From the President's Desk

Spartans of summer

07-31-2015

This season finds many of our students elsewhere, but throughout the summer Michigan State’s beautiful campus continues to hum. In summer 2015, camps and programs are drawing several hundred groups and more than 50,000 visitors of all ages from across the country, reminding us of what it means to be an engaged land-grant university 365 days a year.

MSU’s summer population is family-oriented, perhaps best exemplified by our annual Grandparents’ University program, which brings alumni and their grandkids to campus to explore and learn together.

It’s also great to see the enthusiasm of parents and family members who accompany prospective and admitted students attending admissions programs like Academic Orientation and Green and White Days.

Activity peaks next week when Michigan State hosts some 15,000 Boy Scout “Arrowmen” and staff for the National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC). The Order of the Arrow, the service-oriented national scouting honor society, celebrates its centennial this year, so interest is high and there’s a record turnout spilling into local hotels. We hosted the prior record turnout, in 2006, too.

NOAC is in fact the season’s second mega-event MSU is hosting, having welcomed a similar number of creative school kids and accompanying adults for the 36th annual Odyssey of the Mind World Finals in May.

While summer is in full swing, we’re already gearing up for a new academic year, including Fall Welcome move-in activities and orientations for new faculty and administrators. You can sense the excitement from the incoming freshmen who are visiting and finding their way around.

I’m looking forward to meeting the newest members of our Spartan family as the weeks go by, and I’ll once again be among the hundreds of staff members and other volunteers who help new students and their families move in August 31.

In the meantime, I hope Spartans everywhere make the most of these remaining weeks of summer with the promise of another exhilarating year ahead.