Member Spotlight

Get to know one of our exceptional club members every month! We appreciate ALL of our members, but want to shine the spotlight on Tianyi (Titi) Kou this month for her hard work and dedication to our club!

Tianyi (Titi) Kou


Team Affiliation: Pistol
Academic Status: 4th Year PhD
Majors: German Studies

Titi Kou started her journey as a Spartan in 2017 Fall. After her first visit to Michigan in 2016, she immediately fell in love with the beautiful campus and the academic atmosphere. Before moving to East Lansing, she spent many years in her hometown, Beijing China and also one year in Erfurt, Germany. Before she joined MSU, she worked as a translator for two publishing houses and also as a part-time interpreter for multiple international football clubs during their summer trips in Beijing. Titi has always been interested in sports. She was the team manager of her college’s football team for four years. In her free time, she practiced archery as a hobby. Her interests in sports also help shape her research. Her research focuses primarily on the ways in which the sociological phenomenon of football influences national and regional identities in Germany in the digital age. As a teaching assistant, she taught German language courses at MSU including GRM101, 102, 202, and 325. In the Spring Semester 2021, she teaches an Honor’s option on “sports and society” through the James Madison College (MC333).

Titi joined the Pistol team in 2019 and has competed at the Scholastic Action Shooting Program (taking home a second place medal at one of her first matches!) and at the Orion Leagues. She enjoys precision shooting (with air pistol) the most and plans to continue her practice and training even after university. Being part of the pistol team has been an extremely rewarding experience for her. Through a variety of team activities, such as weekly meetings and training sessions, cleaning pistol sessions, going on competition trips, and competing online with athletes at home and abroad, not only does she improve her marksmanship, Titi has also bonded with other team members and the coaches. She wishes to get back to her training routine soon (hopefully at Demmer) and spend more time with other team members before graduation!