Friday, August 14, 2009

Ferris In The News

Conference Highlights Ferris’ Fleet Management Program

The next generation of fleet managers may be among those in attendance at NAFA’s Michigan Chapter meeting on Sept. 2, 2009, at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, NAFA reports in a recent press release. The meeting will discuss the partnership between FSU and NAFA; the curriculum associated with the school’s Fleet Management minor; the program from the experiences of a recent graduate; how one employer is utilizing the school’s internship program and how others may utilize internships for their business, as well. The partnership between FSU and NAFA, announced in 2008, further enhances the credibility of NAFA’s Certified Automotive Fleet Manager (CAFM) program and allows the program to reach new heights. The arrangement includes a four-step degree plan that begins with awarding NAFA CAFM program participants 12 semester hours of college credit for the successful completion of the program and ends with a Bachelor of Science degree with a minor in Fleet Management. Read more at http://www.free-press-release-center.info/pr00000000000000050232.html.

Ferris Professor Shares Love of Music, Jazz with Campers

“Linking Nature, Culture and Arts” is the slogan for this year’s Camp Idlewild. This is the camp’s second year of providing enriching activities for children and teens ages 5 to 18 free of charge, reports the Lake County Star. This year, Ferris State University’s Humanities department has offered several programs for the camp, including two field trips to the university’s campus in Big Rapids. Campers received a 2.5-hour introduction to jazz by Ferris associate professor and jazz musician Harry Dempsey. “Jazz is a unique blending of societal and musical elements,” Dempsey said. Students also were treated to a jazz concert and lunch at Westview Dining Center. “One of the best aspects of the camp is to see young people excited about art, music and history,” added Grant Snider, Humanities department head.

Ferris Student Travels to Canada for International SkillsUSA Competition

SkillsUSA, the organization that represents the United States in the WorldSkills Competition, will send 16 students as part of the United States “WorldTeam” to compete in the 40th international event to be held Sept. 1 through 7, 2009, American Printer reports. This year, Amela Mujkic, of Clinton Township, Mich., and a student at Ferris State University, Big Rapids, Mich., will represent the U.S. in Calgary, Canada, in the WorldSkills Printing Competition. Every two years, hundreds of young people from 51 member countries or regions compete in the prestigious WorldSkills Competition. Considered “the best of the best,” these contestants compete for four days in 45 occupational skill areas from economic sectors including manufacturing, information technology, transportation, construction and services. Read more at http://americanprinter.com/news/syndicate/skillsusa-student-competition-0810/.

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