Silverfest Alumni Weekend
by K. Friday
There is something to be cherished about a fall football weekend in the Big Ten. Maybe it’s the leaves changing, the balmy weather, the aroma of tailgate barbecues, or maybe it’s the thrill of a close game and the chance to see some old friends, cat cup, and talk for a while.
For these reasons, MSUCOM’s Silverfest weekends keep attracting more and more alumni, students, faculty, and friends, and this September’s Silverfest was no exception. Alumni—including those from the honored classes of 1975, 1980, 1985, and 1990—flocked to East Lansing for three days of education, reminiscing, and football.
The weekend kicked off Thursday with 92 golfers arriving at Forest Akers West for a tournament and raffle benefiting MSUCOM student loan funds, educational improvements, and the MSUCOM Alumni Association. This year the college was proud to have seven student teams participate—all sponsored by various COM departments and faculty.
On Friday evening it was off to the University Club, where about 160 guests danced into the night, with several partiers lasting until closing at 12:30 a.m. On Saturday morning the Office of Continuing Medical Education ran its Fall Kaleidoscope conference for primary care providers. Fort-nine osteopathic physicians signed up to learn more about treatment and diagnostic issues related to pregnancy, osteoporosis, hypertension, and obesity. Among the faculty this fall were alumni presenters William G. Anderson II, Class of 1975, and David R. Neff, Class of 1980.
That afternoon, most of the MSUCOM crowd, numbering at times close to 400 persons, had gathered at the tailgate sponsored by Old Kent Bank. There they enjoyed hot dogs, hamburgers, fajitas, and refreshing beverages.
By 3 p.m. the humidity had risen and so had anticipation for the main event: The Spartans versus The Fighting Irish. Given the weather and the tight game, it was not a matchup for the faint of heart, but MSU quarterback Jeff Smoker made up for two earlier mistakes with one big play, throwing a 68-yard touchdown pass to Herb Haygood with 1:48 left, lifting Michigan State to a 27-21 victory.
With the scent of leaves in the air and the roar of victory in the stands, Silverfest weekend proved to be another fine football weekend in the Big Ten.
Share in some of the excitement next fall for Silverfest 2001, September 13-15, celebrating the silver anniversary of the Class of 1976, as well as reunions for the classes of 1981, 1986, and 1991! See Michigan State take on Missouri. For reservations and more details contact Sandy Kilbourn, External Programs, at Kilbourn@msu.edu or Kim Camp, External Programs, at firstname.lastname@example.org.