Students honored at Convocation

Jan 18, 2002

Convocation was the site for the presentation of some of Kettering's most prestigious student awards during ceremonies Jan. 16.

Convocation was the site for the presentation of some of Kettering's most prestigious student awards during ceremonies Jan. 16. Convocation is the formal opening of the academic semester.

Kevin Watts, a senior in Mechanical Engineering from Detroit and vice president of student government, served as master of ceremonies at Convocation.

The ceremony opened with President James E.A. John administering the oath of office to Student Body President Seth Woodward. Woodward, a senior from Owensboro, Kentucky, will serve as president of Student Government. Woodward is a Mechanical Engineering major.

One of the highlights of the program was the first presentation of the Kettering Leadership Foundation Scholarship Awards, presented to three students showing promise as young leaders. Mike Lashbrook '98 and Steve Sordahl '98 returned to campus to present the awards to:

** Helen Deibel, a junior in Industrial Engineering from Brighton, Mich.,
** Kate Kummer, a senior in Manufacturing Management from London, Ontario, and
** Michelle Niese, a sophomore in Industrial Engineering from Ottawa, Ohio.

The Leadership Foundation was created by a group of more than 30 students and alumni, who made an unprecedented commitment to fund the development of future leaders at Kettering University by joining the President's Council. The endowment provides financial support to student leaders who have taken an active role in positively impacting the Kettering University community during their academic career.

The initiative was created by students working with Dr. Patrick Deese, dean of Student Affairs, in 1999. Each of the donors designated a $10,000 contribution to the Student Leaders' Fellowship Endowment, qualifying them for membership to the President's Council. The contribution is collected over a 10-year span.


Outstanding Fraternity/Sorority Chapter Advisers of the Year

These recipients were nominated by their chapters and selected by fraternity and sorority alumni. The first recipient has been this chapter's adviser for many years. The chapter president states, "While affiliated with Beta Sigma Phi, our organization lacked the structure to utilize our advisors to the fullest. Since the beginning of the process of affiliating with a national sorority, she has really broken out and given us her unlimited support. She willingly opened her home to us and provided many great ideas and helpful insight during our discussions; and provides an excellent example to every member of Alpha Phi and we are proud to call her our sister.


Advising Alpha Phi - Dr. Laura Sullivan

The second recipient has been this chapter's adviser for the past two years. The chapter president states, "Since becoming advisers for our fraternity, they have assisted the fraternity more than we could ever have imagined. Not only are they our advisers, but we also consider them to be friends. We can not even begin to express our gratitude for all they have done in assisting us with making the fraternity what it is today. We are thrilled to have two advisers who truly exemplify the defining characteristic of Phi Gamma Delta. "


Advising Phi Gamma Delta - John & Rhonda Sullivan

Distinguished Leader Award

The Distinguished Leader award is given for exceptional contributions to Greek life, their respective council and to their chapter. They were nominated by faculty and staff. "Leaders are like eagles, they don't flock, you find them one at a time." This year's Distinguished Leaders are:
John Aarssen - Delta Tau Delta
Mandy Worrell - Alpha Sigma Alpha
Erin Eltringham - Alpha Sigma Alpha
Rick Burmeister - Pi Kappa Alpha
Ruth Hojnacki - Alpha Phi
Demetra Matsko - Alpha Sigma Alpha

Intramural Sports Champion:

Pi Kappa Alpha

Scholarship Awards

Winning the Highest Chapter WGA for the 2000-01:

Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority


Delta Chi Fraternity

Winning the Highest New Member Class WGA for the 2000-01:

Alpha Phi Sorority


Delta Tau Delta Fraternity

Member of the Year

This award is given to fraternity and sorority members who have done outstanding work with their respective council, and has given exceptional Leadership to the Greek Community.

IFC Member of the Year

Brian Spear - Sigma Chi

Panhellenic Member of the Year

Christine McClellan - Alpha Phi

B.G.L.O. Member of the Year

Kevin Watts - Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Chapter Excellence Award

The next award is for Overall Chapter Excellence. To attain this award the chapter must have had outstanding programming in seven of nine categories - scholastic, philanthropic, member and new member education, public relations, campus involvement, risk management, intramural sports, and alumni relations

This year's winners:
Delta Tau Delta Fraternity
Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority
Alpha Phi Sorority
Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity

The Dean's Cup

The Dean's Cup is presented for Outstanding Chapter of the Year. The Dean's Cup was created to recognize outstanding programming in all levels of the chapter. This is the highest award a chapter can win at Kettering University. The Dean's Cup recipients were chosen from the chapters qualifying for the Chapter Excellence award. These chapters exemplify fraternity and sorority life not only on campus, but also in the community.

This year's winners:

Alpha Phi Sorority and Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity