Building on Tradition: Junge Center and Mortenson Plaza

January 23, 2013

By Courtney Ratkowiak | Courtesy 

As a high school student in the late 1950s in Jackson, Mich., John Junge thought he would attend community college due to personal financial limitations.

But after earning a scholarship to the University of Michigan, he was able to graduate with two degrees — a bachelor’s in industrial engineering in 1964 and an MBA in 1967 — and enjoy a successful career in business.

Over the next 37 years, as the CEO and president of Champions of the West, Inc./All Star International in San Diego, Junge had more than realized the value of his investment.

When Junge and his family learned in 2002 that the Michigan Athletic Department sorely needed an events center for recruiting, banquets, press conferences and meetings, the family donated more than $2 million toward the construction of an 11,400-square-foot facility.

Counselor Greg Harden is ‘Michigan’s best-kept secret’

January 18, 2013

By  Angelique S. Chengelis | Courtesy The Detroit News


Roy Roundtree was speaking in his easy-going manner before a crowd of nearly 1,500 at Michigan’s football banquet early last month, thanking his teammates and coaches for their support during his career, when he was suddenly overcome with emotion.

Roundtree, a receiver who played his final college game on New Year’s Day, choked back tears as he discussed the impact of Greg Harden, the Michigan athletic program’s longtime counselor for athletes.

Outback Bowl Brunch

January 4, 2013

On January 1, 2013, Michigan faced South Carolina in the Outback Bowl in Tampa Bay, Florida at Raymond James Stadium.