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The Michigan Difference Campaign Celebration

University officials on Nov. 14 announced The Michigan Difference has raised more than $3.1 billion in support of facilities, programs, professorships and student aid since July 2000. The support of more than 364,000 donors has enabled the University to increase greatly student financial aid, create new student programs, hire and retain outstanding faculty, support groundbreaking research, and provide new buildings for health care, teaching, arts and entertainment, and more.

Nine people received the David B. Hermelin Award for Fundraising Volunteer Leadership, named after Hermelin, who dedicated two decades to fundraising for U-M. The annual award is presented to volunteers who reflect the passion, integrity and commitment displayed by Hermelin on behalf of his alma mater. Recipients are, from left, William Bogaard, Jan and David Brandon, Stanley Frankel, Paul and Susan Meister, Stephen Ross, Judith Dow Rumelhart and Marshall Weinberg. (Photo by Scott Galvin, U-M Photo Services)

The husband-and-wife team of NBC Sports anchor Andrea Joyce (AB ’76) and CBS Early Show anchor Harry Smith emcee the celebration at Hill Auditorium. (Photo by Scott Galvin, U-M Photo Services)

Celebratory ribbons cascade as the final Michigan Difference fundraising amount is disclosed on the stage of Hill Auditorium. (Photo by Scott Soderberg, U-M Photo Services)

Students from the School of Music, Theatre & Dance perform “Seasons of Love” from the musical “Rent.” (Photo by Scott Soderberg, U-M Photo Services)

President Mary Sue Coleman says the fundraising effort will provide “infinite possibilities” to those at U-M. (Photo by Scott Galvin, U-M Photo Services)

College of Engineering students surprise donors Peter S. (BSE EE ’56) and Evelyn Fuss with a human “tunnel of appreciation” during the College’s celebration of The Michigan Difference Campaign on Nov. 14. Cheering students dressed in maize and blue lined both sides of the walkway from the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Biomedical Engineering Building, across the street, and into the Ford Library for a luncheon to celebrate donors. (Photo by Martin Vloet, U-M Photo Services)

Charles Hutchins (BSEME ’57), at left, and H. Carl Walker (BSECE ’58, MSE ’59) show off their formal U-M-embossed suits while celebrating The Michigan Difference Campaign at a strolling dinner in Crisler Arena. (Photo by Scott Soderberg, U-M Photo Services). Paul Schervish, below, professor of sociology at Boston College, delivers the keynote address on “Philanthropy’s Happiness” during the campaign finale at Hill Auditorium. (Photo by Scott Galvin, U-M Photo Services)

“Donors have not only given to today’s faculty and students, they have invested in the future,” says Campaign Chair Rich Rogel. (Photo by Scott Soderberg, U-M Photo Services)

Above, a seven-minute student video “What is the Michigan Difference?,” shown during the celebration, includes LSA student Jamie Budnick. To view the video go to Below, Crisler Arena was transformed into a colorful, festive spot for a strolling dinner on the evening of the finale. (Photo by Scott Soderberg, U-M Photo Services)



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