Events


AUG
23
Date:
Wednesday, 23 Aug 2017
Time:
5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location:
Spartan Stadium
Department:
Office for International Students and Scholars
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Campus and community members of all ages are invited to attend the 15th annual "Meet the Spartans," presented by Pepsi and Sparrow Health System, on Wednesday, Aug. 23 from 5-8 p.m. in Spartan Stadium. Eleventh-year Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio and members of the 2017 football team will be available for autographs on the concourse inside the stadium.

Parking is free (Ramps 5 and 7; Lots 62W, 63W, 39 and 83), with the lots opening at 3 p.m. All of the stadium gates open at 5 p.m. and admission is free.

Football players will sign autographs from 5:30-6:30pm. Head Coach Dantonio will be available for autographs from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on the north end of the stadium in the engagement center (between Gates J and K). Autograph stations will be positioned on the south, west and north concourses inside Spartan Stadium.

Due to time constraints, fans are limited to one autographed item per person, and requests for photos with players and/or Coach Dantonio cannot be accommodated.

Free 2017 schedule posters will be available throughout the concourse. Attendees also will have the chance to visit the playing field; take photos wearing a Spartan helmet, shoulder pads and jersey; tour the press box; and describe a memorable moment as the play-by-play announcer for the Spartan Sports Network (located on the southwest plaza near Gate C). Preseason Spartan football magazines will be on sale throughout the stadium for $5.

The MSU cheerleaders and dance team will be performing on the field throughout the event. Children also will have the opportunity to meet Sparty and pose for photos with the popular mascot on the field. The Spartan Sideline Shop, presented by Nike and The Spartan Bookstore, will be open for merchandise and apparel sales. The truck on the northwest side of the stadium will open at 4 p.m., and on the east and west concourses at 5 p.m. 

Date:
Wednesday, 23 Aug 2017
Time:
7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Location:
IM West Sports Building
Department:
Office for International Students and Scholars
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Play basketball, soccer, volleyball, and other sports or hang out and talk to new friends!

AUG
24
Date:
Thursday, 24 Aug 2017
Time:
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location:
Wells Hall Courtyard
Department:
Office for International Students and Scholars
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Many international students want to learn about American college sports. The MSU Association of Future Alumni and MSU Athletics will teach you the basics of the game, what it means to tailgate, who are rivals are, traditional MSU cheers, and much more. You will learn what you need to do to help cheer on our Michigan State Spartans!

AUG
25
Date:
Friday, 25 Aug 2017
Time:
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location:
Beal Botanical Gardens
Department:
Office for International Students and Scholars
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Enjoy a concert at the Beal Botanical Gardens (on the river behind the MSU Library) by MSU chamber music students. 

MSU Food Truck and Free Dairy Store Ice Cream on site.

Family friendly! Children welcome! 

AUG
26
Date:
Saturday, 26 Aug 2017
Time:
10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Location:
108 Bessey Hall
Department:
Office for International Students and Scholars
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Freshman Composition Class Placement

MSU's freshman composition course will prepare you for a lifetime of effective written communication—the first step in a series of courses during college that will require substantial amounts of writing. Students are placed into a Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures (WRA) course based on their ACT/SAT test scores. For more information, visit: http://wrac.msu.edu. Students wishing to "write out" of their Preparation for College Writing course (WRA 1004/0102) will have the opportunity to write an essay during International Student Orientation. 

Regularly admitted undergraduate international students may take an optional writing placement essay exam on Saturday, Aug. 26th, 10 am, 108 Bessey Hall or Monday, Aug. 28th, 1 pm, 307 Bessey Hall.  This essay exam is designed for students who have been placed in WRA 1004/102 Preparation for College Writing, but feel that their extra language experience and learning might qualify them to take a Tier 1 (WRA 101) course instead.  International students must be regularly admitted students in order to qualify for this essay exam.

If you have any questions about this placement opportunity, please e-mail Joyce Meier (meierjo(at)msu.edu) by Friday, August 25, 2017.
 

 

AUG
27
Date:
Sunday, 27 Aug 2017
Time:
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location:
Hannah Community Center
Department:
Asian Studies Center
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The City of East Lansing and Michigan State University have announced the book selection for the 2017 One Book, One Community (OBOC) program: "A Long Way Home" by Saroo Brierley.

Saroo's story is one of determination, the unfailing love of family and the universal need to know our origins. His story became a media sensation and led to his book, "A Long Way Home," and the Oscar-nominated film, "Lion," starring Dev Patel, Sunny Pawar, Nicole Kidman and Rooney Mara.

"A Long Way Home" is a #1 international bestseller based on the true story of author Saroo Brierley's incredible journey from India to Australia and back again. After becoming separated from his brother, five-year-old Saroo boards a train in rural India in his desperate and frightened search to find his family. Saroo falls asleep and awakens to find himself traveling across the countryside thousands of miles away from everything he has ever known. He ends up on the notoriously rough streets of Calcutta, where a different language is spoken and homeless children are invisible to most. Unable to understand Saroo's pronunciation of his hometown, authorities eventually declare him a lost child and he is adopted to a couple, Sue and John Brierley, in Australia. Raised in their loving home, Saroo's past slides away, but is never truly forgotten. As he grows into adulthood, he feels he is a person of two worlds - one of which is lost to him. Where did he come from and what about the family he left behind? Saroo turns to modern technology to search for his birth family and home. Following train lines in India on Google Earth maps and using bits of fragmented memory, Saroo eventually finds the place he came from and returns to India, where he is reunited with his birth mother and other members of his long lost family.

AUG
28
Date:
Monday, 28 Aug 2017
Time:
8:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Location:
Breslin Center
Department:
Office for International Students and Scholars
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Fall Convocation is a formal ceremony that marks the beginning of each academic year. President Lou Anna K. Simon, Provost June Pierce Youatt and representatives from each of the undergraduate degree-granting colleges will welcome all new students to Michigan State University.

One Book, One Community will celebrate this year's book, A Long Way Home and movie, Lion by welcoming author Saroo Brierley to give an address. http://www.onebookeastlansing.com/ 

Fall Convocation is required for all new undergraduate students. 

For the complete Fall Welcome schedule of events, click here.

 

Date:
Monday, 28 Aug 2017
Time:
1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Location:
307 Bessey Hall
Department:
Office for International Students and Scholars
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Freshman Composition Class Placement

MSU's freshman composition course will prepare you for a lifetime of effective written communication—the first step in a series of courses during college that will require substantial amounts of writing. Students are placed into a Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures (WRA) course based on their ACT/SAT test scores. For more information, visit: http://wrac.msu.edu. Students wishing to "write out" of their Preparation for College Writing course (WRA 1004/0102) will have the opportunity to write an essay during International Student Orientation. 

Regularly admitted undergraduate international students may take an optional writing placement essay exam on Saturday, Aug. 26th, 10 am, 108 Bessey Hall or Monday, Aug. 28th, 1 pm, 307 Bessey Hall.  This essay exam is designed for students who have been placed in WRA 1004/102 Preparation for College Writing, but feel that their extra language experience and learning might qualify them to take a Tier 1 (WRA 101) course instead.  International students must be regularly admitted students in order to qualify for this essay exam.

If you have any questions about this placement opportunity, please e-mail Joyce Meier (meierjo(at)msu.edu) by Friday, August 25, 2017.

AUG
29
Date:
Tuesday, 29 Aug 2017
Time:
5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location:
Cherry Lane Field
Department:
American Semester
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A student involvement fair where student organizations, living unit groups, and major governing groups meet new and returning students to inform them about their organization's purpose and events.

http://studentlife.msu.edu/sparticipation

AUG
30
Date:
Wednesday, 30 Aug 2017
Time:
All day
Location:
Department:
Office for International Students and Scholars
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Classes begin for Fall semester 2017. A MONDAY schedule is observed. This means that you will go to your classes that are scheduled for Mondays.