A happy holiday to all ...

By Website Administrator | Nov 26, 2003

Kettering University will celebrate Thanksgiving 2003 by closing its offices and canceling classes on Thursday, Nov. 27, and Friday, Nov. 28, to allow our faculty, staff and students to enjoy the holiday with family and friends. Classes resume and offices reopen on Monday, Dec. 1.

Kettering University will celebrate Thanksgiving 2003 by closing its offices and canceling classes on Thursday, Nov. 27, and Friday, Nov. 28, to allow our faculty, staff and students to enjoy the holiday with family and friends. Classes resume and offices reopen on Monday, Dec. 1.

In the spirit of the holiday, a few members of the Kettering community offered these thoughts:

"What Thanksgiving means to me... Thanksgiving provides an opportunity for us to stop all of the frenzied movement that marks our daily lives and spend time with friends and family members in reflection of all that is good in our lives. Thanksgiving is a time for acknowledging, with gratitude, the many blessings that God provides in our lives which we, too often, take for granted."
-- Dr. Kenya F. Ayers, associate vice president for Academic Support Services

"Being abroad at the moment, I am all the more thankful for the vast opportunities we are almost inherently born with as Americans. There are countries where college is only a dream and peace is scarce. On this Thanksgiving week, I am thankful for the opportunities to feel safe, earn a college degree, hold a job, have a loving, supportive family, and an undeniable freedom to be my best. My best wishes throughout the holidays!"
--Michelle Niese, 2004 Student Senate President,currently studying at the University of Applied Sciences in Reutlingen, Germany

"Thanksgiving is a time when I reflect on the bounty that I have received that makes my life enjoyable. My life revolves around people - my wife, my kids, my grandkids, my friends, my associates, and my students. Knowing them and about them continues to enrich my life. Each year brings more people into my life and I feel better for it."
-- Bill Riffe, professor, Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering and Business

"For me, Thanksgiving is a time to get together with family and enjoy a couple days of visiting. Is it stressful? You bet...traffic is horrible if you travel, weather can be bad and what do you do when your mother spills flour all over your wife's kitchen? Open the wine early, don't sweat the little things and be thankful for healthy children, a table full of food and the opportunity to have your family with you, even if they aggravate you sometimes. We remember those who couldn't be there and catch up on the latest happenings. It is a time to eat too much, watch some football and take naps. We always make a plate for the dog, too. That is what our Thanksgiving is like and means for me."
-- Mike Schaal, director of Student Activities/Intramural Sports

"Thanksgiving brings to mind & special holiday family gatherings which the "kids" (we're now all over 40!) now host, giving the grandfolkes a chance to kick back and relax. Some of us hit the parades prior but we all gather together whenever possible to enjoy the day, my brother joining us from California when possible. For me, Thanksgiving's a family time with good memories, great food, and the first of many private showings of "Miracle on 31st Street" (the original black and white version's still the best!). Happy Holidaze!"
-- Sue Blondin, assistant to the vice president, Administration & Finance

"Thanksgiving means good friends, great family gatherings and good food - always turkey! For me, Thanksgiving is a time to rejoice and be thankful and watch a good football game after a fantastic meal. It brings to mind wonderful family gatherings with all the trimmings in a New England atmosphere. I think fondly of my Mom and Dad, who are no longer with us, but always remembered."
-- Robert McAllister, associate professor of Chemistry

"I am thankful I have a job at Kettering University - everyone is so nice. I am thankful for my family and friends. I'm just thankful to be here!"
--Diane Williams, Custodial and Grounds

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Compiled by Pat Mroczek
(810) 762-9533
pmroczek@kettering.edu