Welcome Freshmen

Jul 8, 2004

The first half of the freshman class has arrived on campus. With more than 300 students, A-Section is filling up the residence hall and getting ready for classes to start.

More than 300 sets of new freshmen feet are stomping around Kettering University as the 2004-05 academic year opens in Flint. Many of the incoming freshmen represent the finest students in their high schools. Kettering welcomes nine more valedictorians, seven salutatorians and other incoming students who are highly ranked for their academic achievements. Thirty-three states are represented in the entering class, plus Canada, and Mexico.

Freshmen #s at a glance
Section A: 300+
Valedictorians: 9
Salutatorians: 7
Where are they from?
Michigan, 60 percent
Ohio, 8 percent
Illinois, 5 percent
Indiana, 5 percent
Texas, 4 percent
Wisconsin, 2 percent
California, 2 percent

The new school year begins with two special events - orientation and the first day of school!

Orientation: Thursday, July 8 - Sunday, July 11
Move-in at Thompson residence hall is 8-11 a.m. July 8
For more on Orientation, go here

2004-05 Academic Year: Monday, July 12

Classes begin Monday, July 12, giving faculty and staff a chance to say hello to familiar faces and newcomers.

"Move-in Day is by far the most rewarding day for my staff and me," said Barbara Sosin, director of Admissions. "All our hard work has paid off when we see these students and their parents drive up to our campus with their car(s) loaded up with all their personal belongings. They are among the brightest and best students, and I can assure you that they were being recruited from colleges and universities all over the country. In the end they chose Kettering University."

Sosin said the incoming freshman class speaks volumes about Kettering's reputation, quality of our education and world renowned co-op program."It will be fun to watch them over the next couple of years as they mature and grow into future leaders," she added. "It's a new chapter in their lives, but also a new chapter in ours!"


Two of the top grads at Grand Rapids Central High School are Ketteringbound. Co-valedictorian Victor Garcia and Salutatorian Patrick Maas are both part of the entering freshman class. Maas was class treasurer, a member of the National Honor Society and Science Olympiad. He hopes to pursue Electrical Engineering. Garcia was active in the National Honor Society, Multicultural Youth Ambassadors Club, Science Olympiad and the Grand Rapids Area Pre-College Engineering Program. He hopes to study Mechanical Engineering and completed Kettering's AIM program last summer. Garcia is already working with co-op employer Siemens Dematic in Grand Rapids.

From Howell High School is Andrew Pokoyoway. He was a member of the National Honor Society and was among the top-ranked graduates of the school's 516 graduates in 2004. He will study Mechanical Engineering.

David Carpenter of Brighton High School scored in the top 100 during the Michigan Math Prize Competition finals. He was a member of the ski team and was a four-year scholar-athlete award winner. He was also a member of Brighton's National Honor Society. He plans to study Engineering.

Ife' Bancole' from Ypsilanti High School returns to campus. She is a graduate of Kettering's AIM program. Originally from Africa, she speaks a number of languages fluently.

Beau Jewell graduated in the top 10 in his class at Cedar Springs High School. While his favorite subject in high school was tv production, the freshman has a knack for computers and photography. He is already employed as a co-op student with Michigan First Response of Fenwick, an ambulance dealership that customizes fire and rescue vehicles. Jewell and the staff at Michigan First Response are completing a $500,000 Incident Command Vehicle that will be delivered to Genesee County later this year. He plans to study Mechanical Engineering.

Paul Korte of Flushing High School is a third-generation "legacy" for Kettering University. His grandfather, as well as his mother and father, attended Kettering/GMI. Korte recently won an essay contest hosted by the Flushing Lions Club, writing on the topic of diversity. His other interests include science, music, math and literature. He will study Electrical Engineering.

One of the academic all-stars at Grayling High School is Michael Salyers, who is coming to Kettering to study Mechanical Engineering.

Four of the students designated during the 2004 Urban League of Flint "Salute to Black Scholars" presentation in May were:

  • Brittney Simpson of Central High School, who will study Engineering,
  • Ashley Berry of Grand Blanc High School, who will study Computer Science, (she is the daughter of Professor K. Joel Berry, head of Kettering's Mechanical Engineering Dept.),
  • Reisha Ivory of Northern High School, who will study Engineering, and
  • Nathaniel Clarke of Southwestern Academy, who will study Mechanical Engineering.

Eight of the entering students have already distinguished themselves by being named 2004 FIRST Scholars. FIRST - For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology - is an international effort that uses robotics to showcase career opportunities in science and engineering. The 2004 FIRST Scholars are:

  • Edward Bretzloff of Goodrich High School. He is a member of Team 494 - the Goodrich Martians, the team that won the 2004 International FIRST Championship as part of a three-team alliance during games in Atlanta, Ga.
  • Jordan Doll of Notre Dame Preparatory in Pontiac.
  • Bryan Duggan of Brandon High School in Ortonville and OSM Tech Academy in Clarkston. His family has a Kettering/GMI tradition. Bryan's Dad, Brad, is a 1981 GMI graduate, Brad's sisters, Paula Degeneffe '80 and Cheryl Reichert '83, are both graduates and so is Cheryl's husband, Fred Reichert '83.
  • Alexander McGee of Brandon High School in Ortonville and OSM Tech Academy in Clarkston.
  • Erik Solecki of Flushing High School.
  • Theresa Thompson of Robert S. Rogers High School in Toledo, Ohio.
  • Mike Tyner of Dondero High School in Royal Oak.
  • Kurt Wachowski of Lake Orion High School and OSM Tech Academy in Clarkston.

Athlete Arryn Smerdon of Valley Lutheran High School in Saginaw will study Computer Engineering. Also noted for his academic achievements, he played one season of varsity baseball and for two seasons was a defensive tackle for the varsity football team. He told the "Saginaw News" that "beating Michigan Lutheran Seminary in football with a 'Hail Mary' pass in the last minute of the game" was his most memorable sports experience.

Another athlete, Giovanni Bellissimo of Au Gres-Sims High School will study Mechanical Engineering. His high school activities included three years of football, four years of basketball, two years of track and being active with Student Council.

Tim Eden has been involved in both robotics and electronics during his years at Lake Orion High School. The honors grad was active in the Science Olympiad, church youth group, soccer, student leadership, tennis and as a volunteer tutor for elementary students. He earned National Honor Society, Lamp of Learning, and FIRST recognitions.

Need more information on the opening of the new academic year? Go to:

Academic Calendar at: http://www.kettering.edu/academicServices/academicCalendar2004_2005.htm  

Academic Services at: http://www.kettering.edu/academicServices/  

Campus Bookstore at: http://www.ketteringcampusstore.com/  

Library Services at: http://www.kettering.edu/library/  

Students and Organizations at: http://www.kettering.edu/students/organizations.asp  

Can we help? If the Office of Public Relations and Communications can help answer questions, feel free to call us at 1-800-955-4464, ext. 9533 or ext 9770.

Written by Patricia Mroczek
(810) 762-9533