Office of the VP for Communications – Keeping alumni and friends connected to U-M

Education & Society

  1. Old bones, new home

    U-M’s Museum of Natural History is now open in the Biological Sciences Building, blurring the traditional boundaries between researcher and visitor.

  2. Teachable moments

    As the iconic program ‘Sesame Street’ marks its 50th anniversary, Bob McGrath, ’54, reflects on the ways it taught him ‘to value children in a new way.’ McGrath, once a tenor soloist in U-M’s Men’s Glee Club, spent 45 years with the show.

  3. Fund supports reporters

    Former media executive John Madigan, BBA ’58/MBA ’59, empowers student journalists with a fund named for former Chicago Tribune editor and Michigan Daily alumna (1977-78) Ann Marie Lipinski, BA ’94.

  4. From trash talk to legislation

    In 1976, three student activists walked across the state, collecting rubbish and publicizing ‘Proposal A.’ They succeeded in passing a radical initiative to recycle aluminum cans and glass bottles, transforming Michigan’s landscape.

  5. A (tiny) face in the crowd

    How 50 years and one photo captured an icon’s essence, soothed an artist’s soul, and validated a family’s tall tale.

  6. ‘Lego guy’ brings STEM to Mott kids

    A custom robotics kit offers distraction and entertainment while teaching tech skills to hospitalized youngsters. Alum John McInerney hopes to scale the program through his Ann Arbor venture, Buildup Mobile.

  7. 3,000 toe tags: 1 massive tragedy

    Anthropologist Jason De León humanizes undocumented migrants through art that confronts viewers with the actual names, dates, locations, and conditions of people who died attempting to cross the U.S.-Mexico border.

  8. New alumni portals for community, education

    The Alumni Association of the University of Michigan has expanded its digital universe to make it easier for alumni to connect and learn in person and online.

  9. Lecturer brings prison experience to the classroom

    UM-Dearborn’s Aaron Kinzel uses his life story and personal experience with incarceration to teach students about the criminal justice system.