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

Heritage/Tradition

  1. Semper Fi

    Medals never meant much to U.S. Marine Anthony Procassini, ’47, who was wounded at the Battle of Okinawa while serving in World War II. The proud veteran finally received a Purple Heart in July 2019.

  2. Student-athlete: Oxymoron?

    It depends on where you look, writes sportswriter John U. Bacon, ’86/’94, in this excerpt from his new book, ‘Overtime.’ The author examines Jim Harbaugh’s impact on Michigan football as an athlete and a coach.

  3. Step right up!

    Before and after the turn of the 20th century, spring in Ann Arbor brought parades, circuses, and attendant student mischief – including an elephant stampede set off by hooligans tossing firecrackers.

  4. Negotiating Angell

    Though lauded as one of the most influential presidents ever to helm U-M, James B. Angell was not keen on Michigan at first. It took two years, three offers, and a barrage of letters, telegrams, queries, and concessions to lure the beloved ‘Prexy’ to Ann Arbor.

  5. Arrowsmith’s inspiration

    The first and arguably greatest American novel about a scientist — Sinclair Lewis’ Pulitzer Prize-winning Arrowsmith — never could have been written without the real-life character Lewis found at U-M. But the writer never delivered the credit he promised.

  6. The doctor and Ty Cobb

    Handwritten letters between the greatest Detroit Tiger of all time and his physician, U-M Regent Charles S. Kennedy, reveals a kinder, gentler Cobb than common lore dictates.

  7. The Fresh Air Camp

    From the 1920s through the ’70s, U-M offered a green sanctuary northwest of Ann Arbor as a retreat for kids in need of special attention.

  8. Elvis at the end

    Just before he died at 42, the King rocked Crisler Arena in a slightly strange and thoroughly unforgettable concert.

  9. He never saw the Law Quad

    The man who endowed the University’s gothic, architectural masterpiece vowed never to lay eyes on it. He feared he would be disappointed.