Michigan Minimum Wage to Increase on Jan. 1


Students working on campus will earn more in 2022! The minimum wage rate will increase to $9.87 on Jan. 1, up from the current $9.65. Michigan’s Improved Workforce Opportunity Wage Act of 2018 establishes the annual schedule and increases.

Olivia Wright Receives Collegiate Guiding Star Award


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Olivia Wright (’23, IE/MGMT) was named a Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Collegiate Guiding Star.

This award recognizes exceptional collegiate leaders who have made outstanding contributions to SWE, the engineering community, their campus, and the community and have been a member of SWE for at least two years. No more than 15 Guiding Star Awards are presented each year nationally.

“It is such an honor to be nominated by the section. Thank you for this opportunity,” Wright said. “All of our ideas and initiatives could not be possible without the tremendous support and help from our members.”

Wright will receive the award at the SWE Local Conference in Buffalo, New York, in April.

Robot Honor Society Inducts New Members

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Eight new members were welcomed into the Robot Honor Society on Dec. 7 during an event.

The Robot Honor Society recognizes 1 percent of students for their outstanding creative leadership, service that transcends self and citizenship that demonstrates responsibility. Students go through a highly selective process conducted by their peers, staff and faculty.

Congratulations to the following new members:


Parker Authier
’22, EE/CE


Alexandra Bahm
’24, Management


Rachel Learman
’22, Biochem


Austin Schmitz
’23, ME


Candance Ulett
’22, ME


Valerie Verhaeghe
’22, Applied Biology

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Dr. Veronica Moorman
Associate Professor of Biochemistry

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Dr. Allan Taylor
Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering

Holiday Break Reminder, Building Access


As you get ready to head out and enjoy the holiday break, remember to double-check the following:

  • All areas should be locked
  • Space heaters, fans, lights, computers, other machines turned off
  • Remove plastic liner from your wastebasket, tie it up and put it in a trash barrel provided in the hallway
  • Clean all food from your desk area and refrigerators
  • Remove any “natural” decorations from buildings to minimize fire hazards
  • There will be no Bulldog Weekly on Dec. 28 or Jan. 4.

Building Access
Effective at 7 a.m., this Thursday, Dec. 23, until the resumption of business on Tuesday, Jan. 4, building access will be as follows:

  • Campus Center: Access only through front doors on Chevrolet Avenue
  • Academic Building: Access through the Campus Center front doors on Chevrolet Avenue via the tunnel. Check in at the Campus Safety Office.
  • C.S. Mott Building: Access through the Campus Center front doors on Chevrolet Avenue. Check in at the Campus Safety Office.
  • Rec Center/Thompson Hall: Closed

Note, students will not have access to campus buildings through 7 a.m., Monday, Jan. 10. If faculty members want students to have access, advanced permission must be granted by the Provost’s Office.

Call Campus Safety at (810) 762) 9501 in case of emergency.

Late-Night Breakfast on Wednesday




Late-Night Breakfast will be at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 15 in the Sunset Room.
Free T-shirts are distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis. Prizes will be raffled.

Time Capsule Contributions Needed


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The Wellness Center is accepting contributions for the 50-year time capsule, which will be stored in the wall of the Learning Commons.

Items to consider for the time capsule include, photos of campus, the local area or fraternity/sorority class photos, current event newspaper clippings, fashion advertisements, media expressions, Kettering memorabilia or pictures of gas prices. Think outside of the box to make this fun and educational for future Kettering students.

Contributions can be dropped off at the Wellness Center on the first floor of the Campus Center from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Congratulations Becky Ibbotson on Retirement


Becky Ibbotson, Assistant Registrar, is retiring Dec. 31.

She started at Kettering part-time in 1998 and moved to full-time in 2002. Her contributions to the Registrar’s Office — and the University overall — are extraordinary, particularly her commitment to the annual Commencement ceremony.

Becky will be greatly missed by all of those fortunate enough to work with her every day. We wish her the very best in her retirement. Feel free to stop by the Registrar’s Office to wish Becky well!

Alpha Pi Mu Initiates Five New Members



Emily Hong
’24, IE


Wyatt Moser
’23, IE


Lauren Tithof
’23, IE


Chloe Wegener
’22, IE


Olivia Wright
’23, IE and Mgmt


Alpha Pi Mu, the industrial engineering honor society, initiated five new members during a ceremony Dec. 7.

To qualify for membership, students must be in the top 20 percent of their junior class or top 33 percent of their senior class and exhibit positive character traits.

Congratulations to the following students:

Panopto Unavailable on Jan. 8




Panopto, the University’s video management system, will be unavailable from 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 8 until 1 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 9 for system upgrades and maintenance.

During this time, you won’t have access to any video content in the Panopto system or in online courses.

Please plan your coursework around this outage. Thanks for understanding.


Help Select the Next Computer Science Faculty Member


Three candidates for the next Assistant Professor of Cyber Security will give presentations for the Kettering Community as part of interview process.

Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend and submit feedback. Two presentations will be virtual, and one will be in person. The dates are:

  • 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. this Thursday, Dec. 9: Dr. Rana Masud (virtual). To attend, click here.
  • 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. next Tuesday, Dec. 14: Dr. Alex Mathew (virtual). To attend, click here.
  • 12:20 to 1:20 p.m. next Wednesday, Dec. 15 in Room 2-225 of the Academic Building: Dr. Fathi Amsaad. To RSVP, email Doris Fogelsonger at dfogelsonger@kettering.edu.

National Society of Black Engineers Welcomes Guest Speaker Jonathon Blanchard (’16)


The National Society of Black Engineers welcomes alumni speaker Jonathan Blanchard (’16), Founder & Chief Executive Officer of STEMLETICS from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. this Friday, Dec. 10, in Room A (fourth floor of Campus Center).
Blanchard, who was born and raised in Flint, graduated Salutatorian of his class from the International Academy of Flint in 2011. After high school, Blanchard studied Electrical Engineering Kettering for two years before changing his major to Business Administration. It was after this transition that he knew he wanted to work with youth in education.
During Blanchard’s senior year at Kettering, he developed the idea for the STEMLETICS program and took on the business full time. Since then, STEMLETICS has helped more than 450 Genesee County students learn more about various STEM concepts through engaging curriculum.
To RSVP, click here. Dinner will be provided.

COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics Available This Week


This week, clinics around Genesee County will offer COVID-19 vaccines. The following vaccines will be available:
  • Pfizer for children 5-11 years of age (first and second dose)
  • First, second and third doses for children 12 years and older
  • Boosters (as appropriate) for those 18 years and older
To view vaccine locations, click here.

Welcome New Bulldog Colleagues

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Welcome to our newest colleagues who recently joined Kettering:


Tatiana Parsons
Admissions and Cooperative Manager
Recruit and Admissions


Kristy Morton
Administrative Specialist
Liberal Studies


Vanessa Shelton
Degree Audit Specialist
Registrar’s Office

New KU Wallet Software Solution Now Available


The IT department is excited to announce a new KU Wallet software solution. Kettering’s current partner for KU ePay (TouchNet) brings a smart, touchless solution (Ellucian Payment Center/OneCard VIP) to campus for students and employees.
TouchNet OneCard VIP (to be known as the new KU Wallet) is a PCI-compliant, validated payment application that integrates with Ellucian Banner and allows for a digital, cashless campus. The new KU Wallet provides mobile credentialing, meal plan balances, dining services, attendance check-in and more.
On Dec. 3, the new KU Wallet Web Portal was released to manage meal plans and BJ Bucks/Kettering Cash, including viewing your transaction history. See the help sheet for detailed information on how to use the new KU Wallet solution, and watch the video to learn more.
Further information will be announced in Bulldog Weekly and the IT Newsletter. New features continue to be released, including a new mobile app and Bulldog Bucks to be used across campus to purchase Kettering merchandise and services in January 2022.
Questions? Email the technology Help Desk at HelpDesk@kettering.edu or call (810) 237-8324.

Dr. Janie Jacobs Receives Doctoral Degree




Congratulations to Dr. Janie Jacobs from Kettering Global for receiving a doctoral degree from Grand Canyon University.
On Nov. 16, Jacobs successfully defended her dissertation “Evaluation of Noncredit Training Programs: A Qualitative Descriptive Study.”
This milestone was a huge achievement that required self-devotion and determination. Jacobs intends to share the results of her research study in a range of professional journals and in her role at the University.

Circle of Sisterhood Chipotle Fundraiser on Wednesday


2021 Chipotle Fundraiser


The Panhel Circle of Sisterhood is having a fundraiser from 5 to 9 p.m., this Wednesday, Dec. 8 at Chipotle 4485 Miller Road, Flint.

Show this flyer or tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause and 33% of the proceeds will be donated to the Circle of Sister, an organization committed to removing educational barriers for women.

Kettering Among Top Teams of International Competition


A Kettering team took second place in the Standards for Educational Advancement and Accreditation Fifth Instant Case Competition on Nov. 27.

The team of Gerardo Rios (’21, ME), Adam Hudecek (’23, ME) and Curtis Bartz (’21, EE) took second place for their presentation, “Hospice Care During COVID-19.” Another Kettering team, Haley Fox (’21, ME), William Moss (’24, CS) and Paulene Lasaca (’26, Management) was among the 12 finalists of the competition, too.

The competition, “B-School Challenges for Preparing Leaders for Digital Era,” consisted of a written case analysis and video case presentation, judged by a panel of experts from academia and industry.

Professor John Grether used the competition as a group assignment in his Management 101 class and encouraged the two teams to enter the contest.

“I am especially proud of these students and their ability to engage in a broader discussion of the application of technology to business and social issues, as by doing so they fundamentally support the Kettering brand,” Grether said.

The virtual event took place in New Delhi, India.