Bulldogs + hot cars = Alumni Reunion Weekend
Honoring alumni achievement and showing off student "rides" are all a part of Alumni Reunion Weekend at Kettering University May 22 and 23.
The Dog Days of summer are a few months away yet, but it's Bulldog Days at Kettering University - otherwise known as Alumni Reunion Weekend, May 22 and 23. The weekend features the Kettering University/GMI Alumni Association recognition of 11 alumni for professional achievement, service and human relations, a celebration of the Golden Anniversary of the Class of 1954, recognition of the classes of 1984, 1979, 1974, 1969, 1964, 1959 and 1944, and the Firebirds Student Car Club annual car show.
The Alumni Awards will be given at a dinner at Warwick Hills Golf and Country Club that will also honor the various anniversary class years. Alumni Award recipients are nominated by friends and peers and are selected by the Kettering/GMI Alumni Association Board on the basis of professional and personal excellence and outstanding service to the community and/or Kettering University.
Receiving the Distinguished Alumnus Award is Stan O'Neal '74, of New York, chairman, chief executive and president of Merrill Lynch & Co., for specific, exceptional career achievements. O'Neal became chief executive of Merrill Lynch & Co. in 2002 and was elected chairman in 2003. He began his career at General Motors as a GMI co-op student and after earning an MBA from Harvard, joined the General Motors Treasury Department. He joined Merrill Lynch & Co. in 1986 as director of Investment Banking, eventually serving as both executive vice president and chief financial officer. He is a director of General Motors and serves on the boards of the New York City Partnership, Center for Strategic and International Studies and the New York Stock Exchange board of executives. He also serves as a trustee of the Buckley School , on the advisory board of the Bronx Preparatory School and the Financial Services Roundtable.
Receiving the Management Achievement Award is James McCaslin '74, of Milwaukee, president and chief operating officer of Harley-Davidson Motor Co., for a specific contribution with a positive and lasting effect in the field of management. McCaslin joined Harley-Davidson in 1992 as vice president and general manager of the York, Penn., operations. He was appointed vice president of Continuous Improvement in 1997, and was made vice president of Dealer Services in 1999. He currently serves on the board of directors of Maytag Corporation, as a board chairman of the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council and on the board of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee.
Receiving the Civic Achievement Award is Ivan Deveson '59, of Melbourne, Australia, retired Lord Mayor, for significant and unselfish contributions of time and effort that benefit the community. Deveson was Lord Mayor of Melbourne from 1996 to 1999, the longest serving mayor in more than 40 years. Formerly he was the national president of the Australian Institute of Management and an international automobile executive and television executive. He was named Victorian of the Year in 1991 and received the Order of Australia in the same year for service to the automotive industry and to business. In 2002 he was elected chairman and president of the Committee for Economic Development in Australia and awarded an honorary doctorate in Management from Kettering University. He also received an honorary doctorate from Australia Catholic University in 2003 for his contributions to ethics in business.
Receiving an Outstanding Achievement Award is Troy Clarke '78, of Detroit, executive vice president for GM Asia Pacific, for specific and exceptional career achievement. Clarke became executive vice president in 2004, having served as GM group vice president of Manufacturing and Labor Relations since 2002. He is responsible for North America Vehicle Manufacturing, Vehicle Operations, Metal Fabricating Division and Labor Relations. He is also a member of GM's North America Strategy Board. Previouslyhewas president and managing director of GM de Mexico and a GM corporate vice president. Clarke is GM's key executive to Cornell University and is a member of the University of Michigan Business School Advisory Council. He is also chairman of the Advisory Committee to SAE's World in Motion and serves as GM's leadership liaison to the Affinity Group for Women.
Receiving an Outstanding Achievement Award is John Nasi '64, of Laguna Beach, Cal., retired president and CEO of Motor Coach Industries, for specific and exceptional career achievement. Nasi first joined General Motors as a co-op student at GMC Truck and Coach in Pontiac. He later left GM and joined Motor Coach Industries, which was owned by Greyhound, and was named president and CEO. Under his leadership, new and improved buses were developed, and bus manufacturing facilities were modernized. Greyhound sold the bus operating company and kept the bus manufacturing operation, under the name Dial Corp. After a Mexican firm, C.G. Dina, bought all shares of Motor Coach, Nasi aided in the transition, running Motor Coach and the operations in Mexico for 18 months, retiring in 1996.
Receiving the Engineering Achievement Award is C. David Wright '79, of Warren, Ohio, director of Advanced Engineering for Delphi Packard Electric Systems, for specific contributions with a positive and lasting effect in the field of engineering. Wright's career began with General Motors at the Frigidaire Division in 1974 as a co-op student. In 1994, he was named managingdirector of H E Microwave, then a joint venture between Delco Electronics and Hughes Aircraft. During his tenure, H E Microwave developed both forward-looking and backup aid radars, and won initial production business for both products. The forward-looking radar debuted with Jaguar in 1999 and the backup aid appeared on three Ford models in the 2003 model year. Wright joined Delphi Packard Electric Systems in 1999. His responsibilities as director of Advanced Engineering include advanced product and technology development in Ohio, California and Germany. He is the holder of four U.S. patents.
Receiving an Alumni Service Award is Ken Kayser '73, of Flint, Mich., Business Unit manager for GM Powertrain - Flint Engine South, for outstanding volunteer service to Kettering University. Kayser joined the house corporation of Kettering's Sigma Chi Fraternity in 1995. He is currently president of the house corporation and is also a member of the capital fund campaign to restore and preserve the historic Tudor chapter house in Flushing. Kayser has also been active in the Kettering Parents Panel for incoming freshmen, participated as a judge for the Kettering Firebirds Annual Car Show and served as class reunion chairman. Due to his passion for all things automotive, Kayser was instrumental in helping establish the Friends of the Library and Scharchburg Archives at Kettering University. He has contributed to the fledgling organization in numerous ways, most notably with the "John Dolza Display," which can be seen in the Archives. Kayser has been a resident of Flint since 1993. His two children are currently attending Kettering University.
Receiving an Alumni Service Award is Sheri Campeau '91, of Lansing, Mich., Special Projects administrator and University Relations Team coordinator for General Motors, for outstanding volunteer serviceto Kettering University. Campeau has been actively involved with Student Activities, Student Alumni Council, the Robot Society and has been a resident advisor. She has also been an active board member with the Kettering/GMI Alumni Association serving on the recognition committee, which selects those alumni deserving of the Alumni Awards presented during Alumni Weekend. The recognition committee also helps select the Outstanding Teaching Award and Rodes Professorship. As the University Relations team coordinator, she also works with Kettering University to obtain grants, donations and resources from General Motors.
Receiving the Entrepreneurial Achievement Award is Michael K. Perry '83, of San Diego, Cal., chief executive officer and director of CardioDynamics, for a specific contribution in organizing, managing and assuming the risk of a business or enterprise. Perry has been the chief executive officer and director of CardioDynamics since 1998. From 1994 to 1997, he was vice president of Operations at Pyxis Corporation and in 1995 assumed additional responsibility for research and development. Perry was part of the executive team that successfully acquired and integrated three businesses into Pyxis, and in 1996 sold the company to Cardinal Health. Prior to joining Pyxis, Perry also worked for Hewlett-Packard Company's Medical Products Group in manufacturing and finance. His community service positions include the advisory board of the University of California San Diego Cardiovascular Center and the board of directors for Junior Achievement of San Diego.
Receiving the Young Alumni Award is Matt Borland '94, of Mooresville, N.C., crew chief for Roger Penske, No. 12 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Team, for alumni who make significant contributions, exhibited outstanding character, or has achieved marked success in such areas as alumni service, civic, engineering or entrepreneurial achievement, human relations, management or outstanding achievement. Borland led the ALLTEL team to a season-high of eight victories in 2003. The team earned 11 poles and 17 top-five finishes, more than any other driver. They also earned 22 top-ten finishes. In 2002, he also led Ryan Newman to win the NASCAR Winston Cup Raybestos Rookie of the Year title and earned two victories, six pole positions, 22 top-ten and 14 top-five finishes. Prior to 2002, Borland contributed to Newman's eight poles, two wins, five top-fives and 11 top-tens in an ARCA-Busch-Winston Cup combo. Borland joined Penske Racing South in 1999 as an engineer and was later named crew chief of the ALLTEL Team. He worked forPAC West Racing CART Team, Pi Research and General Motors before moving south.
Receiving the Human Relations Award is Neeru Sharma '93, of Warren, Mich., assistant program manager-Buick LeSabre and Park Avenue for General Motors, for significant contributions inspiring unity at Kettering University, in the workplace or in the community. Sharma founded the Kettering Ability Scholarship to provide an incentive for people with disabilities to consider attending the University and pursuing a challenging career in engineering or business. She has worked hard to create a positive and productive life for herself while living with a disability from birth called Osteogenesis Imperfecta, a brittle bone condition. She uses an electric wheelchair, adapted van and specially designed condo to maintain her independence. Her family and close friends also are pivotal to her success. She works for General Motors in the Program Planning Management department as an assistant program manager on the LeSabre and DeVille. She is a member of several committees within GM and the community to improve the lives of people with disabilities. Sharma believes that given the proper educationand employment opportunities, people with disabilities can be self sufficient and successful members ofsociety.
Alumni Reunion Weekend Schedule: The weekend's festivities kick-off at 8 a.m. with the opening of the Firebirds-Kettering University Car Club car show on the "Beach" just west of the Campus Center Building. Co-sponsored by the Kettering/GMI Alumni Association, the car show includes everything from custom cars to Corvettes and some favorite classics.
Joe Spielman and Gib Hufstader, National Corvette Museum Hall of Famers, will be on hand to judge the show and award prizes. Registration is $15 at the door and proceeds gotothe Zora Arkus-Duntov Scholarship fund at Kettering. All years and makes are welcome.
The Scharchburg Archives, repository of Kettering/GMI memorabilia and automotive industry history, will open at 9 a.m. Archivist David White will present "The Creation of the Alumni Historical Collection" at 10 a.m.
"Smart Women Finish Rich" investment advice from William Halbert '65, of Halbert Capital Management Group, will run from 11 a.m. to noon. He will also present "Money & Markets" from 2 to 3 p.m.
Campus tours begin at 2 p.m., and include the Academic Building and the newer Mott Engineering and Science Center and Harris Playing Fields.
The keystone event is the Alumni Reunion Dinner at Warwick Hills Golf and Country Club in Grand Blanc, Mich., featuring a Golden Circle Reception for the class of 1954, special receptions for the classes of 1984, 1979, 1974, 1969, 1964, 1959 and 1944, and the Alumni Association Awards ceremony.
The weekend wraps with a Golden Circle Brunch on Sunday at the home of Kettering President Dr. James E.A. John.
Written by Dawn Hibbard