The SPDC Urban & Regional Planning alumni are among the best in their fields, all over the world. These MSU alumni are represented throughout Michigan’s regions, counties, cities, villages and townships and their planning departments. They work for developers, in nonprofits and state agencies, and everywhere in between. We are proud of their work, but it should be noted that we are biased.
What Can You do with an URP Degree?
Our graduates work in varied career paths ranging from community planning, economic development, transportation. social and environmental policy, real estate and finance, and advanced research and teaching. They work within the private, public and nonprofit sectors. Planners are needed in all walks of life. Here are snapshots of four alumni in the Greater Lansing Area.
Meet the faculty
Whether you’ve just graduated or it’s been a while, reconnect with the program’s faculty and see what they are up to.
The URP alumni are connected through strong professional and personal networks. You can connect through our Facebook or Twitter accounts, or the LinkedIn group. Also available is the Urban & Regional Planning Student Association’s Facebook page.
To connect with other planners and for more information about planning or planning resources, visit the Michigan Association of Planning.
The SPDC’s URP is launching a mentoring program to connect students with URP alumni. If you have an interest in mentoring a student, contact Zenia Kotval for more information. Details about the program are coming soon.
We’re interested in your news and accomplishments, too. If you have a planning-related blog, article, event or news you’d like to share, submit it to the SPDC Communications Coordinator for posting to the URP News page.
If you are interested in supporting the URP program directly, it has several endowment funds that it controls. If you are interested in making a donation, contact Zenia Kotval for more information.
|Endowment Name||Year Est.||Purpose|
|Malcolm Drummond-Shunichi Hagiwara Student Assistance Fund||1989||Encourage students who have demonstrated to achieve educational and professional goals, the motivation to realize these goals and the initiative to seek opportunities to further their progress.|
|Urban Planning Endowed Visiting Professional Practitioners Fund||1991||Enrich the program’s academic cycle, giving students, faculty, and staff extended contact with urban planning professionals in formal classroom settings, seminars, informal meetings and casual gatherings.|
|Jack Horniman Special Enrichment Endowment Fund in Urban Planning||1993||Enrich the program’s academic cycle, giving students, faculty and staff extended contact with urban planning professionals through involvement with intensive practical project settings, such as practicums, design charrettes, project-oriented seminars and meetings.|
|Charles W. Barr Urban Planning Enrichment Fund||2000||Teaching, research and outreach enrichment to benefit students.|
|Bill G. Rowden Memorial Scholarship||2000||Benefit worthy and capable URP students.|
|Tim Hernandez Urban Planning Scholarship Fund||2002||Encourage students who have demonstrated to achieve educational and professional goals, the motivation to realize these goals and the initiative to seek opportunities to further their progress; and attract and retain highly passionate, highly talented students to the URP Program, students who will have the best opportunity to make a difference in the world by using the knowledge gained in the program.|
Visit the MSU Alumni Association for university-wide news and information.