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

Heritage/Tradition

  1. The beginning of what?

    U-M commencement speakers have imparted wisdom, warnings, predictions, and platitudes to graduates since 1845. A common theme: Each class inherits the great events, problems, and possibilities of the time. Plus: 2020 Commencement.

  2. The idea to ‘flatten the curve’

    Decades of studying pandemics and how to curb them led a U-M physician-historian to coin a term the rest of us now use in daily conversation.

  3. Two weeks in 1918

    This bizarre business of social distancing is not new. When the ‘Spanish’ Flu stalked Americans, Ann Arbor all but shut down. Nurses, meanwhile, delivered supplies to victims.

  4. A tale of two writers, an editor, and one amazing box

    As co-founder of ‘Esquire’ magazine, Arnold Gingrich, BA ’25, was a headhunter of literature’s leading talent, from Ernest Hemingway to F. Scott Fitzgerald.

  5. Madelon’s world

    When she died in 1924, Madelon Stockwell, BA 1872, was believed to be the richest woman in Kalamazoo, Mich. A half-century earlier, she was the first – and only – woman to enroll at U-M.

  6. Can data preserve peace?

    U-M political scientist J. David Singer founded the Correlates of War Project in 1963 to assess, analyze, and predict the factors that lead to wars. Ironically, the project grew out of a ‘peace studies’ program.

  7. Three in one: How U-M created the academic medical center

    In the mid-1800s, U-M became the first institution to combine patient care with medical education and research.

  8. Do you believe in miracles? Valentine Davies did.

    ‘Miracle on 34th Street’ is a classic 1947 film about a man who believes he’s Santa Claus. The story came from Valentine Davies, BA ’27, who believed he could spread goodwill.

  9. Poetic plans for Frost House

    Visitors to the Henry Ford’s Greenfield Village can tour the home that poet Robert Frost occupied during his stint in Ann Arbor. The house may soon serve as a center of American literary creativity.