Free Movies Set to Roll as Kettering Continues Global Issues Film Festival in Flint

From “A Bridge Apart”

From “A Bridge Apart”

Looking for some really good movies that are free in Flint & Genesee? With free popcorn? Did we mention they’re free?

The public is invited to the 13th Annual Global Issues Film Festival on Jan. 28-31 at Kettering University in Flint.

Here’s the movie lineup:

  • Wednesday, Jan. 28: “A Bridge Apart” (7 p.m.) – A compelling look at migration from the perspective of immigrants from Central America and Mexico to the U.S., exploring why they move and the dangers they face.
  • Thursday, Jan. 29: “Half of a Yellow Sun” (7 p.m.) – Enjoy this saga of love and betrayal set against the 1967-70 Biafran war, when Igbo people struggled for independence.
  • Friday, Jan. 30: “Oil and Water” (7 p.m.) – Based on a true story of two boys coming of age as they each confront one of the world’s worst toxic disasters.
  • Saturday, Jan. 31: “A River Changes Course” (1 p.m.) – Tells the story of three families in contemporary Cambodia as they face hard choices forced by rapid development and struggle to maintain traditional ways of life.
  • Saturday, Jan. 31: “Bitter Seeds” (5 p.m.) – Explore the controversy between advocates who believe in the “New Green Revolution” and those who raise environmental concerns that the GMO’s drive small-scale farmers off the land.

All films will be shown in the McKinnon Theater, 1700 University Ave. (in the Academic Building at the corner of University and Chevrolet). Learn more here.

Wonder what else is going on in #flintandgenesee? See What’s Possible here.

Flint To Salute Its Olympic Boxing Champs

On Thursday, August 8 Flint will pay tribute to some of its recent Olympic boxing champions with an evening that will honor local athletic heroes Chris Byrd, Andre Dirrel, and Olympic Gold Medalist Claressa Shields.  The evening will be full of boxing as there will be twelve amateur boxing matches featuring boxers coming from as far away as Ohio and Indiana.  The main event will be a match between Claressa Shields and Canadian Alison Grey.  The event is being held at the Kettering University Rec Center and will feature an autograph session.

All proceeds from the fights go to the Claressa Shields Youth Foundation, which was created to promote education and athletics in the community.  This will be the first time that Claressa has boxed in Flint and it’s a great opportunity to see this gold medalist in person and in action.

Admission is $20 for general admission and $40 for VIP.

A Salute Flint’s Olympic Champions

Thursday, August 8

Kettering University Rec Center

1700 University Ave., Flint, MI, 48504

Admission –

$10 Kettering University Students

$20 General Admission

                                                                                      $40 VIP Admission

Tickets can be purchased at Bryant’s Barber Shop, 4217 Clio Road,

and Berston Field House, 3300 N. Saginaw St.

Make a Difference Day Activities to Honor Active Duty Service Members and Veterans

Area colleges hosting card writing and other activities October 25

Make a Difference DayFrom HandsOn Genesee

In honor of Make a Difference Day, five Flint area colleges and universities are hosting a joint effort to write cards and letters to U.S. military service members. Baker College of Flint, Davenport University, Kettering University, Mott Community College and University of Michigan-Flint are all participating. HandsOn Genesee, the volunteer center for Flint and Genesee County is providing support for the effort.

On Thursday, October 25, from 9am-4pm, each school will set up a table in a central area with supplies for students, staff and community members to write cards and letters to members of the U.S. military serving overseas. Volunteers will staff each site.

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Tee time: Kettering fraternity hosting a charity golf outing

The Kettering University chapter of the Sigma Chi fraternity is hosting a charity golf tournament Aug. 21 at the Flushing Valley Golf and Country Club. Cost is $50 per person. The tournament is a four-person scramble and the cost includes lunch, green fees and a cart.

Proceeds benefit the Huntsman Cancer Institute. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Sunday and the tournament starts at 9 a.m. Registration forms are available here. For questions or more information, contact Joe Flaig at (716) 491-1305 or flai1300@gmail.com.

Officials from Dominican in Flint yesterday: Looking to strike deal for fuel cell technology

While I was out yesterday afternoon, officials from the Dominican Republic were at Kettering University discussing a potential deal that could bring jobs to Flint and fuel cell power plants to the Caribbean. The potential deal showcases the importance of institutions of higher learning, like Kettering University and the big ideas born there, in the future growth of the Flint area.

Countries like DR, lacking in some of the natural resources at our disposal, are scrambling to find sustainable ways to bring full-time energy to the nation. Hopefully Flint can be a part of the solution.

From Mlive:

GEI, founded by Kettering University’s fuel cell leader and scientist K. Joel Berry, is in talks with the country to install a plant that could house enough fuel cells to power a couple thousand homes and businesses on the island.

The fuel cell units would be built in Flint and could potentially create between 20 to 50 jobs in the city, officials said.

Photo of the Day: A beautiful Viper spotted at Kettering University

Executives from Chrysler Corporation are at Kettering University today for its “Corporate Day” with students at the renowned engineering university in Flint. For students, it’s a great chance to network with people in the field and, as many already have, gawk at some sweet cars. There are numerous models on display including the popular Viper sports car (pictured) and the new, and quite gnomish, Fiats. (Photo by Jared Field)