"Drivers, start your engines!” the race marshal boomed. Revved-up motors thundered and with a flash of the green flag, race fever swept alumni at the Go Blue on the Bricks party.
Cheering for 2-foot-long wooden cars as they’re moved along a carpeted track – and maybe winning a few hundred dollars in the process – is one of the highlights of the annual event, held exclusively for University of Michigan-Flint alumni and their families during Back to the Bricks. This year’s Go Blue on the Bricks party is slated for 6-9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15, in the University Pavilion.
On an average day, Todd Rowden, ‘86 represents major financial institutions and businesses as the managing partner at the Chicago office of Thompson Coburn LLP. Rowden still values the significance of his UM-Flint education and now wants to start a group in the Chicago region for UM-Flint alumni. “I think those four years at UM-Flint were the most formative of my adult life and I want to stay as connected as I can to UM-Flint,” says the Chicago lawyer.
When Ericca Stamper started at UM-Flint, she declared a philosophy major.“I signed up for a class in biology as an elective because I thought it sounded interesting,” she said. Little did she know that she would find her career. “In that class Ernie Szuch taught a section on ecology and evolution, and his lectures were so interesting and engaging that I could not stand to miss a single minute of it,” Stamper said. “It was because of this class that I changed my major to biology.”