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


  1. That’s life

    In 1947, decades before social media connected us, Life magazine shared U-M Homecoming with Wolverines worldwide.
  2. Whale of a tale

    The University of Michigan Museum of Natural History will offer interactive, "minds-on" exhibits in its new home, opening in April 2019. Till then, experts continue to carefully transport precious specimens from the Ruthven Building to the new Biological Sciences Building. Enjoy this moving experience of two such specimens. (Images by Michigan Photography, unless otherwise noted.)
  3. This is Michigan

    Boosting economic mobility. Stamping out disease. Protecting the Great Lakes. U-M creates impact far beyond the classroom, dispatching knowledge and expertise statewide that touches nearly every aspect of our lives. Check out these scenes of our work around the Mitten.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.)
  6. 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.
  7. Impressions of the Michigan Union

    These images are a random collection of faces and places in time. We hope you enjoy!
  8. 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.
  9. 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.