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Community Vitality

Creating a Vital Community

Kettering University’s success is linked to the success of the city of Flint, state of Michigan and the entire Midwest region. As such, the University and its students, faculty, staff and alumni are and will continue to be active partners and leaders in the efforts to create a vibrant and economically thriving community, region, nation and world.

Community Initiatives

Kettering University Restores Historic Atwood Stadium in Flint: “The renovation and grand re-opening of Atwood Stadium on our campus represents a significant milestone in the ongoing rebirth of the city of Flint,” said Kettering University President Dr. Robert K. McMahan. “We invite the entire community to join us in celebration of the amazing institution that is Atwood and to help us mark as a community the beginning of the next exciting chapter in the life of this legendary facility.” Visit for more news and a list of events at the stadium. 

 General Motors Foundation Automotive Research Area Announced - Gifts totaling $4 million -- $2 million from the General Motors Foundation and $2 million from General Motors Company – will allow Kettering University to create dynamic new outdoor and indoor lab spaces to continue providing a world class education to the next generation of engineers, scientists and industry leaders. Read more.

New Campus Master Plan - Kettering University has a nearly 100-year history of producing some of the world’s most prominent and successful leaders, innovators, entrepreneurs and philanthropists. To position the University to continue to build upon this legacy in the 21st century and beyond, the University unveiled a bold new Campus Master Plan. The Plan is aimed at reimagining the campus to ensure that it continues to meet the needs of future Kettering students and faculty for generations to come. Read more.

Kettering in the Community

Service Saturdays
The Service Saturdays concept was started in 2013, led by Myra Lumpkin, coordinator for Greek life and community service, and Jack Stock, director of external relations. The founding principle of the initiative was to promote civic engagement among Kettering students, faculty and staff. “The dedication of the students has been huge,” Lumpkin said. “The idea is to encourage students that wherever you live, you can take a leadership role in your community and help make it a better place.” Read more about Service Saturdays.


Young Innovators Fair
Each year, Kettering invites young inventors ages 9-13 to display their inventions at the Young Innovators Fair on campus. The innovators present their inventions to peers, educators and other attendees at the fair. A total of 400 elementary students from nine K-12 schools in seven districts throughout Genesee County were in attendance to see the displays in May 2015. Students also participated in workshops led by Dr. Terri Lynch-Caris, Dr. Susan Farhat and Mark Taylor. See more pictures of the 2015 Young Innovators Fair

Flint River Watershed Coalition Green Summit
More than 500 middle and high school students from schools in Genesee, Lapeer, Saginaw and Oakland Counties participate in the Flint River Watershed Coalition’s annual GREEN (Global Rivers Environmental Education Network) Summit on the campus of Kettering University each year. The summit is a culmination of a year-long program through school districts where students conduct water testing in nearby rivers and streams. The Summit at Kettering will give them the opportunity to present their results.

Engineers Without Borders - Kettering University  Chapter
Vanessa Robinson '17, a senior Mechanical Engineering major, partnered with Dr. Laura Sullivan (Mechanical Engineering), Dr. Karen Palmer (Electrical and Computer Engineering) and Mark Richardson (Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering) to collaboratively construct the simplistic solar panel design for households on the Pine Ridge Reservation in southwest South Dakota, a 3,500 square mile reservation with a population of 28,000 people. Learn more about the project.

Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation (BCJI) Program
Efforts to create a safe, walkable University Avenue Corridor region connecting McLaren Regional Medical Center, Kettering University and surrounding neighborhoods to downtown Flint along University Avenue received a major boost with a $1 million federal grant to Kettering University that will support neighborhood revitalization efforts. Learn more.

Leadership in the Community

Kettering University is committed to empowering its faculty, staff and students to become leaders in the greater Flint community. Representatives of Kettering are actively engaged in efforts to revitalize Flint. Below are a list of affiliations of the Kettering leadership team.
Jack Stock, Director of External Relations
Rotary Club of Greater Flint Sunrise (board, past president)
Uptown Redevelopment Corporation (board)
Metro Community Development Corporation (board)
Flint Children's Museum (board)
Flint River Watershed Coalition (board)
University Avenue Corridor Coalition (member)
Keep Genesee County Beautiful (park adopter)
FIM Music In the Parks (committee member)
Friends of Atwood Stadium (board)
Mott Park Recreation Association (board)
Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce Genesee Global Action Team (committee)

Dr. James Zhang, Provost and Senior Vice President for
Academic Affairs
Greater Flint Educational
Consortium (board member)
Pal-Nat (board)
Academic Advisory Council of ABET (board)

Kip Darcy, V.P. of Marketing, Communications & Enrollment
Hurley Foundation (board)
Flint Institute of Arts "Arts on Tap" (event planning committee)
Dr. Karen Wilkinson, Liberal
Studies Department Head
Chair of the Flint Area Public Affairs Forum
Michele Loper, Assistant Director
of Special Events
Beecher Community Schools,
Board President
Dr. Diane Peters, Professor of Mechanical Engineering 
Genesee County Animal control (advisory committee)
Dr. Robert McAllister, Professor
of Biochemistry
Flint River Watershed Coalition (board)
Teressa Hupfer, Senior Director
of Enrollment Operations
Shelter of Flint (board, Long-range planning committee chair)
Dr. Laura Sullivan, Professor Mechanical Engineering
Re-Member (board)
Mayor's Technical Advisory Committee on Flint Water (board)

Charles Hanson, Director of
Library Services
Goodwill Industries of Mid-Michigan (board secretary)
Rachael Cowan, administrative specialist, Office of the Senior VP for Academic Affairs & Provost 
Flint Community Cookout (organizer/volunteer)
National MS Society for Representative for Congressman Dan Kildee (district activist leader)
Sarah Schuch, Communications Manager
Flint Community Cookout (organizer)
Co-Founder, Flint Stories Project

For more information about Kettering's community vitality efforts and community partnership opportunities with Kettering students and faculty, contact Jack Stock at and 810-762-7873.