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@MSU Newsletter | June 2017



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9 THINGS YOU PROBABLY DON'T KNOW ABOUT THE ROCK

Think you know all about the Rock? Test your memory. From the table of contents, where the rock's cover image is explained, to the photo spread inside, the latest issue of the magazine includes at least nine facts you may not know about our proverbial rock star. 

Open this issue and marvel at the items, history and more that connect Spartans everywherel

COME BACK ALL YOU SHADY TRAIL CAMPERS, STAFFERS, AND SPOUSES

Shady Trails, the nation's first speech improvement camp, is holding a reunion August 18-20 at the former campground situated south of Northport.

Organizers welcome all former campers, staff employees, counselors and their spouses for a weekend of memories and camaraderie.

Details may be found at the reunion's website. Book your reservations now and please share this invitation with your peers.

WILL YOU VOLUNTEER ON STUDENT MOVE-IN DAY?

Help welcome thousands of new students into the Spartan family when you volunteer for this year’s residence hall Spartan Move-in. Work alongside other alumni in the campus neighborhood of your choice on Aug. 19, or the weekend of Aug. 26-27.

We'll outfit you with a T-shirt, treat you to a meal in our award-winning dining halls and provide free parking.

For more information and online registration please visit our page.

COOL OFF: JOIN OUR DOG SLEDDING TOUR UP NORTH

Jan. 10-13

This unique winter adventure offers you the opportunity to hook up and drive your own dog team or take a ride with the sled dogs of Nature’s Kennel through the pristine trails of Northern Michigan.

Nature’s Kennel, Michigan’s premier dog sledding destination, is owned by Michigan State alums Ed and Tasha Stielstra.

In addition to your time at Nature’s Kennel, you’ll also enjoy a bit of winter splendor with a trip to Tahquamenon Falls State Park where Park Naturalist and MSU alumna Theresa Neal will lead you on a snowshoe hike to the falls.

Finally, you’ll join alumnus Steve Tchozeski of Great Lakes Geoscience and learn about the geologic formation of the shoreline of the Upper Peninsula as you explore the Eben Ice Caves, Munising Falls, and/or the ice caves of Grand Island National Recreation Area.

These tours are limited to 10 people so early registration is encouraged. 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.

WANT TO HOWL WITH YELLOWSTONE'S WOLVES?

Visit the park Jan. 24-30

Head to Yellowstone National Park in January for a weeklong wildlife expedition. Amidst crisp air, bare trees, frosted earth, and brilliant thermal features of Yellowstone National Park, the wildlife viewing is at its best.

The elements of nature are in full sway as are close-knit groups of wolves. The canines will be hunting, searching for warmth, and on the move. Search for the elusive predators while traveling in safari vehicles. Learn to interpret tell-tale signs of the creatures with the help of an Orbridge expedition leader.

Learn historic and ecological aspects of the successful reintroduction of the gray wolf to the Yellowstone region. Enjoy a private after-hours museum visit along with other exclusive experiences and overnight in atmospheric hotels and authentic park lodges. Don’t miss this extraordinary experience in the “Serengeti of North America.”

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.

Spartans on the Move

ALUMNA NAMED A TOP U.S. ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PRINCIPAL

The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) has named alumna Michelle Moore-Robinson of Kinser Elementary School in Japan as its 2017 Elementary Principal of the Year.
 
"Ms. Moore-Robinson is a dynamic principal who is a vital part of her local community,” said Thomas Brady, DoDEA’s director.
 
“Through her commitment and determination, she built a positive school culture where parents and the community feel informed and included. To engage with the parents, she has hosted tea time with the principal, ‘chat and chew’ lunches, and a parent university.”
 
Moore-Robinson earned a master’s degree in K-12 Educational Administration in the College of Education in 2002.

HOW DO YOU MAKE CHEMISTRY KID FRIENDLY?

So how does a French major design a virtual reality chemistry app?

“Chemistry is its own language, it’s all in how you put the parts together," said alumnus Steve Oprea, a marketing specialist with Shell Oil Co. in Houston.

Oprea knows a thing or two about foreign language. He majored in French and graduated from the College of Arts and Letters in 1990. He's using his love of languages to help get kids excited about science.

A Michigan native, he recently attended Make the Future Detroit Featuring Shell Eco-marathon Americas, a free festival that celebrated bright energy ideas and future energy solutions.

During the festival, he showed off the company’s new educational app, Hydrocarbon Hunt, to several thousand students from Detroit Public Schools. It’s just one of his company's free educational resources to raise STEM awareness.

 The tools are available at: shell.us/EnergizeYourFuture

The app, Hydrocarbon Hunt, is a game that introduces basic organic chemistry to students by challenging them to find 28 objects made from hydrocarbons in five different rooms of a typical home.

The free game, available in major app stores, can be played on most smartphones and tablets and has an option to play in 3D using virtual reality goggles.

"It's an interactive way to show how many products in our daily lives are made from hydrocarbons. I figured kids were going to play video games all summer, why not make one that’s educational and fun?" Oprea said with a smile.

He belongs to a six-person team that developed the app. It took over a year's worth of design, research, and testing. He credits the critical thinking skills he learned at MSU in helping him keep the project on track.

Visit shell.us/HydrocarbonHunt to learn more.

Sports News

A TOAST TO A LATE SPARTAN FOOTBALL GREAT

Alumnus R.J. Banat, an owner of Denver-based Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery, has concocted a craft beer in honor of the late Spartan football star Michael "Mike" Sadler.

Fans will appreciate the beverage's name: Hey Diddle Diddle.

"That's the name of the trick play/fake punt that Mike ran to huge accolades on national TV during Michigan State’s Rose Bowl season," said Banat.

Sadler experimented with home brewing, too.

Added Banat: "Hey Diddle Diddle recalls fond memories of a great person and a great Spartan. It's brewed with oranges and apricots, and finished with a touch of Belgian yeast and roses."

If you're lucky enough to live in the Denver vicinity, head to the brewery at 5 p.m. June 2. The Denver chapter of the MSUAA will be hosting a beer release party.

You'll hear a few words from brewer Adam Glaser, Michael’s mother Karen, and others. Chances are there will be some special guests that night as well. Jagged Mountain is donating $1 from every Hey Diddle Diddle pint sold to The Michael Sadler Foundation.  

"The Michael Sadler Foundation develops programs and awards that emphasize the values Michael embraced: academic excellence, athletic achievement, leadership and character strength," according to its website.

Enjoy photos of the brewing process and read more about the specialty brewer here.