Give Green Day: Supporting Student Success

  • Nov 29, 2017
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On Tuesday, November 28, 2017, Michigan State University held its 2nd Annual Give Green Day. The event, held in conjunction with Giving Tuesday—an annual global day of giving—was a chance to give back and make a difference to impact current and future Spartans, especially students. Every college at the university participated.

For its Give Green Day fundraising project, the MSU College of Natural Science (NatSci) promoted its Study Abroad program, seeking to raise $2,500. With cost of education abroad being the most common barrier to student participation, this additional funding was sought to allow the college to cover program expenses beyond student travel, housing, and instruction.

NatSci is constantly working to expand opportunities for its students to experience laboratory and field research as part of their MSU study abroad programs. The fund supports things such as the latest in field technology to further research in Kenya; laboratory supplies for students studying infectious disease in Western Africa; conservation medicine in New Zealand; and more.

“Students who take advantage of MSU Study Abroad become more attuned and part of the larger world,” said Karen Lienhart, NatSci’s study abroad and off-campus credit program specialist. “They have more balanced global perspectives and attitudes. At the same time, they develop a stronger sense of personal identity, flexibility and self-confidence – all developed while they learn and earn credit toward their MSU degree.”

NatSci’s Give Green Day fundraising event was a great success, as the college exceeded its fundraising goal for the program, raising $2,850 and landed an additional $1,000 from MSU Advancement for meeting its goal for a total of $3,850.

“We are thrilled to be a part of a global day of giving and to provide an opportunity to help enrich and enhance our students’ education abroad,” said Corey Palmer, NatSci Senior Director of Development. “Thank you to all who helped us not only meet, but exceed, our fundraising goal for this important program.”

Overall, MSU raised $582,852 dollars from 3,440 gifts received, more than doubling its $250,000 goal for the day.

Missed your chance to give on Give Green Day? You can still make a gift and make a difference for students by visiting or by contacting Corey Palmer at, 517-353-1637.

Banner image courtesy the NatSci Study Abroad program.