Welcome Freshmen - 2010

Jul 7, 2010

Around 180 fresh faces in Section A have joined the campus to open the 2010-2011 academic year. Welcome to Kettering!

Welcome freshmen and hello to the Class of 2015! (Enjoy the photos! - for more, visit KettNet on facebook - look for the Move In Day album.)

Kettering’s Section A freshman class will have about 180 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.

Kettering’s entering freshmen will join the ongoing “Entrepreneurship Across the Curriculum” efforts that are currently reshaping the University, thanks to a $1.65 million gift announced in May. The five-year grant from the Kern Family Foundation seeks Kettering’s help in building American prosperity by shaping a new generation of entrepreneurial-minded engineers. See a video story on the gift and read more at: http://www.kettering.edu/visitors/storydetail.jsp?storynum=3007. The Kern Family Foundation has invested almost $2 million in entrepreneurial efforts at Kettering in recent years and presented Kettering with a “Best In Class” national award earlier this year.

Also new -- everyone is invited to visit Kettering Mobile, making Kettering the first private university in Michigan with its own mobile website, thanks to the talent of two of Kettering’s leading student entrepreneurs: Matt Gaidica and Brad Birdsall. Visit the mobile site at http://m.kettering.edu/ and see a story and video at: http://www.kettering.edu/visitors/storydetail.jsp?storynum=3009

And for entering freshmen who are interested in Kettering’s pre-med efforts, see this video and story on an Early Assurance program with Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine.  MSU guarantees two seats for each new class entering medical school.  Kettering is the first private university in Michigan to secure the agreement with MSU, which has a long-term vision for enhancing health care in Flint and Genesee County. Learn more: http://www.kettering.edu/visitors/storydetail.jsp?storynum=3012

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

A-Section freshmen students:
Male: 146; Female: 37 
Gender: 80% male; 20% female (last year: 83% and 17%)
African American: 6      
Michigan residents: 63%
Midwest residents: 80%
Number of states represented: 23  

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

  • The Innovation Center at Kettering University is complete and will officially open its doors this August.  We are well on our way to receiving LEED Certification and if all items are accepted by the USGBC, we may actually squeeze a Silver Certification for the project.  It’s first tenant, Swedish Biogas International will have it laboratory completed early August.
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering Labs are undergoing an extreme make-over bringing back a little of the history that has been hiding deep within.  All of the labs have been repainted and had the flooring replaced to brighten up the area.  The historic 1940’s and 50’s vintage furniture is being restored to like new condition with a ‘retro’ feel and will aesthetically tie all the labs together.  The historic electronics stations will be reconfigured and refinished to accommodate computers and state-of-the-art electronic equipment.
  • The Registrar’s office has been repainted and the carpeting replaced while opening up the lobby area to welcome our incoming class.
  • Incoming students might find it hard to get on campus.  Chevy Ave. road construction as well as the Kettering extension to I-69 are well into construction and scheduled to be completed this Fall.  This construction project will also provide a non-motorized pathway giving students access to downtown and out to Ballenger Hwy.
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon’s new fraternity house is well into construction and is expected to be open for our entering B-section class this Fall.
  • The new Chemical Engineering program now has a home.  The new offices are located on the second floor of the Academic Building, 2-224AB.
  • The new Chemical Engineering laboratory is currently under construction and is expected to be opened this Fall.
  • New house phones have been installed in areas of the Academic Building to respond to emergency concerns where cellular service is unavailable.
  • A new Test Proctoring Lab and Orientation Classroom have been created adjacent to the Student Academic Resource Center located on the third floor of the Academic Building.  The Test Proctoring site provides services for students who meet ADA requirements.  Kettering’s Academic & Thesis Support Center or  the Wellness Center can give you more information on requirements as well as services that are available.
  • Sixty (60) dorm rooms in the Residence Hall received new carpeting and paint.
  • The Recreation Center recently refinished its wood floors.
  • The Vehicle Durability Lab has been completed in the Mott Center.
  • On-going - installation of energy saving lighting to many parts of the campus.

This year’s FIRST Scholars are:

  • Ryan Brancheau, Team 2337, Enginerds, Grand Blanc;
  • Joey Carlini, Team 2832; Livonia Warriors, Livonia;
  • Joel Carne, Team 68; Truck Town Thunder, Holly;
  • Harrison Ford, Team 314, Big Mo, Flint;
  • Christopher Greene, Team 245; Adambots, Rochester;
  • Christopher Hideg, Team 910, Foley Freeze, Madison Heights;
  • Kyle Irk, Team 2145; Hazmat’s, Lake Fenton;
  • Aaron Jones, Team 1188, Oaktown Crewz, Royal Oak;
  • Rick Pease, Team 2337, Enginerds, Grand Blanc;
  • Kelly Powell, Team 79, Team Krunch, Palm Harbor, Fla.;
  • Hayley Schuller, Team 217, Thunder Chickens, Sterling Heights;
  • Akeram Suleiman, Team 904, D 3, Grand Rapids;
  • Robyn Thurston, Team 2619, The Charge, Midland;
  • Mark Wahnish, Team 79, Team Krunch, Palm Harbor, Fla.

Other entering freshmen include:

Quinn Muldoon of Alma High School will study Mechanical Engineering. He was named the “Student of the Month” in March by the Exchange Club of Gratiot County for special achievement and service to his school and community. Quinn has been a member of the concert, jazz, and marching bands for four years and a member of the pep band for the past three years. He was awarded second runner-up Outstanding Soloist, Class B at the CMU Jazz Festival. He also received the Woody Herman Jazz Award as a junior for his contributions to the Alma High School Jazz Band.  He has participated in both solo and group events at the district and state level Solo and Ensemble Festivals for four years, consistently earning division 1 ratings. Quinn has attended CMU Summer Music School, as well as the Jamey Aebersold Jazz Workshop in Louisville, Ky. In addition, he has been on the Science Olympiad team for the past four years, medaling at the regional level. He has volunteered with the Youth Advisory Council for the past two years.

Nathan Brocker of Byron Center will study Mechanical Engineering. He graduated in the Top 10 at Byron Center High School. Nathan earned a 4.09 GPA. He is a member of the United States Bowling Congress, a volunteer with the Galilee Gang and as a Growing Pointes teacher at his church. He also played in the marching and concert band for one year, and received the Top Dawg award three times. 

One of the Top 10 academic graduates in West Michigan’s Wyoming Park High School is Abdul-Ghani Memon, who received a 3.86 GPA. He was a member of the Business Professionals of America and attempted to establish a Muslim Student Association. He will study Electrical Engineering.

One of four valedictorians at South Christian High School in the Grand Rapids area is Heather Mahon. Her activities included the student volunteer Connections program, and symphonic and marching band. She will major in Computer Science. Her co-op will be at Auto Owners Insurance in Lansing, working in the Information Technology Department.

Mitchell Brusie of North Branch earned a 4.023 GPA at North Branch High School. He was a four-year member of Student Council, a member of National Honor Society (NHS), Varsity Football and Varsity Track. He has been active in woodshop and has participated in M.I.T.E.S. competition earning many awards. He is a member of St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church Youth Music Ministry and in 4-H. He will study Mechanical Engineering.

Jordan Syrowik of Holly graduated from Powers Catholic High School in Flint with a 4.10 GPA and was in the Top 10 in his graduating class. His achievements include Student Service Award, National Honor Society, Swim Team Captain, varsity swimming, cross-country, track, Academic All-League for swimming, cross-country and track, Academic All-State for swimming and a member of Chargers for Change.  He will study Mechanical Engineering.

Two recipients of the Norman J. and Rosaline M Luttig Scholarship are in the freshmen class.  They are Richard Van Ells and Nathan T. Werner, both of St. Johns. The scholarship is awarded to high school graduates residing in Clinton County, who have been accepted into a college program in architecture or engineering.

Aaron Jones, one of the 2010 FIRST Scholars, graduated from Royal Oak High School and was a member of the Oaktown Crewz of Royal Oak, Team 1188, in FIRST Robotics. Aaron is described by his teachers as a “master presenter” and made presentations on robotics to many elementary and middle school students. “I love the blend of jocks and nerds in FIRST,” he said. “I am coming to Kettering for the hands-on learning.  Kettering seems perfect for me. I’m expecting co-op to get me ahead in the job market.”

Powerlifter Clayton Krupp of Fenton comes to campus with a state record in hand. At 13, he was injured in an ATV accident that left him immobilized for six months.  Inactivity caused him to weigh 300 pounds, so to get back into shape he began lifting weights three days a week and joined the Fenton High School Powerlifting Club. He chisled his body to 194 pounds and enjoyed a new lease on life, setting a Michigan powerlifting record at 570 pounds.  He also holds the top combined score (deadlift, squat and bench) of 1,370 pounds - the former record was 1,330. He will study Computer Engineering.

So welcome freshmen to Kettering University, 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!

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Written by Patricia Mroczek