The MSU Alumni Club of the San Francisco Bay Area serves friends and alumni of Michigan State University that work and/or reside in the following counties: Santa Clara (South Bay), Alameda, Contra Costa (East Bay), San Mateo (Peninsula), Marin, Napa, Solano, Sonoma (North Bay), and San Francisco.
Justin Bugajski, President
Audrianna Sibiski, Treasurer
Chad Lesausky, Club Photographer
Alicia Faustyn, Sporting Events Chair
Rohan Israni, Social Events Chair
OPEN, Vice President
OPEN, Club Secretary
OPEN, Communications Chair
There is no fee for joining our local alumni club, and effective July 1, 2016, membership in the MSUAA will no longer be fee-based, signaling a new model that welcomes each and every Spartan. As part of this transition, the university is also acknowledging alumni and friends who contribute at least $100 annually between July 1 and June 30 to the MSU college or program of their choice. In appreciation of this investment, MSU will consider all of these donors as Spartan Loyal and they will receive enhanced services and recognition. For more information, refer to the FAQ.
Have you recently moved to the Bay Area? MSU and our club may not know how to get in touch with you! Please go to alumni.msu.edu and follow the link to “Update your address” on the top right of the main page in order to update your contact information in the centralized MSU alumni database.
We are actively recruiting new Spartan team members to join our board of directors! Available open leadership positions are listed below. Our board meets monthly to discuss the club’s activities, review finances, event plans, and member engagement progress. If you are interested in taking on a board member position, you should plan to attend all of the monthly meetings with exception made for extenuating circumstances.
We are looking for help in all areas not just leadership roles! So if you want to be more involved with the club, but can’t make the time commitment required to join the board, please consider joining the membership or fundraising committees, or one of the event planning committees (cultural, game watch, community service, social, or family).
Committee members aren’t required, but are encouraged to attend our monthly board meetings. We utilize a project collaboration tool to communicate online about internal club business, and committees will also will meet by phone or in-person as needed while planning major activities.
Get in touch with us if you are interested in any of our open positions!
Community Service Committee Chair
Giving back to the community is a critical part of the mission of the SF Bay Spartans. As lead of our community service efforts, you will coordinate events once per quarter. In the past we have done events with Surfriders, Golden Gate Conservancy, SF Parks & Recreation, Habitat for Humanity, San Francisco Food Bank, Second Harvest Food Bank, among others. Annually, we participate in the MSU Global Day of Service and that is a cornerstone event for the club. If you are actively involved with charitable organizations, and volunteer time outside the club already, this would be the perfect job for you! But also for anyone eager to make a difference in our community. We always have a good turnout for volunteer events.
The communications director manages all the outbound public relations for the club and is the our voice to the greater alumni community. This position requires a larger time commitment than other positions, since we have multiple communications channels to manage: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, E-Mail, and our Website. All of the channels need to be kept synchronized with consistent messaging about upcoming club events and alumni news. Experience with managing social media, WordPress administration, Mailchimp administration would be helpful. As well as any experience with graphics design is a bonus. Effective written communication skills are required for this position. If you are new to the various technologies we are using we can train you, but please come ready to go with lots of drive and enthusiasm for helping us connect all Bay Area Spartans!
Fundraising Committee Chair
The fundraising committee works on raising money for our club and for our scholarship endowment. The fundraising committee’s activities span across event types, as at every event there is an opportunity to raise money. For example, selling 50/50 raffle tickets at our game watches, selling big-prize (autographed memorabilia, etc) raffle tickets at our business networking events, and selling club t-shirts at game watches. This committee also works on securing corporate sponsorships both for the club and to support our scholarship endowment, often in exchange for publicizing the company through our various communications channels. Sponsorships can take the form of event sponsorship rather than cash donation.
Cultural Events Committee Chair
The cultural events committee would plan and execute at least two cultural events per year. This could be a docent led museum tour, a group outing to the symphony, ballet, theatre, or opera, a night at SFJAZZ. Something that is different from sports watching, community service and business networking. These types of events will help us to attract a different portion of our Spartan community.
Family Events Committee Chair
The family events committee will focus on planning and hosting at least two family-friendly events per year. One of these events would be the Spartan Family Picnic which occurs every August as a send-off for new Spartans from the Bay Area who are departing for their freshman year on campus. Other event ideas might include a trip to the SF Zoo (led by a biology professor visiting from MSU). A day on Angel Island picnicking, hiking and playing games. Parents and kids go and live aboard the U.S.S. Hornet for a one night. Take a trip to the petting zoo or spend an afternoon riding horses. Group outing to the Children’s theater in Palo Alto, etc.