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

  1. The president’s back yard

    The grounds of the University president’s house over many decades reflect changes in the nature of campus life at Michigan.

  2. ‘He felt what we felt’

    Frank Beaver celebrates the Wolverines’ love for late announcer Bob Ufer, star of a new documentary.

  3. The University's busiest regent

    Zina Pitcher, an unsung hero of U-M’s earliest years, was a doctor, soldier, politician, and botanist.

  4. Episode 20: The best of Bacon

    Raconteur John U. Bacon, BA ’86/MA ’94, regales the listener with tales – heartfelt and hilarious – culled from a 25-year career covering sports. His new book features “select cuts,” showcasing Michigan heroes Bo Schembechler and Jim Abbott, as well as Detroit legends Ernie Harwell, Joe Louis, and more. Plus: An excerpt from The Best of Bacon.

  5. Working his way through

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

  6. 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.

  7. Detroit's dark secret: Slavery

    U-M historian chronicles a time in Detroit’s history when Native Americans and African Americans were considered property.

  8. 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.

  9. Admit one

    It’s no secret U-M’s admissions process is rigorous. But could the modern-day applicant still pass muster by the founders’ original standards?