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  • Author:
    Robert Bao
  • Published:
    Summer 2013
MSU AND AFRICA
I really enjoyed your cover story about MSU and Africa.  It brought back memories of my time at MSU when I had the pleasure of getting to know several African students.  They were among the hardest working students I knew.  Their stories gave me a new perspective and attitude for Africa.  I am proud to see us continue working on the African continent.
Mike Lasecki, ’75, MD ’78
Mobile, AL
 
KUDOS TO CMS
Kudos to MSU’s College of Music and the Community Music School (CMS) for the commitment to provide enriching music opportunities on and off the campus.  The new CMS facility on Hagadorn Rd. unites talented musicians and music educators from the campus and the community to provide music opportunities for people of all ages.  As members of the New Horizons band will testify, you are never too old to learn to play a musical instrument.
JoAnne (Simcox) Miller, ’65
Homer
 
GOOD MEMORY
Every time I read an article about the MSU Libraries, such as your story about the Turfgrass Information Center (Spring 2013), I’m reminded how much I loved spending time at the main library as a student (and not just studying there).  Thanks to Cliff Haka and everyone who continues to make the library great.
David Turetsky, ’91
Minneapolis, MN
 
LASTING IMPRESSIONS
Your Winter 2013 issue featured a beautiful “Lasting Impressions” photo of campus, and I was able to obtain a 48 x 36 wall mounted reproduction, courtesy of Derrick Turner, multimedia specialist at MSU’s Communications and Brand Strategy.  (You can email him at Derrick.Turner@cabs.msu.edu.)  I wanted to share this with readers of the MSU Alumni Magazine in case others wanted to buy an enlargement of a campus photo for their home but didn’t know they could.
Arthur S. Fetters, ’53
Naples, FL
 
PUBLIC ART
Re your story about public art on campus—there’s a new website detailing all public art on campus:  publicart.msu.edu.
Jeff Kacos, ’71
Director, Campus Planning 
& Administration
 
PLANE CRASH?
Re your cover story in the Winter 2013 issue.  To me, the new art museum looks like an airplane that missed the runway and crashed on north campus.  The ultra modern architecture is totally out of place next to the ivy covered halls.  A museum of this sort belongs on south campus, or somewhere in the wide open spaces where it does not clash with the existing architecture.  
Charlotte Bruce, ’71
Grand Blanc
 
CATALYST FOR CHANGE
Greatly enjoyed your “Catalyst For Social Change” column.  My only recruiting visit to MSU was on the same weekend of the Mississippi-Loyola NCAA regional game.  Not a basketball fan then, I was unaware of the controversy.  I remember assistant coach Vince Carillot introducing me to George Webster, who was also visiting.  I’ll never forget what Vince said later—that it was probably the first time Webster had ever shaken hands with a white kid.  Our 1965 & 1966 national championship teams put major cracks in the dam of segregation.  Electing two black captains in 1966 by a white majority of letter winners helped hasten its collapse.  By the way, (former MSU quarterback) Jimmy Raye is working on a book about MSU’s role in the civil rights struggle. 
By the way, the players you named all had to cross the Mason-Dixon line to play on an integrated team, except for (running back) Clinton Jones, who was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio.  
Pat Gallinagh, ’67  
Ironwood
 
? Pat Gallinagh, a defensive lineman for MSU in the mid-1960s, was named an Academic All-American in 1966. –Editor.
 
Outstanding editor’s column in the Spring 2013 edition.  I’m glad you gave exposure to MSU’s leadership in providing opportunities for gifted athletes to perform at the collegiate level regardless of their color or nationality.  We have been blessed to have had colorblind coaches like Biggie Munn and Duffy Daugherty.  
William H. Archer, ’57
Mason
 
Your column about the game at Jenison Field House brought back memories of the NCAA game that was commemorated.  As a freshman trumpet player on the Spartan Marching Band, I can remember us wanting to greet the visitors with a Spartan welcome.  Not knowing which team would come—Mississippi State or Georgia Tech—we learned both fight songs and were at the airport between 2:00 and 3:00 a.m.  Director Bill Moffit went up to the plane to find out who they were so we’d play the right song.  I am honored to be the only member of that welcoming contingent to also play, 50 years later, at the commemorative game in Jenison Field House. 
Greg Pell, ’66 
Okemos