NY Area Spartan of the Week: Greg Hauser

Posted by admin | February 21, 2011

Greg Hauser 

In honor of Presidents’ Day, this week’s NY Area Spartan of the week is our own fine President Greg Hauser. Greg has been the President of the MSU Alumni Club of Greater NY for 9 of the last 10 years and with his leadership has helped to form a strong club to serve the local alumni and Michigan State University. Greg is a true green blood Spartan and his efforts on behalf of Michigan State extend far beyond our local club.

A few Spartan questions for Greg Hauser:

Q: What was your major at MSU and what year did you graduate?
A: B.S. Zoology 1975 (minor: German); M.S. Zoology 1977.

Q: What are you doing now for work?
A: I’m an attorney specializing in international commercial litigation. My law firm represents mostly foreign based businesses, especially from the German speaking countries. Basically, I specialize in representing German, Swiss and Austrian companies in American courts: product liability defense, intellectual property disputes, business contract disputes of all sorts, arbitrations and mediations, etc.

Q: Where do you live?
A: Upper West Side since 1981. And, no, that’s not why Blondies is an MSU bar. My New Jerseyan predecessor arranged that.

Q: Favorite NYC restaurant?
A: Don’t really have one – it depends on my mood. Maybe Wallsé in the Village, or Aquagrill in Soho, or Freemans on the Lower East Side, or Blaue Gans downtown, or Zum Stammtisch in Queens. But I probably eat more meals at Blondies than anywhere else.

Q: What is best part of living in the NY area?
A: Like the song says, where else can you do a half a million things all at a quarter to three [in the morning]?  The variety and talent level of the people here, the history, the international/cosmopolitan nature of the city, the convenience provided by density and mass transit, the restaurants and theater and museums and zoos and all the other cultural offerings, the nice weather (seriously), the unique careers here, the way ideas are all around you, the Yankees, and I could keep going.

Q: What is best part of being a Spartan in New York?
A: Being with other people who deeply appreciate both MSU and NYC, people who are good examples of the variety and talent level of people in New York. Plus, they cheer and groan at the same time I do when we’re watching the games.

Q: If you could invite 3 people from any time who were associated with Michigan State to dinner who would they be?
A: Duffy Daugherty, who was the funniest quote master of college football; John Hannah, for obvious reasons; and Jud Heathcote, with whom I’ve spoken a few times but never really had the chance to talk for any length of time.