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!
Thread title says it all.
I'd say mine is Dick Costolo, the CEO of twitter. He is always repping Michigan on twitter and even spoke at commencement.
Last night was the AAUM Chicago Football Preview event at which Brian, Sam Webb, and Coach DiNardo spoke.
The event was hosted by law firm Jenner & Block on the 45th floor of 353 N Clark in Chicago, the views were amazing and Brian made this Chicagoan happy by enjoying a local beer, Goose Island 312.
Sam Webb spoke first regarding the freshmen that he expects to make impacts this year. If you frequent MGoBlog there weren't many surprises, but Sam does have good relationships with the coaches and he said we should expect to see a lot of Dymonte in the nickel this year, especially with Jake Ryan out. Dymonte is a capable and willing blitzer, and is definitely a new toy for Mattison to play with. The other impact freshmen were familiar names: Jake Butt (if he can block) Patrick Kuegler (Depending on his shoulder injury/OL performance), and Sam made a good point that by the middle of fall camp we'll know if Derrick Green is going to be the #1 guy. RB reps should shake out a winner. Also, Sam is under the impression that Shane Morris should/will have to play this year. Both for his own and the team's benefit when it comes to the future.
Brian had the podium next and he went through a powerpoint (that he claimed to try to make "serious" and "lawerly" but it did have a cat picture) discussing the 3 X-factors for Michigan's year. Again, nothing too shocking for regular readers, but the new faces on the OL (Brian said that last year's was quite bad, as evidenced by the non-Denard running game, or lack there of), the pass rush (or lack there of), and Devin Gardner are the 3 keys to Michigan's season. On the OL Brian expects Kalis to be a B+ player even as a RS Frosh, that Braden will impress, but not be as good a guard, and he's leery about Miller, but that's mainly because Molk and then Mealer have shown how important the center position is. This is a line that will (hopefully) grow and gel together as the season progresses.
Coach DiNardo talked through the Michigan schedule and how it really favors Michigan in most games. In terms of big games, Michigan rarely faces an opponent that doesn't have the same type of game (big/tough) right before or after. For example, after Michigan and Michigan State play, both team's next game is Nebraska. So the mental energy required is pretty equal. Except for Ohio. OSU has 3 "better than bye weeks" before the Game. DiNardo also liked to troll a bit, asking why we wanted to be in the same division as OSU, and why we don't want The Game moved. He does think that M and OSU will rematch this year in the B1G Championship.
All 3 members were asked for their record predictions, Sam and DiNardo said that 10-2 is to be expected, Brian said 8-10 wins. All 3 agreed that OSU will be tough, that MSU at MSU will be a toss-up, and that the game at Northwestern will be difficult too. The Q&A hit on a few more personnel and recruiting questions, as well as the state of the league. The panelists all agree that Michigan is 1 year away from having piles of talent and depth everywhere, and that Brady and Urban are out-recruiting the rest of the B1G by a mile. DiNardo said he never thought we'd see a Big 2 Little (8 or 10 or 12) again, but based on recruiting that's where we're heading. In terms of the B1G's reputation, the panelists agree that the diversified nature of B1G schools hurts the football prestige. DiNardo made the point that Michigan and OSU have the ability to compete on a national scale with anyone, SEC included, but what's important is the rest of the B1G stepping up as well. However, we have more schools where Football isn't the #1 priority. At Minnesota for example it could be argued that Basketball and Hockey are the #1 & 2 sports. In the SEC it's all football all the time except Kentucky.
If you have the chance to go to an Alumni Event like this I'd highly recommend it. I know Brian is headed out to an east coast event shortly, it was a good time.
Join the University of Michigan Alumni Club of Central Ohio for our Annual Dinner at The Loft in the Smith Bros’ Hardware Building (580 N. 4th St., Columbus 43215) on Friday, June 14th as we welcome well-known author and Michigan alum John U. Bacon.
The event will begin with a meet & greet from 6:30-7:30 PM, followed by dinner at 7:30 PM, and Mr. Bacon's presentation at around 8:30 PM.
Cost for this event is $40, which includes hors d'oeuvres, dinner, and dessert. Please send your check, payable to the University of Michigan Alumni Club of Central Ohio, to Matt Stout, 100 S. 3rd St., Columbus, Ohio 43215, for arrival no later than noon on Monday, June 10th. Space is limited to the first 60 registrants.
For more information, please contact Samir Dahman at email@example.com.