Pacesetter - Winter 2010 - Alumni Weekend 2010

Alumni Weekend 2010: Oct. 22-23

Revisiting memories and creating new ones

Now taking place every four years, Alumni Weekend Oct. 22-23 was full of opportunities for Kettering College alumni to interact with each other and spend time at their alma mater. The activities began on Friday evening with a family-friendly pasta dinner held in the College gymnasium, followed by a dessert reception and fellowship. Both events allowed alumni to spend time on campus and see the improvements that have taken place.

The Saturday church service at the Kettering Seventh-day Adventist church featured alumni, and all were invited to a potluck in the fellowship hall afterward. The weekend ended with the 2010 Alumni Awards dinner at the Dayton Country Club, where President Charles Scriven presented this year’s awards. More than 200 people attended the festivities.

Each year since 1987, the Kettering College Alumni Association has recognized outstanding alumni. The distinguished alumni awards — Alumnus(a) of the Year Award and the Rising Star Award — are the highest honors bestowed by the Alumni Association; they recognize graduates for professional achievements, contributions to society and support of the College. The Alumnus(a) of the Year Award recognizes a lifetime of achievement, while the Rising Star Award recognizes recent graduates who have accomplished a great deal in a short amount of time and demonstrate future potential. This year the Alumni Association also named an honorary alumnus.

Alumnus of the Year

Jeb Sheidler, assistant professor of physician assistant studies at Kettering College, was named Kettering College Alumnus of the Year. Sheidler graduated from Kettering College in 1991 with a degree in physician assistant studies. In 2004, he earned a Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree from the University of Nebraska. Sheidler has worked in a variety of health care settings including orthopedic and emergency medicine; served on the PA faculty at Wayne State University; and was recognized as a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) in 2009 for his outstanding contributions to patient care and the profession during his 17 years as a physician assistant and PA educator.

Rising Star

Todd Christie, a physician assistant at Southwest Cardiology, was honored with the 2010 Kettering College Rising Star Award. Christie, a 2002 graduate of Kettering College, earned a Bachelor of Science in Health Professions with a concentration in physician assistant studies. He then earned a master’s in physician assistant studies from the University of Nebraska. He worked in primary care at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Dayton and served as a preceptor for physician assistant student primary care rotations. Christie had his work published in 2009 in the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and served on the speaker’s bureau for Abbott Pharmaceuticals.

Honorary Alumnus

For his outstanding service to Kettering College,
his longtime commitment to the College and his ability
to reflect the mission of Kettering College, Larry Beneke, chair of the College’s radiologic sciences and imaging department, was named an honorary alumnus. Beneke began his imaging career at Kettering Medical Center in 1974 after completing training and a degree in radiologic technology in southern California. He already had a bachelor’s degree in biology before serving with the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps for four years as a medical corpsman. Beneke made his move to the College in 1985. In addition to serving as a member of the faculty and chair of radiologic sciences and imaging, Beneke has gone beyond his title, serving as the primary construction liaison for the College during the major renovations over the past few years.

Sue Parks Shoemaker ’69 and former staff member Jerry Shoemaker








Beth Maxwell ’99, faculty, with daughter Kate










Awards dinner reception.








Lisa Villegas ’83, Denise Carter ’73, professor Margaret Rodenburg









Stephen Roller ’05 with wife Lydia and daughters Averi and Addison.










David ’81 and Kay Starkey ’80 with daughter Karin