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


  1. Coming up for air

    Mental health, sensible gun regulation, and the challenges of high-stakes academics are themes in a new movie by co-writer Roger Rapoport, BA ’68. Coming Up for Air, about a troubled student-athlete, showcases Canham Natatorium and longtime U-M diving coach Dick Kimball. The story takes place at a fictional University; U-M has not endorsed and is not affiliated with the picture other than serving as one location. Rapoport regularly presents excerpted scenes with Q&As for families, athletes, educators, and mental health experts. The entire film will be available Sept. 20 through myCinema, which enables theater owners to access and present specialty content. (All photos by Eric Bronson, Michigan Photography.)
    • Diver falls
    • Crew surveys pool
    • Dick Kimball
    • diving board
  2. Come out and play

    Wolverine baseball is back after a terrific 2019 season. It was the first time a Big Ten Conference team reached the NCAA Championship title game since 1966. These images come from Game One of the championship series in Omaha June 24, in which U-M triumphed over Vanderbilt 7-4. Let’s relive some of those magic moments. (All images: Michigan Photography.)
    • Coach Bakich shakes hands
    • 2019 World Series team in dugout
    • Players high five
    • Christan Bullock
  3. Unseen and unsung

    U-M always has been identified with its most prominent professors and famous alumni. But since it began, the place has depended on a small army of staffers and contractors to do the hard labor and perform the daily chores behind the scenes. Often unseen and unsung, they are the people who made the University run.  (All images courtesy of U-M’s Bentley Historical Library.)
  4. Unlocking artistic potential

    In 1996, Stamps professors Janie Paul and Buzz Alexander launched the Annual Exhibition of Art by Michigan Prisoners through their Prison Creative Arts Project. These images include selected works in the 2019 installation. Prisoners report they become more self-confident, more at peace, and more generous through art, Paul says. (Some of these images are cropped for size. Make sure to view the complete work.)
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    • Crop-4-19-J.-MANN,-Graceful
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  5. Going to extremes

    The winter of 2018-19 has taken its frigid toll on Michigan’s residents, both furry and otherwise. Who remembers slogging through the slush on the Diag? We'd love to hear your horror stories. (Photos by Michigan Photography.)
  6. You can’t take it with you

    After the Ruthven Museums building officially closed its doors to the public last year, Michigan Today explored its deserted halls, cupboards, and cabinets to find a trove of fascinating and forgotten artifacts. A renovated Ruthven will be home to classrooms, labs, and offices for the University's central administration staff. Ruthven's former occupants now live in the new Biological Sciences Building.
    • Weird bottles at UMMNH
    • Empty display case
    • "Occasional papers" found after UMMNH closed.
    • Original Museum of Paleontology office.
    • Scrap of paper from UMMNH, 2019
  7. Sinking cities

    Experts predict by century’s end rising oceans will cause significant flooding in coastal cities worldwide. The Sinking Cities Project blends art and science to document the experience of living in such endangered locations -- from Indonesia and Bangladesh to Italy and the U.S. Marcin Szczepanski, visual communications director at Michigan Engineering, and Frank Sedlar, BSE '13/MSE, '15, hope the images help people better understand the effects of rising sea levels. Images are on display at U-M's Hatcher Graduate Library through February. (Caption text by Szczepanski.)
    • Environmental migrant Razek swims in the Buriganga River in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
    • Rice farmer Md. Anarul Islam uses horses to plow his rice paddy
    • Aerial of Bangladesh coast
    • Sajeda breaks into tears
    • Windmills in Kinderdijk, just outside of Rotterdam.
    • Floodgates in Rotterdam
  8. Have We Met: Dialogues on Memory and Desire

    This virtual visit to the Stamps Gallery on Division Street celebrates Ann Arbor’s legacy of social movements and experimental art practices from the late-1950s to the 1970s. Materials from U-M’s Labadie Collection and the Bentley Historical Library are displayed alongside radical artworks influenced by the ideas of freedom and self-determination.
    • Student power exhibit
    • Josh MacPhee’s second installation for the show, titled Black Power, 2018, is shown here. MacPhee is an artist, curator and activist living in Brooklyn, NY. He graduated from Oberlin College in 1996 and spent eight years as an artist and activist in Chicago, where he established a distribution system called justseeds in order get more radical art projects out to the public.
    • Jane Prophet (center), the newly appointed associate dean of research at the Stamps School of Art & Design, with her husband, David Richardson, and Stamps professor and artist Carole Jacobsen (right).
    • Artist Brendan Fernandes’ "I Am Old Enough to Know What We Lost" grieves the loss of 49 people gunned down in an Orlando nightclub in 2016. He is collaborating with U-M dance students to present the performance "Emergency Rave" on Nov. 9, at Ann Arbor's Neutral Zone.
    • Have we Met brings together archival materials and reproductions from the U-M Library’s Labadie Collection Collection of Social Protest and photographs from the U-M Bentley Historical Library in conjunction with radical artworks by diverse, multi-generational artists and designers whose works are deeply influenced by the ideas of freedom and self-determination; re-writing the canonical accounts of history; and building contemporary culture and solidarity through collective action.
    • Diag with PresRes at the rear, right
    • Pres Res, 1870s-80s
    • Angell-era Pres Res, 1880
    • 1890, Presidents Residence
    • Botanical gardens and library, 1900
    • Trellis at the Pres Res