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Spartan Newsletter | February 2020


Roses are red, violets are blue ... we sure do #LoveMSU!

Since the 1950s, countless Spartans have said "I do" in the historic Alumni Memorial Chapel at Michigan State. Share your favorite story of MSU matrimony by using the hashtag #LoveMSU on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram — or by using this form. But, don't forget to get permission from the lovebirds if it's not your photo!

We'll share some of our favorite stories on the MSU Alumni channels on Feb. 14.

Submit your story here.

Trustee Knake: Build on the land grant heritage and help MSU “be a safer place for everyone”

Get to know MSU's newest trustee, Renee Knake — a former faculty member at MSU, an internationally recognized expert on legal ethics and someone who thinks MSU Alumni are pretty cool. Listen to the conversation

Renee Knake was appointed to the Board of Trustees by Governor Whitmer in December 2019 to complete the term vacated by Nancy Schlichting. Knake currently serves as a professor of law at the University of Houston Law Center and as the Joanne and Larry Doherty Chair in Legal Ethics

Subscribe to MSU Today with Russ White on Spotify or wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts. 

One woman's goal to train service dogs for survivors

Claire Moore for The State News

Amy Shelle uses her degrees in animal science and social work to train psychiatric service dogs as the founder of  Dogs for GRETA (Gaining Resilience and Empowerment through Teamwork and Assurance), an initiative to support survivors of sexual assault. 

Read the story. 

You're only as good as your team

Listen in as Eli Broad Professor of Management John Hollenbeck breaks down what makes successful teams on this month's episode of the Spartan Bizcast. From MBA students to athletics to the military, Hollenbeck's studies drive the future of success for tomorrow's teams.

The Spartan BizCast delivers thought leadership and an insider’s perspective from Broad College of Business faculty on today’s most relevant issues facing the world of business. The podcast is co-hosted by marketing doctoral student Shana Redd and Ken Szymusiak, managing director of the Burgess Institute of Entrepreneurship and Innovation. 

Special delivery

Christmas Eve 2019 brought a special gift to the world when a rare baby black rhino was born at 5:40 a.m. at Lansing's Potter Park Zoo.

Doppsee, the calf’s mother, had been closely monitored during her 15-monthlong pregnancy by a dedicated team of animal scientists that included MSU veterinarians and students.

The baby calf — a boy named Jaali, pronounced “Jolly” — stood within the first few hours of being born and has since stayed close beside Mom in the protected pen at the zoo.

Adorable videos and story here.

Upcoming Events

Spartan Pathways Travel Program

MAY 29 – JUN 6, 2020

Italy - Verona

AUG 9 – 19, 2020

The Majestic Great Lakes