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

Heritage/Tradition

  1. Working his way through

    An African-American student of the 1920s left a vivid memoir of his years in a semi-segregated Ann Arbor.

  2. The late, great 'Cat Hole'

    A woebegone corner of campus once attracted trysts, trash and, a magnificent plan for an amphitheater. And then we paved paradise and put up a parking lot.

  3. An integrated life

    Lyman T. Johnson, MA ’33, was the grandson of former slaves. He integrated the University of Kentucky five years before Brown v. Board of Education.

  4. Rock star

    As a field geologist, 98-year-old Helen Foster, BA ’42/PhD ’46, mapped the farthest-flung islands of Japan, met Emperor Hirohito, and documented Alaska’s landscape.

  5. Soldier, prisoner, lexicographer

    ‘Hereward Thimbleby Price’ may sound like a character in a cozy English tale, but real life took him from Madagascar to Michigan.

  6. Hair down to there

    The ‘Beatle haircut’ of 1964 sent men’s locks at Michigan flowing past the ears, collars, and shoulders.

  7. Halifax, heroism, and hockey

    The hero of John U. Bacon’s ‘The Great Halifax Explosion,’ about the biggest manmade explosion before Hiroshima, is U-M’s first hockey coach.

  8. MGoView

    Feeling nostalgic for those halcyon days in A2? An app created at U-M delivers campus to your phone as a 3-D, augmented-reality experience.

  9. The woods were his classroom

    Pioneering forester Filibert ‘Daddy’ Roth, BS 1890, sowed early seeds that allowed U-M to grow into an environmental leader.