark Village for a tailgate party prior to the Cardinals- Kansas City Royals baseball game.

KANSAS CITY—

Aug. 27: (L to r) Mark and Jan May, Ben Gaeth, Terrell Smolinski, Miki Mertz, Albert Keane and Jenny Frederick Keane were among the 30 area Spartans who participated in a Big Ten tailgate at the Fox and Hound, Overland Park, KS.Club President John Mertz emceed the event, which raised $2,000 for a local food bank.

LIVINGSTON COUNTY—

Aug. 14: More than 40 area Spartans attended a picnic at the Howell City Park’s Thompson Lake. Guests included four text book scholarship recipients and their families.

MID-MICHIGAN—Jun. 28: About 180 alumni and friends participated in the 12th Annual Steve Smith Charity Challenge at the Country Club of Lansing.Special guests included President Lou Anna K. Simon, Trustee Mitch Lyons, and many Spartan Coaches and former athletes.About $30,000 was raised to support various charities and the club’s scholarship endowment.Aug. 17: About 40 area Spartans, seen here in the Varsity S Club, took part in a tour of MSU football facilities with Assistant Coach Mark Staten and running back Le’Veon Bell.

KENTUCKIANA—

Jun. 26: Two dozen area alumni attended the annual “Day at the Races” at Churchill Downs, Louisville. The club raised $845 for its scholarship fund.

NORTHEAST OHIO—Jun.

18: About 20 area Spartans enjoyed a picnic at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. Jun. 23: About two dozen area Spartans attended a dinner for Megan Luck in Cleveland. Luck is the latest winner of a grant from the club’s endowment. Jul. 9: About 20 area Spartans attended a ballgame Ballgame between the Lansing Lugnuts and the Lake County Captains at Classic Park, Eastlake.

SACRAMENTO VALLEY, CA—

Jun. 5: About 90 area Big Ten alumni enjoyed a picnic at the William Pond Park, Sacramento, CA. Aug. 28: More than 40 area Big Ten alumni participated in a bowling competition at the AMF Mardi Gras Lanes, Sacramento.

SAN DIEGO, CA—

Jul. 31: About 60 area Spartans attended a picnic at Mission Bay Park.Sparty was a special guest.

SEATTLE, WA—

Jul. 8: About two dozen area Spartans attended a Spartan Nation Live Broadcast with Hondo Carpenter. Proceeds from a silent auction and raffle helped the club raise $350 for the scholarship fund. Special guests at the event included two MSU cheerleaders.

TAMPA BAY, FL—

Aug. 27: More than 500 Big Ten alumni attended the Big Ten Football Kickoff Party at Boston’s Restaurant & Sports Bar, Tampa. More than 60 Spartans were in attendance, including six-week-old Finnian McCallen.

TOP OF THE STATE—

Jun. 18: About 30 area Spartans attended a golf outing at the Belvedere Golf Club in Charlevoix.About $1,500 was raised for the club’s scholarship fund. Special guests included Tim Staudt, sports director for Lansing’s WILX and host of the “Staudt on Sports” radio program.

UTAH—

Sep. 9: More than 40 area Spartans attended the annual picnic at Millcreek Canyon near Salt Lake City.

BIOMEDICAL LABORATORY DIAGNOSTICS PROGRAM—

Sep. 10: Esther Brown (in white), program director from 1960-70, and her family were among 120 alumni and friends who attended a home football tailgate reception.

ENGINEERING—

Aug. 18: About 30 alumni and friends took part in the golf outing and dinner at Forest Dunes Golf Course, Roscommon. Special guests included Dean Satish Udpa, Trustee Emeritus Don Nugent, and Houston alumnus John Ogren.

HONORS COLLEGE—

Aug. 25: More than 50 Spartans attended a reception at the Rennaissance Center, Detroit, prior to the MSU Debate Team public performance at the Environmental Protection Agency’s conference.

OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE—

Sep. 9-10: More than 400 alumni participated in Silverfest Weekend activities ranging from a golf fundraiser to a pregame tailgate that was at-Tended by President Lou Ann K. Simon and Tom Izzo, MSU head coach, men’s basketball (center, photo).

INTERNATIONAL CLUBS

BEIJING, CHINA—

Sep. 28 About 100 guests attended a re ception at the Park Hyatt Hot Beijing, in honor of visiting Gov. Rick Snyder (left) from Michigan.Next to Snyder are Weihong Li vice minister of chinese Education Ministry, and Weijun Zhao, director, MSU Office of China Programs.

STUDENT AMBASSADORS—

Thirty-two members of the Student Alumni Foundation (SAF) board of directors recently completed the Greater Lansing Tourism Ambassadors Program and are now Certified Tourism Ambassadors (CTAs). “Every member of the SAF team can now give the best possible customer service and accurate local information to every student, alumni and visitor we encounter,” says Dan DiMaggio, director of the SAF.

HOMECOMING 2011—

This year’s homecoming kicked off a new MSU tradition with its theme—“Glow Green, Go White”—which called for Spartans to switch out their porch or house lights to green ones during the week. In addition to the annual Grand Awards Ceremony, the Homecoming Parade with Suzy Merchant serving as grand marshal, the Green and White Brunch and the football game Featuring the Homecoming Court at halftime, this year’s weeklong celebration also saw a Spartan Sprint 5K race sponsored by the Residence Halls Association, Sparty’s Flag Find sponsored by the Student Alumni Foundation, and many activities at the MSU Union, from the Pumpkinpalooza Craft Night to the “Sounds of Homecoming” musical performances.

BOATING SPARTY—Bonnie Knutson Front right), former vice chairperson of the National Alumni Board, and husband Bob Front left ), enjoyed a great boating experience at Crystal Lake with their family clan and an OVersized friend who also bleeds green. Sparty was a riot,” according to Knutson, professor of hospitality management.

ST. MALO SPARTANS—

While vacationing in a small village in the Brittany region of France, Craig Murray (left), ’76, CEO of Craig Murray Productions, Burbank, CA,ran into fellow Spartans Lucia Florido, PhD 99, and her husband Randal Garza, PhD ’01, members of the faculty at the University of Tennessee-Martin. Murray, who received a Distinguished Alumni Award in 2010, noted that all are members of the MSU Alumni Association.Looks like things were quite “bueno” in St. Malo.

MSU BIKES FIFTH ANNIVERSARY—

September: Tim Potter (lower left), manager of the MSU Bikes Service Center, and assistants celebrated the center’s Fifth anniversary. Located at Bessey Hall, the center has grown fast and now helps service some 20,000 bicycles on campus. “Probably (because of) gas prices, we’ve seen a lot of growth in bike riding the past few years,” says Potter.Last spring, MSU was named a “Bicycle Friendly University” by the League of American Bicyclists.The bike center distributes Information on bike safety and is hoping to create a better system of campus paths to help bicyclists follow the rules of the road.

MSU DOCS IN HAITI—

A group of osteopathic physicians and medical personnel from MSU treated more than 700 patients and delivered more than $10,000 in donated supplies during a four-day trip to Haiti in October. The group was led by Gary Willyerd, associate dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Detroit campus, and William Cunningham, the college’s assistant dean for West Michigan. The mission was sponsored and organized by MSU’s Institute of International Health and made possible by donations from MSU’s Caribbean Student Association.