Connect with Your Global Business Network
As a business grad, you know that relationships are key to making business happen. To help you connect with Spartans around the globe, MSU and the Broad College have developed an online community where alumni can search for classmates and friends, upload photos, and register for events. Look for your personalized invitation from Sparty, MSU’s chief relationship officer, in the mailbox in early July to learn how to join. If you activate your profile by August 1, you’ll be entered for a chance to win an iPad Mini. More about the network
The School Honors Alumni Leaders
The School of Hospitality Business honored the recipients of its outstanding alumni awards at the Annual Gathering of Leaders Award Ceremony and Reception, held May 20 at the Drake Hotel in Chicago. This year’s winners are:
School alumnus and Hall of Fame member Phil Hickey (BA ’77), chairman of the National Restaurant Association (NRA), was a special guest at the event, which coincided with the annual NRA show. More about the alumni
Grandparents U. Brings Together Generations of Spartans
Next week, more than 1,000 grandparents and their grandkids will visit MSU for Grandparents University, MSU’s popular inter-generational summer camp. The program gives young campers a glimpse into college life and allows grandparents to recall and share memories of MSU with their grandchildren. This year, more than 125 classes on subjects such as nutrition, wind power, and computer programming are being offered. In the Broad College, faculty will offer courses to help campers develop their culinary, personal finance, planning and problem solving, and entrepreneurial skills.While registration is closed for this year’s program, you can sign up to receive advance information for the 2014 registration.
Analytics Students Dive into Big Data
Researchers Reveal Few Wash Their Hands Correctly
Research by faculty in The School of Hospitality Business shows that few people remember Mom’s advice about washing their hands thoroughly after using the restroom. The study, which was covered widely in the media, including by the New York Times, NBC Today Show, and CNN, found that just 5 percent of people who used the bathroom washed their hands long enough to kill the germs that can cause infections. What’s more, 33 percent didn’t use soap and 10 percent didn’t wash their hands at all. “These findings were surprising to us because past research suggested that proper hand washing is occurring at a much higher rate,” said Carl Borchgrevink, associate professor of hospitality business and lead investigator on the study. More about the study
App Developed by Recent Grads Now Available on iTunes
An app that placed first in the Broad Undergraduate Business Pitch Competition is now available for purchase on the iTunes App Store. TempoRun, developed by recent Broad College grads Benny Ebert-Zavos (BA ’13) and Josh Leider (BA ’13), also won the national South by Southwest Student Start Up Madness Business Competition in March.
Broad Students Experience International Business Firsthand
This summer, nearly 300 Broad students are studying abroad in countries around the world. These programs extend classroom learning through visits to businesses, national governments, and the international offices of our multinational corporate partners. Recently, a group of Full-Time MBA students visited Eastern Europe, and groups of undergraduates visited Japan, Australia, France, and England. MSU is ranked No. 1 among public universities for study abroad, and the Broad College is the leader in study abroad at MSU. Read more about the MBA students’ study abroad trip on their blog.
MSU Students to Benefit from Jackson National Expansion
When Jackson National Life Insurance opens its new facility in the old Barnes and Noble building in downtown East Lansing this fall, MSU students could be working there. According to Michael Wells, Jackson president and CEO, the goal is to “create a space where students can gain real-life work experience, share ideas, and enhance creative thinking.” More about Jackson
MSU Power Plant Switches to Wood Biomass Fuel
As part of an energy transition plan adopted last year, MSU has begun planting hybrid poplar trees that when full grown will be harvested, chipped, and burned at the T.B. Simon power plant on campus. The move is part of the university’s goal to move toward 100 percent renewable energy. More about the fuel
Morrill Hall Demolition Nears Completion
Demolition of the more-than-100-year-old Morrill Hall is nearly complete and work will soon begin on the terrace and seating area that will be built on the site. The building, which opened in 1900, was scheduled for demolition after monitoring revealed irreparable damage to the internal structure of the building. The MSU Surplus Store will be selling bricks from the building. More about the demolition
Shanghai Alumni Reception
Full-Time MBA Information Session
Annual MSU Alumni Breakfast