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Alumni Spotlight: Jiu-Hwa Lo Upshur

For Jiu-Hwa Lo Upshur, graduate education is part of a University of Michigan family legacy. She and her mother were both Barbour Scholars at Michigan, an almost century-old fellowship program for Asian women established by Levi Barbour, then a regent of the...

Alumni Spotlight: Ernie & Martha Hammel

Martha and Ernie first became acquainted with Rackham in 1965. Martha was a Latin major and a teaching fellow, and Ernie was an M.P.H. student. With the skills she strengthened in the graduate program, Martha pursued a teaching career in business and technical writing...

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...