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Volume 50, Number 10 (July 1949)

Smith, Alvie L.
This is Michigan State,   pp. 18-19


Page 18


By ALVIE L. SMITH, '47
Director of News Bureau., Public
  Relations Department, Michi-
       gan State College
Th4 Y
BESIDE THE WINDING CEDAR: Beau-
mont Tower symbolizes Michigan State.
PRESIDENT JOHN A. HANNAH: "Prin-
cipal ingredient in Michigan State's
spectacular growth."
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   N E W E S T ADDITION to
the Western Conference family
is Michigan State College-one
of the most boisterous, ambi-
tious, and progressive educa-
tional institutions of the na-
tion.
   Michigan S t a t e, relatively
 unknown before the war, has
 emerged as one of the 12 larg-
 est universities in the country.
 Not only does it have the stu-
 dent body, but it has the educa-
 tional philosophy, breadth of
 curriculum, faculty and physical
 facilities to match.
 Here are some little-known facts
 about Michigan State College. Fall
 term enrollment reached 16,010 stu-
 dents; and total faculty, including
 teaching, research, and extension,
 numbered over 2,000. Physical fa-
 cilities on the Spartan campus have
 grown tremendously since the end
 of the war through a $30,000,000
 building program. In the field of
 inter-collegiate athletics, all-around
 performance of Spartan teams ranks
 with the best of the nation.
 The institution has come a long
 way since 1855, when it was founded
 as Michigan Agricultural College,
 first of its type in the nation. Carved
 out of the pines in Michigan's Lower
 Peninsula on the outskirts of Lan-
 sing, Michigan State College has a
 tradition in agricultural teaching
 and extension work that can boast
 no equal. As the first land grant
 college in the world, MSC blazed
 the trail for the land grant move-
 ment which was to follow in the
 1860s. These institutions drew upon
 the graduates, educational innova-
 tions, and intellectual philosophy
 developed at MSC.
 In the 1920s, the East Lansing
 college, boasting an enrollment of
 nearly 3,000 students, began to flex
 its muscles and prepare for bigger
 and better things. After curricula
 in liberal arts and applied science
 were added in 1921 and 1924, it was
 natural that in 1925, the Aggies of
 Michigan Agricultural College be-
 came the Spartans of Michigan
 State College.
 Today, students have a choice of
 almost 70 curricula, with more than
 56 of these offering graduate
 degrees. Among the courses offered
 are business administration, medical
 technology, police administration,
m u s i c therapy, bacteriology and
public health, art, public administra-
tion, and 25 fields under agriculture,
home economics, and engineering.
   Although the school is in every
 way a university, officials of Mich-
 igan State prefer to keep the term
 "college" to avoid confusion with
 their sister Big Ten member, the
 University of Michigan.
   MSC got the jump on the more
 complacent colleges of the nation in
 post-war construction. Now nearing
 completion on the Spartan campus is
 a $30,000,000 building p r o g r a m
 started in 1946, almost $13,000,000
 of which is self-liquidating. Con-
 struction also began April 1 on a
 huge modern Continuing Education
 Center, being built at a cost of
 $1,500,000 by the Kellogg Founda-
 tion of Battle Creek.
 The college's construction p r o -
 gram includes six large classroom
 and laboratory buildings, a steam
 generating plant, six large dormi-
 tories, a dormitory food storage
 building, 11. apartment buildings,
 and additions to the Student Union
 and football stadium.
   Michigan State did not get the
nod from Western Conference offi-
cials solely because it had the stu-
dent enrollment and physical fa-
cilities. Probably more important in
their consideration was the quality
of teaching   a n d inter-collegiate
athletic competition.
  The faculty at MS!C is studded
with national authorities. Some of
the more noted are: Dr. Milton E.
Muelder, on leave as deputy director
of the Education and Cultural Rela-
tions Division of the US Military
Government in Germany; Dr. Rus-
sel Nye, author of the Pulitzer
prize-winning biography, G e o r g e
Bancroft; Brahmin Rebel; Dr. I
F o r e s t Huddleson, international
authority in the field of brucellosis
and undulant fever; Ernest Victor
Wolff, world famous harpsichordist
and pianist and one of the leaders of
the Handel Revival Movement in
Germany in the 1920s; Dr. Judson
T. Landis, author of six books and
authority in the field of marriage
and family relations; and Paul D.
Bagwell, on leave as president of
the US Junior Chamber of Com-
merce.
  Principal ingredient in Michigan
State's spectacular growth has been
the inspiring and dynamic leader-
ship of President John A. Hannah.
He has served the college since his
graduation in 1923, being named
secretary of the college's governing
body in 1937, and president in 1941.
He was awarded due recognition as
one of the nation's top educational
leaders when he was elected presi-
dent of the American Association of
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