His degree was in a field he loved, physics. He started out as a teacher, but turned to insurance for a more stable future after the schools he worked at would lay him off in the spring, and then rehire him in August. Yet David Zick always said that if it wasn't for what he learned as a physics major, he would never have been able to achieve success in the insurance industry. Zick is the president and founder of Bingham Farms, Michigan-based Group Associates. He and his wife Francine are long-time supporters of UM-Flint. Now, the 1973 graduate wants to give-back in a big way—a pledge of $1.4 million dollars. This, added to previous gifts, brings the Zicks' support to over $2 million.
The University of Michigan-Flint's Urban Alternatives House has been selected as one of the first landscapes to participate in a new program testing the nation's first rating system for green landscape design, construction and maintenance. The selection was made by the Sustainable Sites Initiative™ (SITES™).
The University of Michigan-Flint Theta Chi Fraternity and the Genesee County Community Mental Health worked with the Genesee County Sheriff's Department and sponsored a Prescription Drug Drop Off location that netted hundreds of bottles of drugs that will be destroyed.
The University of Michigan-Flint has a long relationship with the Crim Festival of Races-an event that draws tens of thousands of people to Flint's downtown over three-days in late AugustNow, the university is the sponsor of one of the races, the "Michigan Mile." The race will be run primarily on the UM-Flint campus, starting at the traditional Crim start line and ending at the finish line on the Saginaw Street bricks.
Wii, Xbox, Nintendo, and the list goes on and on of video games that fill the hours for many kids and even adults. Now, University of Michigan-Flint students have an opportunity to learn what it takes to develop a video game.
The Computer Science, Engineering and Physics department recently approved a Game Development track within the Computer Science curriculum, and for students it is a chance to learn the basics of a very hot career.