Grateful honors

Sep 11, 2009

Kettering University said a special thank you of appreciation to Richard Light '57, Stephen McEwen '54, Sun Microsystems and UPS at the Third Annual President's Appreciation Dinner Sept. 10.

Kettering University President Stan Liberty awarded four of the University’s highest honors during the Third Annual President’s Appreciation Dinner on Thursday, Sept. 10.  Liberty thanked and recognized some of the University’s most important friends and donors during formal ceremonies in the Campus Center’s International Room.

“We are here this evening to recognize friends of Kettering – be they corporations or individuals – who have been supportive of our University, our educational mission and especially our talented students,” he told the crowd of 200 participants.

“The people in this room tonight -- and many others who couldn't join us – make up a group of alumni, friends, corporate partners, community leaders, and employees, all of whom are fully committed to a bright and healthy future for Kettering University.”

Two individuals and two corporations were presented a crystal and pewter Bulldog statue, the mascot symbol of the University.  They are:

STEPHEN N. McEwen of Bowling Green, Ohio, who is a 1954 graduate of Kettering University.  “We are proud this evening to say thank you to a man who has been an incredible friend in many ways.  Stephen N. McEwen is a frequent visitor and cherished adviser.  He has been a member of the President’s Council since 1986, supporting students through the Stephen & Joan McEwen Scholarship, The McEwen Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, and as a steady voice and ongoing friend through the decades.  Our students, our faculty, our alumni and our community are stronger because of his faithful support.”

RICHARD B. LIGHT of Lake Orion, Mich., who is a 1957 graduate of Kettering University.  “Dick spent a half century developing an expertise in human resources and sharing the lessons he learned and the keen importance that good managers bring to the workforce.  Dick became one of our earliest major donors, and also one of our most consistent, by creating a significant estate gift that will serve the students of Kettering in perpetuity.  Thanks to Dick’s ongoing support and faithful friendship, we have the capacity to build a better world for a long time to come.”
Liberty also honored two of the University’s most important corporate partners during the ceremonies. “Kettering relies on corporations to hire our co-op students, keep our faculty members current in the marketplace, provide in-kind gifts, and then hire our talented and market-ready alumni.”  They are:

UPS, with corporate headquarters in Atlanta: “Of all of our corporate partners – UPS offers perhaps the most national of job placement possibilities,” Liberty said.  UPS currently employs 16 co-op students, is a dedicated supporter of our AIM program for Academically Interested Minds and they have provided continuing support for student scholarships.  Additionally, the company has provided a member to Kettering’s Board of Trustees for many years.  UPS has given Kettering more than $1.4 million and is considered one of our top corporate donors.”  Accepting the award for UPS was Randy Stashick, vice president of Engineering at UPS in Atlanta, who currently serves on Kettering’s Board of Trustees.

Sun Microsystems, with corporate headquarters in Santa Clara, Calif.: Liberty said he is extremely grateful to Sun Microsystems, which has been generous to the University in multiple ways.  “Sun Microsystems has made significant donations through the years.  Sun Microsystems also shared with us one of its top personnel -- Marissa Peterson, a 1983 graduate of our University, who served on our Board of Trustees for many years.”  Liberty said Sun Microsystems has provided valuable experiences for co-op students along with full-time employment for almost a dozen Kettering alumni.  “We are grateful for your ongoing financial support, which helps Kettering succeed in its mission.”  Accepting the award was Larry Zimmerman, Michigan Account Manager for U.S. Education & Teaching Hospitals.

In conclusion, Liberty said, “thank you for helping Kettering University contribute to the making of a better world.”

Written by Patricia Mroczek