Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

UM-Dearborn launches yearlong 50th anniversary commemoration tonight

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UM-Dearborn will kick off the commemoration of its milestone golden anniversary this evening with a special event titled the “50th Anniversary Celebration” at the Henry Ford Estate on the university’s campus.

The event is designed to honor the 50 years of academic excellence the university has provided to the metropolitan Detroit community, with photos, video and remembrances of some of the more significant moments in the university’s history. Additionally, this special occasion will be used to assess the university’s present situation and look forward to where it will be heading. 

“We’re proud of our past and the many accomplishments of our faculty, alumni, students and campus,” says Chancellor Daniel Little. “But we’re focused on the future and preparing to meet the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.”

The university remains committed to providing the excellence of U-M and delivering impact as an educational leader and partner for the people, organizations and industry of metropolitan Detroit, adds Little. 

More than 500 people are expected to attend tonight’s celebration, including faculty, alumni, university staff, business and community partners, government officials and others.

A program is planned featuring remarks by Little; keynote speaker Jim Vella, president of the Ford Motor Co. Fund and Community Services; Shirley Stancato, president and CEO of New Detroit; and other speakers representing faculty, alumni and students.

The evening will include a strolling dinner, dancing – including a special presentation of the “Twist” by students — and other surprises.

“Celebrating 50 years is a significant milestone and we want everyone connected to the university community to be part of it,” Little says. “We plan to have events and activities through our 2009-2010 academic calendar year so that we can honor this momentous occasion properly.”