Recap: Reception with President Simon in NYC

Posted by Pat Donohue | December 17, 2012


Alumni young and old gathered at JP Morgan Chase on Madison Avenue on Monday, December 10 for a reception with MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon and newly-appointed Vice President of Research and Graduate Studies, Dr. Stephen Hsu.

The group had the opportunity to mingle and enjoy a diverse spread of hors d’oeuvres in a
very festive atmosphere. To punctuate the event, the musical accompaniment, strumming holiday favorites against a plate glass backdrop, paused to play the Alma mater and fight song before the group retreated to the auditorium for a conversation with our two esteemed guests.

After introductions, audience members participated in an informal question and answer segment, raising questions about everything from how research at Michigan State is addressing climate change to the ways in which the university promotes diversity within its student population. Members were also interested to learn how MSU is leading the nation in arts and letters studies.

President Simon spoke to the increasing competition undergraduate students face when applying to the university, as well as to the importance of continually increasing the caliber of graduate students and faculty. Dr. Hsu believed both were critical to remaining competitive with other global institutions.

In attendance was a familiar face for many of our alumni: former MSU President Clifton R. Wharton who shared his deep appreciation and strong praise for the work President Simon is doing.

The free event was a successful and rare occasion to share an intimate space and conversation with President Simon who assured attendees that, with every passing day, a Michigan State degree is “more valuable today than when you first received it.”