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Sept. 15, 2014

Spartans make headlines for Homecoming 2014

From groundbreaking medical discoveries to a world-class art museum, Michigan State University is recognizing the historic and future impact of Spartans with its 2014 Homecoming “Spartans Make Headlines” Sept. 22-27.

The 2014 Grand Marshal, MSU alumna Jemele Hill, '97, is no stranger to headlines. Along with Michael Smith, Hill co-hosts ESPN2's "Numbers Never Lie." While at MSU, Hill was a regular columnist for The State News. She received a degree in journalism from MSU's College of Communication Arts and Sciences. Learn more about Hill 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. Spartans can also show their Spartan Spirit by submitting a photo of themselves "Glowing Green" to the MSU Alumni Association Facebook page or by using the hashtag #GlowGreen on Twitter or Instagram to win one of three prizes.

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
Sept. 22-26
Each afternoon during Homecoming week, students will get the chance to hunt down one of Sparty's hidden flags. Follow the Association of Future Alumni on Twitter and Instagram at @MSUFutureAlumni or like them on Facebook at to stay updated on flag location clues. Sponsored by the Association of Future Alumni.

Hayrides and History
6-8 p.m. Sept. 22, International Center Parking Lot
Kick off Homecoming week with this classic event, taking a hayride around campus and learning from the Association of Future Alumni Student Ambassadors about MSU's history. Free giveaways, snacks and beverages provided while supplies last. Sponsored by the University Activities Board and the Association of Future Alumni.

Sounds of Homecoming
8-10 p.m. Sept. 23, MSU Union, Main Lounge
Hear music performed by MSU a cappella groups.
Sponsored by the University Activities Board.

Craft Night 7-9 p.m.
Sept. 24, MSU Union, Room 50

Make a free Mason Jar. Supplies will be provided.
Sponsored by the University Activities Board.

Ice Cream at The Rock
11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 26, Auditorium Field/The Rock
Free while supplies last.
Sponsored by the University Activities Board and the MSU Dairy Store.

Homecoming Parade
6 p.m. Sept. 26, Downtown East Lansing and the MSU Campus
The parade begins at the Hannah Community Center and travels down Abbot to Grand River and into campus at the Collingwood entrance. Enjoy the Spartan Marching Band, the MSU Alumni Marching Band, the 2014-15 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 more. Watch a livestream of the parade at

Green and White Brunch
9 a.m. Sept. 27, Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, Big Ten Rooms
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.

MSU Families @ Homecoming Tailgate
9-11:30 a.m. Sept. 27, Auditorium Field/The Rock
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. Register here.

MSU vs. Wyoming
Noon Sept. 27, Spartan Stadium
The Spartans will square off against the Cowboys at the Homecoming 2014 football game at noon at Spartan Stadium. For ticket information, call (800) GO-STATE or visit Halftime will feature the 2014-15 Homecoming Court and a performance by the Spartan Marching Band. 

For the latest Homecoming information, visit the official website at Follow along with the hashtag #MSUHomecoming.

By: Jennifer Trenkamp