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Empowering Extraordinary


President Simon hosts undergraduate entrepreneurs for a discussion.
President Simon hosts undergraduate entrepreneurs for a discussion over lunch in her conference room October 15, 2014. The students are associated with the Hatch, MSU’s student business incubator. Photo by Greg Kohuth.

Generations of talented and empowered Spartans have made Michigan State University an extraordinary place. We honor our history and cherish our traditions, yet Michigan State has always really been about the future. We believe in people and in developing human potential today to secure a better tomorrow.

Michigan State quietly passed a milestone this semester, enrolling just over 50,000 students for the first time. There are many reasons for this growth, but all reflect strong confidence in the value of an MSU degree.

Think for a moment about the potential those 50,000 young people represent. Think of the capacity they harbor to make a better world. Now multiply that value over the next 10, 20, 30 years.

It’s an extraordinary time to be a Spartan. Michigan State has emerged from the latest recession more focused on high performance than ever, gathering momentum and laying bold plans. But there’s a “new normal” for higher education, one requiring MSU to be a more self-reliant institution. Our challenges and opportunities call for both vision and action to seize the moment.

Those of us who benefitted from a greater level of public support for higher education have an important opportunity to ensure that those who follow us also will enjoy transformational educational experiences. And Empower Extraordinary: The Campaign for Michigan State University is our point of inflection toward a higher level of excellence.

The capital campaign will allow us to take bold leaps to ensure opportunities for bright students from all backgrounds and to advance both fundamental and practical knowledge as we confront some of the world’s biggest challenges.

We aim to create a greater engine of opportunity by investing in student success; develop a more formidable force for creativity, discovery, and learning through faculty and academic programs; tackle global challenges through our growing research enterprise; and build an even more vibrant campus and community that can compete with the best in the world.

It’s about seeding the future by investing in people. That means creating endowments for student scholarships and fellowships and for faculty chairs and professorships. It means investing in resources for innovative academic and research programs and for modernized infrastructure. And it means developing the assets to equip and inspire the next generations of thinkers and creators, artists and scientists, leaders and philanthropists.

It’s our time. Join us!

Spartans Will.

Learn more about the capital campaign at empower.msu.edu.


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