FOMARC is Born

This past week the Friends of the MSUARC had their first meeting. They now officially exist! Fourteen “Friends” met (in person and via teleconference) to approve the Bylaws and to begin discussions of how the new organization can best assist in strengthening the MSUARC.

A groups.io presence has been established as a hub for conversation and communication. We hope you’ll join it herehttps://groups.io/g/FOMARC

We would like to announce the first two events to be sponsored by the Friends of the MSUARC. Though these events are focused on the student members (and prospective members) of the MSUARC, everyone (student or not) is invited – and we hope you will all consider attending!

Event #1 – Free Lunch! Tuesday September 19, 2017 11:30am – 1:00 pm

Yes, there is such a thing as a “free lunch” – that is, if you’re a student member of the MSUARC (or prospective member). Please join us for lunch at the Crossroads Food Court in MSU’s International Center – on North Shaw Lane, directly across the street from the College of Engineering Bldg. (https://eatatstate.msu.edu/campus-dining/crossroads) We will try and stake out a few tables on the North side of the eating area (near the large windows). This is an informal get-together. No agenda, just a chance to say hello and share stories (some true and some…). Everyone should get their food in the Food Court and then come over and join the group. Student members (or prospective student members) of the MSUARC will receive $10 to cover the cost of their meal. Come and join the group when you can. Leave when you have to. We’ll plan to be there between 11:30 am and 1:00 pm.

Event #2 – Visit to the WKAR Control Room Thursday September 28, 2017 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

MSU has one of the only broadcasting facilities in the US where the control of television, AM radio and FM radio are all contained in the same control room. We will be touring this control room, located in the Communication Arts & Sciences Building, to learn more about this fascinating operation. Parking is available in the Parking Ramp (corner of Trowbridge Road and Red Cedar Road) and then walk the few steps to the South entrance to the Comm Arts Bldg (http://wkar.org/directions-and-map#stream/0). We will meet at the South entrance to the Comm Arts Bldg. While visiting WKAR we’ll also learn that the Comm Arts Bldg is actually two buildings – one inside the other. Though it appears as one building from the outside, the larger/taller building is U shaped and surrounds the shorter WKAR building on three sides. The two buildings are structurally not connected! Why?

We look forward to seeing you at these two events. And, bring a friend!

73 –

Joe W8JRK
for the Friends of the MSUARC