Kettering closed for Holidays

Dec 18, 2008

Kettering University will be closed for the holidays beginning Dec. 24 until Jan. 2. During the break we are re-running some highlights from our Campus News. Best wishes from the University for a safe and happy 2009!

Kettering University will be closed for the holidays from Wednesday, Dec. 24, through Friday, Jan. 2, 2008. The campus will re-open for business on Monday, Jan. 5. Classes resume Monday, Jan. 12.

The University had an amazing year that included visits from presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama in June and the King of Sweden in September. Both visits putKetteringin the national spotlight.

The year also included new degree programs and courses of study, including the addition of a Chemical Engineering degree, Pre-Med Course of Study, Polymer/Plastics concentration, Aerospace Engineering concentration and revamping the Business degree into two undergraduate degree programs. Computer Science became one of only six accredited degree programs in the state of Michigan.

Part way through the year our address changed – but we didn’t move. Third Avenue was re-named University Avenue as part of the College Town Initiative with Kettering, UM-Flint, Baker College and Mott Community College. University Avenue connects the Kettering and UM-Flint campuses. The name change was accompanied by re-surfacing the street into a boulevard and new landscaping and street lighting from the west side of campus all the way to UM-Flint’s White Building.

Kettering was host to the District and State Science Fairs, and FIRST Robotics events, including the pilot Rookie Regional event (the only one of its kind in the U.S.) in 2008.

In addition, the University made in-roads into China with new collaborations with Chinese universities and companies.

Once again Kettering was named one ofAmerica’s Best Colleges by U.S. News and World Report and a Best Midwestern College by the Princeton Review.

And despite our ever-expanding scope and reach, Kettering students, faculty and staff continued to show their altruism through local and global initiatives including supporting St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, The Children’s Miracle Network, the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan, building ramps for disabled people, and water filtration systems for a village in Mexico. To help coordinate all these volunteer efforts and opportunities, the students helped initiate the Student Civic Engagement Center.

For more about key events from 2008, visit the Campus News page at where we have re-run some of the top stories from the year. 

Have a safe and happy holiday season.