Erin Sack, a UM-Flint anthropology student, spent part of her senior summer at a field school in Ireland. While digging in 10th-century ruins, she turned classroom theory into practice and confirmed the choice of archaeology as her perfect career path.
The university’s College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), home of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice, was able to support her travel through the donor-funded CAS Opportunity Fund.
“The CAS Opportunity Fund is a wonderful chance for us to support our faculty, students, and staff,” noted CAS Dean Susan Gano-Phillips. “I believe in the long-lasting impact of research, travel, and internships for our constituents and communities. And the Opportunity Fund helps turn possibilities into reality for so many.”
Sack, who used the Opportunity Fund to help cover the cost of her plane ticket and passport, was grateful for the assistance. “I am so glad that I chose a university that supports their students and wants what is best for their future,” she said. “I heard from the other students attending the Caherconnell Field School about all of the hoops they had to jump through just so their college would recognize the credits they were earning, let alone help fund their trip. Working with UM-Flint and faculty was the least stressful part—and even became a stress-relieving part—of the preparation experience. The Opportunity Fund helped me to relax a little more knowing UM-Flint believed in what I wanted to do.”
The Path to UM-Flint Anthropology
When asked about her choice to attend UM-Flint, Sack replied, “I guess I should explain that I already have a degree in Criminal Justice, but after two years in the working world I knew that it wasn’t the right path for me.” She found inspiration during a trip to a museum—realizing a lifelong interest could become the key to her future. Sack arranged to meet with Dr. Jennifer Alvey and Dr. Beverley Smith of UM-Flint…