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Spartan Magazine FAQ

If you have further questions, e-mail Paula Davenport at

  • What’s the overall mission of the magazine?

    When we began in 1983, we were given a mandate that still serves us today, and that is “to reflect positively both on Michigan State University and on its alumni.” While there was a political context, now obsolete, to that mandate, we believe that there is no contradiction in serving both the university and its alumni — since what is good for one, usually is good for the other. We therefore try to balance our coverage between alumni and university accomplishments, and to cover the wide spectrum of the total MSU community.

  • What’s the format of the magazine?

    The magazine is divided into departments, which recur in every issue, and feature articles, which vary with every issue. The departments in the newly redesigned magazine include “Upfront” and “Lasting Impressions” photo essays. “In-Basket” features letters to the editor. “Circle Drive” covers stories arising from campus, while “Alma Matters” covers alumni events and stories. “Spartan Profiles” showcase MSU people who have an unusual story to tell. “State’s Stars” reflects alumni rising to key positions. “Obituaries” covers deaths of students, alumni, and faculty. “Sports” covers our intercollegiate athletics. The features range from issues, trends, and personalities to MSU programs. The magazine is four-color throughout.

  • How often does the magazine appear?

    The magazine is published four times a year. We publish Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer issues.

  • Who receives the magazine?

    The magazine reaches about 60,000 readers. It goes to members of the MSU Alumni Association on a one-per-household basis, as well as to any donor who gives $100 or above, all Michigan legislators, and academic and administrative officers on the MSU campus. 

  • Who staffs the magazine?

    The editor of the magazine is Paula M. Davenport, who recently succeeded founding editor Robert “Bob” Bao, now retired. David Giordan handles the magazine’s design.

  • How do I get information to you for one of the magazine sections?

    Write to: Editor, Spartan Magazine, 535 Chestnut Road, Room 300, East Lansing, MI 48824; or e-mail; or complete a form online. Because of the lead-time required in publishing our magazine and the significant amount of submissions received, we regretfully cannot publish every item we receive. We do try to share your submisisons with MSU’s colleges and on other university platforms, from websites to newsletters.

  • How do I write a letter to the editor?

    Use the same addresses as above. Make sure to type your name, the year(s) you received your degree(s), if applicable, and your current address, phone number, and e-mail address (if you have one). Please keep your letter to 150 words or less. We reserve the right to edit for length and clarity.

  • Does the magazine accept advertising?

    Yes. The magazine accepts display advertising. The MSUAA also accepts banner advertising for our e-newsletter. Please contact Peter DeLong by email or by calling 877-MSU-ALUM for additional information.