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


  1. Third century, first class

    Active. Experiential. Engaged. See how U-M students and faculty are transforming education as part of the University’s Third Century Initiative. In an assessment issued in June, U-M leaders reported that the initiative resulted in an institutionalization of engaged learning ideals, an extremely high percentage of students reporting the experiences at graduation, and a faculty more confident overall in using this approach to teaching. The $50 million initiative to transform teaching and scholarship at the University funded many current courses, programs, and projects.
  2. Running down a dream

    Nicole Ver Kuilen, BBA ’13, ran, biked, and swam 1,500 miles down the West coast to raise awareness for Forrest Stump, the nonprofit she founded to champion the rights of disabled people. “I’ve placed limits on myself,” says the athlete, who lost her leg to bone cancer when she was 10. “After this trip I realized: ‘No limits.’” The documentary about her journey, titled 1500 Miles, is in post-production. Support the film. (Photos courtesy of Nicole Ver Kuilen.)
  3. Look again

    Sometimes it takes the eye of a skilled artist to remind us that campus offers a trove of visual delights. These images by student photographers were submitted to the Arts at Michigan's "As I See It" photo competition.
  4. Impressions of the Michigan Union

    These images are a random collection of faces and places in time. We hope you enjoy!
  5. Star power

    The Detroit Observatory, U-M's second-oldest campus building and the state's first observatory, is getting an upgrade. The $10-million project will deliver improved accessibility and greater connectivity, as well as new teaching and reception areas and facilities for storage and catering. The Detroit Observatory opened in 1854.
  6. Remains of the day

    Walking among the sparkling new buildings on campus one may stumble upon crumbling columns, stones, and shards of days gone by. These curiosities are everywhere to be found -- sometimes set into the facades of newer buildings, sometimes within a building's hallway. Like the ruins of an ancient civilization, some are even set inside vine-covered gardens, adding a sense of romance and nostalgia to the campus. The photographs and text here are by Michael Luongo. Visit U-M's Public Art website for more details and information.
  7. Go to nature

    "Every paleontologist knows all things must adapt and evolve or face extinction," writes Dr. Ron Tykoski, BS '95, in a sentimental tribute to the U-M Museum of Natural History, which closed its doors to the public on Dec. 31, 2017. But don't panic. Its new home, the Biological Sciences Building, opens for classes in 2018; the museum will open in stages the following year. And if the memories of the original UMMNH below tell us anything, the new museum is sure to inspire a passion for science in U-M's third century. These images and edited captions were sourced from Museum Memories. Submit your own memories and photos there, and see the UMMNH video "Time to Evolve."
  8. Welcome to the third century

    U-M’s bicentennial in 2017 inspired a blitz of creativity, productivity, and celebration. Enjoy these highlights from the year we turned 200 together.
  9. The ‘real’ real world

    U-M is the nation’s top-rated public university, so it should surprise no one that Wolverines embrace public engagement with a passion.