Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Ferris In The News

Ferris Co-founder Honored With Memorial Garden

Ferris State University honored the woman who helped shape the university with a ceremonial groundbreaking dedication of a garden in her name Tuesday, reports the Big Rapids Pioneer. The garden, which was dedicated in the name of Helen Gillespie Ferris, co-founder of the university, will be located in a green space outside the Prakken Building, and will feature trees, shrubs, and annual and perennial flowers. The garden will serve as a memorial for Ferris and her love of flowers and gardening, said Ferris professor of Biology and Ornamental Horticulture John Vanderploeg, whose class will be working on the construction of the garden. “Students will have the opportunity to get involved in a project everyone can appreciate,” he said.

Hobart and Ferris Partner for Training

Hobart Service (Troy, Ohio) has initiated an effort to become capable of servicing commercial foodservice refrigeration equipment out of all their offices nationwide within the next several years, the Big Rapids Pioneer reports. Hobart approached Ferris State University to train their more than 1,500 service technicians. It was not a coincidence that Ferris was looked at to partner in providing this training. When Hobart first started to discuss this strategic move into a new service market, Ferris was the first school to come to Jim Boeke’s (HVAC ’70), director product service and training at Hobart, mind. Working with Tom Crandell, director of Ferris’ Corporate & Professional Development Center, Hobart and Ferris established a balanced combination of classroom and hands-on training in the development of this customized school. Under the direction of Ed Phillips, training instructor with Hobart, the program was designed by Ferris’ assistant professor Joe Compton, adjunct faculty member Bob Persons and assistant professor Joe Pacella; Compton and Persons also were the instructors.

125th Geocaching Event Celebrates Ferris’ Past, Present and Future

Calling all adventurers: If your motto is “have GPS must travel,” then Ferris State University’s 125th Geocaching Event is your next big quest, reports the Big Rapids Pioneer. To participate, all you need is a GPS device, a 125th Geocaching Event card and a few hours of time, said event chair Scott Thede. Explorers began testing their navigational skills Sept. 3, with the event continuing through May 2010 for future geocachers. Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunt, with caches hidden and maintained by anyone who wishes to participate, Thede said. Adventurers then find these caches using GPS units. A cache is a box containing coordinates describing how to find the next cache. The caches designed for the 125th Geocaching Event will include informational material about the university. “The caches also will include SWAG, or stuff we all get, including items such as key chains or pens,” Thede said. “And, those people who take an item can feel free to leave an item.”

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