Hello 2006 freshmen!

Jul 7, 2006

Kettering gets a good look at its future as more than 220 energetic, smart and tech-savvy newcomers charge onto campus to begin 2006-07.

The fresh paint fumes had barely dispersed when more than 220 new Section A students hit campus Thursday, July 6, for Orientation and the unofficial opening of the 2006-2007 academic year at Kettering University. The second half of the freshmen class (Section B) will arrive in October.

Many of the incoming freshmen represent the finest students in their high schools and are joined by an ever-increasing number of transfer students. Ten of the 228 incoming freshmen were either the valedictorians or salutatorians of their class. Thirty states are represented in the entering class.

Freshmen #s at a glance
Section A: 228
Valedictorians: 6
Salutatorians: 4
Anticipated number in Section B: 239

Where are they from? 30 states:
Michigan, 70+ percent
Ohio, 5 percent
Indiana, 3 percent
Pennsylvania, 2 percent
New Jersey, 2 percent
Colorado, 1 percent
Illinois, 1 percent
Texas, 1 percent
Virginia, 1 percent

The new school year begins with two special events - Orientation and the first day of school! Orientation: Thursday, July 6 - Sunday, July 9; Move-in at Thompson residence hall begins July 6. More on Orientation:

2006-07 Academic Year: Monday, July 10
Classes begin Monday, July 10, giving faculty and staff a chance to say hello to familiar faces and Kettering's newcomers.

Barbara Sosin, director of Admissions, said the incoming class speaks volumes about Kettering's reputation and the quality of education available through its world renowned co-op program. "These students could have gone anywhere but they chose Kettering University! I couldn't be more proud of the quality of this incoming class."


Valedictorian Meghan Hall graduated from Mt. Morris High School with a long list of academic, civic and athletic accomplishments, including cheerleading, swimming, diving, and track and field. A competitive gymnast for 14 years, her diverse talents led her to the conference championship in the pole vault and the holder of the school record. Other honors include: state qualifier in gymnastics, National Honor Society, High School Student of the Month, Kiwanis Student of the Month and Outstanding Performance Awards in Social Political Studies, Chemistry, Pre-calculus, Engineering Design I & II, Academic Excellence award for four years, Advanced English 9, Geometry, Drafting and BST management support. Her honors also include the Society of Women Engineers Certificate of Merit (Michigan Tech), Golden Apple (Flint Journal), Regional (five states) Qualifier, gymnastics, Genesee Area Conference Scholar/Athlete Award, U.S. Army National Scholar/Athlete Award and Michigan Competitive Scholarship Award. Additionally, she completed Kettering's 21st Century Woman program.

Adam Terbrack comes to Kettering as the salutatorian of Deckerville High School and is already placed in a co-op at Trelleborg Automotive in Sandusky. His Mechanical Engineering studies will come in handy as he focuses on quality, engineering, machine shop and machine build assignments for Trelleborg. Terbrack was an FFA Agriscience third place state finalist and was a finalist for two years for the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium. He was the Lake Huron Water Quality Study Leader Science Student of the Year, attended the Sanilac Career Center Math/Science program for four years, received the four-year honor roll award and is a dual enrollment student at St. Clair County Community College. Other accomplishments include First Team Academic All-Conference, National Honor Society, and was a volunteer at the Sanilac County Humane Society.

Scott Carter from Macomb graduated summa cum laude from Dakota High School. An Eagle Scout, he scored a perfect 800 in Math on the SAT. He was a member of the 2006 Macomb County All-Academic Class A Team. Carter earned first place in Michigan and third place in the country honors for the SkillsUSA Technical Drafting competition.

Brent Triplett from Clio is coming to Kettering to study Mechanical Engineering. This scholar athlete from Clio High School is currently ranked in the Top Five in the region and Top 10 in the United States for Slalom water skiing. He also played on the Clio varsity hockey team for three years.


Friends and family helped Khadijah McGuffie move into Kettering's residence hall. She is a graduate of Murray Wright High School in Detroit, and will pursue Engineering.

Seven new FIRST Scholars join the long list of Kettering students who have experienced the international robotics program -- For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology. Joining the freshman class are:

  • Bailee Alexander, Team 270, Tech Fusion, a graduate of Toledo Tech and Rogers High School in Ottawa Lake, Mich., and Toledo, Ohio.
  • Christopher Arnold, Team 47, from Pontiac Central High School. He hopes to major in Mechanical Engineering. He's been involved with Chief Delphi since the third grade when he joined the team's cadet program. Chris is a four-year member of Chief Delphi, was the driver last year and team captain this year.
  • Ryan Gee, Team503, from Novi. He spent four years on Team 503, Novi's Frog Force. A graduate of Novi High School, he hopes to study Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering and has been attending the Kettering Kickoff since its founding.
  • Joshua McDonell, Team 1506, Metal Muscle from Clarkston, which is sponsored by Kettering University. He is a graduate of Chippewa Valley High School of Clinton Township and lives in Clinton Township. He hopes to study Industrial Engineering or Mechanical Engineering.
  • Kelly Schenck, Team 27, Team Rush, of Lake Orion High School and OSM Tech of Clarkston. She is a graduate of Lake Orion High School and OSM Tech and completed her second year on Team Rush. She hopes to study Computer Engineering. Kelly is joined on campus by her brother, Chris Schenck, who has transferred to Kettering from Oakland Community College to study Applied Physics.
  • Kevin Sirianni, Team 1188, Oaktown Crewz of Royal Oak. He is a graduate of Dondero High School in Royal Oak and completed his third year on the Oaktown Crewz. He hopes to study Mechanical Engineering.
  • Nathan Wallace, Team 494, Goodrich Martians. He is a graduate at Goodrich High School and been active on the former national champions Goodrich Martians team for three years; two years as the team's driver. He will study Mechanical Engineering.

Flint's Kearsley High School will be well represented with newcomers this term. Sisters Kari and Stacie Allen of Burton are both beginning studies in Mechanical Engineering. Kari is a transfer student from the University of Michigan-Flint, and Stacie is a freshman. They are joined on campus by friend Nick Armstrong, who is transferring from Mott Community College.

Frank Dice from Montrose has been involved in Forensics, Sales Speaking for four years, and placed top 12 in the state for four years. A graduate of Birch Run High School, he was involved in the Robotics club (where he competed at the county level) and was active in community service through the National Honors Society. One of his prized accomplishments was becoming the senior technical support manager for Birch Run Area Schools through a co-operative learning job. "I was involved in plays and musicals, where I was an actor and also worked on the technical aspects of theater, as well," he added.

Almont High School Co-Valedictorian Zachary J. Cain was a member of the National Honor Society and has received bronze, silver, gold and platinum academic awards. He participated on the cross country team and the basketball team. He will pursue studies in Bio-medical Engineering.

Valedictorian Michael Reinhold graduated tops in his class at Lutheran Northwest in Auburn Hills. He received the Valparaiso University Award for Excellence and the Michigan Math Prize competition. His school activities included soccer, football, track, band, choir, pit band and web site management, design and development. He designed T-shirts for the varsity soccer team and served as a math tutor. He will study Electrical or Computer Engineering.

Eric Bumbalough of Grand Ledge was a member of the National Honor Society and Quiz Bowl. He will study Mechanical Engineering.

Trevor Michael Smith of Chesaning will join the campus this fall as a freshman in B-Section. He graduated "with high honors" from Chesaning High School, where he was active in golf, soccer and tennis.

Salutatorian Melissa Scholl from Harrison High School is a graduate of Kettering's LITE program and has participated in various extracurricular activities, including National Honor Society, Natural Helpers, Student Council, track, PRIDE, jazz band, choirs, Spanish Club, concert band and marching band. Her community service through the National Honor Society included pop can recycling for the Red Cross, Salvation Army bell ringing, Project Kids Christmas and serving as a volunteer in the school library. She was part of Blue Lake's International Southern Winds Band and All-Star Band and traveled to Germany, France and Austria.

Continuing the GMI heritage: Joining the campus in October for B-Section will be Stephanie Simmons from Detroit Pentecostal Christian Academy. Her father, Cleveland M. Simmons '88, said his wife was pregnant with Stephanie when he walked across the stage for graduation ceremonies in the 1980s. Welcome back, Stephanie!

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Written by Patricia Mroczek
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