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Fun Facts. Michigan State University. 1855. What year was MSU founded?. The nation’s first land grant university, MSU was the prototype for the 69 land grant institutions established under the Morrill Act. Did you know?.

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    1. Fun Facts Michigan State University

    2. 1855 What year was MSU founded? The nation’s first land grant university, MSU was the prototype for the 69 land grant institutions established under the Morrill Act.

    3. Did you know? Billy Downs, who founded BD's Mongolian Barbeque in 1992, is a 1988 MSU alumnus.

    4. Saints' Rest is the university's first dormitory and was in use from 1856 until 1876. The recent archaeological dig of the site, conducted by MSU students, provided a compelling glimpse of student life in the Civil War era.

    5. Which two sitting U.S. Presidents have delivered commencement addresses at MSU? Theodore Roosevelt and Bill Clinton

    6. To Catch a Panda After a three-year search, an MSU researcher successfully trapped a rare panda to attach a GPS. The team is tracking her to preferred habitats to help develop and recreate those areas.

    7. Where can you go to see a Broadway show, international ballets, operas, and student productions? With upcoming shows for the 2010-2011 season… The Wharton Center for Performing Arts

    8. MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon is the 20th president, and first woman, to lead Michigan State University.

    9. Founded in 1935, the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University is the nation’s first program of its kind.

    10. What is the name of the building that the MSU Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams play home games? The Jack Breslin Student Events Center

    11. The Drive to Recruit MSU Admissions representatives drove 57,360 miles in our quest to turn Midwest students into Spartans. We may just show up at your school this fall.

    12. Which is Correct?MSUis the only university in the United States to have 3 Law Schools 3 Medical Schools 3 Schools of Social Work The Colleges of Human (M.D.), Osteopathic (D.O.), and Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.)

    13. What is the most popular cereal in MSU’s residence halls? Special K with Berries Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes Low-fat Granola

    14. The College of Veterinary Medicine is the first academic institution to house a large-animal, open-bore MRI. The MRI will allow veterinarians to tackle research questions that greatly impact both animal and human health.

    15. 30 lbs!!! How much does Sparty’soutfit weigh?

    16. Which of the following can be found at the MSU Student Union? • MSU Dairy Store • Barber Shop • Computer Lab • Bowling Alley • Food Court • U.S. Post Office • MSU Federal Credit Union • Billiard Room • Convenience Store • Multicultural Center • Classrooms • Biggby Coffee All of them!!!

    17. Did you know? "Spartacus,"the 1960 film that won four Academy Awards, had a portion of its soundtrack recorded in Spartan Stadium. The movie used the crowd noise during a 1959 game against Notre Dame University, during which fans were told to yell “Hail Spartacus.”

    18. Did you know? In the 1870’s, W. J. Beal was the first person to cross-fertilize corn to increase yields. The gardens that he established in 1873 for teaching and research are still in use today.

    19. Michigan State University Men’s Basketball team earned back-to-back Final Four appearances in 2009 and 2010. MSU has been to six Final Fours in the last 12 years, capturing the National Title in 2000.

    20. MSU Football made him an offer he couldn’t refuse. Before he was “Don” SantinoCorleone, actor James Caan,was a walk-on football player for MSU in 1956.

    21. Research that is more than skin deep MSU researchers have developed an automatic retrieval system to help law enforcement match tattoos to suspects. The software system, called “Tattoo-ID,” links tattoos, marks and scars to criminal records of all suspects.

    22. How many tuba players march in the MSU Marching Band? 16-20 The actual number depends on each year’s enrollment.

    23. Michigan State University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison were awarded a $125 million dollar federal grant to do collaborative research in converting natural material into energy. Did you know?