Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Ferris In The News

Kendall College Students Get 'Opportunities by Design'

What do you get when you link cross-disciplinary design students with a nonprofit organization to help in problem solving and identifying new opportunities? That's what the Design West Michigan advisory board wanted to find out, reports Michigan Business West in its Knowledge Quarterly. Their quest was realized in a collaborative design project involving Kandu, Inc. and Kendall College of Art and Design. The idea for the project, said John Berry, executive director of Design West Michigan, was to find examples of how design thinking could be applied to help various organizations meet their existing needs and identify growth opportunities, thus exposing more groups to the role design plays in economic development. But the discussion "became somewhat problematic" when the board realized it didn't want to be in the position of deciding cost or which practitioners worked on the project. The thought shifted to nonprofit organizations and involving design students. "Nonprofits have some needs for the kind of help design could bring about," Berry said. Two board members — Matt Blair, Kandu's director of operations, and Gayle DeBruyn, assistant professor at KCAD and partner at Lake Affect Design Studio — jumped at the idea. Read more at

Former Ferris Football Player Chosen as Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year

The awards just don't stop for Jake Visser. The former Ferris State University football standout received yet another prestigious honor in being chosen as the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year, the Big Rapids Pioneer reports. Visser, a 6-foot-2-inch, 280-pound defensive tackle who signed a free agent contract with the National Football League's Houston Texans and has been working out with the team in Houston, completed his career at Ferris in the fall of 2008 after graduating with a degree in history education. He ranks fourth all-time on the school's sacks list and is sixth all-time in tackles. A native of Coopersville, he also was named Ferris' Male Bulldog of the Year for 2008-09.

Ferris Pharmacy Grad Joins Ranks of Elite Racers

Tyler Jenema, a recent graduate of Ferris State University's Pharmacy school, crossed the finish line of Superior Bike Fest's Presque Isle Circuit Race Sunday to the excited screams of his father Kent and sister Ashley, reports the Marquette Mining Journal. No, Tyler didn't win the race. In fact, he finished fifth. But the 23-year-old Negaunee High School product was racing in the weekend's premiere division of the Superior Bike Fest, the Pro 1 and 2 Category, and was the only local rider in the field. Tyler said he was happy with his finish, but as a member of Team Priority Health, he was a little disappointed with not having a teammate atop the podium. With the team racing nearly every weekend, he said road biking has become a lifestyle for him. "We're an elite squad," Tyler said. "The majority of us are either going to school or have jobs. By no means would I say we're weekend warriors. We train 20 hours a week. It's basically a full-time job in itself." Read more at

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