His Majesty Carl XVI Gustaf, King of Sweden visit

Sep 17, 2008

Friday, Sept. 26, will be a very exciting day for Kettering University and Flint as His Majesty Carl XVI Gustaf, King of Sweden, and many Michigan and U.S. officials will visit our campus.

To the Kettering Community, 

Friday, Sept. 26, will be a very exciting day for Kettering University and Flint as His Majesty Carl XVI Gustaf, King of Sweden, Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, and many Michigan and U.S. officials will visit our campus. Trumpets will herald the King’s arrival during a special ceremony from 3:30-4 p.m. in the Connie and Jim John Recreation Center. Security will be on high alert, since this is a Secret Service event. 

Tickets are free, but you must have a ticket to attend. 

Here is the schedule for the day:
Friday, Sept. 26
Connie and Jim John Recreation Center

1 p.m.: Doors open; Secret Service screening
3 p.m.: Ticket holders are asked to be in their seats by 3 p.m.
3:30 – 4 p.m.: Formal Ceremony is emceed by Provost Michael Harris
Kettering President Stan Liberty
U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow
Flint Mayor Don Williamson
U.S. Ambassador to Sweden Michael Wood
Sweden’s Ambassador to the U.S. Jonas Hafstrom
Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm
Groundbreaking ceremony featuring the King of Sweden, Gov. Jennifer Granholm and platform officials (the King will not speak) 

Where can I get a ticket?
We anticipate that any member of the Kettering community who wants to get into this event will be able to get in. 

Bring your Kettering ID and pick up your one ticket on: 

Thursday, Sept. 18, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Great Court, Campus Center
Friday, Sept. 19, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Great Court, Campus Center
Deadline for picking up tickets is Friday, Sept. 19. 

B-Section students who want to attend should contact Student Affairs at mrodrigu@kettering.edu
Questions on tickets, contact: pmroczek@kettering.edu 

What can I bring to the event?  Yes: cameras and video cameras. No: signs, bags (book bags, tote bags, etc.) and umbrellas. 

What do I wear? Business dress, please. 

What door do I go in?
Ticket holders enter the Rec Center by the second floor door (the door by the Rec Center information desk); Media and the disabled will enter on the first floor (southeast door). Remember – no signs, bags or umbrellas, please. Yes: cameras and video cameras. 

Can I take a picture of the King? Yes. Will he be posing for photo opportunities with the public? No, we do not anticipate any photo opportunities during the King’s visit to campus. 

Is the Queen of Sweden coming, too? No. She won’t be travelling with the King this trip. 

Other details:
Planning for the event has the excitement of a small United Nations negotiation that incorporates the interests and needs of His Majesty the King, the Swedish Government, Swedish Biogas International, the Swedish Embassies in the U.S. and Michigan; the U.S. Secret Service, the State of Michigan (Gov. Granholm’s office, Michigan State Police, and the Michigan Economic Development Corp.), the City of Flint (Mayor’s Office, City Director of Development and Flint Police Department), the regional Chamber of Commerce, UpTown Development Corp., Kettering University and others. 

Purpose: The King is coming to Kettering to celebrate the completion of a successful feasibility study on a proposed project with Swedish Biogas International. Swedish Biogas, the City of Flint, Sweden’s Linkoping University and Kettering University are currently in conversation about building a facility in Flint that would digest waste water and produce biogas. Such a project and partnership will lead to the creation of Flint Center Energy Excellence. This project is in the final phase of securing funding from several sources. A biogas plant in Flint could be modeled after the successful facility in Linkoping, Sweden, that is efficiently converting biomethane into electricity for the city and fuel for city buses. There is a good story on TV 12’s website at: ABC12 will head to Sweden to learn about biogas

Committee: To help prepare for the King’s visit, the committee includes: Caron Wilson (Provost Office) and Pat Mroczek (PR & Communications) as co-chairs and team members Jim Benford (Safety), Nathalie Dronchat (Special Events), Pat Engle (Physical Facilities), Luchen Li (International Office), Shari Luck (Enrollment Services) and Sheila Rupp (Commencement/Registrar). 

Protocol: Volunteers will be available in the Rec Center to assist with any protocol questions related to the King’s visit. Briefly, you do bow slightly when the King enters the room. You never extend your hand to the King. He will extend his hand to you if he chooses to shake your hand. Your best manners are appreciated. 

Rec Center schedule: The Recreation Center will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 24, and Thursday, Sept. 25, and from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 26. 

The King’s itinerary: His Majesty the King will be in Michigan for two days, Friday, Sept. 26- Saturday, Sept. 27, as a guest of Gov. Granholm. He will attend an alternative energy seminar Friday before coming to Kettering. 

To read more on the Embassy of Sweden in Washington, D.C., visit: http://www.swedenabroad.se/Start____6989.aspx 

To read more on the King of Sweden, visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carl_XVI_Gustaf_of_Sweden 

Thank you for making this a very special day in the history of Kettering University. 


Michael Harris, Ph.D.
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs