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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Video: Chrysler Day at Kettering University in Flint

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)

No surprise: Kettering University named “Best Midwestern College” again

Kettering University in Flint, Mich., has once again been ranked as a “Best Midwestern College” by The Princeton Review.

Kettering is one of 153 institutions receiving the Best in the Midwest designation in The Princeton Review’s 2012 Best Colleges: Region by Region.  Kettering has been on the select list each year since 2004.

Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s senior vice president – publisher, said, this year’s selections focused on the quality of academics.  “We selected these colleges and universities primarily for their excellent academic programs.  We also took into account what students attending the schools reported to us about their campus experiences on our student survey,” he added.

Kettering sophomore Matthew White of Pittsburgh was pleased to hear about the select Midwest ranking.  “It comes as no surprise to me that Kettering is consistently recognized as a top school,” the Computer Engineering major said.  “The academic program is engaging and thorough, but the co-op program is what really stands out. Everything you learn in your classes has the chance to be applied on the job. The experience is second to none.”

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60 companies will be in Flint on Thursday for Kettering University Employment Fair

Co-op students are some of the most sought after employees in the country right now so it’s not surprising that more than 60 companies will be in Flint, Mich., on Thursday, Aug. 4, to actively recruit Kettering University co-op students during the University’s 2011 Summer Employment Fair.

“The country desperately needs more engineers and scientists, so there is a bright economic future for students with those talents and interests,” said Venetia Petteway, Kettering’s director of co-op.  “Co-op opportunities in science and technical areas help students earn money toward their college education, and now — with demand exceeding supply — our graduates are seeing great financial offers as they start their careers.”

Petteway anticipates that employers will bring co-op recruiting packages to campus with some benefits not usually offered to college-aged students.

For example, there’s the world-class flight benefit that senior James MacClaren enjoys at his co-op at Delta Airlines.  An interior’s engineer for Delta in Minneapolis, MacClaren has traveled to Australia, Europe and around the U.S. as a co-op plus.  “Getting to know how the business world works is the best part of my co-op,” the Mechanical Engineering major from Davison, Mich., said, “but flying the world is a favorite perk.”

Petteway noted the Aug. 4 recruitment fair is for Kettering co-op students and alumni only.  Registration is required.

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Kettering University graduate appears on cover of Black Enterprise Magazine

It’s not everyday an entrepreneur with ties to Flint winds up on the cover of a national magazine, but this is not an everyday story. Sabin Blake, a 1999 Kettering University graduate, is the cover shot of a story that needed to be told, according to Sonya Alleyne of  Black Enterprise Magazine. Sabin works for General Motors.

Here’s an excerpt from the article abstract:

We’re not going to pretend this was an easy topic for Black Enterprise to consider. Let’s face it—the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community is one of which our society whispers, mocks, ignores, and, in extreme cases, vehemently rejects. For Black members of this community, the emotional backlash can be even more intense. Editor-at-Large Carolyn M. Brown and I spent months producing this feature. Due to the topic’s controversial nature, we had some difficulty finding subjects. Even some of those who agreed to participate in our cover story, “Black and Gay in Corporate America,” felt some trepidation about how revealing their sexual orientation would affect relationships with family, friends, and associates outside the workplace.