Season of giving

Posted on: January 4, 2012

CAS building covered in fresh snowHave you enjoyed fond memories of MSU during the past year? Your Spartan memories are probably similar to those of our students, who are enjoying a brief winter respite before classes begin again on Jan. 9. Some students are celebrating the recent graduation, others are celebrating the end of finals week, and yet others are working holiday jobs to make extra money. And many are starting to think about what tomorrow will bring for them. You can play a  role in their futures.

As you celebrate the end of of 2011, there are two important ways you can make an immediate difference for the students and programs in the College of Communication Arts & Sciences. 

One way you can make a difference is by helping our students through a gift, which is tax deductible and a great way to wrap up 2011. Create opportunities for a CAS student by making a gift toward a scholarship or internship support. There are many different funds already created needing your support or you can set up a gift in recognition of someone special to you. Making a gift is easy - just contact the CAS Office of Advancement at 517-432-6514 this week for more information and help.

Another way you can make an impact is to nominate a professor for the 2012 Faculty Impact Award. The college is seeking nominations until Jan. 29. This award is made possible by the college alumni board and is given to a current faculty member whose dedication to teaching and mentoring has had an enduring impact on the lives and careers of his or her students.

This winter season, I wish you health, happiness and personal fulfillment. I hope you consider the two simple actions above as part of your remaining 2011 resolutions. We certainly appreciate your support.

Do you have a question or end of the year accomplishment to share with me? I'd love to hear from you and wish you a warm holiday season. Email me at

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