Class of 1970 Memories

Congratulations, Class of 1970!

Even though it may be hard to believe, it has been 50 years since your days at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. This Golden Jubilee milestone is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the moments and memories that make UM-Dearborn special to you. Though much has changed on campus since 1970, our core values—the things that make us UM-Dearborn—have stayed the same: our academic excellence, our commitment to this region, and, most importantly, our dedication to our students. Alumni like you have set the example of hard work, commitment, and perseverance that characterize UM-Dearborn students today.  Thank you for paving the way for those who have followed in your footsteps! Congratulations and Go Blue! 

I fondly remember the great friendships we had while on campus and frequently think of those individuals and the great times we had.  ~Gary Hopkins, '70 B.S.E.M.E.

  • Small campus/small classes/excellent professors
  • Cleaning and painting the Chancellor's Pond on central campus as a class project
  • Campus & intramural activities
  • Alpha Kappa Psi Fraternity meetings and dinner dances at the Ford Estate on Campus
  • Internship assignments every other semester - a graduation requirement
  • 1970 Rose Bowl Trip
  • Graduation ceremonies at Ford Motor Company World Headquarters
  • Class Reunions every 5 years

My UM-Dearborn educational experience in the late 60s was great.  What was then a small campus with very small class sizes allowed the professors to provide a very personal educational environment.  In addition, the co-op experience was fantastic.  The atmosphere on many university campuses in the late 60's was tumultuous mainly centered on the war in Vietnam.  That was not the case on the UofM-D campus.  The atmosphere there was all about education and personal growth as a young adult making the transition from teenager to adult.

Joseph Canedo

I recall that my 1968 Class consisted of 7 people.  I do recall having a great education, largely due to the great faculty, such as Professors Fricke and Shafer. I remember that my only means of going to school was if I was able to work and the internship program was the golden ticket. I have always felt proud and lucky to have been accepted into the school and then graduating from the University of Michigan.  Thanks, UM-Dearborn (but I need to add Campus to distinguish post-1970 changes).

        ~ Joseph Canedo, '70 B.B.A.

Thank you, UM-D.

By far, my fondest and most rewarding memory of my days at UM-D was my decision to enroll in a liberal arts elective entitled "Human Sexual Behavior." This was a pilot psychology course (Psych 483) with an innovative format, textbook, and professor (Dr. Brownfain). Throughout the semester, students gave individual presentations followed by group discussions and analyses. Given the subject matter of the class and the cultural environment of the late-60's, that free-form experience was unlike any other I'd had previously. It definitely encouraged open and non-threatening conversation among the students. In fact, one of those of only four women in the class...became my wife nearly 47 years ago, and we continue to have open, honest conversations to this day. Thank you, UM-D. 

            Michael Soranno, '70 B.B.A.

Left to right: Ron Watson, Mike Soranno, Bob Rosiek, and Tom Monteleon, all '70 B.B.A. graduates.

Did you ever attend "Grassers"?

From 1968 to 1970, I lived in the student apartments. My best memories are the parties we used to throw in the courtyard of the apartments. We called them "grassers".  Then the next morning, I liked to sit on the balcony, drink warm leftover beer from the party keg, and watch deer who often came from the nearby woods to graze.

Tom Genovese, '70 B.B.A.

And oh, one other thing - GO BLUE!!

This is a celebration of our 50th anniversary of our graduation and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all my classmates for just being there and am proud to see how all of you used your talents to make a meaningful contribution to make this a better world. Oh, and for those of you who are still employed; just quit, and smell the roses, which Wolverine fans have not smelled for quite some time. Come on Harbaugh-just do it!! And I would also like us to remember the student in our class who is no longer with us. Larry Welch and I crossed paths during our working career and he made a million way before any of us. He was one of the brightest people that I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. RIP and Godspeed!  And oh, one other thing-GO BLUE!!  Michael Szabo, '70 B.B.A.

Things I remember most about our time at UMD:

  1. The camaraderie among the members of our class
  2. The way we would commandeer classrooms in the evening to not only study together but teach each other
  3. Our self-organized softball, touch football, and whiffle ball golf matches
  4. The friendship among our wives (and wives-to-be)
  5. Our periodic post-test visits to the bar
  6. The unique personalities of our small cadre of professors and instructors.  
Transferring from the Ann Arbor to the Dearborn campus was the second best decision of my life; right after my decision to marry my bride of fifty-one years, Judi.  ~ Douglas Hicks, '70 B.B.A.

An education before electronic calculators

At UofM Dearborn, the Co-op program enabled me to work on multiple assignments at IBM in Rochester Minnesota. I remember some tough course work in Field Theory and more than a few others. The late 1960's provided the opportunity to work with both analog and digital computers in the completion of the course work. At the time, it was clear that digital computers could outpace analog computers in most applications. While using a Pickett slide rule, who knew how quickly the electronic calculators would take over (starting with the TI-30 Texas Instruments Electronic Slide-Rule) and how much time we would have saved if these devices were available earlier?  Good memories of our class of just 12 Electrical Engineering students, the great professors who shared their expertise and teaching skills every day, the clean and well-outfitted labs, the Hewlett Packard instruments, the 45-minute drive down Telegraph road twice a day, the $0.23/gallon gas, and finally the beautiful UofM Dearborn campus.  - Wayne Herivel, '70 B.S.E.E.E.

I remember how demanding the course work was, but another very valuable part of the UMD experience was the Engineering co-op program. While earning my degree I was able to co-op at the Burroughs Corp. in Plymouth, Michigan. There I learned the basics of computer hardware design and micro-programming. The degree from UMD and this very early experience with machine-level computer design formed the basis for a career with some of the pioneers in the design and application of microprocessors. As I moved up in my career, no matter what position I was hiring for, I always especially valued potential employees who had engineering backgrounds, and especially UM and UMD graduates. I always say that Engineers know how to solve the difficult problems and have a great work ethic.  - Ed Kleinow, '70 B.S.E.E.E.

I came to the Dearborn Campus for my senior year after my three years at the Ann Arbor campus. I worked with Dr. Bayne Carew for the year getting my major in Biophysics. Dr. Carew also arranged for me to work at the Ford Motor Physics Lab and the Michigan Cancer Foundation. My year at the Dearborn campus was my most challenging and interesting year of my academic career. I returned to the Dearborn campus in 1976 and taught as a lecturer until 2010. Wonderful campus and getting better every year!!! Laurence Cohn, '70 B.S.

A strong start to our life together...

I do have fond memories of my time at UM-D. The "married" housing facility near the Fairlane mansion was actually the first "home" my wife, Terri, and I had after our marriage. What I probably enjoyed most was the opportunity to take part in what was then called the "business internship program".  What I remember most is that my wife and I came to UM-D basically without a cent and, thanks to the Ford salary I received from the internship program, we were able to start our life together on strong financial terms. To this day, however, I still find myself recalling some of the quotes and idiosyncrasies of the excellent faculty our class was fortunate enough to learn from.  - Michael Anderson, '70 B.B.A.