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West Michigan Spartans

Welcome to the MSU Club of West Michigan website. Our club represents over 24,000 Michigan State University Alumni in Kent, Ottawa, Barry, and Allegan counties. Click here to find out more.

MSU Means Business Speaker Series

The West Michigan Spartans proudly announce that internationally known social media thinker, author and presenter, Erik Qualman, comes to Grand Rapids on Monday, October 6th for its inaugural MSU Means Business Speaker Series targeted to MSU alums and friends of the university. The lunch hour event takes place at Kent Country Club.

The cost is $30 and includes lunch as well as your chance to hear Erik speak on such a relevant topic in today's business world.Erik Qualman is often called a Digital Dale Carnegie. He is a #1 Best Selling Author and Motivational Keynote Speaker. His recent speaking engagements include: Coach, Credit Suisse, Sony Playstation, IBM, Facebook, ADP, National Restaurant Association, Starbucks, AutoTrader, M&M/Mars, Cartier, Raytheon, Montblanc, TEDx, Polo, Nokia and Google

His Socialnomics work has been featured on 60 Minutes, in The Wall Street Journal, and used by the National Guard and NASA. He is a current Guinness Book of World Records holder and was recently voted the 2nd Most Likeable Author in the World behind Harry Potter's J.K. Rowling. Qualman is a sitting professor at Harvard & MIT's edX labs.

His 2014 book What Happens in Vegas Stays on YouTube was recently nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. More details on Erik and his work at and

Most important, Erik Qualman is a deeply loyal Spartan. Erik was Academic All-Big Ten in basketball when he played for Jud Heathcote in the early 90’s and has created an Academic Scholarship for one MSU basketball player each season.


West Michigan Harvest Spectacular

While we hate saying goodbye to summer, the silver lining is that the West Michigan Harvest Spectacular is just around the corner.  Join us again at Robinette's Apple Haus on Sunday, October 12th for an afternoon of cider, donuts, and the World's Most Famous Mascot....Sparty!  The event kicks off at 4 PM and gives area Spartan families a chance to enjoy a beautiful fall day with 400 other Spartans.  Corn mazes, pumpkin decorating, hay rides, cookies, and caramel apples are all part of the fun that day.

To register, CLICK HERE

"On the Banks of the Grand River"

The game didn't turn out quite the way we'd hoped, but it was still a great evening for over 3,000 area Spartans who made it to Ah-Nab-Awen Park to watch the game.  Thanks to all those who attended, and especially thanks to our sponsors who made the event possible.

Thanks to all those who attended the Steve Smith Charity Challenge

We can't thank all those who attended the 16th Annual Steve Smith Charity Challenge as well as our sponsors enough.  It was a great day of golf and a wonderful evening hearing from Coach Tom Izzo as well as Steve Smith.  We look forward to seeing everybody back next year for the 17th edition of the best golf outing in the country.


Another Successful "MSU Means Business"

Thank you our sponsors, the MSU Broad College of Business and all who attended the annual MSU Means Business event April 17th at the MSU Secchia Center.  The panel discussion and evening reception were a great success!  Congratulations to the MSU Business person of the Year, Blake Krueger, CEO of Wolverine Worldwide. We hope to see you all again next year.

4th Annual Spartan Winter Tailgate - Thank You!

 Thank you to the 750 Spartans who came out to the JW Marriott last night to celebrate the Rose Bowl Championship football season.  It was a great night of honoring John Shinsky with our inaugural West Michigan Spartans Legacy Award, hearing from Coach Dantonio, Coach Narduzzi, Coach Staten, and Mark Hollis about their thoughts on the season, and also raising money for some great causes like MSU and the Grand Rapids Public Schools.  We can not thank our generous sponsors enough for their commitment to our club and the community.

Check out all the pictures from this event!!!


Young Alumni Events

Our Young Alumni group is busy as always coming up with great events for our local alums to enjoy, regardless of age.  Check out the Young Alumni page for more information and to RSVP.

The 15th Annual Steve Smith Charity Challenge Golf Outing and Fundraiser

Thanks to all of those who came out and participated in this year's Steve Smith Charity Challenge.  Over 370 Spartans joined together at Egypt Valley Country Club to celebrate MSU Great Steve Smith, MSU, and to raise money for some great causes. We couldn't have done it without our very generous sponsors, please take a moment to read through them so you can support the businesses that support Michigan State.


Kirk Cousins Visited DeVos Children's Hospital While in Grand Rapids


Are you an Alumni Association Member?

Besides getting savings at a variety of businesses such as insurance, car rentals, moving companies, and on campus entertainment, you'll also be helping your local club. A portion of every alumni association membership gets sent directly to your local club, meaning more great events in the Grand Rapids area.