SAE Recognizes Most Impactful Volunteers


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Dr. Jennifer Bastiann (’97), Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, and Kettering University Board of Trustees member Carla Bailo (’83) were recognized as members of the “Top Contributor Class” of most impactful volunteers at the Society of Automobile Engineers (SAE) International 2021 Contributor of the Year Celebration.

Bastiann’s volunteer work with SAE includes organizing conferences, serving on a journal’s editorial board and advising multiple SAE student teams at Kettering. Bailo’s volunteer work includes speaking at conferences and authoring SAE publications.

The event was Nov. 4-7 in Tucson, Arizona.

Welcome New Colleagues

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Welcome to our newest colleagues who recently joined Kettering:


Anna Devota
Admissions Counselor, Recruit and Admissions


Kristine Paul
Operations Assistant, Auxiliary Services

‘Leadership and The Future of Mobility’ Virtual Forum on Wednesday


The CSLA Advisory Cabinet is hosting a virtual forum on “Leadership and the Future of Mobility” at 6 p.m., tomorrow, Nov. 17.

Alumni Dan Hancock ’73, Jeff Henderson ’88, Marie Johnson ’90 and Kayla McDonell ’12 will share their perspectives on the implications of mobility — socially, ethically and economically.

To RSVP, click here.

Susan Davies Retirement Reception on Dec. 2




A retirement reception for Susan L. Davies, Vice President for University Advancement and External Relations, will be from 3 to 5 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 2 in the Sunset Room on the second floor of the Campus Center.

All faculty and staff are invited.

Scholarship Luncheon on Nov. 22


The Interfraternity Council and Panhellenic Council are hosting a Scholarship Luncheon from 12:20 to 1:20 p.m., next Monday, Nov. 22 in the Sunset Room on the second floor of the Campus Center.

Students can learn about Kettering’s academic resources at the event.

Pancake Dinner Fundraiser Today




Alpha Gamma Delta is hosting a pancake dinner and silent auction from 6 to 9 p.m., today in the Sunset Room on the second floor of the Campus Center.

The cost is $5 for 10 pancakes. Money will be used to help fight hunger and food insecurity.

Volunteers Needed for Salvation Army Bell Ringing Red Kettle Campaign


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The Salvation Army has reached out to the Alumni Engagement Office to ask for volunteers to help during its annual Red Kettle Bell Ringing Campaign. The funds you help raise as a Salvation Army bell ringer will make a year-round impact in the Flint community.
This campaign will take place at the Flint Farmer’s Market, located at 300 E. First St., Flint, MI 48502, from Saturday, Nov. 27, through Thursday, Dec. 23, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
We need one to two volunteers per shift which would be from 10 a.m. to noon and from noon to 2 p.m.
Every volunteer will receive a Kettering-branded winter hat. To volunteer, click here.
When you ring the bell, you’re making change happen.

Plenty of Area Giving Opportunities for Faculty, Staff


The holiday season is abundant with opportunities to help our friends and neighbors. Faculty and staff are invited to participate in one of the following philanthropic activities:

  • Virtual food drive to benefit the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan now through Dec. 17
  • Carriage Town Ministries Giving Tree is accepting donations starting this week through Dec. 6. Contact Student Life for more information.
  • Support the United Way of Genesee County through a payroll deduction by completing this form and submitting it to Kimberly Rodden in the payroll office. Or, send a contribution directly to the United Way of Genesee County, P.O. Box 949, Flint, MI 48501. For questions, contact Anna Ditrich at (810) 762-9504 or

Diwali Night on Thursday


The Kettering Student Government and Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers are hosting Diwali Night from 6 to 8 p.m., this Thursday, Nov. 18 in the Founders Room on the fifth floor of the Campus Center.

Diwali is one of the major festivals celebrated by Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and some Buddhists. Also known as the Festival of Lights, Diwali is India’s biggest and most important holiday of the year and typically lasts five days. This year’s Diwali started Nov. 4.


Your Wellness Wednesday Tips


A group of Kettering staff members came together to consider ways they might help each of us learn some new ways to take care of ourselves. That was the genesis of Wellness Wednesdays, a weekly guide to self-care.
The goal is to offer ways to promote positive and healthy self-care and a way to reduce stress in your life. Each week, an overview of the week’s activities will be provided here.
Please join all of us in supporting our Kettering values by caring for ourselves and those around us and take some time to try one or more of the options presented. If you would like to provide feedback on Wellness Wednesdays and its activities or contribute an idea, email
  • Gratefulness Journal: End your four weeks by reading over your last three weeks of journaling and determining any themes. Consider whether this journal is worthwhile and if you should continue.
  • One Minute of Relaxation: Perfect Fall
  • Bibliotherapy: Finish reading Gratitude by Oliver Sacks, who is a neurologist who wrote “Awakenings,” which inspired the character played by Robin Williams in the movie of the same name.
Other considerations:
  • As we edge closer to Thanksgiving, consider the things you are thankful for in your life. Being thankful and being grateful is very connected. Consider ending with this article: Thankfulness and Gratitude