MSU CANR honors Keeder with 2018 alumni service award

The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) at Michigan State University is honoring six leaders in agriculture and natural resources for their community, state and national leadership.

March 7, 2018

Karen Keeder

EAST LANSING, MI — The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) at Michigan State University is honoring six leaders in agriculture and natural resources for their community, state and national leadership. The awards will be presented on March 9 during the annual ANR Week luncheon at the Huntington Club at Spartan Stadium.

Karen Keeder will receive the Alumni Service Award.

Keeder received a bachelor’s degree in packaging from MSU in 2003. Today she is the senior frozen foods packaging engineer for Kellogg Company. Described as a passionate and amazing Spartan, Keeder advocates for and provides resources and valuable connections to School of Packaging students and packaging professionals.

Keeder has worked with Kellogg to provide internships, job shadowing, mentoring opportunities and résumé reviews for students. She has also transformed the subcommittees for the MSU School of Packaging Alumni Association (MSUPAA), specifically processes within events, awards and fundraising. These changes enable the MSUPAA to engage and support the students, school, and alumni.

Keeder has served on the MSUPAA board of directors since 2012 and has played an active role on the executive board for the last 5 years, most recently serving as president.

“Karen is an amazing woman and an amazing Spartan who has spent a lot of time and passion giving back to MSU both through her corporate relationships and personally,” said MSUPAA member Tracy Nameth, who supported Keeder’s nomination.

Keeder is making a positive difference for current packaging students and alumni with her time, service, and passion.

The Alumni Service Award honors an alumnus who has demonstrated continuing outstanding volunteer service to Michigan State University, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources or meritorious public service on a local, state, national or international level. Candidates must possess the highest standards of integrity and character to positively reflect and enhance the prestige of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

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