A commitment to serving others is a distinct characteristic of the UM-Flint student experience. Thanks to University Outreach, that commitment has extended beyond graduation for some recent alumni. A group of young alumni has found a way to continue engaging with the university and support the next generation of students by volunteering with the Alternative Summer Break (ASuB) program. Read more.
Brittany’s degree focused on media studies, while Brandon’s had an emphasis on speech communication. And now, the pair are sharing something else in common: a career in the ministry. Each of them, however, is following a slightly different path. Read more.
Ernie Gilbert graduated from UM-Flint in 1992 with a bachelor of arts in theatre and significant experience in several other College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) departments. He continued his education studying character animation at the California Institute of the Arts. In the decades since, Gilbert has worked as a director, character designer and animator, and artist at well-known studios including Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, Warner Bros., Sony, and Disney. Read more.
Eric Keahey (’17) spent nearly three months interning at McFarlan Home in Flint late last year. But the impact he left for the residents and staff has been lasting. During his internship, Keahey was a health administration student at the University of Michigan-Flint. He graduated in December with his bachelor’s degree. Read more.
On Thursday, March 29, the third annual UM-Flint Students vs. Alumni Basketball Game went down in the history books as one for the ages. With each team securing a sizeable victory during the first two contests (Students 78-69 in 2016, and Alumni 88-71 in 2017), it was only fitting that the rubber match would come down to the wire.
Furthermore, perhaps it was no coincidence that during the Michigan Wolverines Men’s Basketball Final Four run, which featured nonstop drama, defense, and grit, the Students vs. Alumni game would see more of the same at every twist and turn. Read more.
On Tuesday, April 3, the University of Michigan-Flint Office of Alumni Relations will host their first Alumni Engagement Symposium. Open to all faculty and staff, this event aims to bring campus together for an afternoon of collaborative discussion around the role that members of the campus community play in engaging our alumni. Read more.
Ervin Leavy, Jr. still remembers the disappointment that came with each rejection. From sixth grade through 10th grade, Leavy failed to make the roster of his Flint school’s basketball team.
And he remembers what he did with that disappointment. Leavy, assistant director of intramural sports at UM-Flint, used it as motivation to improve. He ended starring for the basketball teams at Flint Central High School and Central Michigan University, and was drafted by the Chicago Bulls in 1987. Read more.
On March 14, the University of Michigan-Flint will once again participate in Hail Yeah!, a university-wide day of thanks where students from Dearborn, Ann Arbor, and Flint come together to celebrate and thank donors.
Hail Yeah! is a chance for students to learn what alumni support means to the university. Gifts from alumni and other donors fund scholarships, research, study abroad, book awards, civic engagement activities, special programs, and departments and centers. Read more.
One of the most enduring outcomes of attending a university is the relationships you form while there. Whether it be with a faculty member, classmate, fraternity brother, sorority sister, or some other person, relationships formed while in college often continue for a lifetime. Sometimes these relationships lead to something more. Read more.
Commencement day at a university is one filled with anticipation, excitement, and pride. For alumni Kelsey Schenk (’18) and Jake Neighbors (’17), commencement day this past December took on even more special meaning when Jake proposed to Kelsey shortly after she walked off stage. Read more.
The group of UM-Flint volunteers spread out throughout the facilities of The Sylvester Broome Empowerment Village Monday and went to work. Alongside community members, they moved out old tables, computers, and other equipment at the agency which offers after-school education to area children. They painted rooms. They cleaned. And they built further connections between the university and overall community. Read more.
The University of Michigan has the largest living alumni body of any university in the world, and that group includes all those that graduated from UM-Flint as well.
But there’s something that sets University of Michigan-Flint graduates apart from the rest: their commitment to giving back.
Alumni volunteers are the heart of UM-Flint’s Alumni Relations office and play a major role in nearly every university-wide event held on campus. From “Go Blue on the Bricks” to commencement, UM-Flint alumni continue to create and sustain signature programs with their dedication, expertise, and enthusiasm. Read more.
Every week, Kelsey Koch (’16) teaches up to 15 yoga classes at her studio in Grand Blanc. In each class, she is working with and communicating with a varied clientele. This includes a weekly class she teaches free to amputees.
In each situation, Koch said, she utilizes the public speaking skills she learned at UM-Flint in the Communication Studies program at the university. Read more.
For almost 40 years, kids have been passing time playing Hasbro’s legendary tabletop game, Hungry Hungry Hippos. Grabbing as many marbles as you could with your hippo was fun, but what if you could scale the whole game up to a life-sized version, played on ice with your family and friends? What if you could play while benefiting students at the University of Michigan-Flint? Read more.
Jessica Kelts, PhD, associate professor in UM-Flint Chemistry and Biochemistry, is known for her research with human cells. She’s also known for the ways in which she involves her undergraduate students in hands-on research. Last year, she received the happy news that her work would have unprecedented support from the Ben F. Bryer Foundation—allowing her to continue making important contributions to her field while giving UM-Flint students life-changing experiences. Read more.
The University of Michigan-Flint certainly has its own distinctive identity and culture that differentiates it from the campuses in Ann Arbor and Dearborn. But come Saturdays in the fall, there is one thing that always connects students and alumni, faculty and staff, local residents and fans across the globe: Michigan football.
Since Michigan began competing in intercollegiate football in 1879, students and alumni have flocked to games, first at Regents Field, then Ferry Field, and now Michigan Stadium. And, for more than 60 years, UM-Flint has made it a tradition of our own to head down to Ann Arbor to support the Wolverines. Read more.
Adedotun Ojelabi focused primarily on his studies when he started at UM-Flint in early 2015. Ojelabi, who goes by “Dotun,” moved from Nigeria to earn his master’s degree in computer science and information systems from UM-Flint. It was his first time in the United States. Read more.
Houston native and alumna LaTanya Hughes (’09) has the distinction of being one of the first eight people to ever live on the UM-Flint campus. In 2008, when the campus opened its first residential hall, Hughes was hired as one of eight resident advisors (RA). She credits that experience, and the support of her faculty, as the reason she will be connected to UM-Flint for the rest of her life. Read more.
Steve Whitener hasn’t forgotten the support he received as a college student at UM-Flint in the 1970s. He was slated to graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in business. He worked 32 to 40 hours a week at Kroger to help pay for school, but as a senior, he struggled to pay for college, along with basics like groceries, gasoline, and rent.“I ran out of money. I thought, ‘I am literally broke. I can’t continue and this is my senior year’,” Whitener said. But university officials helped Whitener land a series of scholarships. Several of them came from small organizations or clubs. This helped Whitener stay in school and graduate in 1977.
Whitener recently expressed his gratitude to the university with a $750,000 donation to the School of Management (SOM). The donation enabled SOM to establish the Stephen A. Whitener Scholarship for Innovators. Read more.
If you’ve lived in or around Flint for more than a few months, the odds that you’ve met Terry Wisner (BBA ’81) are pretty good. Wisner is a familiar face to many people on the UM-Flint campus and in the greater Flint community. With his silver hair, welcoming handshake, and quick chuckle, Wisner is a self-described “connection connoisseur” who enjoys meeting new people almost as much as he enjoys introducing folks to one another. Read more.
On April 4, UM-Flint School of Management alumna Teresa Lindhurst launched the alumni group – Entrepreneurs Society Affinity. Held in the Northbank Center Grand Ballroom, guests of 150 included current School of Management students, alumni, and members of the Flint business community joined to celebrate the unveiling of the Entrepreneurs Society Affinity (ESA). The purpose of ESA is to create a dedicated network for supportive alumni and local business members who provide educational, mentoring, and employment opportunities for the students of the Entrepreneurs Society of the University of Michigan-Flint. Read more.
University of Michigan-Flint alumnus, Clarence “Cee Jay” Jennings, Jr. (’02, ’06) is a well-known face to those that attend events on and around the UM-Flint campus. A dedicated and active alumni volunteer, Jennings’ story – moving to Flint for a better future, earning both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and putting his education to work in his community – epitomize the UM-Flint experience for both students and alumni over the past 60 years. Read more.
Matt Bueby can’t keep a large smile from his face as he recalls a night this past October, when over 100 alumni and guests from the classes of 1958 through 1966 convened for the inaugural Victors Reunion at the University of Michigan-Flint.
One of the highlights from the university’s 60th anniversary celebration this semester, the reunion brought together members from the first graduating classes of this institution. For some, the event was a chance to reconnect with old friends with whom they had lost touch. For others, it was an occasion to see the campus for the first time in years.
For Bueby, an alumni relations staff member and ’08 graduate from the School of Management, it was an opportunity to pursue a passion project. Read more.
The University of Michigan-Flint has unveiled a new outdoor seating area to honor its traditions and celebrate its future, as part of its 60th Anniversary celebrations.
The area, between the University Center and Flint River, includes two benches in a new seating area, surrounded by four trees. One of the benches honors the Mott family and their many contributions to the university, while the other celebrates the initial graduating class of 1958. The benches, which look out at the river, are surrounded by two Jane magnolia trees, and two Kousa Dogwood trees. Read more.
The university celebrated those who graduated from the classes of 1958 through 1966 with a reunion ceremony connected to the broader celebration of UM-Flint’s 60th Anniversary.
“You were the pioneers and the trailblazers,” said UM-Flint Chancellor Susan E. Borrego.
Nearly 100 people attended, with roughly one third of them alumni from those years. There were also six faculty emeritus in attendance.
“Going forward, we will host the Victors Reunion annually and it is for anyone graduating 50 years ago or longer,” said Mary Jo Sekelsky, the university’s executive director for Alumni Relations. Read more.