Published: Oct. 2, 2013

Creating Spartan super heroes for Homecoming 2013

Contact(s): Jennifer Trenkamp Communication Arts And Sciences office: 517-432-5255, Regina Cross MSU Alumni Association

From Oct. 7 to Oct. 12, Michigan State University is celebrating the life-changing impact Spartans have all over the world with the Homecoming 2013 theme "Creating Spartan Super Heroes.”

In keeping with this year’s theme, MSU created its own league of five Spartan super heroes. With Sparty as the leader of the group, each super hero has his or her own superpowers that reflect the various principles and overall mission of MSU. Meet the heroes here.

The 2013 Grand Marshal Geoff Johns knows a thing or two about super heroes. Johns, class of '95, is the chief creative officer of DC Entertainment and a superstar in the comic book industry. He wrote Justice League #1 and has been writing for characters such as Green Lantern, The Flash and Superman. He also has written episodes of TV's “Smallville” and he coproduced the movie “Green Lantern.” Learn more about Johns here.

Once again, the "Glow Green" tradition will take place, which calls for all Spartans to switch out their porch or house lights to green ones during homecoming week.

Homecoming 2013 week features many events for the MSU community to attend. Following is a list of some homecoming events. For a complete list, including alumni tailgate locations, go here. Times and dates are subject to change and/or cancellation.

Sparty's Flag Find
Oct. 7-11
Each morning during the week of Oct. 7-11, students will get the chance to hunt down two of Sparty's hidden flags. The first student to find, retrieve and return each flag to the Association of Future Alumni office (333 Union Building) will win a prize.

Parade float building
5:30 to 11 p.m. Oct. 7-10, Spartan Stadium
To prepare for the homecoming parade, students from registered student organizations and other groups (that have signed up to be in the parade) will build floats from 5:30 to 11 p.m. each day from Oct. 7 to Oct. 10 on the southeast side of Spartan Stadium.

Hayrides and History
6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 7, International Center parking lot
Kick off homecoming week by taking a hayride around campus and learning from the Association of Future Alumni Spartan Ambassadors about MSU’s history. Free giveaways, snacks and beverages provided.

Sounds of Homecoming
8 to 10 p.m. Oct. 8, MSU Union, Lounge
Sounds of Homecoming will celebrate Spartan spirit as various campus a cappella and musical groups perform.

Canvas Craft Night
7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 9, MSU Union, Room 50, Ground Level
Get into the Spartan Spirit by decorating canvases. Paint, ribbon, gems, stencils and brushes will be provided while supplies last.

An Evening with Homecoming Grand Marshal Geoff Johns
7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 9, Broad Art Museum
MSU Homecoming Grand Marshal Geoff Johns will give an in-depth presentation about his rise in the comic book and movie industries. Johns will field questions and be available to sign autographs (limit one autograph per person). Cost is $25 per person. To register, go here.

UAB and RHA Present: Steve Aoki, Gareth Emery and R3hab
7 p.m. Oct. 10, Breslin Center
Tickets available ($25 for MSU students, $35 for the public) at the Wharton Center Box Office,, or call (517) 432-5000. For more information visit

Ice Cream at The Rock
Noon Oct. 11, The Rock on Farm Lane
Enjoy free MSU Dairy Store ice cream and Spartan football face stickers while supplies last. Hang around to snap some pictures with Sparty and play lawn games.

MSU Homecoming Parade 2013
6 p.m. Oct. 11, downtown East Lansing
The annual homecoming parade will begin at 6 p.m. featuring Johns as grand marshal. Others in the parade include the Spartan Marching Band, the MSU Alumni Marching Band, the 2013-14 MSU Homecoming Court, the MSU Cheerleaders and Dance Team, MSU student organizations, Greek sororities and fraternities, East Lansing community groups, Michigan high school bands and much more.

Green & White Brunch
9 to 11 a.m. Oct. 12, Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center
Before fans head to Spartan Stadium, they can rally at the annual MSU Alumni Association Green and White Brunch at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center. Many special guests will be in attendance. The brunch begins three hours prior to kickoff. Preregistration is required. Register here.

Family Weekend Tailgate
9 to 11:30 a.m. Oct 12, Auditorium Field by The Rock on Farm Lane
Join the Association of Future Alumni as they welcome student families to MSU for a tailgate full of fun and festivities. Have your photograph taken with the world-famous Sparty and celebrate the Family Tailgate with the MSU Dance Team, MSU Cheerleaders and MSU Drumline. Tailgate lunch will be provided by the Spartan Hall of Fame Cafe. To register, visit Spartan Family Tailgate. RSVP by Oct. 4.

MSU vs. Indiana
Noon Oct. 12, Spartan Stadium
The Spartans will square off against the Hoosiers at the Homecoming 2013 football game at noon at Spartan Stadium. For ticket information, call (800) GO-STATE or visit Halftime will feature the 2013-14 Homecoming Court and a performance by the Spartan Marching Band.

For the latest homecoming information, visit the official website at

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The 2013-14 Homecoming Court poses with President Lou Anna K. Simon, Alumni Association Executive Director Scott Westerman and Vice President for Student Affairs and Services Denise Maybank. Photo by G.L. Kohuth

The 2013-14 Homecoming Court poses with President Lou Anna K. Simon, Alumni Association Executive Director Scott Westerman and Vice President for Student Affairs and Services Denise Maybank. Photo by G.L. Kohuth