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@MSU Newsletter | January 2019


Broad alum swam with the sharks…

And emerged with a $700K business deal.

Joe Johnson, a 2016 graduate from the Broad College of Business, entered ABC’s Shark Tank with his wife and business partner, Megan. The two pitched VADE Nutrition, their new business that features an innovative line of dissolvable pre-portioned protein scoops. The pods are packaged into food-grade dissolvable film and can be tossed into water bottles or shakers. Just like the name’s Latin root suggests, they vanish instantly.

The two began selling their product online in the summer of 2017, and it quickly gained social media traction. But in order to scale up, they needed more investors. The entrepreneurs entered the famous reality TV show to look for new big-league business partners and push their product into the national limelight.

After the usual back-and-forth negotiations that characterize the show, the Johnsons accepted a $700,000 deal from Alex Rodriguez and Mark Cuban in exchange for a 40 percent stake in the company. Not only was there widespread excitement from all of the Sharks, but the Johnson’s see a lot of potential in their new partnership. When it comes to selling protein powder, Cuban (an NBA team owner), A-Rod (a former MLB player) and two unstoppable Spartan entrepreneurs make quite “the dream team.”

MSU welcomes first female police chief

Please join your fellow Spartans in welcoming the new chief of the MSU Police—Kelly Roudebush. 
Not only will Roudebush lead the university’s 120-member police department—including management and strategic vision for campus safety operations and implementation of policies and programming protocols—she will be the first woman to serve in the prestigious position. 
A member of the MSU Police since 1994, Roudebush served as deputy chief of the Field Services Bureau and directed the daily activities of the Uniform, Field Support and Administrative Services divisions. She also previously served as a field training officer, canine handler, patrol shift commander, training and special events security coordinator, and as a threat assessment team commander. 
In short, she’s got the chops for the job. 
“I am both honored and humbled to be selected to serve as the next chief of police for the MSU Police Department,” Roudebush said in an MSUToday article. “I am truly excited to lead this innovative organization into the future with an emphasis on our core values of honor, integrity and leadership.”

MSU's "Alma Mater"—A mystery solved

As we toss our arms around each other to “sing our love for alma mater,” we are belting the lyrics of a song with a debated and mysterious history. 
One such mystery surrounded the authorship. While many attribute sole authorship to Bernard Traynor, the original composer of the song, there has also been discussion on the existence of a co-composer known as Lucille Morris. 
A 2013 MSU Alumni Magazine article showcased some of the myths surrounding the song, which officially became our alma mater in 1949. In the article, contemporary band leaders seem to insist that Lucille Morris was a “figment of someone’s imagination.” 
Lucille Morris’ grandson, Mark Saum, begs to differ. His grandmother’s work is framed and hanging on the wall in his home, dated from the early days of Michigan State College. Though her given name was Olive Lucille Morris, she went by Lucille during her MSU days. She studied music theory and graduated in 1931. 
Lucille left behind more than just a myth-busting document proving her contribution to MSU Shadows. She's endeared herself to a Spartan family that helps keep her memory alive. 

New Year. New beginnings

January is a time for reflection and resolutions. If you’re considering a career move in 2019, take advantage of the resources available through Spartans Helping Spartans, the official career resource for the MSU Alumni Association. Among the many tips and tricks on the site, you can:

·       Learn how to land a job at a company you admire

·       Connect with a Spartan career coach

·       Connect with us on LinkedIn to browse job postings

The Spartan network is vast and strong. Put it to work for you today!

Bowled over

Today, we bid adieu to our 2018 football games. Sparty and Oregon’s Duck wish all the best to our respective teams and coaches. A big shout out to the 15 Spartan football players who as of last month joined the ranks of MSU alumni.

That’s a big feat given the time required to excel in academics while training, playing, and traveling. These Spartans exemplify the dedication of all our student-athletes, who’ve achieved some of the highest academic success in the university’s history, according to NCAA Division I graduation rate data in 2018.

"As a department we are committed to the academic success of our student athletes," MSU Athletic Director Bill Beekman said. "These numbers are a reflection of that commitment and the dedication our student-athletes have to win in the classroom."

Events and Travel

Upcoming Events

April 13, 2019
MSU Global Day of Service

May 3031, 2019
Alumni University

June 25–27, 2019
Grandparents University


Spartan Pathways Travel

July 26–August 3, 2019
Kraków, Poland

August 3–August 14, 2019
Celtic Kingdoms