University of Michigan-Flint Alumni Relations
The Office of Alumni Relations adds value to the alumni experience through fostering university spirit and managing communications. Our programs are designed to build leadership, create traditions, support students, and foster connections among our 30,000 alumni. Our office, in collaboration with the University of Michigan Alumni Association, is your tie to the Leaders and Best.
The University of Michigan-Flint is proud to be part of the U of M family of alumni. As the campus in Ann Arbor celebrates its bicentennial, we couldn’t think of a more appropriate time to take note of all those who make up our Maize and Blue family. And we couldn’t think of a more appropriate way to do it than with an official Alumni Census. Our hope is to have a permanent record of the over 40,000 UM-Flint alumni, including you. Your participation assures that you will make your mark in the history books of Michigan for the next two hundred years.
Philip Thompson’s (’11) life is driven by his faith, a thirst for knowledge, and a relentless desire to leave his community better than he found it.
Born and raised in Flint, Thompson graduated from Flint Northwestern High School in 1990. The first-generation college student considered several paths for his future, all of which were influenced by various family members whom he had respected when he was a young man.
“I thought, as a youngster, that I was going to be a preacher, a teacher, or a nurse,” said Thompson. “That’s both because I knew people in those professions, and I always had a desire to serve others.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Zora Glusica had spent most of her working life in the restaurant business when she decided to transfer her communication and management skills toward a new career in social work and aim for a bachelor of social work degree from the University of Michigan-Flint.
Many young and aspiring journalists dream of one day working for The New York Times—but not too many bother to dream about working for the world’s best known newspaper before they graduate college.
That stuff just doesn’t happen.
Unless you’re Natalie Broda.
“I would be lying if I said getting this assignment wasn’t a literal dream come true. When I first decided to become a journalist five years ago, I knew reporting for The New York Times was one of my ultimate life-goals. I had imagined myself getting this call a hundred times before, but never when I was 23 years old, just about to graduate college,” she said.
A new admissions approach for students interested in pursuing a social work major at the University of Michigan-Flint has been implemented to provide a smoother, more inclusive academic path for both new and current students.
Previously, students were required to begin the program as pre-social work majors, then apply for the major if particular academic and course requirements were met.
The Greater Flint Arts Council (GFAC) Gallery is currently filled with a wide variety of work created by UM-Flint art students. The exhibit opened in May with an awards ceremony and reception honoring the student artists. It will remain open until June 6.
When Kristy Walters-Flynn wrapped up the defense of her dissertation last week at the University of Michigan-Flint, it marked the completion of a personal goal as well as a milestone for the School of Education and Human Services (SEHS).