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@MSU Newsletter | May 2017



June 30

This spring, Michigan State University is asking its alumni to help support an important part of the MSU family: MSU Extension and Michigan 4-H. They provide kids with the opportunity to learn by doing, to grow after failure, and to develop critical life skills.

No one knows this better than 4-H friends and alumni who have experienced these programs firsthand. That is why we're asking alums to join us in Raising Your Hand for 4-H. It's easy. Just register as a 4-H alumnus.

Here's the pitch: Now through June 30, every alumnus who raises a hand will count as a vote for his or her state—with cash prizes of $20,000, $10,000, and $5,000 available to the top three states.

Please log in today. It may go a long way to ensure more youngsters enjoy 4-H like you did.


Register Today

Registration is now open for Alumni University. Previously known as Alumni Reunion Days, Alumni University brings participants together for a two-day educational experience on the MSU campus.

Members of Michigan State University’s 50-year class, the Class of 1967, and all Spartans from the classes of 1992 and earlier are invited to campus June 28-29 for the activities. Members of the Class of 1967 will be honored at the Kedzie Reunion Luncheon on Thursday, June 29.

Visit the Alumni University website for a schedule of events and a link to the online event registration. 


SPARTANS WILL. POWER Global Day of Service

Thank you to those that participated in MSU’s 2017 SPARTANS WILL. POWER Global Day of Service. This year’s event featured 117 projects, including two held internationally. In total, Spartans donated nearly 15,000 hours of service to their local communities on April 8.

Throughout the day, Spartans from around the globe were posting pictures and videos on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using the hashtag #MSUServiceDay. All submitted pictures can be found on the SPARTANS WILL. POWER website.


Help Students Settle Into Their Residence Halls

Rekindle the excitement of going to college. Sign up now and help welcome thousands of new students into the Spartan family.

As a volunteer, you'll assist fledgling Spartans as they settle this fall into their on-campus residence halls.Your assistance would be most welcome on any or all of these three days: Aug. 19, Aug. 26 and Aug. 27.

You'll even earn a T-shirt, receive a free meal in MSU’s award-winning dining halls, and complimentary parking.

For more information, or to register, visit the MSU Alumni Association website.


Featuring MSU Professor John Kaneene

Under the limitless blue sky of East Africa lives a wild animal population that is staggering in sheer numbers and variety.

From August 14-25, you’ll take a tour of the great national parks that make Tanzania one of the world’s most spectacular wildlife destinations. See the plains of the Serengeti, the Ngorongoro Crater, Olduvai Gorge, and Tarangire National Park.

This safari is an extraordinary adventure. You'll stay in some of the finest accommodations and tented camps available, all with private en-suite facilities that are chosen for offering comfort and attentive service.

The feeling of a tented camp immersed in open air and sounds of the wild creates a genuine safari atmosphere. An optional Rwanda Gorilla Trekking extension is also available.

Visit the MSU Alumni Association’s travel website for more information on this exciting trip. To request a travel brochure, simply fill out our online form.


Jan. 21-Feb. 5, 2018

Join MSU Alumni Association’s Associate Vice President for Alumni Relations, Scott Westerman, and his wife, Colleen, on a luxury cruise next year to Australia and New Zealand.

Board the ship in Sydney and sail to Eden, a sleepy seaside town that’s home to the fascinating Eden Killer Whale Museum, and the historic Boyd’s Tower, which affords visitors striking panoramic views.

See koalas, wallabies, and more, at a wildlife park in Melbourne; discover natural gems on the many trails of Fern Glade Reserve in Burnie; and look for sunbathing fur seals and yellow-eyed penguins in Dunedin.

Enjoy sloping hills to the west, the vibrant waters of the Pacific to the east, and a river winding gently through the center of Christchurch, also known as the Garden City.

See the port of Picton, a seafront lined with cafés, restaurants, and galleries. Before ending your cruise in Auckland, admire Napier’s art-deco architecture, and take in Rotorua’s geysers and hot springs. Book by June 5 to receive special alumni savings.

Visit the MSU Alumni Association’s travel website for more information on this exciting trip. To request a travel brochure, simply fill out our online form.

Spartans on the Move


Dog food created by veterinarian Tim Hunt, '87, '89 (both veterinary medicine) put proverbial tigers in the tanks of the 2017 champion Iditarod sled dog team.

It's called Dr. Tim's Fusion Ultra-Athletic Formula dog food. It had a reputation to uphold. Dr. Tim's dogfoods have fed and led four of the past six Iditarod champion teams to victory. 

This year, Mitch Seavey of Sterling, Alaska, took the title in record time. He and his sled team arrived in Nome after 8 days, 3 hours, and 40 minutes from push off.

Hunt, who is also a musher, keeps Alaskan Huskies of his own and has been involved in the race before as both a team veterinarian and participant. 

He owns Bayshore Veterinary Hospital in Marquette, Michigan.

Read more.



Cake and candles for alumna Erna L. (McKenzie) Hassell. She celebrated her 100th birthday surrounded by family and friends.

Hassell earned a bachelor's degree from the College of Arts and Letters in 1938. 

She taught middle school art classes in the Lansing and Okemos school systems until her retirement.

During her summer breaks she continued her professional development by taking classes in art and teaching.

Sports News


Danton Cole, an 18-year coaching veteran with international, professional and collegiate experience, has been appointed head coach of the Michigan State hockey program by MSU Athletics Director Mark Hollis.

Cole, who was a key member of some of the most successful Spartan hockey teams in program history, comes from USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program. There he's mentored some of the nation’s top young players over the past seven seasons.

“I’m really honored to have the opportunity to represent Michigan State University and Spartan hockey,” said Cole. "My mom and dad both went to Michigan State – I didn’t grow up around MSU, I grew up at MSU. It has been an enormous part of my life.

"Once I got into coaching, it didn’t take long for me to realize I wanted to get back on campus and try to accomplish what we did when I was playing for the legendary Ron Mason."

Cole is the seventh head coach in program history.

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