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Spartan Newsletter | June 2020


Protecting your mental health during COVID-19

While the month of May was Mental Health Awareness Month, that doesn't mean your mental health should take a backseat as we move into our... who even knows what month of quarantine? 

Watch our conversation with alumnus Glenn Hahn, '84, who took an unconventional route to combat isolation and depression during COVID-19, and then pick up some tips for easing your anxieties in our chat with Jennifer E. Johnson, Ph.D., of the College of Human Medicine. 

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Summer care kit

In this episode of MSU Today with Russ White, Mark Patishock, director of MSU's Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS), shares information on the Summer Care Kit his team has created.

The CAPS team identified five areas that people could universally benefit from during the pandemic. The five areas are split into; the basics, maintaining connections with ourselves and others, coping skills, dealing with loss and uncertainty, and meaning and motivation. These bite size snippets are intended to make the mental health picture feel less overwhelming. 

Download the Summer Care Kit.

Run with Sparty... Virtually!

Ready for a fun challenge? This year, along with friends at the MSU Alumni Office, Sparty is hosting a virtual 5k to support students who have been impacted by COVID-19. Join the fun anytime between June 14-30, 2020!

There is no cost to participate in the race this year. How’s that for some good news? In lieu of a registration fee, donations are being accepted to benefit the Support Our Students Emergency Needs Fund and the Sparty Mascot Endowment Fund.

Register today!

#GivingTuesdayNow a success

Because of the generosity of the Spartan community on #GivingTuesdayNow, thousands of MSU students and the East Lansing community were provided vital support for needs that have arisen because of the novel coronavirus crisis.

On the day, Spartans made 665 gifts contributing $76,552 that will impact 22 different MSU emergency relief funds.

Thank you to those that already contributed to these relief funds! #GivingTuesdayNow may be over, but you can continue to support these efforts that directly assist Michigan State University students in need.

Emergency Student Support Funds

New career resource for alumni

The Career Services Network and MSU Alumni Office have partnered to offer Spartan alumni 60-day free access to CareerShift, a robust job search and employer contacts database. Alumni can create free 60-day accounts to view aggregated job postings (nothing older than 30 days), search employer contacts, set up job alerts, manage search strategy and access free job search tools and webinars.

CareerShift is available to users in the United States, Canada, UK Countries and Australia. Using an exclusively licensed, patent-pending set of integrated tools, job seekers find employment and employer contacts more easily and conveniently.

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Drive forward into June, with a rallying speech from Kevin Conroy, '88, CEO of Exact Sciences. In the wake of the pandemic, Conroy's company leveraged it’s expertise and resources to process up to 10,000 coronavirus tests per day.

His message, while directed to the College of Engineering 2020 class, will resonate with all Spartans: Rather than retreating from the challenges ahead, use all of your uniquely Spartan qualities to heal a hurting, but not broken, world.

Conroy is this year’s Claud R. Erickson Distinguished Alumni Award winner — the College of Engineering’s most prestigious alumni honor.

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