Detroit alumni chapter's 38th annual dinner meets with success

Oct 11, 2002

More than 100 alumni and guests attended the 38th annual Detroit chapter dinner of the Kettering/GMI Alumni Association Oct. 8 at the Southfield Manor in Southfield, Mich.

More than 100 alumni and guests attended the 38th annual Detroit chapter dinner of the Kettering/GMI Alumni Association Oct. 8 at the Southfield Manor in Southfield, Mich. The event included speeches by Joseph Spielman '68, vice president and general manager of General Motors Metal Fab Division and Manufacturing Centers and the GM key executive to Kettering; Ondrej Tomek '97, chapter president and an engineer with the GM Racing Group; Kettering President James E.A. John; and Herb Fishel, executive director of the GM Racing Group and this year's keynote speaker.

During the dinner, Spielman presented Gary Cowger '70, president of General Motors North America, with the Kettering/GMI Alumni Association's Distinguished Alumnus Award, which recognizes individuals who demonstrate excellence in their professional career, offer major industry contributions and support Kettering and its alumni.

Tomek also nominated the following alumni for leadership of the chapter in 2003:
**Wendy Curcuri '98 as president;
** Mike Wilkie '90 as vice president; and
** Greg Slota '02 as treasurer.

In addition, three students each won $1,000 Bob Wolforth Memorial Scholarships to support their academic studies at Kettering. They are:
** senior Richard Gibson of Warren, Mich.,
** junior Joshua Willerton of Los Alamos, N.M., and
** sophomore Kris Warthen of Monroe, Mich.

Wolforth was past president of the Detroit Chapter and this scholarship is given in honor of his contributions to the chapter. Students who live or work in the Detroit area are eligible for the $1,000 award.

GM Racing displayed a 1,000 horse power, front-wheel drive Cavalier and Corvette racecars in front of the venue in Southfield. Sponsors for this year's dinner included RWD, Shared Vision LLC, Liberty Mutual, MSX, the Kettering University Office of Graduate Studies, Brooks & Kushman P.C. and Modern Engineering.