Mitch played professional football with Pro Bowlers Deion Sanders, Andre Rison, Morten Anderson, Jamal Anderson, Jerome Bettis, Hines Ward, Kordell Stewart, Bobby Herbert, Norm Johnson, Elbert Shelley, Terance Mathis, Jessie Tuggle, Craig Heyward, Yancy Thigpen, Mike Vrabel, Levon Kirkland, Carnell Lake, Joel Steed, Dermontti Dawson, and was coached by Bill Cower.

MSU Facts (courtesy MSU Alumni Association)

Oren Jack Frost an instructor at MSU and a graphics designer from Lowell, created not only Republican Party elephant logo but also logos for PanAm, Ford Motors, RCA and Eastman Kodak—images that have become legendary.

MSU remains the only multiple winner of national championships in football (1952, 1965, plus four others on various polls) and basketball (1979 and 2000). Obviously, MSU is also the only multiple winner if you also include hockey (1968, 1986).

In 1954, WKAR-TV’s broadcasting tower on Dobie Road, at 1,038 feet, was the world’s third tallest structure after the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building.

The elementary and secondary education graduate programs in the College of Education have been ranked No. 1 in the country by U.S. News & World Report for eight consecutive years. Altogether, 10 of MSU’s graduate programs are ranked in the Top 10 of their field nationally.

In 2001 the MSU Museum was named a Smithsonian Institution affiliate museum, setting up an ongoing exchange of research programs, exhibitions and collections.

Nelson Rockefeller, Adlai Stevenson, George Romney, Walter Reuther, Gerald Ford, Bill Clinton, Walter Cronkite, Van Cliburn, John Kenneth Galbraith, Lee Iacocca, and The Rev. Jesse Jackson have all been featured as commencement speakers at MSU.

MSU’s School of Criminal Justice was founded in 1935 as the nation’s first school of police administration. It is now a world leader in cyber security, forensic science and the study of youth violence.

MSU has produced more Rhodes Scholars in the last 25 years (13) than any other Big Ten University.

The 1979 NCAA Basketball Finals game between MSU and Indiana State is the highest rated basketball game in history.

MSU has more members of the AFL (American Football League) All-time All-Stars team than any other University

Did you know that one of Hollywood’s most successful screenwriting team was the late Jim Cash and his former MSU student, Jack Epps, Jr. Cash & Epps wrote many screen plays, including the ones for Legal Eagles, The Secret of My Success, Turner & Hooch, Dick Tracy, Sister Act, and Anaconda. Perhaps their biggest box office success was Top Gun.

In 1946, Michigan Agricultural Experiment Station crop scientist Steven Dexter revolutionized the popcorn industry by discovering a way to maintain proper moisture content in popcorn so it would pop better.

Steve Smith’s $2.5 million to Michigan State University in 1997 is the largest gift ever made by a professional athlete to his alma mater. Smith’s gift went toward the completion of the $7 million Clara Bell Smith Student-Athlete Academic Center, named for his late mother. Since then, Smith has increased his support to MSU and no other professional athlete has made a comparable or larger donation to his alma mater. Steve Smith, a member of Dream Team III that won the gold medal at the Sydney Olympics, played professional basketball for the Portland Trailblazers. He was an All-American at MSU and led the Spartans to the 1990 Big Ten Basketball Championship.

The university was founded in 1855 as the Agricultural College of the State of Michigan. In 1861, the name was changed to State Agricultural College. In 1909, it became Michigan Agricultural College. In 1925, it became Michigan State College of Agriculture and Applied Science. In our centennial year of 1955, we officially gained “university” status as Michigan State University of Agriculture and Applied Science. In 1964 our name changed to simply “Michigan State University.”

Two of the top 15 grossing films in North American History were produced by Spartans: 101 Dalmatians (1961) and Titanic (1997).

In 1999 it was measured that the building of MSU combined for 21 million square feet of space, enough to provide standing room for every resident of Michigan.