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New Volunteers Needed

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

Register for the picnic:

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:

Season Kickoff Party, Aug 18

Bay Area Spartans! I’m pleased to announce that we’ll be back at The Brick Yard for the upcoming Football and Basketball seasons! Big thanks to Ryan Wager for his continued sponsorship of and partnership with our alumni club! TBY has donated more than $5,000 already to our Scholarship Fund and have been a fantastic host and partner. To get the season kicked off, we’re having a happy hour party next Friday night and hope you can join us! We’ll have drink specials from 5:30-8pm. Also, if you are thinking about getting involved with the club this is a great opportunity to meet our newest board members and hosts Rohan Israni and Sara Sobon! Our events are awesome because of our great volunteer team and fantastic partners! Go Green!

4th Annual Spartan Family Picnic

Calling all present, future and lifetime Spartans in the Bay Area: we are hosting another fabulous #SpartyPicnic on Saturday, August 5, in sunny San Ramon! We had a fantastic Spartan turnout at our picnic last year and everyone really enjoyed the delicious food, family fun and Spartan camaraderie.

Newly admitted as well as current MSU students that are heading back to East Lansing for the Fall semester will be in attendance along with their families, so let’s send our Bay Area MSU students off to the Banks of the Red Cedar in style!

This is a great family friendly event, and all future and currently enrolled Spartans are admitted free!

We’ll have plenty of grilled hot dogs and sausages for everybody, with side dishes, chips, and even a Spartan-themed cake for desert! BYOB for beer and wine, but please do not bring any hard alcohol to this family friendly event.

A big thank you to Linda Lovett and her family who have generously offered to host the picnic this year! The backyard of their home has plenty of room for everybody and there is a swimming pool as well. So bring your swim suits, bring your picnic blankets and chairs and make it a fun time!

Get complete event details, and buy your tickets on Eventbrite.

Global Day of Service April 8

Sign up today to volunteer with us on MSU’s Global Day of Service!

MSU alumni, family and friends will work on restoration and beautification of Golden Gate Park. This is a family friendly event with work tasks available for all abilities and skill levels. Come out and enjoy a nice day working in the park and giving back to the San Francisco community!

Register here: https://serviceday.msu.edu/volunteers.cfm?service=480

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 they will be supplied
  • Projects take place rain or shine—barring high winds or dangerous weather conditions

Detroit Tigers Game & Tailgate

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 cheer the Tigers to victory as they face the Oakland A’s on Sunday, May 29th at 1:05pm. 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!

We have an early bird special offer! Save 10% if you buy your tickets by April 17th – just $50 each! From April 18 to May 10, tickets will be $55 so get your order in today. Our tickets are on the visitors side in section 109. After May 10th, tickets may not be available in our group section.

For more details and to place your ticket order: http://tigers-may-29.eventbrite.com/

Tigers vs A's 2016

Fall Community Service Event

What better way is there to kick off your Halloween than to help out our community during our Football bye week?! Many other Michigan State University Alumni Clubs from around the country are also having service events on the same day in a coordinated effort to give back. Thank you in advance for joining us on Halloween morning and generously donating a few hours of your time.

Meeting spot: Buena Vista Park Children’s Playground
(at the intersection of Waller and Buena Vista Avenue West)

What we will be doing: Park Beautification weeding, mulching, light pruning, path maintenance etc.

Make sure to wear closed toed shoes and bring some extra layers because you never know if Karl the Fog will decide to role in. Also, since it is Halloween we encourage you to wear something festive – maybe even a costume!

To register go to sfspartans-buenavista.eventbrite.com

Any questions, please contact the SF Spartans Community Service Director, Victoria Vandegrift, at service@sfbayspartans.org.

Go Green! #SpartansWill


Broad College Networking Event in SF

The School of Hospitality Business within the Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University and the San Francisco Spartans invite you to participate in the premier forum on Hospitality Industry Disruptive Innovation: Action-Reaction.

The program is designed to be an adventure and intellectual journey to open your minds to the ever changing landscape of hospitality business and engage with thought leaders on understanding new business models and strategies to adapt and position your enterprise for success. We look forward to your support, engaging with students, and networking with alumni and industry leaders.

For tickets and further details, visit our Eventbrite page: https://msubroad-sanfrancisco.eventbrite.com

April Spartans at Steins Brunch

Join us for our monthly Silicon Valley brunch at Steins in Mountain View for delicious food, drinks and fun Spartan camaraderie. I ‘Spartan’ SF t-shirts will be available for purchase at this month’s brunch!

Date: Sunday, April 12
Time: 12:30PM
Location: Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant, 895 Villa St, Mountain View, CA 94041

RSVP by emailing Patrick Westgate. See you there!

Networking Event at Eventbrite HQ

One of the greatest benefits of being part of the MSU Alumni Association is the opportunity to connect with Spartans across the globe. MSUAA encourages regional clubs to host networking events to give local Spartans a chance to advance their careers. The San Francisco Bay Area Spartans club has been a proud supporter of this effort, hosting events at LinkedIn HQ in Mountain View, CA in 2013 and at Google’s San Francisco offices in 2014. This year, we are excited to announce that our networking event will take place at Eventbrite HQ in San Francisco.


Please join us at Eventbrite‘s San Francisco headquarters on April 16, 6:30 – 8:30PM for a great opportunity to network with your fellow Michigan State alumni! We will have special guests in attendance, and serving appetizers, wine, beer and sodas to all our guests.

Tickets are $15 each and are available for purchase here.

Featured Speakers

The second half of the event will feature alumni sharing their #SpartanStories. Join us for a fantastic evening of Spartan fellowship, great wine and inspiring stories.

Mike Bailen, Featured Speaker Mike Bailen, Director of Recruiting at EventbriteMike will give a brief welcome to Eventbrite HQ to our alumni and a little bit about the partnerships between colleges and Eventbrite.
Ken Stanecki, Featured Speaker Ken Stanecki, CFO at Round Table PizzaKen will be sharing his Spartan story about our scholarship fundraising effort from the perspective of an alumnus and a Bay Area parent who currently supports his child at MSU.
Featured Speaker, Cory Waltz Cory Waltz, UC Berkeley PhD student in nuclear engineeringCory will be sharing his Spartan Story about the opportunities he had at MSU including his work at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory, studying abroad in Europe, interning around the U.S., and how these opportunities provided further outreach in the physics and engineering fields.
Kyle Pollock, Featured Speaker Kyle Pollock, San Francisco City ImpactKyle will be sharing his Spartan story of a journey from campus to a career in community service giving help to inner city Tenderloin residents.
Megan Gebhart, Featured Speaker Megan Gebhart, Recruiter at Airbnb and Author of 52 Cups: Inspiring and Insightful Stories for Navigating Life’s UncertaintiesMegan will be sharing her Spartan story of a journey from campus to traveling the world, to becoming an author and working in the tech industry.




Wine List – all donated by our fantastic club sponsors!

  • 2013 Thomas LaTour Oregon Pinot Noir, Napa Valley
  • 2012 Bravium Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast
  • 2013 Ellipsis Chardonnay “Laguna Nuevo Vineyard”, Russian River Valley
  • 2012 Ellipsis Pinot Noir “De La Montanya Vineyard-Tina’s Block”, Russian River Valley
Food Menu
  • Assorted Crostini: artichoke parmesan, goat cheese and tomato, and fig and olive crostini
  • Crudite: bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, jicama, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, celery, endive and assorted dips (hummus, tzaziki, and tapenade)
  • Assorted Cheeses: selection of artisan cheeses, nuts, dried fruit, and preserves
  • American Charcuterie: artisan salumi, prosciutto, pate, marcona almonds, cornichons, jardiniere, mustards

Tom Izzo Autographed Photo!

We will be selling raffle tickets and holding a drawing to win a unique Tom Izzo autographed framed picture which we know will look great on the wall of any Spartan fan! We’ll also be giving away other MSU memorabilia. Raffle tickets are only $5 each, or better yet buy 4 and get 1 free! All proceeds from the raffle ticket sales benefit the MSU Alumni of SF Bay Area Scholarship Fund. We are almost halfway 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 much appreciated!


Event Sponsors

Our Club Sponsors

Derek Rohlffs - Bravium Winery