Scholarship Q&A with Kathryn Vetter

Posted by admin | April 26, 2012

Kathryn Vetter poses with Sparty 

Kathryn Vetter is currently finishing her first year at Michigan State, she is a recipient of our Michigan State University Alumni Club of Greater NY scholarship and will attend our Wine Dinner on May 18, 2012. Each year we raise thousands of dollars for our endowed scholarship fund because of the tremendous generosity of local alumni. The scholarship helps MSU to attract the best students from the Greater NY area. If you would like to discuss a possible donation, please contact Larry Alterman at

A few Spartan questions for Kathyrn:

Q. What’s your major?
A. My major is music education. I am also working on a secondary math education minor, and a piano minor.

Q. Which residence hall do you live in?
A. I live in Landon Hall in the West Circle Neighborhood.

Q. What is your favorite class so far?
A. I have had two particularly interesting classes so far. Last semester I took an ISP course called The Science of Sound. As a music major, the combination of physics and acoustics was both interesting and directly applicable to my major. I am also currently in a full year honors seminar where we are designing an exhibit for the MSU Museum. My group’s exhibit studies one of the first computer music composers, Lejaren Hiller, and how his studies as a chemist connects to his compositions.

Q. What is your favorite place on campus?
A. My favorite place on campus is the Beaumont Bell Tower. Since I live in West Circle I walk past the tower quite frequently. I especially love walking past between noon and 12:30pm, because there is always somebody playing the bells.

Q. Favorite East Lansing restaurants?
A. My favorite East Lansing restaurants are Cosi, Noodles and Company, and Insomnia Cookies. I also enjoy taking advantage of the combo-exchanges at the Union Pizzeria and Sparty’s Cafés.

Q. What has it been like going to a football game as a student in Spartan Stadium?
A. The football games are incredibly fun to go to. In the fall, my friends and I looked forward to waking up every Saturday morning, putting on our student shirts, and heading to the Spartan Stadium. This year, the games against Wisconsin and Michigan were insane. At the end of the Wisconsin game everybody went crazy when we thought the touchdown didn’t count, and then the crowd went even crazier when we found out we had won the game.

Q. What is the best part about being a Spartan?
A. The best part about being a Spartan is that I am presented with so many opportunities. Not only do I get to attend a Big 10 school, watch division one sports events, and be part of a large community of about 48,000 people, but I also get to belong to a smaller college and a small West Circle community. Being a Spartan also means getting a great opportunity to study abroad. The university encourages everybody to partake in a study abroad program, and I am looking forward to studying in Italy the summer after my junior year.

Q. What are your favorite things to do on campus?
A. My favorite fun things to do on campus are attend weekend movies in Wells Hall, build snowmen on Adams Field, attend concerts at the Wharton Center, and take bike rides along the Red Cedar River.

Q. Would you recommend MSU to someone who was still in high school now?
A. I would definitely recommend MSU to current high school students. Not only am I learning from all of my classes, but also being a part of this school’s atmosphere is truly something special.

Q. Anything else you would like to tell us about your experience at Michigan State so far?
A. In particular, my experience as a music student has been nothing short of amazing. Not only do I get to learn from highly qualified professors, but the number of high-caliber performers the school brings in to do guest recitals, master classes, and lectures is incredibly educational. There are also countless opportunities to perform and attend concerts within the college of music. At any point during the day, there is always some form of great music making happening within the music buildings.