Spartans Give Back: Service Day 2015

May 18, 2015

Working for the common good is one thing that sets Spartans apart.

Our alumni give back to the university and their communities through monetary gifts, but also through hard work and service day in and day out. On April 18, the Michigan State University Alumni Association coordinated the Spartans Will. Power Global Day of Service. College of Education graduates were among the leaders, organizing and assisting with projects to beautify neighborhoods and support neighbors in need.

Here are a few examples.

Flushing-MIFlushing, Mich.


Martha Case, B.A. ’89 (Elementary Education), M.A. ’94 (Special Education), teacher, Flushing Community Schools


Nineteen students and parents from Flushing Community Schools; Martha’s husband Brian and son John, alumnae Colleen Kearney and Michelle Jekel


The group cleaned up a commercial area of the Riverview Trail in downtown Flushing, Mich., collecting over 20 bags of leaves and garbage.

Los-Angeles-CALos Angeles, Calif.


Jean Lyu, M.A. ’09 (Student Affairs Administration), career counselor, Marymount California University, Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.


Members, MSU Los Angeles Spartans


Volunteers spent the day at the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank sorting, inspecting and repackaging donated food items from local food drives.

Tipton-MITipton, Mich.


Gary Matz, M.A. ’77 (Curriculum and Instruction), Ed.S. ’93 (K-12 Educational Administration), retired principal, R.W. Kidder Middle School, Northwest Public Schools; and Steve Nason, M.A. ’69 (Guidance and Personnel Services), retired career counselor


Members, Jackson County Michigan State University Alumni Association, and staff, Hidden Lake Gardens


About 20 volunteers removed invasive plant species and painted picnic tables at MSU-owned Hidden Lake Gardens.

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