Fall(ing) for East Lansing

  • Our Scholars ready to go before the
    homecoming parade

We received a postcard at the MSU Scholarship House over the summer from one of our newest Alums and recent Michigan State graduate, Alex Turkewycz. Alex had sent the postcard from New York where he is currently employed and on the back of the postcard he penned this" Enjoy the fall. There is no better place in the world than East Lansing in the fall.

Leaves on trees are changing colors, the weather is perfect for jeans and a hoodie, football is back and all your closest friends are back under the same roof for the start of the 2017-18 school year. Below are a few events and activities that our chapter has been able to participate in so far this semester that truly make it such a great place to be in the fall.

Every fall our chapter hosts a golf day where numerous Michigan State Alumni, WGA Directors and Scholars and their families participate in a golf scramble to raise some extra funds for our MSU chapter. This year we had 24 groups participate and were blessed with some tremendous fall weather that made for a spectacular day. It's always a good time when a bunch of caddies can get out on the golf course and actually be the ones swinging the golf clubs.

Another exciting event that takes place each fall is breast cancer walk, which our chapter participates in every October in order to help raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research. This event is formally titled Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, and is a one-mile walk around downtown Lansing, starting and ending at the capital. Invitations are sent out to each Scholar's family, and it is always great to see so many Scholars, parents and siblings coming together for a great cause.

For the past several years now, Evans Alum and WGA Director Scott Wilson has been blessing our Scholars with the incredible opportunity to see a Broadway musical at the Wharton Center on the campus of Michigan State University. This year we were privileged to watch The Bodyguard, which is a tremendous feature that originated as a movie in 1992 starring Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston.

Additionally, this fall our Scholars organized a trip to a local cider mill where we were able to spend the afternoon enjoying donuts, fresh apple cider, wagon rides, picking pumpkins, conquering a corn maze, and listening to some live country music. This was a great time of bonding with other Scholars and a fantastic way to spend a Friday afternoon!

One final highlights from this fall was the chance for our Scholars to walk in Michigan State's homecoming parade. This was a great way to get our name out there on campus and represent the Evans Scholarship. Our Scholars walked behind a banner that read "Evans Scholars - Keeping Chick's Dream Alive," and tossed assorted candy (conveniently stored in the pouches of their caddie bibs) to the kids who were lining the street.

All in all, these events and other occasions like them are part of what makes being an Evans Scholar at Michigan State so special. In addition to the aforementioned items, our football team upset our neighbors from Ann Arbor for the eighth time in the last 10 years, so you could say that things are back to business as usual in that regard. I truly believe Alex was right in saying that there is no better place to be than East Lansing in the fall. We are forever grateful. Thanks Chick!