Alumni

The SPDC Urban & Regional Planning alumni are among the best in their fields, all over the world. These MSU alumni are represented throughout Michigan’s regions, counties, cities, villages and townships and their planning departments. They work for developers, in nonprofits and state agencies, and everywhere in between. We are proud of their work, but it should be noted that we are biased.

What Can You do with an URP Degree?

Our graduates work in varied career paths ranging from community planning, economic development, transportation. social and environmental policy, real estate and finance, and advanced research and teaching. They work within the private, public and nonprofit sectors. Planners are needed in all walks of life. Here are snapshots of four alumni in the Greater Lansing Area.

Meet the faculty

Whether you’ve just graduated or it’s been a while, reconnect with the program’s faculty and see what they are up to.

Connect

The URP alumni are connected through strong professional and personal networks. You can connect through a LinkedIn group, or through URPSA’s Facebook page.

To connect with other planners and for more information about planning or planning resources, visit the Michigan Association of Planning.

Mentor

The SPDC’s URP is launching a mentoring program to connect students with URP alumni. If you have an interest in mentoring a student, contact Zenia Kotval for more information. Details about the program are coming soon.

URP News                                                                                              

We’re interested in your news and accomplishments, too. If you have a planning-related blog, article, event or news you’d like to share, submit it to the SPDC Communications Manager for posting to the URP News page.

Support

If you are interested in supporting the URP program directly, it has several endowment funds that it controls. If you are interested in making a donation, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more information.

Endowment Name Year Est. Purpose
Malcolm Drummond-Shunichi Hagiwara Student Assistance Fund 1989 Encourage students who have demonstrated to achieve educational and professional goals, the motivation to realize these goals and the initiative to seek opportunities to further their progress
Urban Planning Endowed Visiting Professional Practitioners Fund 1991 Enrich the program’s academic cycle, giving students, faculty, and staff extended contact with urban planning professionals in formal classroom settings, seminars, informal meetings and casual gatherings
Jack Horniman Special Enrichment Endowment Fund in Urban Planning 1993 Enrich the program’s academic cycle, giving students, faculty and staff extended contact with urban planning professionals through involvement with intensive practical project settings, such as practicums, design charrettes, project-oriented seminars and meetings
Charles W. Barr Urban Planning Enrichment Fund 2000 Teaching, research and outreach enrichment to benefit students
Bill G. Rowden Memorial Scholarship 2000 Benefit worthy and capable URP students
Tim Hernandez Urban Planning Scholarship Fund 2002

Encourage students who have demonstrated to achieve educational and professional goals, the motivation to realize these goals and the initiative to seek opportunities to further their progress; and attract and retain highly passionate, highly talented students to the URP Program, students who will have the best opportunity to make a difference in the world by using the knowledge gained in the program

Visit the MSU Alumni Association for university-wide news and information.