Spartans strive to address the world’s most pressing problems each and every day. Each year the Alumni Grand Awards program recognizes the best of the best, alumni who are doing wonderful things and making an impact daily in their companies, communities, and for Michigan State University. Since 1946 the MSU Alumni Association has been honoring Spartans around the globe with Alumni Grand Awards. To date less than 600 of our more-than half-a-million alumni have received this honor. On October 19, twelve more Spartans will join this prestigious group and all this week we will be featuring these awardees from the categories of Honorary, Young, Philanthropist, Service and Distinguished.