Welcome Freshmen - 2008

Oct 3, 2008

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

Kettering’s Section B freshman class will have almost 230 fresh faces in it!  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 of 2008-09.

Kettering’s new freshmen arrive on campus a week after a visit by the King of Sweden, His Majesty Carl XVI Gustaf, who helped celebrate a collaboration between Swedish Biogas International, the State of Michigan, the City of Flint and Kettering University (for the full story see http://www.kettering.edu/visitors/storydetail.jsp?storynum=2805).  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), a new BBA (http://www.kettering.edu/visitors/storydetail.jsp?storynum=2746) and a new Aerospace Engineering concentration http://www.kettering.edu/visitors/storydetail.jsp?storynum=2806  Also, Kettering’s Computer Science department is only the fifth program in Michigan to be accredited (http://www.kettering.edu/visitors/storydetail.jsp?storynum=2796).

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 Mott Center, 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 Building for 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 toKetteringhave 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.;

Bryan Coburn, 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) ofGrosse Pointe,Mich.

So, welcome Class of 2013.