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.

Amanda Zuelke '19

Amanda Zuelke | Field Biologist

Partnering with professors and access to world-class U-M resources helped wildlife biology student Amanda Zuelke '19 land an internship with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at the Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska.

Santino Guerra

SANTINO GUERRA | CLASSROOM TO COUNCIL CHAMBERS

UM-Flint sophomore Santino Guerra is studying criminal justice and sociology. He was elected to the Flint City Council in November 2017.

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.

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.

Eric Keahey

ERIC KEAHEY | FLU FIGHTER

Health care administration graduate 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.

Tamim Reza '18

TAMIM REZA | ENGINEERING SUCCESS

Tamim Reza '18 built bridges of opportunity from Bangladesh to a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering.

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.

Alhana Khobier

Alhana Khobier | Lab Learner

Molecular biology and biotechnology student Alhana Khobier '18 has made the most of her opportunities to conduct research alongside faculty experts.

Jermariana Chandler '19

Jermariana Chandler | Pioneering Dancer

Being the first in her family to attend college—and the first recipient of the Chancellors Scholarship to graduate from UM-Flint—gives Jermariana Chandler '19 plenty to dance about.

Catherine Wilhelm

Catherine Wilhelm | Great Chemistry

Catherine Wilhelm '17 took full advantage of opportunities to conduct chemistry research as an undergraduate student. It helped put her on the path to a PhD.

Shari Ballard ('89)

SHARI BALLARD | BEST BUY EXECUTIVE

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

Kelsey Koch

KELSEY KOCH | A POWERFUL COMMUNICATOR

Communication studies alumna Kelsey Koch '16 sends empowering messages through the teaching of a free weekly yoga class for amputees.

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.

Michaela Nogaj '17

MICHAELA NOGAJ | CONNECTING TO COMMUNITY

Michaela Nogaj '17 was selected the December 2017 student commencement speaker, where she spoke about the power of theatre to connect people and communities.

Kenya Williams '13

KENYA WILLIAMS | TEACHING BLACK HISTORY 24/7/365

An alumna of UM-Flint’s master’s degree with teacher certification (MAC) program, Kenya Williams '13 uses literature to teach black history year-round to her high school English students.

Quill Neuville

QUILL NEUVILLE | STAGING NEW IDEAS

Theatre design and technology student Quill Neuville '18 returned to campus to implement new ideas from their experience at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival.

Kyle Minder '19 | Biochemistry

Kyle Minder | On A New Mission

Before enrolling at UM-Flint to study biochemistry, Kyle Minder '19 was a drill sergeant in the U.S. Army. Now he is pursuing a career in medicinal chemistry to help in the fight against cancer and other illnesses.

Dan Gaydou

DAN GAYDOU | ADVANCING MICHIGAN MEDIA

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.

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

CLARENCE JENNINGS | BUILDING HIGHER ED ACCESS

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

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.

Mohammed Alsarraj

Mohammed Alsarraj | Unlimited possibilities

As an honors molecular biology and biotechnology student, Mohammed Alsarraj '18 took full advantage of opportunities to conduct meaningful research along faculty experts.

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.

Donald Tallman '77

Donald Tallman | S.T.E.A.M. Powered

Donald Tallman '77 credits the sturdy liberal arts foundation he received at UM-Flint for his eclectic and rewarding career.

Kimberly Nguyen | Psychology '19

Kimberly Nguyen | Seizing Opportunities

Students like psychology major Kimberly Nguyen '19 find success at UM-Flint by connecting with faculty and fellow students, and taking advantage of opportunities to apply learning and leadership skills.

Jaslyn Morris

JASLYN MORRIS | FUTURE "DOCTOR FOR THE PEOPLE"

Jaslyn Morris '17 is attending medical school with career aspirations of providing health care for those in need in the Flint area.

Charlene Lizotte

CHARLENE LIZOTTE | COMMUNICATING BETTER SOLUTIONS

UM-Flint communication studies student Charlene Lizotte puts her entrepreneurial talent to work to increase awareness about accessibility issues.

Melissa Leaym-Fernandez

Melissa Leaym-Fernandez | Teaching Artist

Melissa Leaym-Fernandez ('94, '97, '12) brings the creative lessons she learned at UM-Flint to her work as an educator in Flint Community Schools.

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.

Daniela Goetz

DANIELA GOETZ | FINDING HER MATH IDENTITY

Math/science education student Daniela Goetz '18 transferred to UM-Flint in search of a school that didn’t make her feel like a face in the crowd. She immediately felt a connection with her new campus.

Charles McGee

CHARLES MCGEE | DIFFERENCE MAKER

Charles McGee '18 admits 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. 

Erin Sack '18

ERIN SACK | DIGGING ANTHROPOLOGY

UM-Flint faculty members helped Erin Sack '18 "unearth" her passion for archeology and anthropology

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