My name is Kristine Bartz and I am a sophomore here atKettering, pursuing dual degrees in both Electrical and Mechanical Engineering. I graduated fromOxfordHigh Schoolwith Honors, in 2012. I have always been involved in service to my community and wish to continue that service through the Student Government here atKettering. I am an excellent communicator not only because I can express myself well but because I am also a very good listener. As my fellow students and professors know, I also possess dogged determination and will always see things through that I have undertaken. I believe I possess the skills to listen to the student body and represent them well in our Student Government.
1. What activities are/were you involved in atKettering and in high school? (list academic year, as well as any positions you may have held in any organization)
- I received the Congressional Medal of Merit from U.S. Congressman Mike Rogers (MI. 8th District)
- I received the Scholastic Excellence Award from the Commandant of the United States Marine Corps
- I received the Oxford-Addison Youth Assistance Youth Recognition Award
- I ran for and was elected President of the Oxford Chapter of the National Honor Society
- I was the Oxford High School Coordinator and Representative for the American Red Cross Blood Drives
- I conducted 2 successful Blood Drives for the American Red Cross
- I was invited to attend a National Youth Leadership Seminar inWashingtonD.C.on National Defense and was recognized for my ‘Outstanding Achievement and Interest in our National Defense.’
- I was selected to attend the 70th Annual American Legion Ladies Auxiliary ‘GirlsState.’
- At ‘Girls State’ I was elected as a ‘Congressman’ and then the Minority Leader for the House of Representatives
- I received the Oxford Cup from Oxford High School (An Award dating back to1925 given each year to the Outstanding Student chosen by both the teachers and fellow students)
- I was selected as a WEB Leader at Oxford High School (Where Everyone Belongs is an outreach program to make new students feel comfortable and welcomed)
- I was selected as a Link Crew Leader at Oxford High School (a program to assist and mentor incoming Freshmen)
- I was selected to participate as a ‘Bully Buster’ at Oxford High School (an anti-bullying program)
- I was nominated for the Detroit News/Catch 2012 Outstanding High School Graduate Scholarship Program
- I have achieved a Black Belt (1st Dan) in Tang Soo Do Muk Do Da Kwan (a Korean Martial Art)
- I am an Instructor for Women’s and Children’s Self-Defense classes.
- I have volunteered my time to Project Lighthouse restoring houses for families in Pontiac, MI.
- I have volunteered my time locally to Habitat for Humanity building new homes for families in need.
- I have volunteered my time to Desert Angels. Desert Angels is an organization that creates, packs, and ships Care Packages to Our Troops overseas.
- I was elected in 2012 to the Board of Directors of the Saginaw Soap Box Derby Association as Secretary. (a non-profit 501c- 4 )
- I am a Co-Driver for the ‘Super Kids’ Derby Races. This is somewhat like a ‘Special Olympics’ form of car racing. These special derby cars have dual seats and controls which allow both mentally and physically challenged children to safely feel the ‘Thrill of the Hill’ driving in a real derby race car.
- I received the first Youth Leadership Award for showing Exemplary Leadership as a youth in Soap Box Derby Racing.
- I wrote an essay and won the Regional Fleet Reserve Association Patriotic Essay Contest. (an association of active and retired Navy, Coast Guard, and Marine veterans)
- I have studied 2 years of Mandarin Chinese and 4 years of Spanish and continue to pursue these languages
- I am a member of and participate in my church choir as an Alto
- I attended ‘Camp Compass’ leadership camp at Kettering University as a 1st term freshman
- I was elected as Vice President of the Resident Hall Association at Kettering University as a 1st term freshman.
- I was recruited by and joined the Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority at Kettering University as a 1st term freshman
- I ran for and was elected as Secretary of Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority as a 2nd term freshman.
- I was selected as a member of the Academic Counsel at Kettering University as a 1st term freshman.
- I was invited to participate in the CETL Program at Kettering University as a 1st term freshman.
- I was accepted as a “Bronze Key” (freshman) into the ‘Keys’ Robot Society of Kettering University
- I was chosen to be a Student Public Relations Liaison for Kettering University
- I am currently a Dual Major student at Kettering University in both Electrical and Mechanical Engineering
- I am currently working as a 1st level employee at Nexteer Corporation in Saginaw, MI.as a co-op student from Kettering University (Nexteer is primarily a power steering manufacturer for the automotive industry)
2. What is the one trait you want people to know you for?
I hope my sincerity is what people who have gotten to know me will remember. I always strive to be understanding and truly sincere with others and I believe that when people recognize your dedication to a cause, they will work harder to help you achieve your goals as passion is contagious and motivates others.
3. What is your favorite quote/saying?
“When the going gets tough, the tough get going.”
4. What do you think can be improved atKettering and what steps will you take to accomplish this improvement?
I believe that communication with the student body can be improved. There are so many opportunities available for students to be involved in that they are unaware of until the event is actually occurring. Better communication will result in higher participation and as communication continues to evolve, we must keep pace. I posses excellent communication skills and have even been chosen by Kettering to be a Student Public Relations Liaison for outside Media contacts.
5. What has been your biggest success and failure? What have you learned from them?
My senior year in high school I was President of our local chapter of The National Honor Society. As president, I undertook a Blood Drive in coordination with The American Red Cross. This Blood Drive sort of constitutes both my greatest success in that it was one of the most productive Blood Drives in Oxford’s history and not so much a failure as a desire to do better for such a noble cause, as I believe that one can always learn from mistakes, then adapt and strive to do better and be even more successful the next time.
6. What is your motivation for wanting to represent the student body via Student Senate?
I was brought up in a family that always performed service for others, so service for others has always been a natural part of my life. I wish to continue that service by representing my fellow students through participation in our university. I do not wish to merely attendKetteringUniversity but to be involved in its success, both now and in the future and I believe I have much to contribute.