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


  1. #MadeAtMichigan

    “Whatever the mind … can conceive and believe,” said Napoleon Hill, “it can achieve.” Below is a sampling of some of the bold new ventures emerging from the creative minds at U-M in 2015-16. Visit Innovate Blue to learn more about the range of entrepreneurial activity at Michigan.
  2. Pretty in pink

    An annual explosion of peonies at Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum transforms U-M’s Ann Arbor campus into a massive bouquet of sensory delights. (Captions sourced from The Peony Garden at Nichols Arboretum website.)
  3. Picture this!

    The Bentley Historical Library’s Image Bank just expanded its online database by more than 17,000 new (actually, old) photos. This digital treasure trove includes vintage shots from Michigan Athletics, The Michiganensian, student photo albums, and more. Most downloads are free. Some images may have copyright restrictions. Enjoy this visual trip through U-M history -- just in time for the University's Bicentennial in 2017. (Text by Lara Zielin.)
  4. Sentimental journey

    No matter the place Michigan alumni choose to live after graduation, a piece of their hearts always remains in Ann Arbor. We hope this photographic trip through town sparks happy memories! All of the photos here come from the talented crew at Michigan Photography.
  5. Leisure and Luxury

    Get a rare behind-the-scenes look inside the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology as a team installs the largest exhibit in the museum’s history. See spectacular artifacts unearthed near Pompeii, from the time of Julius Caesar (around 50 BC) to the eruption of Mount Vesuvius (AD 79). The special exhibition runs now through May 15. It occupies about 2,500 square feet, and includes some 250 objects.
  6. A gathering of the tribes

    Students enjoy somewhat unprecedented access to Sault Ste. Marie Chippewa Tribe rituals, customs, and celebrations in an immersive course that takes them to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Read the full story at Michigan's World Class. Watch a video. (Text by Laurel Thomas-Gnagey.)
  7. Living the blues

    Students travel to the American south to experience the vibrant culture and living history of roots music – through people, places, and performance.
  8. Wolverine: A photographic history of Michigan football

    This new book by a pair of Michigan grads captures the might and majesty of the victors valiant during five landmark seasons: 1925, 1947, 1969, 1997, and 2011. Mike Rosenbaum authored the book's text, and wrote the captions here. Michigan Today writer Alan Glenn is president of the Michigan History Project, which produced this photographic history. Former Wolverines quarterback Denard Robinson wrote the book's foreword.
  9. M go boo (the sequel)

    Ann Arbor is idyllic in many respects, but don’t let its serene façade fool you — especially this time of year. To get creeped out by campus history, look no further than this slideshow from the Bentley Historical Library. (Text by Lara Zielin and Rob Havey)