Giving Opportunities: Investing in SHRLR's Future

Individual Giving

Do you have fond memories being a graduate student in our signature master's program and your time at MSU? Has your degree from our School opened doors and led to outstanding career opportunities?

To help ensure that our current and future students also have fond memories and outstanding career opportunities, we need your support. Although we can boast about our superlative placement record and great success of our alumni, we have much more we aspire to accomplish. Indeed, your gift can make a difference in helping us achieve our aspiration to educate and develop the best young talent in HR and LR.

Together, we can build the premier graduate program in our profession in the world; one that we can all take great pride in and all benefit from. We ask that you be part of this shared vision by helping your alma mater to the extent you can.

Importantly, you have our commitment to do all that we can to help maintain the exciting momentum and initiatives taken on by our faculty, students, Advisory Board, and Alumni Relations Board over the last few years. You also have our commitment to use your gift wisely as an investment in our future; one that will bring significant returns that you can be truly proud of.

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Featured Spartan Sagas

Duncan Ferguson, Class of 1978, Homewood, IL

Michigan State gave alumnus Duncan Ferguson the start to a great life and successful career in the Windy City.

"Now we want to give something back to the university because it's allowed us to have a great career and to make a difference. Whenever I can help out Michigan State people I do. We come from a space where we're just kind of nice, normal people who want to get the job done."

Corporate Development Opportunities

The opportunities for organizations to partner with our School are wide-ranging, allowing organizations to make gifts that optimize both their primary gift-giving interests and exposure to our students. We will, furthermore, announce widely the names of our donors via our website, 'Facebook' and direct communications with our students and alumni.

Listed below are examples of how many companies have allocated their gifts to our School.

Named Scholarships: Approximately 20 corporations offer scholarship awards, ranging from $2500 to $10,000 each. These named scholarships not only provide needed financial assistance to offset the costs to students enrolled in our master's program, they provide special external recognition of student achievement. The announcement of these scholarships is made during a special banquet held in October at which all of our students, faculty and distinguished Advisory Board members attend. As part of the banquet, we seat scholarship recipients with top executives from the companies providing scholarships.

Named corporate scholarship have been provided by these companies.
Named corporate scholarship have been provided by these companies

Diversity Recruitment: Minorities are underrepresented in the HR/LR profession and our School seeks to attract top minority talent into our graduate program. Accordingly, we have laid out a 'Diversity Initiative' initiated by a team of current students and recently graduated alumni. Funding will be used to advertise/market our program to minority students through campus visits and other media in our effort to increase the pool of minority applicants.

Homecoming 2012

Named Student Leadership Awards: Each year we offer approximately 15 named 'Student Leadership Awards' for second-year students in the amount of $1000-1500 each. The purpose of these awards is to recognize students for their leadership in enhancing the student learning experience and advancing our School. Awards are based on an assessment by a faculty selection committee, which reviews individual applications from students. In these applications, students describe their leadership roles as demonstrated by holding elected offices in our Graduate Student Association (GSA) and in our local, student-run SHRM chapter, by serving on various student committees and project teams (e.g., with respect to student recruitment, student communications, diversity, classroom technology, etc.) and participating in the local chapter of the Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA). These awards are announced at the annual "Student Leadership Banquet" hosted by our GSA. Students are individually recognized along with the companies providing the named leadership award. Awardees receive glass mementos engraved with the name of the recipient and the sponsoring company, along with a stipend.

Student Leadership Banquet Awards.
Student Leadership Banquet.

"Global Classroom of the Future" Initiative: As an extension of our successful student-led 'Classroom Restoration Project", this bold initiative will integrate the best in traditional face-to-face, interactive classroom learning with the most advanced HD video and audio conferencing capabilities. As the first school of our kind to virtually open its classroom doors, we will offer our world-class master's degree to working professionals located anywhere around the globe. Through this virtual portal, furthermore, we will create optimal accessibility to international HR leaders who we will bring front-and-center into the classroom to enrich the study of real-time challenges and strategic decisions our profession faces. As envisioned, our classrooms will be equipped with large, wall-mounted HD monitors and full coverage video cameras and microphones. Needing only internet access via personal computers, online students will have full visual and voice-activated controls that will allow them to participate live in the classroom experience.

Classroom restoration project. 2011
Classroom restoration project.

Study Abroad: Our School is committed to providing special global learning opportunities for our students that will help prepare them for the world marketplace. Unlike any other school of our kind, we offer study abroad classes that focus on international HR and labor relations. The most recent study abroad courses have been held in China, Europe, and South Africa. Funds are used as travel stipends to offset student travel expenses. The availability of these sponsored stipends is communicated to all of our students, increasing the opportunity for students to study abroad.

Group photo from MSU Study Abroad program Labor Relations/Human Resources in South Africa.
Pictured left to right: Eddie Daniels (fellow political prisoner with Nelson Mandela), Abby Werner, Maple Le, Professor John Beck, Dan Machiorlatti, Michelle Winner, Megan Anderson, Jonathan Tsegaye, and Kandace Hansen. Summer 2011

Special Events Support: Our School hosts a variety of special events throughout the academic year. These events include a student/faculty welcoming picnic in September, a homecoming banquet in October at which scholarship awards are announced, a Student Leadership Banquet in November, an annual SHRM conference in February and other student initiated activities.

Student and faculty welcoming picnic.  September 2012
Student and faculty welcome back picnic.

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Give Via Mail

Gifts made payable to "Michigan State University" should be sent to the address below.

School of Human Resources & Labor Relations
South Kedzie Hall
368 Farm Lane, Room S403
East Lansing, Michigan, USA 48824

Give Via Phone

Please contact Nick McLaren at (517) 884-2189.

For additional information on giving to SHRLR, please contact Nick McLaren at (517) 884-2189 or

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