Kettering hosts Focus the Nation

Jan 24, 2008

The focus will be on environmental sustainability and global warming when Kettering hosts the Flint-area "Focus the Nation" event.

 Kettering University will serve as one of several hundred host sites for Focus the Nation, a national teach-in day that will engage millions of students and citizens with political leaders and decision makers throughout the country about global warming solutions.

This event will help increase awareness of environmental sustainability and concerns regarding global warming, and teach students and the public about what we can do to curb its impact. The event will begin Wednesday, Jan. 30, from 8-9 p.m. with the national simulcast titled “2% Solution” in rooms 1-817 and 1-819 of Kettering’s AcademicBuilding.

Dr. Jackie El-Sayed, professor of Mechanical Engineering and director of Kettering’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL), and Dr. Jennifer Aurandt, assistant professor of Chemistry, serve as co-chairs for Kettering’s Focus the Nation events.

As an educational institution, Kettering and her faculty need to take a leadership role in educating our students about societal issues,” El-Sayed explained. “We are educating tomorrow's leaders who are very capable of making a positive difference. We must make the time to educate ourselves about important issues such as environmental sustainability, so that we can then educate our youth and community. And by doing so we leave our legacy as educators,” she added.

Currently, Kettering supports several efforts to help students, as well as faculty, staff and the local community, learn about the environmental impact of global warming. For example, the Kettering Industrial Ecology Team (KIET, http://green.kettering.edu/) KIET is a multi-disciplinary group of faculty members who have developed and offer a course called IME540 -Environmentally Conscious Design and Manufacturing. This course and the efforts of KIET currently receive support from The National Science Foundation through a three-year CCLI grant (DUE#0511322).

Additionally, through the efforts of KIET, students have developed a student group called The Green Engineering Organization (GEO, http://green.kettering.edu/GEO.shtml), which is a club on campus dedicated to increasing environmental awareness and conscientious leadership among the students, staff and faculty of Kettering University while implementing environmentally friendly practices on the campus and its surrounding area. The students meet regularly and are active in many events, such as a paper recycling program around campus and hosting guest speakers from industry to speak the campus community.

The following provides details on sessions and other information regardingKettering’s role in Focus the Nation.

  • January 30, 2008, 8-9 p.m.:  Focus the Nation Keynote Speaker simulcast “2% Solution,” Rooms 1-817 and 1-819 of the Academic Building. All Kettering faculty, staff, students, as well as high school students, their teachers and administrators are cordially invited to attend.
  • January 31, 2008, 8 a.m.—2:30 p.m., K-12 teach-in sessions by Kettering faculty. Please review the following sessions and times. All sessions will take place in the Campus Center building’s International Room on the 5thfloor. Participants may choose which sessions they wish to attend. 
    • Session: Fuel Cells, presented by Kettering faculty members Brenda Lemke and Ahmad Pourmovahed of the Mechanical Engineering Dept., 8-9 a.m. for high school students, 10:20—11:20 a.m. for middle school students and 1:15—2:15 p.m. for  elementary school students. 
    • Session: “Chemistry of Recyclability,” presented by Kettering faculty members Stacey Seeley and Jennifer Aurandt of the Chemistry Dept., 8-9 a.m. for high school students, 10:20—11:20 a.m. for middle school students and 1:15—2:15 p.m. for elementary school students.
    • Session: “Which is More Environmentally Friendly?” presented by faculty member Andy Borchers of the Business Dept., 8-9 a.m. for high school students, 10:20—11:20 a.m. for middle school students and 1:15—2:15 p.m. for elementary school students.
    • Session: “You Can Make a Difference,” presented by faculty members Terri Lynch-Caris of Industrial Manufacturing Engineering and Ben Redekop of Liberal Studies, 8-9 a.m. for high school students, 10:20—11:20 a.m. for middle school students and 1:15—2:15 p.m. for elementary school students.

For more information about this event and how you and your school can participate, please contact Jackie El-Sayed at (810) 762- 9685, or via email at jelsayed@kettering.edu, or Jennifer Aurandt at (810) 762-7918, or via email at jaurandt@kettering.edu.  Or visit the Focus the Nation website at www.focusthenation.org, or at http://green.kettering.edu/.

Written by Gary J. Erwin
810-762-9538
gerwin@kettering.edu