Greetings Class of 2012!

Jul 13, 2007

Kettering welcomed 240 freshmen to campus on July 12 and kicked off the 2007-08 academic year in regal style

Hello freshmen! Welcome to Kettering University. We're glad you're here!

You've arrived in time to welcome new Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Michael Harris to campus, who is Kettering's top academic officer and is still unpacking boxes himself! You'll be greeted by a newly renovated Hang Out Room in the Academic Building, a clean and fresh place to study and relax during break times. There's a new Welcome Center in the Campus Center to help you navigate the University system. We've updated the stairwell of the northeast corner of Thompson Residence Hall with a new floor to comfort your tired freshmen feet. We've started work on smart classrooms in several locations in the Academic Building. There are now prox card readers on every exterior door in the Academic Building to help you move around safely during the evening hours. There are dozens of student organizations waiting for you to join; close to 150 faculty members waiting to greet and challenge you; staff members to assist you; and not quite 2,000 upperclassmen who will befriend you, compete with you, and show you the ropes on your new co-op job.

Kettering's Section A freshmen class currently numbers about 240 students and will be joined by the second half of the freshmen class (Section B) in October. Many of these incoming freshmen are the finest students in their high schools, including a number of valedictorians and salutatorians of their graduating class.

The freshmen class is 87 percent male and 13 percent female. More than 65 percent of the students are from Michigan.

The new school year begins with two special events - Orientation and the first day of school! Orientation: Thursday, July 12 - Sunday, July 15. Classes begin Monday, July 16, giving faculty and staff a chance to say hello to familiar faces and Kettering's newcomers.



Jenna Lanzon and Zachery Day will start their academic career at Kettering with one of their best friends - each other. They have been schoolmates since junior high and continue that tradition when they start classes together at Kettering July 16. They may even wind up living in the same dormitory wing as well.

Lanzon, of Fenton, and Day, of Linden, graduated from Linden High School in May and chose Kettering for the co-op program and because it is close to home. "I like [being close to home] because I can still visit when I want," said Lanzon. "My sister goes to college in Pennsylvania so that helped me decide that I didn't want to go too far from home," she added. Day echoed her thoughts saying he liked the idea of being able to stay in touch with family and friends.

Both plan to major in Mechanical Engineering, Lanzon with a view to pursuing a master's degree in Fine Arts and working in the design field, and Day looking at automotive or aerospace engineering for the long term. She has secured a co-op position at Magna's Seating Division in Novi. Day is awaiting notification of his co-op assignment.

Lanzon, daughter of James '73 and Debra Lanzon, was involved in National Honor Society, Student Council, the Girl's Golf Team and Girl's Basketball in high school. She was fifth in her graduating class, graduating with highest distinction. She earned the President's Award for Academic Excellence, the United States Army Scholar Athlete award, Lindsey Kirkey award for golf for three years in a row in addition to numerous golf awards and had a piece of her artwork chosen to hang in the nation's capitol for a year.

Day, son of David and Cynthia Day, played varsity hockey and varsity golf in high school and was part of the Youth Advisory Committee and National Honor Society. In addition he worked at Spring Meadows Country Club and the Coyote Preserve Golf Club. He received the Scholar Athlete Award three years in a row, earned an academic varsity letter-two years, was awarded the Linden Hockey Boosters Scholarship, Linden High School Casual Dress Scholarship, President's Award for Educational Excellence, Michigan High School Athletic Association Scholar-Athlete Award, United States Marine Corps Distinguished Athlete Award and the Kettering University Provost Scholarship.

Salutatorian Corey Hubbert from Flint Central High School may be a freshman, but he's already finished Calculus III and Physics II and is almost a sophomore. Credit his teacher, Miss Connie Krug, at Whittier Middle School in Flint for recognizing early on the talents of this MVP. "I was raised in Flint, with Kettering basically in my backyard," he said. "Being the natural investigator that I am, I've always been interested in how things worked even at an early age. I began taking apart my toys and broken electronics and would attempt to 'fix' them. Math and science became my strongest subjects as I grew older, and my interest in machines and electronics grew."

By the beginning of his high school career, he knew what he wanted to study in college. "Although I had heard about Kettering by then, I still took it upon myself to investigate other colleges offering degrees in ME and EE. After taking tuition, location, education, and experience into consideration, Kettering University was more appealing to me than MIT, IIT, or Case Western Reserve. Kettering just seemed to make sense; the high job offer rate after graduation, 2 1/2 years job experience, co-op pay, but above all, the excellent education, which also happens to be nationally ranked among top colleges.

Corey earned a 3.97 grade point average at Flint Central, is a two-time MVP of Central's soccer team and he also ran track. The Detroit Free Press listed him on its elite Top 10 Michigan Scholar-Athletes list, he is one of only 22 Scholar-Athletes of the Year honored by the Saginaw Valley Conference, and the Flint Journal featured him in its "Golden Apple" column in April. "I'm looking not only for a great education at Kettering, but also an experience that lasts a lifetime," he added.

Joining the freshman class in October will be Rachel Woodbridge of Saginaw, who will study Electrical Engineering and whose co-op is at TC Transmission in Novi. Members of her family have attended Kettering/GMI for generations, she said. "My grandfather, two aunts and my cousin have all attended here. They talked to me about it and made me very excited about going to Kettering." Rachel graduated with a 4.350 grade point average and was a top honors student at Nouvel Catholic Central High School in Saginaw. Her achievements include National Honor Society secretary; People to People Student Ambassador; Nouvel Student Ambassador, and she was in seven drama productions in high school.

Nicholas Roggenbuck is a high honor graduate from Marlette High School with a 3.790 grade point average. He plans to study Mechanical Engineering. His many accomplishments are National Honor Society, honor roll for four years, band, and basketball and he received an academic letter, plaque and pin. He has volunteered at many blood drives, White Cane and church activities.

Cody Kurzer joined the freshman class from Unionville-Sebewaing Area Schools. He will study Engineering.

With a life goal of "serving others," Timothy Heslip comes to campus to study Mechanical Engineering. He is an honors graduate of St. Thomas More Academy in Burton and one of five seniors to receive the school's highest awards. "I chose Kettering because of its reputation as one of the top Engineering colleges, and I like the fact that it is close to home," he said. " Most of all, I chose it because of its co-op program. I think as a freshman I will be able to see if I am going into the right field of Engineering for me. You usually aren't given that opportunity until you graduate at other schools." In high school, he was active in basketball and soccer and earned all-conference honors for sports, academic excellence honors in math, science and Spanish.

Coming to campus to study alternative energy solutions is Co-valedictorian Alex M. Mason from Kent City High School in West Michigan. He has been involved in Quiz Bowl, math, book and chess clubs and is a three-time all-conference golf winner. He holds three sportsmanship awards and was named to the senior all-academic team for high school bowling. He will study Mechanical Engineering.

Blake Riley is co-valedictorian at L'Anse Creuse High School - North and comes to Kettering to study Electrical Engineering. He participated in Mu Alpha Theta, Link Crew and the drama club. He was also a member of the award-winning FIRST robotics team. Blake earned a varsity letter for academics and a math honor cord. He is a member of the 2007 Macomb County All-Academic Team, earning a 4.1 grade point average.

Krista Ply of Montrose will study bio-engineering as a Mechanical Engineering student. She was featured in the Flint Journal's "Golden Apple" column earlier this year. She was president of both the school's Student Council and its chapter of Students Against a Vanishing Earth. She is co-organizer of a tennis team and a member of the drama club, ski club, National Honor Society and Quiz Bowl team. With a 3.99 grade point average, she shared the number three ranking in her graduating class.

A graduate of Durand Area High School, Brian Jones comes to campus to study Applied Physics. He was a drum line section leader, composer of percussion music and was instrumental in helping Durand's marching band win three Flight IV state championships; a two-year member of the National Honor Society; three-year winner of the Durand Academic Achievement Award; and a Rotary Student of the Month. He played varsity golf, basketball, soccer and helped his team win a district baseball championship. Last fall, he received a Michigan High School Soccer Coaches Association All-State Academic Award.

Trevin Damm was named to Millington High School's Top Ten. He maintained a 3.90 grade point average and was active in football, baseball and Academic M. He will study Computer Engineering.

Roscommon High School's honor graduates for the Class of 2007 included Jessi Harden. She plans to study Mechanical Engineering.

After Erica Baker completed Kettering's LITE program (Lives Improve Through Engineering) a year ago, she decided to head back to campus for her freshmen year. Erica will study Mechanical Engineering with a biomedical focus. Her activities at Memphis High School included serving as the plaintiff attorney in the mock trial, secretary for the National Honor Society, varsity soccer, church youth groups and four-year seminary school for high school students. She was named to the elite 2007 Blue Water Academic Team by the Port Huron Times Herald. In her spare time, she cares for her four younger siblings and enjoys soccer, running and baking.

And last - but not least - Kettering welcomed its seventh class of FIRST Scholars in the entering freshmen class. FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is an international effort to showcase the variety of career paths available in STEM fields. This year's FIRST Scholars are:

  • Ben Bargman, Team 1213, Beverly Hills, Mich.
  • Christopher Denis, Team 1506, Clarkston, Mich.
  • Andrew Wayne Hall, Team 155, Berlin, Conn.
  • Cory Hayes, Team 1718, Goodells, Mich.
  • Jeremy Robert Hilliard, Team 503, Novi, Mich.
  • Victoria Hills, Team 322, Flint, Mich.
  • Jonathan Mallard MacDougall, Team 67, Highland, Mich.
  • Andrew Joseph Schreiber, Team 27, Clarkston, Mich.
  • Ashley Kristina Sims, Team 1188, Southfield, Mich.
  • Wesley Urbanik, Team 67, White Lake, Mich.

Written by Patricia Mroczek
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