Spartans Will Serve: Global Day of Service @ Michigan State University
Apr 13 all-day
Spartans Will Serve: Global Day of Service @ Michigan State University

When you’re a Spartan, you’re part of something far bigger than campus’ 5,200 acres. We’re a global community more than 550,000 strong, and we’re passionate about making the world a better place. Spartans have a proud tradition of service – many MSU alumni are inspired to serve in their personal and professional lives. This extends to our alumni clubs, employers, individuals, and MSU, who are actively involved in their communities. Additionally, thousands of students give back each year through campus’ Center for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement.

SPARTANS WILL. SERVE is a year-round initiative, and is our way of showing the world the extraordinary impact Spartans make through service. This organized, collaborative effort brings Spartans together to serve others in their communities while demonstrating the reach and power of the Spartan network.

Every year in April, as part of the SPARTANS WILL. SERVE initiative, there is a Global Day of Service to harness the power of this spirit of service, and demonstrate what Spartans can do in a single day. This year’s Global Day of Service will be held on April 13, 2019.

Since 2013, SPARTANS WILL. SERVE has been a great success. Nearly 45,000 hours of service have been donated by more than 9,000 volunteers in 725 locations. These volunteers have provided a collective impact valued at $1,007,282 to their causes.

Learn more about the impact Spartans have made through these videos:

For More Information

If you have questions about any of our service initiatives, please see our FAQ page. Should you have additional questions, please contact:

Maria Giggy, Programs Director
by email or by calling 517-355-7724

Mind the Gap: Bridging the Researcher-Teacher Divide @ Wells Hall, B-Wing
Apr 13 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

This mini-conference event brings researchers and teachers together in dialogue around the questions “Do teachers care about research?” and “Do researchers care about teachers?” Plenary session presentations by researcher Dr. Masatoshi Sato (Universidad Andrés Bello, Chile) and a language educator (TBD) will be followed by a mixer in smaller break-out rooms, where language researchers and language teachers will engage in guided but informal dialogue. The event will conclude with a Town Hall-style forum, facilitated by MSU’s Second Language Studies program chair, Dr. Shawn Loewen.

Just in Time Job Fair @ Spartan Stadium
Apr 15 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Just in Time Job Fair @ Spartan Stadium
The Just-In-Time Career Fair is designed to provide one final connecting point with employers seeking to fill internship or full-time needs before you graduate or move away for the summer.

The fair will be held on Monday, April 15th at Spartan Stadium Office Tower (4th floor) from 4:00 – 7:00 pm and will be open to all majors from universities state-wide.

Questions? Contact Us:

MSU Career Services @ the Stadium


ConGRADulations: Spring Senior Sendoff @ Wells Hall Atrium, 2nd Floor
Apr 17 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
ConGRADulations: Spring Senior Sendoff @ Wells Hall Atrium, 2nd Floor

Graduating CAL Spartans! Come grab your honors cord and CAL graduation gift while enjoying desserts, games, and practice cap decorating! Stop by the Wells Atrium anytime between 6-8 pm on Wednesday, April 17th.

Design via Dialogue & Innovation: Talking with Engineers about Usability @ Ford Labs
Apr 18 @ 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Design via Dialogue & Innovation: Talking with Engineers about Usability @ Ford Labs  | Ann Arbor | Michigan | United States

Join Michigan UXPA for “Design via Dialogue & Innovation” a panel and discussion on how to talk to engineers about usability. This event is hosted by Ford Labs & features guest speakers from Michigan State University.

Register for the event at Eventbrite!

Date & Time: April 18, 2019 12:30pm-3pm

Location: Ford Labs – 201 S. Division St. #210, Ann Arbor, MI 48104


  • Dawn Opel, Ph.D. – Assistant Professor of Digital Media and User Experience in the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures at Michigan State University.
  • Jeff Grabill, Ph.D. – Associate Provost for Teaching, Learning, and Technology and Director of the Hub for Innovation in Learning and Technology at Michigan State University (MSU).

Summary: Designing artifacts for humans inherently means encountering communication challenges. As we play a central role in how technology impacts people’s lives — designers serve on the front lines, frequently finding ourselves in the role of end-user advocate. Dr. Dawn Opel & Dr. Jeff Grabill, from Michigan State University, will help us explore ways that designers can talk to engineers about usability.


  • 12:30pm Doors open
  • 1pm Talks Begin
  • 1:45 Group Q&A
Lift the Rock: Spartans for Accountable Investment @ Erickson Hall, Kiva 103
Apr 18 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Lift the Rock: Spartans for Accountable Investment @ Erickson Hall, Kiva 103

The MSU Center for Community and Economic Development, the Roosevelt Institute, and the Global Expertise International is hosting a drop-in, learn-in event on April 18th, 2019 from 3 – 6 p.m. in the Erickson Kiva focusing primarily on socially responsible investing specifically as it relates to MSU’s endowment spending/practices. This is a great event for students who are planning to go into business/investments, non-profit, social work, higher education, and political science/public policy.

Coffee with a Diplomat @ JMC Library, 332 South Case Hall
Apr 23 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Coffee with a Diplomat @ JMC Library, 332 South Case Hall

Curious about opportunities with the State Department? Want to use your language skills abroad? Join Diplomat in Residence and JMC/MSU alum Philip Beekman (IR, 2000) to learn more about student and career opportunities with the U.S. Department of State

Religious Studies Undergraduate Research Conference @ MSU Museum Auditorium
Apr 26 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Textscape @ MSU Union Art Gallery
May 17 @ 12:00 pm – Jul 12 @ 7:00 pm
Textscape @ MSU Union Art Gallery | East Lansing | Michigan | United States


Hongtao Zhou

Textscapes are 3D printed documents to reemphasis printing in modern technological world.

May 17 – July 12, 2019


Textscapes are 3D printed documents to reemphasis printing in modern technological world. Printing technology was first created in ancient China to reproduce text using woodblocks, however today’s definition had been widely adopted in 3D printing, an additive process more often to create objects instead of duplicate text. Textscape generates letter-sized 3D documents to visually profile the subject matters of the texts, such as cities, landscapes or figures. These documents make reading process interactive for general audience or blind people, as knowledge as well as art. This series of work has variations of braille, language characters, calligraphies and number systems to bridge the contents and its visuality in architecture, landscape, portraits and abstract matters.

Hongtao Zhou is an interdisciplinary scholar and artist, he researches, practices and teaches in the areas of Design, Architecture, Exhibition Design, Furniture Design & Fabrication and Contemporary Sculpture & Installation. Hongtao holds a PhD from Purdue University, a MFA from University of Wisconsin-Madison and a MS from Northeast Forest University of China. He is a professor at Tongji College of Design and Innovation (D&I) and a visiting professor at University of Hawaii-Manoa (UHM). Hongtao had been serving as the Director of the UHM Haigo and Irene Shen Architecture Gallery. Currently he is Executive Member and Curator of the National Association of Chinese Artists in American Academia.

Hongtao has exhibited nationally & internationally including Centre Pompidou, Gwangju Design Biennale-South Korea, National Museum of China, Milan Design Week, Milwaukee Art Museum, Chazen Museum of Art, Haggerty Museum of Art, Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites, Charles Allis Art Museum, Honolulu Museum of Art School, Philadelphia Art Alliance, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland, Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum in Beijing and Taiwan Design Center. He published his work and research in Interior Design, Interni, Design Bureau, Transmaterial, Metropolis, American Craft, Artdaily Zhuangshi Magazine, Modern Weekly and Huffington Post. Centre Pompidou and the University of Virginia collected his work. Hongtao’s work is currently on view in the 2019 Venice Biennale in collaboration with TONTSEN DESIGN in the European Cultural Centre Exhibition.

This exhibition made possible thanks to the MSU College of Arts and Letters, Department of Art, Art History, and Design. Special Thanks to Xia Gao, Associate Professor of Apparel and Textile Design. Work shown made possible by Jiabao Zhu, Project Assistant, Making Lab, Tongji University, College of Design and Innovation (D&I).

Workshop For Teachers of Japanese @ Room B-125 Wells Hall
May 18 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm