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2019 Alumni University Schedule of Events

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Welcome back to campus! This two-day educational event brings Spartans and their guests back to MSU to have fun, reminisce and tour new sites on campus— all while learning from some of MSU’s best educators.

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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS | At a Glance

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Welcome/Registration | 10:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Campus Tours | 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Optional Activities | 1–3 p.m.

Campus Facility Tours and Activities | 4–6 p.m.

Alumni University Opening Reception | 7–8:30 p.m.

Friday, May 31, 2019

Welcome/Registration | 7 a.m.–6 p.m.

Campus Tours | 8–9 a.m.

Morning Sessions | 10 a.m.–12 p.m.

Lunch | 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

Afternoon Sessions | 2–4 p.m.

Refreshments with the Deans | 4:30– 5:30 p.m.

Closing Reception | 6 p.m.–7:30 p.m.

DETAILED SCHEDULE

THURSDAY, MAY 30, 2019

Pre-registration is required for all events.

Welcome/Registration – Kellogg Center Lobby | 10:30 a.m.–7 p.m.

Check in with the welcome desk in the lobby of the Kellogg Center upon your arrival, before going to your first event, to receive your nametag, updated schedule and other information and materials that will guide you through your visit to campus.

Campus Tours | 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Campus Bus Tour (Two buses, limited to 60)

See first-hand how the campus has changed since graduation. The bus tour will depart from the lobby of the Kellogg Center. 

Campus Walking Tour (Limited to 20)

Take a stroll through MSU’s beautiful campus and learn about campus buildings, traditions and more during this relaxing and refreshing walk. The walking tour will depart from the lobby of the Kellogg Center.

Optional Activities | 1-3:00 p.m.

Choose one of the following optional activities: 

Demmer Shooting and Sports Training Center (Limited to 32)

Cost: $25 for firearms and $10 for archery. | Price includes the rental cost to use the firearms, bows and arrows. | Payment to be made directly to the Demmer Center upon arrival

Try your hand at archery or shooting a rifle at the Demmer Center facility. The Demmer Center is a shooting sports training facility that has both indoor and outdoor archery ranges as well as indoor firearm ranges where you can shoot air pellets and rimfire rounds in both pistols and rifles. They offer a variety of shooting experiences that range from beginner to advanced.

Geocaching in the Horticulture Gardens (Limited to 20)

Learn the basics of the popular worldwide hobby of geocaching while touring the beautiful MSU Horticulture Gardens. You will learn what geocaching is all about and how to operate a basic GPS unit, then find up to 5 geocaches. Basic loaner Garmins will be provided, but if you have your own feel free to bring it. Please note this class REQUIRES A LOT OF WALKING and is designed for those who have never geocached before or are new to the activity.

South Campus Farms (Limited to 25)

Get a glimpse of the animals and learn of the teaching and research occurring at the Horse, Dairy and Sheep Farms on the MSU’s South campus. These farms are valuable in solving industry problems through applied scientific research. This tour involves visiting three different farm locations which will require getting on and off a bus.

 

Spartan Stadium Tour (Limited to 25)

The tour will include a moderate amount of walking. 

First built in 1923, Spartan Stadium has made a number of renovations over the years. See the latest transformations on this tour of the corporate and President’s suites, Huntington Club Room level, the Press Box level and North End Zone Complex.  

Kayak the Red Cedar River with Rivertown Adventures (Limited to 16)

1-4:30 p.m.

Cost: $35 per person | Payment is made directly to the Rivertown Adventures upon arrival. Payment can be made with cash or credit card.

This 3-mile tour begins at the MSU Administration building on campus just below the rapids and travels down the Red Cedar pass the Sparty statue, Old College Field, Brody Complex and ends at the Krueger Landing east of the Potter Park Zoo. Rivertown Adventures will return you to the Kellogg Center. Note: You will be asked to sign a waiver to participate.

Campus Facility Tours and Activities | 4-6:00 p.m.

Choose one of the following optional tours or activities: 

Behind the Scenes at the FRIB Presentation and Tour (Limited to 48)
Explore a world-class rare isotope laboratory where nuclei are smashed into a target at half the speed of light. This tour includes demonstrations, an introduction to the goals and methods of nuclear science, and a walk behind the scenes where nuclei are accelerated, filtered, and studied. The secrets learned will help explain what happens in supernovae and the origins of elements that make up the human body.

Beaumont Tower (Limited to 30)
Have you always wanted to see the inner workings of Beaumont Tower? Here’s your chance to walk the 73 steps to the top and see the carillon in action. Can’t make the 73 steps? Then gaze at MSU’s beautiful campus at ground level while listening to the beautiful chimes played by the carillon. This tour will include an informative presentation by the MSU Carillonneur.

Gilbert Pavilion/Tom Izzo Hall of History and Skandalaris Football Building (Limited to 50)
Enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at the Gilbert Pavilion and the Skandalaris Football Center. The Gilbert Pavilion tour will include a peek at the MSU basketball offices, practice gyms, weight room, recruit lounge and the Tom Izzo Hall of History. While at the Skandalaris Football Building see the Hall of Fame lobby, team meeting auditoriums, weight room and practice facility named “The Weave”.

MSU Library Tour: From Rare Books to Virtual Reality- Gems of the MSU Libraries (Limited to 50)
In today's MSU Libraries, students have access to everything from medieval manuscripts to cutting-edge technology. There are new spaces, new technologies and new services, but the mission to support exploration and learning remains the same as when you were first welcomed to MSU.

Abrams Planetarium Shows: “Phantom of the Night Sky” and “Chasing the Ghost Particle” (Limited to 50)

Cost: $2 | Payment is made directly to Abrams Planetarium upon arrival and can be made by cash or check or credit card.


Phantom of the Sky
Join us as we showcase an exciting exploration of dark matter, from the Big Bang to its anticipated discovery at the Large Hadron Collider. See the first hints of its existence through the eyes of Fritz Zwicky, the scientist who coined the term "dark matter". Phantom of the Universe explores the work being done at the Large Hadron Collider with the Atlas experiment.

Chasing the Ghost Particle
Deep in the ice at the heart of Antarctica, IceCube, the biggest and strangest detector in the world, waits for mysterious messengers from the cosmos. Scientists are using tiny and elusive particles called neutrinos to explore the most extreme places in the universe. These ghostly neutrinos give us an exclusive way to study powerful cosmic engines like exploding stars and black holes.

 Alumni University Opening Reception (Limited to 230) | 7–8:30 p.m.

Tom Izzo Hall of History

Gather with your fellow alumni and enjoy “Eats and Drinks” at the Tom Izzo Hall of History. Alumni from the class of 1969, celebrating their 50th anniversary of matriculation from MSU, will be recognized. Hors d’oeuvres and wine and beer will be served.

Friday, May 31, 2019

Pre-registration required for all events.

Welcome/Registration – Kellogg Center Lobby | 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Check in with the welcome desk in the lobby of the Kellogg Center upon your arrival, before going to your first event, to receive your nametag, updated schedule and other information and materials that will guide you through your visit to campus.

Campus Tours | 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Choose one of the following tours:

Campus Bus Tour (Two buses, limited to 75)
See first-hand how the campus has changed since graduation. The bus tour will depart from the lobby of the Kellogg Center.

Campus Walking Tour (Limited to 20)
Take a stroll through MSU’s beautiful campus and learn about campus buildings, traditions and more during this relaxing and refreshing walk.The walking tour will depart from the lobby of the Kellogg Center.


Morning Sessions | 10 a.m.–12 p.m.

Choose one of these topics or tours:

Business Golf
You know that business is about relationships, networks and connections, but did you know that the golf course can be a better location than your office for a meeting, brainstorming session, team building activity or product launch? Besides expanding your network, building relationships and meeting new clients, business golf allows you to form more personal connections and learn about an associate’s true character. Learn how business golf should be a part of your professional toolbox and how getting out of the office and onto the course can advance your career. This interactive session includes an overview of how to use golf in business and hands-on practice with putting, chipping and full swing instruction.

Note: Please dress for the weather in casual/golf attire including golf or athletic shoes. If desired, bring your own clubs. Clubs will be provided for those without clubs.

The Art of Civil Discourse
Civil discourse had taken a turn in recent years. This session will contain tips on how to win an argument without bulldozing your opinion. Learn how to study the problem, understand the arguments on all sides and discuss what solutions work best.  

Service Based Learning- 50 Years Strong
Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, the MSU Center for Service Learning and Civic Engagement is the oldest office of its kind on a university campus. In partnership with the campus community, the Center prepares students for lifelong civic and social responsibility in an increasingly diverse and global society. This session will focus on the wide range of programs provided by the Center, current student initiatives and statistics and the campus Spartans Will. SERVE partnership.  

A 60-Year Curriculum?
A 60-year curriculum is a term being used to describe a relationship between student and institution that extends far beyond graduation into the career years and beyond. This sounds intriguing and perhaps even appropriate given our land-grant mission, but what might it mean in practice? In this session we explore how we could create a seamless experience between undergraduate (and graduate) study and continuing education long after graduation.

Migratory Birds at the Corey Marsh Research Center
Take a ride out to the Corey Marsh Ecological Research Center and see firsthand how MSU students are engaging in research of migratory birds and the bird banding process. Learn why banding takes place, take a try at banding a bird and have fun releasing it back to the wild. The 400-acre research center is the center for scientific research in natural resource restoration and management and collects long-term data on the health of the land bird population during breeding and migratory seasons and provides unique opportunities for bird enthusiasts to participate in bird banding process.

Beyond the Classroom: Supporting our Student Population
This session will showcase unique programs that provide MSU students with the tools they need to be successful academically while also caring for their mental, emotional and physical health. The session will feature a panel-style conversation highlighting FAME, MSU Sexual Assault Program, the Collegiate Recovery Community and the MSU Food Bank.

Creativity: Fear, Fulfillment and Life Though most people don't believe this, we're all born with creativity, but somehow most of us lose our creative confidence and ability as time passes. In this session, we'll explore why that happened, what that means to our lives and how we can get it back.

African-American Genealogy and the People of the Historic Slave Trade
Did you know that MSU received a $1.47 million Mellon Foundation Grant to build a massive slave trade database that will change the way scholars and the public understand African slavery? Because slaves were rarely listed by name on traditional genealogy documents before the Civil War and the emancipation of their ancestors, this database could have a significant impact on African-American genealogy. Attendees will learn about the project from co-investigators and MSU faculty Walter Hawthorne and Dean Rehberger and will learn tips from a local genealogist on additional ways to research African-American ancestors before the 1870 census.

Discovery, Validation and Launch: Fostering an Ecosystem for MSU Student Startups
Students enrolled at MSU with an interest in starting a company have access to an unprecedented amount of resources at the University. Learn how in the last 5 years, MSU has launched a degree program for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, formalized an endowed Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and invested in events, programs and creative classroom spaces. This session will feature a panel comprised of current MSU students who have successfully launched companies from the MSU Hatch, the University’s student startup incubator.

Food Safety and What Making Food at Home Has to Do with It
In this lively and interactive session, Dr. Darrell Donahue will share a brief overview of the American food safety processes that our food producers follow. He will also discuss the best practices of food safety techniques for use in your own kitchen while making a sandwich. Everyone will learn something new in this session as the class will be able to point out cross-contamination opportunities Donahue made while preparing his sandwich.

Volunteers Welcome the World to MSU
You can be a helping hand and a friendly face. Learn about MSU's international student and scholar population on campus and explore ways you can welcome them through short-term and long-term volunteer opportunities. This session will be interactive with a panel discussion of current volunteers and students.

Lunch | 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

Eat At State Food Truck and Dairy Store Ice Cream
The MSU Eat At State Food Truck will be available outside of Wells Hall to purchase a selection of menu items, including the ever-popular smoked cheddar cheeseburger and other delicious choices. Vegan and gluten friendly options will also be available. A Dairy Store ice cream cart will also be available outside Wells Hall for you to enjoy, compliments of the MSU Alumni Office.

Honors College Luncheon | 12:15–1:30 p.m.
Eustace-Cole Hall, Rooms 207 and 208
The Honors College is happy to welcome back any Honors College alumni to join them for a luncheon at the Honors College. For more information, please contact Tonya Frisbey at Frisbey2@msu.edu.

Afternoon Sessions | 2–4 p.m.

Choose one of these topics or tours:

The Art of Civil Discourse
Civil discourse had taken a turn in recent years. This session will contain tips on how to win an argument without bulldozing your opinion. Learn how to study the problem, understand the arguments on all sides and discuss what solutions work best.  

Service Based Learning- 50 Years Strong
Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, the MSU Center for Service Learning and Civic Engagement is the oldest office of its kind on a university campus. In partnership with the campus community, the Center prepares students for lifelong civic and social responsibility in an increasingly diverse and global society. This session will focus on the wide range of programs provided by the Center, current student initiatives and statistics and the campus Spartans Will. SERVE partnership.

A 60-Year Curriculum?
A 60-year curriculum is a term being used to describe a relationship between student and institution that extends far beyond graduation into the career years and beyond. This sounds intriguing and perhaps even appropriate given our land-grant mission, but what might it mean in practice? In this session we explore how we could create a seamless experience between undergraduate (and graduate) study and continuing education long after graduation.

Migratory Birds at the Corey Marsh Research Center
Take a ride out to the Corey Marsh Ecological Research Center and see firsthand how MSU students are engaging in research of migratory birds and the bird banding process. Learn why banding takes place, take a try at banding a bird and have fun releasing it back to the wild. The 400-acre research center is the center for scientific research in natural resource restoration and management and collects long-term data on the health of the land bird population during breeding and migratory seasons and provides unique opportunities for bird enthusiasts to participate in bird banding process.

Beyond the Classroom: Supporting our Student Population
This session will showcase unique programs that provide MSU students with the tools they need to be successful academically while also caring for their mental, emotional and physical health. The session will feature a panel-style conversation highlighting FAME, MSU Sexual Assault Program, the Collegiate Recovery Community and the MSU Food Bank.

Creativity: Fear, Fulfillment and Life
Though most people don't believe this, we're all born with creativity, but somehow most of us lose our creative confidence and ability over time. In this session, we'll explore why that happened, what that means to our lives and how we can get it back.

African-American Genealogy and the People of the Historic Slave Trade
Did you know that MSU received a $1.47 million Mellon Foundation Grant to build a massive slave trade database that will change the way scholars and the public understand African slavery? Because slaves were rarely listed by name on traditional genealogy documents before the Civil War and the emancipation of their ancestors, this database could have a significant impact on African-American genealogy. Attendees will learn about the project from co-investigators and MSU faculty Walter Hawthorne and Dean Rehberger and will learn tips from a local genealogist on additional ways to research African-American ancestors before the 1870 census.

Discovery, Validation and Launch: Fostering an Ecosystem for MSU Student Startups
Students enrolled at MSU with an interest in starting a company have access to an unprecedented amount of resources at the University. Learn how in the last 5 years, MSU has launched a degree program for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, formalized an endowed Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and invested in events, programs and creative classroom spaces. This session will feature a panel comprised of current MSU students who have successfully launched companies from the MSU Hatch, the University’s student startup incubator.

Food Safety and What Making Food at Home Has to Do with It
In this lively and interactive session, Dr. Darrell Donahue will share a brief overview of the American food safety processes that our food producers follow. He will also discuss the best practices of food safety techniques for use in your own kitchen while making a sandwich. Everyone will learn something new in this session as the class will be able to point out cross-contamination opportunities Donahue made while preparing his sandwich.

Volunteers Welcome the World to MSU
You can be a helping hand and a friendly face. Learn about MSU's international student and scholar population on campus and explore ways you can welcome them through short-term and long-term volunteer opportunities. This session will be interactive with a panel discussion of current volunteers and students.

Refreshments with the Deans | 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Join your Dean and learn what is occurring within the college. Refreshments and cookies will be served.

College of Agriculture & Natural Resources with Dean Ron Hendrick
Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, Room TBD

Broad College of Business with Dean Sanjay Gupta
Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, Room TBD
 
College of Communication Arts & Sciences with Dean Prabu David
Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, Room TBD

Lyman Briggs College with Dean Michele Jackson
Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, Room TBD

College of Music with Dean James Forger           
Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, Room TBD

College of Natural Science with Dean Phillip Duxbury
Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, Room TBD

College of Social Science with Dean Rachel Croson
Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, Room TBD

Closing Reception | 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Huntington Club at Spartan Stadium
Gather with your fellow alumni at the Huntington Club located on the fourth floor of Spartan Stadium. Spartan Pathways tour operator representatives will be in attendance to share information regarding upcoming 2020 tours. Hors d’oeuvres and wine and beer will be served.