November 13, 2019
The Spartan community is filled with innovative individuals who invest in the university and the communities around them. The Alumni Grand Awards program aims to recognize the alumni who are making an impact in their professional field, in their communities and for Michigan State University. Each year, a gala is hosted by the MSU Alumni Office to celebrate the current recipients’ achievements. This year, the room was filled with 13 Spartans who truly define the meaning of the word.
Lural Baltimore '71, '73
Baltimore, a 2019 Alumni Service Award recipient, provides insight on the evening she described in one word - phenomenal. She attended the Alumni Grand Awards Gala and was surrounded by her friends and family as she was recognized for the award. When asked about her experience, Baltimore had only positive remarks. To her, it felt amazing to receive the high honor of being recognized by the university. Additionally, Baltimore wanted to express her gratitude to “the university, the staff, the alumni office, and everyone who displayed the work [she has] done so professionally.” Both she and her family thought the event was a wonderful affair and she shared that over a week later, she's “still smiling and basking in the evening.”
Lural Baltimore was honored as a 2019 Alumni Service Award recipient for her contributions to the MSU community. Baltimore attended Michigan State University and earned a B.A. in Sociology and Latin and an M.A. in Guidance Counseling. She's a former area administrator for the Michigan Disability Determination Services, and a founding member of the MSU Black Alumni. She launched several statewide programs and has received many awards for her initiatives.
Lural Baltimore is just one of the many outstanding Spartans who was honored at this year’s Alumni Grand Awards. To read more about the prestigious awards and the past and current recipients, or to plan ahead for next year's Gala, visit the MSU Alumni Office website.
Be sure to save the date for the 2020 Alumni Grand Awards Gala: October 16!