Homecoming 2008—Go for the Green!


MSU alumni from all over the country will join faculty, staff, students, and friends this homecoming weekend to celebrate Spartan pride, beginning on Friday evening with the traditional homecoming parade. This year’s theme, Go for the Green!, is in honor of the recent Beijing Summer Olympics and the many Spartans who have represented MSU and their countries in past Olympic games. Nearly 30 alumni, faculty, and staff members—all previous Olympic participants—will serve as Grand Marshals for this year’s parade. 

Traditionally, homecoming has been a time to welcome alumni back to campus and to cheer the football team to victory in Spartan Stadium. It is also a time to celebrate the legacy of MSU, including each and every influential footprint Spartan alumni have left around the globe. From former Olympians to world-renowned researchers, MSU has made its mark as a leading world-grant institution, committed to helping develop sustainable solutions that address the world’s most pressing problems.

In this spirit, Spartans participated in a different kind of homecoming celebration this week, one that changed the lives of a family right here in our own Lansing-area community. Throughout this homecoming week, hundreds of MSU students and faculty worked around the clock to help build a new home for a family in Holt as part of ABC television’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” program.

Beginning last Monday, members of the MSU School of Planning, Design, and Construction and many other campus and community volunteers helped design, construct, and finish a new house in time for the Nickless family to move in on Friday. From planning the landscape design to helping serve food to workers to assisting with construction site supervision, Spartans were on the job all week.

I am very proud of everyone from Team MSU who helped to make this a special homecoming for this very deserving family. The efforts in Holt this week exemplify the type of extraordinary work MSU students, faculty, staff, and alumni are doing every day in communities all over the world and give us all one more thing to be proud of as we come together as a Spartan family to celebrate the rich history and traditions of this great institution.

As we enjoy the events of the weekend and cheer the football team to victory over Iowa, I encourage you to think about what you can do to make a difference in the lives of others, like so many of our fellow Spartans did this past week.


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