Alumni Reunion Weekend brings old and new together

May 3, 2002

Lacrosse games, car shows and old friends highlight the Kettering Alumni Weekend May 17 to 19.

Lacrosse games, car shows and old friends highlight the Kettering Alumni Weekend May 17 to 19. Don Barefoot '77, Alumni Reunion general chair, said the reunion is a chance for alumni to experience the "exciting changes" occurring on campus as a result of the recent $100 million capital campaign.

"The old GMI is rapidly becoming a bright new Kettering University without losing its unique dedication to a superb professional co-op education," said Barefoot.

Plans for the weekend include a Lacrosse game against Alma College, the annual Firebirds Classic Car Show on "the beach" and new this year, an all-Corvette car show.

In addition, the Kettering University Alumni Association will recognize seven alumni for professional achievement, service and human relations at a dinner Saturday, May 18, at the Flint Golf Club.

  • Richard Allen Smith '62, of Rochester Hills, will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award for an exceptional career and involvement with the Alumni Association at Kettering.
  • Paul Tosch '62, of Bloomfield Hills, will receive the Management Achievement Alumni Award.
  • Dr. Patrick Atkinson '91, of Grand Blanc, will receive the Engineering Achievement Alumni Award for his work as an educator and researcher at Kettering University.
  • Frank Krohn '77, of Canton, will receive the Human Relations Alumni Award for his inspiring unity in the workplace.
  • John M. Cachat '82, of Cleveland, will receive the Outstanding Achievement Alumni Award for exceptional career achievement.
  • Don Barefoot '77, of High Point, North Carolina, will receive the Kettering Alumni Service Award for his outstanding volunteer service to the university.
  • Robert Evangelista '89, of Westland, Mich., will receive the Entrpreneurial Acheivement Alumni Award for his contribution to management methodology through his book The Business of Winning: A Manager's Guide to Building a Championship Team, in which he translates the lessons he learned coaching youth hockey into the business world.