“It’s a great honor. And the more I think about it, the more emotional I get about it. It’s overwhelming, and I don’t have the words to describe the feeling.”
Dr. Underwood dedicated his professional life to educating and mentoring students – many of those at Michigan State. He grew up in the south, but after watching an integrated Spartan football team on TV in the 1954 Rose Bowl, he knew Michigan State was the place for him. Read more »
“The student experience is a prominent piece of MSU’s Bolder by Design initiative. That student experience must be real and it must come through on a daily basis.” For business schools, Gupta says the facilities like those in the new building are critical for business students and their success and “for that student experience to become real.” Read more »
“This is my eighth year in the role, and it feels like the first. Things are going so quickly,” MSU Alumni Association Executive Director Scott Westerman tells Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis on MSU Today. “We’re never on auto-pilot at the MSU Alumni Association. We really exist to create mutually-beneficial relationships between the institution and our Spartan Nation for a lifetime.”
Westerman says an important dimension of the work he and his colleagues do is inspire investment.
“There ought to be a way that we can talk more about the value-add that continues throughout our Spartan lives. That’s been my mission since I got here – to transform the whole thought process of alumni relations into a mutually-beneficial relationship.” Read more »
“The Great State Road Trip was a social first, real-time campaign to really get at the impact Michigan State University has here in Michigan,” says team member Jennifer Orlando. “And we wanted to share pride-worthy content with Spartans.”
With all that MSU does around the state, it was difficult for the team to pare down the list of places to visit to just 8. The team took an up-close look at MSU impact in East Lansing, Detroit, Traverse City, Flint, Hammond Bay, the Upper Peninsula, and Holland. Read more »
Austin Angeloff is ten years old and suffers from Mitochondrial disease. His mom Gen, explains. “Mitochondrial disease is a metabolic disorder. The body doesn’t make enough energy. So for him, if he gets just a simple cold—his body is too busy trying to fight off the cold, to run his normal organs. So he has problems with paralysis of his stomach, paralysis of his intestines. We’ve been fairly lucky, as far as this disease goes, he’s considered relatively stable.”
How exactly does Austin describe his disease? “Basically, it makes my muscles get tired, I can’t digest things, I have to have a drain bag. And I can’t get fed, so I have to have a pump.”
Austin Angeloff has two great loves: WWE and riding horses. He has teamed up with Michigan State University Extension’s Proud Equestrian Program for the past five years. PEP is based in Dickinson County, and allows equine enthusiasts the opportunity during the year to ride one hour per day for one week. Read more »
“How do we, across differences, engage with each other effectively? We’re seeking ways to bridge our differences and ways we can build on the strength of our differences as opposed to seeing them as things that divide us.
“Not everyone is comfortable, though, having those kinds of conversations. So through our office and this initiative, our goal is to create a comfort with the uncomfortable conversations that we need to continue to have.”
Granberry Russell invites anyone to visit the Inclusion website. Read more »
“It’s a wonderful opportunity to work closer with our internal staff, and I’m very excited about connecting with our community and campus partners,” he tells MSU Vice President and Secretary of the Board of Trustees Bill Beekman and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis on MSU Today.
Haller is a Lansing native who has had a career in law enforcement. He played football at MSU and in the NFL. Those experiences help guide him in this new role. He says the mission of a campus police officer at MSU is similar to the one in his new position. Read more »
“It’s the greatest decision I’ve made since I married my wife,” Crain’s Detroit Business publisher and editor Ron_Fournier tells Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis on MSU Today in describing his return to his hometown of Detroit. “It was a great experience working in Washington covering the White House and national politics, but Detroit was always home for my wife and me. And we were determined to get back.
“Working at Crain’s is great, but the truly great thing is being back with our families and being part of the state and what I hope will be a resurgence in Detroit.” Read more »
She says the toughest field to maintain isn’t the one many would expect – Spartan Stadium.
“It’s really the baseball field. That’s probably the most challenging field we have to take care of if you want to maintain a pristine standard,” she tells MSU Vice President and Secretary of the Board of Trustees Bill Beekman and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis on MSU Today.
“And then it’s the practice golf facility. Because they play so early in the spring and late into the fall. And they like to maintain country club conditions.
“Those are probably the two highest maintenance areas we have outside of a game week at Spartan Stadium.” Read more »
“I’m really honored to be in this new position. I’m looking forward to being a part of the great community here at MSU and working with our outstanding students,” new Spartan Marching Band director David Thornton tells MSU Vice President and Secretary of the Board of Trustees Bill Beekman and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis on MSU Today.
Thornton says developing the halftime shows for Spartan football games is a year-long process.
“We get feedback from students at the end of each season with their ideas, and we brainstorm throughout the winter on show themes. It’s 7 to 8 shows each fall; so there’s a lot of planning involved. And the music drives the visuals.
“It’s a big process. It’s definitely an artistic process. It takes time. And sometimes we have five days to get a show on the field. But generally our preparation is about two weeks in advance.”
Thornton highlights members of his staff and the roles they play in making everything come together.