May 3rd,2022 | Vol.3, Issue 29

in today's zine...

TOTD (Thought of the Day)

Endings & Beginnings by Heather D. Shea, PhD., Director of Women*s Student Services

W*SS News & Announcements

  • W*SS Summer Book Club
  • Apply to be an Intern at W*SS

  • Unconditional Love Fund 5K Sign up
  • Unconditional Love Fund 5K Volunteer Registration
  • W*SS End of Year Survey

Campus Partner News & Announcements  

  • Alliance E-Board Elections
  • Sexual Assault Crisis Intervention Online Summer Training 
  • Chicago Study Away
  • Inclusive Campus Initiative 
  • ISO Women Veterans at MSU
  • MSU Juneteenth Celebration
  • Job Postings City of East Lansing 

Endings & Beginnings
By: Heather D. Shea, Ph.D., Director of Women*s Student Services


“What we call the beginning is often the end

And to make an end is to make a beginning.

The end is where we start from.”

~ T.S. Eliott


I’ve been thinking a lot about the process of closure or the development of meaningful activities that mark the end of an experience. I have learned that I often start experiences (new semesters, new jobs, new friendships/relationships) with a fair amount of fanfare. 

Simply put, beginnings are EXCITING, filled with hope and possibility for what might be next. It’s that butterfly-in-the-stomach feeling of anticipation that something great is about to happen. 

Of course, sometimes beginnings are scary and anxiety-provoking. I worry about being disappointed in myself for not making the most of an opportunity. And, I worry a lot about disappointing others. I worry about the unknowns and the “what ifs.” Sometimes this anxious feeling pushes me too far.

Regardless of the anticipation or anxiety they produce – in my experience, beginnings get all of the attention and appreciation.

And yet, as I’ve reflected on the impending end to the spring 2022 semester (and the 2021–2022 academic year), I’ve been thinking a lot about how truly uninterested I have been, in the past, in the endings of semesters and academic years. Unless there’s a significant milestone involved (graduation!) it's not often that I sit with and consider the emotions and feelings–sometimes of satisfaction for a job well done, sometimes of incomplete fulfillment–that accompanies the ending of a semester.

This year is different. Perhaps it’s because we’ve had moments of shared joy stolen from us by the multiple pandemics. We haven’t been able to gather together. Create the moments of connection that best mark endings. In fact, this might be the first “normal” spring semester ending we’ve experienced since 2019 – that’s a long time to “remember” how to make endings count. 

And so, as I’ve thought about closure, reflection, and meaning-making opportunities, I think it’s best to just reflect on what has mattered most. What has held your attention? What kept you going through tough moments? Who did you reach out to and share the opportunities for connection with this year? 

“Connection is the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship.” ~ Brené Brown

Let’s take a moment to reflect on the connections that might be ending or reconfiguring themselves at the close of this semester.  Here are a few resources I’ve come across that might be useful to you as you seem to build meaningful connections during this ending.

Finally, as we wrap up our programming and engagement this semester, we want your feedback on what went well and what you gained from our programs, activities, events, conferences, and other opportunities facilitated by Women*s Student Services this year. Please take a moment to share your feedback with us through our year-end survey! 

Interested in sharing your own "Thought Of The Day" or TOTD? Come to WILD Wednesday or email us at

We've redesigned the graphics in the W*SS Zine. What do you think? Please share any comments or submit announcements for our August edition by clicking on the button below!
Join Women*s Student Services for the Summer 2022 Book Club as we read Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera! Head to the W*SS office in Room 014 to pick up your copy of Juliet Takes a Breath while supplies last. There will be 3 meetings for the book club, and we will send email reminders of the dates and how much we suggest participants read before attending the meeting (to avoid spoilers!). Meetings will be held via Zoom, but if you are in the Lansing area and want to participate in person, you are welcome to come to the W*SS office for the meetings! If you have any questions, please email Gabby Wahla or Makenzie Morales at  The meeting dates are: May 26th, June 30th, July 28th @ 5:30pm EST.
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DEADLINE EXTENDED! Application open until Wednesday 5/4/22 at noon!

Want to work at Women*s Student Services? Check out our internship application for the 2022-2023 academic year! W*SS interns can earn academic credit or pay with their internship. Please email us at with any questions you have about the application process.
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Join us on Saturday June 18th, 2022 for the Unconditional Love Fund 5K! The registration for the 5K includes a shirt, and there is an option for you to donate directly to the Unconditional Love Fund. Walk, run, bike, or roll your way through this 5K in person or remotely, and support the Gender & Sexuality Campus Center’s Unconditional Love Fund. For more information and for registration, head to our website here.

Register Here
If you are interested in volunteering with our office in staffing the Unconditional Love Fund 5K on Saturday, June 18th, 2022, please fill out the form linked below. After filling out the form and registering as a volunteer, you will receive a promo code for a discounted registration for the 5K (just the price of your shirt).
Sign Up to Volunteer Here!
The end of the 2021-2022 academic year is approaching, and we want your feedback in W*SS! Take the survey linked below to tell us what you thought about W*SS this year, and you can win a free scoop of MSU Dairy Store Ice Cream! To be entered into the drawing, please complete the survey by Friday, May 13th at 11:59PM EST. 30 winners will be chosen and notified on May 16. Please contact us at with any questions.
Take Our Survey!
Join the Alliance of Queer and Ally Students Executive Board! Alliance is the longest running LGBTQIA2S+ serving organization on campus and needs you to breathe new life into the team! Available positions are: CHAIR(President)
Form deadline is Friday, May 6th at 12pm (noon)
Election Night is Friday, May 6th at 5pm, virtually
Learn more about the positions and apply here:

SAVE THE DATE! MSU Juneteenth Celebration, Friday, June 17, 5-9 p.m.

Join the second annual Michigan State University Juneteenth Celebration on Friday, June 17, 2022, from 5-9 p.m. at the Breslin Center.

Mark your calendars! The celebration culminates with this main event themed on AFROFUTURISM, centering on Black history and envisioning futures of Black liberation.

Learn more about the MSU Juneteenth Celebration.

RSVP for MSU Juneteenth

When: Friday, June 17, 5:00 — 9:00 p.m.
Where: Breslin Center (534 Birch Rd, East Lansing, MI 48824)
Wheelchair accessible / All-gender restrooms available
Theme: Afrofuturism
Featuring: Speakers, performances, vendors, artistic expression
RSVP Today

The RSO Team is already preparing for next year! And as we begin our inital convesations and planning, we want to hear from you! Please take a moment to complete the survey below. 

Topics we'll ask about is:

  • The benefits of free space on campus
  • Less fees
  • Resources/supplies RSOs need
  • Workshops/trainings you would like
  • Sharing successes of your year (for us to share out on our Instagram!)
  • Sharing challenges of your year to help us know where we can help and support you moving forward
RSO Summer Key Updates

1) RSOs will be able to start reserving your Sparticipation space in June! We will have some limited spaces set aside for organizations who are new and/or need extra time to organize in preparation for Fall.
2) RSOs can begin requesting OUTDOOR event spaces for next year in JULY!
3) The first RSO Conference will be this Fall!! The goal for this will be to focus on skill building and learning logistical processes/policies and best practices as RSOs begin the year! More information will be released in the coming weeks!

Also, please know that you can reach out to us at any time throughout the summer! Just email!

The MSU Center for Survivors is now recruiting volunteers for our Summer 2022 Online Training Class!

What: Sexual Assault Crisis Intervention (SACI) Team provides essential support, advocacy, and outreach services to the MSU campus and greater Lansing community. Training will be held online. 

Who: Volunteers do NOT need to be current students or affiliated with MSU to get involved!

How: Apply to be a volunteer online or by emailing Kathryn Naber at with a completed application by Monday, May 16th. Applications can be found at


Informational Meeting: learn more about volunteer opportunities on Wednesday, May 11th at 6pm via zoom at our Informational Meeting. RSVP for zoom link to Kathryn at

Looking for ways to volunteer and explore community engagement while connecting with other Spartans this summer? Interested in learning more about social issues and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals? Registration is now open for the Summer of Service! 
How it works:
You’ll join MSU’s Center for Community Engaged Learning’s game on the Goose Chase App, a free scavenger hunt app. Each week starting May 16 at 8:00 a.m. EST, new challenges called “missions” will appear at noon on Monday. There are a variety of missions, so keep an eye out! The missions are flexible for what opportunities are available to you, wherever you call home in the summer, and whatever you have the means to do. Also, you can do as many or as few as you want. The missions close on August 15 at 10:00 p.m. EST. Each mission is worth a set amount of points, occasionally with the option of bonus points. The top point-earners will win prizes!
Where to start:
You can register by clicking here or logging onto Serve. Learn. Engage! with your MSU Net ID and looking for “Summer of Service 2022” under “Summer Semester, 2022.” Once you’re there, just click “register” and watch your MSU email for further instructions for joining the game. Any questions or concerns regarding the Summer of Service should be directed to Rebecca Gackler at Please note that all technical questions related to the app should be directed to Goose Chase. Thank you for your interest in community engagement and service!

Spend a week with in Chicago and learn about communities and careers!

If you are a first-generation college student and would like the opportunity to meet community leaders of Chicago, this program is for you! – See attached.

We will visit the courts, non-profits and corporations to understand how they support their communities.

You can earn academic credit while interacting with different communities and careers in Chicago.

This course would form part of your Spring Semester Schedule (so, if you are enrolled in 12-17 credits for SS22, adding this credit would NOT increase tuition because it is part of the block rate):

1 credit in SSC 490

Cost: $500 (to cover housing/trip fees – if this is an obstacle – please let Cristian know)

Dates: May 9th – 15th

Questions: contact Cristian Lambaren (

The Women's Advisory Committee for Support Staff (WACSS) invites you to join us for Spartantastic: Growing Support Staff Connections in the Gardens. This in-person event will be held on Wednesday, June 1, and is a follow-up to our virtual Spring Forum, which featured conversations about building the Spartan community.  


This networking event for MSU support staff will include a strolling light lunch buffet. Held outdoors in the MSU North Horticulture Gardens, we will have a few announcements, enjoy music provided by the MSU Jazz Quartet, and take photos with Sparty.


Spartantastic: Growing Support Staff Connections in the Gardens  

A WACSS-hosted support staff networking event  

MSU Horticulture North Gardens; 1066 Bogue Street  

Wednesday, June 1, 2022  

1 - 4 p.m.

In the case of inclement weather, the gathering will be hosted in the North Horticulture Gardens Conservatory 


Space is limited, so please register soon! 

The Inclusive Campus Initiative (ICI) is designed to create a space wherein discussions of student social justice and advocacy issues involve students voices firsthand. The ICI offers multiple opportunities for collaboration between partners focused on student advocacy work across campus. Check out the ICI Website here! Fun fact: the W*SS Assistant Director, Gabby Wahla is on one of the task forces for the Inclusive Campus Initiative!

The Know More Campus Survey is out now!

The Know More Campus Survey was designed by the Relationship Violence and Sexual Misconduct Expert Advisory workgroup to measure the culture, perceptions and policies associated with relationship violence and sexual misconduct among undergraduate students, graduate/professional students, faculty and staff on campus. The first iteration of this survey was launched in 2019 and the data gathered was used to inform the RVSM Strategic Plan.  MSU is committed to collaboratively working toward a campus culture free from discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct, and relationship violence. The input of students, faculty, and staff is necessary to inform important work on these issues across the campus community.

Survey invitations have been sent to all eligible participants to their MSU email address.

How to access the survey:

  • Click the unique access link in the email for the survey
  • After completing the survey, exit out of browser window.

Survey reminder emails will be sent out during the survey period and may contain an updated access code. Please be sure to reference your latest email for the most current code.

Student Veterans Resource Center is covering the registration costs for women veterans interested in participating in this conference in Lansing, MI on June 10-11.

The conference celebrates the 43,000+ women veterans in Michigan and learn about advocacy for yourself and your community. At this conference you’ll learn:

  • How to advocate for your mental and physical health.
  • How to advocate for others by learning how to run for office in your local community or apply for a commission or board.
  • How to advocate for yourself in your job and get that raise or promotion.
  • This conference is jam packed with content, networking and tools to take your life up a notch!

Contact Patrick Forystek at if you are interested in attending!

SAVE THE DATE! MSU Juneteenth Celebration, Friday, June 17, 5-9 p.m.

Join the second annual Michigan State University Juneteenth Celebration on Friday, June 17, 2022, from 5-9 p.m. at the Breslin Center.

Mark your calendars! The celebration culminates with this main event themed on AFROFUTURISM, centering on Black history and envisioning futures of Black liberation.

Learn more about the MSU Juneteenth Celebration.

"Not only Darkness: The Legacy and Future of Black Speculative Practice"


Keynote speaker: Julian Chambliss, Ph.D., College of Arts and Letters

Dr. Chambliss (he/him) is a professor in the Department of English. His engagement with Afrofuturism spans teaching, research and public programming.


When: Friday, June 17, 5:00 — 9:00 p.m.

Where: Breslin Center (534 Birch Rd, East Lansing, MI 48824)

Wheelchair accessible / All-gender restrooms available

Theme: Afrofuturism

Featuring: Speakers, performances, vendors, artistic expression


RSVP Today!

Looking for a summer job? 
The City of East Lansing is a great employer and flexible schedules are available. They provide all training.  Great opportunity and resume builder for interested students! Additional info and postings at this link:
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