ALMA MATTERS


REGIONAL CLUBS

ATLANTA--Feb. 5: More than 70 area alumni and friends gathered at Jocks n' Jills Sports Bar to watch the MSU-Michigan game.

BALTIMORE--Jan. 23: Future Spartans from the area, and their parents, gathered at the home of Tammy and Jerry Pepper for the annual Winter Get-Together.

BIG BEND OF FLORIDA--Feb. 4: Nearly 30 area alumni and friends attended the annual meeting at Golden Eagle Country Club, Tallahassee. Special guest was Dr. Henry Blosser, former director of MSU's National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory.

BOSTON--Feb. 5: Some 20 area alumni gathered at the Sports Depot in Allston to watch the MSU-UM basketball game.

CENTRAL INDIANA--March 3: An enthusiastic group of area alumni and friends gathered at the Benchwarmer's Sports Bar in Indianapolis to watch MSU's win over Ohio State in basketball.

DALLAS/FORT WORTH, TX--Feb. 26: Some 40 Spartans joined 300 Big Ten alumni and attended an Italian buffet dinner prior to the Dallas Stars-New York Rangers hockey game.

EASTERN WAYNE COUNTY--Feb. 19: About 45 area alumni attended the MSU-UM hockey game at Joe Louis Arena and saw the Spartans upset the top- ranked Wolverines. March 5: (l to r) Tony and Marcia Lobaito and Kathy and Mark Bobinski were among some 86 area alumni who attended the annual scholarship fundraiser. Follwing dinner Dunleavz Restaurant, the group were driven to The Second City comedy club.

GRAND TRAVERSE--Dec. 2: The club's 14th annual meeting took place at the Park Place Hotel. Special MSU guest was Deb Pozega-Pierce, director of the MSU News Bureau. President Galen Krupka unveiled the club's second "Outstanding Alumni Club" award. March 9: Area alumni gathered at Dills Restaurant to watch the MSU-Indiana basketball game.

GREATER NEW YORK--Oct. 26: Some 40 area alumni attended a tour of the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center. Jan. 5, 22 & 29: Between 40 and 60 area alumni attended each of the club's first three basketball parties at the Polo Grounds, New York's most popular sports bar.

ILLINOIS--Feb. 17: More than 50 area alumni and friends gathered for dinner at Carmen's Pizzeria in Evanston and then cheered the Spartans cagers to victory against Northwestern. March 11: Some 40 area alumni attended the annual membership drive party. Special guest was MSUAA assistant director Susan Zimmerman.

METROPOLITAN WASHINGTON, DC--Feb. 26: Some 20 area alumni and children from Partner Arms and Trinity Arms Apartments, transitional housing for homeless families, went ice-skating on the Mall. The participants enjoyed their activities on the ice, courtesy of Spartan Ron Hallagan, vice president of Guest Services, Inc., and enjoyed hot chocolate and homemade cookies. March 12: Area Spartans travelled to State College, PA, to see MSU's basketball finale against Penn State.

NORTHERN FLORIDA--Nov. 20: Jerry Dake hosted some 175 area alumni from the Big Ten for the First Annual Big Ten Blowout at his home in Queen's Harbour CC. The group gathered for food, refreshments, socializing and watching the Ohio State-Michigan game.

ORANGE COUNTY, CA--March 6: Spartan stars from the 1966 MSU-Notre Dame "Game of the Century"--Bob Apisa, Clinton Jones, Jim Summers and Mike Dissinger--joined former MSU gridiron stars Rich Saul, Billy Simpson and Brad Van Pelt and more than 100 area Spartans for the Annual Meeting at the Red Lion Hotel in Costa Mesa. President Bill Roberts used his extraordinary leadership efforts to assemble the group.

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GRIDIRON STARS OF ORANGE COUNTY--(Back, l to r) Jim Summers, Mike Dissinger, Bob Apisa, Rich Saul, Paul Manderino, and Brad Van Pelt; (front, l to r) Dean Daggett (fencing), Dick Beals (cheerleading), Bill Roberts (track), Clint Jones and Billy Simpson.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN--March 6: About 20 area alumni and friends gathered at The Barclay in Denver, CO, to meet with and listen to MSU athletics director Merrily Dean Baker.

SAGINAW--Jan. 20: More than 30 area alumni, friends, parents and relatives attended the Second Annual Theater Event, Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Jesus Christ Superstar" at MSU's Wharton Center.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA--Board member and former president Pat Eisele Moore, president Dan McCombs and vice president Mark Van Riper helped distribute MSU applications to more than 300 interested students at the Canoga Park High School on their recent College and Career Day. Feb. 6: Area alumni gathered at Rox Restaurant at the Beverly Prescott Hotel, Beverly Hills, and later attended the musical hit "Ruthless" at the Canon Performing Arts Center.

THAILAND--Nov. 3: Many alumni attended the annual dinner event in Bangkok, where visitors from MSU gave university updates. Nov. 21: The annual bowling event raised money for club activities as well as for the Sethsathien School for the Deaf, of which the director, Dr. Maleewan Thammasaeng, is an MSU alumnus.

TUCSON--Jan. 20: About 26 area alumni attended the Annual Dinner. Special guests were MSU athletics director Merrily Dean Baker and Adam Harant, a high school senior at Canyon Del Oro H.S. who will enter MSU in the fall. March 19: About 18 alumni attended the 3rd Annual Golf Outing was held at Tubac Country Club. Special guest was Gene Kendra, president of the Muskegon club, who was vacationing in Phoenix.

WISCONSIN--Jan. 28: Some 35 area alumni attended the annual Winter Theater Party. This year's choice was the comedy "Nunsense," followed by a wine and cheese party.

COMING EVENTS

ATLANTA--July: The Annual Big Ten Picnic, which has drawn more than 200 people in previous years, will take place. BOSTON--June 5: Big Ten Night At The Pops. This event will begin at 7:30 p.m. and costs approximately $40 per person. Contact Francine Boucher, 617- 924-8014. GRAND TRAVERSE--Week of July 2-9: The club will sponsor a float in the Cherry Festival Parade. WISCONSIN--July 22: The Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Tailgate Party with alumni from other Big Ten schools. Contact Vicki Fox, 414-871-6946.

CONSTITUENT ASSOCIATIONS

BUSINESS--Peter Trivers, '58, has been elected president of COBAA, which represents more than 50,000 alumni. Recently retired as vice president of Pepperidge Farm and now president of his own food brokerage business, Trivers had previously served as president of the Southern California and the Connecticut regional alumni clubs.

HOTEL, RESTAURANT AND INSTITUTIONAL MANAGEMENT--Feb. 19: Minnie Mouse and friends pose during the Third Annual Hospitality Association/MSU-HRIM Alumni Association Auction. Proceeds went in part to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Michigan and the Give Kids The World Foundation of Orlando, FL.

HUMAN MEDICINE--Anthony J. Senagore, M.D. '82, a colo-rectal surgeon in Grand Rapids, has been elected president of the CHMAA for 1994-95. He is associated with the Ferguson-Blodgett Digestive Disease Institute. David Newhouse, M.D. '74, of Danville, CA, an Ob/Gyn specialist in Freemont, CA, has been named to the CHMAA Board of Directors.

NURSING--Jan. 25--The CNAA was again involved with the Annual Job Fair by having a display about the association.

SOCIAL SCIENCE--February Annual Meeting: Liz Schweitzer was elected president and Matt Zimmerman secretary for the CSSAA board of directors. Don Weatherspoon, deputy director/administration for the Michigan Dept. of Natural Resources and a member of the MSUAA's national alumni board, won the 1994 Outstanding Alumni Award.

VETERINARY MEDICINE--Jan. 27: Yoshihiro Ozawa (left) was presented the Distinguished Postdoctoral Veterinary Alumni Award from acting dean Waldo Keller. Distinguished Alumni Awards were given to Donald R. Howard and John H. Richardson; Young Achiever's Award to Mark E. Fox; Honorary Alumnus Award to Al. W. Stinson; Alumni Council Distinguished Faculty Award to Robert W. Bull; and "Birth of a Purebred" Food Animal Practicioner Award to Harold "Gus" Braeutigam.

COMING EVENTS

CRIMINAL JUSTICE--Sept. 23: The SCJ 2nd Annual Golf Outing at Forest Akers (East). Proceeds will benefit the Louis A. Radelet and Robert C. Trojanowicz Endowed Scholarships for criminal justice students.

EDUCATION--Oct. 1: COE's annual Homecoming Reception immediately after the Wisconsin game at the Centennial Room of Kellogg Center.

HUMAN MEDICINE--Sept. 7: The 8th Annual Health Professions Open Golf Tournament at Forest Akers, sponsored in conjunction with the College of Osteopathic Medicine and the College of Veterinary Medicine. Proceeds will benefit student loan and scholarship programs. Contact 517-355-4466.

NURSING--Sept. 30: The 40th Anniversary Homecoming Weekend begins with a celebration at 3 p.m. that includes a student and alumni poster presentation, historic displays, the unveiling of portraits, and a dinner program. Contact Carol Feuss, 517-353-8742.

OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE--Sept. 7: (see Human Medicine.)

VETERINARY MEDICINE--Sept. 7: (see Human Medicine.) Sept. 30: CVM Alumni Council Meeting at the University Club, followed on Oct. 1 in the Buchanan Room at the Veterinary Medicine Center.

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VOLUNTEER AWARDS--President McPherson (left) and Jerry Garrett (right), assistant zone manager for sales of the Buick Motor Division, honored four MSU representatives for volunteer spirit efforts: (l to r) Kent Workman, director of McDonel Hall complex, and MSU seniors Troy Graczyk, Brenda Parker and James Poole.

SAF'S SIBLINGS' WEEKEND--(l to r) Director Cathy Manning, Student Alumni Foundation graduate assistant John Proos, and SAF advisor LoRae Hamilton posed for this photo at MSU's International Center, where MSU foreign students helped entertain the brothers and sisters of students who participated in the fun and games and cultural events of the program.

SPARTAN SPIRITS--(l to r) Spartan Spirits co-directors Jammie Yakel and Orlando Willis, and SAF advisor LoRae Hamilton hosted the Annual Spring Reception for the student block members at Breslin Center. The pizza party was especially successful because it followed MSU's victory over Iowa.

MORE SPARTAN PLATES--Photographer peter Glendinning took this photograph of what president Robert Nelson proudly calls the SPAR10 PL8S. In the inset is a photo of Colorado license plate (in green and white) belonging to Littleton's Mary L. Walsh, '66, a special education teacher in Jefferson County, and her husband John. The "ELMI" ending leaves no doubt as to which MSU the plate is honoring, explains Mary's father Charles Cunningham, a retired member of MSU's faculty.

RUGBY ALUMNI

The MSU men's rugby team is planning a 30th Year Anniversary Reunion for the Sept. 3-4 weekend. All former players and friends are invited to attend. On Sept. 3, the Olde Boys game at the rugby field will be followed by a BBQ cookout on the field. The next day, a golf tournament is being planned. Those interested in the event can contact Dave Poquette at 128 W. Grand River Ave., E. Lansing, MI 48823, or call 517-332-8681.

CLASS GIFT TO LIBRARY

The Senior Class of 1994 has pledged $42,000 for an endowment fund to help maintain the MSU Libraries on the cutting edge. "They issued a challenge for alumni and friends to match their gift two for one," says Venice Peeks, director of development for MSU Libraries. "We're looking for many people who support the library to step forward."

Those who want to accept the Senior Class Challenge should make their checks to Michigan State University and send to University Development, 4700 Hagadorn Rd., E. Lansing, MI 48823-5399.

MEGA MONTH FOR MEMBERSHIP

The MSUAA's "March is Mega Membership Drive Month" project is well underway. Begun earlier this year, the project involves a challenge issued to 10 regional clubs to increase their membership during March and April by 10 percent. The ten clubs and those who are leading this project for each club are: Berrien County, Jeff Butzbach; Genesee County, Bradley Becker; Grand Traverse, Rob DeLonge & Jim Teahan; Illinois, Julie Ramsey;Kalamazoo County, Spence Wilcox; Monroe County, David Scott; Oakland County, David Himmelhoch; Washtenaw County, David Anderson; West Michigan, Dave Baerwald & Tom Altmeyer; and Western Metro Detroit, Rick Snyder.

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MONROE--Chairperson David Scott (right) headed the Monroe Country alumni regional club "mega membership" efforts. WASHTENAW--David Anderson (right) spearheaded the "mega membership" drive by the Washtenaw alumni regional club.development story

THE BAISLEYS HELP STRENGTHEN MSU

A fondness for Michigan State University, a desire to help the next generation achieve their goals, a belief that higher education is crucial in today's society -- for these reasons and more, Ron and Shirley Baisley have made a special and lasting gift to MSU.

The Baisleys, who are life members of the MSU Alumni Association and members of the Frank S. Kedzie Society, have bequeathed their estate to the university. The estate will equally endow three funds: a scholarship fund for students from Ron's high school in Yale, Mich.; a discretionary fund for the dean of the College of Engineering; and MSU's Alumni Distinguished Scholarship Program.

A 1954 MSU grad with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering, Ron is manufacturing engineering manager for Fujitsu Computer Products in San Jose, Calif. Shirley is an executive assistant with Syva Company, a division of Syntex Corp., in nearby Cupertino. The idea of making a charitable bequest to MSU took shape after they met a University of Texas professor's wife while on vacation.

"She is a real advocate of funding universities through estate plans and similar means," Ron said. "We began to talk about it, and it took off from there."

The Baisleys are strong supporters of higher education, hence their desire to finance scholarships at MSU. "We both feel that scholarship funds are an excellent way of encouraging students to continue their education and become contributors to their communities," Shirley noted.

They decided to set up such a fund for Yale students because of their fond memories of their hometown areas (Shirley went to high school in Port Huron). "We wanted to recognize our roots," Ron said with a smile.

They also wanted to endow the Alumni Distinguished Scholarship Program. "This program is a wonderful method of attracting bright students, which will bring long-range dividends to Michigan State," Ron remarked. "It's inevitable that some of those students will go on to successful endeavors and bring further recognition and prestige to the university."

The Baisleys feel just as strongly about the importance of keeping pace with today's constantly changing technological society. Endowing a discretionary fund for use by the College of Engineering's dean, they believe, is an ideal way to accomplish that.

"We're sure that some people may shy away from this area of gifting because of a lack of understanding of an `unknown' use of funds," Ron said. "But technology is developing at an unbelievable rate today as compared to when our generation was growing up. Every encouragement should be provided to foster continued growth at MSU, to keep pace and even lead the world."

photo caption: Ron and Shirley Baisley