U-M Alumni Event in Melbourne, Australia- November 28

U-M Alumni Event in Melbourne, Australia- November 28

Submitted by expatriate on October 16th, 2015 at 1:35 AM

With Michigan football enthusiasm at a (near) zenith, I wanted to draw attention to an event where our most distant alumni are trying to build a community.


There are roughly 400-500 Michigan alumni in Australia, according to the Alumni Association (contact information is spotty though). I thought this would be a good way to get the word out. Here's the formal announcement of our event in Melbourne (the home town of Blake O'Neill) on November 28 (which in Australia is the EVE of the Michigan-Ohio State game).

Meet Fellow U of M Alumni in Australia

We would like to invite you to join your fellow U of M alumni living and working in Australia to celebrate all things Maize & Blue on the eve of the biggest game of the year- Michigan vs Ohio State.

We hope you will join us on November 28 at "The Trunk" in Melbourne, Victoria at 2:30 PM for drinks, food, and camaraderie with other Wolverines.

For those interested in staying and watching The Game on Sunday morning (time TBD), a venue is being organised.

Go Blue! 

U of M Club of Australia


If you are in Australia or know anyone in Australia, we would love a plug. I have found that our alumni crave some kind of connection to the alma mater (which holds events in China and Singapore but not Australia). If you post on this thread we can find a way to get you the official registration info- unlike other alumni events, there is no charge. Go Blue!


-Your fellow University of Michigan Australians

MGo in Chicago 7/24 - New Info

MGo in Chicago 7/24 - New Info

Submitted by JeepinBen on July 3rd, 2013 at 10:49 AM

As a follow up to my earlier thread that Brian (and others) are appearing at the Chicago Alumni Association's Football Preview Event, I just got an email with some more info:

2013 Michigan Football Preview Night with Brian Cook, Gerry Dinardo, and Sam Webb - NEW INFO
When: Wednesday, July 24, 5:30pm-8:00pm
Where: Jenner & Block, LLP, 353 N. Clark, 45th Floor
Cost: $25 for Alumni Association members; $40 for non-members
Details: Join us for an exciting night in anticipation of Michigan's 2013 football season. Following a cocktail reception, we’ll hear from three experts on Wolverine and Big Ten football. Brian Cook (MGoBlog) will discuss a few X-factors for success in the Wolverines’ coming season; Sam Webb (WTKA & GoBlueWolverine) will talk about U of M’s incoming players and Coach Hoke’s 2014-15 recruiting; and Gerry Dinardo (Big Ten Network & 670 The Score) will discuss the Wolverines’ schedule and his view of how they'll fare in the Big Ten and nationally. Afterward, we’ll have a Q&A where our speakers will field questions from you! For more information on our panelists, visit our club's homepage.
The cost of attendance includes light appetizers, beer, and wine, and all profits from the event will go toward our club's scholarship fund for Chicago-area U of M students. Space for this event is limited, so register now!
Registration: To register, click here or call the Alumni Association at 800-847-4764.
Contact: Questions? Email Bruce Canetti at [email protected]..



EDIT: Just registered and it said that capacity was 140 people, so if you'd like to go register now.

Crowdsourcing Qs for U-M Club of DC MGoBlog Event

Crowdsourcing Qs for U-M Club of DC MGoBlog Event

Submitted by MGoShoe on November 27th, 2012 at 12:48 PM

As previously announced in this diary, MGoLeader is scheduled to appear at  "An Evening with Brian Cook of MGoBlog" next Thursday evening in Washington, DC.

At the event, Brian will review the football season, preview the upcoming bowl matchup, and discuss the Michigan basketball and ice hockey seasons to date. He’ll take prepared questions from our moderator (yours truly) and answer your questions on these and related topics.

Here are the details for those considering attending:

Date and Time: Thursday, December 6 from 5:30 to 8:00 pm.

Location: Holland & Knight, 800 17th Street, NW, Suite 1100, Washington, DC 20006

Metro Stations: Farragut West (Blue & Orange Lines), Farragut North (Red Line)

Admission: AAUM Members: $20; Non-members: $25. Admission includes beer, wine, and appetizers.

Registration: Online registration is available here. You may also register over the phone by calling the Alumni Association at 800-847-4764.

As promised, I'm crowdsourcing (on topic) questions from the entire user base. I'll use the input below to develop my prepared questions on football, basketball, hockey, the Athletic Department, B1G expansion, and college sports in general. I'll also leave ample time for attendees to ask their own questions.

Chicago Alumni Event Recap and News from Brandon's Blog

Chicago Alumni Event Recap and News from Brandon's Blog

Submitted by MGoShoe on May 15th, 2012 at 10:12 AM

Mark Snyder of the Freep (read at your discretion) has the recap of last night's U-M Club of Chicago event with Dave Brandon, Brady Hoke, John Beilein, and Red Berenson.


  • The Athletic Dept plans to spend an additional $250M on athletic campus improvements. Focus is on non-revenue sports and the academic center.
  • Beilein said Horford (100%) and Akunne (progressing well) will be ready for pre-season practice. He referred to Horford as having redshirted last year.
  • When challenged on why Michigan didn't lead the B1G in graduation success rate (it finished 3rd), he responded that they're addressing with teams that are lagging and pointed out MBB's 100% rate and Beilein's commitment to academic success in team management and recruiting.
  • Brandon noted that the Bama-Michigan game resulted from a specific request by Nick Saban to play Michigan that was relayed by ESPN.
  • Hoke talked about how they are trying to address concussions by teaching proper blocking and tackling technique.
  • Beilein stated he wants to take the team overseas again when he's eligible to (as early as 2014).

Folks who attended, please feel free to add any anecdotes or additional detail not reported in the linked story.

Next up, Brandon and the coaches visit the U-M Club of Phoenix on 21 Mar. See this diary for the details of the Phoenix event and the remaining AAUM 2012 Coarches Tour venues.

Separately, in the latest Brandon's Blog, Dave Brandon talks about Michigan's commitment to women's sports and Title IX and points out the incredible strides these teams have made since the late 70s. Expecially striking:

It wasn't until the 1974-75 school year that the University of Michigan established its first six women's varsity sports teams: tennis, basketball, swimming/diving, synchronized swimming, volleyball and field hockey. The original budget was $100,000. By 1995 the women's athletics budget hit $4,827,000, and today our budget for women's athletics is at $16,213,000 for 14 sports.

We are not stopping there either. We are one of two schools in the Big Ten Conference that have announced the addition of another women's varsity sport. The Wolverine women's lacrosse team will have its first official competitive season in the spring of 2014.

The big news out of this blog entry was the announcement that Michigan will...

...invest $500,000 for a curtain to be suspended from the Crisler Center ceiling. This curtain will circle the upper bowl and will help create a louder and more intimate setting and an overall improved atmosphere for crowds of 5,000 or less. And we are doing this specifically to help our women's basketball and women's gymnastics teams and their fans.