this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
A man we once knew as one of the worst safeties in Michigan's history (although he finished his senior season as a pretty good SLB) continues a pretty solid NFL career as a safety, signing with the Texans.
As a Texans fan, I like it. But rumors are we're looking to trade DJ Swearinger, which seems like a waste on such a young player.
Side note: woohoo first post! I've been lurker since '08, but finally decided that I should join the party. Thank you all for entertaining me at work for the past 7 years.
I've been asked to conduct an alumni interview of a prospective student. Has anyone done one? Any suggestions on questions to ask besides what's in the manual?
I figured it was a good chance to make someone listen to me talk about U of M for an hour. I'm out of state, so I don't get that opportunity very often.
My name is Kiel Nowakowski. I'm a Class of 2012 graduate, and I wanted to share with you guys the project I've been working on for the past year. Together with my filmmaking partner, a longtime friend and former Iowa swimmer, I'm making a documentary film about the world of competitive swimming. One of our main "characters" will be Michigan swimmer (former swimmer, technically) Connor Jaeger.
Those of you familiar with our swim program will know Connor. For those that don't, Connor is a 2012 Olympian, 3-time NCAA champion, and was one of the captains of this year's team. Because of NCAA rules, we haven't been able to announce his involvement in our project until very recently.
A brief bit about me/us: I'm a lifelong Michigan fan (it was the only school I applied to), and my partner, Brian Tremml, swam at the University of Iowa, where he also studied film; this project is his baby. We're from Holland, Michigan (same hometown as Desmond Morgan, but we went to Holland High and he went to West Ottawa) and have been friends since middle school. We reconnected after college in order to make this film, and we currently live in Iowa City.
We're currently running a Kickstarter campaign, and this is the part where I ask you to please check it out; the video and link are below. As a near-obsessive MGoBlog reader, I know as well as you do that Michigan people care a hell of a lot about our school, athletes, and our people in general. We really want to get the Michigan community on board with this project, and I know that MGoBlog represents a good chunk of that community. I hope you'll take a moment to look over our project and share it with anyone you think might be interested. You can check out our website too, waterismysky.com
Thanks, and go blue
There are 2,500+ Michigan Alumni in Central Ohio, but only ~500 are AAUM members, and only a small fraction of those even attend alumni events or show up when the Maize and Blue come to town. After seeing all the red in Michigan Stadium last year, it is my goal as a member of the local alumni club to mobilize the faithful down here, regardless of whether they are alumni assn. members or even alumni.
So, all Columbus Wolverines are invited to join the University of Michigan Club of Central Ohio for our Annual Dinner at the Boathouse at Confluence Park (679 W. Spring St., Columbus, 43215) on Friday, May 9th as we welcome David Brandon, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics at the University of Michigan.
The event will begin with a meet & greet from 6-7 PM, followed by dinner at 7 PM, and Brandon's presentation at around 8 PM.
Cost is $45, which includes hors d'oeuvres, dinner, and dessert. It's $50 for non-AAUM members.
AAUM members can register here: http://alumni.umich.edu/connect/event/annual-dinner-and-club-elections-speaker-david-brandon. You can also register by calling the Alumni Association at 800.847.4764. Non-AAUM members can register by paying via check.
If you want to pay by check, send your check, payable to the University of Michigan Alumni Club of Central Ohio, to Matt Stout, 100 S. 3rd St., Columbus, Ohio 43215, by noon on April 30th.
For more information or specific dietary restriction requests, please contact Matt Stout at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don't think this is OT, but if it is, someone can correct.
Calling all Texans:
I just received an email from the Houston Alumni association stating that a University of Michigan specialty license plate could finally be coming to Texas.
"The University of Michigan license plate is on its way to Texas! A portion of each plate sale goes to support scholarships for Texas students attending U-M. Be among the first to register at http://www.myplates.com/go/michigan
Come on everyone!