Rose Bowl achievements


Just a few days ago, we celebrated an outstanding Rose Bowl win in sunny California, the culmination of a terrific season by our Spartan football team.

Now we welcome back students to campus in East Lansing amidst drifting snow and dramatic cold. But we’re still celebrating the Spartan winners all around us, some well recognized by their peers, others quietly changing the face of Michigan, the nation, and the world.

It really was exciting to join tens of thousands of Spartans in Pasadena and enjoy the fruits of the hard work by Coach Mark Dantonio, Athletics Director Mark Hollis, and the many men and women who represented our university so well on the field, along the sidelines, in the marching band, and in standing tall as alumni and friends of MSU.

But it’s equally exciting to return to campus and be reminded of the departments, faculty, researchers, staff, students, and alumni across the university and the globe who are in their own ways “Rose Bowls” of excellence.

Thumbnail of MSU LA Times advertisements. Click to enlarge.Michigan State University is a place of opportunity, hope, and excellence. As Coach Dantonio reminds his team, we are also a family. The Spartan family of winners.  While in California, we took the opportunity to indeed make sure our school is known to all, running ads in the Los Angeles Times that highlighted our winning in many fields.

The ads described Spartans who are “leaders, lifesavers, game changers,” who exemplify “Spartans Will.”

One of those is Terrie Taylor, University Distinguished Professor of internal medicine, who has dedicated nearly two decades to researching malaria in sub-Saharan Africa. She lives half of each year in Malawi.

Taylor and the cross-disciplinary team of experts from the university and beyond that she has helped organize have been developing lifesaving interventions aimed at treating and preventing the disease that kills as many as one million children every year.

An MSU team. Preparing diligently. Sacrificing often. Traveling far. To fight. To win.

Taylor’s battle against malaria may not have been on television on New Year’s Day, but it is one of many “Rose Bowl” achievements of your Michigan State University. Look around. I’m sure you’ll see many more.

I certainly do.


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