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Aug. 20, 2019

You are a spartan

A new year begins today at Michigan State University.

MSU is a place full of possibilities, promise and people determined to make a difference. It’s a place to try new things and to pursue your passions. To experience MSU’s rich traditions and to meet people who will make an impact on your life today and tomorrow. You are part of something bigger here. And when you leave, you will be ready to change the world. Because you are a Spartan, and Spartans Will.


Eli Drake
Undergraduate student, theatre

Jeffrey Wisenbaugh
Class of 2013 Head of content, Instagram

Chelsie Boodoo
Doctoral student, biomedical engineering

Birgit Puschner
Dean, College of Veterinary Medicine

Prabu David
Dean, College of Communication Arts and Sciences

Danny Ducat
Assistant professor, biochemistry and molecular biology

Joan Rose
Homer Nowlin Chair in Water Research

Sam Carter
Undergraduate student, theatre

Susan Goldberg
Class of 1984 Editor in chief, National Geographic Magazine

Kirk Cousins
Class of 2011 NFL quarterback

Satish Udpa
Executive vice president, Administration

Cole Dzubak
Undergraduate student, theatre

Katie Birecki
Undergraduate student, journalism

Tasha Warren
Assistant professor, music

Don Gonyea
Class of 1980 NPR correspondent

Tyler Oakley
Class of 2011 YouTube star and activist

Steve Esquith
Dean, Residential College in the Arts and Humanities

Dorinda Carter
Chairperson, teacher education

Tom Izzo
Head coach, men’s basketball

By: Anthony Siciliano and Ellen Doepke