Happy holidays from Kettering University
Kettering University will be closed for the holidays from Dec. 24 through Jan. 2, 2005, to allow employees and students to enjoy time with their families. The campus offices will re-open Jan. 3, 2005.
December was a busy month at Kettering as students and faculty prepared for Commencement and finals, and EVERYONE got into the holiday spirit early. From a blood drive, to a visit from Santa to an overwhelming response to the Giving Tree, the Kettering community embodied the season of giving.
The holidays got a ho ho hopeful start with a Red Cross Blood Drive Dec. 1. Student, faculty and staff filled pint bags with the gift of life from noon until 6 p.m. getting the holidays off to a generous start.
Then Santa visited campus Saturday, Dec. 4. to listen to the wishes of children of Kettering employees. Helping coordinate their wish lists again this year was Santa's assistant, Elf Ernie.
Holiday giving continued with the Panhellanic Council and Intra-Fraternity Council fundraisers to benefit the Eisenhower Elementary School Christmas party and the Michigan Community Blood Center. The Greek community continued their tradition of bringing holiday cheer to kids at Eisenhower with treats, games and an early gift from Santa (this year it was a book for each of the school's 200 students). They also added a drive for donations to the Michigan Blood Center to cover the costs of bone marrow test on volunteers. The drive was in honor of Cathy Holder, mother of Kettering student Courtney Holder. Cathy died of cancer earlier this year.
To keep the spirit of giving going strong, Student Government Council coordinated a Giving Tree for children at the Shelter of Flint and Carriage Town Ministries shelter. Students and employees could "adopt" a child from the tree and play Santa by fulfilling the wishes on their lists. Monetary donations helped ensure every child on the tree was remembered at Christmas.
One final holiday fling came in the form of an electronic light display in the Electrical Engineering Department (EE). Dr. Mark Thompson, professor of Electrical Engineering, assigned his EE-490 Senior Design Project class to work in teams to design a programmable eight-channel light display controller device, to be primarily a sequential "chaser" controller used to create moving lighting effects in outdoor environments. To enhance the creative process, Thompson had the students display their work in the EE department, with bonus points being awarded for the top three favorite displays as determined by a survey of EE and Computer Engineering students, and Electrical and Computer Engineering faculty and staff.
After the flurry of holiday preparations, the Kettering community is ready to take a break and enjoy the season. Toward this end, Kettering University will be closed for the holidays from Dec. 24 through Jan. 2, 2005, to allow employees and students to enjoy time with their families. The campus offices will re-open Jan. 3, 2005, with classes resuming Monday, Jan. 10, 2005.
From everyone at Kettering, here's wishing you a happy and safe holiday season.
Written by Dawn Hibbard