Alumni Reunion Weekend May 20-22 at Kettering/GMI is filled with old cars, old friends and a lot of good stories. It's also a time to recognize alumni for outstanding professional achievement and dedicated service.
The Bulldog classes of 1985, 1980, 1975, 1970, 1965, 1960, 1955 and 1950 will celebrate their anniversary years at the Kettering/GMI Bulldog Days Reunion Weekend May 21 and 22.
Sponsored by the Kettering University Alumni Association, the Bulldog Days reunion brings alumni back to campus for the Firebirds Car Show, tours of new buildings and old, receptions for honors societies, workshops and seminars and the Alumni Awards ceremony, this year recognizing 10 alumni for professional achievement, service and human relations. New this year is an Author's Corner for published alumni and others associated with the university.
Another new/old addition to the weekend is a reception and station tours Friday, May 20 from 7 to 9 p.m., for the new WKUF low power FM (LPFM) radio station broadcasting out of the Campus Center. Kettering/GMI had a radio presence on campus for many years but recently took to the public airwaves on LPFM.
The highlight of the weekend is the Alumni Awards Dinner. These are the highest awards presented by the Alumni Association each year. Awardees are nominated by other alumni for excellence and outstanding service.
Being recognized this year, are:
J.T. Battenberg III '66, Chairman of the Board and CEO, Delphi Corporation and chairman of the Delphi Strategy Board, the company's top policy-making group, Bloomfield Hills, Mich., will be honored with the Distinguished Alumnus Award, recognizing specific and exceptional career achievement.
Jacqueline A. Dedo '84, president of the Automotive Group for the Timken Company, West Bloomfield Hills, Mich., will be honored for Management Achievement recognizing a specific contribution with a positive and lasting effect in the field of Management.
Major G. Horton '84, vice president and General Manager of the Commercial Group, Dell Financial Services, L.P., Austin, Texas, will also be recognized for Management Achievement for a specific contribution with a positive and lasting effect in the field of Management.
Edward L. Wristen '75, president and CEO, First Health Group Corp., South Barrington, Ill., is the third honoree for the Management Achievement award recognizing a specific contribution with a positive and lasting effect in the field of Management.
Richard E. Misek '78, president, Allegiance Engineering Service, Inc., Goodrich, Mich., will be honored with the Civic Achievement award recognizing significant and unselfish contributions of time and effort that benefit the community.
Gary Cowger '70, group vice president, Global Manufacturing and Labor, General Motors, Bloomfield Hills, Mich., will be honored with the Outstanding Achievement award recognizing specific and exceptional career achievement.
Robert Dorn '60, Chief Engineer-Retired, General Motors, Bloomfield Hills, Mich., will be honored with the Engineering Achievement award recognizing a specific contribution with a positive and lasting effect in the field of Engineering.
Joseph Kibbe '66, engineer-retired, General Motors North American Operations Manufacturing, Sterling Heights, Mich., will be honored with the Alumni Service award recognizing outstanding volunteer service to Kettering University.
Edward Arends '57, CEO, MJ Manufacturing Company, Flint, Mich., will be honored with the Entrepreneurial Achievement award recognizing a specific contribution in organizing, managing and assuming the risk of business or enterprise.
Jack Schickler '65, CEO, Fleet Cross Service Professionals, Inc., Rochester, New York, will be honored with the Human Relations award recognizing a graduate who has rendered significant contributions inspiring unity at Kettering University.
For more information about Bulldog Days Alumni Reunion 2005, contact Deb Schnettler at 810-762-9746 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Written by Dawn Hibbard