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I celebrated my birthday a couple of days ago. By anyone's standards, it really was a lovely day - I was given presents, cards and delicious treats. I was taken to lunch and spent the evening drinking wine and watching some hilariously trashy television with a group of wonderful friends. Family members called and my Facebook page was filled with good wishes. My daughter sent me a beautiful video of her singing a song that would make anyone tear up. And yet, there was still something missing - a birthday wish from my mom.
It was something I could always count on. My mom was the one other person there for that very first birthday of mine so many years ago and she never missed one. I had no idea when I celebrated my birthday six years ago that a mere 12 days later I would be saying goodbye to her. She was there for my first breath and I was with her for her last. I miss her all the time, but my birthday is one of the worst days - and her birthday, which was just four days before mine. Of course Mother's Day is just a few weeks before that. It can be a difficult time of year.
She was an amazing woman. She was one of the kindest people I've ever met. She never forgot a birthday, anniversary or other important occasion for all her friends and extended family. She was smart, funny and a wonderful cook. She loved my dad, her children, her grandchildren and all of her family fiercely.
Susan Selke has been named director of the MSU School of Packaging.
Longtime Lansing resident and MSU alumnus Joshua Davis, finalist of NBC's "The Voice," returns home for a special concert at 8 p.m. June 26 at Wharton Center's Cobb Great Hall featuring solo performances, special guests and a reunion with "Steppin In It".
The MSU Museum has selected Douglas McFalls, a Ph.D. student in the educational policy program with a specialization in culture based education and museum studies, as the 2015 Nelson Mandela Museum-Michigan State University Museum Curatorial Fellowship recipient.
Three former Michigan State All-Americans - placekicker Morten Andersen, wide receiver Kirk Gibson and running back Lorenzo White - along with former Spartan head coach Darryl Rogers are featured on the National Football Foundation's 2016 (Football Bowl Subdivision) ballot for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame.
As a junior or senior in high school, everything becomes centered on college: where to go, AP credits, costs, recommendation letters, programs and scholarships. But the million-dollar question, the one at the heart of every conversation, is simply "What do you want to do with the rest of your life?"
If there were an international smelling bee, a deadly mite would be a favorite to win.
Michael Rush, the founding director of MSU's Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, will be remembered at a public service at 2:30 p.m., June 14, in the Sculpture Garden at the museum, located at 547 E. Circle Drive, East Lansing, Michigan.
In the quest for knowledge about how our universe works, physicists have been trying to understand black holes for decades. In 2014, MSU professor Chris Adami published a paper that arguably solved the paradox of classical information and black holes.
He discovered that if you throw classical information at a black hole, the information is copied and contained in the stimulated emission of radiation, but not in the Hawking radiation, named after physicist Stephen Hawking. This means information is preserved and the laws of physics remain intact.
Kellie Boyd has always liked helping people. That's why she studied psychology at Michigan State and then earned a master's degree in counseling from MSU. She has worked most of her career with nonprofit organizations focused on counseling and assisting those in need.
Some college students backpack through Europe after graduation. MSU alumnus Derek Blalock decided to bike across America to raise money and awareness for a nonprofit foundation to provide heart screening for teens.
School districts are failing to address the discipline gap between students of color and white students - in some cases even blocking researchers from gathering data on the troubling trend, an MSU scholar argues in a new paper.
MSU College of Veterinary Medicine associate professor Bo Norby has been selected to attend the White House One Health Forum on Antibiotic Stewardship, which takes place today.
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Four more entries punched their ticket for Eugene, Ore., for the NCAA Championships as the MSU track and field program concluded action Saturday at the 2015 NCAA East Preliminary Round at Hodges Stadium in Jacksonville, Fla.
Former Spartan basketball standout Steve Smith has been named as one of three winners of the 2015 Mannie Jackson - Basketball's Human Spirit Award, it was announced by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame May 27.
The Big Ten Conference released the Academic All-Big Ten honorees for the 2015 spring sports on May 28.
A former student has honored one of the world's foremost authorities on pattern recognition, computer vision, and biometric recognition with the creation of The Anil K. Jain Endowed Graduate Fellowship endowed fund.
A first-of-its-kind study by MSU business scholars suggests online gambling would benefit from better government regulation.
Representatives from some of the world's largest research funding agencies, including the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation, will be at MSU Wednesday and Thursday to advise faculty on how to expand their international research opportunities.