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Alma Matters

  • Author:
    Paula M. Davenport
  • Published:
    Summer 2014

Regional Clubs:

AUSTIN, TX – Jan. 21: The Austin Spartans E-Board met to start planning 2014 events. Game watches, scholarship planning, fundraising, service events and a statewide gathering are all on the calendar. Jan. 24: Nearly 25 Spartans enjoyed a pre-game mixer and minor league hockey match as the Texas Stars took on the Grand Rapids Griffins.  

CENTRAL OHIO – Jan. 1: Some 20 Spartans kicked off the start of 2014 in Columbus, Ohio, where they watched the televised Rose Bowl game. Jan. 10-11: More than a dozen Spartans attended the Michigan State vs. Ohio State hockey games in OSU’s Schottenstein Center. Feb. 20: Spartans gathered for their group’s annual food drive and game watch with the Purdue Alumni Club. In all, 164 pounds of donated groceries were collected for the local food bank.

EASTERN WAYNE COUNTY – Feb. 1: MSU graduate Mark Rieth provided a sneak peak of Atwater In The Park, a brewery set to open soon. Coneys were prepared by Mark Smith while Joe Grimm, MSU School of Journalism editor-in residence, talked with 75 Spartans about Detroit’s take on its famous Coney Island hotdogs.

METROPOLITAN WASHINGTON, DC – Feb. 6: About 12 Spartans met for a networking event at Crios Modern Mexican Restaurant. Mar. 6: Some 16 Spartans gathered at Redline Gastrolounge for a networking event.

OREGON AND SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON – Jan. 25: More than 50 alumni enjoyed a day at the Utopia Vineyards, a boutique winery outside Portland. They watched the MSU vs. UM basketball game and sampled award-winning wines.

SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA – Jan. 22: Over 125 Spartans gathered to network and spend time with Sparty at Google’s San Francisco office. Keynote speaker, Janel Rutzen, gave a presentation on Sparty’s history and the group raised over $750 for its scholarship fund.

SPACE COAST ALUMNI CLUB OF EAST CENTRAL FLORIDA – Feb. 9: Nearly 25 Spartans met at the Vero Beach Polo Grounds to watch ponies, stomp the divots and tailgate with other alumni.

UTAH – Jan. 1: More than 55 Spartans got together at Legends Pub and Grill to watch the 2014 Rose Bowl game.

WEST MICHIGAN – Feb. 26: Over 750 Spartans gathered at the JW Marriott in Grand Rapids to participate in the 4th Annual Spartan Winter Tailgate. Coaches Mark Dantonio, Pat Narduzzi and Mark Staten as well as Athletics Director Mark Hollis were there for a post-Rose Bowl celebration Alumnus John Shinsky ’ 74, MA 77 and PhD ’93’was honored with the West Michigan Spartans’ Legacy Award for his contributions to the community.

Constituent Associations:

SCHOOL OF HOSPITALITY BUSINESS – Jan. 28: Fifty Spartans traveled to Los Angeles to attend the Americas Lodging Investment Summit at the JW Marriott and NOKIA Theater. Alumnus and sports icon Magic Johnson joined the group. Feb. 7: The School of Hospitality Business Alumni Association and the school’s student Hospitality Association put together a celebration of the program’s 23rd anniversary while offering an estimated 300 destination auction packages.

Alumni Interest Groups:

LGBT – Dec. 30: Around 100 Spartans met at The Gym Sports Bar in Santa Monica for MSU’s LGBT Alumni Rose Bowl pep rally and mixer, made possible by the MSU Alumni Association and MSU’s LGBT Resource Center.


By Lois Furry

            From its steely, futuristic tilts to its global and always unconventional exhibits, the magnetism of the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University, now in its second year, is undeniable.  

            The Broad MSU recently received a $5 million gift from The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation to increase the exhibition endowment for the museum and to help fund art installations for the next five years. The gift honors the museum’s founding director, Michael Rush, for his leadership in creating the explorative exhibitions and programming that already have madethe museum a center for questioning and understanding the modern world.

             “Michael Rush is realizing the vision for Broad MSU, bringing contemporary artists from around the globe to East Lansing and drawing audiences from around the state, across the country and from all corners of the world,” says Eli Broad.

             “The exhibitions presented at the museum provide opportunities for students and the community to experience art that they might otherwise never see, while simultaneously drawing new visitors to East Lansing.

            “Edythe and I are pleased to recognize Michael Rush’s leadership in creating this unique institution and we wanted to ensure that the museum continues to push boundaries in the types of exhibitions it presents.”

            This new gift brings to $33 million the total investment in Broad MSU made by alumnus Eli Broad and his wife, Edythe, in addition to significant gifts of art. The Broads were the catalyst for the museum, providing a $28 million lead gift for the design and construction of Broad MSU’s Zaha Hadid-designed building and establishing exhibition and operations endowments and a fund for acquisitions.