Different is good
They sit just outside my office. They come from small towns without stoplights, the largest city in the state and places in-between. One even calls Canada home. They’re majoring in advertising, media and information, journalism, political science, and sustainable parks, recreation and tourism. They’re from different backgrounds and races. Their ages vary and they’re at different stages of their college careers. They’re extroverts and introverts. They have different likes, dislikes, goals and experiences. They’re part of different organizations and religions. Yet, it’s not their differences that they focus on or even notice, but the fact that they are all Spartans that unites them. They’re also united by the fact that they are all student interns in our office this semester. Oh yeah, and every single one of them is pretty amazing. They’re smart, dedicated, creative, responsible and tireless. They carry heavy class loads, work multiple jobs, are always willing to pitch in and aren’t afraid to try something new. And while each one is unique, it’s those differences that make them stronger as a team – just like the entire Spartan Nation. Our individual strengths are impressive, but collectively we have the power to make an incredible change for good. I love listening to them throughout the day. They don’t even realize they’re learning about the world as they learn about each other. I’ve heard them discussing home, family, classes, other opportunities, studying abroad, motivation, stocks and bonds, tattoos, positive attitudes and what’s appropriate to wear to a Catholic wedding. They were strangers when they started, but the mere fact that they’re all Spartans gave them a built-in kinship.View story photos
Liz Schondelmayer: Finding meaning in Homecoming
Well, it’s Homecoming season again – a time for huge tailgates, get-togethers, non-stop talk about football, and dedicated fans yelling at television screens. If you love football, this is your time to shine. Your moment. But for the rest of us, homecoming week can seem a little overwhelming and maybe even a little obnoxious. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but can definitely leave some Spartans feeling a little left out or at least wondering how Homecoming week can be special to them. I’m one of those Spartans.View story photos
Ross Chowles: Minds Wide Open in pictures
I started to write something about my experience at Minds Wide Open and it struck me that words would not suffice to explain the week. Instead, I did it in pictures.View story photos
Facebook Live with Tyler Oakley
In case you haven’t heard, Tyler Oakley, 2011 graduate of the College of Communication Arts and Sciences, is back to give some love to his fellow Spartans as the 2017 Homecoming Grand Marshal. Oakley will be Facebook Live streaming at noon, Oct. 19, with some of the folks on MSU’s social media team.
MSU athletic training graduate saves lives in Houston
In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, MSU alumnus Luke Klawiter displayed courage and generosity, risking everything to help those around him in need.View story photos
2017 Izzone Campout
With nearly 1,000 tents, the 2017 Izzone Campout was a record-setting event.
It’s not just what we do that makes us Spartans — but also why and how we do it. During Homecoming 2017, we join together to celebrate what it means to be Uniquely Spartan.
MSU Music presents an evening of spectacular, ringing brass
The MSU College of Music will present the Beaumont Brass Quintet and the Wisconsin Brass Quintet. As part of the Artist-Faculty Series, the quintets will perform Oct. 22 at 3 p.m. in the Fairchild Theatre of MSU Auditorium.View story photos
Homecoming ambassadors: Spartans Are...
Three of the 2017 Homecoming ambassadors answer the question of what they think it means to be a Spartan.View story photos
MSU hosts international photo contest
MSU’s International Studies and Programs, in partnership with the MSU Alumni Association, is now accepting submissions to the annual Global Focus international photography competition. Submissions are due Oct. 22.View story photos