MSU Alumni Magazine - Winter 2017
Letters To The Editor
CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR FALL 2016 MSU ALUMNI PUBLICATION Dear Ms. Davenport, It is a rare occurrence when I write an editor... in fact this may be the first time. But, I want to congratulate you and your staff for an outstanding alumni publication. The colorful cover is intriguing and introduces the continuing theme of improved chair endowment. It is most clever how the “chairs” in the articles are seated in the same chairs. The photography is engaging and the interview questions are insightful. I enjoy learning about the breadth of the academic achievements of MSU and the faculty. I will be forwarding a couple sections to students who are beginning their college search. One student in particular loves horses and doesn’t quite know what she can do with her interest. Your publication’s timing is perfect. Having just read the Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben, I truly appreciate the article about the 350 year-old tree that demonstrates the steadfast nature of these amazing plants and their value to MSU’s campus. The fresh perspective on the MSU 2015 football season stood head and shoulders above the usual sports writer commentary and made the season exciting all over again! On this particular day in the mail, your publication arrived with about 25 other catalogs hawking for the holiday season. I actually read yours cover to cover and tossed most of the others. Congratulations on a superb publication. It visually conveys MSU’s excellence. Jill Egan Parent of Colleen Kerr Egan ’13, & ’14 Criminal Justice THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES Loved the article Sixty Miles of Separation. I carefully examined the picture (pages 38 & 39) and suspect the player on the ground may be my grandfather, Arthur DeWitt Peters, who played for MAC and was captain of the team about 1901/1902. The profile is perfect. The research done in the MSU athletic department back in 1967 substantiated that he had been captain two consecutive years (but I cannot remember which), as they provided me with a souvenir football covered with the signatures from that year’s team and Coach Daugherty, which I sent grandfather for his birthday. Nothing could have made him happier, and it was so timely, as he died the next year. Our Spartan family’s connections include Cornelia Fisher (who attended what was apparently a two-year session at MAC) and married grandfather, followed by my parents Arthur Devitt Peters Jr. And Alyce Louise Waterman, MSC class of 1936, and then me. Thanks for the memories. Joan (Peters/VanDeventer) Ogden, 1968 RECALLING THE UPS AND DOWNS OF MY YEARS AT MSU Thank You to MSU. I so enjoyed the Fall 2016 MSU Alumni edition as well as my fall return to campus after 50 years. Now retired from a career in education, I live in Arroyo Grande, California serving as a volunteer guide at the Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery in San Simeon (www.elephantseal.org). Through the years, folks have asked why I chose Michigan State. When visiting there the summer of my junior year of high school, I remember the large campus, a city of students with its own bus service, a fabulous dairy, and programs well rated in my major interest (home economics focus on interior design). Years later, I wondered myself since my graduate degrees and career took me into new directions. I finally returned to MSU this last October with my husband, Rusty Moore. We stayed 2 nights at the Kellogg Center eating breakfasts and dinners in the State Room, where I had been a waitress while at MSU. Yes, it is still one of the best restaurants in the USA. As I walked the campus awash with the vibrant fall leaves, I reconnected with the adventuresome teenager from 1966...as well as the grief-stricken one from spring quarter, 1968. My MSU years were “the best of times and the worst of times.” The worst: during spring break of my sophomore year, my father died suddenly from an apparent heart attack. I was with other MSU students in the Bahamas and it took two days for my mother to locate me. I received the news about my dad when in a Nassau hotel lobby. The best: I had little money and a stranger at the Miami Airport bought me a ticket back to Washington, DC. Unbeknownst to me, my father’s business was failing and he was deep in debt. Both MSU and my sorority, Alpha Phi, offered me scholarships and loans. Earlier in my sophomore year, I was surprised when Alpha Phi nominated me for the Homecoming Queen contest. Soon I was equally surprised that I was one of ten on the court…and then shocked when I was chosen Homecoming Queen. That weekend, with both my parents with me, turned out to be the most memorable gift of all since it was the last fall with my dad. During my last two years at MSU, I became a serious student. Friends and professors helped me during many sad days. Thank you MSU for your support and grounding as I navigated 1966–70. I know now why I chose you and how my time there launched me into what has been a very satisfying life. I now volunteer with the Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery. For the last three years, from December to March, over 5,000 babies are born right in front of our eyes. Abby Adams, 1970
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