Hello! My name is Joe Bohland, and I am originally from Muskegon, Michigan. I received a B.S. in Advertising/Public Relations from Ferris State University in 1990 and in 2012 received an M.A. in Social Science at the University of Michigan-Flint. I have worked in higher education/admissions for over fifteen years.
Some of the best features of the UM-Flint campus are our excellent faculty, great customer service, and a thriving campus life. Faculty interact with students in a small class atmosphere and get to know you personally, mentoring students on research projects that will directly impact their future careers. Beginning with the Admissions office, we provide applicants with outstanding guidance through the admissions process, then the Academic Advising staff-as well as Academic departments-help with class selection and selecting a major. There are activities for every student to get involved with outside the classroom with over 100 academic, social, and sports clubs on campus.
GO BLUE! Thanks for taking the time to read my short bio. I arrived at the campus of the University of Michigan-Flint in the fall of 1998 as a marketing major. I am very proud that I have been continuously connected to the campus not only as a student, but also as an alumnus. I have worked in four different departments, volunteered in several student organizations, and even served on the M-Club of Greater Flint alumni board. I have also taught middle and high school in Georgia, earning my Master’s Degree in Education from the University of West Georgia. I have over six years of college advising experience and look forward to helping YOU with all of your UM-Flint questions.
Hello Future Students! My name is Lora Jokinen. I graduated in 2011 with a Bachelors of Art in Communications from the University of Michigan-Flint. I came to the university as a freshman in Fall 2007 from Durand High School. I chose UM-Flint because I wanted the prestige of the University of Michigan, but preferred a smaller campus. As a student, I was able to become involved in many extracurricular activities including Greek Life, Club Sports, and Pre-Professional organizations. Through the relationships I had with faculty in my department and student affairs administration, I gained an internship in the Office of Student Life in Fall 2010. It was through that position that I found my passion for working in higher education.
The opportunities I was given as a student at the University of Michigan-Flint have shaped who I am as a professional. I enjoyed my time at UM-Flint so much that two years later I joined the Undergraduate Admissions Team. My goal as an Admissions Officer is to not only share what UM-Flint has to offer, but motivate students to continue their education and accomplish their goals! Feel free to contact me if you have any questions regarding admissions!
Welcome veterans and service members!
My name is Sarah Mellon, and I am originally from Pittsford, Michigan. I received a B.A. in Psychology from Siena Heights University in 2006, a M.Ed. in Higher Education with a concentration in Student Affairs Administration from the University of Toledo in 2010, and I will be completing a M.A. in Rehabilitation Counseling from Michigan State University in 2015. I have worked in higher education/admissions for over five years.
My interest has always been working with veterans in higher education. I am truly thankful for the opportunity to with service members and veterans. My other areas of interest include career development for veterans and assessment in higher education. I stay active in several professional organizations as well.
Personally, I love every opportunity to support the arts and community events, adding to my small but growing record collection, and I especially enjoy my time at the gym.
As reflected by the missions of UM-Flint, the focus is truly on service, interaction, and student growth through educational experiences, and that is something I greatly admire about this university.
Hello! My name is Tonika Russell. I originally came to UM-Flint as a transfer student searching for smaller class sizes and more affordable tuition. I graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor's of Art in History and loved the university so much that I returned to pursue my Master's degree in Public Administration and completed that program in December 2013! I was very involved on campus with Greek and Student Life and encourage students to make sure they do the same to make your own experience here on campus!
UM-Flint is such a vibrant and friendly campus and I enjoy traveling throughout Michigan talking to students about the University that I love! If you are a student in Wayne, Washtenaw, Jackson, Monroe, Hillsdale, or Lenawee county make sure you look for me at your school sometime throughout the year! If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me or just come visit, I promise you will fall in love with our campus!!!
My name is Julie Westenfeld and I am proud to be an alumnus of the University of Michigan-Flint. I came to UM-Flint as transfer student and in 2003 I proudly earned my Bachelors of Art in History. I loved my time here as undergraduate, so much so that after being a stay-at-home mom for a number of years, I looked forward to coming back to work for the university. My best piece of advice for students entering into the university family is to take advantage of all that is available to you. You already know you are getting a top quality education, so join a student organization, be a part of our vibrant Greek Life, or participate in Student Government. Let your voice be heard. Also, make sure you take time to meet your professors. Visit them during office hours and don’t be afraid to ask for help. They are here for you! Participate in Campus Activities Board (CAB). Enjoy the free food and awesome entertainment they provide. Lastly, get involved in your community. Whether you volunteer here, in Flint or in your home town, reach out and make a difference in your neighborhood. Go BLUE!