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2015-2016 Catalog 
2015-2016 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Student Life and Services

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: Kimdra Alexander

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; Intercultural Center; Office of the Registrar; Student Involvement and Leadership; the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Center (LGBT Center); and Women’s Educational Center (WEC). Our Vision of, “Engaging Minds, Transforming Lives” is manifested in Our Mission, “To empower students through academic, social, and professional engagement.”

Administrative Information Management Services (AIMS)

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
Counseling Center Social Worker: Jeanne Kurmas, LMSW, ACSW
Counseling Center Social Worker: Jennifer Thayer, LMSW, CAADC
Administrative Assistant: Leanne Vamossy

Services central to student persistence and success are provided through Counseling, Accessibility, and Psychological Services (CAPS). CAPS is dedicated to ensuring a safe environment that is highly student-centered and results oriented. These services are free to all enrolled students.

Counseling and Psychological Services

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

At CAPS, currently enrolled students are provided the following:

  • Individual counseling and therapy
  • Couples, marital, and family therapy
  • Therapy groups
  • Limited psychological testing
  • Crisis intervention
  • Referrals to community providers
  • Outreach workshops on a variety of topics such as stress management, test anxiety, and suicide prevention
  • On-line mental health screenings

Students may call Counseling, Accessibility, and Psychological Services (CAPS) to schedule an appointment. When students are first seen, 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

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

  • Providing support services and assistive technology for students with physical and/or psychiatric disabilities, either temporary or permanent
  • Identifying and implementing accommodations to address functional limitations for courses according to ADA mandates
  • 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 CAPS staff 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

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
Associate 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, and room assignments for classes. 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

Administrative Director: Susan Schneberger, J.D.

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.

Child Care

Early Childhood Development Center

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

Hours: 6:00am-10:00pm

Director: Della Becker-Cornell
Assistant Director: Joslyn Marinelli
Head Teachers: Alysha Arnould, Kim Curry, Susan Ford, Mary Lynn Gottler, Cheryl Henige, Diana Hensley, Kristyn Lord, Carolyn Miller, Betty Sheehy
Associate Teacher: Robert Callahan
Assistant Teachers: Tammi Couture, Rhonda Sevick
Administrative Assistant Senior: Tara Hyatt

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: Marsha Dziewit
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 required to sign a room and board contract. The board component consists of a $1,467 meal plan program (based on approximately 14 meals/week) per student per semester. There are three meal plan options available; each with different combinations of block meals, dining dollars and Blue Bucks. The meal plan is directly connected to dates on the student’s Residential Housing contract.

In addition, residential students, commuter students, as well as faculty and staff may purchase Blue Bucks. Currently there are $50, $100, $200 and $400 Blue Bucks meal plans and Blue Bucks do not have an expiration date.

Block meals, dining dollars and Blue Bucks can be used at 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 $6.75 per person.

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

In addition, Blue Bucks 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: Jessica Viertlboeck
Assistant Director of Facilities and Fintness: Chris Clolinger
Accountant: Jolie McKnight
Business Information Manager: Amy Clolinger
Customer Service Associates: Debra Collins, Steffanie Anderson
Marketing & Graphic Design Coordinator: Jo Ann 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, Zumba, bootcamp, 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 Fit Fair.

Student Involvement and Leadership

Student Involvement and Leadership
361 Harding Mott University Center
(810) 762-3431
Fax: (810) 762-3023

Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs: Dr. Michelle Rosynsky
Administrative Assistant for Student Involvement and Leadership: Patty Tracy

Student Activities and Leadership

  • Paul Artale, Director
  • Stacey Urbani, Coordinator

Fraternity & Sorority Life

  • Sara J. Frees, Assistant Director

Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution

  • Jessie Hurse II, Director


The University of Michigan-Flint seeks 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

213 Harding Mott University Center
(810) 766-6606

Program Manager: 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.

Intercultural Center

115 Mott Harding University Center
(810) 762-3045

Through its programs and services, the Intercultural Center (ICC) promotes understanding around culture, ethnicity, race, and their intersections.  The center works closely with and supports the initiatives of our cultural student organizations.  Programs include dialogues, cultural celebrations, and leadership development workshops.  Students are encouraged to engage with the center; stop by to chat, attend a program, and/or connect with students of various backgrounds.

Student Activities

Student Government

364 Harding Mott University Center
(810) 762-3078

Advisor: Paul Artale, Director of Student Activities and Leadership

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 Student Government is to listen to and act upon the needs and concerns of the students.

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. 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.

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: Scott Atkinson

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

369 Harding Mott University Center
(810) 766-6604

Advisor: Stacey Urbani, Coordinator of Student Activities and Leadership

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

360 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

Director of Student Activities and Leadership:

A variety of student organizations exist on campus, including Student Government, special interest clubs, student publications, performance groups, intramural/club sports, and honor societies. Student Involvement and Leadership 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

Native American 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

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 Free Thought

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

362 Harding Mott University Center
(810) 762.6706

Coordinator: Stacey Urbani

Basketball, Cheerleading, Football, Golf, Hockey, Lacrosse, Martial Arts, Soccer, Ultimate Frisby, Volleyball, Water Ski, and Wrestling are among the club sports offered by Student Involvement and Leadership. 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.

Fraternity and Sorority Life

367 Harding Mott University Center
(810) 424-5266

Advisor: Sara J. Frees

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.