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Alma Matters

  • Author:
    Robert Bao
  • Published:
    Summer 2012


BLUEGRASS SPARTANS —Mar. 4: About 20 area Spartans and Ohio State Buckeyes gathered at the Friends Bar & Grill, Lexington, KY, to watch the MSU-OSU basketball game.

CENTRAL INDIANA—Jan. 20: About 30 area Spartans traveled to Hamilton South Eastern High School, Fishers, to watch incoming MSU basketball recruit Gary Harris (No. 40) play.

CENTRAL OHIO— Jan. 21: More than 50 area Spartans and Purdue Boilermakers gathered for a game watch and collected 147 pounds of food for a local food bank. Jan. 5: About two dozen area Spartans attended a concert by the Spartan Dischords at the McConnell Arts Center, Worthington. Jan. 2: Area Spartans gathered at Gallo’s Tap Room, Columbus, to watch the Outback Bowl.

CHICAGO, IL—Apr. 14: About 50 area Spartans attended the Detroit Tigers vs. Chicago White Sox game at U.S. Cellular Field.

DETROIT SPARTANS— Jan. 19: About 30 area Spartans Attended a private wine tasting at the Commune Lounge, Royal Oak.

FORT FT. WAYNE, IN— Feb. 18: Area Spartans attended a Komets hockey game at the Fort Wayne Coliseum.

HOUSTON, TX—Mar. 3: More than 50 area Spartans gathered at the Sam Houston Race Park.  e event, organized by club board member Mike Steindler, raised about $300for the club scholarship fund.

LIVINGSTON COUNTY —Sep. 23: More than 100 area Spartans gathered at Oak Pointe Country Club, Brighton, to raise money for the club’s scholarship.Fund. Special guests included Suzy Merchant, women’s basketball head coach, and Scott Westerman, MSUAA executive director.

MAINE—Feb. 12: A dozen area Spartans attended a post-game gathering with former MSU hoopster Drew Neitzel (middle of photo). A member of the NBA D-League Texas Legends, Neitzel played against the Portland Red Claws at the Portland Exposition Building.

KANSAS CITY—Feb. 20 & 29: Area Spartans cooked for kids at the Ronald McDonald House. Jan. 14: About 28 area Spartans saw the play “Beer for Breakfast” at the American Heartland Theatre at Crown Center.

METRO CHICAGO—Feb. 25: More than 300 area Spartans attended SpartyBall at the River East Arts Center. The event raised funds for the club’s endowed scholarship fund. Special guests included MSUAA Executive Director Scott Westerman, former MSU athletes Mateen Cleaves and Robaire Smith, MSUAA Distinguished Young Alumni Aaron Scheides and Sparty. The club honored Roger and Mary Anne Herring.

MID-MICHIGAN—Mar. 3: James Potchen, MD (seated), was awarded the club’s “Spartan Hero” award at the Crystal Ball, held at the Lansing Country Club. More than 75 area Spartans attended the event, which raised approximately $15,000 for the club’s endowed scholarship fund. A special video message was provided by Scott Westerman, MSUAA executive director.

PHILADELPHIA, PA— Apr. 14: (l to r) Club President Lisa Christensen, Secretary Paula Hancock, Legal Counsel Lindsay Willett and Philanthropy & Social Chair Teresa Pokladowski Were among those attending a send-o party at the Field House for Paula Wheeler, who is moving to Florida.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN, CO —Feb. 2: About 200 area Spartans attended “A Green and White Evening in Denver” at the Brown Palace. The event featured Jinhua Zhao, director of MSU’s Environmental Science and Policy Program and MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon—seen in photo with club board members Steve Haynes and Jodie Thomas.

SEATTLE, WA—Jan. 5: Nearly 40 area Spartans attended a reception featuring Karen Wurst, MSU dean of the College Of Arts and Letters, and Angelika Kraemer, outreach and co-curricular coordinator in MSU’s Center for Language Teaching Advancement, at the Seattle Art Museum.

SOUTH DAKOTA—Jan. 2: About a dozen area Spartans gathered at Tinner’s Bar and Grill, Sioux Falls, to watch the Outback Bowl.

SW FLORIDA— Mar. 17: Area alumni participated in the Naples St. Patrick’s Day Parade.Sparty joined the fun and drew loud cheers from the crowd of 50,000 watching the two mile parade. Mar. 9: More than 75 area Spartans attended a tailgate In Port Charlotte, FL, with MSU Baseball Coach Jake Boss, Jr.(No. 23), prior to watching the MSU baseball team play in the Snowbird Classic at the North Charlotte Regional Park. Feb. 13: About 120 area Spartans participated in the Spartan Pride Golf Outing at the Grey Oaks Country Club, Naples. Special guests included MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon, Athletics Director Mark Hollis and Football Coach Mark Dantonio.

TAMPA BAY, FL—Mar. 11: About 30 area Spartans attended a tailgate and Tigers spring training game (vs. Phillies) in Clear water, FL. Feb. 11: Chris and Gina Logan were among the area Spartans attending an event hosted by MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon and University Advancement Vice President Bob Groves at the Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, FL.

WEST MICHIGAN—Feb. 2: Football Coach Mark Dantonio (le ) and Amb. Peter and Joan Secchia were among the featured guests at the club’s Winter Tailgate. More than 600 area Spartans attended the event at the J. W. Marriott Hotel in Grand Rapids. Other featured speakers included MSU Trustee Mitch Lyons, Athletics Director Mark Hollis and former football player T. J. Duckett.


ENGINEERING— Mar. 12: Dean Satish Udpa (le ) and Rick and Nancy Brown gathered at the Bonita Bay Club, Bonita Springs, FL. Udpa met with alumni and donors at other Florida events in Maitland and Sarasota.

MUSIC—Jan. 20: About 40 MSU students, alumni and faculty were among the presenters at the Michigan Music Conference in the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, Grand Rapids. Among the speakers at the alumni gathering was David Rayl, associate dean of the College of Music.


BEIJING, CHINA—Apr.13: MSU alumni were well represented among some 170 who attended the first Big Ten Alumni Mixer at the Brussels Bar and Grill in Beijing, China.  e event was spearheaded by a team led by Dan Redford, ’10 (right), seen here with (from left ) Lawrence Yu, Bill Winzer, Regea Long, Dave Gross, Piotr Pasik and Kate Bellingar.


ALUMNI BAND—Dec. 28: The MSU Alumni Pep Band provided musical entertainment at the 3rd Izzone Alumni Reunion, helping the Spartans beat Indiana in the Big Ten opener. During this season, the Alumni Band set a new participation level—playing in men’s basketball wins over Bowling Green, UMKC and Lehigh; at the Great Lakes Invitational tournament for ice hockey; and in the women’s basketball win over Michigan.

MSU RING MARCH & CEREMONY—Apr. 22: Sponsored by the MSU Alumni Association, the Ring March and Ceremony made its debut on campus as class rings were presented. Students and their families picked up the rings and marched from  The Spartan statue to Beaumont Tower in a procession led by Spartan Marching Band members, President Lou Anna K. Simon, MSUAA Executive Director Scott Westerman and Professor Carl Liedholm. In this new tradition, students received their rings from an “honorary guest” of their choosing. Beaumont Tower sounded one time for each recipient and then played the MSU Fight Song and MSU Shadows.

KALEIDOSCOPE 2012—Apr. 13: Some 750 guests attended this year’s Kaleidoscope which featured keynote speaker Carter Oosterhouse (middle), TV personality and model, and opening speaker Elliot Engel, author and professor. The day was hosted by WLNS TV 6 News Anchorwoman Sheri Jones. In the photo are (l to r) MSUAA Executive Director Scott Westerman, Cheryl Denison, Jennifer Decker, Regina Cross, Maria Giggy, Sue Petrisin, Oosterhouse, Theresa Sattazahn, Colleen Westerman, Shannon Marsh, Bonnie Knutson, Cynthia Schneider and Bob Ulrich.

MPLP—Feb. 23: Ari Fleischer (left ), White House press secretary for President George W. Bush, and Eugene Robinson (right), Pulitzer Prize winning journalist for the Washington Post, were the featured speakers at the fundraiser for MSU’s Michigan Political Leadership Program in Livonia (and at the J. W. Marriott in Grand Rapids on Feb. 24). In the middle is event moderator Carol Cain.

FBI AWARD—Mar. 16: Robert S. Mueller, III (le ), director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, presented the 2011 Community Leadership Award to Edward Deeb, ’60, chairman and founder of the Michigan Food & Beverage Assn. and the Michigan Business & Professional Assn.The award was presented at a special reception in Washington, DC, in recognition of Deeb’s community leadership. A resident of Bloomfield Township, Deeb organized the annual Metro Detroit Youth Day event that draws 35,000 to Belle Isle.

STUDENT EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR—Senior Ilcyia Shaw (middle), who works for MSU Greenline, was named Midwest Student Employee of the Year. In the photo she appears with her MSU supervisor Frank Tramble and with Judy Brown, president, MidWest Association of Student Employment Administrators (MASEA). Ilycia won the award over candidates from more than 100 colleges from 14 states.

SPARTY IN TRAVERSE CITY—Apr. 21-22: During a visit to the Grand Traverse area, Sparty stopped at two elementary schools (Traverse City & Suttons Bay) to promote literacy; appeared at a scholarship fundraiser with Capital Green and the MSU Accafellas, and hung out in downtown Traverse City.