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Honoring excellence

Honoring excellence

Aug 31, 2007

Bulldog Days Reunion Weekend at Kettering University is a chance to renew old friendships and honor the achievements of Kettering/GMI alumni.

The Bulldog classes of 1987, 1982, 1977, 1972, 1967, 1962, 1957, and 1956 and earlier will celebrate their anniversary years at the Kettering/GMI Bulldog Days Reunion Weekend Sept. 7 through 9.

Sponsored by the Kettering University Alumni Association, the Bulldog Reunion brings alumni back to campus to honor outstanding achievement of individual alumni and to reconnect with the campus through tours of new buildings and old, receptions for honors societies, workshops and seminars. In addition this year, there will be a sop box derby competition as part of the current student body's "Up 'Til Dawn" fundraiser for St. Jude's Children's Hospital.

The highlight of the weekend is the Alumni Awards Dinner featuring recipients of the highest awards presented by the Alumni Association each year. Awardees are nominated by other alumni for professional excellence and outstanding service.

This year nine Alumni Awards for professional achievement, service and human relations will be given. The awardees for 2007 are:

Distinguished Alumnus
Richard Donnelly '66, retired General Motors International, Detroit, Michigan, will be honored with the Distinguished Alumnus Award recognizing specific and exceptional career achievement, traditionally given to people at the highest level in the corporate structure. Donnelly spent 38 years at General Motors, serving as president of General Motors Europe from 1995 to 1998, and as the first General Motors Group vice president and CEO for GM's Global Powertrain Group. He led the team that developed GM's Global LEAN Manufacturing System.

Donnelly joined Ripplewood Holdings, a private equity firm, in February 2000 as the industrial partner responsible for the worldwide automotive supplier practice where he authored and continues to implement their "Global Automotive Supply Strategy". He is currently a director of Oshkosh Truck Corporation (NYSE) and a trustee of Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. He serves as a strategic advisor to Microheat, a supplier of super heated windshield washer fluid systems to the global automobile industry. He served on Roger Penske's Detroit Diesel Corporation Board, and as a director of BNS Co. Donnelly earned a BS in Electrical Engineering from Kettering University/GMI, an MBA from the State University of NY at Buffalo ('72), and attended advanced management courses at Harvard's Graduate School of Business ('79). He is past chairman of the Flint, Michigan Area Chamber of Commerce. He and his wife live in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. They have two daughters.

Management Achievement
David Schlotterbeck '70, chairman and CEO of Pharmaceuticals & Medical Products Clinical Technologies & Services of Cardinal Health in San Diego, Calif., will be honored with the Management Achievement Award recognizing a specific contribution with a positive and lasting effect in the field of Management. Schlotterbeck is chief executive officer of Clinical and Medical Products, responsible for the Clinical Technologies and Services (CTS) and Medical Products Manufacturing (MPM) segments.

Prior to assuming his current position, Schlotterbeck was chief executive officer for the Clinical Technologies and Services business segment of Cardinal Health. He also had interim responsibility for all of the Cardinal Health businesses outside of North America and was previously a director, president and chief executive officer of ALARIS Medical Systems. He has also served as president and chief operating officer of Pacific Scientific Company, an international manufacturer of motion control, process measurement and safety products, from 1997 to March 1998, a former NYSE-traded company.

Schlotterbeck earned a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from Kettering/GMI, a master's degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University and completed the Executive Institute at Stanford University in 1984.

Engineering Achievement
Raj Nair '87, executive director of Commodity Business Planning for Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, Mich., will be honored with the Engineering Achievement Award recognizing a specific contribution with a positive and lasting effect in the field of Engineering. Nair has overall responsibility for improving Ford's material cost competitiveness. To achieve this goal, he leads a cross-functional team from Product Development, Purchasing and Manufacturing, and is responsible for implementing both near term and long term actions in support of the America's Way Forward Plan. Prior to this appointment, Nair was executive director of North American Product Development for all Truck and SUV Body on Frame Platforms.

Nair joined Ford Motor Company in 1987 and has held various positions on more than 11 vehicle launches in 13 assembly plants in five countries.

Nair earned a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering, automotive specialty, from Kettering University and is a certified Six Sigma Green Belt, trained in forming and facilitating Six Sigma teams and projects from concept to completion. An avid motorsports fan, Nair is a former Formula Ford and Formula 2000 race car driver. He currently resides in Saline, Mich. with his wife and two daughters.

Engineering Achievement
Rex Luzader '71, vice president of Business Development for the Transportation Sector of Millennium Cell, Inc., in Eatontown, New Jersey, will be honored with the Engineering Achievement Award recognizing a specific contribution with a positive and lasting effect in the field of Engineering.

Luzader has served as the company's vice president of Government Relations since February 2004. with primary responsibility for interfacing directly with federal and state legislators and key members of the Department of Energy, Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, and other governmental agencies to promote funding of the companies initiatives.

Prior to joining the company, Luzader was vice president of Original Equipment Sales and Engineering and Corporate Strategy for Exide Corporation.

He earned a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Kettering University. Luzader served on the SAE Fuel Cell Standards Committee from 2001 to 2005 and participated in the DOE Hydrogen Road Mapping efforts. He currently serves on the Kettering University Fuel Cell Advisory Board, the U.S. Fuel Cell Council Government Affairs working group, the National Hydrogen Association Legislative Affairs Council and represents the associate members of the U.S. Fuel Cell Council on the Board of Directors.

Entrepreneurial Achievement
Chet Huber '77, president of General Motors Onstar in Troy, Mich., will be honored with the Entrepreneurial Achievement Award recognizing a specific contribution in organizing, managing and assuming the risk of business or enterprise. Huber is president of OnStar Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Motors Corporation. and the world's leading provider of vehicle integrated safety, security and peace of mind services for retail and OEM customers. Huber has held this position since the creation of the business in 1995 and has been responsible for leading it from its start-up phase to its current position as a nationally prominent brand serving millions of subscribers, with a growing role in support of the national emergency response infrastructure.

In 1994, Huber was selected as the first Industrial Fellow by the U.S. Department of Defense to attend the National Defense University in Washington, D.C., earning a master of science degree in National Resource Strategy from its Industrial College of the Armed Forces, and later being inducted into its Hall of Fame.

Huber earened a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Kettering University/GMI, and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. He has received the distinction of "Honorary Commandant" from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, and has been awarded an honorary Doctor of Engineering degree from Kettering University.

Huber currently serves on the board of directors of XM Satellite Radio, and is a member of a Federal Advisory Committee for the Centers for Disease Control. He recently joined the NASA Advisory Committee for Positioning, Navigation and Timing Advisory Board. He is married with two children and resides in Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich.

Human Relations
Allen Green '71, retired vice president and general director of Personnel General Motors of Canada in Clarkston, Mich., will be honored with the Human Relations Award recognizing a graduate who has rendered significant contributions inspiring unity at Kettering University. Green joined General Motors in 1966 as a cooperative engineering student at the Parma, Ohio manufacturing facility. Following graduation he held positions in engineering, manufacturing and personnel before transferring to the Chevrolet Engineering Center.

Allen was appointed personnel director at the Pontiac Fiero and Linden, New Jersey assembly plants. He returned to Detroit in 1989 at the Chevrolet-Pontiac-GM of Canada Headquarters, where he held leadership positions in health and safety, security, executive compensation and most notably industrial relations, where he served as group director-industrial relations for the North American Car Group before being appointed to the position of vice president for Personnel and Operations (manufacturing) and member of the Board of Directors for General Motors of Canada in 1999, a position he held until retirement in 2006.

He earned a bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering from Kettering/GMI. A race car driver for nearly 26 years, Green is now an avid car collector and sometime pilot. In his spare time, he especially enjoys retreating to his property in southeastern Ohio.

Civic Achievement
Charles Butler '49, retired from New York Life Insurance in Pearl, Miss., will be honored with the Civic Achievement Award recognizing significant and unselfish contributions of time and effort that benefit the community. Butler's 31 years of dedicated service to the Boy Scouts of America began when he joined with his sons, Mark and Paul, as Cub Scouts. He climbed through the ranks of scouting along with them. Both sons earned the rank of Eagle Scout, and Butler earned the Silver Beaver Award, the highest honor for an adult volunteer leader.

He and his co-leader Reynolds Wallace planned a camping activity every month, in addition to summer camp and Woodlore Camping School, a wilderness survival school. "The values and self-discipline boys learn in Scouting go with them throughout life," he said. "There just couldn't be a better youth program." Butler is also an active member of the Brundige, Ala., Rotary Club since 1975 and received the "Service Above Self Award" three times. He was honored with Rotary's highest award, the Paul Harris Fellow Award in 1986 and a Rotary Special Service Award in 2001. He won the Brundidge Business Association's Humanitarian Award in 2003.

He completed the GM dealership certification program at GMI.

Alumni Service
Wendy Curcuri '98 Michigan Sales & Marketing account manager for DENSO International America in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., will be honored with the Alumni Service Award recognizing outstanding volunteer service to Kettering University.

Curcuri has been an active board member with the Kettering/GMI Alumni Association for four years, serving as President for two of those years. Additionally, she spent five years as an active board member of the Southeast Michigan chapter of the Kettering/GMI Alumni Association, focusing on activities to strengthen local alumni relations while annually raising money for student scholarships. Curcuri also spent a number of years as a member of the University Relations Team for Kettering University while at former employer General Motors, which included recruitment of Kettering students for co-op and full-time employment positions.

Curcuri earned a bachelor's degree from Kettering with a double major in Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering. In addition, she earned a bachelor's of science degree from Lawrence Tech.

Young Alumni
Marci McGuire '96 a senior project engineer for General Motors in Milford, Mich., will be honored with the Young Alumni award recognizing a graduate (of the previous 10 years) who has rendered significant contributions, exhibited outstanding character, or has achieved marked success in such areas as Alumni Service, Human Relations, Civic, Engineering, Entrepreneurial, Management or Outstanding Achievement.

McGuire is a senior project engineer performing engineering business management for GM Powertrain in the Transmission New Products Group at Ypsilanti. Previous assignments include transmission calibration engineering and transmission engineering business processes. A member and former chapter advisor of Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority, she currently serves as the president of their housing corporation in Flint, and volunteers as a quality auditor to Alpha Sigma Alpha National Headquarters in Indianapolis. McGuire created and currently funds the Alpha Sigma Alpha Scholarship through Kettering University, which awards two chapter members each semester. She also develops and organizes a summer math and science day camp for girls aged 9-12 in the Genesee County area. This program, which inspires girls to pursue science and math careers, is held at Kettering University and has served 60 girls over the past three years with another 40 to be served in 2007.

McGuire is a 6th grade faith formation assistant at St. Patrick Church in Brighton, Mich. and is the website designer for Lakes of Milford Home Owners Association and Cognitive Pharmaceuticals, Ltd. In addition to her Mechanical Engineering degree from Kettering University, she also earned a master's degree in Engineering Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic University in 2000. McGuire currently resides in Milford, Mich. with husband, Michael McGuire '97.

Written by Dawn Hibbard
810-762-9865
dhibbard@kettering.edu