1. Alternative Spartan Break

Alternative Spartan Breaks is an opportunity that gives students a chance to expand their horizons with their peers, according to Tina Houghton, the student services coordinator for the Center for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement. It is an invaluable experience to meet new people, learn new things, and gain a new perspective while working with fellow Spartans. Bringing those experiences back to East Lansing and educating the community is life changing.

Initial registration already closed but a few spots are open. Email if you are interested!

Photo courtesy of Alternative Spartan Breaks
Photo courtesy of Alternative Spartan Breaks

The ASB program was first began after students piled into a van and headed south and traveled hundreds of miles to work in schools, soup kitchens and homeless shelters. Shortly after these trips returned to East Lansing the students were amazed by the impact they made and the impact the trip made on them.

Students formed the RSO Alternative Spring Breaks after realizing everything these trips can achieve. Since then Michigan State students have had the opportunity to plan and lead trips all over the United States and around the world.

The most inspirational thing that has come of Alternative Spartan Breaks is the impact it leaves on the students. There are many students that come back and change their majors, their career paths and future goals.

“Because of the wide variety of social issues we work with, students are able to learn things that may not affect them in their every day lives,” Houghton said. “The personal connections students are able to make has a profound impact on the way they critically look at what is happening around them.”

Alternative Spartan Breaks are a way for domestic and international students to broaden their horizons and keep exploring, no matter where students come from or have been before. This is an extremely rewarding experience that many students have enjoyed while attending MSU.

For more information, visit http://www.asb.msu.edu/apply-here/.

2. Experience Detroit led by James Madison College

Experience Detroit (2.10.16) (1)Still looking for spring break plans? Interested in seeing what living and working in Detroit is like? Want to network with a variety of Detroit-based employers in growing fields? If so, consider reserving a spot on MSU’s Spring Break Career Exposure Trip to Detroit planned for March 10 – 12th!

Note that cost of this opportunity is only $300 and that remaining openings will be filled on a first-come, first serve basis.

Email Career Consultant Karissa Chabot-Purchase () for more information and to secure a spot. All interested applicants need to fill in and email the cover sheet (https://goo.gl/QEJIkw) to Karissa. Go to http://jmc.msu.edu/career/experience-detroit.php for complete information.

3. Spring Break Dining Hours

Wondering where you are going to eat during Spring Break? Check out the Spring Break Dining Hours here.

4. Reminder for international traveling

Travel signature now takes at least a week for OISS to process

F and J visa holders are required to do the following for entry into the U.S.:
• Valid passport (at least 6 months into the future from the date of re-entry).
• Valid F-1 or J-1 visa stamp in your passport on the date of re-entry (unless Canadian citizen).
• I-20 or DS-2019 signed by OISS no more than 6 months from the date of re-entry.
• Students on OPT, you must also carry EAD and proof of employment.
•  Make sure you give OISS at least a week to process new travel signature.

For more information on travel, visit  OISS Youtube video.