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@MSU Newsletter | July 2019


Honoring a Spartan who inspires success

It’s one thing to discover and achieve your own definition of personal and professional success. It’s another thing entirely to leverage these accomplishments to inspire people on a mass scale.

This year’s homecoming theme, Spartans Inspire Success, highlights and recognizes the ways in which Spartans are using their education, talents and experiences as tools to uplift and strengthen others. With inspiration top-of-mind, we’re honored to welcome Susan Packard, ’77 B.A. in advertising and Honors College member and ’79 M.A. in advertising, as the 2019 Homecoming Grand Marshal.  

Read more about Susan Packard’s accomplishments.

World War II veteran receives France’s highest military honor

Ceo E. Bauer, '49, a World War II veteran and lifelong Michigander, was awarded the French Legion of Honour for his service in the 377th Regiment of the 95th Infantry Division. Known as the Iron Men of Metz, his regiment worked to overtake and defend the city from Nazi control. After being injured in the war and honorably discharged, Ceo attended MSU and studied civil engineering. Upon graduation, Bauer worked for the Michigan Highway Department, now known as the Michigan Department of Transportation, until his retirement in 1980.

In a life dedicated to service, Bauer has made a donation to MSU in 68 out of his 96 years, and has established numerous scholarships and philanthropic gifts in his birthplace of Carson City, Michigan, and his residence of Ithaca, Michigan. 

You can read more about his remarkable story here.

Spartan foodies dish on culinary trends, grilling mistakes and more

A foodie is defined as a person who has an ardent or refined interest in food and who eats food not only out of hunger but due to their interest or hobby. MSU Today host, Russ White's favorite foodie-related people just happen to be Spartans; Sheril Kirshenbaum and Kurt Kwiatkowski.

Sheril Kirshenbaum is executive director of Science Debate and the host of WKAR's Serving Up Science with Karel Vega. She also moderates the Food@MSU 'Our Table' conversations. Sheril works at the intersection of climate, food, energy and politics.

Kurt Kwiatkowski is MSU’s executive corporate chef and is known across campus as Chef Kurt. He has his hands and fork in just about every initiative at MSU that involves food.

Listen to the podcast to learn more about the culinary landscape, food safety and of course, grilling tips. 

College of Music graduate releases album

Composer Joseph T. Spaniola, ’85 and ’87, has released ESCAPADE, featuring pieces for symphonic orchestras and small ensembles. The album is performed by the US Air Force Academy Band, whom Spaniola led as the chief composer and arranger from 1998–2007. 

As a composer, Joseph T. Spaniola has written works for band, chamber ensembles, orchestra, solo instruments, voice and choir. 

You can listen to his album here

MSU gets the gold for being green

Michigan State University has received a Gold STARS rating for sustainability achievements through the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AAHSE), an American-based certification organization. MSU joins Grand Valley State University and the University of Michigan as one of three gold-rated institutions in Michigan. 

MSU’s holistic approach to undergraduate education exposes every student to sustainability concepts. The university has also taken direct action with the installation of the largest solar carport in North America, covering 5,000 parking spaces and increasing on-site renewable energy generation to over 10%. 

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