Commitment to service

Apr 8, 2011

Kettering students Nicole Findlay and Michael Russell received the Michigan Campus Compact Award for Dedication to Community Service.

Two Kettering University students received the Michigan Campus Compact (MCC) Award for Dedication to Community Service during the 15th annual Outstanding Student Service Awards Celebration April 9 in East Lansing.

Nicole Findlay and Michael Russell were honored with the Commitment to Service Award.  This award recognizes up to two students per member campus in the state of Michigan for either their breadth or the depth of community involvement or service experiences. Only 45 students will receive this award.

Findlay’s community service includes on and off-campus work. She is currently president of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) and the Kettering Pre-Med Club, in addition to serving as a tutor for the Kettering Kagle Leadership Initiative.  She is a fellow in Kettering LEADERS and a service scholar for Michigan Campus Compact.  Findlay is also currently involved in Kettering’s Real Service group, serves on the Flint Institute of Arts College Town Advisory Board and was involved on the planning committee for the Soap Box Derby for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Originally from San Angelo, Texas, she is a junior Mechanical Engineering major.

Russell’s community service also includes on and off-campus volunteerism. He has been involved with both Real Service and Engineers Without Borders at Kettering and has served as the philanthropy chair for both Inter-Fraternity Council and Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. Russell is a volunteer at the Flint Children's Museum and the Genesee County Free Medical Clinic.  He also volunteers at local homeless shelters. During work semesters, Russell serves as a small group leader for his church's youth group. During his time at Kettering, he has also been able to travel to Kenya and Haiti on short term, medical mission trips.  Originally from Tunkhannock, Penn., Russell is a senior majoring in Chemical Engineering.

Each year, MCC recognizes students from member colleges and universities across the state for their outstanding commitment to service-learning and civic engagement. Three types of awards are given: the Outstanding Community Impact Award, the Commitment to Service Award, and the Heart and Soul Award.

Michigan Campus Compact is a coalition of college and university presidents who are committed to fulfilling the public purpose of higher education. MCC promotes the education and commitment of Michigan college students to be civically engaged citizens, through creating and expanding academic, co-curricular and campus-wide opportunities for community service, service-learning and civic engagement. For more information, please visit

Contact: Dawn Hibbard