College's kickoff celebration a success11/8/2013
GlowOut the Diag
More than 2,000 people gathered on the North Campus diag Nov. 7 to celebrate the beginning of a new era for Michigan Engineering. The event, dubbed "GlowOut the Diag," featured a laser light show, video, music and custom glow gear.
This is our moment in history. A time when we will be able to look back and say, "We saw the challenge and we seized the opportunity."
Despite a surprise snow shower, students, staff, faculty, alumni and friends packed the diag to watch the festivities unfold on the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Tower. The video and light show featured themes from the Victors for Michigan fundraising campaign, which officially kicked off Nov. 8 for the University of Michigan.
Included at the event were more than 3,000 pieces of "glow gear" - glow-in-the-dark sticks, necklaces, bracelets and sunglasses. Each participant selected their gear before the show started, adding to the atmosphere of the event.
"It's a GlowBlue GlowOut!" students were heard shouting during the event. The show highlighted each of the buildings on campus, as well as doing a roll call of each department.
"Being at the Glow Out was unlike anything I've ever experienced since coming to Michigan," said Amanda Lee, a senior in Industrial and Operations Engineering. "It was so incredible to feel a part of something bigger and see so many people from the Engineering community come together to celebrate Michigan."
This event is part of the "Victors for Michigan" fundraising campaign, and was funded by private support.
About Michigan Engineering: The University of Michigan College of Engineering is one of the top engineering schools in the country. Eight academic departments are ranked in the nation's top 10 -- some twice for different programs. Its research budget is one of the largest of any public university. Its faculty and students are making a difference at the frontiers of fields as diverse as nanotechnology, sustainability, healthcare, national security and robotics. They are involved in spacecraft missions across the solar system, and have developed partnerships with automotive industry leaders to transform transportation. Its entrepreneurial culture encourages faculty and students alike to move their innovations beyond the laboratory and into the real world to benefit society. Its alumni base of nearly 70,000 spans the globe.