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The greater Grand Rapids chapter of the Michigan State University Black Alumni Association will officially launch with a party this week.
The chapter said last week that it will support the school’s African-American alumni and “cultivate an engaging environment for present and future African-American Spartans” in the region.
The launch party will be in downtown Grand Rapids this Thursday, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the JW Marriott lounge.
All MSU supporters are welcome free of charge.
People can R.S.V.P. to msuba.gr at gmail dot com.
A dozen African-American MSU alumni from the region came together to form the chapter by working with the national organization throughout last year.
“We want to promote a forum for fellowship and camaraderie amongst all local Spartans,” said Marissa Baty, chapter president. “We believe it’s an honor to be a Spartan, and collectively, we are focused on developing ways to share that honor by increasing local students' exposure and interest in attending MSU and giving back through community service and scholarships.”
There are several other chapters across the U.S.: Detroit, Lansing, Chicago, Dallas, Atlanta, Los Angeles and Washington D.C.
The association was started in 1981 to promote the welfare and interests of African-American alumni, students, faculty and staff of MSU.
“We are interested in broadening opportunities for local black alumni to engage with the national black alumni organization’s initiatives and activities,” Baty said.