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@MSU Newsletter | July 2017



Show your Spartan pride by purchasing MSU alumni merchandise, including Zephyr alumni hats, sold exclusively at our official online retail partner, Rally House.

Zephyr Headwear was established in 1993 by former sports retailers who weren't satisfied with the hats they had to sell in their stores. Rally House is a specialty sports boutique that offers a large selection of apparel, gifts, and home décor representing collegiate and professional teams. 


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 Aug. 26-27.

All volunteers will receive a T-shirt, a meal in MSU’s award-winning dining facilities, and complimentary parking. For more information, or to register, visit the MSU Alumni Association website.


Jan. 24-30, 2018

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.


Jan. 26—Feb. 8, 2018

Join MSU alumna and conservationist Jessica Pociask on this storied wildlife safari of India.

Rudyard Kipling was one of the best storytellers of the 19th century and his characters from The Jungle Book have captivated generations around the world for years.

This tour allows you to experience the country and the wildlife he wrote about.

See Bagheera, Baloo, Akela, and the majestic and much misunderstood, Shere Khan. Travel through India's best wildlife parks in search of the very real and incredible animals that inspired Kipling to write his timeless collection of stories about his encounters and observations of leopards, tigers, and bears in the jungle.

Fewer than 3,000 wild tigers prowl the country's wild lands. Take this opportunity to see one of the greatest wildlife encounters on Earth.

The trip will finish with a visit to one of the most beautiful buildings in the world, the Taj Mahal.

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


Julie Schneider, a 1999 graduate from the College of Engineering, just launched a Kickstarter campaign for her business Rainbow Hats, LLC.

The online business sells hats for “rainbow babies,” defined as thriving children born to parents who have previously experienced miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant death. 

Schneider was inspired to start when she celebrated the birth of her friend's “rainbow baby.” To her delight, Schneider found a manufacturer not far from her Colorado home. The vendor uses antique knitting machines to hand-craft the rainbow colored hats.

Schneider founded Rainbow Hats, LLC, to help support the healing process for families, to promote deeper understanding of parents who've lost babies and to celebrate the joy their rainbow babies bring to the world.

Her campaign has garnered national attention and was featured by the Huffington Post.

Sports News


Michigan State will induct five Spartans into its Athletics Hall of Fame on Sept. 28 as part of its annual celebration weekend. The 2017 Hall of Fame class includes: Bob Apisa (football), Joe Baum (soccer), Bob Cassleman (track & field), Kristin Haynie (basketball), and Clarence Underwood (administration).

The weekend will include the eighth annual Varsity Letter Jacket Presentation and Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Sept. 28, and special recognition of the Hall of Famers during the Michigan State-Iowa football game at Spartan Stadium on Sept. 30.

The MSU Athletics Hall of Fame, located in the Clara Bell Smith Student-Athlete Academic Center, displays key moments in Spartan Athletics history as well as plaques of the 139 previous inductees. The charter class of 30 former Spartan student-athletes, coaches, and administrators was inducted in 1992.

“Every year, the Hall of Fame class is special, but if there’s one word to sum up this group it would be ‘impactful,’” Michigan State Athletics Director Mark Hollis said. “No one gets inducted into the Hall of Fame without an amazing set of accomplishments. But this group has done more than just achieve greatness, its members each have made greater impacts on Spartan athletics in their own individual manners.

“I can’t wait until Hall of Fame Weekend when they get to tell their stories, perhaps inspiring the current student-athletes to not only pursue greatness, but to strive to make a lasting impact in their sport and at Michigan State," Hollis said.

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