Welcome Class of 2014!

Jul 8, 2009

The first half of Kettering University's entering freshmen class will have 270 new faces in it, 83% male and 17% female. They are 72% from Michigan and 85% from the Midwest. The 2009-10 academic year opens July 13.

Welcome freshmen and hello to the Class of 2014! (Enjoy the photos! - for more, visit KettNet on facebook - look for the Move In Day album.)

Kettering’s Section A freshman class will have 270 fresh faces in it!  They will be joined by the second half of the freshman class (Section B) in October.

Many of the incoming freshmen are the finest students of their high schools from around the country.  There are at least eight valedictorians and one salutatorian in the entering class. 

Kettering’s new freshmen will participate in a first-in-the-country program, “Entrepreneurship Across the Curriculum,” that is reshaping the University.  “Kettering is the only university in the country with a head start on the Innovation Economy through “Entrepreneurship Across the Curriculum,” said Dr. Michael Harris, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs.  “Our faculty and staff are focused on exposing Kettering students to innovation and entrepreneurship at every level of their education.  We are preparing the next generation of scientific experts who are innovators because Kettering’s intellectual and practical learning capacities are cutting edge and current.”  (Read more on this leading-edge effort at: http://www.kettering.edu/visitors/storydetail.jsp?storynum=2888

Also, new students are arriving just after the recent celebration of the 15th anniversary of  Kettering’s study abroad program with Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany.  Students use the popular study trip to explore Europe.  (Read more: http://www.kettering.edu/visitors/storydetail.jsp?storynum=2879).

So welcome, freshmen!  Here’s the Freshman Class at a Glance:

A-Section freshmen: 270 students

Male: 224; Female: 46

Gender: 83 % male; 17 % female (last year: 81% and 19%)

African American: 4        

Hispanic: 7

Michiganresidents: 72 %

Midwestresidents: 85 %

Number of states represented: 24   

Physical facilities upgrades:

A number of physical facilities updates and renovations will greet the new class and returning students:

  •  Physics, Computer Science and Math are completing a renovation project that divides the spaces and adds more definition to each academic area.

  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering opened a new Conference Room and Student Project area in the old Mechanical Engineering office, adjacent to the International Office.
  • Construction ofKettering’s new incubator building on Bluff Street is “swinging steel,” which will soon give shape to the first building in Kettering’s TechnologyPark and will be the first seeking LEED certification in Flint.  (See: http://www.kettering.edu/visitors/storydetail.jsp?storynum=2827)
  • Ketteringhas been working closely with the design engineers for the new Flint River Trail extension which will come through campus along University and Chevrolet avenues and is expected to begin construction spring 2010.
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity is expected to start construction on its new house on University and Mathewson early this fall.
  • TheRecreationCenterrecently refinished its wood floors.
  • Testing is in process for a road construction project that is slated for 2010 to redo Chevrolet Avenue from University Avenue to the bridge on Chevrolet.
  • The extension from Miller Road is underway to connect Chevrolet Avenue to Miller Road.  Construction documents are currently being reviewed by the Michigan Department of Transportation.  Utility relocation will occur late in 2009, with the bulk of the road construction expected in the spring.

The new academic year begins with two special events – Orientation and the first day of the 2009-10 academic year.  Orientation is Thursday, July 9 through Sunday, July 12.  Classes begin Monday, July 13.


FIRST SCHOLARS: About one of every five students now coming to Ketteringhave had experiences in FIRST – For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.  The international robotics contest for high school students was designed almost 20 years ago to showcase career options in Science, Math, and Engineering.  Kettering has been actively involved for a decade.  This year’s FIRST Scholars each received a total of $22,500 for their college education.  Kettering’s 2009-10 FIRST Scholars class is:

Eric Barch ofOxford; Team Rush (Team 27);

Caitlin Bunt ofRockford,Ill.; IMSA Robotics, (Team 2022);

Justin Cetnar ofSt. Clair Shores;MacombMathematicsScienceTechnologyCenter(Team 818);

Katherine Dale ofNovi; Frog Force (Team 503), will attend in B Section;

Ashley Eidsmore ofAberdeenHigh School,Aberdeen,Maryland; The Brigade (Team 1980);

Gage Hainer ofGrandBlancHigh School; The Enginerds (Team 2337);

Eric Salem ofGrandBlancHigh School; The Enginerds (Team 2337);

Donald Tinsley ofStoney CreekHigh SchoolinRochester;Kettering’s Metal Muscle team (Team 1506);

Ryan Todd ofPlymouthHigh School; Lightning Robotics (Team 862), will attend in B Section; and

Quinn Wagner, home schooled inGreensboro,N.C.with dual enrollment atGuilfordTechnicalCommunity College; (junior mentor to Team 2655), will attend in B Section.

Others in the entering class include the following:

Keven Bartz was #1 in his class at KearsleyHigh School and will study Mechanical Engineering.  He was active in Quiz Bowl, chess, soccer and the National Honor Society in high school.  He will be joined by “Top 10” classmate Andrew Sierra, who is planning to study Electrical Engineering.  Andrew is active in the martial arts, National Honor Society, golf and soccer.

The valedictorian from RandolphHigh Schoolin Massachusettswill study Applied Mathematics.  Rebeccah MacKinnon said she was “done in” by her 8x tables in the third grade.  By senior year, however, she was enjoying calculus, statistics and engineering --all at the same time.  Rebeccah plays the flute and hopes to travel the world once she graduates from college.

Valedictorian Marcus Anthony Bennett from BrookHillHigh School in Bullard, Texas, will major in Computer and Electrical Engineering.  He was in Headmasters Honor Guard, National Honor Roll, National Honor Society and Who’s Who Among American High School Students.  He was the state’s TAPPS biology champion and district TAPPS science champion; a choir pianist and named Mr. Tennis. 

One of three valedictorians from Ohio’s GarfieldHigh School, near Youngstown, shared top honors with two friends – all of whom maintained a perfect 4.0 grade point average through high school.  Nathan Hadzinsky will double major in Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Engineering.  He was captain of the Garfield boys soccer team, vice president of his graduating class and participated in Model United Nations. 

Marysville High School Valedictorian David Fowler was in National Honor Society and played baseball and basketball in high school.  Among his scholarships is $500 from Kimball Township Trustee Brad Barrett, who presented the educational funds to him at a township board meeting in May.

Matthew Gessler from Erie, Mich., shared valedictorian honors at MasonSenior High School.  A star in the Science Olympiad, he maintained a 4.0 grade point average all through high school.  He will study Computer Science.

The Detroit News wrote about Jacob King, who graduated from EisenhowerHigh Schoolin ShelbyTownship.  He will study Electrical Engineering, with career plans that blend engineering and the military.  He is an Eagle Scholar, an International Honors Thespian, rugby player and active in drama and orchestra.  Read more about Jacob at: http://www.detnews.com/article/20090519/SCHOOLS/905200320/Jacob+King

Elizabeth Talsma of Zeeland, Mich., was “heavily recruited” by HarvardUniversity but chose Kettering for multiple reasons, including FIRST robotics.  A participant in Kettering’s LITE (Lives Improve Through Engineering) program for girls, she will study Mechanical Engineering.  She is a graduate of ZeelandEastHigh School and the recipient a West Michigan Scholarship. 

Rechelle Ewalt was named a “Great Grad” by the Lansing State Journal.  The honors student graduated fromCarsonCity-CrystalHigh School, where she was involved with National Honor Society, Student Council, volleyball, the Red Cross Blood Drive, Wellness Team and Secret Santa Gift Delivery.  She will study Engineering.

Co-valedictorian Lance Dorian of DeWittHigh School will study Mechanical Engineering.  He was involved in soccer, church youth group and recreational basketball in high school.  He lives in Lansing.

Luke Steele comes to Kettering from FrankenmuthHigh School, where he played football and participated in wrestling, tennis and band.  He will study Mechanical Engineering, with a bio-medical focus.  Luke hopes to design medical instruments and prosthetics and said he feelsKettering’s rank as a top engineering school and its lab equipment will help him toward his career goal.

Honors student Tiffany Strom from Flint’s BentleyHigh School will study Chemical Engineering.  She has participated in Book Club, track and power lifting.

Patrick Kostanecki of Goodells, Mich., comes to Kettering on the Howard A. Acheson Memorial Scholarship.  He is a graduate of Port HuronHigh School.

Honors student Kyle Deachin of GeneseeChristianHigh School served as vice president of the National Honor Society and was on the varsity baseball team.  He will study Engineering.

Katherine Irons graduated with top honors from BrandywineHigh School, near Niles.  She will study Mechanical Engineering, with a bio-engineering concentration.

Salutatorian Daniel Lynch comes to Kettering from LeslieHigh School, near Jackson.  He was in National Honor Society, band, drama, choir, CampBarakel engineering, Relay for Life, and he was a middle school tutor.  He will study Mechanical Engineering.

Ben Schuman of Churchville, N.Y., comes to Kettering mesmerized by FIRST robotics.  A member of the internationally competitive Team 340 at Churchville-ChiliHigh School, his team is a past winner of the prestigious Chairman’s Award.  “(FIRST) taught me to use power tools and build a machine – what can be better than that?” he told the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle in New York.

Jake Rowe was third in his class at MarcellusHigh School, near Kalamazoo, and part of the boys basketball team that sported a combined GPA of 3.75 this season.  He was dually enrolled at SouthwesternMichiganCollege; active in National Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes; and he earned varsity letters in track, football and basketball.  He was a member of the All-Conference defensive line in football.  He will study Engineering.

Julia Hershey of Akron, Ohio, helped Our Lady of the Elms with a “green” addition to their school as a finishing touch of her high school career.  She will study Engineering.  Read more about the construction project in the Akron Beacon Journal at: http://www.ohio.com/news/break_news/44176412.html

So welcome freshmen to KetteringUniversity, the home of the nation’s most advanced professional co-operative education program and a national leader in the preparation of innovators and entrepreneurs.  We’re glad you’re here!

Written by Patricia Mroczek