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Chukwuka Mbagwu

Chukwuka Mbagwu, Ph.D. Candidate, Aerospace Engineering, President, Rackham Student Government

Student Spotlight: Chukwuka Mbagwu

By Sheila Waterhouse, Alumni Engagement Officer, Rackham Graduate School
May 26, 2017 - 9:14am

As a junior in high school in Southern California, Chuky developed a real interest in physics, science and engineering. The timing was good, since he was shaping up college applications as that interest grew. And that is apparently how a rocket scientist is made. There was help along the way from MIT, his undergraduate institution, and, of course, U-M. Chuky spent a year working in industry in the DC area before coming to U-M to start his Master’s degree. He shares, “I had a goal of going to grad school but wanted to experience... continue reading

Paul and Barbara Couture

Barbara Couture, B.A, M.A. and Ph.D., English Language and Literature and Paul Couture, B.S., Architecture

Alumni Spotlight: Paul and Barbara Couture

By Sheila Waterhouse, Alumni Engagement Officer, Rackham Graduate School
May 26, 2017 - 9:01am

In their retirement, the Coutures are busier than ever. When we met with them, they had just returned from a full day outing to explore nearby Harper’s Ferry National Park, and before that a 10-day intensive piano camp in the Rockies. (The Coutures admit they are consumed with music. They both take piano lessons, something Barbara been doing since age 7, whereas Paul started upon retirement a few years ago.) Avid readers, they are also in a book club with local alumni in the DC area and enjoy the variety of U-M connections they’ve... continue reading

Teona Williams

Teona Williams, Master's Student, Natural Resources and Environment

Student Spotlight: Teona Williams

By Sheila Waterhouse, Alumni Engagement Officer, Rackham Graduate School
May 12, 2017 - 5:03pm

Before entering grad school, Teona worked as a communications assistant at a non-profit organization in Washington, DC focused on establishing marine protected areas around the world. It was during that experience that it sunk in for Teona: “I realized how important it is to think about environmental justice and incorporate different local voices before making huge environmental decisions.” She continues, “SNRE has the oldest environmental justice program in the country. I came here to be a part of that legacy. My interest... continue reading

Beverly Tatum

Beverly Tatum, Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, President Emerita, Spelman College

Alumni Spotlight: Beverly Tatum

By Sheila Waterhouse, Alumni Engagement Officer, Rackham Graduate School
May 10, 2017 - 11:03am

Beverly returned to Ann Arbor recently. Her career as a psychologist, author, educator, and administrator has had a profound influence on a generation of students, a distinction the University of Michigan wanted to recognize. They did so on a grand scale, as she received an honorary doctorate at the U-M commencement ceremony in May to sit beside the one she earned at U-M in 1984. Her career path to this milestone was a long one. Always achieving, Beverly graduated a semester early with her undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University and... continue reading