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2013-2014 Catalog 
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Francis Willson Thompson Library

(810) 762-3400

Director: Bob Houbeck (762-3410)
Head of Circulation: Laura Friesen (766-6781)
Head of Public Services: Vacant
Head of Technical Services: David Hart (762-3158)

The Thompson Library, opened in the fall of 1994, owes its existence to the generosity of area citizens, most notably Frances Willson Thompson. The library is a spacious and comfortable facility for study and research. Its collection includes approximately 217,000 books and 35,000 bound magazines and journals. The library also contains over a half-million microforms ranging from the Times of London to documents on education. The library subscribes to some 1,100 hardcopy periodicals, and provides electronic access to approximately 43,000 more.

Mirlyn, the Thompson Library’s online catalog, lists library holdings and also allows users to search the catalogs of the Ann Arbor campus library system, as well as those of Michigan State University and other Big Ten libraries.

A wide range of research aids, including indexes, abstracts, and directories, is at the student’s disposal, as are photocopiers, microform reader-printers, and Internet workstations. Online databases available through the library enable students to do effective searching of journal literature in almost all disciplines. The media collection includes music CDs, audio tapes, and other media, including CD-ROMs, DVDs, and videotapes. Playback equipment is available in the library, students may also borrow for out-of-library use most of the items in the media collection.

The Thompson Library has a regular program of research instruction to aid students in using its resources. Instruction is available to classes at all levels. The Information Technology Services department maintains a computer lab on the second floor of the library open to all UM-Flint students.

UM-Flint students, faculty, and staff may borrow from the Ann Arbor and UM-Dearborn campus libraries. The library’s participation in a national bibliographic system allows it to borrow materials from around the country for its patrons.

Students may borrow most books for three weeks (eight weeks for graduate students, one semester for faculty and staff), and may renew them once. Reference librarians are available to help both experienced scholars and newcomers with academic research, including use of the library’s Web pages, which furnish links to a wide range of effective research sites.

The library contains the Henry H. Crapo Room, a recreation of an office similar to one used by the former Michigan governor (1865-1869). Governor Crapo was the great-grandfather of Frances Willson Thompson.

Genesee Historical Collections

The Genesee Historical Collections Center (GHCC), a division of the Thompson Library, contains both published and unpublished material on the history of Flint and Genesee County, Michigan, as well as the archives of the University of Michigan-Flint. Among the significant manuscript collections in the GHCC are those of Flint realtor Gerald Healy, African-American activist Edgar Holt, records of the Flint Woolen Mills, Flint Junior League, and Rotary Club. The papers of U.S. Sen. Donald Riegle and U.S. Rep. Dale Kildee are amongst its political collections. The GHCC holds a microfilm copy of the papers of former Michigan Governor Henry H. Crapo, Flint lumbermen and railroad executive, as well as papers of members of his family. Finding aids are available at the archives and online.

For further information on library collections, services, or policies, please inquire at the Reference Desk, or call 762-3408–b or visit the library’s Website:

Academic Advising and Career Center

Academic Advising Services

285 University Pavilion
(810) 762-3085
Fax: (810) 762-3024

Director: Aimi Moss

Assistant Director: Becky Armour
Orientation Coordinator/Academic Advisor: Jeff Shuel
Academic Advisors: Jeffery Dobbs, Margaret Golembiewski, Samantha MacFarland
Employer Recruiting Coordinator: Vacant
Office Manager: Wendy Carpenter
Support Staff: Garry Cardillo, Barbara Griffin

The Academic Advising and Career Center (AACC) was established to support students in a nurturing and collaborative environment that places an emphasis on the total development of students as a means of assisting them in accomplishing academic, personal, and professional goals. The AACC is comprised of a diverse staff committed to students’ transition to the University of Michigan–Flint, their success, and participation in the university experience both academically and socially. Academic advising and career development are continuous processes with an accumulation of personal contacts between advisor and student that have purpose and direction.

Promoting student success is central to the mission of the AACC. Programs designed to promote and sustain the retention of students include the Strategic Contact Interval Program, Academic Advantage Plan, Early Assessment Program, Careers 4 Years, Second Year Assessment and College Student Inventory.

Students are encouraged to seek assistance from the AACC concerning general education requirements, program requirements, petitioning procedures, dropping and adding classes, changing majors, changing advisors, questions regarding University processes, and any general information requests.

The AACC is responsible for coordinating academic advising for all newly admitted students. The following groups of students are specifically assigned to the AACC:

  • New freshmen
  • Certain majors awaiting admission into their programs
  • Bachelor of Applied Science majors
  • Challenge Program students
  • Undeclared majors
  • Non-Candidate for Degree students (NCFD)
  • Dual enrollees (students concurrently enrolled in high school and the University of Michigan-Flint)
  • Guest students

The Academic Advising and Career Center assists students in selecting courses to meet their general education requirements and certain program requirements and makes referrals to appropriate support services. The AACC also maintains students’ advising files until they are ready to be transferred to the academic department of their major field of study. Faculty members in the newly assigned departments assist students through the remainder of their degree programs. Certain exceptions to this general policy exist.

The academic advising process is a collaborative effort between the student and the academic advisors. All students are expected to read their Catalog, course schedule, and all other pertinent college materials and be prepared to participate in the advising process.

Walk-ins are welcome. However, to assure the best service, students should call and arrange for an appointment with an academic advisor. Daytime and evening appointments are available.

Placement testing for English and mathematics are administered in the AACC.

Career Services

The AACC provides leadership and service to students and alumni in the areas of career development, experiential education and professional employment strategies. The AACC staff assists constituents in identifying career goals and/or in making successful career transitions.

The role of the AACC is to assist students with a continuum of services from freshmen to senior status that range from the selection or confirmation of a major, through experiential learning with co-op and internship opportunities (see “Experiential Education” for further information), to assistance with the job search or graduate school application process.

Services include:

  • Individual career exploration and planning
  • Career assessment tests
  • Career resource library
  • Workshops for career planning
  • Job search advising
  • Workshops for job searching
  • Resume and cover letter critiquing
  • UM-Flint Career Connection, electronic resume referral service
  • Mock interviews
  • Recruiting trends information
  • Experiential education via co-op/internship opportunities
  • Employment connections
  • Career Fairs throughout the academic year
  • On-campus recruiting
  • Graduate and professional school connections
  • Timelines, testing information application assistance

Tutorial Services

Tutorial Coordinator: Michael B. Kassel, Ph.D.

The Academic Advising and Career Center (AACC) provides free tutorial services covering a wide variety of academic disciplines for all UM-Flint students. Tutors are available on an individual and walk-in basis.  Individual tutors provide one-on-one support, and are available provided that a qualified tutor can be identified. Walk-in tutors hold regular hours during which students are free to obtain tutorial assistance.

Tutorial Services also provides Supplemental Instruction (SI) for specific courses during Fall and Winter semesters. Supplemental Instruction is an academic support program, developed at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, in which trained SI Leaders attend specific courses and hold weekly study sessions to help students master both course content and study skills. SI courses are identified in the Fall and Winter course schedules.

To help students maximize their academic potential, Tutorial Services also offers a variety of special academic enrichment forums and workshops throughout the year. The Coordinator is also available to work individually with students who wish to improve their note-taking and study skills techniques.

For more information, contact the Tutorial Coordinator.

Office of the Ombuds

237 University Pavilion
(810) 762-0002

University Ombuds: Rob Montry, M.A., LPC
Executive Secretary: Katie Tesmer

The Office of the Ombuds is a safe environment where questions, concerns, and complaints about the functioning of the University may be discussed in a confidential manner. It offers informal dispute resolution services, provides resources and referrals, and helps students and staff consider available options. The office operates independently as a supplement to existing administrative and formal dispute resolution processes. It has no formal decision-making authority. The office is neutral and not an advocate for either side in a dispute. Rather, the University Ombuds is an impartial advocate for fair and consistent treatment. The Office of the Ombuds reports administratively to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, and adheres to the International Ombudsman Association (IOA) Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice where confidentiality, independence, neutrality, and informality are core principles.

The Office of the Ombuds will diligently field questions and complaints, promote development of critical thinking and problem solving skills to help students and staff act on their own behalf to resolve conflicts, help clients evaluate options for addressing concerns, make appropriate referrals, advise visitors about informal and formal resolution possibilities, and engage in shuttle diplomacy between parties when needed. The Office of the Ombuds does not serve as an advocate, replace traditional complaint and grievance procedures, participate in formal grievance processes, make administrative decisions for other offices, assign sanctions, act as an “office of notice” for those wishing to file a formal complaint, or relieve the client from acting on their own behalf.

Students and staff members unsure of how to proceed with a problem at the University of Michigan-Flint, entangled in red tape, caught in an irresolvable dispute, or in need of appropriate information and answers may contact the Office of the Ombuds. Those seeking assistance are requested to complete a Confidential Information Sheet and an Authorization Form prior to meeting with the Ombuds. These documents allow the office to understand the situation, and provide permission to make needed inquiries and collect relevant information. Both forms are available in Room 237 of the University Pavilion during business hours from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., Monday through Friday, or online at the Office of the Ombuds Web site. The Office of the Ombuds may also be contacted at (810) 762-0002.

Women’s Educational Center

359 University Center
(810) 237-6648

Interim Director: Dr. Michelle O. Rosynsky
Project Coordinators: Kristen Campbell

The mission of the Women’s Educational Center (WEC) is  to:

  • Support women (students, faculty, and staff) as they fulfill their educational and career goals.  Examples include:     
    • referrals to university and community resources
    • workshops that provide information and encourage skill development 
    • support for students returning to school (women and men) including workshops, scholarship information, Critical Difference Emergency Grant
    • advise student organization—Voices for Women on Campus
  • Raise awareness about women’s issues (relationship violence, sexual assault, child care, pay gap, sexuality and reproductive rights, body image and eating disorders, women’s participation in decision-making positions/leadership). This includes monitoring the status of women on campus, and advocating for practices and policies that promote equal participation.
  • Advocate for and support individuals of all genders working together to challenge attitudes and social constructs that promote unequal treatment based on gender, race, sexual orientation, etc. 

WEC services and programs are open to students, faculty, staff and community members of all genders.

Advocacy and Referral

The Women’s Educational Center (WEC) maintains updated information about services available at the University and in the community, including referrals for domestic violence and sexual assault support, personal counseling, financial assistance, childcare, legal services, etc. The staff advocates on behalf of students, faculty, and staff, and works to raise awareness about women’s issues on campus and in the community.

Annual Events

The WEC offers a number of programs that have become annual signature events.  These include Love your Body campaign that focuses on raising awareness about body image,  self-esteem and eating disorders;  Vagina Monologues and Women’s History Month events; as well programs to raise awareness about relationship violence and sexual assault, including the Clothesline Project and Take Back the Night.

Critical Difference Grant

A one-time grant of up to 300 dollars is available to men and women who have returned to school after having at least a 24 month interruption in their college education and find themselves in an emergency situation that jeopardizes their ability to stay in school.

Programs for Students, Faculty, and Staff with Children

Programs that support individuals on campus who have children and provide opportunities for parents to bring their children to campus include  Family Fun Nights, Movie Nights, Take Your Child to Work Day, as well as the Adopt a Student Family program that is co-sponsored by the Staff Council.


The WEC houses a collection of books dedicated to women’s issues in the areas of education, health, parenting, public policy, law, psychology, literature, and feminism.

International Center

219 University Center
303 East Kearsley Street
Flint, Michigan 48502
(810) 762-0867
Fax: (810) 762-0006

Director: Daniel Adams
Assistant Director: Patriece N. Campbell
Administrative Assistant: Tamara Bednarski
International Recruiting Coordinator: Frederik Schlingemann
International Admissions Counselor: Jonnathan De La Fuente

The International Center (IC) establishes a welcoming atmosphere for all students. Our services extend to active applicants, admitted and current students. The International Center also functions as an informational resource for the Flint community.

The mission is “to provide services and educational opportunities that promote international perspectives and experiences for the campus and surrounding community. We are committed to building, supporting, and sustaining a culture of global inclusion through intercultural understanding and caring human connections.”

International Student Services

Program Coordinator: Malin Clark
International Admissions Specialist: Janessa Hall

The International Center provides a range of support services and guidance for new and current international students from the time of admission through graduation. Individual attention is given to each international student with I-20 preparation, SEVIS monitoring and United States Citizenship and Immigration Services information. Arrival assistance, including cultural adjustment and community resource information and referrals are provided. The IC conducts workshops on a variety of topics, coordinates and arranges field trips and social activities and directs students to campus-based academic and student support services.

International students are required to present their I-20s at the IC upon arriving for their first semester. The IC verifies international students’ immigration status as non-immigrants throughout their studies at the University. International students also go to the IC for consultation and to request applications for Curricular Practical Training (CPT) and Optional Practical Training (OPT).

English Language Program

English Language Program Academic Coordinator: Kathy Cornman
Administrative Assistant: Frank Fanzone

The role of the English Language Program (ELP) is to provide support for students who are non-native speakers of English.  More specifically, the ELP provides high-quality intensive English language instruction, academic preparation, and U.S. culture awareness for international students seeking admission to degree programs, but who have not met the University language proficiency requirement or students who wish to improve their English for business, personal or professional reasons.

The program offers:

  • Six proficiency levels
  • A combination of 20 hours of classroom instruction and language lab per week
  • A student-centered learning environment
  • A curriculum designed to systematically increase proficiency level
  • Courses in reading, writing, grammar, listening, and speaking, as well as language lab
  • Standardized test preparation integrated into courses
  • A variety of instructional methods includes, but not limited to, communicative, task-based, and integrated skills
  • A Conversation Partner Program in which ELP students are paired with native speakers of English for informal conversation
  • Cultural activities and field trips on and off campus

Education Abroad Office

Education Abroad Coordinator: Asinda Sirignano

The Education Abroad Office serves to promote education abroad opportunities and to enhance internationalization efforts of the campus. The Education Abroad Office is committed to academic excellence and cultural enlightenment in order to equip students for intellectual participation in the global society. Students may visit the International Center’s Education Abroad Resource Center to research international study, work, and travel opportunities and/or to receive advising services about their education abroad options. Faculty and staff members at the University of Michigan-Flint are also encouraged to take advantage of education abroad support services offered through the Education Abroad Office. Support services for students, faculty, and staff are offered for a wide range of education abroad program types, including: 

  • UM-Flint faculty-led programs
  • Exchange programs
  • External programs through affiliated providers
  • Internships and Volunteer Opportunities

All University of Michigan-Flint students are required to purchase Highway to Health (HTH) insurance to study, work, volunteer and travel abroad. All students, faculty and staff are also required to register their travel information in the UM Travel Registry. Students, faculty and staff are also able to purchase, the International Student Identity Card (ISIC), a discount card that is accepted in over 100 countries. Please contact the Education Abroad Office for more information.  

Marian E. Wright Writing Center

559 David M. French Hall
(810) 766-6602
Fax: (810) 237-6666

Director: Dr. Jacob S. Blumner
Coordinator: Scott Russell

Materials and individualized instruction in writing are provided for all students. Tutoring is by appointment and a drop-in basis. Students can get help with writing assignments for any course throughout the university or work on specific writing problems.

Instruction for one, two or three academic credits is offered in ENG 109, College Writing Workshop. Credit is earned by attending class and working with tutors in the Center. Computers are available for use by students working on their writing.

The Center is fully staffed with trained tutors and is open Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.; Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; and Saturday, 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Information Technology Services

Information Technology Services
905 Northbank Center
432 N. Saginaw Street
Flint, MI  48502-1950
Main Office Phone: (810) 762-3123
ITS Helpdesk Phone: (810) 766-6804
Fax: (810) 424-5226

Director of ITS: Scott Arnst

The Information Technology Services department (ITS), at the University of Michigan-Flint, develops and maintains all centralized campus computing systems, including data, software, hardware, and infrastructure. ITS strives to be a user-oriented provider of high quality computing services. In doing this, ITS provides state of the art technology and technical support that will ensure all users access to programs and data.

ITS encourages the use of computers to support instruction and research for students, faculty, and staff. ITS supports and maintains two staffed and three unstaffed open computer labs available for student, faculty, and staff use. These labs are located in the William R. Murchie Science Building (Staffed), the David M. French Hall Building (Unstaffed), the William S. White Building (Staffed), the Riverfront Center (Unstaffed, 24-hour), and the open computer lab located on all three floors of the Frances Willson Thompson Library. All unstaffed labs, except the Thompson Library, will require Mcard for entry. In addition, campus users can use their personal laptop or tablet to connect to the campus wireless network in any building on campus. Upgrades to hardware and software in the student computer labs are supplemented by student funds collected through a technology fee, paid each semester with tuition.

ITS also maintains six instructional computer labs, located in the William R. Murchie Science Building, David M. French Hall Building, and the William S. White Building that are used for hands-on instruction. These instructional labs are equipped with modern data projection equipment and other instructional aids. The Mediated Classroom Services (MCS) unit within ITS is responsible for the delivery, maintenance, and training for all instructional mediated equipment in over seventy classrooms and labs on the UM-Flint campus. All general classrooms are equipped a projector, a computer, a document camera, a DVD/VCR, and a VGA connection for a laptop.

ITS provides user support and consultation for a variety of technical questions and problems through the ITS Helpdesk, ITS staff, and quicknotes available on the web. If additional assistance is needed from ITS staff, please contact the ITS Helpdesk for more information. Please view Helpdesk and open computer lab hours at

ITS provides students with Microsoft and Adobe software products at discounted prices. This includes installation software for Windows 7, Windows 8, Microsoft Office for Windows and Mac, Microsoft Project, Microsoft Visio, Microsoft Visual Studio, Adobe Creative Suite for Mac and Windows, and more. Visit to purchase your software! You will need to log in with your Uniqname and LAN Password.

Educational Opportunity Initiatives (EOI)

280, 290, 292 & 217 Harding Mott University Center
Main Offices & College Level Programs  (810) 762-3365
Pre-College Programs (810) 766-6622  
Diversity Education Services (810) 762-3169
Fax: Main Office (810) 762-3190; Diversity Education Services (810) 237-6539

Executive Director: Tendaji W. Ganges
Administrative Assistant Senior: Patricia S. Overton

EOI Mission

The mission of the Office of Educational Opportunity Initiatives is to foster changes in institutional services and climate and enhance the ability of the University of Michigan-Flint to identify, recruit, serve and graduate students of diverse backgrounds with a particular emphasis on students from underrepresented groups such as non-traditional, educationally and economically disadvantaged, and those from urban and other areas where the college access and success rates are significantly below the national average. Ultimately, such efforts should contribute to the overall adaptability and success of UM-Flint and enhance the climate of the UM-Flint community such that it is markedly more responsive, adaptive, and effective in meeting the needs of all of its constituent community.

EOI Overview

The Office of Educational Opportunity Initiatives (EOI) at the University of Michigan-Flint provides a seamless web of support services for middle school, high school, and both traditional and non-traditional college students through ten programs in three primary service areas: Pre-College Programs, College Level Programs and Diversity Education Services.  EOI seeks to provide participants with both academic and non-academic support services designed to enhance preparation and access to, meaningful engagement at, and empower students to complete secondary school, matriculate in postsecondary education and then to persist through graduation from the University of Michigan-Flint.

The EOI programs and services comprise a virtual seamless web of services that begin with outreach to students in the middle schools and extend throughout students’ secondary and postsecondary education.  Indeed, it is possible, as it happens in numerous instances, that we identify and enroll a student in a pre-college program as a sixth grader and work continuously with that student through high school and ultimately graduation from the University of Michigan-Flint.

Below are summaries of the key EOI pre-college programs and services, current as of 2012.  It should be noted that in 2010 EOI received and initiated a significant supplemental program component funded by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation that has expanded one of our pre-college programs (ISP) to include a fully residential summer component and a major enhancement of the academic year services.  This was further enhanced in 2012 with the addition of a work and career experience component funded through a Workforce Development ACT grant from Career Alliance of Genesee County. Further, EOI collaborates with numerous departments and schools throughout the University, serving as a partner and co-sponsor of numerous initiatives.  For example, since 2004 EOI has served as a principal partner and has provided key support for the development and operation of a teacher training initiative (STAR - Smart Teachers As Role Models) in the School of Education and Human Services intended to help increase the number of males of color seeking to become teachers.  Outside of the University EOI works collaboratively with numerous area pre-college and college level programs and services at institutions and community agencies.

On an annual basis EOI serves approximately 500 students at the pre-college level and another 1,500 college students (both traditional and non-traditional aged adults).  At the pre-college level, the programs and outreach initiatives work closely with parents, both in one-on-one situations as well as in groups, both formal and informal.  Parents are integral to the work, and hence, the success that EOI enjoys in preparing and promoting the growth of students.  Indeed, as of fall 2010, EOI initiated a Parent University within the ISP and CEO Programs to better serve the varied and demanding needs of parents as we seek to impact students.  A part-time Parent Associate was hired to assist in the administration of the Parent University. This level of extending empowerment to the parents is vital to the ultimate success of their sons and daughters.

Our numerous programs and initiatives share some very straightforward and simple goals and objectives, as noted above in the mission statement.  We are focused on providing comprehensive and intensive services coupled with careful tracking of inputs to determine the impact of services.  It is critical that we assess the actual impact of direct services by tracking the progress that students make at regular intervals.  An example of these assessments is an online mentoring, tracking and monitoring software program developed by the EduGuide organization of Lansing, Michigan whereby students directly enter information about assignments and activities, keep a journal, and monitor their own progress.  Such an initiative serves not simply to track progress, but it also contributes to students’ gaining and accepting greater personal responsibility for their own learning. In the work that EOI does, it is the students’ acceptance of personal empowerment that is at least as important as what direct services the programs deliver.  The software thus serves the staff needs in monitoring student efforts and progress but also serves as a tool to encourage student development and learning skills that will ultimately carry them well beyond the formal programs and services.

Of course, EOI employs a dedicated and skilled staff of full-time and part-time professionals and paraprofessionals.  In addition to the program managers and assistant program managers, EOI employs and trains a large complement of upper class students, including many who have graduated from EOI programs themselves.  Depending upon the time of year (summer and academic year), EOI employs approximately 12 full-time professional staff (not including clerical and office support personnel), 30 underclass students as program associates and assistants, and several part-time instructors including UM-Flint faculty and area secondary teachers.

Pre-College Programs and Services

Wade H. McCree, Jr. Incentive Scholarship Program (ISP)

Ms. Tawana L. Parks, Program Manager

The Wade H. McCree, Jr. Incentive Scholarship Program (ISP) is funded directly by the University of Michigan-Flint through EOI. High achieving, first generation college students are recruited from Flint, Beecher, and Westwood Heights Community Schools where low numbers of students ultimately attend college and earn baccalaureate degrees. The students are identified and selected as second semester eighth graders and, following a probationary period of a summer component and the fall semester, are then formally inducted into the program as ninth graders. The objective is to enhance their preparation for college (through academic skills development and workshops, and seminars such as study skills, note taking, career planning and ACT/SAT test preparation) and to encourage their enrollment at UM-Flint. Full tuition and fees scholarships to UM-Flint are awarded to ISP students who successfully complete all program requirements and are regularly admitted to the University.

Committed to Excellence and Opportunity (CEO)

Ms. Tawana L. Parks, Program Manager

Funded by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the Committed to Excellence and Opportunity (CEO) Program was initiated in summer 2010 as a complement to the ISP (above) to enhance the institutional outreach to second semester eighth graders and early high school students with a particular emphasis on students from under-represented groups such as those from educationally or economically disadvantaged backgrounds and those from urban or other areas where the college access and success rates are significantly below the national average. The goal is to especially increase the number of students, but particularly young males, who will succeed in high school, then attend and be successful in postsecondary education. This is achieved through a five-week, residential summer program on the UM-Flint campus and academic year after school and evening campus visits, programs, and workshops that are designed to inform, encourage and prepare students for the challenges of higher education. New for 2012 is the addition of a work and career experience component funded through a Workforce Development ACT grant from Career Alliance of Genesee County. As in ISP, full tuition and fees scholarships to UM-Flint will be awarded to CEO students who successfully complete all program requirements and are regularly admitted to the University.

Choosing to Succeed Enrichment Program (CTS)

Mr. Henry E. Bazemore, Program Manager

Funded by the University of Michigan-Flint, the Choosing to Succeed Program (CTS) is designed to increase the number and preparation of students with a particular emphasis on students from under-represented groups such as those from educationally or economically disadvantaged backgrounds and those from urban or other areas where the college access and success rates are significantly below the national average. Students are selected from the Flint, Beecher, Westwood Heights and area school districts and provided with academic and support services to enhance their progress and ultimately their graduation from high school and to challenge them to pursue post-secondary education. The CTS program is divided into two components: middle school grades 6-8, and high school grades 9-12. EOI administers CTS as a commuter summer program and a comprehensive series of academic year workshops and enrichment activities.  An incentive component is available for a selected number of high achieving CTS participants who become eligible for a full tuition and fees scholarship to UM-Flint upon successful completion of the program and regular admission to UM-Flint.

GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs)/Martin Luther King, Jr., Caesar Chavez, Rosa Parks College Day Program (GU/CD)

Mr. Henry E. Bazemore, Program Manager

The KCP College Day Program was originally created by the Michigan State legislature in 1986 as part of the larger King/Chavez/Parks Initiative to increase the enrollment of minority and other students traditionally underrepresented in post-secondary education. In 2006-07 the state program, now funded by the Michigan Department of Workforce Development Agency, was merged with the federally funded (U.S. Department of Education) Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP). The program was initiated with the recruitment of the entire 7th grade class at Beecher Community Schools and the college readiness services were provided to the class as a cohort. The merged GEAR UP/College Day Program has followed that class as a cohort through its just recent graduation from high school. A second 7th grade cohort has just been recruited for the program as of fall 2012. Throughout the summer and academic year the program provides a comprehensive series of workshops and enrichment activities working with the students and their parents. Upon graduation, a select percentage of the graduating program participants will be eligible for limited college scholarships provided by the federal grant fund established for that purpose.

College Programs and Services

Transition and Support Services (TSS)

Ms. Clara W. Blakely, Program Manager

Funded by the University of Michigan-Flint through EOI, Transition and Support Services provides a web of services, programs, and information designed to assist students in their transition to the university and continues the provision of these services through graduation. Its services are provided to students upon request or referral with the primary foci being students from under-represented groups such as non-traditional, educationally or economically disadvantaged, and those from urban or other areas where the college access and success rates are significantly below the national average, and others identified as being at high risk of not persisting through to graduation. TSS develops and implements programming that contribute to student success, enhances the rate of persistence and thereby enables more students to attain their baccalaureate degree. TSS also utilizes a comprehensive referral network to connect students to campus and external programs and services. Programs and services offered through TSS address the academic, personal, and social needs of students.

Programs and services offered by TSS include Peer Assisted Learning (PAL), Peer Growth Teams (PGT), and academic guidance, monitoring and follow-up. The ACCESS, Challenge Program and the Transitions Programs are all part of TSS.

Access to College and Careers with Excellence through Student Services Program (ACCESS)

Ms. Tonya C. Bailey, Program Manager

Funded through the Office of King/Chavez/Parks Initiatives in the Michigan Department of Workforce Development Agency, with added support by the University of Michigan-Flint through EOI, the ACCESS Program delivers a comprehensive series of interventions and services designed to promote student success academically, personally, and socially. ACCESS is designed to introduce and engage students, (particularly educationally or economically disadvantaged students and others identified as being at high risk of not persisting through to graduation) in strategies and processes that are central to success in college, while also assisting students in resolving issues that can inhibit success. The program is designed to introduce and actively engage students (primarily first and second year students) in strategies and techniques that are essential to student success in college.

The ACCESS Program features a unique concept entitled the Posse component. While the Posse concept has previously been used exclusively for residential schools, the ACCESS Program has adapted the concept to accommodate our largely commuter student body. Students are identified, recruited and selected to form teams called “Posses.” Students are grouped into teams according to academic majors and other interest areas as one means to promote strong networking opportunities for Posse members as they pursue their educational goals. The Posse philosophy promotes academic achievement and leadership; it further empowers students to succeed and become active agents of change.

Introduced as a lower cost alternative to the former ACCESS Summer Bridge Program, the Workshops on Wednesday (WOW) initiative has also been successful in attracting participants who prefer to make the commitment to attend two workshops on consecutive Wednesdays as opposed to the full four-week requirement of the Bridge program as it was originally designed. It is directed to incoming first-year college students and rising high school seniors as an introduction and initial/brief immersion in a simulated college classroom. The workshops are led by UM-Flint professors in key academic areas with an emphasis on English, mathematics and the sciences.

Challenge Program

Ms. Tonya C. Bailey, Program Manager

Students who have demonstrated academic achievement and success yet do not meet one or more of the traditional freshman admissions criteria, are offered contractual admission to the University of Michigan-Flint through the Office of Admissions. Participation in the EOI Challenge Program is intended as a means of providing students with a good high school to college transition experience and a foundation for success at the University. Introduced to a variety of support services through the program, students have the opportunity to improve their academic skills as well as develop useful tools that will enhance their collegiate experience. The goal of the program is to offer students the best support and intervention services that will enable them to succeed academically, personally and socially. Students are encouraged to develop a Personalized Education Plan (PEP), and to participate in program services such as Peer Assisted Learning (PAL), Peer Growth Teams (PGT), and general academic guidance and monitoring. Challenge Program services are concentrated in the first and second semester of enrollment, but some services are extended beyond the contractual year.

Transitions Program

Mr. James Anthony Jones, Program Manager

Funded through the Office of King/Chavez/Parks Initiatives in the Michigan Department of Workforce Development Agency, with added support from UM-Flint in partnership with Mott Community College, the Transitions Program is designed to facilitate and increase the diversity and numbers of educationally or economically disadvantaged students who transfer from Mott Community College to UM-Flint to pursue a baccalaureate degree.

The Transitions Program identifies and recruits a select group of students at Mott Community College and cultivates within them the desire to pursue higher education to the attainment of a baccalaureate degree. The Transitions Program provides a series of intervention and outreach services that encourages persistence at MCC, directs students through the transfer process and continues with follow-up services to support academic achievement and graduation from the University of Michigan-Flint. Program participants receive comprehensive academic and developmental advising, transfer credit evaluation, financial aid and scholarship workshops, transfer student orientation, and a variety of individualized personal services designed to address the unique concerns of each transfer student. The Transitions Program utilizes a holistic approach to working with the transfer student to promote their academic, personal and social integration into the university. Once admitted to UM-Flint, the Transitions students are merged directly into the ACCESS Program for continued support and follow up.

Services at Both the Pre-College and College Levels

Diversity Education Services (DES)

Ms. Crystal A. Flynn, Program Manager and Diversity Trainer

Throughout the year, EOI sponsors a variety of programs, services and activities designed to enhance, educate and celebrate the diverse and multicultural environment of the campus and the Flint area community. The University of Michigan-Flint campus-wide Diversity Council is administered by DES and is funded through EOI. Typical events sponsored and supported by EOI, often in collaboration with other offices and departments, include the Expect Respect programs and events, Hispanic Heritage Month, Native American Heritage Month, and African American Heritage Month. In addition, special projects and programs are frequently offered to address campus-wide concerns and social issues pertaining to diversity, cultural competency issues, fairness and equity. Previous programs offered have included anti-racism and interracial communications programs, facilitated diversity education and anti-racism workshops and discussion groups.

Collaborations with external organizations with similar aims and goals have included FACTER (Flint Area Citizens To End Racism), Leadership Development in Interethnic Relations (LDIR), The Opportunity Network, Volunteers for Affirmative Action, Genesee Valley Indian Association, the Hispanic/Latino Collaborative, the Spanish Speaking Information Center, the Flint Library Anti-Racism Speaker Series, the Color Line Project, the Urban Bush Women Project, the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond Undoing Racism workshops, Story Circles, Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health-Phase II (REACH 2010) and Community Cultural Planning Task Force to name several initiatives.

Experiential Education

The University of Michigan-Flint offers a number of opportunities for students to be placed in work settings outside the university and to relate these experiences to their courses of study. Such opportunities are available through the Public Agency Internship Program, the School of Management and the Academic Advising and Career Center, described below.

In addition to these, specific concentrations may offer or require off-campus experiential education. In particular, these include Psychology, Social Work, and Teacher Certificate programs. See individual concentration programs for further information. Many academic departments offer a host of experiential education opportunities.

Research internships and assistantships in various academic departments are other aspects of experiential education and are open to selected upper division and graduate students.

Academic Internship in Public Agencies and Community Organizations

220 David M. French Hall
(810) 762-3470

Coordinator: Tony Morolla (Political Science)

The Public Agency and Community Organization Internship Program is sponsored by the Department of Political Science and the Public Administration program. The internship is designed to serve the interests of students in political science, public administration, economics, education, history, sociology, and resource and community science. Participation is open to upper-division and graduate students. Political science and public administration majors are generally required to do three credit hours of the internship.

Field assignments provide valuable experiences in public agencies and community organizations. Such experience is helpful in preparing for work in government, community agencies, legal settings, educational institutions, women’s and labor organizations, and the media. Internships provide opportunity to investigate the relationship between a variety of academic concepts (for example, organization theory, policy making and evaluation, and understanding social and political movements) and actual practice.

Placements are available in local communities throughout the region, including Detroit and Lansing. They are also available (in cooperation with other institutions) in Washington, D.C., Canada, Africa, and Europe. Interested students should schedule interviews with the Internship Coordinator at least two months before the beginning of a semester for which the internship is desired. Internships are offered every semester (including Spring and Summer) under the course labels POL/PUB 390 and ECN 395, and for graduate students, PUB 590. Enrollment may be for three to six credit hours, and grading is on a pass/fail basis.

Cooperative Education and Internship Program

Academic Advising and Career Center (AACC)
285 University Pavilion
(810) 762-3087

The AACC’s Cooperative Education and Internship Program is for students who wish to gain work experience that compliments their academic studies. Students are employed on either a part-time or full-time basis in supervised, paid and unpaid work experiences in business, industry, social or government agencies.

The program offers:

  • Pertinent job experience to blend with classroom theory
  • Awareness of employment and career opportunities
  • Networking with professionals in the field
  • Increased marketability and the development of interpersonal skills
  • Maturity and confidence gained from increased responsibilities
  • Opportunity to earn academic credit as determined by academic units.

There are several differences between cooperative education and internships that are important to note: Co-ops are always paid, while internships can be paid or unpaid; co-ops last for a minimum of two semesters, while internships typically last one semester. Students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.5, and register for the program in Career Connection by completing the Internship Survey. Any exceptions must be approved in writing by the Director of the Academic Advising and Career Center.

Students who have participated in co-op and internship experiences find them to be valuable and rewarding. Students are exposed to the realities of the workplace and learn to manage time and work demands for both classroom studies and employment. Co-op and internship experience ranks among the top three qualities recruiters look for when hiring for full-time positions. Students from all academic disciplines are encouraged to apply. The program is open to both undergraduate and graduate students.

Student Life and Services


Student Affairs

237 University Pavilion
(810) 762-3434

Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs: Dr. Mary Jo Sekelsky
Assistant Vice Chancellor: Dr. Michelle Rosynsky
Executive Assistant to the Vice Chancellor: Rob Montry
Executive Secretary to the Vice Chancellor: Katie Tesmer
Financial Analyst: Nathan Watson 

The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs provides leadership and coordinates activities within division areas to assist students in their academic and nonacademic lives at the University. These areas and activities support the academic mission of the University. The Division of Student Affairs (DSA) includes Administrative Information Management Services (AIMS); Counseling, Accessibility, and Psychological Services (CAPS); Housing and Residential Life; Office of Financial Aid; Office of the Registrar; Office of Student Life; and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Center (LGBT Center).

As outlined in the Mission Statement, “The Division of Student Affairs will promote the University of Michigan-Flint; support students, staff, and members of the community; and strive to provide exceptional service by:

  • Exhibiting accuracy, efficiency, and patience in our work.
  • Maintaining integrity, professionalism, and respect.
  • Valuing differences, diversity, open communication, and creativity.”

Administrative Information Management Services

240 University Pavilion
(810) 762-3476

Director: Jayshri Gandhi
Assistant Director: Debbie Samida
Application Programmer/Analyst: Steve Harrow

The Administrative Information Management Services (AIMS) is a unit of Student Affairs (DSA) at the University of Michigan-Flint.  It is primarily responsible for an enterprise reporting system as well as document imaging system that impact the division and other campus constituencies.  This unit generates business intelligence for administrators/faculty/staff to make informed business decisions.  Staff members also assist DSA with various technical needs and projects while supporting the student-centered mission and goals of the division.

Counseling, Accessibility, and Psychological Services (CAPS)

264 Harding Mott University Center
(810) 762-3456
Fax: (810) 762-3498
TDD: (810) 766-6727

Interim Director: Tamara McKay, Ph.D., LLP
Campus Counselor: Amanda Smith, M.A., LLP
Accessibility Coordinator: Zachary Tomlinson, B.A.
Administrative Assistant: Leanne Vamossy

Services central to student persistence and success are provided through Counseling, Accessibility, and Psychological Services (CAPS). CAPS is dedicated to providing a safe environment that is highly student-centered and results oriented.  Our staff provide accessibility, counseling, and advocacy services for all enrolled students.

Counseling Services

Senior Counseling Center Psychologist: Tamara McKay, Ph.D., LLP
Campus Counselor: Amanda Smith, M.A., LLP

Counseling Services supports students academic and personal success by providing preventive and remedial counseling and psychological services.  College students may experience many challenges in completing their degree such as adjustment to new demands and/or environments, relationship concerns, test anxiety, time management, eating issues or body image, depression, and addictive behaviors.  Counselors also offer consultative services to faculty and staff.  There is a strong commitment to meeting the needs of a diverse campus community. 

At Counseling Services, currently enrolled students are provided the following at no charge:

  • Individual counseling
  • Couples, marital, and family therapy
  • Therapy groups
  • Limited psychological testing
  • Crisis intervention
  • Referrals to community providers
  • Outreach workshops
  • On-line mental health screenings 

Students may call Counseling, Accessibility, and Psychological Services (CAPS) to schedule an appointment.  When students are first seen by a counselor, they will need to complete an Intake process.  Students may be assured that their records and other pertinent information will be managed within strict professional rules of confidentiality.

Accessibility Services

Accessibility Coordinator: Zachary Tomlinson, B.A.

Accessibility Services provides students with disabilities the necessary tools for empowerment, self-advocacy and independence in the university environment by:

  • Offering individualized accommodations
  • Assisting in negotiating disability-related barriers
  • Striving to improve access to university programs, activities and facilities
  • Promoting increased awareness of disability issues on campus

To ensure that the necessary supports are provided to new students, a pre-registration meeting is required. This on-campus visit gives the Accessibility Coordinator and the incoming student time to develop an individualized service plan to meet the student’s needs. The visit is normally scheduled for the semester prior to enrollment.

Housing and Residential Life

375 University Center
(810) 237-6571
Fax: (810) 762-3362

 Director: Kimberly Butka
 Assistant Director: Qiana Smith
 Hall Director: Keith Flewelling
 Administrative Assistant: Deb Beattie

Housing and Residential Life at the University of Michigan-Flint is fully dedicated to the creation of a learning-centered community where inclusiveness, academic excellence, personal growth, and the free exchange of divergent ideas are highly valued.  An incredibly diverse group of student residents are encouraged to actively shape their community and are expected to balance individual and collective needs with civility and honesty. Our foundation is built upon a presumption of goodwill and the belief that mutual respect is a fundamental right of every human being. All are responsible for upholding the community standards and a safe, inclusive environment. 

Housing and Residential Life staff are committed to developing a sensitive, socially just and humane community in the residence halls. The Hall Director, Resident Advisors and Front Desk staff are trained to assist residents in developing multicultural community, supporting academic achievement and creating opportunities for personal growth. The residence hall staff seeks to create and maintain environments conducive to the development of all students and assists them in understanding and utilizing college resources and policies.

First Street Residence Hall, opened in Fall of 2008, is a state of the art facility providing spacious living arrangements, a mediated classroom, study and social lounges all in a completely wireless and high tech environment that is only minutes away from their classes.

Students interested in living on-campus should contact the Office of Housing and Residential Life to explore living options.

Office of the Registrar

266 University Pavilion
Telephone: (810) 762-3344
Fax:  (810) 762-3346

Registrar:  Karen A Arnould
Associate Registrar:  Rhonda K Banks
Assistant Registrar:  Stacy L Lee

The Office of the Registrar’s charge is to preserve the integrity, accuracy, and privacy of all academic records; to uphold the value of courses taken and degrees conferred; to interpret institutional and governmental policies to members of the academic and general community; and to efficiently distribute these records in full compliance with applicable policies, laws and regulations.

The Office of the Registrar provides a wide variety of academic services to students, faculty and staff. The office maintains academic and student data, grades, transcripts, graduation applications and diplomas. Course schedules and catalogs are prepared, schedules of final exams, room assignments for classes and special events. Registration, drops, adds (adjustments to schedules) are processed. The office provides students with degree evaluations in SIS via CAPP (Curriculum, Advising and Program Planning) for academic programs. The Office of the Registrar develops systems and procedures for business processes, produces official enrollment data, and responds to the student information needs of the university community. The Registrar serves as a liaison for students seeking residency status at the University of Michigan-Flint.


Health Services

Urban Health and Wellness Center
1153 William S. White Building
309 N. Harrison St.
Flint, MI 48502-1950
(810) 424-5269
Fax: (810) 424-5288 

The Urban Health and Wellness Center provides outpatient health care services for currently enrolled UM-Flint students and members of the Genesee Health Plan, which provides basic health care coverage for adults aged 19 to 64 with limited income and no other health insurance. Student fee information is available on the Center’s website, Outpatient services for Genesee Health Plan members are provided in accordance with the terms of the plan.

 Primary care is provided by licensed Nurse Practitioners who focus on quality health care through health promotion, health maintenance, and disease management and diagnosis. Services available include: 

  • Health screenings
  • Office consultations
  • Physical examinations
  • Work, school, and sports annual physicals
  • Injections/vaccinations/immunizations*
  • Laboratory services*
  • Pregnancy/STD screening* 

* Available at an additional fee 

Physical therapy services are provided by licensed physical therapists for a number of acute and chronic pain conditions and for pre- and post-op surgical therapy. 

Hours of operation (by appointment only)*

Monday-Friday, 9:30am-4:30pm

* Health emergencies are handled by the Department of Public Safety, (810) 762-3335.

Veterans’ Services

The Student Veteran Resource Center, located in the University Pavilion, provides a welcoming environment to Veteran’s and their family members.  The center offers transition support, academic support, VA benefits support, and counseling services.  The VA Certifying Official, which activates all Veteran’s education benefits, may be contacted in the Student Veteran Resource Center or in the Office of the Registrar, 266 University Pavilion.  Additional information is available at

Child Care

Early Childhood Development Center

1313 William S. White Building
(810) 424-5214
Fax: (810) 237-6690

Director: Della Becker-Cornell
Head Teachers: Mary Lynn Gottler, Wendee Hooker, Janelle Pauldine, Betty Sheehy
Associate Teachers: Kristyn Beauchamp, Kim Curry, Susan Ford, Tara Hyatt, Carolyn Miller
Assistant Teachers: Rhonda Sevick, Juliana Babetski
Administrative Assistant Senior: Vickie Redmond-Powell
Administrative Support: April Pepperdine

The faculty and staff of the Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC) is committed to providing a high quality program for young children and their families. The program is nationally accredited through NAEYC and designed to promote the development of the total individual by helping each child to develop skills in the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive areas. This is accomplished by providing a balanced program that includes both teacher directed and child initiated activities, quiet as well as active experiences, and the recognition that learning occurs in both formal and informal settings, especially through play.

Young children are integrally connected to their homes and families, and it is understood that families are and should be the principle influence in their children’s lives. The ECDC seeks to be appropriately responsive to families. Parents, teachers, and staff work together toward the goal of nurturing children in an environment where all are respected for their individual differences and provided with the building blocks for a lifelong love of learning.

The ECDC is a ‘living laboratory’ where adults as well as children come to learn. We believe that we learn from the children just as much as they are learning from us. Teachers are co-collaborators with children. Teachers are guiding, mentoring, and modeling, but also observing, reflecting, and hypothesizing. Teachers are researchers, studying the changes that individual children have as they grow, as well as the changes in the group and between group members. Our teachers are curious, interested, and enthusiastic about how children learn, and how children show us what they know. We understand that much of what children show us about their learning and understanding of the world is not through verbal communication.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Early Childhood Development Center is to:

  1. Promote the development of social, emotional, cognitive, linguistic, physical and creative skills in an environment sensitive to each child’s strengths and needs.
  2.  Provide opportunities to educate University of Michigan- Flint students in skills relevant to their professions.
  3. Offer high quality child care to our constituents: students, faculty, staff and community.
  4. Contribute to the ongoing development and education of early childhood professionals, families, and caregivers in the Flint area through research, collaboration, and teaching.

University Dining Service

332 Harding Mott University Center
(810) 424-5280
(810) 762-0888 (Catering)

General Manager: John Whitlatch
Catering Manager: Jackie Gawne

University Dining Service opened in August 2009 and is managed by Sodexo Management, Inc. Sodexo is a privately owned food service company with extensive food service experience and resources. They have been instrumental in assisting UM-Flint transition from a commuter campus to a residential campus.

UM-Flint students living in Residential Housing are responsible for paying room and board. The board consists of a $1,407 meal plan program per student per semester. The $1,407 meal plan is based on approximately 14 meals per week. The meal plan is directly connected to dates on the student’s residence hall contract.

Residential students, commuter students, as well as faculty and staff may purchase voluntary meal plans. Currently there are $50, $100, $200 and $400 voluntary meal plans which expire one year from the date that they are signed.

Meal plan dining dollars can be used to enter the Riverview Dining Room. The Riverview Dining Room is an “all-you-care-to-eat” dining experience featuring soup and salad bar, hometown daily specials, stir-fry station, pizza and pasta bar, and desserts. The Riverview Dining Room is open fall and winter semesters for lunch Monday-Friday from 11:30am-2:30pm and Monday-Thursday for dinner from 5:00-7:30pm at $6.49 per person.

Meal plan dining dollars can be used to purchase items at  Grill 155, Simply To Go and Clint’s Cafe. See website hours:

In addition, meal plan dining dollars can be used to purchase snacks at the Information Desk located in the University Center lobby, the William S. White Building lobby and the Theater lobby. 

Recreational Services

Recreation Center

(810) 762-3441

Director: Theresa Landis
Associate Director: Gary Parr
Assistant Director of Intramural Sports: Ervin Leavy Jr.
Assistant Director of Student Professional Development: Marilyn Harvey
Assistant Director of Facilities and Fintness: Chris Clolinger
Accountant: Jolie McKnight
Business Information Manager: Amy Clolinger 
Customer Service Associates: Debra Collins, Kay Fritzler
Marketing & Graphic Design Coordinator: JoAnn Ford

The Recreation Center is open to all currently enrolled students with MCards. Annual, monthly and daily memberships can also be purchased by alumni, community members, and student family members.

The 80,000 square foot facility includes a multi-purpose gym, weight training areas, Cybex weight equipment, cardio theater, indoor track, racquetball courts, men’s and women’s locker rooms (rental locker service available), combative practice area, and a CrossFit area. A swimming pool, whirlpool spa and saunas, physically located on the first and lower levels of the University Center, are also part of the Recreation Center operation.

The mission of the Recreation Center is to provide a safe environment that enables diverse participants to improve their health and well-being. In addition, the Recreational Services Department offers the following activities and programs:

Academic Physical Education Courses. The Recreation Center under the Department of Public Health & Health Sciences, offers many one and two-credit physical education classes each semester.

Employment. The Recreation Center is one of the largest employers on campus of UM-Flint students. Preference is given to students with work-study financial aid in order to ensure that they have ample opportunity to use their awards.

Intramural Sports. The intramural sports program consists of flag football, basketball, racquetball, volleyball, soccer, and a variety of special sports tournaments. This program provides students with the fun of competitive sports and the opportunity to develop qualities of leadership, cooperation, teamwork, and a sense of fair play.

Fitness Programs. A variety of fitness opportunities are available including personal training, fitness testing and exercise program consultation, exercise equipment orientation, yoga classes, water exercise classes, step aerobics, high/low aerobics, kickboxing, etc. All fitness opportunities are provided by professional staff with degrees in related fields and/or instructors certified by nationally recognized fitness organizations.

Other Features. To better meet the health promotion and wellness needs of students, other opportunities include fitness assessment, massage therapy, personal and group training, strength training workshops, youth summer camps, self-defense for women programs, and special events such as Women’s Night Out. 

Student Life

Office of Student Life
361 Harding Mott University Center
(810) 762-3431
Fax: (810) 762-3023

Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs: Dr. Michelle Rosynsky
Director Student Life: Jessie L. Hurse II, B.S.
Director of Greek Life: Sara J. Maynard, M.A.
Coordinator of Club Sports: Dillon Thorne, B.S., M.A. NSCA-CPT
Student Activities Coordinator:  

The faculty and staff of the University of Michigan-Flint seek to assist students achieve their educational goals, and to provide opportunities for social and intellectual growth. Many services are offered and a wide variety of cultural events, guest speakers, art and other exhibits, entertainment and activities are sponsored on campus each year to enhance the quality of campus life.  Students are encouraged to take advantage of free membership at the Recreation Center and to utilize facilities of the Harding Mott University Center (UCEN).  Student clubs further enhance student life by uniting students with common interests to share club goals and social events.

Ellen Bommarito Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Center

365 Harding Mott University Center
(810) 766-6606 

Director:  Dr. Michelle O. Rosynsky 
Program Coordinator:  Jen Salamone

The Ellen Bommarito Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Center is dedicated to creating and sustaining a safe and inclusive campus community through educational programs, social events, and in-class presentations.  In addition, the Center offers resource information and individual support for all students, staff, and faculty regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. 

Student Activities

Student Government

364 Harding Mott University Center
(810) 762-3078

Advisor: Jessie L. Hurse II, B.S.

The Student Government serves as the official representative of the student community in expressing opinions and interests to the appropriate faculty, administrative, and student agencies. The purpose of  the Student Government is to listen to and act upon the needs and concerns of the students.

The Student Government is responsible for appointing students to all University decision making committees. Anyone with a complaint or suggestion may visit the Student Government Office or voice his or her concern during the public opinion period at a Student Government meeting. The Student Government assists student clubs and organizations through the recognition of club constitutions and the allocation of money to the clubs assisting them in operating and holding special events. The Student Government sponsors activities such as Cram-A-Rama and the annual Presidents’ Ball dinner/dance.

Student Government officers are elected by the students for a one year term in a school-wide election. All vacancies and representative positions are filled by appointment.

The Michigan Times

381 Harding Mott University Center
(810) 762-3475 

Advisor:  Dr. Michael Lewis 

The student newspaper, The Michigan Times, is produced by students for students. It publishes campus, entertainment and local news biweekly and serves as a forum for student opinion.  Qua, the campus literary magazine produced by the Michigan Times, provides students with opportunities to exhibit their talents in creative writing, graphics and photography.

Campus Activities Board

213 Harding Mott University Center, Suite A
(810) 766-6604


The Campus Activities Board (CAB) is a student run organization dedicated to making campus life more interesting and fun for students, faculty, staff and members of the surrounding community.  CAB members are exposed to numerous and varied experiences.  Skills ranging from contract negotiation, budget management, and event planning to fundraising are acquired by students involved in CAB.  In addition, CAB members increase their understanding of group dynamics, develop as leaders and learn to effectively manage their time.

Student Organization Center

213 Harding Mott University Center

The Student Organization Center was established to: 

  • Create a social place for students to build community
  • Promote leadership, citizenship, diversity, and inclusion
  • Help integrate students’ curricular and co-curricular lives
  • Provide student organizations at the University of Michigan-Flint with space in which to create sustainable organizations
  • Strengthen relationships among student organizations and to facilitate those collaborations through the exchange of ideas and sharing of resources. 

Clubs and Organizations

Student Activities Coordinator:

A variety of student organizations exist on campus, including the Student Government Council, special interest clubs, student publications, performance groups, intramural/club sports, and honor societies. The Office of Student Life assists students in identifying organizations that suit their interests. Organizations have mailboxes in the student loft. 

The following is a sample listing of the clubs and organizations active on campus:

ACM Student Chapter

African Student Association

Alpha Kappa Delta

American Society of Mechanical Engineers

Anthropology Club

Baccalaureate Student Nursing Organization (BSNO)

Beta Alpha Psi

Black Student Union

Business Club

Chamber Singers

Chemistry Club

Chess Club

Chinese Students Association

Circle K International Club

College Democrats

College Libertarians

College Republicans

Colleges Against Cancer

Criminal Justice Club

Database Club

Doctor of Physical Therapy Club

Dungeons and Dragons

Economics Club

Entrepreneurs Club

Education Student Organization


Film and Media Club

Flint Corps at University of Michigan-Flint


Golden Key International Honour Society

Greek Intervarsity Christian Fellowship

Health Care Administration Student Organization

Historical Society

Honors Student Council

Illusion Club

International Business Student Organization

International Student Organization

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship

Korean Student Organization

Latino Student Organization

The Marauders

Marketing and Advertising Student Professionals

MetaVerse Society (virtual reality)

Molecular Club

Monday Manna

Music, Art and Culture Revival Organization

Muslim Student Association

Newman Catholic Fellowship

Phi Alpha Honor Society

Philanthropy Club

Philosophy Club

Pi Sigma Alpha Honor Society

Poets And Writers Society (PAWS)

Pre-Dental Club

Pre-Med Club

Pre-Physical Therapy Club

Pre-Professionals for Operation Smile


Psi Chi

PT Heart

Radiation Therapy Student Organization

Sigma Tau Delta

Social Work Club

Society of Physics Students

Solomon’s Family

Spanish Club

Stage Combat Club

Student Advertising Network

Student Communication Association

Student Dance Organization

Student Michigan Education Association

Student Nurses Association

Student Veterans of America at University of Michigan-Flint

Students for Life

Students for Occupy Flint

Students for Secular Free Thought

Students Moving UCEN Forward

Table Top Gaming Society

The Tree

Turkish Student Association

University Investors Association

Video Gamer’s Club

Voices for Women on Campus

Wildlife Club

For a complete listing of clubs and organizations please visit the Clubs and Organizations Web site at

Honor Societies

Honor society memberships are based on scholastic achievement. For further information on honor societies, contact the appropriate department office.

Alpha Kappa Delta, Sociology Department
Beta Alpha Psi, School of Management
Eta Sigma Gamma, School of Health Professions and Studies
Golden Key International Honour Society
Order of Omega
Phi Alpha, Social Work Department
Pi Sigma Alpha, Political Science Department
Psi Chi, Psychology Department
Sigma Tau Delta, English Department

Club Sports

Coordinator of Club Sports: Dillon Thorne, B.S., M.A. NSCA-CPT 

Basketball, Cheerleading, Football, Golf, Hockey, Lacrosse, Martial Arts, Soccer, Ultimate Frisby, Volleyball, Water Ski, and Wrestling are among the club sports offered by the Office of Student Life. Persons or groups who are interested in starting a new club, or developing a particular activity within the club sport structure are encouraged to present a proposal to the Club Sports Coordinator.


Greek Life

336 Harding Mott University Center
(810) 424-5266

Advisor: Sara J. Maynard, M.A. 

Greek involvement provides a unique opportunity for students to have a balanced college life with a focus on academic excellence, brotherhood/sisterhood, community service and responsible social interaction. Greek Life allows students to make lasting friendships with individuals with similar ideals and purposes. 

Greek organizations active on campus include Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Kappa Sigma Fraternity, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Phi Sigma Sigma Sorority, Theta Chi Fraternity, Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority, Theta Phi Alpha Sorority, and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. 

Amaizing Leaders Workshop Series

The Amaizing Leaders’ Workshop Series was designed to help students develop a strong sense of self, build confidence in their leadership ability, and establish long-lasting friendships so they may become active and engaged citizens of the University of Michigan-Flint and the surrounding community.

Amaizing Leaders provide a great opportunity for aspiring leaders to learn leadership principles and build the personal and interpersonal skills necessary for working with student organizations and in professional atmospheres.  Amaizing Leaders workshops are open to all students and are offered twice each month.  Each workshop has a different topic and is facilitated by experienced professionals.  Students who attend four or more workshops during the semester will earn a Certificate of Personal and Professional Development!  

Additional Resources


Event and Building Services

(810) 762-3436

Director, Auxiliary Services: Theresa Landis
Associate Director, Event and Building Services: Peggy Vaughn
Administrative Special Events Manager: Gina Rose
Special Events Manager: Matthew Chesley
Special Events Manager:  Candace Sharon
Reservationist: Carol Wedel
Food Service Supervisor: Kay Boshaw

Event and Building Services (EBS) offers a wide range of facilities and services for students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members. Individuals and groups come together to exchange ideas and information and to interact informally, adding another dimension to the educational experience. EBS reserves space in the Harding Mott University Center (UCEN), University Pavilion, William S. White Building, and Northbank Center.

The 112,000 square-foot Harding Mott University Center includes residential dining and retail food service areas, an information center, Printing Services, lounges, and meeting rooms.  The University Center also houses the International Center, Educational Opportunities Initiatives, Women’s Educational Center, several Student Affairs offices including Office of Student Life and Counseling, Accessibility, and Psychological Services (CAPS). The 76,000 square foot University Pavilion includes the University bookstore, food vendors, stage, Student Affairs offices, Human Resources, and executive offices. The William S. White Building contains classrooms and academic departments in addition to several meeting rooms and an information Center. The Northbank Center is comprised of both commercial lease space and University space that includes a 320-seat Grand Banquet Hall.

Rental lockers are available in the University Center, French Hall and Murchie Science Building to store books and equipment. Go to 176 UCEN to sign rental agreement and obtain rates.

Department of Public Safety

(810) 762-3333

Director: Raymond Hall
Business Administrator: Gayle Bachman
Administrative Assistant:  Kathryn Howe

The Department of Public Safety is responsible for maintaining a safe environment on the properties of the University of Michigan-Flint. The Department’s primary goals are to prevent crime on campus and to protect and assist students, faculty, staff and visitors to the campus with security related problems.

The Department is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Department can be contacted at 762-3333 or 911 (emergency) on any campus phone. Emergency telephones are located throughout campus and are easily identified by a blue light on top of a pedestal or located inside a red emergency call box.

Title II of Public Legislation 102-26, called the “Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act,” requires colleges and universities to distribute to all current students and employees and applicants for enrollment or employment, two types of information: (1) descriptions of policies related to campus security; and (2) statistics concerning specific types of crimes. A description of these policies, statistics, crime prevention tips, and general information are published on the Public Safety World Wide Web Site at: This information may also be found in printed version at the Frances Willson Thompson Library, Human Resource Office, or any of the Public Safety Offices. For additional details on security-related issues, check our web site or contact the Department at (810) 762-3333.

Office of Research

530 David M. French Hall
(810) 762-3383 or 762-3180
Fax: (810) 766-6791
Office of Research:
Institutional Review Board:

Director: Terry W. Van Allen, Ph.D., J.D.
Grants/Contract Accountant: Peggy Roddy
Research Process Manager: Andre Louis
Research Compliance Specialist: Mary Mandeville
Administrative Assistant Senior: Susan Payeur Koehler
Receptionist: Lola Carter

The mission of the Office of Research at the University of Michigan-Flint is to provide integrated research support services for faculty, students and staff.  Our objective is to foster a culture of research and support investigators throughout the entire “lifecycle” of their research initiatives in the following areas:

Research & Other Sponsored Programs Administration: 

  • All pre-award and post-award activities
  • Notification of funding opportunities
  • Application development and submission
  • Project financial management/oversight
  • Tracking space allocation for research initiatives

Research Compliance (coordinated with the Institutional Review Board):

  • Human subjects
  • Animals
  • DNA
  • Hazardous materials
  • Conflict of interest
  • eResearch
  • PEERRS (Program for Education and Evaluation in Responsible Research and Scholarship)

Promoting Student Research Opportunities:

  • Meeting of Minds
  • Michigan Undergraduate Research Forum
  • Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program
  • Funding for student research projects

Project Management & Support:

  • Internal research/assessment projects for UM-Flint units
  • Poster printing for research projects
  • Data analysis support through the Center for Statistical Consultation and Research (CSCAR):
    • SPSS
    • NVivo

Research and creative activities are broadly defined.  They include basic research which expands our knowledge to new frontiers; applied research which responds to regional or community concerns, or develops new or different uses for our present knowledge; and artistic expression which involves the creation of new work in the visual, literary and musical arts.  The Office of Research assists faculty and students by identifying funding sources for research and creative activity projects, building research-related skills through trainings and workshops, disseminating important project-related information to the campus, sponsoring undergraduate student research opportunities and events, and with the Research and Creative Activities Committee, acting as a steward for internal research funds.

The Office of Research works collaboratively with other units in the University of Michigan system to ensure that all research and creative activity is conducted in a compliant manner. For example, the Office of Research works with the Center for Statistical Consultation and Research (CSCAR) on the main campus to provide statistical support for faculty and students engaged in methodologies which require use of statistical techniques to reach sound conclusions. In addition, the Office of Research works closely with the Financial Services Office on the UM-Flint campus and the Division of Research Development and Administration (DRDA) on the Ann Arbor campus to ensure that all sponsored programs conducted by our faculty are in compliance with Federal and University guidelines and requirements. Finally, the Office of Research provides the administrative support for the Institutional Review Board on the Flint campus (IRB-Flint) to ensure that any research conducted by UM-Flint faculty, staff and/or students is conducted in such a way as to protect the rights of human subjects.

The Office of Research looks forward to serving you in whatever way we can to help you achieve your goals. 

Alumni Relations Office

432 N. Saginaw Street
Northbank Center
Suite 1001
(810) 767-2150
Fax: (810) 767-2149

Graduating from the University of Michigan-Flint is a major accomplishment. One reward is automatic FREE membership in the UM-Flint Alumni Society. The Society’s programs offer you opportunities to come together with other alumni to learn what is happening at the University. The Society sponsors several recreational and educational events that support the needs of alumni along with the University and its students.

The Alumni Relations Office serves as a liaison between University of Michigan alumni groups; maintains a database of alumni; provides excellent benefits to UM-Flint graduates; and publishes Bridges, the alumni magazine.

The University of Michigan-Flint’s graduates are part of the largest alumni body of any public university in the country. In addition to the Alumni Society, graduates of UM-Flint may also join the African American Affiliate, School of Education and Human Services Alumni Affiliate, School of Management Alumni Affiliate, U-M Alumni Association and M-Club of Greater Flint.

University Outreach

1001 Northbank Center
(810) 424-5486

Director: vacant

Project Coordinator: Gary Ashley
Grants and Contracts Administrator: Kelli Catrell
Program Assistant: Sherry Hayden
Project Coordinator: Sara McDonnell
Community Outreach Coordinator: Leyla Sanker
Multimedia Designer: Lindsay Stoddard
Administrative Assistant Senior: Barbara Urlaub
Program Manager: Mona Munroe-Younis
Civic Engagement Coordinator: Mary Black

As a unit of Academic Affairs, University Outreach facilitates learning and engagement through thoughtful collaboration and partnerships with campus and community based on the principles of justice and fairness, community building, economic vitality, being in service, and healthy relationships.

University Outreach provides a range of customized services to make public scholarship, service-learning, innovative entrepreneurship, and issue-based programming a success. In addition to helping faculty meet academic goals for their scholarship and service, University Outreach offers co-curricular programs to students for building civic skills, critical thinking about salient issues, and recognizing civically engaged UM-Flint students who volunteer their time to address community needs.