University of Michigan
News for Faculty and Staff

August 22, 2017

Old School

August 14, 2017

Medical Miracles

Michigan’s contributions to medicine and public health have saved lives and enriched communities.

July 24, 2017

Revolutionizing information

U-M and its graduates have greatly impacted the sharing of technology.

July 5, 2017

Bold experiment

Women were admitted to the University of Michigan starting in 1870, the first for a large state university.

June 19, 2017

President Harold T. Shapiro's birthday

Harold T. Shapiro, U-M's 10th president, was born on June 8, 1935, in Montreal. During his presidency, which ran from 1980-87, the "theme of quality over quantity, of 'smaller but better' became the guiding principle" in a period of budget reductions.

June 5, 2017

A summer with Shakespeare

A scene from the 2007 Shakespeare in the Arb production of "The Tempest," which will be revived for this year's Shakespeare in the Arb, June 8-25.

May 22, 2017

The iconic Burton Memorial Tower

The Burton Memorial Tower stands over the U-M campus during the summer of 1946. 

May 1, 2017

The beloved professors of U-M

Joseph Whiting and George Palmer Williams taught the first entering class of U-M. Whiting was a Yale-educated Presbyterian minister, while Williams was two years younger but far more experienced in the classroom.

April 24, 2017

The first commencement

By the time of the university's first commencement on Aug. 6, 1845, the first days of the entering class must have seemed like ancient history. The Main Building — now called Mason Hall — was cramped and an expansion was in the works.

April 17, 2017

The first freshmen

Lyman Norris, George Parmelee, Judson Collins, William Wesson, Merchant Goodrich and George Pray can lay claim as the first entering class at U-M.

April 10, 2017

U-M's Uncle Jimmy

James Ottley, the University of Michigan's custodian and "hatman," was known to scores of U-M students as Uncle Jimmy.

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