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  • Keys to Sparty’s Cabin passed to MSU alumna

    Posted on January 10, 2017 3:14pm

    Sparty’s Cabin — the student-made “tiny home” — has a found a new owner in an MSU alumna. The cabin’s new owner, Debra Levantrosser, was presented with a ceremonial key and quickly realized it was a perfect fit.

    Sparty’s Cabin was constructed by 60 students during the course of six weeks, a product of collaboration between the MSU School of Planning, Design and Construction and several other institutions within MSU.

    After construction was completed, the tiny house was auctioned off through the MSU Surplus store. The bidding ended on Dec. 6, however the winner was not presented with the house until Jan. 6.

  • MSU alumna plans to live in Sparty’s Cabin

    MSU Provost June Pierce Youatt, left, presents the keys to Debra Levantrosser on January 6.

    Posted on January 9, 2017 10:05am

    Sparty’s Cabin has a new owner. Michigan State University alumna Debra Levantrosser is the new owner of the tiny house hand-built by students. The 100-percent livable house complete with a hand-crafted wood counter top, shelves and sliding door has been up for auction since October.

     

  • MSU graduate buys livable but tiny Sparty’s Cabin

    Posted on January 7, 2017 3:25pm

    A Michigan State University graduate has found a way to take her collegiate home to heart.

    Debra Levantrosser on Friday took possession of Sparty’s Cabin, a livable but tiny house built last spring with sustainable materials by roughly 100 people from across the East Lansing campus and community. Levantrosser was the highest bidder for the 177-square-foot home with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $61,000.

    Officials say the project aims to educate and spread awareness about sustainable living and the Tiny House Movement. Proceeds benefit Michigan State’s School of Planning, Design and Construction.

     

  • Sold! MSU alumna buys ‘Sparty’s Cabin,’ a tiny house crafted by students

    Provost June Youatt presents the keys to Sparty's Cabin to its new owner, MSU alumna Debra Levantrosser.

    Posted on January 7, 2017 3:12pm

    Sparty’s Cabin has a new owner.

    Michigan State University alumna Debra Levantrosser is the new owner of the tiny house hand-built by students. The 100-percent livable house complete with a hand-crafted wood counter top, shelves and sliding door has been up for auction since October.

    MSU Provost June Pierce Youatt presented the keys to Levantrosser during a ceremony held on the MSU campus on Friday, Jan. 6.

  • Sparty’s (tiny) Cabin has new owner

    Posted on January 6, 2017 3:30pm

    A few months ago we told you about a “tiny” piece of real-estate built by students at Michigan State University.

    Today that super small house has a new owner.

    The tiny home is only 177 square feet.

    In fact, it’s 15 times smaller than the average house but that’s actually what drew it’s new owner Debra Levantrosser to it.

    “Could I have found a little bit bigger house? Sure, but it’s the story behind it,” said Levantrosser.

    It’s called Sparty’s Cabin.

  • CWD Real Estate Investment’s Samuel Cummings engaged audience at Nov. SPDC Industry Seminar Series

    Sam Cummings is principal and managing partner of CWD Real Estate Investment in Grand Rapids

    Posted on November 30, 2016 1:36pm

    The MSU School of Planning, Design and Construction (SPDC) held its 10th Industry Seminar Series event on Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016, in East Lansing. Featured speaker was Sam Cummings, principal and managing partner of CWD Real Estate Investment, who presented on the “History of Revitalization of Downtown Grand Rapids.”

    Joseph Maguire, president and CEO of Wolverine Development Corporation, and president and co-founder of the Society of Environmentally Responsible Facilities (SERF), is the facilitator of the Series. The series continues to be popular with local alumni and industry leaders, and helps to show SPDC students real-world examples of what is possible to achieve upon graduation.

  • Giving TUEsday campaign to raise funds for CANR Student Club Grants

    Posted on November 29, 2016 8:02am

    Did participation in a student club enhance your MSU experience? This year’s #GivingTUEsday campaign in the college is to raise $5,000 to support Student Club Grants through the CANR Alumni Association.

    This fund provides support for scholarships, student club activities and alumni programming in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR). The fund also underwrites the CANR Alumni Association’s Student Club Grant Program. 

     

  • Alumnus, student earn Mitchell Scholarship

    Joel Arnold, Mitchell Scholarship recipient and recent MSU grad in Social Relations and Policy and Urban & Regional Planning

    Posted on November 20, 2016 12:51pm

    Joel Arnold, a recent Michigan State University graduate with degrees in social relations and policy from James Madison College and urban and regional planning from the College of Social Science; and Margaret Born, an Honors College senior majoring in comparative cultures and politics in James Madison College and Arabic in the College of Arts and Letters, are two of 12 students in the country to earn the Mitchell Scholarship, which is a competitive graduate school scholarship.

    Arnold and Born are two of the three Mitchell Scholars from MSU. The last Mitchell Scholar from MSU was selected in 2001.

    The U.S.-Ireland Alliance established the George J. Mitchell Scholarship Program, which allows up to 12 future American leaders to pursue a year of graduate study in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

    “Congratulations to Joel and Margaret on receiving this prestigious recognition,” said MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon. “As Spartans, they have the talent and tenacity to make an extraordinary impact. I join the entire MSU community in wishing Joel and Margaret good luck on their journeys to make the world a better place.”

  • Sparty’s Cabin up for auction, featured on Agriculture Hall lawn

    Posted on November 15, 2016 2:05pm

    College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Dean Ron Hendrick, administrative staffers from the CANR as well as students from the MSU student chapter of the US Green Building Council will hold office hours in Sparty’s Cabin from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday, Nov. 18. The tiny house is up for auction through the MSU Surplus auction website.

     

  • Students, Recent Graduate Named Finalists For Mitchell, Rhodes Scholarships

    Posted on November 2, 2016 11:34am

    Michigan State University has four finalists for a pair of highly competitive graduate school scholarships – two for the Mitchell Scholarship and two for the Rhodes Scholarship.

    MSU’s Mitchell Scholarship finalists are: Joel Arnold, a recent graduate with degrees in social relations and policy from James Madison College and urban and regional planning from the College of Social Science; and Margaret Born, an Honors College senior majoring in comparative cultures and politics in James Madison College and Arabic in the College of Arts and Letters.

    The U.S.-Ireland Alliance established the George J. Mitchell Scholarship Program, which allows up to 12 future American leaders to pursue a year of graduate study in Ireland and Northern Ireland. MSU has produced one Mitchell Scholar to date.

    “I am honored to have been named a national finalist in this very competitive process,” Arnold said. “Applying for the Mitchell has allowed me to explore more deeply my passion for struggling communities and what I can do to impact these communities in a positive manner while learning from and with the people of Ireland.”

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