Giving and giving thanks

Nov 24, 2004

The holiday season is upon us and Kettering students, alumni, faculty and staff are rising to the occasion to help others.

It's the season of giving and giving thanks at Kettering University. Students have teamed up with alumni to feed the hungry, the Greek community is helping the Marine Corps send holiday support to U.S. soldiers in Iraq and three Kettering employees make Thanksgiving special for students staying on campus.

Student Alumni Council and alumnus Jack Schickler '65 helped the Flint's Children's Dream Center feed 300 local families on Thanksgiving. Assisted by Schickler, the group collected $1,500 to help local families enjoy the holiday.

Three Kettering employees are making sure that students far away from home Thanksgiving Day don't miss out on dinner. Wyn Wilson, assistant director of Admissions, his wife Gayle, custodian, and Sue Weiss, director of Gift and Estate Planning, hosted a turkey-with-all-the-trimmings dinner for students, faculty and staff at Glad Tidings Tabernacle, in Flint. It is the second year the Wilsons have hosted a Thanksgiving Day dinner for students not able to make it home for the holiday.

Kettering's fraternities and sororities got into the Christmas holiday spirit early and collected items for the Flint Marine Corps Recruiting Office to send to Marines stationed in Iraq. Collected items totaled 250 pounds and included letters of good wishes, non-perishable treats, personal care items and other "comforts from home." Angela Smith, Alumni Affairs officer at Kettering and Marine Corps veteran Corporal, and Robert Marias, director of Greek Life/Community Services, coordinated the effort to send a taste of home to overseas Marines.

Written by Dawn Hibbard
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