Kettering is closed for the holidays

Dec 21, 2007

Taking a little break between terms, Kettering will be closed from Dec. 24 through Jan. 1, 2008. We will re-open Jan. 2.

Kettering University will be closed for the holidays from Monday, Dec. 24, through Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2008. The campus will re-open for business on Wednesday, Jan. 2.

Prior to the holiday break the campus was busy sending off the 2007 December graduating class, collecting coats for the Salvation Army and food for the needy, and hosting Santa for a visit with Kettering kids.

For the third year in a row Campus Safety Officer Charles "Chuck" Keeler organized the campus-wide drive to benefit the Salvation Army Coats for Kids campaign. He and his fellow Campus Safety officers were able to raise more than $1,000 and collect 285 coats.

Captain John Williams of the Salvation Army of Genesee County welcomed the coat donation Dec. 18 saying “we’re running short this year on coats and donations.”

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.

The campus continued 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 won the battle last year with $1,077 in donations and 1,740 pounds of food.

Getting on his calendar early, Kettering received a visit from the man in red – Santa. He came Tuesday, Dec. 11, for the Children's Holiday Party for the children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews of employees and students. Santa listened to wishes and the kids had fun making ornaments, playing reindeer games, decorating cookies and singing carols.

And last but not least, Professor Gary Hammond went out with a bang after 43 years at Kettering (and he doesn’t even teach Chemistry!). The bang came in the form of a standing-room-only Mechatronics class presentation on the last day of the semester and his last teaching day.

Former students and colleagues, and current students and colleagues all gathered for the final presentations and the surprise retirement party for Hammond, despite the admonition he didn’t want a party!

In the midst of student teams demonstrating their projects, Hammond was toasted, roasted and told how much he will be missed as he heads off for his next big adventure. He claimed to be speechless, a claim few believed, and was genuinely touched by the number of people who came to wish him well.

Students made Hammond a Mechantronics-style tractor as a memento and his colleagues presented him with plaques and a gift card designed to help him with his wife’s “honey do” plans.

Looking ahead to 2008:

Happy Birthday to us!

On Jan. 1, 2008, the institution will celebrate its 10th anniversary as Kettering University. Since 1919 Ketteringhas been known by six different names.

Kettering’s first with FIRST

Kettering will host a “first in the country” national pilot program for FIRST Robotics when the “Rookie Regional” debuts on campus in March 2008. Kettering was singled out for the national honor because of the University’s support of FIRST Robotics through its national scholarship program, the popularity of its off-season event (the Kettering Kickoff) and Flint’s location in mid-Michigan. 

The Rookie Regional has a specific purpose – to offer a low-cost way for new teams to begin to compete in FIRST.  FIRST official Francois Castaing explained it this way: “One of the most difficult things perceived about high schools creating a new FIRST Robotics team is the uncertainty of how best to start, how to measure growth and how to be successful competing with and against teams that are more experienced.  FIRST Robotics of Michigan believes this new concept is the answer. ”Kettering’s Bob Nichols, founder of the Kettering Kickoff, said the Rookie Regional in March will also be a first-time look at the 2008 game that will be used during the national championship rounds.  “This really is an honor for our University.  We have built a national reputation of success with the Kettering Kickoff.” 

The Rookie Regional will be in Kettering’s Rec Center from March 7 through 8.  Read more at:  Michigan FIRST Robotics competition adds new 'rookie regional'  or visit:  (FIRST = For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology – a national effort to showcase science and engineering as fun and a great career path for youth.)