So many great MSU alumni volunteered for our 2018 Global Day of Service project in SF!

Oct 20: MSU vs UM Game Watch

October 16, 2018 by Sara Sobon

Wow! What a fantastic football win last weekend against Penn State! We had a small but mighty group at The Brick Yard in San Francisco watching together. Let’s carry the momentum through this weekend!

Aimee Wise (Game Watch Director), Chad Lesausky (Club Photographer), and I (Sara Sobon – President) will be at The Brick Yard this Saturday to host the biggest game watch of the football season; Michigan State University vs. University of Michigan. The game starts at 9:00 AM and we hope that you can join us for brunch to cheer on our Spartans!

The Brick Yard will have food and drink specials, and we will have great prizes that we will be raffling off to help support our scholarship fund! Raffle tickets will be sold for $5, $10, and $20, so please bring cash or you can Venmo one of the club’s board members. Some of the bigger prizes include a signed Jalen Watts-Jackson poster from the big MSU vs. UM football game in 2015, signed photos from other MSU football and basketball players, and a MSU themed woven afghan blanket.

Reservations recommended for the Game Watch, so call the Brick Yard to reserve your table.

In other club news, Aimee Wise and Katelyn Dunaski have graciously volunteered to help to support two of our open board roles: Game Watch Director and Community Service Events Director respectively. Welcome, Aimee & Katelyn!

We still need 4 more volunteers to fill out the board, so if you are interested, please check out the website for the role descriptions or reach out to me to learn more!

Sep 8: MSU vs ASU Game Watch

September 7, 2018 by Justin Bugajski

See you tomorrow night 7:40pm at The Brick Yard for #SpartansStormTheDesert! Go Green!

New Season, New Leadership!

August 31, 2018 by Justin Bugajski

Greetings, fellow Spartans! As we get the 2018-2019 football season under way tonight, I wanted to provide an update with regards to the Club’s Board of Directors.  After 8 years as President, and 4 more as Communications Director, I have decided that it’s time for me to step down from the board, and allow for new enthusiastic Spartans to take the reigns and continue to grow our club.

When I started on the board way back in 2006, we’d have only a few people at a game watch at Kezar’s in the Lower Haight. But from the start, we were already plotting and scheming on how we could build the SF Bay Area Spartans into something really great.  Looking back, I couldn’t be more proud of all we have accomplished bringing so many great and diverse alumni together over the hundreds of successful events I’ve had the pleasure to oversee in my time leading our Club.  From networking nights, community service events, to game watches (at an official, sponsored bar!), to wine country tours, Tigers, Lions, Pistons, and Wings games and of course our fantastic Family Picnic!

This summer, it was a thrill to finally be able to give out our first scholarship grant – from our own Club’s endowment – that took so many of us so much time and energy to get established. Now when we host any event, there are tons of great alumni that show up! We’ve come such a long way from just us intrepid few back when. A huge thank you to the countless awesome board members (you know who you are) that have helped us along this journey to get us to where we are today!

Let’s keep building on all our great momentum by welcoming Sara Sobon as our new Club President!  I have been waiting a long while for the right person to step up and enthusiastically want to take on the leadership role – and that person is Sara.  She has done a great job for us on our community service events since she joined the Board, and I am more than confident that she will do a great job leading the club as well! Go Sara! I’m very excited to see the Club continue to grow under her guidance.

We have also welcomed onto the board, Shilpa Shastri who is a 2008 MBA grad from Broad College of Business, and will take over from Audrey looking after our bank accounts and keeping us on the fiscal straight and narrow. Welcome, Shilpa!

We still need more volunteers to fill out the board, so now is a perfect time to raise your hand and join the effort.  We need help with game watches, with community service events, and club communications.  And if none of those in your wheelhouse but still want to help, reach out to Sara and let’s discuss!

GO GREEN!
Justin Bugajski

New Volunteers Needed

July 30, 2018 by Justin Bugajski

We have an urgent need for a new Game Watch leader to manage the upcoming Football season at The Brick Yard! If you have enjoyed a game watch in the past few years there and like having our official “Home for the SF Bay Area Spartans” please consider stepping up, TODAY, to help keep high quality events there throughout the 2018-19 season!

All other board position openings are listed on the About Our Alumni Club page.

July 28: 5th Annual Spartan Family Picnic

July 1, 2018 by Justin Bugajski

Register for the picnic:
http://myalumni.msu.edu/sfbayareapicnic

Calling all present, future and lifetime Spartans in the Bay Area – we are hosting another fabulous #SpartyPicnic on Saturday, July 28, beginning at 1:00 p.m. in sunny San Ramon at the home of Linda and Karl Lovett. Come enjoy delicious food, family fun and Spartan camaraderie.

Newly admitted students that are heading to East Lansing in August will be in attendance with their families, so let’s send our Bay Area students off to the banks of the Red Cedar in style.

This is a great family-friendly event. We’ll have plenty of grilled hot dogs and sausages for everybody, with side dishes, chips, and even a Spartan-themed cake for dessert! Pop and water will be provided. You may bring your own adult beverages if you are of age. However, since this is a family-friendly event, no hard alcohol please.

A big thank you to Linda and Karl Lovett who have generously offered to host the picnic this year. Their backyard space has plenty of room for everybody and there is a swimming pool and MSU-customized basketball court as well. So bring your swimsuits, bring your picnic blankets and chairs and make it a fun time!

If you have any questions about this event, please contact Audrianna Sibiski of the SF Bay Area Spartans at audrianna.sibiski@gmail.com or (650) 207-2881.

We request that all guests register for the event by July 22. There is a nominal charge:

Incoming (freshmen, transfer, graduate) and current students – Free
17 years of age and younger – Free
Everyone else – $12

Go Green!

Register for the picnic:
http://myalumni.msu.edu/sfbayareapicnic

Aug 4: Detroit Tigers Game & Tailgate 2018

April 16, 2018 by Justin Bugajski

If you want to catch a Detroit Tigers game this summer, they are only in town for one series during the regular season! Don’t miss your chance to cheer our Tigers to victory as they face off against the Oakland A’s on Saturday, August 4th at 6:05pm.

This is a joint event with the University of Michigan Club of Greater San Francisco, so you can count on a lot of Detroit Tigers fans to cheer with! Let’s Go TIGERS!

Buy your tickets on Eventbrite, or using the order form below.

Sales end this Sunday night, July 22nd!

For all the event details, visit our Eventbrite page: https://msu-and-um-alumni-tigers-game-2018.eventbrite.com

Sep 16: Detroit Lions at San Francisco 49ers Game

April 15, 2018 by Justin Bugajski

Come join your fellow alumni and friends for the Detroit Lions at San Francisco 49ers NFL season opener on Sunday, September 16th at 1:05pm PST. We’re super excited that The Lions are coming here for a regular season game, this is rare! This is a joint event with the University of Michigan Bay Area Alumni Club, so you can count on a lot of Detroit Lions fans to cheer with!

We have locked down group tickets in both the upper and lower bowl. Just so you know, face value across all of our tickets is $99 plus a lot of additional fees! So, buy with us, you’re getting a great deal and you are supporting your Bay Area alumni club!

We have tickets in two sections: Section 203 Rows 17-18 and Section 404 Rows 24-25.

TICKET SALES WILL END AUGUST 1ST, PER 49ers POLICY.

Tickets will be sent to you electronically, as Levi’s® Stadium will no longer accept printed tickets. If you prefer them left at will call, please email alicia.faustyn@gmail.com directly to make that request. Otherwise, they will be sent to you at the email address you use to purchase the tickets.

Order your tickets:

March Madness is Here!

March 15, 2018 by Justin Bugajski

As always, for this year’s NCAA Tournament games we will be cheering together at The Brick Yard in San Francisco! See you there, Go Green!

Apr 21: Global Day of Service 2018

March 15, 2018 by Justin Bugajski

Please save the date, and sign-up here for this year’s Global Day of Service project!
https://serve.msu.edu/volunteers.cfm?service=671

SITE: Bernal Heights Park
MEETING LOCATION: Meet at the gate at Bernal Heights Blvd. and Anderson St.
DATE: Saturday 4/21/2018
TIME: 10:00:00 AM – 1:00:00 PM
WORK SCOPE: Habitat Restoration

Volunteer Guidelines

  • Wear old clothes—inevitably volunteers will be getting dirty
  • Wear layers of clothes—long pants and long sleeved shirt
  • Wear sturdy closed-toed shoes with good tread
  • Bring rain-gear and/or sun block and sun hat
  • Bring water or additional snacks for special dietary needs
  • Bring work gloves if available—otherwise we will supply
  • Projects take place rain or shine—barring high winds or dangerous weather conditions

Please wear old clothes and sturdy closed-toe shoes as this will be an exciting and intensive habitat restoration project.
SFRPD will provide all necessary tools. Before arriving, please review and share Volunteer Guidelines with your group. And direct volunteers to arrive promptly to receive instructions on work scope and safety practices.

Mar 12: Detroit Red Wings at San Jose Sharks

December 13, 2017 by Justin Bugajski

Hockey fans! Don’t miss out on your chance to see the Detroit Red Wings play the Sharks in San Jose on March 12! Tickets in our block are on sale now! #LGRW!