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Alumni Spotlights

Debbie Freund, From Rackham to University President

When asked why she came to U-M, Debbie says, “As an undergraduate, I was working in a hospital and in what later became an HMO. I wanted to pursue the field somehow, and my faculty told me the best Health Administration programs were at Michigan, so that’s where I...

Alumni Spotlight: Esther Chae

“U-M was my first love and first grad school experience,” Esther says when sharing her journey from an undergraduate student in Seoul, Korea to the vastly different world she found in the Midwest. She describes, “I consider myself a quasi-overseas citizen. I was U.S....

Alumni Spotlight: Richard D’Souza

“It gets under your skin.“ Richard D’Souza admits. “I didn’t know what it was, but I learned American football at the zenith of the Bo and Woody rivalry. I was an athlete and loved any kind of sport. The first game against Northwestern was just so-so, but as the...

Alumni Spotlight: Bridget Rafferty

Bridget toured the newly renovated School of Public Health space last fall through a different lens than most returning alums: that of prospective student. “My graduate education at Michigan was amazing. I had opportunities that opened my eyes to all of the things I...

Rackham Sweethearts: Bob and Bonnie Paine

Like many families, the Paines have a longstanding Michigan legacy. “I’ve been associated with Rackham since starting graduate studies in Chemistry in 1966. My wife and two of our children also graduated from Michigan.” While they’ve resided in Albuquerque for the...