The Technician bulldogs.kettering.edu/technician September 12, 2013 • • Volume 111 Issue 3 EPA Grants Go to Chevy in the Hole From Kettering Communications Representatives from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (epa) presented Genesee County with funding to assist in testing, cleanup and redevelopment of brownfield properties, including the ‘Chevy in the Hole’ property adjacent to the Kettering University campus. Kettering University owns a portion of the Chevy in the Hole property, located at the corner of Bluff Street and Chevrolet Avenue, which is included in the $350,000 in funding received by the county. The funding is part of $15 million nationwide given to 41 communities to assist with cleanup and redevelopment projects on properties designated brownfields—former industrial sites where future development is hindered because of past contamination Continued on page 4 What’s Inside Photo courtesy of Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio The Crim Flint's Festival of Races in its 38th year 2 Automotive Rebuilding America after a recession Robot Society 5 Welcoming the newest initiates Intrapreneurship Lost Languages Grant at Kettering 8 Art & Lifestyle Flint Institute of Arts exhibit review 10 Kettering's Early Winter By Erin Boyse Online Editor By Matthew White Editor-in-chief By Matthew White Editor-in-chief Professors Art DeMonte and Larry Navarre recently received an Intrapreneurship grant from keen, the Kern Entrepreneurship Education Network. Intrapreneurship involves creating value within the existing enterprise. Their goal with this project is to create online intrapreneurship video modules. Navarre explained, “The idea is to have something brief that any instructor can use to complement their course.” The videos will be completed in September and will be available on the keen website and also on YouTube. Kettering has a partnership with keen which includes nineteen universities throughout the us. One of their goals is to promote an entrepreneurial mindset in engineering students. These intrapreneurship videos will be used not only by other professors at Kettering, but also all the universities that are part of keen. DeMonte and Navarre formed a series of eleven topics centered around the process of creating products or services and introducing them to the marketplace, typically within an existing organization. These topics are taken from the busn 373 course “Intrapreneurship and Innovation Development.” The first video topic is about Catalyzing Innovation, which describes the need for creation and selection of ideas that meet the strategy of a business. The videos are filmed both in a classroom environment and also on location in labs around Kettering. For example, the Design Concepts and Extreme Testing module was filmed in the Crash Safety Center. This allows the Kettering name to be seen outside the university by other colleges that use these videos. In a move that is likely to disappoint students, the Liberal Studies department has announced that it will not be offering any language courses next semester. A German course will be taught in B-section over the fall, however. The change comes as part of budgetary cuts issued by the provost's office. Dr. Karen Wilkinson, the head of the department of Liberal Studies, said that the cuts are meant to be a least-impact situation, still providing students with all of their required courses. Since no member of the faculty can teach German, Chinese, or Japanese—all courses offered quite recently—lecturers have to be hired in for the position. Although Kettering has been lucky to find a professor each term, there is not enough demand to hire one professor full-time. While Dr. Wilkinson would like to see language programs return, she is cautious to say when, or if, they will return in the near future. Related to the programs offered by the department, Dr. Wilkinson elaborated on the department's recent review of guest credits brought into the institution. Upon reviewing a summary of those credits, she recognized one online course held an overwhelming majority of the requests. After reviewing the course, the department found it to be of unsatisfactory rigor for Kettering's high standards. While the department will still accept guest credit—as well as offering an online Masterpieces of Literature course itself—those requests must be officially reviewed by the registrar and department, rather than relying on the course equivalency documentation. Sixth week of summer term is not a time that students typically associate with snow-covered grounds. Due to the efforts of Kettering Student Government, however, the campus celebrated a little bit of winter in the midst of the heat. Because of the A-section schedule, A-section students are working during the major holidays that Bsection students celebrate at the school. To build a new A-section tradition, Operations Council decided to bring in a winter holiday during the summer. Starting Monday, August 19, ksg representatives spread an artificial, polymer-based snow. That night, representatives of the Greeks houses gathered to pick other houses for a Secret Santa gift exchange while the pine tree in the pool—always dressed with lights—was lit. Activities continued throughout the week, including a gingerbread house construction activity Friday during lunch. Although “Winter in August” had nearly a month’s worth of planning, Mr. Alan Xia, the councilmember in charge of the event, admits that there were hiccups in the execution. Marketing was limited, resulting in a low turnout. He also blamed scheduling conflicts and failure to read instructions for issues surrounding the snow, which became too liquid and had to be removed. Addressing concerns about cost, Mr. Xia identified that, on top of coming in under budget by $250, the funds were reallocated from a mandatory leadership development activity that Student Senate budgeted for, but was not attending. For photos of Winter in August, please turn to the center spread.