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Spartan Newsletter | September 2019


Get to know President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D.

Curious about MSU’s 21st president? We are, too!

MSU Today’s Russ White caught up with President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D., to talk about how he got here, what his priorities are, the opportunities he sees for the university and more. 

Listen to the interview here

Back to the old stomping grounds

It’s a love story that would make any heart melt... cue the violins. Barb, and Mark Amo, ’70 and ’90, met as freshmen in the fall of 1966 while living in the East neighborhood of campus. 53 years, three children and six grandchildren later, they returned to the very same neighborhood for Grandparents University with two of those grandchildren in tow. With three generations of the Amo family having already attended MSU — Mark's mother, Mark and both of the Amos' sons — GPU may have helped solidify a fourth.

You can read more about the Amos' experience here.

Grandparents University is a three-day summer camp that hosts children ages 8–12 and their grandparents for a unique intergenerational learning experience on campus.

A road less traveled

The second female governor of Michigan — a former prosecutor, State Representative and Senator — and a Spartan through and through, Governor Gretchen Whitmer gives insight into her life in this MSU Today interview with Paula Davenport, editor of the Spartan magazine.

Listen to the interview here

'Wedding March' taken literally

Move over, Mendelssohn. This wedding party full of Spartan Marching Band alumni gave an impromptu performace during their nuptials... and graciously shared it to Twitter

Newlyweds Kristen and Zach Smith — both 2014 graduates of Michigan State University — had an “unplanned” performance breakout during their reception. The Smiths and their groomsmen are all alumni of the Spartan Marching Band, and with a few batons and trombones conveniently laying around, the inevitable happened.

Enjoy the video here.

Did you notice a familiar name?

Spartan. Plain and simple to some — gee, thanks Merriam-Webster — but a word of immense meaning to us. It’s the moniker that unites us, and we felt it was time to unite both our print and digital experience. Behold: @MSU newsletter is now the Spartan newsletter.

You may already be familiar with the Spartan magazine, our quarterly alumni magazine that shares MSU culture, alumni stories and pride with over 60,000 readers. With our new alignment we can distribute that ephemera to a broader digital audience. In the coming months we'll continue to feature sights, sounds and visuals from our rich past, present and future. 

To learn more about the magazine, visit our FAQ page. 

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