Kettering University kicks off a year-long Centennial Celebration!

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Kettering University kicks off a year-long Centennial Celebration!

The 2018 Annual Founder’s Day Celebration marks the beginning of a year-long celebration of the anniversary of Kettering University’s 100th year. The celebration this year has been combined with the Foundations of Excellence, which awards our staff, and faculty for their outstanding service and is combined with a Day of Giving!

Kettering Day of Giving

During the annual Founder’s Day campaign, the Kettering Community is invited to make a gift to support student scholarships. The goal this year is to raise $100,000. This year, individual donations will be matched up to $1,000 for a total of $40,000 from the Makulinski Family Foundation.

Founders Day is officially October 20th, but the 24-hour Day of Giving will begin earlier in the week, starting at noon Thursday, October 18th and run to noon on Friday the 19th. The official celebration begins with an on-campus and online drive. To make a gift, visit build.kettering.edu/foundersday.

Kettering Centennial

Kettering officially starts the year-long Centennial Celebration on Friday, October 19, at 11:30 a.m. in the Connie and Jim John Recreation Center on campus. Faculty, staff, students, alumni, and the community are invited to a lunch kick-off.  Recent campus upgrades, as well as a, peek into future plans for the next 100 years will be highlighted.

You can register for the event at ketteringfoundersday.eventbrite.com.

100 years of Kettering Built

A group of Flint-area visionaries founded the school in 1919 as The School of Automobile Trades. It grew into the Flint Institute of Technology, and then the General Motors Institute. In 1998, the school was renamed to honor Charles Kettering, an inventor and former head of research for General Motors. Charles Kettering developed the automatic cash register and automobile self-starter, as well as researching magnetism and solar energy, it was his push for cooperative education that created the Kettering Co-op experience students have today working with more than 550 corporate partners through the country.

While founded with a vision towards the future, those early students might not recognize Kettering University today with its GM Mobility Research Center which includes the fastest Internet available for research as well as an indoor and outdoor track where unique testing facility.

The new outdoor mobility center is just one of the innovations transforming Kettering’s campus. The university is home to the FIRST Robotics Competition Community Center, the first of its kind on any college campus. High school students have the opportunity to work with Kettering engineering students, instructors, and corporate mentors to create robots for the First’s annual competition. Approximately 25% of Kettering’s current students were FIRST Robotics competitors.

In its transformation from an automotive training facility to a state-of-the-art campus, Kettering added the C.S. Mott Science and Engineering Building in 2003. This building houses Mechanical Engineering, Chemistry, and Biochemistry. The building includes a powertrain lab, Kettering University's Crash Safety Center, a fuel cell lab, and bioengineering labs.

The building also houses the T-Space, where students have access to 3D printing, laser cutting, soldering, and other tools to feed their entrepreneurial spirits.  The Connie and Jim John Rec Center opened in 1995 with a pool, indoor track, tennis, basketball, and racquetball courts. The Recreation Center is home to commencement, the Annual First Robotics competition and hosted President Barack Obama during a 2008 campaign stop. Another welcome addition on campus was the Innovation Center which opened in 2010, providing local entrepreneurs a 9,000-square-foot incubator for their businesses. The Innovation Center was the first Leadership in Energy, and Environmental Design (LEED) certified building in Genesee County.

Kettering acquired and renovated the historic Atwood Stadium in 2013. There have been significant upgrades to the stadium including state-of-the-art AstroTurf and other improvements. It now hosts local high school football, a yearly musical 4th of July celebration and intramural sports for the University. During the winter, the field is turned into a community skating rink.  

Kettering is also home to the Flint Children’s Museum offering kids hands-on learning experiences, rotating exhibits, and an outdoor education area.

The campus recently installed a new gateway. This new entrance proudly welcomes our students and alumni as they enter the campus.

Kettering continues to build on its tradition of success, community service, and experiential education. In 2018, Kettering University was ranked 14th nationally in non-Ph.D. engineering programs in the 2018 U.S. News and World Report ‘Best Colleges’ edition.

 

Save the dates for these Centennial Celebrations:
 

FOUNDER’S DAY CELEBRATION- October 19, 2018

Kettering University campus
 

ALUMNI AWARDS CEREMONY- October 25, 2018

Townsend Hotel, Birmingham, MI
 

PRESIDENT’S CENTENNIAL LECTURE SERIES

Kettering University campus

November 7, 2018-Featured Speakers, Flint Panel Discussion with local leaders
 

February 19, 2019- Speaker, Marie Johnson ‘90, PhD

Kettering University campus

May 15, 2019- Speaker TBD.

Capitol Theater, Flint, MI
 

September 12, 2019-Mr. Sean McBurney ‘03

Kettering University campus
 

SOCIETY OF WOMEN ENGINEERS CELEBRATES INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

March 8, 2019

Kettering University campus
 

SAE AT THE DAC-April 9, 2019

Detroit Athletic Club, Detroit, MI
 

MAJOR SOBEY GOLF OUTING- June 8, 2019

Coyote Preserve Golf Club, Fenton, MI
 

COMMENCEMENT-June 15, 2019

Kettering University campus
 

ATWOOD STADIUM RACE AND COMMUNITY CELEBRATION-July 20, 2019

Flint, MI
 

FOUNDER’S WEEK CELEBRATION- October 14-18, 2019

A week of special celebrations including Homecoming and culminating in a 100th Anniversary celebration!