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30th Annual CEEFA Tailgate

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The CEEFA Tailgate will be held on Saturday, November 9 two hours before the Michigan versus Nebraska football game kick off.

CEEFA (Civil and Environmental Engineering Friends Association) is proud to carry on this tradition of bringing the whole community – students, alumni, faculty and retirees – together to celebrate the U-M spirit.

“It has a life of its own,” Earl Howard (BSE ‘76; MSE ’83) says of how the tradition has lasted for three decades. “It’s something that everyone looks forward to – it takes us back to our youth.”

To celebrate the 30 year milestone, we will have fun and engaging activities for all ages including a root beer float station, face painting, a football toss and a drawing for prizes. We also plan to take short videos of our alumni discussing their careers, so if you’re an alumnus with a story to share, this is your chance!

The tailgate will be held at O’Neal Construction in the Argus Building (525 W. William Street, Ann Arbor). CEE alumnus Karen O’Neal (BSE ’63) and her husband, fellow U-M alumnus Joe O’Neal, have been excellent hosts for many years.

“The O’Neals’ hospitality over the last several years has been very much appreciated by all that attend,” Thomas Newhof (BSE ‘60; MSE ’61) says. “It’s an opportunity to renew old acquaintances and make new ones.”

One of Newhof’s favorite memories was organizing a Camp Davis reunion with Emeritus Professor Euguene Glysson. “This turned out to be a big hit,” Newhof says.

Part of the fun of these reunions is watching your relationship with the University change as you form friendships with former professors and colleagues.

“One of my favorite memories is the first time I could call Professor Glysson ‘Gene’,” Howard says.

Besides all the fun, friends and food, the tailgate is also an excellent professional opportunity.

“After you graduate, you get free consulting!” Howard jokes. He says he likes to talk with Professor Steven Wright and Emeritus Professor Ben Wylie about civil engineering projects.

You may purchase tickets for the tailgate, separately or with football tickets, here. Admission to the tailgate is free for children 12 and younger.

Jessica Petras


Jessica Petras
Marketing Communications Specialist

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

(734) 764-9876

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