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

Heritage/Tradition

  1. The president’s back yard

    The grounds of the University president’s house over many decades reflect changes in the nature of campus life at Michigan.

  2. A mad magician

    He was a war hero, a triple-threat halfback, and a magazine cover model. Hall-of-famer Bob Chappuis was part of a magical Michigan offense that scored a 49-0 victory over USC in the 1948 Rose Bowl.

  3. That’s life

    In 1947, decades before social media connected us, Life magazine shared U-M Homecoming with Wolverines worldwide.

  4. One day in 'May'

    In 1970, aspiring engineer Gregg Powell, BS ’71, saw the Philadelphia Orchestra at U-M’s May Festival. And everything changed.

  5. Credit due

    Good news! Your 1968 photo of RFK is on the cover of a current bestseller. Bad news: It’s credited to someone else.

  6. Queen of the Hurricanes

    Elsie MacGill, MSE ’29, the first female aeronautical engineer trained at U-M, weathered polio to build planes for Britain’s R.A.F.

  7. The University's busiest regent

    Zina Pitcher, an unsung hero of U-M’s earliest years, was a doctor, soldier, politician, and botanist.

  8. Polite society?

    Long before it was home to Donald Trump, Mar-a-Lago was the splendid palace of Marjorie Merriweather Post. Its shimmery past still glitters at U-M.

  9. Just humor me

    Campus unrest often erupts at times of social unrest. But what about campus humor? Some say it’s at its best when times are not.