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2017-2018 Catalog 
2017-2018 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

University Resources

Academic Internship in Public Agencies and Community Organizations International Center
Alumni Relations K-12 Partnerships
Career Center Marian E. Wright Writing Center
Center for Educator Preparation National Student Exchange Program
Department of Public Safety Office of Research and Sponsored Programs
Educational Opportunity Initiatives (EOI) Office of the Ombuds
Event and Building Services Student Success Center
Experiential Education Student Veterans_Resource_Center
Francis Willson Thompson Library University Outreach
Information Technology Services Womens Educational Center

Academic Internship in Public Agencies and Community Organizations

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

Coordinator: Tony Morolla (Political Science)

The internship in Public and Community Affairs is a for-credit course with a substantial field experience, an on-campus seminar, and a faculty-guided short paper related to the placement.  It provides internships in a wide variety of public sector and community-based organizations and projects.  It offers experience in a practical work setting where students are able to use and further develop their general reading, writing, communicating, and thinking skills and substantive knowledge.                               

Alumni Relations


Executive Director for Alumni Relations: Mary Jo Sekelsky, Ed.D.

Alumni Relations Manager:  Brent Nickola, MPA

Alumni and Career Center Assistant: Matt Bueby

432 N. Saginaw St.
Northbank Center
Suite 1001
(810) 424-5450
Fax: (810) 424-5459
E-mail: alumni-relations@umflint.edu

The Office of Alumni Relations adds value to the alumni experience through fostering university spirit and managing communications.  Our programs are designed to build leadership, create traditions, support students, and foster connections among our 30,000 alumni.  Our office, in collaboration with the University of Michigan Alumni Association, is your tie to the Leaders and Best.

Career Center


Executive Director for Alumni Relations and Career Center: Mary Jo Sekelsky, Ed.D.

Career Center Manager:  Sara Barton, MBA

Alumni and Career Center Assistant: Matt Bueby

Career Advisors: Emily Bank, M.A. and Myesha Cannon

432 N. Saginaw Street
Northbank Center
Suite 1001
(810) 424-5450
Fax:  (810) 424-5459
E-mail: http://careers@umflint.edu

The Career Center offers comprehensive career and professional development services to UM-Flint students and alumni.  An array of programs and services ranging from individual career advising and interactive online programs, to annual career fairs and experiential education opportunities are intended to move patrons through a self and career discovery process intended to equip them for the 21st century workplace.

Internship opportunities allow students to gain work experience to complement their academic studies.  Students are employed (part- or full-time) in supervised work settings in business, industry, non-profit, government agencies, and other applicable organizations.

What are the benefits of an internship?

  • Gain real-world experience and a skillset that employers value
  • Learn about your career interests and passions in a professional setting
  • Gain better understanding of a specific company or industry and the possibility of a long-term career opportunity
  • Build your professional network
  • Boost your resume
  • Depending on your major, earn academic credit for your internship
  • Potential to have a full time job offer after the internship experience and/or graduation.  Approximately 73% of 2016 college graduates who took part in paid internships received at least one job offer (NACE, 2016).
  • Put theory into practice by applying your classroom knowledge in a practical setting

Students who have participated in internship experiences find them to be invaluable.  Moreover, an internship experience ranks among the top three qualities sought by recruiters when hiring for full-time positions. Students, both undergraduate and graduate, from all academic disciplines are encouraged to explore internship opportunities.

Center for Educator Preparation


410 French Hall
(810) 762-3257

E-mail: educatorprep@umflint.edu

Director: Sherryl McLaughlin
Data Analyst: Joy Murray
Certification Officer:  Debbie Seyerle
Field Placement Coordinator: Candice Faith
Elementary Faculty Program Coordinator: Annie Whitlock
Secondary Faculty Program Coordinator:  Karen Salvador
Administrative Assistant: Ella Moore

As a lynchpin among all Teacher Education programs, the Center for Educator Preparation (CEP) seeks to improve the experiences of teacher education candidates at the University of Michigan-Flint.  The CEP offers a student-centered approach to advising, certification, testing preparation, outreach and recruitment, while also providing opportunities for research funding, faculty development, and collaboration.

The CEP provides UM-Flint teacher candidates opportunities and the ability to excel above other programs’ teacher candidates by providing:

  • Career readiness and resume development
  • Special Education Boot Camp
  • Parent communication workshops
  • Community interaction
  • PRE and MTTC test preparation
  • University Supervisor workshops
  • Student teacher orientation
  • Mentor teacher support meetings
  • Access to the Hero Round Table and Hero Construction Company resources
  • Access to professional development opportunities within the Genesee Intermediate School District as well as the state of Michigan
  • Access to all University resources

The CEP is part of a unique partnership with the Student Success Center, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Education.  By working with partner school districts, the CEP can provide custom workshops for faculty based on district and/or school improvement plans.  The mission of the CEP is to provide better trained and prepared teachers.

Walk-ins are welcome. However, to assure the best service, students should call and arrange for an appointment for specific support.                           

Department of Public Safety


(810) 762-3333
Director: Raymond Hall
Business Administrator: Kathryn Howe
Clerk Associate: Gaye Stover

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: http://www.umflint.edu/safety. 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.

Educational Opportunity Initiatives (EOI)        


Office (810) 762-3365
Fax: Main Office (810) 762-3190

Director: Tanya Upthegrove, MBA
Assistant Director: Tawana Parks, M.S., M.Ed.

EOI Mission
The Office of Educational Opportunity Initiatives (EOI) equips students with the support, skills, and exposure necessary to succeed in college and beyond.  Through its high-quality programming and holistic approach to student success, EOI advocates for underrepresented students at UM-Flint, and the broader Flint community.

EOI Overview
Through its pre-college and college programs, EOI engages middle, high school and college students through learning experiences which span several topical areas:

  • Collegiate Preparedness
  • Academic Enrichment & Remediation
  • Diploma/Degree Mapping & Completion Planning
  • Personal Development & Awareness
  • Civic Engagement
  • Study Skills & Time Management
  • Career Exposure

By combining facilitated workshops, individualized coaching, project-based learning, peer-led mentoring, curriculum-based coursework, and exposure trips, EOI provides a comprehensive approach to combat barriers to student success while instilling a growth mindset among its program participants.

EOI strategically partners with various departments and units at UM-Flint as well as local secondary schools within the greater Flint region. This ensures EOI’s ability to fully offer a web of support for underrepresented students to access, persist, and ultimately graduate from college to pursue their career goals.


Pre-College Programs

Committed to Excellence and Opportunity (CEO)

Program Manager: Brandon Britt

  • College readiness & access program for 8th - 12th grade students in targeted Flint-area schools
  • Cohort-based experience which supports students in identifying, applying to, and gaining admittance into college
  • Academic Year & Summer Program components
  • UM-Flint scholarship eligibility for select participants

Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs

Program Manager: JeCorey Hawkins

  • College readiness & access program based within Beecher Community Schools
  • Cohort model engages entire 7th grade class through high school graduation
  • Academic Year & Summer Program components
  • Scholarship eligibility for select participants

College Programs

Program Manager: Cynthia Cortez

Promise Scholars

  • College success program for select students who demonstrate strong potential to succeed at UM-Flint with structured support and resources
  • Cohort model offers mentoring and peer support from faculty & students
  • Bridge program component allows students to earn course credit during the summer prior to fall enrollment

Transfer Success

  • Targeted outreach and recruitment support for students transitioning into UM-Flint from area community colleges
  • Structured events familiarizing prospective students with UM-Flint faculty, campus, and resources
  • Continued resource coordination and coaching support to ensure full integration into UM-Flint and successful degree completion

First Generation Initiative

  • Resource coordination, coaching support, and special events tailored to the unique needs of first generation students

Parent Engagement Institute

  • Special events and workshop sessions for parents to connect and gain resources to support their students through graduation

Event and Building Services


(810) 762-3436

Director, Auxiliary & Recreational Services: Theresa Landis, M.A., ED.S.
Associate Director, Auxiliary & Recreational Services: Judy Birschbach
Operations Manager: Gina Rose
Special Events Managers: Candace Shuel, Justin Nuveman, Nate Lundt
Administrative Assistant: Crystal Quaderer
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 Ballroom.

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.

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 Academic Internship in Public Agencies and Community Organizations program, the School of Management https://www.umflint.edu/som/internshipcareer-resources, and the Career Center.

In addition to these, specific concentrations may offer or require off-campus experiential education, including 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.

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: http://lib.umflint.edu.

Information Technology Services


905 Northbanck 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 http://www.umflint.edu/helpdesk.

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 http://itstore.umflint.edu/ to purchase your software! You will need to log in with your Uniqname and LAN Password.

International Center


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

Director: Daniel Adams
Associate Director: Patriece N. Campbell

The International Center (IC) establishes a welcoming atmosphere for all students, with services extending to active applicants, admitted, and current students.  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. The International Center provides a range of support services and guidance for new and current international students from the time of admission through graduation. 

English Language Program

Director: Daniel Adams
Assistant Director of English Language Program: Julie Coe 

Website: https://www.umflint.edu/international/elp/english-language-program 

The English Language Program (ELP) operates under the auspices of the International Center.  The purpose of the ELP is to provide support for students who are non-native speakers of English. The ELP provides high-quality intensive English language instruction, academic preparation, and U.S. culture awareness for international students seeking admission to degree programs.  The program is also open for students who seek to improve their English language proficiency for business, personal, or professional reasons.

Education Abroad Office

Director: Daniel Adams
Manager of Education Abroad Office: Asinda Sirignano

Website: https://www.umflint.edu/international/educationabroad/education-abroad-office

The Education Abroad Office (EAO) operates under the auspices of the International Center.  The purpose of the EAO is to provide quality service and support to students who seek international opportunities through education abroad and to support the internationalization efforts of the University of Michigan-Flint. The EAO is committed to academic excellence and cultural enlightenment to equip students for active and intellectual participation in the global society.  In our increasingly interconnected world, educators and employers alike place emphasis on cultural awareness and global mindsets. The experiences gained by living and studying in a foreign country allows for the development of knowledge, skills, and attitudes that better prepares students for their academic and professional careers.

K-12 Partnerships


700 North Bank Center
(810) 762-5987

Coordinator:  Dr. Jeff Pratt
Administrative Specialist:  Crystal Cordes

Success at a university begins well before a student’s freshman year. UM-Flint is proud to partner with school districts across Southeastern Michigan to provide unique opportunities for K-12 students. K-12 Partnerships provides centralized support for UM-Flint dual enrollment and early college programs.  The Office also is the home for Super Science Friday and summer camp initiatives with the Computer Science, Engineering and Physics Department, School of Management and School of Education and Human Services.

From our innovative, groundbreaking dual enrollment programs to exciting events such as Super Science Friday and summer camp experiences, UM-Flint faculty and staff work collaboratively with teachers and administrators to offer these unique programs to youth in the state.

K-12 is currently engaged in dual enrollment partnerships with 25 Michigan high schools.  Our dual enrollment programing will enhance the educational experience for 600+ high school students.  Our partnerships include 2-4 course dual enrollment programs (DEEP) with themes such as Medical/Sciences, Pre-Engineering, Law & Criminal Justice, Business/Economics, Liberal Arts/Humanities, Earth & Resource Science and extend to 3-5 year early college experiences (Genesee Early College and Grand Blanc Early College).  The results of these rich partnerships and educational opportunities are students who are better prepared for the rigor and challenges of higher education.

Marian E. Wright Writing Center


308 Thompson Library
(810) 766-6602
Fax: (810) 237-6666

Director: Dr. Jacob S. Blumner
Coordinator: Vicky Dawson

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 and speaking 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.; Saturday, 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.; and Sunday 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.

National Student Exchange Program


138 Thompson Library
(810) 424-5354
Fax: (810) 762-3214

Coordinator: Laura L. Staudacher, MPA (laurast@umflint.edu)

The National Student Exchange is a study away opportunity that allows students to take new courses, see new places, make new friends, and enroll in academic options that may not be available, at UM-Flint. By enrolling in NSE 299 for 12-18 credits, students pay UM-Flint tuition and may study away for a single term or academic year at one of nearly 200 NSE member colleges and universities in the United States, Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Minimum requirements to apply are full-time enrollment, a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, and good academic, personal, and financial standing. For more information and to apply, visit: http://www.umflint.edu/nse.

Course Description:

NSE 299 - National Student Exchange
Admission to the NSE Program. (12-18).

Students pay UM-Flint tuition and may study away for a single term or academic year at one of nearly 200 NSE member colleges and universities in the United States, Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Grades from host institution transfer to UM-Flint transcript with NSE designation and name of host institution. Maybe reelected once for credit.

Office of Research and Sponsored Programs


4203 William S. White Building
(810) 762-3383 or 762-3180
Fax: (810) 766-6791
Office of Research: http://www.umflint.edu/research
Institutional Review Board: http://www.umflint.edu/humansubjects

Director: Kenneth Sylvester, Ph.D.
Research Process Coordinator: Erin Kingsley
Research Process Coordinator: Crystal Griffin
Research Program Manager: Andre Louis
Research Compliance Specialist: Mary Mandeville
Receptionist: Lola Carter

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs at the University of Michigan-Flint (ORSP) provides integrated research development and support services for faculty, students and staff. Our objective is elevate the research enterprise with a focus on strategic areas of faculty expertise, and to support investigators throughout the entire “lifecycle” of their research programs.

Research Development:

  • Assistance in developing and evaluating research proposals or programs
  • Creating new opportunities through networking
  • Finding funding opportunities to match areas of interest and expertise
  • Research training and mentoring

Research & Sponsored Project Administration:

  • Familiarizing faculty with federal grant and private sponsor finance
  • Assistance with pre-award budget development
  • Assistance with proposal requirements and submission
  • Post-award administration and budget reconciliation
  • Liaise with administrative staff in colleges and department on sponsored research

Research Compliance (coordinated with the Institutional Review Board):

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

Promoting Student Research Opportunities:

  • Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program
  • Meeting of Minds Undergraduate Research Conference
  • UM-Flint Student Research Conference
  • Funding for student research projects

Project Management & Support:

  • Internal assessment projects for UM-Flint units
  • Poster printing for research conferences and events
  • Access to Qualtrics, a tool for conducting online surveys

The Office of Research and Sponsored provides small scale internal funding for preliminary or pilot level research in all areas of scholarly research and creative activity (including artistic productions and performances).  Competitions are held twice each year in the fall and winter terms and are intended to facilitate high quality work in new areas of research or creative activity.  Key considerations for review are scholarly merit, the value of the proposal for the applicants own research potential and progress, the likely impact, and the potential to enhance the distinction of UM-Flint.

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs is required to review all applications for external support that originates from a federal or state sponsors.  Typically corporate, foundation and non-profit support is also processed through ORSP if it the statement of work specifies a performance period, has a line-item budget, requires approval from UM compliance committees (eg. IRB, UCUCA, IBC, etc.) and/or requires periodic progress reports and institutionally signed financial reports.  UM-Flint has its own faculty-led Institutional Review Board to ensure human subject protections are met, which is supported by ORSP.

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

Office of the Ombuds


237 University Pavilion
(810) 762-0002

University Ombuds: Rob Montry, M.A., LPC
Executive Secretary: Kelly B. Loury

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 Campus Inclusion and Student Life, 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.

Student Success Center  


285 University Pavilion
(810) 762-3085
Fax: (810) 762-3024
E-mail: studentsuccess@umflint.edu

Director: Fernando Fleurquin, M.D.
Assistant Director: Becky Armour Standel, M.A.
Student Transition and Retention: Ashley Hixson, MSW
Academic Advisors: Jeffery Dobbs, Margaret Golembiewski, Candace Shuel
Support Staff/Administrative Assistants: Wendy Carpenter, Garry Cardillo

The Student Success Center (SSC) 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 SSC 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. Student success is a 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 SSC. Programs specifically designed to promote and sustain the retention of students are strategically facilitated by professional staff.

Students are encouraged to seek assistance from the SSC 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 SSC is responsible for coordinating academic advising for all newly admitted students. The following groups of students are specifically assigned to the SSC:

  • New freshmen
  • Certain majors awaiting admission into their programs
  • Bachelor of Applied Science majors
  • 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 Student Success Center assists students in selecting courses to meet their general education requirements and certain program requirements and makes referrals to appropriate support services. The SSC advisors assist students 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 to meet with a Peer Advisor. However, to meet with a Professional Advisor, students should call and arrange for an appointment. Daytime and evening appointments are available.

Placement testing for English, Mathematics, and Computer Science are administered in the SSC.

Tutorial Services


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

The Student Success Center (SSC) provides free tutorial services to all UM-Flint students for a wide variety of core courses. Individual tutors provide one-on-one support, while walk-in tutors hold regular hours during which students are free to obtain tutorial assistance. Learning strategies tutors and technology tutors are also available on an individual basis; learning strategies tutors help students with study skills such as note-taking, time-management, reading comprehension, and test reviewing, while technology tutors help students with basic programs such as Microsoft Office, Blackboard, and other course-specific software.  All tutors are recommended and approved by UM-Flint faculty.

Tutorial Services also provides Supplemental Instruction (SI) for specific courses during each academic semester. 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 course schedule at the time of early enrollment.

Students may book individual appointments, as well as view the current SI and walk-in tutoring lab schedules on our website.

For more information, contact the Tutorial Coordinator.

Student Veterans Resource Center


Program Manager: Geoffrey Roberts, M.A.
Veterans Certifying Evaluator: Helen Budd, MBA

The Student Veterans Resource Center (SVRC) is located in 131 University Pavilion. The SVRC provides services for service members and veterans, as well as their spouses and dependents. Staff are available to assist with academic, financial, and transition support services, including information regarding the use of VA Educational Benefits. We have a wide network both on and off campus for referrals to a wide variety of services and programs. In addition to our services, we also have a student veteran’s lounge. The lounge area is home to four computer stations, printer, and television, as well as space to study and socialize while on campus.

Services include:

  • Assistance with the admission application process
  • Review of military transfer credit recommendations
  • Information about using financial aid
  • Assistance using VA Educational Benefits or Tuition Assistance programs
  • Scholarship opportunities
  • Support to student veterans organizations and community involvement

For additional details regarding the range of services we provide, please visit www.umflint.edu/studentveterans.                                                                    

University Outreach


1001 Northbank Center
(810) 424-5486

Interim Director: Dr. Jacob Blumner
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
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. 

Women’s Educational Center


213 University Center
(810) 237-6648

Director: Vacant
Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Advocate: Molly Barnard, M.A.
Program Manager: Kristen Campbell, B.A.

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
  • Raise awareness about women’s issues (relationship violence, sexual assault, child care, pay gap, sexuality and reproductive rights, 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 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 200 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.