College of Arts & Letters
Alumni Association

The MSU Alumni Association Membership Program is Evolving

In an effort to provide better resources and services to more of our College of Arts & Letters alumni, we are making some exciting, positive changes to our membership program. These changes will go into effect on July 1, 2016.


In years past, members have supported the MSU College of Arts & Letters Alumni Association through membership dues. These membership fees went directly to the Alumni Association to provide programs, events and resources for Spartan alumni around the world.

As of July 1, 2016, membership in the MSUAA will no longer be fee-based, being replaced by a two-tiered structure of services and recognition for alumni and friends of MSU.

  • All alumni and university donors will receive a basic level of services and recognition from the MSU Alumni Association
  • Those making a minimum gift of $100 annually to the MSU college or program of their choice will receive the Spartan Loyal designation with enhanced services and recognition. This means that current Alumni Association members will be able to direct the money that they previously spent in dues to the area of the university that most interests them, rather than to the association. For example, if they are passionate about the arts, they could make a $50 gift to the College of Arts & Letters and a $50 gift to the Wharton Center for Performing Arts and receive Spartan Loyal designation.


In preparation for this change, the MSUAA stopped selling memberships as of May 1, 2015.

The MSU College of Arts & Letters Alumni Association is committed to helping the university community understand these changes, why they were made and how they will affect alumni. If our frequently asked questions do not provide you with all of the answers you need, please contact us by email ( or by calling 877-MSU-ALUM.

Hear Executive Director Scott Westerman discuss the membership transition.

Impact on Lifetime Members

Life members have placed demonstrated value on the long-term importance of financial support to MSU. We value and respect the financial investment they've made, and we are committed to honoring it moving forward. All life members will permanently be considered Spartan Loyal and will receive the associated services and recognition, regardless of whether they make annual contributions.



Alumni Board of Directors

The College of Arts & Letters Alumni Association Board of Directors enhances support and promotion of the college, as well as faculty, current and future students, and friends. Board members provide advisory leadership on behalf of Arts and Letters alumni. As a group, the Alumni Board convenes a minimum of three times per year to discuss alumni activities, Alumni Association membership growth, development of initiatives and funding support for student groups, scholarships and programs, as well as sponsorship of important academic programs, workshops and guest speakers that will enhance the student experience.

Board member terms last three years, with option to renew. Throughout the year, members also work on one or more of the following committees: Executive, Engagement, Awards, Communication, and Effectiveness.

Members have the opportunity to hear from various important campus officials, receive College updates from the dean, faculty, and students, and engage with countless alumni. They serve as representatives of the MSU Alumni Association and the College of Arts & Letters at both  University and College level events. Members are also responsible for selecting scholarship and award recipients, planning events regionally and in East Lansing to engage other alumni and support current students, and serve as ambassadors in promotion of the College.

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If you are interested in serving on the College of Arts & Letters Alumni Association Board of Directors, or know someone who would be a great addition to the board, download the application HERE, and return with a currentresume.

College of Arts & Letters Alumni Association Board of Directors

Kate M. Sonka
(Spanish, 2005)
Lansing, MI

Brittany Parling
(English / Honors College, 2005)
Birmingham, MI

Stefanie Pohl
(English / Creative Writing, 2007) 
Okemos, MI

Kathleen Johnston-Calati
(Humanities, 1969)
Lansing, MI

Jennifer Adams
(English, 1992)
Mason, MI

Kim T. Bowen 
(German, 1974)
Jackson, MI

Maude Campbell
(Professional Writing, 2014)
New York, NY

Ian Clark
(Professional Writing, 2014)
Lansing, MI

Tonya Collier
(English, 1987)
West Bloomfield, MI

Bryce Colquitt
(English, 2011)
Chicago, IL

John Donohoe
(Studio Art, 1987)
Williamston, MI

Eric Federspiel 
(English, 1999)
Bloomfield Hills, MI

Megan Gawlik 
(English / Film Studies, 2007)
Los Angeles, CA

Terence Gipson
(Global Studies / Arts & Cultural Management, 2005)
Oklahoma City, OK

Erin Goebel
(Professional Writing, 2010)
St. Joseph, MI

Carolyn Hook
(Art Practice, 1968)
Canton, MI
John Kajander
(English, 1978)
Houston, TX​​​​​​​

Whitney Miller
(History / Women's Studies, 1983)
Lansing, MI

Tom Mitchell
(German / Social Science, 1993)
Chicago, IL

Jill Moore
(Professional Writing, 2006)
Chicago, IL

Raina Regan
(Art History & Visual Culture, 2008)
Washington, DC

Rich Sternberg
(History, 1965)
Flemington, NJ

Jill Vondrasek
(Studio Art, 1992)
Chesaning, MI