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New Season, New Leadership!

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!

Justin Bugajski

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.

Apr 21: Global Day of Service 2018

Please save the date, and sign-up here for this year’s Global Day of Service project!

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.

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

Volunteer Opportunities + Game Watch Sunday

Volunteer Opportunities

Save the date on your calendars, April 8, 2017 for Global Day of Service! We’ve had great events each April the last few years and this year will be sure to be another fantastic opportunity to give back to the community while working alongside your fellow Spartans. More details to come as we figure out the logistics, but wanted to make sure it was on your calendar.

Also, if you are interested in stepping up your participation with the SF Spartans in 2017, we have lots of different kinds of volunteer opportunities for you. From leadership on the board, to helping at game watches, to running our social media accounts, to community service coordination, to planning our annual family picnic, and helping with our scholarship fundraising. So please raise your hand and jump in to help! Contact Justin to learn more. #SpartansWill

Game Watch Sunday

SPARTANS! We play Michigan this Sunday morning, January 29th at 10am PST. Come brunch with fellow alumni at our favorite bar, The Brick Yard and get your college basketball fix. We have $20 beer buckets and $1 off Smirnoff drink specials. No individual reservations needed this weekend, the bar is already reserved.

Remaining Regular Season Game Watch Schedule
Tue, February 7th @ Michigan – 6pm PT
Tue, February 14th vs Ohio State – 6pm PT
Sat, February 18th @ Purdue – 1pm PST
Sun, February 26th vs Wisconsin – 1pm PT
Sun, March 5th @ Maryland – 11am PT

Fundraising for Our Scholarship Endowment

If you’re coming to The Brick Yard on Sunday, be sure to pick up a club t-shirt! There are now two different designs to choose from. If you’d like to reserve a shirt for purchase and can’t make Sunday’s game watch, please contact our events director, Alicia Faustyn, for more information. Thanks again for your support and Go Green!

Sign up now for Silicon Valley Spartans Service Day!

Michigan State Alumni across the globe will join forces to give back to their communities this April. In Silicon Valley, your fellow Spartans are planning to help out Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley on their Spring Service Day on April 25. If you’re interested in joining us, please sign up here by filling out the form and selecting ‘MSU Alumni Association Spring 2015’ on the drop down menu.

Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley provides critical home repairs for low-income homeowners at no cost for eligible applicants. As graduates of our wonderful university who live and work in this area, we are incredibly lucky for our education, our supportive network, and the abundant career opportunities in the Bay Area. Let’s spend a day giving back to our community together.

If you have any questions, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator Edward Emling.

Spartans WILL. Day of Service

The Spartans WILL. Global Day of Service returns on Saturday, April 18, 2015, bringing together Spartan alumni, friends, students, faculty and staff from around the world to serve their local communities. We are planning events in both San Francisco and Silicon Valley this year!

Details on the San Francisco event on Saturday, April 18:

What we’re doing:


Join the fun in cultivating more positive energy around Ocean Beach Coastal habitat and the Fire Pit Recreation Area. We will be helping to restore the raised concrete beds at Ocean Beach. This consists of removing red lava rock and older weed tarps to help prepare the beds for native CA dune species planting.

Date: Saturday, April 18

Time: 10:00AM – 1:00PM

Location: Ocean Beach, Stairwell 24, San Francisco

Sign up here: http://goo.gl/au2ggB.

Contact: Victoria Vandegrift / victoria.vandegrift@gmail.com / 215-990-9318
If you’re able to join us in both San Francisco and Silicon Valley, we are hosting a service event in Silicon Valley on Saturday, April 25.

New Board Members and Volunteers Needed!

If you’re excited about the amazing network that is the MSU Alumni Association and would like to get more involved with your local chapter, the SF Bay Area Spartans would love to have you! We are currently looking for more active board members and volunteers. If you’re interested in any of these positions, please email prez@sfbayspartans.org.

Open Positions

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.

Club Secretary
The club secretary attends all board meetings and takes the meeting minutes. After the meeting the notes are documented and submitted to the President for approval at the next board meeting. If the secretary can’t make the meeting, they find a substitute to take the minutes and submit them afterwards. The secretary also coordinates the time and location of the board meeting with all board members, ensuring a reasonable place to meet with sufficient space, on a schedule that attracts the most board members to attend.

Communications Director
The communications director manages all aspects of public relations with our Spartan community. This includes interacting with alumni through our social media channels (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube), posting event information through those same channels but also to the club’s website, and also sending out periodic club newsletters to our email distribution list. This position requires enthusiasm for regularly interacting with our Spartan community throughout the year, so it’s one of the more active and visible roles within the club.

Membership Committee Chair
The membership committee helps us to better engage with our alumni base by keeping track of local alumni in terms of both where they live, but also where they work and what position they hold. This type of information would help with fundraising, guest list planning, identifying keynote speakers, providing better job referrals, etc. Right now we do most of this spelunking using LinkedIn, but it would be better to integrate this information with our email distribution management tool so we can better segment and target the right alumni. This is something that would be built and managed incrementally, but at every event we host there is the opportunity to better capture this information and thus better serve our local Spartan community.

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.

Social Events Committee Chair
The social events committee will focus on planning on executing an event once per quarter. This committee overseas business networking events, happy hours, bowling nights, etc. One of the important social events is the Wine Country Tour. The wine country tour is an annual event for the club where we take a bus load of Spartans up to Sonoma to visit wineries, enjoy a nice lunch, and interact with fellow Spartans. Social event planning can require coordinating bus transportation, figuring out event rental contracts or venue reservations, catering, bar service, recruiting keynote speakers, budgeting and communications planning. If the event requires ticket sales, there is also on going customer service to provide once sales begin, addressing issues or questions from alumni, plus charting sales progress and managing ticket inventory.

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.


Club Membership

There is currently no fee for joining the San Francisco Spartans, however members of the Michigan State University Alumni Association often receive generous discounts at club events. Call the MSUAA at (877) MSU-ALUM from 9am to 5pm ET on weekdays, or join online.

Help Bay Area Students become Spartans at College Fairs

Remember the day you applied to MSU, and then the day you were accepted? Wasn’t that an exciting time? For me, a Greater Lansing native, I’d always wanted to feel like I was officially part of the Spartan community and I couldn’t wait to step foot on campus as a student!

Michigan State wants to help Bay Area high school students become part of our Spartan global network of people who are doing amazing thing. Bob Weisman from the MSU California Alumni Admissions Team and Dan Seidman from the MSU Admissions Office are representing MSU at high school college fairs, talking with mostly eleventh graders about what State has to offer students who may be interested in exploring options in attending college outside of California.

Over the next few months, there are a number of College Fairs all over the Bay Area and they are looking for any alumni volunteers who could help representing MSU. The fairs are typically in the evening from 6:30 until 8:30 on week nights. This year, there are 120 incoming California freshmen which is close to double the number before they started this outreach. If anyone is interested in joining the team, please contact Bob directly at spbob72@sbcglobal.net. Send him your contact information and the region of the Bay Area that you live and he will call you with more specific information.