Giving Stories Archive

MSU and Consumers Energy Partnership Empowers Next Generation of Engineers

Consumers Energy and the Consumers Energy Foundation have partnered with Michigan State University’s College of Engineering to empower the next generation of engineers to address energy-related issues.

A ribbon cutting on September 22, 2011, marked the opening of the Energy Theme Floor in Wilson Hall. MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon and John G. Russell, president and CEO of CMS Energy and Consumers Energy, spoke at the ceremony. Later in the evening, Russell presented a lecture, “Energy and Engineers,” to a group of students, faculty and staff. Click here to read the full article.


Spalding Scholarships reflect love of MSU, family Photo of Spalding family

The son of two loyal alumni, David (Dave) Spalding (’67, Engineering) grew up wearing, seeing and being Spartan green. As a testament to his parents and for all MSU has meant to his family, Dave recently funded the Charles and Mary Jane Spalding Expendable Engineering Scholarships in their honor and became a member of MSU’s Theophilus C. Abbot donor society. The scholarships he created have already helped many engineering students, a high priority for Dave. Click here to read the full article.

Photo of 4 students looking at a laptopGE sponsors Residential Experience in Engineering

With a $160,000 gift, GE is sponsoring the Residential Experience in the College of Engineering. As part of the partnership program, beginning in the fall 2011 semester, GE will present an engineering problem based on the theme "Cleaner Transportation for a Sustainable Future," and students will be immersed in learning about the industry.
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Donor Profile: Steve Noll

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With beneficiaries ranging from the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum to the College of Engineering and the Spartan Marching Band, Steve Noll (Engineering, ’74) is an eclectic donor and good friend of Michigan State University. He is a member of MSU’s Wharton Society.

 A former national merit scholar, Steve could have attended any number of institutions of higher learning, but was swayed to MSU’s Honors College after seeing an impressive “road show” the MSU admissions team put on in his hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio. He is proud of his MSU degree and particularly values the flexibility of the Honors College program which allowed him to broaden his education. “I still recommend it to prospective students I meet,” Steve said. Click here to read the full article.

Consumers Energy powers up engineering program 

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With a $150,000 gift made through the Consumers Energy Foundation, Consumers Energy became the first corporate partner in a new initiative designed to immerse College of Engineering students in realworld issues facing the energy industry.

In the new partnership, Consumers Energy will present an energy-related engineering problem each year to students in the Residential Experience and Cornerstone Engineering program. Student involvement could include developing ideas to solve energy industry issues, leading environmental initiatives, working on energy-related projects that emphasize an interest in technology with a low carbon footprint, job shadowing and field trips to Consumers Energy facilities. Click here to read the full article.

"DREAM" - Will help Engineering Students Achieve Goals

Rick and Nancy Brown

Rick Brown (BS Mechanical Engineering '71) recently established the DREAM Endowed Scholarship in Engineering (Dedicated to Recruiting Engineers for America and Michigan). He says that he has merely planted the seed; his intent is that the endowment will grow into a substantial scholarship as other alumni contribute, thus nurturing the project. Click here for the complete story. (Pages 28-29 Currents, Fall 2007.)

Maibach Gift Leads to New Engineering Career Center Ben Maibach

Ben Maibach and his wife, Barbara, chose to get involved with helping launch a new career services center in the College of Engineering. Ben (BS Civil Engineering '69) and Barbara (BA Mathematics '68) made a generous gift that served as the catalyst in the development of the center. "You have to do things at a different level today. You can't just provide classroom education to students. You need partnership with business," said Ben. Click here for the complete story. (Page 6 of Currents, Spring 2008.)