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Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and MSU Alumni Association Executive Director Scott Westerman talk with Big Ten and Rose Bowl champion Spartan football players Travis Jackson and Mike Sadler, and with Facility for Rare Isotope Beams project director Thomas Glasmacher.
“The Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) is a particle accelerator where we can speed up atoms of any element from hydrogen to uranium to half the speed of light,” says Glasmacher. “It’s our job to facilitate scientific discoveries.”
On January 22, the Department of Energy Office of Science gave the FRIB official notice that it can now begin construction.
The economic competitiveness of the nation hinges on scientific discovery, says Glasmacher.
“The Rose Bowl was special,” Jackson tells Simon and Westerman. “It’s something you dream of as a kid, and to be able to live out that dream was truly remarkable. “The one thing I’ll remember is how Spartan Nation came out to support us. The stadium was as loud as any I can remember and it seemed like three quarters of the stadium was green.”
Both Jackson and Sadler tell how it was Coach D and all of MSU’s authenticity and family atmosphere that led them to come to MSU when they could have gone anywhere in the country.
“Coach Dantonio and his staff really make you feel welcome here,” says Sadler. “They care about you off the field, too, and they want to see you grow and become a man.”
“I remember sitting in Coach Dantonio’s office and him telling me that he recruits people as well as players,” adds Jackson. “He also is a man of great faith, and he allows you to express yourself in the ways you want to.”