UM-Flint Decade in Review: 2010-2019

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UM-Flint logo projected on Mott Foundation Building
UM-Flint logo projected on Mott Foundation Building

From anniversary celebrations to historical events, university “firsts” to campus expansions, and community engagement; the University of Michigan-Flint had a long list of triumphs that could all take center stage in a summary of top moments from the last decade. Let’s look back at a collection of these moments that made the “teen” years of UM-Flint.

Giving

University of Michigan-Flint Victors for the World event at The Capitol Theater | photography by Pop Mod Photo's Ryan Garza and Courtney Simpson
University of Michigan-Flint Victors for the World event at The Capitol Theater | photography by Pop Mod Photo’s Ryan Garza and Courtney Simpson
  • A leadership gift of $2 million from Philip and Jocelyn Hagerman, the largest single gift to the School of Management (SOM). The donation created the Hagerman Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the SOM (2015)
  • The Victors for Michigan-Flint capital campaign raised over $56 million and was the most successful campaign in school history (2018)

Academics

Shweta Gore (center) with Physical Therapy faculty members Cathy Larson (left) and Jennifer Blackwood (right)

Campus Improvements and Investments

Campus and community leaders break ground on Murchie Science Building expansion
Campus and community leaders break ground on Murchie Science Building expansion
  • The Murchie Science Building (MSB) received $23 million in renovations and broke ground on $39 million expansion (2014 and 2018 respectively)
  • University Pavilion (UPAV) goes maize & blue and the ice rink reopens (2015)
  • The University of Michigan-Flint took ownership of the Riverfront Residence Hall and Conference Center as well as one of the FirstMerit Bank buildings (2016)

Major Events

The Michigan Marching Band performed at UM-Flint's 60th Anniversary Community Celebration
The Michigan Marching Band performed at UM-Flint’s 60th Anniversary Community Celebration
  • UM-Flint’s 60th anniversary celebrated the campus and the community’s proud history and bold future, a prelude to the University of Michigan’s bicentennial in 2017 — which included a year of celebrations involving all three campuses to mark the occasion (2016)
  • UM-Flint partnered with CNN to become a host site for the broadcast of the Democratic Presidential Debate in Flint; the Recreation Center was converted into a “Spin Room” where approximately 500 journalists filed their stories and heard from campaign officials (2016)
  • National and international public figures visited campus: Angela Davis as a visiting professor (2016), Jane Goodall as part of the Critical Issues Forum (2018), and former President Bill Clinton during the 2016 presidential campaign

Community

UM-Flint's University Pavilion, and other downtown Flint businesses along Saginaw Street.

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