Dr. Diane Peters Receives Patent Recognition Award




Dr. Diane Peters, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, received the Patent Recognition Award at the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) annual conference, WE21, Oct. 21-23 in Indianapolis.

Peters received the award in honor of a patent granted for microfluidic device and method using double anodic bonding, for which she was one of the named inventors.

This is the second consecutive year Peters has received the award.

AutoDrive Lab Grand Re-Opening on Wednesday




A grand re-opening for the newly renovated AutoDrive Lab in the Mott Building will be at 12:20 p.m. tomorrow, Oct. 27.

AutoDrive is a competition sponsored by the Society of Automobile Engineers International and General Motors. The four-year competition started in 2017 and tasks teams with developing and demonstrating a completely autonomous vehicle. Each year, the competition builds on the next by adding more challenges.

Overall, Kettering’s Bulldog Bolt team took fifth place. The AutoDrive II Challenge kicks off in the fall.


Take a Virtual Trip to Germany on Nov. 17




The Office of International Programs is hosting a virtual informational workshop about the University’s partnership with Konstanz University of Applied Science in Baden-Württemberg, Germany, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17.

Verena Gründler, Konstanz’s International Office Director, and Andreas Heller, Co-Coordinator at the Intercultural Center, will show off the sites of Baden-Württemberg and the campus of Konstanz University of Applied Science. They also will speak about the differences between German and American culture.

The presentation is open to students interested in studying abroad in Germany or anyone who wants to learn more about another country.

Register by 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 15. To register to attend, click here.

Intramural Basketball, Futsal Registration Starts Nov. 1


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Registration for intramural 5 vs 5 basketball or 3 vs 3 futsal (indoor soccer) starts Monday, Nov. 1 at IMLeagues.com.

The site tracks schedules, rosters, rulebooks and more. The deadline to create or join a team is 12:30 p.m., next Friday, Nov. 5.

A mandatory virtual meeting for captains and athletic chairs to review league regulations will be at 12:30 p.m., next Friday, Nov. 5. Meeting invitations will be sent after you register.

Games will be Nov. 8-Dec.9.

For questions, email Mike Rumancik at mrumancik@kettering.edu.

Indoor Volleyball Tournament on Saturday


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An indoor volleyball tournament will be at 12:30 p.m. this Saturday, Oct. 30, on Courts 2 and 3 of the Rec Center.

The tournament, which is open to all students, staff and faculty, will be double elimination.

To participate, you must register by 12:30 p.m. this Friday, Oct. 30. To register, click here.

For questions, contact Mike Rumancik at mrumancik@kettering.edu.

Diversity, Inclusion, Empathy Event Today


Part II of Making a Difference in the World Through Diversity, Inclusion & Empathy will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. today in the McKinnon Theater.

Todd Lewis and the Impact Inclusion & Diversity group will present this customized theater experience, using entertainment to facilitate discussion in the areas of inequity, sexism, microaggressions and diversity in university and workplace settings.

During the event’s intermission, $25 Amazon gift cards will be raffled to 25 students.

This event is sponsored by Diversity Initiatives and Multicultural Student Affairs.

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 kuonline@kettering.edu.
November is the celebration of Thanksgiving in the United States. With this in mind, the next four weeks will focus on gratefulness and how it can make a positive impact on our lives, including reducing stress.

“Gratitude is an emotion that grounds us and is a great way to balance out the negative mindset that uncertainty engenders,” said Dr. Guy Winch, author of “Emotional First Aid.”

When we express gratitude, our brain releases dopamine and serotonin — two hormones that make us feel lighter and happier inside.

  • Gratefulness Journal: Start a gratefulness journal. Use a paper journal or your phone to write down three things you are grateful for each day. This can be as simple as, “made it through another day of classes” or “I am grateful for my family and friends.” Keeping a gratefulness journal can reduce stress and help you sleep better each night. To gain insights into the benefits of keeping a gratefulness journal, click here.
  • Continue Breathing Exercises: Focused breathing every day should become a positive practice and a good habit to maintain.
  • One Minute of Relaxation: Lush Spring
  • Bibliotherapy: For the next four weeks, read 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:
  • Give Someone a Compliment: Saying something unexpected and positive to another person can have positive effects on our own well-being.

Learn About Academic Resources, Scholarships and Mental Health at How to Series


A new How to Series will take place from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. every other Wednesday in the main lobby of Thompson Hall. Free snacks are available to students who attend. Students also will receive one entry into a grand prize drawing of gift cards for each event they attend.
Dates and topics include:
  • Wednesday, Nov. 3: How to Maximize Academic Resources
  • Wednesday, Nov. 17: How to Apply for Additional Scholarships
  • Wednesday, Dec. 1: How to Stay Mentally Fit

Industrial Automation Technology Presentation on Wednesday




The Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering (IME) Department is hosting an industrial automation technology presentation from 5:45 p.m. to 7 p.m., tomorrow, Oct. 27, in Room 1826 of the Academic Building.

Shaltz Automation, a Flint-based automation distributor for some of the largest names in the industry and the largest distributor of Mitsubishi electronic automation equipment for assembly lines, will present the demonstration, which includes mini assembly line, components, sensors and more.

Pizza will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis. All COVID-19 protocols will be followed.

Student Life Hosting Virtual Food Drive




Student Life is having a virtual food drive to support the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan now through Dec. 17.

The Food Bank of Eastern Michigan partners with 700 organizations throughout 22 counties, including Genesee County. For every dollar donated six meals are provided to those in need.

To donate, click here.

Fundraiser to Help Victims of Human Trafficking




Liberal Studies and Math students will be selling bracelets and necklaces from 11:30 to 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12 in the Great Court.

Money from the sales will be donated to Prism, a Flint-based organization that provides support to children who are victims of human trafficking.

To learn more about Prism, click here.


Please include a QR code for the site: https://prismprojectmi.org/

Theta Xi Pumpkin Carving Contest This Week




Theta Xi is hosting a Pumpkin Carving Contest to raise money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, along with the charity of the winner’s choice.

Carved pumpkins will be on display from 12:20 to 1:20 p.m. today through this Friday, Oct. 29, in the Great Court. Cash donations of any kind will count as a vote toward your favorite pumpkin.

Whoever receives the most donations will have 50 percent of the proceeds donated to a charity of their choice.

For more information, email leis2937@kettering.edu.



Fall Festival Trip on Friday


The Office of Student Affairs invites you to attend the Fall Festival at Flushing Farm from 7 to 10 p.m., this Friday, Oct. 29.

Flushing Farms has three different corn mazes, a pick-your-own pumpkin patch, inflatable obstacle courses, hayrides, bonfires and a complimentary donut and glass of cider.

The cost is $5 a person and includes round-trip transportation and a ticket into Flushing Farms.

Seats are limited. To RSVP, visit the Student Affairs Office on the third floor of the Campus Center.

Professional Branding, Social Media Panel Discussion on Friday


The School of Management’s Industry Advisory Board is presenting a Professional Branding and Social Media Positioning Panel Discussion from 3:15 to 3:45 p.m., this Friday, Oct. 22 in Room A on the fourth floor of the Campus Center.

The event is open to all students. The Industry Advisory Board is comprised of industry-leading professionals and alumni.

Learn to Transition from Student to Professional on Oct. 25


Alpha Chi Sigma is hosting “The Truth About Success: Tips for Transitioning From Student Life to Professional” at 12:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 25 in Room 2-225 of the Academic Building.

Dr. Debbie Rothe, a global technology leader at DOW Chemical in Midland, will be the featured speaker.

Welcome New Bulldog Colleages

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Welcome our newest colleagues who recently joined Kettering:


Anna Dietrich
Assistant Director of Annual Giving, University Advancement


Taura Howard
Desktop Technician, IT Operations


Thomas Miller
Safety Officer, Campus Safety

Two New Fitness Classes at Rec Center


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Check out the two new fitness classes, Hit Hop and Women’s Strength Training, at the Rec Center.

Hit Hop, which is at 6:45 p.m. Tuesdays, is a cardio drumming class using drum sticks and dancing to top hits of today and yesterday. Zumba instructor, Michelle “Mitch” Kryska, teaches the class. Class size is limited to 10. To reserve a spot, stop by the front desk or email recservices@kettering.edu.

Women’s Strength Training, which is at noon Sundays, is open to all Kettering women. The goal of the class is to demonstrate proper form for major compound movements using barbells, free weights, and dumbbells, and explore powerlifting, bodybuilding and functional fitness. Mike Rumancik is the instructor. No prior sign -up necessary.

Learn About the Employment Fair, Academic Resources and Scholarships at How to Series


A new How to Series will take place from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., every other Wednesday in the main lobby of Thompson Hall. Free food is available to the first 50 students who attend. Students also will receive one entry into a grand prize drawing of gift cards for each event they attend.

The following lists the dates and topics:

  • Tomorrow, Oct. 20: How to Prepare for the Fall Employment Fair and How to Stay Engaged with Your Co-op Manager
  • Wednesday, Nov. 3: How to Maximize Academic Resources
  • Wednesday, Nov. 17: How to Apply for Additional Scholarships

SAE Garage Cookout on Wednesday




The Mechanical Engineering Department’s Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Collegiate Design Teams invite students of all majors to a cookout at the SAE Garage on the first floor of the Mott Building from 6 to 7 p.m., tomorrow, Oct. 20.

Students interested in joining or learning more about Kettering’s SAE teams are encouraged to attend.

Alpha Chi Sigma Selling Candy This Week


Alpha Chi Sigma is selling candygrams from 12:20 to 1:20 p.m. today through Friday in the Great Court in honor of National Chemistry Week.

Candy bags are $2 each and will include chemistry puns or memes.

Exploring Kettering University Research Event on Oct. 26




The Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning and the Office of Sponsored Research are showcasing Kettering University professors’ research.

The Fall Term’s featured professors are Dr. Ron Tackett from Natural Sciences and Dr. Jungme Park from Electrical and Computer Engineering. They will speak from 12:25 to 1:15 p.m., next Tuesday, Oct. 26 in room 2-225 of the Academic Building.

Tackett will discuss the use of magnetic nanoparticles in cancer treatment, while Park will share her research on artificial intelligence applications for autonomous driving.

To attend the event and RSVP for lunch, click here.

If you are a faculty member who wants to share your research on campus, contact Cindy Donner at cdonner@kettering.edu or Bonnie Switzer at bswitzer@kettering.edu.