Meet Jeyoung (Jenny) Oh, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies

The College of Arts & Sciences community grows with the addition of Jeyoung (Jenny) Oh to the faculty of the Department of Communication Studies!

According to department chair Sarah Rosaen, “Not only is Jenny a phenomenal instructor, but she brings expertise in how new technologies like social media impact message strategies and effectiveness in the advertising and public relations industries.”

Read on to learn more about Jenny in this Q&A.

Classes I teach:

Public Relations, Advanced Public Relations, Advertising, and Advanced Advertising

Recent Publications:

Britt, B. C., Britt, R. K., Hayes, J. L., & Oh, J. (2020). Continuing a community of practice beyond the death of its domain: Examining the Tales of Link subreddit. Behaviour & Information Technology.

Oh, J., & Ki, E.-J. (2019). Factors affecting social presence and word-of-mouth in corporate social responsibility communication: Tone of voice, message framing, and online medium type. Public Relations Review, 45(2), 319-331.

Research or Specific Areas of Interest:

Public relations and advertising, new media and emerging technologies, public engagement, and message strategies

Degree(s)/Education:

Ph.D. in Mass Communication, University of Alabama

How I fell in love with my field:

As I grew up, I saw how the rise of social media changed the way people communicate. To better understand the impact that social media and new technologies have on organization-public relationships, I decided to study public relations. The fact that public relations and advertising can make a positive social impact by engaging the public in pro-social campaigns and other initiatives fascinated me.

What I hope for my time at UM-Flint:

UM-Flint provides its students and faculty with great resources, and Flint offers unique opportunities for community engagement due to its revitalization of the downtown area. As a professional communication scholar, I hope to work with organizations based in Flint (especially nonprofit organizations with limited resources) to help them find ways to improve their online presence. It would also be gratifying to have my students participate in these experiences, allowing them to apply their knowledge and make a positive impact on the community.

What I hope for students in my field:

I want my students to become highly competent and to apply the knowledge they learn in class. With my help, they will develop the skills they need to make a positive impact locally and globally. I also want them to be passionate and to believe in themselves. Another one of my goals is to work with students who are interested in learning more about how to communicate with the public effectively.

Three things you should know about me:

  • I like to cook experiment with new recipes.
  • I have a pet hamster called Ham-Z.
  • I enjoy participating in volunteer work and community activities.

5 Resources for UM-Flint CAS students in 2020-2021

Students in the College of Arts & Sciences at UM-Flint can expect so much more than just attending classes! We love seeing our students have amazing experiences outside of their normal class schedule, and we’re passionate about providing students with the resources to have those experiences.

Here are five opportunities CAS students can take advantage of in the 2020-2021 academic year.

1. Professional Academic Advisors

Psychology advisor Nicole Altheide advising a student

Every major in the College of Arts & Students has a dedicated professional advisor to help students create a personalized degree plan to fit their needs.

Meeting with your advisor helps to ensure that you graduate on-time, meet requirements for your degree, and gain the experiences needed for life after graduation. For example, advisors help students who are preparing for medical school to ensure they meet application requirements.

And don’t miss out on other academic supports like the Writing Center, Tutoring, and Supplemental Instruction.

2. CAS Opportunity Fund

The CAS Opportunity Fund helped Art & Design students open a pop-up t-shirt shop.

The CAS Opportunity Fund helps to fund research projects, travel, professional development, and more for our faculty, staff, and students.

Recent projects funded with help from the CAS Opportunity Fund include archaeological field school in Massachusetts, a pop-up t-shirt shop in Flint, and a language immersion program in Cuernavaca, Mexico. We will let everyone know when the application period begins for the next round of Opportunity Funding!

3. Research with Professors

Sabrina Dougherty (left) and Dahlia Kassel (right) presented their research at the American Psychology-Law Society in New Orleans.

Your interaction with professors can be so much more than hearing them lecture in class. Many students work directly with professors on research projects, allowing them to explore their interests further and build their resume while still in school.

And with the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program and Summer Undergraduate Research Experience Program, students can even get paid while gaining valuable research experience.

Biology students are studying the ecology of the Flint River with their professors, and two psychology students studied eyewitness testimony and presented their findings at a national conference.

4. Scholarships

The Office of Financial Aid can help you with all aspects of financing your UM-Flint degree.

Did you know that most CAS majors have specific scholarships at UM-Flint? For example, Political Science or English majors can apply for the Richard S. Harris Scholarship, which is open to students intending on entering the legal profession, along with GPA and credit hour requirements.

And don’t think that these scholarship opportunities are out of reach–The Department of Music awarded more than $33,000 in scholarships in 2019. Incoming freshman should read more about the scholarships available to them.

5. Minors and Certificates

The Department of Africana Studies offers both a minor and a certificate.

You’ll learn so much more in college than just your major, and there’s no better way to broaden your horizons than by adding a minor or certificate to your major field of study.

CAS offers four undergraduate certificate programs and UM-Flint offers close to 80 minors, so you’re sure to find something that both interests you and complements your major.

There are plenty of other resources to help you have a great 2020-2021, but this list should help you get started. If you have questions, don’t hesitate to contact CAS at UMFlintCAS@umich.edu.

Juneteenth header in the colors of the pan african flag

Recognizing Juneteenth: 5 CAS Courses to Take This Fall

Today is Juneteenth, the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the abolishment of slavery in the United States. The day memorializes the events of June 19, 1865, in which Major General Gordan Granger of the Union Army announced the emancipation of slaves in Texas, freeing the final remaining enslaved African Americans in the Confederacy.

Learning about the history of the United States, particularly the history of African Americans, is a complicated and often times emotionally harrowing process. We’ve all heard the phrase “Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it,” and that has never been more relevant than at this moment in our country’s history. Gaining a well-rounded education prepares you to be a responsible and effective citizen—someone who can make positive changes in their community.

Here are five courses offered  this fall from the College of Arts & Sciences at UM-Flint to help you learn more about the past, present, and future of the United States.

History of African Americans to 1877

The course instructor, Guluma Gemeda, conducting a traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony.

This course explores the African American experience from African origins to 1877. Among the topics covered are survival strategies of the enslaved and free, struggles for freedom, the role of African Americans in the Civil war and in reconstruction.

  • Course Prefix: AFA/HIS 335
  • Instructor: Guluma Gemeda
  • Social Science General Education Distribution Credit
  • Format: Online Asynchronous

Origins of Modern Racism

Explore the moral, social, and legal practices used to justify the colonization, enslavement, and denial of equality to members of racial minorities.

  • Course Prefix: PHL/AFA 203
  • Instructor: Jami Anderson
  • Global Studies General Education Distribution Credit; US Diversity Credit
  • Format: Online Asynchronous

United States to 1865

The course instructor, Thomas Henthorn (left), is highly engaged with Flint’s history. Here he is pictured dedicating a historic marker in Flint’s Civic Park neighborhood.

Gain a solid understanding of the history of the US from its foundation to the end of the Civil War. The course instructor, Thomas Henthorn, is leading a Ride the “Red Line” Bike Tour in Flint on June 30. Sign up for the tour to learn more about Flint’s historical redlining/housing segregation.

  • Course Prefix: HIS 120
  • Instructor: Thomas Henthorn
  • Social Science General Education Distribution Credit
  • Format: Online Asynchronous

Race & Ethnic Relations

Analyze the implications of racial differences, structural aspects of group conflicts, and the possibility of change in America with this course.

  • Course Prefix: SOC/AFA 270
  • Instructor: Sasha Drummond-Lewis
  • Social Science General Education Distribution Credit; US Diversity Credit
  • Format: Online Asynchronous

Corrections: A Critical Perspective

Shelley Spivack co-founded Youth Arts: Unlocked, a non-profit dedicated to providing a creative outlet for justice-involved youth.

Taught by Genesee County Family Court Attorney/Referee Shelley Spivack, this course pays special attention to how political, economic, religious and technological forces disproportionately impact minority groups and the poor in the correctional system.

  • Course Prefix: CRJ 388
  • Instructor: Shelley Spivack
  • Format: Online Synchronous

If you’re a current UM-Flint CAS student, contact your academic advisor to discuss how you can best incorporate these courses into your degree plan. And if you’re not yet a UM-Flint student, applications are still being accepted for Fall 2020!

See what people found during the CAS scavenger hunt

Since May 24 was National Scavenger Hunt Day, we asked the CAS community to find these items in celebration:

  • You, in Michigan gear
  • Something that represents your CAS major or department
    • Fine arts major? Maybe a paintbrush.
  • Best Non-Michigan “M”
  • Something you normally use on campus
  • Maize in other ways
    • We see a lot of “maize” at UM-Flint. Can you find maize in another context?
  • A relaxing moment in the outdoors
  • A furry/scaly/feathery friend
    • Pets are an important part of the UM-Flint CAS community too.

And we received some amazing responses! Take a look at these submissions:

Michele

Michele, a Lecturer II for our Physics program, found all of the items on the list!

There’s Michele in Michigan gear (and a banana hat).

Michele’s laptop shows off some physics facts and a cool cow.

A collection of Michele’s furry friends.

Something Michele normally uses on campus: an HDMI to VGA adaptor.

A Non-Michigan “M,” or upside-down “W” on a container of disinfectant wipes.

One of Michele’s furry friends enjoying a relaxing moment in the outdoors.

“Maize” in other ways: Corn! And a cool dino in the background.

Hannah

Hannah, a Mathematics Teacher Certificate Program student, also found every item and fit them into one picture!

-Lots of Michigan gear
-An apple, to represent her math education major
-Non-Michigan “M”: M&M candy
-Something you normally use on campus: Backpack
-Maize in other ways: Package of corn
-Outdoors: “I am on my front porch.”
-A furry friend: A cute stuffed dog

Wendy

Wendy is a Psychology major with a History minor!

She shared a photo of herself in Michigan gear (looks like she was at the Big House!).

And some books she is reading over the summer that represent both her major (Psychology) and minor (History).

Latinos United for Advancement

The UM-Flint chapter of Latinos United for Advancement (LUNA) teamed up as an organization and found some great items!

Sydney (Computer Science major) found:
-Michigan Gear: Campus Activities Board shirt
-Something that represents your major: Computer code on the screen
-Non-Michigan M: M&M’s
-Something normally used on campus: A textbook
-Maize in other ways: M&M wrapper
-Relaxing outdoor moment: Soccer and music
-Furry friend: Leo the Lion

Stephanie Vidaillet Gelderloos, Lecturer IV in the Department of English, shared this photo of Bubby the hamster hanging out with Frida Kahlo.

Alysia (Anthropology major) doing some summer reading related to her major.

Mia, an Art & Design student, showing off some masterpieces from her sons

And for something Mia usually uses on campus, her laptop!

Manny (Anthropology) calls this “Socially Distanced Portaiture.”

Thanks to everyone who participated. Go Blue!

Get creative with this scavenger hunt (at home!)

Looking for a fun way to pass the time at home this week? Since May 24 is National Scavenger Hunt Day, we’ve created this scavenger hunt to have some fun and help you stay connected to the College of Arts & Sciences!

FIND THESE ITEMS:

  • You, in Michigan gear
  • Something that represents your CAS major or department
    • Fine arts major? Maybe a paintbrush.
  • Best Non-Michigan “M”
  • Something you normally use on campus
  • Maize in other ways
    • We see a lot of “maize” at UM-Flint. Can you find maize in another context?
  • A relaxing moment in the outdoors
  • A furry/scaly/feathery friend
    • Pets are an important part of the UM-Flint CAS community too.

HOW TO PLAY:

  • Find as many of the items as you can
  • Post pictures on social media, tag @umflintcas
    • Or email FlintCAS.ScavengerHunt@umich.edu
  • Bonus points for creativity!
  • Deadline to submit: Monday, May 25 at 11:59 PM.
  • Prize: Pride! Just for fun.
  • Winners posted on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter on Tuesday, May 26

Have fun! We look forward to seeing what you find!

See more than 200 student artworks online this Friday

The Department of Art & Art History’s annual Student Art Exhibition, which normally takes place at the Greater Flint Arts Council Gallery, is moving online for 2020. The virtual gallery featuring more than 200 student art pieces launches May 8 at http://go.umflint.edu/2020VirtualGallery.

The top five pieces from each art course offered throughout the 2019-20 academic year are selected for display in the exhibition. Ranging from ceramics, painting, photography, animation, printmaking and more, the selections represent the breadth of artistic disciplines students pursue at UM-Flint.

Selections are reviewed by an independent juror and are eligible for a number of awards, including overall recognition such as Best in Show and discipline-specific recognition. Additional awards consider students’ overall activities from the academic year, such as the Outstanding Civic Engagement and Overall Achievement in Visual Arts awards. The juror for 2020 is Tylonn J. Sawyer, an American figurative artist, educator, & curator living and working in Detroit, Michigan.

Associate Professor of Art & Design Ben Gaydos believes that continuing with the exhibition while remaining socially distanced is crucial for UM-Flint’s community of artists. While he will miss showing off his students’ work during a Friday Art Walk, moving the exhibition online provides an opportunity for even more people to see the creative work that occurs in Flint.

“This is one of very few opportunities that we have to really see the diversity and creative output of our students in one place. It’s an opportunity to be inspired by your student colleagues and to come together as a community.”

This Exhibition will also be the first in which the Dr. Sarah Jordan Lippert Memorial Scholarship will be awarded. Close to a year ago, Dr. Lippert, who was an associate professor of art history with UM-Flint, passed away unexpectedly. The scholarship was established by fellow faculty member Dr. Linda Johnson to memorialize Dr. Lippert and recognize the achievements of students studying art history.

5 Things I Didn’t Expect About College

College of Arts & Sciences sophomore April Bartle shares some surprising things she has experienced as a UM-Flint student. 

Starting college brings a cluster of emotions: excitement, anxiety, confusion – the list goes on. For me, I was looking forward to a fresh start. Like every other freshman, I was so excited for new experiences and to meet new people. Thanks to UM-Flint, I have found those things and more. Here are five things I didn’t expect about college.

5. How friendly everyone is

My friends and I at the mall–remember going to the mall?

I only knew one person during my first on campus, my dorm roommate (we came from the same high school). The following weekend, I attended Wolverine Welcome in the Recreation Center for a chance to meet other students and organizations. It was at that event that I met two of my now very good friends Isabelle and Robert. I was greeted with warm smiles and fun conversation. It was so refreshing just how friendly and welcoming everyone was. I came to realize later on that we were all in the same spot, wanting to make new friendships that would last a lifetime.  

4. The amount of reading there is

I had done my fair share of reading when I was younger, fairy tales and fiction. Come freshman year, I was not expecting the amount of reading that came with my classes. My Psychology class required us to have read at least a chapter sometimes consisting of 40 pages or more before each class. That way, we could listen to the lecture and understand the concepts my professor was further explaining. It was difficult adjusting, but it really helped my understanding to read the material first, then follow up with a lecture. 

3. How much I’d love the Library

The Frances Willson Thompson Library is one of my favorite places on campus.

One of the places I grew to love (when we were on campus) was the library. I never spent as much time in a library my whole life as I did in my first year of college. It’s a quiet place where you can shut yourself away from distractions and focus. I always made it a point to put my phone on “do not disturb” when I was studying. It became the place where I was most productive in my school work.

2. How much more I’d be challenged academically

We aren’t not just learning facts, we’re learning how to think for ourselves.

To be honest, high school wasn’t that challenging for me. I passed my classes with high grades and didn’t need much assistance when it came to homework. At UM-Flint, I’ve already faced many challenging classes. I truly felt like I was being pushed to think for myself, and to even question my professors, which was very different. Students have more chances to explore personal ideas, which is a surprisingly difficult adjustment. 

1. How much I’d love a smaller, close-knit campus community

I came to UM-Flint with every intention of transferring to a larger campus after a year or so. I thought a bigger university meant more prestigious opportunities. What I came to realize was that the small class sizes at UM-Flint make all the difference for my college experience. A close-knit campus means it is easy to make connections. In almost everything I do with UM-Flint, I see a familiar face, which makes me feel more connected to my college community. I have had more opportunities to explore who I am than I ever would have at a bigger university.

April Bartle is a sophomore Communications Studies major at the University of Michigan-Flint.

Celebrating the Class of 2020: Evelyn Gagnon

Evelyn initially chose UM-Flint because it was close to home; she wasn’t sure what she wanted to do, and it was an easy daily commute.

Fast-forward a few years and she conducted research as a guest at the University Montana, studying a protein called “Cytochrome c” and working toward completing her honors thesis as a Biochemistry and Clinical Lab Science/Medical Technology double major. A lot can change when you’re in a supportive environment like Evelyn found with the University of Michigan-Flint.

Even though her scheduled was packed a double major in the sciences, Evelyn was content with restricting herself to science courses. She expressed herself by joining the Wind Symphony (she played the trumpet). Most important to her experience, however, were the connections she could make with her professors.

“I just can’t imagine not being able to able to talk with your professors. You can go to their office hours and actually sit and have a conversation with them,” Evelyn says. “I don’t think I would have done well at a larger state school.”

Evelyn thrived at UM-Flint. As part of the Honors Program, Dr. Maureen Thum first helped her decide to major in Clinical Lab Science/Medical Technology. Then a conversation with Dr. Matthew Fhaner helped her discover how a double major in Biochemistry could help make her a more qualified (and marketable) medical technologist. She says that working as a chemistry tutor was one of her favorite things about her UM-Flint experience.

“I really loved being able to work with other students and help them,” Evelyn says. “It just brightens your day to bump into someone that you know and someone you’ve helped.”

Thanks to her research, tutoring, GPA, and dedication, Evelyn earned the Maize & Blue Award, UM-Flint’s highest academic honor. She is currently working as a phlebotomist ad was accepted for an internship at Beaumont Health to become a state-certified medical technologist. She begins her internship at Beaumont Health in January.

Celebrating the Class of 2020: Georgina Brown

Georgina Brown knew that she wanted to become a doctor since she was 10 years old, when she visited a Doctors Without Borders clinic in her home country of Jamaica. She continued working toward that goal while studying at UM-Flint and has an interview with the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine on May 7!

Before she knew of the opportunities that would become available to her on campus, Georgina picked UM-Flint for a simple reason: she earned an associate degree before immigrating to the US and wanted to find an institution that gave her credit for the work she already completed. The personal connections she would form with her professors began as she was considering the best major for her pre-medical studies.

“I had a meeting with Dr. Joe Sucic to get to know him and tell him what I’m interested in. He was the one that introduced me to Molecular Biology and Biotechnology. I changed my major then and I haven’t regretted it since,” Georgina says.

Georgina didn’t just study Molecular Biology and Biotechnology with Dr. Sucic—she also worked with her professor on research projects. In a collaborative study with the Department of Physical Therapy, Georgina studied the DNA of older individuals to determine if the presence of a particular sequence has an impact on their ability to recover from exercise.

The personal connections with faculty didn’t stop there. Georgina had a common-sense policy when it came to her being confused in class—since she was making a big investment in her education, she wasn’t going to be shy about asking questions.

“I think a lot of college students can be afraid to talk to their professors…they don’t want to feel dumb for asking a question. But if you are paying thousands of dollars to get an education, you might as well get the answer,” Georgina says. “I really liked that my professors encouraged me whenever I asked questions; I think that really contributed to my success as a student.”

By any measure, Georgina’s time as a UM-Flint student has been a success. She earned the Maize & Blue Award, UM-Flint’s highest academic honor, as well as a scholarship from the Center for the Education of Women (CEW+). Georgina also qualified for an early assurance program between UM-Flint and the MSU College of Human Medicine. Though she plans to take a gap year between graduation and beginning her medical studies, she already has an interview with the MSU Medical School!

“A lot of people don’t really know that there are so many opportunities out there for UM-Flint students. If you just ask, you’ll find out this campus has much to offer!”

Adam found his future career – and family – at UM-Flint.

When Adam Rainey (Applied Psychology, ’15) took a course on preparing for a career in psychology with Dr. Allen Bellamy, he discovered his passion and future profession. The 2015 graduate now works as a school psychologist at Grand Blanc Community Schools.

“My goal was to work with people who want to help others succeed. Every day I walk into work and I’m surrounded by people who want to help kids do their best, so I feel lucky,” Adam says.

School psychologists like Adam help support students, teachers, families, and other professionals in providing the best educational outcomes for learners. Whether it’s developing plans with students to promote positive behaviors or counseling parents on issues like teen substance abuse, his end goal is to help kids have a successful and rewarding time in school and l

 After graduating from UM-Flint, Adam went on to earn his master’s and specialist degrees from the University of Detroit Mercy. Now that he is three years into his career as a licensed professional, Adam appreciates that no day on the job could be described as “typical.”

“There are some days when I sit down at my desk and when I look up at the clock, it’s the end of the day,” Adam says. “I don’t think I’ve had a single day that felt like one I had before.”

Adam’s work continues to change day-by-day due to the Michigan-wide closure of K-12 schools. Since he has less direct interaction with students, Adam is now focusing on longer term initiatives, like evaluating the district’s special education program by researching different models and ensuring compliance with state and federal regulations.

The collaborative and varied nature of his work means Adam needs to be a creative thinker and excellent communicator—skills that he was able to develop both in class and in student organizations. Adam kept busy on campus as a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, the President’s Ball planning committee, and more.

“Once you’re out working in the field, you know what you have to accomplish but not necessarily how to accomplish it. Gaining experience in leadership roles on campus gave me a foundation in navigating organizations and working with people,” Adam says.

Of course, being involved on campus meant Adam didn’t just work with other students, he made social connections as well. He met his wife, Jennifer (a 2013 graduate of the School of Education and Human Services) through Greek life—she is a member of Theta Phi Alpha. Their daughter, Olivia, is a future Wolverine.