Alumna Leads Corporate Programs at the Aspen Institute

Alumna Nancy McGaw, who graduated from the Honors College at Michigan State University in 1969 with a Bachelor’s Degree in English, is now Deputy Director of the Aspen Institute Business and Society Program (Aspen BSP) where she leads corporate programs designed to cultivate leaders and align businesses with the long-term health of society.   “The people I work with are…

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Alumna Helping Students Succeed Beyond High School

Alumna Angela Magbag, who graduated from Michigan State University in May 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts in English, is now an advisor for MSU’s College Advising Corps (MSUCAC), which places recent MSU graduates in high schools throughout the state of Michigan to serve alongside counselors and other college-access organizations. Magbag joined the program knowing firsthand how it affects students…

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Alumna is a Pioneer of Co-Working Spaces in Detroit

Alumna Amanda Lewan, who graduated from Michigan State University’s College of Arts & Letters with a Bachelor of Arts in Professional Writing, is the co-founder and CEO of Bamboo Detroit, the first co-working space in Downtown Detroit.  When did you start Bamboo Detroit?  I started Bamboo Detroit in August of 2013. At the time, we were the first co-working space…

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Alumna and Aspiring Physician Named Miss New York International 2020

Alumna Ashley Lyles, who earned her undergraduate degree in Professional Writing from Michigan State University in 2016, was crowned Miss New York International and will go on to compete for the title of Miss International 2020 during the final competition in Kingsport, Tennessee, July 30-Aug. 1, 2020. Lyles, who now lives in New York City, is an award-winning medical journalist and an…

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Alumnus Reflects on His Time with SLS

MSU’s Second Language Studies (SLS) Program welcomed scholars from around the world to present their research at the 42nd annual Second Language Research Forum (SLRF) September 20-22. One of the four plenary speakers at the forum was Luke Plonsky, who received his Ph.D. in Second Language Studies from MSU in 2011 and who organized MSU’s previous SLRF in 2009. “It…

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Alum Invited to Join Prestigious Musical Theatre Writing Workshop 

Only four short years after graduating from Michigan State University, Mark Schenfisch (pictured above in the Williamston Theatre production of Murder for Two. Photo by Chris Purchis) has been invited to join New York City’s prestigious Advanced BMI Lehman Engle Musical Theatre Writing Workshop.  Schenfisch graduated from MSU in 2015 with two degrees: a BFA in Acting from the College of Arts & Letters and a BMUS in Music Composition from…

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MSU Alum Leading Creative Designs for Gatorade

MSU College of Arts & Letters alumnus Matt Geiger is leading teams of designers for one of the most successful sports drink brands in the world. As the Creative Lead and Brand Designer for Gatorade, Geiger is responsible for those innovative and iconic Gatorade package designs that appear in TV commercials and at local grocery stores in more than 80 countries. A…

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English Alum Establishes Successful Sausage Company

An English degree may seem like an unlikely career path for a culinary entrepreneur, but to Michigan State University alumnus Will Branch, his B.A. in English has proved to be the perfect ingredient upon which he built a successful artisan sausage company. “As the owner of Corridor Sausage, my job requires effective communication, like how to put together marketing plans and…

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Alumnus’ Novel ‘Bird Box’ Is a Blockbuster Hit

During the first seven days of its release, 45 million Netflix accounts worldwide watched the film Bird Box, making it the most successful first week for a Netflix film to date. The man behind the idea and The New York Times bestselling book: novelist, songwriter, and MSU College of Arts & Letters English alumnus Josh Malerman, who says MSU is where his creative career began. …

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