Bulldog Weekly Student News For The Week Of May 5, 2020

Industrial And Manufacturing Engineering Students Awarded Scholarships 

Two Kettering University students from the Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Department have been awarded scholarships from the Material Handling Education Foundation (MHEFI) for the 2020-21 academic year. 

Sterling Heights, Mich., native, Emily Branthoover, Senior 1 Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering student, has been selected to receive the $5,000 Rack Manufacturers Institute Honor Scholarship, sponsored by ASG Services, LLC. Emily does her co-op with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles in Auburn Hills.

TutorMe Tutoring Service Available 

Last Thursday, April 30, Kettering University launched an online tutoring service that is available for FREE to all students. A certified and trained tutor is accessible in less than 30 seconds in a variety of subjects including upper-level math courses, sciences, and more. Connect with a tutor via video chat, phone call or text. The whiteboard can be used to record the session with a tutor and to access later. An email was sent to students Thursday, April 30 with access information. Questions? Email Abbey Kaiser at akaiser@kettering.edu.  

Students Can Opt for Alternative Grading 

In response to student feedback, on Friday, May 1, Kettering University President Dr. Robert K. McMahan sent an email to students announcing that undergraduates completing coursework in the winter and spring terms of this academic year will be permitted to opt for an alternate grade designation on a class-by-class basis. 

Key details include:

  • Once the spring term ends, faculty will post A-F grades as normal for their students. Grades for winter term have already been posted.
  • All undergraduate students will be allowed to choose, by individual course, to take the letter grade that has been assigned, or to translate that grade to one of the following: 
    • “P” (Pass) for grades A to C-  
    • “LP” (Low Pass) for a grade of D (including D+)
    • “NC” (No Credit) for an F letter grade.
  • The default for all students will remain our normal A-F grading system.  So, if a student does not specifically elect the P/LP/NC option for a course, the issued A-F grade will be recorded on the transcript and used in the computation of the GPA as normal.
  • Upon designation by a student, the Registrar’s Office will convert an issued grade to a P, LP, or an NC on the student’s permanent transcript.  P, LP, or NC grades will not be used in the calculation of a student’s GPA.  
  • The window for students to change their grade designation will be:
    • Winter Term Election Period: May 18 – May 29
    • Spring Term Election Period: June 29 – July 10 

Students with questions are encouraged to speak with their advisor or the Academics Success Center (ASC).To read other highlights from the email, go to kettering.edu/covid-19/updates-archive

Live Virtual SAC Speaker 

On Thursday, May 14, from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m., there will be a live virtual speaker event featuring guest speaker Daniel Bartz (’02), Automated Vehicle Engineer/Strategist. 

A Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering graduate from Kettering University, he earned his Masters of Science in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University. 

With 20 years of experience in autonomous vehicle and automotive active safety technology, specifically radar, laser and vision, he also is knowledgeable in technology management, technology strategy, competitive intelligence, project management, machine perception and autonomous navigation. 

Click here to join. 

Last week's SAC event featuring Peter Deppe '19, founder of Kuhmute, welcomed 40 participants.

Accelerated Masters Program Virtual Information Session 

This Wednesday, May 6, at 12:20 p.m., the School of Management Student Advisory Board will host a virtual information session for the Accelerated Masters Program and for business minors. There will be collaboration from students in both programs, as well as information about the program provided by Interim Dean of the School of Management, Dr. Haseeb Ahmed and Dean of Graduate Studies and Research, Dr. Scott Reeve. For more information and to RSVP, click here.  

Stay Inside Live Online Event

On Friday, May 8, from 2 to 3 p.m., the Office of Student Life will host a live online event featuring lecturer Todd Lewis. He will speak on  “How To Stay Motivated, Energized and Pro-active During These Challenging Times.” 

To attend, register here, and for more information, email Stephanie Jones at sjones1@kettering.edu

New Technology Solutions from IT

The IT Department has updated information in their April newsletter about new technology solutions. Click here to access the newsletter. 

High Intensity Interval Training Virtual Courses 

High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) classes are held virtually twice a week during the Spring 2020 term, led by Assistant Director of Recreation Services Mike Rumancik. Classes are live streamed through YouTube on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. The final class is on Thursday, June 11.

Classes last between 20-30 minutes, and the link is available here

Virtual Graphic Novel And Comic Book Club Formed 

The University Library will host its first virtual Graphic Novel and Comic Book Club on Wednesday, May 13, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. The graphic novel Fun Home, by Alison Bechdel, will be discussed and is available here as an ebook through the library or here on Hoopla. 

Email Josh Olsen at jolsen@kettering.edu to receive a Google Hangout invite to take part in this discussion. 

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Stay Updated on COVID-19

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