As the year draws to a close, we reflect on some of the moments that made
our campus experience so unique and wonderful in the last 12 months. Photos by Michigan Photography.
The Michigan Difference
A group of children hold the ribbon at the November 2011
dedication of the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital and the Von Voigtlander
Women's Hospital. The $754-million, 1.1 million square-foot facility features a
12-story inpatient wing, a nine-story outpatient wing, and 348 patient beds in
addition to 16 operating rooms and other state-of-the-art clinical facilities.
(Photo: Eric Bronson, Michigan Photography.)
Each December students celebrate winter commencement,
closing the year with a significant achievement sure to open new possibilites with the turning of the calendar. (Photo: Eric
Bronson, Michigan Photography.)
In late January President Barack Obama delivered a speech
at Al Glick Field House to a crowd of about 4,000 people. He shared his
thoughts on higher education, manufacturing, and more—but not before noting, "Denard Robinson is in the house!" View the speech. (Photo: Scott C. Soderberg, Michigan Photography.)
The U-M Solar Car Team Quantum brought some much-needed
sunshine to the gray February skies with the screening of its documentary, Racing
with the Sun. In July the team won its fourth consecutive American Solar
Challenge. The 2012 team beat its closest competition by more than 10 hours. (Photo: Eric Bronson, Michigan Photography.)
Construction projects abound on the Michigan campus, from
the Residential College and the Law School to Yost Ice Arena and the Crisler Center (pictured here). The "house that Cazzie built" spent much of the year undergoing renovations to prepare for the 2012-13 basketball season. (Photo: Lon Horwedel, Michigan Photography).
"I am a true-blue Wolverine," said CNN medical correspondent and neurosurgeon Sanjay Gupta, '90, MD '93, to the Class of 2012 at spring commencement. "I am one of you. And I am at home today in front of you. In your house. Your very, very Big House." View Gupta's speech. (Photo: Scott C. Soderberg, Michigan Photography.)
In May the moon was closest to the earth on its
elliptical orbit. As a lucky coincidence, it was full at the time. As a result the "super moon" here appears more impressive than usual, especially when pictured above the spires of a Law School tower. (Photo: Eric Bronson, Michigan
Summer in Ann Arbor would not be the same without its annual art fairs. The intersection at William and State streets teems with white tents, artists, and curious patrons enjoying the day. (Photo: Austin Thomason, Michigan Photography.)
An August dawn breaks over the newly renovated Alice Lloyd Residence Hall. The renovation was part of the Residential Life Initiative (RLI), which also included updates to the Mosher-Jordan, Stockwell, and Couzens residence halls. East Quad Residence Hall is currently under construction; South Quad Residence Hall is the next renovation candidate. Other recent RLI projects include the construction of Hill Dining Center and North Quadrangle, installation of fire suppression systems and updated alarm systems in residence halls, and the addition of the Blue Apple at Bursley. (Photo: Scott C. Soderberg, Michigan Photography.)
President Mary Sue Coleman welcomed students to campus in September by hosting a reception in her residence. Later that month President Coleman traveled to Brazil with a delegation of Michigan scientists and scholars to strengthen research and academic collaboration with several leading universities and foundations there. (Photo: Scott C. Soderberg, Michigan Photography.)
This fall Michigan students presented Almost Maine in the Arthur Miller Theatre and Sunday in the Park with George at the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre (pictured here). In late October, William and Delores Brehm committed $8 million to the School of Music, Theatre & Dance to help renovate and expand the Earl V. Moore Building on North Campus. (Photo: Austin Thomason, Michigan Photography.)
The Homecoming crowd at the Big House gave a warm welcome to the Michigan coaches and athletes who competed at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Peter Vanderkaay, who swam for Michigan from
2003-06, won bronze for the 400m freestyle. In all, 22 athletes with ties to Michigan brought home eight gold medals, three silver medals, and one bronze. (Photo: Eric Bronson, Michigan Photography.)
Many U-M students voted for the first time in the 2012
presidential election. The Michigan Union transformed into a polling place Nov.
6, its lawn cluttered with political signs. (Photo: Joel Johnson, Michigan