Michigan State University Armenian Students Association

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The Armenian Students' Association at Michigan State University (MSU) was founded October 1, 2000 by John Avedian and Georganna Yessaian. At it's height during the Presidency of John Avedian it's membership exceeded 300, and consisted of undergraduate, graduate and visiting students, staff and faculty from all over the world. Participants included Armenians from Lansing Community College, Cooley Law School and the local community.

Events included film nights, football games, bar crawls, Armenian dinner parties, lectures, workshops, Armenian Genocide commemorations, out-of-state conference delegations, fundraisers, chalkings, and many other events.

A 2004 book drive, which collected donations of University textbooks and literature, from various departments succeeded in raising an estimated $5000 donation that was sent to American University of Armenia. The Armenian Renaissance Association (Sophia Chapter) of Greater Detroit sponsored the shipment from Lansing to New York, and Harut Sassounian's United Armenian Fund sponsored the shipment from New York to Yerevan.

Delegates John Avedian, Arevik Ordyan, Grigor Sargsyan, Vahan Senekerimyan and Garine Simonyan from the MSUASA were sent to the 2005 Armenian Assembly of America National Advocacy Conference in Washington D.C., where their lobbying skills were honed during panel discussions and workshops for two days, and they met one-on-one with their State Representative Congressman Mike Rogers, and Michigan Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin.

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