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

Heritage/Tradition

  1. One odd duck

    How the strange but brilliant Augustus Woodward created the University of Michigan…sort of.

  2. Before the G.P.A.

    For U-M’s first 50 years or so, grades were unknown. But the push for a rigorous letter-grade system came from an unlikely source.

  3. South Quad gaming frenzy

    A wild 1992 video hockey tournament highlighted the rise of personal technology in the average dorm room.

  4. Car craze

    Speeding and “moral decay” provoked a stern crackdown on student drivers in the 1920s.

  5. Summer school for geniuses

    The Summer Symposia in Theoretical Physics attracted the best minds in the world.

  6. The Doors' disaster at Michigan

    Jim Morrison bombs at the homecoming dance –- and changes rock history.

  7. 50 years of the Peace Corps

    From John F. Kennedy to Barack Obama, presidents have challenged University of Michigan students to change the world.

    Plus: Kids these days: How involved is this generation?

  8. Move-in day

    Video: Take a look behind the scenes as thousands of students arrive at their new homes in the dorms.

  9. Higher math at Dominick's

    Mocha and more at Ann Arbor’s legendary hangout.