Silverfest Alumni Weekend
by K. Friday
It was a good day to be a Spartan. Not only did MSU’s nationally-ranked football team dominate Iowa 49-3 in front of a packed Homecoming crowd, but MSUCOM alumni returned to East Lansing for this year’s Silverfest celebration. Honoring the silver anniversary of the Class of 1974, the twentieth anniversary of the Class of 1979, and the tenth anniversary of the Class of 1989, Silverfest weekend featured two days of exciting activities that allow alumni, faculty, staff, students, and friends of the college, the opportunity to relax and socialize, and renew old friendships.
The weekend began with the first Osteopathic Open Golf Outing, a charity event benefiting MSUCOM student loan funds, educational improvements, and the MSUCOM Alumni Association. A team from the Department of Radiology took first place out of a field of 80. That evening, approximately 180 guests gathered at the University Club for a formal reception and dinner dance in honor of the classes of 1974, 1979, and 1989.
On Saturday morning, CME hosted their “Fall Kaleidoscope” conference for primary care physicians. Four MSUCOM alumni, Gary L. Hills, DO, Anthony Ognjan, DO, John Tower, DO, and Peter Walsh, DO gave presentations at MSU’s Kellogg Center.
By about 10:00 a.m., the Silverfest tailgate had begun, and soon swelled to more than 300. The good food and fun attracted MSU President M. Peter McPherson, who stopped by to say hello. After the food and drinks, it was off to Spartan Stadium and an impressive victory over Iowa. Quarterback Bill Burke threw for four touchdowns and Plaxico Burress caught three passes for scores. It was a good day to be a Spartan.