Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Ferris In The News

Founders’ Day Loaded with Activities to Celebrate 125 Years

Founders’ Day may carry an even more significant meaning this year as Ferris State University celebrates its 125th anniversary. The third annual Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Social will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday, but a number of additional events involving the history of the university will be available to students and the public, the Big Rapids Pioneer reports. “It’s a meaningful day regardless but with the celebration of Ferris’ 125th anniversary, I think it accentuates the importance of the founding of the university,” Ferris Governmental Relations Assistant and Founders’ Day organizer Geri Johnson said. Founders’ Day annually recognizes the origins of Ferris State University and the role Woodbridge N. Ferris and his wife,

Printing Industry Trains Ferris Student for World Competition

As students return to Ferris State University’s campus, one is preparing to go to Calgary, Alberta, Canada to compete for gold. Amela Mujkic, a print management and new media printing and publishing senior from Clinton Township, has spent the summer training to be the first person to represent the United States in Offset Printing at WorldSkills Sept. 1 through 7, reports WWJ Newsradio 950 of Detroit. According to Pat Klarecki, professor of printing and imaging technology and director of the School of Fabrication and Design at Ferris, without the support of industry here in Michigan and around the country, Mujkic’s run for the gold could not have happened. Dave Gilson, owner of Gilson Graphics in Grand Rapids, and his employees have played an incredible role in providing training for Mujkic. Gilson opened his facility for the entire summer to allow her to train on the same equipment on which she will be competing. Working on a daily basis with pressman Jerry White, Mujkic immediately fit in as if part of the team. “She has a good work ethic and is a go-getter,” said White. Read more at http://www.wwj.com/Printing-Industry-Trains-Ferris-Student-for-World-/5110570.

Carrie Weis Finds Inspiration in Nature

A sunflower isn’t the image that comes to mind when first meeting Carrie Weis, but after listening to the Big Rapids artist as she describes what inspires her to paint, a resemblance between the two subjects begins to form, the Big Rapids Pioneer reports. It suits Weis perfectly that among her most personal paintings is one she painted about 10 years ago of a sunflower against a blue sky – a painting she could never part with: her self portrait. “It just felt free and it just felt like an extension of my personality,” said Weis, who is director of Ferris’ Rankin Center Art Gallery. The painting only took Weis one hour to complete, but she said her best work is when she paints quickly and spontaneously because it allows her to be intuitive. The local artist, who is featured at Artworks in downtown Big Rapids, also will be teaching two painting classes in the fall at Kendall College of Art and Design. “I can no more quit painting as I can quit breathing,” Weis said. “It’s my voice; it’s my expression.” She also was recently award the “Banner Award” for her painting titled “Beauty.” It was one of five paintings on exhibition at the Whistle Stop Gallery in Granite City, Ill.

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