Women of the Year Awards 2007

By Website Administrator | Nov 9, 2007

Kettering honored four outstanding young women for leadership and achievement at the 2007 Woman of the Year Awards.

Two young women have been chosen Woman of the Year for 2007 at Kettering University. Reisha Ivory, a senior from Flint, Mich., was chosen a Woman of the Year from A-Section and Kristen Winter, a senior from Alpena, Mich., was chosen Woman of the Year from B-Section. Both they and two finalists were honored Saturday, Oct. 20, at a banquet. The two finalists for the award were Shana Paciocco, a senior Mechanical Engineering major from Canton, Mich., and Jessica Forman, a senior Mechanical Engineering major from Leonard, Mich.

The Woman of the Year award at Kettering University recognizes senior female students who have made a difference during their college tenure. Academic achievement is only 20 percent of a rating system that includes service, dedication, mentoring, role modeling and leadership.

Nominees must be individuals recognized by students, faculty and staff as someone who "gets things done," and is involved in service on campus, at their place of employment and in their home communities.

The A and B Section Women of the Year:
Reisha C. Ivory, A-Section Woman of the Year, is the daughter of Gregory and Ruby Ivory of Flint, Mich. She is majoring in Mechanical Engineering and her co-op employer is General Motors-Flint Assembly in Flint, Mich.

Ivory is a member of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE); The Women's Resource Center at Kettering University; Delta Epsilon Chi, a national organization promoting leadership and career development in business management; Black Unity Congress; Kettering Student Ambassadors; the Society Of Hispanic Engineers; and the Kettering Entrepreneur Society. Ivory also served as a Kagle Mentor at Kettering and volunteered on campus for Discover Kettering, the Kamp Kettering pre-college program, and off campus for the Nuabea non-profit organization, Math and Science Day, Lady Fury, The Crim Festival of Races, the Flint Children's Museum, and Fashion Savvy Productions.

Her awards, scholarships and honors societies include: the GM Minority Engineering and Science Scholarship, the Urban League of Flint Scholarship, Merit Award and the Kettering Provost's List. In addition, Ivory earned second place in Entrepreneurship and third place in Marketing Management at the Delta Epsilon Chi state competition.

Kristen K. Winter, B-Section Woman of the Year, is the daughter of Janet and Greg Winter of Alpena, Mich. She is majoring in Business Management and her co-op employer is General Motors-Service Parts Operations in Grand Blanc, Mich.

Winter is a member of the Kettering Student Government Operation Council; Alpha Gamma Delta sorority; Kettering LEADERS; Delta Epsilon Chi, a national organization promoting leadership and career development in business management; Panhellenic Council; Sigma Phi Iota honor society recognizing students for their time, effort, and responsibility in extra-curricular activities; and the Kettering Entrepreneur Society. In addition, she volunteered her time off campus for the Alpha Gamma Delta Foundation, Sigma Chi Foundation to support Huntsman Cancer Research and the Children's Miracle Network and the United Way of Genesee County.

Her awards, scholarships and professional societies include: the Alpha Gamma Delta Foundation Scholarship, the Frank Young Scholarship, the Kettering Provost's List and Dean's List and Strive for Pi. In addition, Winter earned a second and third place in the Delta Epsilon Chi National Conference Business Law competition.

Woman of the Year Finalists:
Shana Paciocco is the daughter of Nick and Rhonda Paciocco of Canton, Mich., majoring in Mechanical Engineering. She is a resident advisor for Kettering on-campus housing, is a member of the Society of Women Engineers, Engineers Without Borders, Kettering LEADERS and serves as a student ambassador and tour guide. Paciocco is a member of Phi Eta Sigma national freshmen honor society, Pi Tau Sigma national mechanical engineering honor society, Tau Beta Pi national engineering society, Robot Society recognizing students who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in co-curricular activities and was named Kettering Student of the Year 2006.

Jessica L. Forman is the daughter of Kirk and Terri Forman of Leonard, Mich., majoring in Mechanical Engineering. She is vice president of Kettering Student Government, sits on the associate provost advisory committee, and is a member of Kettering LEADERS, Society of Women Engineers, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and Student Alumni Council. She also serves as a LITE mentor, and a student ambassador. Forman is in the Professional Leadership Honor Society, Robot Society recognizing students who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in co-curricular activities, Sigma Phi Iota honor society to recognizing student leaders, and is the recipient of the Bob Wolforth Detroit Alumni Chapter Scholarship.

Written by Dawn Hibbard
810-762-9865
dhibbard@kettering.edu