Welcome Freshmen - 2008

Jul 10, 2008

The first half of Kettering's freshmen class (Section A) is not quite 260 students and for the first time in years - one of every five students is female! This year's freshmen class comes from 26 states, with 66 percent from Michigan and 8 percent from Ohio.

Hello to the Class of 2013!  Greetings from Kettering University.

Kettering’s Section A freshman class will have almost 260 fresh faces in it!  They will be joined by the second half of the freshman class (Section B) in October – welcome!

Many of the incoming freshmen are the finest students of their high schools from around the country.  There are at least nine valedictorians and three salutatorians in the entering class.  Kettering’s new freshmen arrive on campus a few weeks after a campaign visit by Sen. Barack Obama (see coverage at: http://www.kettering.edu/visitors/storydetail.jsp?storynum=2770.)  Entering students are also being greeted by several new academic programs, including a Pre-med course of study (http://www.kettering.edu/visitors/storydetail.jsp?storynum=2754) and a new BBA (http://www.kettering.edu/visitors/storydetail.jsp?storynum=2746).

Freshman Class at a Glance:

Section A freshmen: 259 students

Male: 210; Female: 49

Gender: 81% male; 19% female

African American: 15 (6%)

Hispanic: 9 (3%)

Michiganresidents: 66%

Midwestresidents: 82%

Number of states represented: 26

There are more women in the freshmen class than there has been in a number of years. Of the 259 freshmen, 49 are female (or 19 percent of Section A). That’s up from 13 percent a year ago.

More than 66 percent of new freshmen are from Michiganand 82 percent are from the Midwestern states.  Other states represented include seven students from New York, six from Texas, four from Florida, three from California, and two each from Alabama, Colorado and Kansas.  In all, 26 states are represented with students also coming from Arizona, Connecticut, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, New Jersey, Oregon, South Carolina and Utah.

Physical Facility Upgrades

A number of updates and renovations will greet the new class and returning students:

  • Kettering’s International Office will soon be located in the Academic Building, near rooms 1-817 and 1-819 in the southwest hallway.  International director Luchen Li and student coordinator Heidi Schmoll will relocate from the Campus Center to their new offices soon.
  • A new tiered crash sled classroom is now available in the MottCenter, dedicated to general classroom space and geared to the scientific research being done in Kettering’s crash safety lab.  New electronics will transfer data collected during crash sled runs in the nearby laboratory on to laptops in the new classroom, increasing research options for students at Kettering.
  • The general computer laboratories in 3-501 and 3-503 Academic Building have been updated with new carpeting and technology.  The popular spaces are available for individual and group study sessions for students, and other uses.
  • There is new carpeting in a number of classrooms of the Academic Building.
  • The gymnasium floor has been resurfaced at the Recreation Center, plus the Prox Card system is now available at recreation facility.
  • The stairwell in Thompson Hall’s south middle section was renovated and freshened up with new paint and a new floor.
  • Some recent aesthetic changes on campus include the refurbishing of flower beds in the front of the Campus Center and Academic Building.  About a dozen volunteers turned out for the recent “spring clean up and flower day” on campus.  They worked side-by-side with physical facilities employees to clean up several flowerbeds and help plant colorful flowers around the main entrances of Kettering’s biggest buildings.
  • Parking Lot 3, behind Thompson Hall, has been resealed and restriped with fresh paint.
  • There’s a new curbcut at the Academic Buildingfor easier access.   

The new academic year begins with two special events – Orientation and the first day of school.  Orientation is Thursday, July 10 – Sunday, July 15.  Classes begin Monday, July 16.


FIRST WITH FIRST:  About one of five students now coming to Kettering have had experiences in FIRST – For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.  The international robotics contest for high school students was designed almost 20 years ago to showcase career options in Science, Math and Engineering.  Kettering has been actively involved for about a decade.  Kettering awarded 10 $22,500 scholarships (for 4 ½ years of study) to these 2008 FIRST Scholars:

  • Andrew Breed, Tech Fusion (Team 279) of Toledo, Ohio;
  • Jonathan Bushkuhl, the Rat Pack (Team 830) of Ann Arbor, Mich.;
  • BryanCoburn, the Dragons (Team 1243) of Swartz Creek, Mich.;
  • William Hancock, Mech Warriors (Team 573) of Ortonville, Mich.; 
  • John Lawniczak, GRR (Team 340) of Rochester, N.Y.;
  • Nathan LeBlanc, PhyXTGears (Team 1720) of Muncie, Ind.;
  • Ryan Masica, the Enginerds (Team 2337) of Grand Blanc, Mich.;
  • Troy Russell, the GRAYT Leviathons (Team 1322) of Holly, Mich.;
  • Steven Zimnie, the Hammerheads (Team 226) of Troy,Mich.
  • Michael Pogue, The Gearheads (Team 1189) of Grosse Pointe, Mich.

Clean water is one of Michigan’s most precious natural resources and one freshman was among 30 Breckenridge High School students doing their part to make sure it stays that way.  Matt Myers conducted water quality tests at three locations in Gratiot and Midland counties under the direction of Chemistry Teacher Malena Marr. The students were part of a program organized by the American Chemical Society in Midland.   "It sounded like it would be a lot of fun," he said. "I wanted to learn stuff about the environment."  

Kristen Rose Bartkowiak, an honors student at Howell High School, was active in the Lansing Junior Symphony/Mid-Michigan Youth Symphony. She played on the tennis team, was the programmer for the school's robotics team and was a member of the National Honor Society. She tutored middle school and high school students and helped with various community organizations.  She plans to study Computer Science.

An honors student and Eagle Scout at Fowerlerville High Schoolin Michigan, Jared Sanders earned three academic letters and also lettered in band. He belonged to the National Honor Society, Boy Scouts and Sanchin-RYU Karate.  He is interested in Science.

Keishawna M. Baker of Belleville High School is an honors student who has been involved in the National Honor Society since tenth grade. She was active in the Interact Club, earned Student of the Month honors and is listed in Who's Who Among American High School Students. She has been listed on the National Honor Roll and will study Computer Engineering.

Jacob Hassold, who is the son of Kettering Faculty Moderator Greg Hassold, a professor of Applied Physics, is joining the campus in Section A.  He has worked on the set crew for the University of Michigan’s Gilbert & Sullivan Society and was an honors student at Flushing High School.  Jacob has studied the violin for 14 years and was awarded the 2008 Flushing High School Outstanding String Player.  In his spare time, he enjoys fencing lessons.  He plans to study Industrial Engineering, with a particular interest in robotics.

Other Kettering community members sending children to campus are Dr. Laura Sullivan of Mechanical Engineering, whose son Andrew Sullivan, a graduate of Grand Blanc High School, is joining the campus.  And former employee Tammy Loud’s son, Andrew, is coming to study Industrial Engineering and Computer Engineering.

James Alan Beattie, an honors student at Whitmore High School was a member of the regional All-Star Quiz Bowl team. He played football and was a member of the National Honor Society.  He will study Mechanical Engineering.  Also planning to study Mechanical Engineering is Ronald Smith of Vermontville, an honors student at Maple Valley High School in the Lansing area.  He was active in wrestling and loves motorcycles.  And Justin Swartz, an honors student at St. John’s High School is also from the Lansing area.  He was active in the school’s industrial co-op program and he will also study Mechanical Engineering. 

So welcome Class of 2013.  Have a good year and start saving your pennies on behalf of the Food Bank of East Michigan.  Kettering hopes to donate lots and lots of pennies toward the food bank’s $75,000 goal and fill the Penny Garden constructed by the Kettering realSERVICE design team of Erin Torchala of Macomb, Jeff Nolen of Dewitt, and Kennet Magnus of Clarkston, assisted by Professor Massoud Tavakoli of Mechanical Engineering, who have already kicked off the new academic year in the Kettering way!!

Written by Patricia Mroczek