Thank you for a great basketball season!

April 2, 2014 by Natalie Venuto

A special thanks to our awesome game watch coordinator, Monica Fineis and Golden Gate Tap room for being our hosts this season. Although Sunday’s loss was tough, we are always proud of our Spartans and we congratulate them on their Elite 8 run. Stay tuned for more Bay Area events and remember… 149 days until football season!


March Madness!

March 19, 2014 by Natalie Venuto

Spartans… prepare for glory!


We are excited to announce that Golden Gate Tap Room is the official watch spot for every March Madness matchup.

Thursday, March 20: MSU vs Delaware
Round of 64 / 1:40pm PDT
[Can't sneak out of work? You can catch the game on TNT or stream it online.]

Saturday, March 22: MSU vs Harvard
Round of 32 / 5:40pm PDT

Friday, March 28: MSU vs Virginia
Sweet 16 / 6:57pm PDT

Golden Gate Tap Room
Union Square / 525 Sutter St #2, San Francisco, CA 94108

Catch the B1G Tournament at Golden Gate Tap Room

March 14, 2014 by Natalie Venuto

Join us tonight at 6pm to watch MSU take on Northwestern at Golden Gate Tap Room. We have a booth reserved. See you there!

Address: 525 Sutter St #2, San Francisco, California 94108

Spartans WILL. Global Day of Service

March 11, 2014 by Natalie Venuto

Come out and represent Michigan State Bay Area Spartan Alumni on the Spartans WILL. Global Day of Service.

Date: Saturday, April 12, 2014
Time: 9:00am -12:00pm
Location: 98 Funston Ave, San Francisco, CA
Age restrictions: All ages are welcome!
Club contact: Victoria Vandegrift / / 215-990-9318

Help enhance rare native plant habitat and maintain important wildlife corridors in the Presidio of San Francisco. The Presidio is home to 20 rare plant species, including five protected by the Endangered Species Act. Participate in habitat restoration by removing invasive species and re-vegetating with native plants to help conserve this landscape. Come learn about local plants and animals and be a habitat hero!

If you would like to attend, please register on MSU’s website:

Afterwards, you are all welcome to join us for lunch and drinks at a restaurant nearby. Location is TBD.

MSU Basketball vs Fighting Illini

February 28, 2014 by Natalie Venuto

Come watch the Spartans (22-6) battle the Fighting Illini (16-12) on the court at Golden Gate Tap Room. We’ll have one of the large booths and screens reserved with pool table.

Don’t forget to take advantage of the beer wheel behind the bar! See you there!

Date: Saturday, March 1

Time: 1:00pm PST

Golden Gate Tap Room
525 Sutter St, 2nd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94108

Thank you for joining us at Google SF last week

January 30, 2014 by Natalie Venuto

Greetings, fellow Spartan!

Thank for very much for joining us at Google SF for our networking event last week. We hope you had an enjoyable evening, met some great new Spartans, and got your photo taken with our VIP guest, Sparty!  It was a real treat to have both Sparty and Janel Rutzen, from the MSUAA, visit us here in SF.

Our club photographer, Chad Lesausky, took some fantastic photos at the event, and as a special ‘thank you’ for attending, we have made the full size photos available for download.  These are print quality photo files if you wanted to print and frame your souvenir from the event. The photos are all stored on Dropbox, so just follow this link to the web gallery and pick the photos you’d like to keep.

Photo Gallery

We also have a fun video clip from the event we wanted to share with you as well.  We hope you enjoy it!


We are hard at work planning even more fun events for 2014, so stay tuned!  If you ever have any comments or suggestions on how our club can serve you better, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Thanks again, and Go Green!

Natalie Venuto
Communications Director
San Francisco Bay Area Spartans

Get your tickets to our Networking Event at Google SF today!

January 7, 2014 by Natalie Venuto

Happy New Year, Bay Area Spartans!

Please join us at Google’s San Francisco office on January 22, 6 – 9 pm for a great opportunity to network with fellow Michigan State alumni.

Hot and cold appetizers, wine, beer and sodas will be provided for all attendees. We will be pouring Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Torrontés wine varietals courtesy of our good friends at Bravium Wines and Threshold Wine Company.

We will be selling raffle tickets at the event and holding a drawing to win unique MSU autographed merchandise signed by either Coach Dantonio, football star Kirk Cousins, or basketball star Draymond Green. All proceeds from raffle ticket sales benefit the MSU Alumni of SF Bay Area Scholarship Fund. We are 1/3rd of the way to our goal of raising $30,000 to endow our scholarship fund which will help students from the Bay Area attend MSU. Your support of this goal is appreciated.

We are also very excited to announce a special VIP guest at this event. You have seen him at athletic events, in parades, around campus on game day, in ESPN commercials, at weddings, birthday parties, alumni club events and promoting literacy to children in schools. He is loved everywhere and is the embodiment of what it means to be a Michigan State Spartan. He is Sparty! And he’s coming to San Francisco!

Fresh off a Rose Bowl victory and a whole lot of fun down in Pasadena, Sparty was anxious to enjoy just a little bit more time in the California sunshine and really wanted to come meet all the SF Bay Area Spartans! Sparty will be hanging out only during the first hour of the event to pose for photos and to meet everybody – so don’t be late or you’ll miss him!

Following Sparty’s departure, Janel Rutzen, Program Coordinator for the Association of Future Alumni will give a brief presentation on the history of our beloved mascot. Have you ever wondered how our beloved Sparty became the Michigan State University icon he is today? How he got started? MSU’s mascot first began to take form in 1955. Sparty in his current form is 23 years old but has had several looks throughout that time. In Janel’s presentation you will learn the origins of Sparty and the Sparty Mascot Program, and get a rare insider’s look at what it is like to portray Sparty, “The Gentle Giant.”

This promises to be a really fun night out with your fellow MSU alums, so get your tickets today! Check out our Eventbrite page to purchase tickets. We are looking forward to having you join us at this unique event.

Go Green!

Let’s party like it’s 1988 – we’re headed to the ROSE BOWL!

December 8, 2013 by Natalie Venuto

We are going to the Rose Bowl, Spartans!

Here’s the go-to link for Rose Bowl information:

The official MSU Rose Bowl Tours are now on sale here: and are expected to sell out.

The Alumni Association is working with SoCal Spartans to pull together some lists of Spartan-owned businesses in the LA area and plan some additional alumni events while everyone’s in Pasadena.

Calls about the tours should be directed to 1-888-471-3027. MSUAA Offices will be open from 8am-Midnight (12/8) to answer questions about MSU Alumni Association membership and other MSUAA-related questions. Toll free number is 877-MSU-ALUM. Local number is 517-355-8314.

Go Green! See you in Pasadena!

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