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Michigan State University - Black Alumni ATL Chapter

Welcome to Michigan State University Black Alumni - Atlanta Chapter



MSUBA History

Michigan State University Black Alumni Association is an incorporated, non-profit organization founded in 1980 by four distinguished individuals looking to celebrate MSU's annual Homecoming among other black alumni and friends.  MSUBA promotes scholarship, academic success, and career advancement among African-American students and alumni.

MSUBA Board Members

Darnell Manning - President

Jeanette Patterson - 1st Vice-President

Carleen Gardner - 2nd Vice-President

Shondra Marshall - Secretary

Lural Baltimore - Treasurer

Sandra Philpott-Burke - Comptroller

Eleanor Cattron-Smith - Parliamentarian

MSUBA-ATL Chapter History

MSUBA Atlanta Chapter, LLC is a chartered chapter of MSU Black Alumni Inc.  The purpose of MSUBA-ATL is to support and promote the welfare and interests of Black alumni, students, faculty and staff of Michigan State University.  We are excited to serve and provide premier events and services to those alumni in the metro-Atlanta area.  


The mission of the MSUBA Atlanta Chapter is to support and cultivate an environment for present and future African-American Spartans by engaging with the community and being the primary resource to maximize their connection to Michigan State University.

MSUBA-ATL Board Members & Chairs

Lori MedleyPresident

Stephen EcholsVice-President

Sylvia Burley-ShieldsSecretary

Tiffany EdwardsTreasurer 

Martin Raxton - Fundraising/Events Chair

Crystal KennedyCommunications Chair

Carleen GardnerCommunity Outreach Chair

Vacant - Membership Chair

About Us



MSUBA - Atlanta Spartans take our community service very seriously.  We have participated in and/or sponsored events such as the Susan G. Komen Race For the Cure, the annual Global Day of Service, and the Annual Charity Polo Match held by Tomorrow's Luminaries Foundation.  It is our mission to improve and enrich our local and national communities. 



MSUBA - Atlanta Spartans love getting together to work hard and play hard.  In addition to monthly meetings, our events include Mix & Mingles, Wine Tastings, House Music parties and summer B-B-Q's.  Of course, we also love getting together for Big 10 football and for March Madness Watch Parties to cheer on our Spartans (Go Green! Go White!).  Visit our Events page to stay plugged in to monthly happenings.



The Michigan State University Black Alumni, Inc. (MSUBA) provides a limited number of scholarships to eligible students who have been accepted to Michigan State University.  This scholarship is awarded in July for the Fall and Spring semesters.  Fifty percent of the award is released for the Fall semester, and the other fifty percent is released for the Spring semester.



An applicant must meet all of the following criteria in order to be considered for a scholarship:

  1. Must have been involved in high school extracurricular activities, community service or have been employed while in school;
  2. Must have been accepted to MSU for Fall semester and must enroll at MSU for a minimum of 12 credits;
  3. Must demonstrate financial need (factors considered include parental income, number of dependents for whom parent(s) is responsible, parental and personal employment status, and other financial assistance;
  4. Must have a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file with MSU's Financial Aid office.