Ford School gatherings
Each year, the Ford School and its alumni host events around the country (and even world) to gather, network, and socialize. Whether hearing about a Ford School faculty member's latest research, connecting with a current student to share career advice, or grabbing dinner and drinks with fellow alums, Ford School gatherings are a great way to stay connected.
Summer 2017 Alumni Events
Worldwide Ford School Spirit Day
Join the bicentennial-flavored fun at a festive spot near you!
Be a part of the bicentennial, that is - U-M’s bicentennial. Just as President Ford celebrated the red, white, and blue in ‘76, we’ll celebrate the maize and blue’s 200th birthday at this year’s Worldwide Ford School Spirit Day on Thursday, July 13. It’s a great opportunity to socialize and network with Ford School alumni, students, and friends who live and work in your region.
All Spirit Day gatherings are free to attend; food and drinks are available for purchase. If your city is not on the list, contact Elisabeth Johnston, alumni relations manager, to learn how you can organize a Spirit Day gathering in your city.
Annual alumni events
Worldwide Ford School Spirit Day
Since its inception in 2011, Worldwide Ford School Spirit Day has brought alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends together to celebrate their Ford School spirit the Thursday before President Ford's birthday (July 14).
Ford School community members organize these events, then come together to catch up with each other, find out what's happening at the school, and toast President Ford on his birthday. Events have been held as far as Japan and as close as Ann Arbor (Dominick's and Pizza House to be exact). Browse the photos from Worldwide Ford School Spirit Day activities in 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, and 2012.
Policy Event and Networking Reception in DC
Each winter, the Ford School travels with its MPP and MPA students to Washington, DC, so students can attend a series of alumni and employer panels to learn more about policy-relevant careers in our nation's capital. As part of the trip, a student-alumni networking reception is held in the evening for alumni in the DC area to hear from a Ford School faculty member or other invited guest and network with current students and each other.
This year's event will be Thursday, February 9, 6-8:30 p.m. at 1777 F Street, NW, Washington, DC.
It it with real pleasure that Dean Susan M. Collins invites you to the annual Washington, DC networking reception, her final major alumni event in DC, as Ford School dean. In conversation with Alumni Board chair Keith Fudge, she will share her thoughts on the past, present, and future of policy education. After the conversation, a reception will be held for alumni to socialize and network with current MPP students who will be in DC for the Ford School's career exploration trip.
The past, present, and future of policy education:
A conversation with outgoing Dean Susan M. Collins
Thursday, February 9, 2017
6-7 p.m. conversation, hosted by Alumni Board chair Keith Fudge (MPP '09)
7-8:30 p.m. student-alumni networking reception
1777 F Street, N.W.
The Rockefeller-Peterson Room
RSVP by February 6, 2017.
Featured speakers at past receptions have included Rebecca Blank, former acting deputy secretary of the Department of Commerce; Gary Burtless, senior fellow at The Brookings Institution; Susan M. Dynarski, associate professor of public policy and education at the Ford School; Ted Truman, senior fellow at the Peterson Institute; Marina v.N. Whitman, professor of public policy and business at the Ford School; Justin Wolfers, associate professor of public policy and a New York Times-affiliated economist; and Robert Axelrod, 2014 National Medal of Science Recipient, and Barry Rabe, J.Ira and Nicki Harris Family Professor of Public Policy.
To be involved in the DC trip as a panelist or table host, contact Elisabeth Johnston at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Baseball games, lectures, and receptions are just a few of the other events the Ford School as held in cities such as Chicago, New York, and Washington, DC. Be sure we have your current contact information so we can send you invitations to regional events like our Nationals Baseball outing, our Greater Chicagoland alumni and student reception, and our evening with Henry Kissinger and Paul O'Neill in New York City.
Keep current on Ford School events by checking the events calendar and make plans to attend a Policy Talks @ the Ford School event, lecture, or symposium; all alumni are welcome. Most of our public events are live-streamed and make use of Twitter to broaden the in-room conversation well beyond Ann Arbor.
The Centennial Reunion
The Ford School celebrated its Centennial Reunion, one hundred years in the making, October 31-November 1, 2014 with a commemorative Policy Talks lecture with Steven Levitt, Open House, Deans' Panel, and tailgate and football game at the Big House. Alumni, faculty, staff, and Ford School friends enjoyed two memorable days, which served as the culmination of the Ford School's centennial year celebration. Click here for a recap of the weekend's festivities.