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3rd Annual Spartan Family Picnic

Calling all present, future and lifetime Spartans in the Bay Area: we are hosting another fabulous #SpartyPicnic on Sunday, July 31 in sunny San Ramon! We had a fantastic 100+ Spartan turnout at our 2nd annual picnic last year and everyone really enjoyed the delicious food, family fun and Spartan camaraderie.

Order your tickets on Eventbrite

Sparty will be at our picnic this year! Come and get your family picture with everybody’s favorite mascot!

Newly admitted students that are heading back to East Lansing in August will be in attendance 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 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! Sodas, water, as well as some beer and wine will also be provided. 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! Their backyard space 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!

Go Green! Go White!

#SpartyPicnic photos are now available

Thank you to everyone who joined us at our Inaugural Spartan Family Picnic. It was a fun time with Sparty and a big group of great MSU alumni – #SpartyPicnic was the perfect way to send the Bay Area MSU students back to campus. We can’t wait to do it again next summer!

Special thanks to Chris Gill of WestBoundary Photography for being our photographer for the day. Like his page to see more photos and check out his website to order prints of these beautiful photos. From now until this Monday, August 18 at 11:59PM, save 40% off any print purchases by using the promo code: SummerSale.

Share your photos from #SpartyPicnic with others by uploading here. If you decide to share your photos it’s best if you upload them at full size. View Chris Gill’s #SpartyPicnic photos here. To download a digital file, click on the photo you are interested in, and when it comes up by itself on the screen there are some icons on the lower right that will let you do share it on Facebook, Twitter, etc, or post a comment in the gallery that others can see. There will also be an arrow pointing down that is the download button.


Inaugural Spartan Family Picnic + SPARTY!

We are so excited to start this new tradition! The San Francisco Bay Area Spartans are hosting a family picnic on Saturday, August 9th to bid good luck to future Spartans who are heading to East Lansing this fall from the Bay Area. To kick off this new annual event, Sparty, the king of mascots, will be making a special guest appearance. Future, current and forever Spartans are welcome to join in on the fun. Bring the whole family for a terrific photo opportunity!

Date: Saturday, August 9
Time: 11am – 2pm; SPARTY will be making a special appearance from 12:30 – 1:30pm, so don’t miss him!
Location: Sycamore Valley Park, Danville
Price: $8 for MSUAA members, $10 for non-members (join here), FREE for current students or future Spartans 17 & under
Register: http://goo.gl/se0mvg

Tickets are officially SOLD OUT – 125 Spartans will be attending this awesome event on Saturday! Here are some last-minute details so you know what to expect when you arrive at Sycamore Valley Park.

Parking: When you arrive, please park in the designated areas near our picnic area. Carpooling is recommended. Stop at our registration table to check in with me or another board member to grab a name tag, a meal ticket redeemable at our food truck and some Spartan swag.

VIP guests: Sparty will be in attendance from 12:30pm-1:30pm for photo opportunities. Jim Cotter, MSU Director of Admissions, Dan Siedman, West Coast Admissions Counselor, and Daniel Mathis, MSUAA Associate Director of Alumni Engagement will also be in attendance, along with Bay Area members of the MSU freshman class heading to East Lansing this fall.

Let’s make this #SpartyPicnic great by sharing photos of the event on social media using our official hashtag!

Last but not least – the food! Ebbett’s Good to Go food truck will be catering the following menu options:


Ebbett’s Cuban
Slow-roasted natural duroc pork, ham, Gruyere, jalapeño relish and chipotle mayo, grilled on a crusty Acme roll.

Asian Tofu
House-marinated, baked Hodo Soy tofu shredded and topped with red and green cabbage slaw with carrot, cilantro and mint tossed, in ginger-lime vinaigrette with wasabi aioli on an Acme torpedo roll. Can be made VEGAN. 

Buttermilk Chicken Sandwich
All natural roasted chicken breast, green cabbage slaw with buttermilk dressing, red onion & pickled mustard seeds, and applewood smoked bacon on an Acme torpedo roll.

Pork or Veggie Bowl
All natural pulled pork, brown rice, black beans, corn, avocado, cherry tomatoes, queso fresco and salsa verde with a green cabbage slaw.  Can also be made without pork or with tofu.

Kid Grilled Cheese
Tillamook Farms medium cheddar on grilled Acme Levain

All Natural Beef Hot Dogs
Served on Acme hot dog buns with condiments

Ebbett’s Mac & Cheese
Creamy mixture of cheddar & gruyere baked shells and house made breadcrumbs

See you Saturday! Go Green!


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

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!