1998 Silverfest Alumni Weekend
1973: What a year! The hair was big. Agnew resigned. Watergate burglars were convicted. Whispers of impeachment turned to shouts. American troops left Vietnam, the draft was ended, but the Yom Kippur War raged, resulting in an OPEC embargo and energy crisis. Two died and 1,200 were arrested at Wounded Knee. O.J. Simpson became the first to rush 2,000 yards in a season, the A's won the Series, and Secretariat took the Derby. McCartney, Harrison, John, and Simon dominated music. "The Sting" took Oscars for the best flick, but "The Poseidon Adventure" was top earner at $40 million. An average home cost $28,900.
In this turbulent atmosphere, 43 young physicians, the first graduates of MSUCOM, set foot out into the world to begin their professional lives.
Twenty-five years later, we all gathered at a new event in the college, called "Silverfest," held August 28-29, to remember, or to learn about, those times. The Classes of 1973 and 1978 were particularly honored.
Nearly 160 rocked the night away at a dinner/dance and more than 300 attended a massive tailgate party as part of the celebration held August 28-29. Silverfest also included a continuing medical education program, a tour of the new Osteopathic Historical Museum at MSUCOM, the MSU/Colorado State football game, a silent auction and more.
From Dean Allen W. Jacobs:
This is a celebration of excellence for the alumni of MSUCOM's inaugural classes of 1973 We are proud of you - of your accomplishments, your contributions to health care, and your role in setting a precedent of excellence for the more than 2,500 students who have followed you.
We must remember that you were pioneers for the profession, taking significant risks in attending a college totally unknown and unproven. You matriculated in the private Michigan College of Osteopathic Medicine, and graduated from the first public college of osteopathic medicine in history. Yet you never had opportunity to attend class on the MSU campus; your association with the university was limited to paying tuition and attending hooding ceremonies here. But all that being said, you are Spartans through and through!