University of Michigan Alumni Association

Welcome from the President

Welcome to the U of M Club of Grand Rapids website!  

Following the moto of the Alumni Association "For those who leave Michigan but for whom Michigan never leaves, this is where you belong" 

Our local club will hopefully be your place to reconnect with old friends, meet new ones and share your Wolverine Pride. We are a diverse group of alumni ranging ages, experiences and interests. I am a proud 2001 LS&A graduate and enjoy giving my time and energy back to Michigan through our local club activities and scholarship efforts. 

Whether you have been to one, none or many of our local events I encourage you to reach out this year and find a way to engage with other local alums.

Looking ahead to our 2015 - 2016 year we are poised to do great things increasing our membership, programming and scholarship efforts.

We have partnered with Aperitivo at Downtown Market to hold our monthly board meetings the 2nd Wednesday of every month at 5:30pm. Each meeting will be followed up with trivia and networking. Additionally, we are adding networking opportunities by having a monthly happy hour at different establishments around Grand Rapids.

Thanks to the hard work and dedication of many of our board members and volunteers we plan to continue with Game Watch Parties and other social events. We support UM sports teams through hosting receptions when they are playing in the local area. We give back with Community Service working with multiple organizations including Feed America.

We are also committed to Lifelong Learning and will be hosting cultural events and brining faculty to Grand Rapids to broaden our minds and challenge us to think in new ways.

The club has also continued its strong commitment to academic achievement, with the award of 16 additional scholarships for the upcoming academic year to some outstanding West Michigan students. Counting these incoming freshmen, we anticipate having 61 students on campus in the fall who will be receiving scholarships from our program, with an annual outlay of over $200,000. For many of these students, this scholarship was the difference maker which allowed them to attend the University of Michigan, and without it we may have lost these outstanding individuals to other institutions. 

Our club’s endowment and the scholarships that we provide are only possible because of your generous participation in our programs. We sincerely thank each and every one of you for your participation and your contributions, both past and future.

If you would like to get involved as a volunteer, board member or just come to an event please feel free to contact us at grandrapidsclub@umich.edu.  Go Blue!

Sincerely,

Theresa Brown
President

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