Grandparents University Great Fun for All!

Posted on: June 25, 2013

For three days this week over 1,000 grandparents and potential future Spartans will fill classrooms and labs around the campus to learn fascinating, useful and fun information from MSU experts.

The range of topics of interest to CAS alumni and friends include digital storytelling and game theory in economics and life, to the science of speech and sound, science advocacy through journalism, and online tools for keeping in touch with family and friends around the world. And that’s just a select few!

This is one of the many annual events at MSU that involves all the colleges and strengthens the ties between all ages, interests and disciplines. Alumni and grandchildren (ages 8 to 12) come together for a three-day educational experience that is so much more. The time they spend learning together, teaching each other in many cases, and capturing their time together through art, memoirs and digitally are priceless. 

CAS faculty and staff are offering seven classes right here in our building with titles like “It’s YOUR Newspaper,” “Let’s Create a TV/Video Commercial,” "Card Talk: Winning Communication Games,” “Video Game Design,” “Online Connections,” “Be on Live TV,” “From Buzz to a Word: How Simple Sounds Become Speech” and “Active Listening.” Over 80 registrants indicated that they have ties to our college. 

Participants experience life on campus beyond just the classroom. They stay in the residence halls and sample the many highlights of MSU. Alumni have a chance to relive their college days and see what’s new, as well as share their Spartan spirit with their grandkids.

First held in 2006, the event is organized by alumni relations professionals within the college and units across campus. At CAS, we are fortunate to have alumni relations coordinator Rachael Zylstra planning onsite activities and making sure each participant has a meaningful, fantastic experience. 

If you have not participated in Grandparents University before, make sure you put it on your calendar next year for June 24-26, 2014. Also make sure you check out the video, photos and other great resources available online and on facebook.

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