Shaft at ELFF

2 11 2011

“Can you dig it?”

The University Archives is sponsoring a showing of the movie Shaft at the East Lansing Film Festival.  The film will show on Thursday, November 8, 2011 at 7:30p.m. at the East Lansing Hannah Community Center.

In the movie Richard Roundtree stars as John Shaft, “the cat who won’t cop out, when there’s danger all about.”  Shaft is a private investigator who is asked to find the kidnapped daughter of Harlem crime kingpin Bumpy Jonas.  Directed by Gordon Parks, Shaft was originally released in 1971 and features the well-known theme song by Isaac Hayes.

Starring in the movie with Roundtree is MSU alumnus Charles Cioffi as police Lt. Victor Androzzi.  Cioffi graduated from MSU with his B.A. and M.A. in speech in 1961 and 1962, respectively.  1971 was a breakout year for Cioffi in Hollywood.  He also starred in Klute with Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland.

In honor of the Shaft screening, the University Archives will have a booth at the Hannah Community Center where people will be able to enter to win prizes and and learn more about MSU’s connection to Hollywood.

For more information contact the University Archives or the East Lansing Film Festival.   Tickets are $8/general and $6/student and seniors (65+).  Tickets are available through the East Lansing Film Festival website or at the door.

We hope to see you there!





Accomplished Women Graduates of MSU

22 03 2011

47, 131 students currently call MSU their home and approximately 480,000 alumni hold degrees from the home of Sparty. Needless to say, Michigan State has provided educations to a diverse population and many graduates have gone on to become accomplished citizens. In celebration of Women’s History Month, we would like to highlight some of the most accomplished women graduates of MSU.

Each year a theme is chosen by the National Women’s History Project that highlights achievements by distinguished women. This year the theme is “Our History Is Our Strength.”  This theme emphasizes the importance of learning about women’s tenacity, courage and creativity throughout the centuries. It also pays tribute to the millions of women who helped create a better world for the times in which they lived as well as for future generations.

Michigan State University has been the school to many accomplished women. These important women graduates have left a legacy for this school to enjoy for future generations. *Listed in alphabetical order by first name

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Barbara Ross-Lee D.O. ‘73

Dean of the Ohio University’s Osteopathic Medicine College. She was the first African-American to head a medical school in the US.

Debbie Stabenow ‘72

US Senator and House Representative for the state of Michigan.

Donna Hrinak ‘72

US Ambassador to Brazil and Bolivia. She was the first female career Foreign Service officer to be named a US ambassador.

Dorothy Delay ‘36

Master violin teacher at the Juilliard School in New York.

Carole Leigh Hutton ‘78

Publisher and editor Detroit Free Press.

Cathy Jaros ‘71

Featured on the cover of Fortune Magazine. Working for Tappan Capital Partners, she specialized in leveraged buyouts of Food companies.

Florence Hall 1909

Headed the National Women’s Land Army during World War II. This program involved 60,000 women farm workers.

Genevieve Gillette ‘20

Founder and first president of the Michigan Parks Association.

Ingrid Saunders Jones ‘69

Vice President corporate affairs Coca Cola company.

Joan Lee Faust ‘50

Garden editor for the New York Times.

Joan Sills ‘75

President of Colony Hotels and Resorts. She was also the first woman to head a worldwide hotel.

Julie Aigner-Clark ‘88

Founder of the Baby Einstein Company.

Linda Puchala ‘69

President of the National Association of Flight Attendants. She was the only woman to lead an AFL-CIO affiliate.

Lynn C. Myers ‘64 – MBA ‘67

Served as general manager of the Pontiac GMC Division of General Motors. She was named McCall’s/Ward’s Auto World’s first “Outstanding Woman in the Automotive industry” in 1994.

Martha L. Gray ‘78

Co-director of the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Science and Technology at MIT. She was elected to the board of directors of the National Space Biomedical Research Institute.

Martha Smith ‘74

Played Babs, the sorority blonde in Animal House. She also starred in the TV series Scarecrow and Mrs. King.

Maureen McElheron ‘73

Won an Oscar nomination for the best short animated feature in 1988 composing the music for Your Face teaming with MTV animator Bill Plympton.

Molly Brennan ‘82

Member of the GM world championship team which won the first transcontinental solar car race.  MSU Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 1993.

Nancy Ann Fleming ‘65

Miss America and Miss Michigan 1961.

Nancy Hays Teeters

Graduate study in economics at MSU. She became the first woman member of the Federal Reserve Board. She also served as the chief economist for the US House Budget Committee.

Pat Carrigan ‘50

Served as the first female manager of a GM domestic assembly plant. She also served as chair of the MSU Board of Trustees.

Penny Harrington ‘64

Chief of Police for Portland, Oregon. She was the first woman to head a major US city police force.

Robin Stone ‘86

Executive editor of Essence, a magazine for black women with a circulation of one million.

Sally Macut ‘72 –MA ‘79

Vice President of operations for Northwest Airlines.

Sherrie Payne ‘66

Joined the famous Motown trio “The Supremes” in 4975. She composed 250 songs.

Susan M. Schaffer MA ‘69

Vice President of United Airlines In-Flight services corporation.

Susan Packard ‘77 –MA ‘79

CEO of the Home and Garden Television Network (HGTV) she also headed the Food Network and the Do-It-Yourself Network. She was named cable TVs “Woman of the Year” in 1998.

Suzanne Sena ‘85

Host of the Celebrity Homes show on the E! Entertainment Television network

… and of course many others and many more to come.

 

Source: The Spirit of Michigan State, J. Bruce McCristal





Open House at University Archives

29 04 2010

On Tuesday, May 11, 2010 from 5:00-6:30pm the University Archives & Historical Collections (UAHC) will host an open house for staff from Libraries, Computing & Technology departments.  Staff will view the recently renovated UAHC reading room and see the new movable shelving.  Highlights from the collections will be on display and staff will learn fun facts about MSU’s history.  Among the highlights will be maps from throughout campus history, scrapbooks from alumni, and class rivalry posters.

At 6:30pm University Records Archivist Whitney Miller will be giving a presentation to the MSU Alumni Club of Mid-Michigan.  Whitney will be speaking about the unique collections, current educational projects using archival materials, and our new online presence.  Everyone is invited to stay for the presentation in the Conrad Hall Auditorium.

The UAHC will also be celebrating National Preservation Week.  May 9-15, 2010 is the American’ Library Association’s first Preservation Week.  The theme of preservation week is to save our heritage and memories.  In honor of that event the UAHC will be promoting Be Your Family Archivist.  There will be handouts for both adults and children with helpful tips about preserving your family’s history.

Light refreshments will be provided in the Conrad Hall Lobby.  We hope to see you there!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Open House:
5:00-6:30pm
101 Conrad Hall
Whitney Miller’s Presentation on Spartan History:
6:30-7:30pm
102 Conrad Hall

Please RSVP by May 6 to Mary Patterson or Portia Vescio at 355-2330 or email patter38@msu.edu.





Generations of Alumni visit Archives

25 08 2009

On Friday, August 21, 2009 the MSU Archives was visited by a family whose members have been students at the school dating back to the 1940s.  Collin Meierbachtol recently earned his Master’s degree from MSU.  He and his wife, Krista Cruse Meierbachtol, are current doctoral students at MSU.  Collin’s grandfather, Dwight Herman, is a graduate of the MSU Class of 1950.  Dwight came to MSU during World War II as an Air Force cadet and stayed at Abbot Hall.  He returned to MSU after the war to finish his degree.  During that time he and his wife lived in one of the trailers for the married students.  While Dwight was in class, his wife was busy working at the campus police station.

During their visit to the archives Collin and Dwight looked up Dwight in the student directories to get his student address.  They were also able to find Dwight’s old student number.  They looked at photographs of campus from the post World War II era when temporary housing was built to handle all of the students attending college on the G.I. bill.

Are you a member of a family who have been MSU students for multiple generations?  Let us know!  We would love to hear your story.  Contact archives@msu.edu.

Collin Meierbachtol and his grandfather Dwight Herman visit the MSU Archives.

Collin Meierbachtol and his grandfather Dwight Herman visit the MSU Archives.








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