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“Of all the traditions at Michigan State University, I think I love homecoming the best,” MSU Alumni Association Executive Director Scott Westerman says on the MSU/WJR Tailgate Show. “It’s the one time of the year when we can return to campus and recharge our Spartan Spirits.

“The goal of homecoming these days is to really create a custom experience that parallels what was important to you when you were a Spartan.”

MSUAA’s Regina Cross says a committee meets about a year ahead of time to select a grand marshal and a theme. This year’s theme is Spartans for Life, and the grand marshals are Tom and Lupe Izzo.

“It’s an honor and something I’m proud of,” says Tom Izzo. “And it’s fun when you get to share it with your family.”

Homecoming Court members Ellen Hicks, a Psychology major from Pinckney; Jason Porter, a political science major from Milford, New Hampshire; and Dorothy Shewchuck, an international Relations major from Charlotte share their feelings on what it means to represent MSU and its 500,000 alumni.

“Homecoming is an opportunity for us to all come back on campus and rekindle and strengthen relationships and build new ones,” adds Westerman.

“Not only is it about what we get from Michigan State, which is immense, but it’s also about how we can give back. Philanthropy is something that happens because of something magical that that happened in your life. And, in our lives, our Spartan-ness is among the most magical things that has ever happened to us.”

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