Happy Holidays

Dec 22, 2006

Kettering University will be closed for the holidays from Dec. 25 through Jan. 1, 2007, but the elves were busy on campus throughout December. Campus will re-open Jan. 2, 2007.

Kettering University will be closed for the holidays from Dec. 25 through Jan. 1, 2007, to give the university's elves a little rest after a very busy month in December. Not only were the usual round of papers, projects and final exams wrapped up, but a lot of other things were "wrapped up" too!

Kettering got an early start on the holiday season again this year thanks to Campus Safety Officer Charles "Chuck" Keeler, who organized the second annual campus-wide drive to benefit the Salvation Army Coats for Kids campaign. The goal was 200 coats. He and his fellow Campus Safety officers were able to raise $2,535, enough money for 216 coats for area kids, men and women."

The coats were presented to Captain John Williams of the Salvation Army of Genesee County on Thursday, Nov. 30, at 2 p.m. in the Campus Center at Kettering. Representatives from Campus Safety, IFC and RHA were on hand to help load the coats for delivery to the Salvation Army.

Kettering also sponsored a Giving Tree bearing the names of children receiving services from Carriage Town Ministries. The Kettering Student Government Philanthropy committee coordinated fulfilling the holiday wishes of children and families at the shelter.

A total of 29 children, ranging in age from 18 months to 16 years old, from nine families, received clothing and toys from their wish lists submitted by Carriage Town Ministries. Students, faculty, staff, and alumni all contributed to the effort. In addition, Kettering Women's Network, Thompson Hall units and Inter-Fraternity Council contributed to the ho-ho-ho-ing.

The campus showed its CAN DO spirit by collecting food items and cash donations to benefit the FoodBank of Eastern Michigan in a four-campus food battle with Baker College, Mott Community College and the University of Michigan-Flint. Kettering students and employees raised $1,077 in donations and collected 1,740 pounds of food.

A total of 6,617 pounds of food and approximately $2,500 in donations was collected by all four campus communities. According to Food Bank officials, that dollar amount enables the Food Bank to leverage about $35,000 in buying power to provide more than 40,000 pounds of food in the community this holiday season.

In addition to helping out those in need in our community, students also reached out to those recovering from Hurricane Katrina. Student hosted a benefit rock concert Wednesday, Dec. 6 to help New Orleans musicians still recovering from Hurricane Katrina. The featured band was "Covert Operations." They were joined by local musicians for a one-of-a-kind performance in the International Room in the Campus Center at Kettering. The final tabulation is in and the event raised $2,064. The concert was aired live over WKUF 94.3 FM, Kettering's own LP-FM radio station.

One of the last events prior to finals week was the Children's Holiday Party for the children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews of employees and students Tuesday, Dec. 12. Santa was on hand to listen to wishes and a balloon artist entertained by making balloon animals. The kids had fun making ornaments, playing reindeer games, decorating cookies and singing carols.