“Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.” – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
We invite you to become a Helpful Spartan. But you might also consider getting involved with a Spartan group in your corner of the world who is learning together, serving together, and giving back to their local communities.
Did you know that there are Alumni Clubs all over the world? These are independent groups of alumni who have chosen to support their local communities, Michigan State University, and the work of the MSU Alumni Association through service, philanthropy, and personal & professional initiatives.
Many clubs develop professional enrichment events to meet other alumni, to learn from experts in an array of professional fields, and to hear the latest research coming from campus. Some clubs have developed a pipeline for mentorship. Others have provided opportunities to gain experience with hands-on application of particular skills within their leadership structures through the service and philanthropic efforts that they participate in.
In addition to being a place to connect with other professionals and to create opportunities for personal and professional enrichment, Alumni Clubs have been the engine of making a sizable impact on their local communities and in the life of students at MSU. For example:
- Alumni Clubs have given back thousands of hours in MSU’s annual “Global Day of Service,” which has made deep impact in local communities from New York to San Francisco all the way to Hong Kong and back.
- Alumni Clubs have participated in MSU’s annual “Day of Giving,” which recently created $240,000 in small donations in one day; and through their own efforts have generated over 13 million dollars in philanthropic giving to the university that goes right back into funding scholarships for students in need.
Getting involved in a club is a great opportunity to grow your network, find or become a mentor-like person, or to hone your leadership, project management and event planning skills, to make a positive impact in your local community, and to expand the value of your degree through enhancing MSU’s reputation within their regions.
Find out how you can belong to one of these groups by going to the MSU Alumni Association website and searching for “Groups.”
While you are on the website, take a look at the plethora of programs, events, and activities that we develop all year long as a way for you to engage with your fellow Spartans around a topic of common interest. There’s something for everyone!