Running with the Bulldogs

By Website Administrator | Sep 2, 2009

Bulldog Alumni Reunion weekend, a special time to honor outstanding achievement of individual alumni and reconnect with the campus, is Sept.10-13.

Bulldog Days Reunion Weekend at Kettering University is Sept. 10 through 13 this year, giving Kettering/GMI alumni a chance to renew old friendships and honor the achievements of their peers. This year the Kettering University Alumni Association honors nine alumni for professional excellence and civic engagement while celebrating the Bulldog classes of 1999, 1994, 1989, 1984, 1979, 1974, 1969, 1964, 1959 and earlier.
 
This is a special time to reminisce and reconnect with the campus and Flint through tours of new buildings and old, golf outings and a visit to Flint’s Cultural Center. There is even a student soap box derby competition to benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital rounding off weekend festivities.
 
The highlight of the weekend is the Alumni Awards Dinner featuring recipients of the highest awards presented by the Alumni Association each year. Awardees are nominated by other alumni for professional excellence and outstanding service.
 
The awardees for 2009 are:
 

DISTINGUISHED ALUMNUS
James A. McCaslin ‘74
President, Chief Operating Officer for Harley-Davidson Motor Company
 
James McCaslin ’74, President and Chief Operating Officer of Harley-Davidson Motor Company, Milwaukee, Wis., will be honored with the Distinguished Alumnus Award recognizing specific and exceptional career achievement, traditionally given to people at the highest level in the corporate structure. McCaslin joined Harley-Davidson in 1992 as Vice President and General Manager - York Operations. He was subsequently appointed Vice President, Continuous Improvement and Vice President, Dealer Services, until accepting his current position in 2001. 
 
Before joining Harley-Davidson, McCaslin held a number of senior management positions with J. I. Case Company, Chrysler, Volkswagen and General Motors Corporation’s Chevrolet Division.
 
He earned a Bachelors of Science in Industrial Engineering from the General Motors Institute and a Masters of Science in Industrial Engineering from Virginia Tech.  He also attended the Advanced Management program at Harvard University.
 
McCaslin serves as board chairman of the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council, a non-profit industry coalition, is a board member of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee, and is on the board of trustees of Kettering University of Flint, Michigan.
 
Jim has been a motorcycle enthusiast for the past 16 years and rides a Heritage Softail Classic and a Street Glide.
 

OUTSTANDING ALUMNUS
David Kenny ‘84
Managing Partner of VivaKi, Publicis Groupe

David Kenny ’84, Managing Partner of VivaKi, Publicis Groupe, will be honored with the Outstanding Achievement Award recognizing specific, exceptional career achievement. Kenny is currently responsible for VivaKi, Publicis Groupe’s new entity that leverages the digital and media assets of independent agencies Digitas, Starcom MediaVest Group and ZenithOptimedia.  He leads Publicis Groupe’s overall digital and interactive strategy and is member of the Publicis Groupe Management Board (the Directoire), and the “P12” Board, Executive Committee.  Prior to the launch of VivaKi, David was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Digitas.   
 
As CEO of Digitas, Kenny led the digital agency through a decade of evolution and growth to an industry-leading position in digital and direct marketing services. Previously, Kenny was a partner and senior partner, of the global strategy consulting firm Bain & Company.  Prior to his consulting career, Kenny held marketing and strategy positions with General Motors Corporation.   
 
He earned a Bachelors of Science from the General Motors Institute/Kettering University, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.  Kenny is a member of the boards of directors of Akamai Technologies, Inc., the Ad Council, The Corporate Executive Board and Teach For America.
 

MANAGEMENT ACHIEVEMENT
Gregory Scott Deveson ‘84
Senior Vice President, Driveline and Chassis Control Systems, Magna Powertrain
 
Greg Deveson ’84, Senior Vice President, Driveline and Chassis Control Systems
Magna Powertrain, will be honored with the Management Achievement Award recognizing a specific contribution with a positive and lasting effect in the field of Management. He is currently responsible for the Driveline and Chassis Control Systems Division of Magna Powertrain. He also served as President for North and South American operations for Magna Powertrain. Prior to Magna, Deveson was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Fiat-GM Powertrain JV. Following the liquidation of the JV he was named Vice President of GM Powertrain Europe. After beginning his career with General Motors in 1979, Deveson held positions in Vehicle Manufacturing, Saginaw Metal Casting Operations, Car Assembly in Oshawa, Ontario, GM Powertrain and Saab Automobile AB.
 
He earned his Bachelor’s of Science in Industrial Engineering from General Motors Institute in 1984, and a Masters of Business Administration from Indiana University in 1988. Originally from Melbourne, Australia, Deveson is married and has two children.
 

ENGINEERING ACHIEVEMENT
Lori J. Queen ‘79
Vehicle Line Executive for General Motors Midsize Trucks
 
Lori J. Queen ’79, Vehicle Line Executive for General Motors Midsize Trucks, will be honored with the Engineering Achievement Award recognizing a specific contribution with a positive and lasting effect in the field of Engineering. She is currently responsible for General Motor’s crossover midsize trucks including the Buick Enclave, GMC Acadia and Chevrolet Traverse. Previously Queen led design, development and launch of the highly acclaimed Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky vehicle programs for General Motors. In addition, she has provided leadership for the Chevrolet HHRprogram, Chevrolet Cobalt program and was selected as a Vehicle Line Executive and as General Motors’ first female Vehicle Chief Engineer.
 
Queen was recognized by Fortune Magazine in October 2004 as one of the “Women to Watch” 2005 and by Automotive News as one of the “Top 100 Women”
 
She earned a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering from Kettering University in 1979, and attended the GM/Harvard Business School Executive Development Program in 2002.
 

CIVIC ACHIEVEMENT
Phillip C. Dutcher ‘73
Chief Operations Officer, Naples Community Healthcare System
 
Phillip C. Dutcher ’73, Chief Operations Officer, Naples Community Healthcare System, will be honored with the Civic Achievement Award recognizing significant and unselfish contributions of time and effort that benefit the community. He is currently responsible for Operations for the Naples, Fla., Community Healthcare System where he has worked since 2007. He previously served as Senior Vice President for Business Development at Rendina Companies, a medical real estate development company based in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. He has also served as CEO of the combined Good Samaritan and St. Mary’s Medical Centers (Intracoastal Health System). Prior to relocating to Florida, Dutcher spent 20 years at Hurley Medical Center, in Flint, where he served as CEO from 1981 to 1995.
 
Dutcher is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, a member of the Kettering Board of Trustees, a member emeritus of the Hurley Medical Center Foundation Board of Directors, past President of the Tall Pine Council of the Boys Scouts of America, past President of the University of Michigan Alumni Club of Flint, former member of the Flint Rotary Club, and former member of both the Michigan and Florida Hospital Association’s Board of Trustees.
 
Dutcher earned his Bachelors of Science in Industrial Administration from Kettering University/GMI in 1974. He qualified for the Bachelor/Masters Program and earned a Masters in Business Administration in 1974 from the University of Michigan. He also earned a Masters in Healthcare Services Administration in 1980 at the University of Michigan.
 
He and wife Suzanne have two daughters at home, and Dutcher has three adult children: son Brent, a graduate of Kettering University, daughter Lindsay, a graduate of Florida State University, and daughter Lauren, currently enrolled in the Law School at Michigan State University.
 

ALUMNI SERVICE
Robert Evangelista ’89
President of The Business of Winning, LLC
 
Robert Evangelista ’89, is President of The Business of Winning, LLC, will be honored with the Alumni Service Award recognizing outstanding volunteer service to Kettering University. The Business of Winning, LLC, is a company that publishes and produces high caliber programs in Leadership Development, Team Performance, Executive Coaching, Strategic Alignment and Workforce Motivation for Fortune 50 companies and small businesses alike.  Headquartered in Detroit, the company has offices in Canada and the U.S., as well as a variety of strategic partnerships including a long-standing association with the Singapore Institute of Management.
 
Evangelista was named one of Michigan’s Top 100 Emerging Business Leaders by the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce , and was previously awarded the GMI/Kettering Alumni Association award for Entrepreneurial Achievement.  His book, The Business of Winning: A Manager’s Guide to Building a Championship at Work was runner-up for the 2001 Business Book of the Year designation from Independent Publisher magazine and was given the Award of Excellence by the International Society for Performance Improvement.
 
He is Past President of the GMI/Kettering Alumni Association, and has served on the Alumni Board of Directors for seven years. He was founding Co-Chair of Kettering’s President’s Ambassador Council and the Kettering’s Robot Society recently honored Evangelista with its Distinguished Robot honorarium.
 
Originally from St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, he, wife Susan and stepdaughter Sarah, currently reside in Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich.
 

ENTREPRENEURIAL ACHIEVEMENT
Daniel R. Joseph ‘84
President and owner of D. R. Joseph, Inc., in Grand Prairie, Texas
 
Daniel R. Joseph ’84, President and owner of D. R. Joseph, Inc., developer of control products targeted for the blown film extrusion industry, will be honored with the Entrepreneurial Achievement Award recognizing a specific contribution in organizing, managing and assuming the risk of business or enterprise. He designed his company’s first product, an internal bubble cooling (IBC) control system for the blown film industry, and is directly responsible for research and development of width measurement and control products. Joseph holds eight patents for technology developed for IBC systems and is the author of several papers and articles discussing successful implementation of internal bubble cooling systems. Previously, he worked as an Industrial Engineer for General Motors Service Parts Operations in Flint, Mich.
 
Joseph earned a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering, with a concentration in microprocessor hardware designs from Kettering University in 1984.  He is a Licensed Professional Engineer (Industrial Engineering) in Texas, and a member of the Society of Plastics Industry, Inc.
 
A native of the Flint, Mich., he and wife Denise live in Weatherford, Texas, and have three children, David 23, Jennifer, 21, and Maria 15.
 

HUMAN RELATIONS
Aqua Y. Porter ‘84
Vice-President, Strategic Projects & Business Results and Corporate Lean Six Sigma Operations for Xerox Corporation
 
Aqua Y. Porter ’84, Vice-President, Strategic Projects & Business Results and Corporate Lean Six Sigma Operations for Xerox Corporation, will be honored with the Human Relations Award recognizing a graduate who has rendered significant contributions inspiring unity at Kettering University. Her current position as a senior manager gives her responsibility for all phases of product development and delivery. Prior to her current position, Porter served Xerox in Engineering, Marketing, Product Development, Purchasing, and Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management.
 
A member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. and the Rochester Chapter of Jack & Jill Inc., Porter is also the Board Chair for the Susan B. Anthony House, Inc., and sits on the Keuka College Board of Trustees and the Eltrex Inc. Board. In addition, she has served as an advisor to organizations including Xerox’s Black Women’s Leadership Council and The Women’s Alliance. In 1994, she was nominated for the Athena Award and was a 2009 Rochester Women’s Network “W” Award nominee.
 
Porter earned a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering  from Kettering University in 1984  and graduated with honors in from the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) Executive MBA program in 1996.
 
Originally from Dayton, she currently resides in Rochester, New York, with her son, Jordan.
 
YOUNG ALUMNUS
Sheri Hickok ‘99
Executive Technical Assistant to the Group Vice President of Global Engineering, General Motors
 
Sheri Hickok ’99, Executive Technical Assistant to the Group Vice President of Global Engineering at General Motors, will be honored with the Young Alumni award recognizing a graduate (of the previous 10 years) who has rendered significant contributions, exhibited outstanding character, or has achieved marked success in such areas as Alumni Service, Human Relations, Civic, Engineering, Entrepreneurial, Management or Outstanding Achievement. Hickok most recently held the position of Engineering Group Manager for Suspension and Structures in the GM North America Engineering Chassis Group. In 2006-07 she led the “A World In Motion” Program for General Motors. She previously served as a Designing Engineer for both Powertrain Mounts and Fuel Systems and Integration Engineer in Noise & Vibration and Vehicle Dynamics at GM.
 
Hickok earned a Bachelors of Mechanical Engineering from Kettering University in 1999 and a Masters in Engineering from Purdue University in addition to a Masters in Business Administration  from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business.
 
She, husband Loren and daughter Ellena reside in Commerce Township, Mich.