Powerful Proof

These stories of individual students and alumni are proof positive that the opportunities and experiences made possible by UM-Flint have real and lasting power.

Charles McGee

CHARLES MCGEE | DIFFERENCE MAKER

Charles McGee is the first to admit he’s not your typical college student. This Navy combat veteran and social work major calls on his classroom learning to help homeless community members get back on their feet. 

Jenn McMillan

JENN MCMILLAN | MUSICAL STORYTELLER

Jenn McMillan '13 credits her years studying music performance at UM-Flint for preparing her for her professional career as a singer, songwriter, and musician.

Hana Sankari

HANA SANKARI | DETERMINED TO MAKE AN IMPACT

Hana Sankari '17 draws inspiration from the Syrian people as she embarks on her career in education.

Eric Keahey

ERIC KEAHEY | FLU FIGHTER

Eric Keahey '17 spent three months interning at McFarlan Home in Flint, but the impact he left for the residents and staff has been lasting.

Tyler Doyon '15

TYLER DOYON | CHEMISTRY CAREER CATALYZED

Chemistry alumnus Tyler Doyon '15 discovered his passion working as an undergraduate research assistant. It lead to a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.

Daniela Goetz

DANIELA GOETZ | FINDING HER MATH IDENTITY

Daniela Goetz transferred to UM-Flint in search of a four-year university that didn’t make her feel like just another face in the crowd. She immediately felt a connection with her new campus.

Kelsey Koch

KELSEY KOCH | A POWERFUL COMMUNICATOR

UM-Flint alumna Kelsey Koch '16 sends empowering messages through the free weekly yoga class she teaches for amputees.

Clarence “Cee Jay” Jennings, Jr. (’02, ’06)

CLARENCE JENNINGS | BUILDING HIGHER ED ACCESS

Clarence “Cee Jay” Jennings, Jr. '02, '06 epitomizes the experience of both students and alumni.

Quill Neuville

QUILL NEUVILLE | STAGING NEW IDEAS

Quill Neuville returned to campus to implement new ideas from their experience at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival.

Santino Guerra

SANTINO GUERRA | CLASSROOM TO COUNCIL CHAMBERS

UM-Flint sophomore Santino Guerra was elected to the Flint City Council in November 2017.

Dan Gaydou

DAN GAYDOU | ALUMNUS ADVANCING MICHIGAN MEDIA

UM-Flint alumnus Dan Gaydou '73 has witnessed and played an active role in the transformation of UM-Flint, the city of Flint, and the media landscape in the state of Michigan.

Zachary Hayes

Zachary Hayes | Building A Better World

As a student majoring in Environmental Science and Sustainability, Zachary Hayes '17 knew he wanted to make a positive impact on real-world environments while earning his degree.

Shweta Gore

SHWETA GORE | UM-FLINT'S FIRST PT PHD

Shweta Gore '17 is the first-ever person to have earned a PhD from the University of Michigan-Flint.

Ernie Gilbert

ERNIE GILBERT | AN ANIMATED LIFE

Theatre alumnus Ernie Gilbert '92 recently returned to Flint to speak at the annual Arts & Entrepreneurship Symposium about his life as a successful artist and animator.

Danielle Wray '17

DANIELLE WRAY | MPOWERED TO SUCCEED

Danielle Wray '17 credits UM-Flint's foster youth program and the social work department for helping her thrive.

Jaslyn Morris

JASLYN MORRIS | ON TO BECOME "DOCTOR FOR THE PEOPLE"

Jaslyn Morris '17 will be going to medical school next year, with career aspirations of providing health care for those in need in the Flint area.

Adedotun Ojelabi

ADEDOTUN OJELABI | POWERFUL POSSIBILITIES

Adedotun Ojelabi '17 credits his UM-Flint master’s degree in computer science and information systems for helping him secure a job in Seattle as a technical support engineer for Amazon.

Shari Ballard ('89)

SHARI BALLARD | BEST BUY EXECUTIVE

Shari Ballard '89 is a Best Buy executive who credits UM-Flint for helping her reach her goals.

Charlene Lizotte

CHARLENE LIZOTTE | COMMUNICATING BETTER SOLUTIONS

UM-Flint Communication Studies student Charlene Lizotte puts her entrepreneurial talent to work.

Kenya Williams '13

KENYA WILLIAMS | TEACHING BLACK HISTORY 24/7/365

Kenya Williams '13 uses literature to teach black history year-round to her high school English students.

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