On June 10, 2000, MSU’s first female drum major (Mary Houhanisin, 1995) and Sparty (Kris Hulliberger at the same time) were officially married.
In the fall of 1998, Kris purchased a brick at the Michigan 4-H Children’s Garden, a place Kris and Mary would often visit during their class breaks.
When the brick came in on a Saturday morning, Kris told Mary that Sparty had an event at the garden.
Kris brought Mary to the pavilion area of the garden. A bouquet of roses lay on top of the brick, which read, “Mary, Will You Marry Me? Love Kris.”
She said yes.
Mary and Kris, and their two children, remain faithful MSU Alumni.
For the full story, see Alexis Sargent , “When the first female drum major met Sparty, sparks flew and they fell in love”, The State News, February 10, 2016.