Monday, August 31, 2009

Ferris In The News

Local Ferris Student Participates in Innovative Research

Big Rapids resident John Konieczny recently participated in the Research Experience for Undergraduates program at the Milwaukee School of Engineering. Konieczny, a Ferris State University student, was one of nine undergraduate students from around the country who were selected to participate in the summer program, the Big Rapids Pioneer reports. As part of the REU program, students researched projects advancing state-of-the-art applications in biomedical, aerospace, architectural, manufacturing, composite, biomolecular and electro-optical industries. The students’ work is funded by the National Science Foundation and Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power. Konieczny’s project focused on investigation of the process of converting microscopy data sets for uses with additive manufacturing.

Wind Collaborative a Step Forward

The announcement that eight West Michigan community colleges, including Muskegon Community College, and two universities are joining forces to create a curriculum for the burgeoning wind industry is just the type of collaborative creativity this area – and the state – needs to develop the work force of the future, reports the Grand Rapids Press. West Michigan, with its extensive Lake Michigan shoreline and tall dunes, and its many experienced workers in metals technology, would appear to be the perfect place to become a state leader in alternative energy development. Now, with the West Michigan Community College Collaboration, stretching from Kalamazoo to Traverse City and including Grand Valley State University and Ferris State University, workers will be able to hone their skills for the wind turbine industry. The group has developed a business plan and is seeking state and federal grants to launch the effort. It is the first college collaborative in west Michigan. The group wants to secure a wind turbine site for hands-on classwork and community education. Read more at

Bulldog Beginnings Welcomes New and Returning Students to a Fresh Start on Campus

As summer winds down, life on campus will pick up as Ferris celebrates students’ arrival with Bulldog Beginnings Aug. 27 through Sept. 5, the Big Rapids Pioneer reports. Students can expect a variety of free events and activities such as picnics, disc golf and cornhole tournaments, caricature artists, Chinese acrobats, ice cream socials and a movie in the Campus Quad. Spanning the course of 12 days, Bulldog Beginnings, formerly known as Welcome Week, gives new students a view of the college lifestyle while preparing returning students for the shift back to campus life. “During this time, the energy on campus and in the community is fun, relaxed and filled with excitement. We want students to start the beginning of their academic year receiving the same positive messages across campus that speak to making connections with others, becoming familiar with the campus and local community and having a smooth transition to Ferris,” said Associate Vice President for Student Affairs Michael Cairns. “There are many exciting activities designed to help create new memories for students and all involved.” Read more at

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