Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Ferris In The News

Printing Student Wins Superlative Award in International Competition

Amela Mujkic, of Clinton Township, Mich., and a student at Ferris State University, won the Medallion of Excellence in the four-day printing competition in the WorldSkills Competition, Graphic Arts Online reports. Mujkic competed as a member of the United States “WorldTeam” in the 40th international event held Sept. 1 through 7, 2009, in Calgary, Canada. The Medallion of Excellence is awarded to competitors who score at least 500 out of 600 points in their fields of competition. Mujkic is a member of SkillsUSA, the organization that represents the United States in the WorldSkills Competition. Mujkic earned the right to be a member of the “WorldTeam” by winning local, district and national contests in printing under the SkillsUSA program. Read more at http://www.graphicartsonline.com/article/CA6697809.html?industryid=48624.

Ferris Continues to Push Scholarship Initiative

It’s written on the university’s seal: Opportunity. That word remains one of the most basic quests of Ferris State University to this day and is now more apparent than ever with the implementation of the Opportunity@125 Initiative, Vice President for Advancement and Marketing John Willey said. Introduced in April 2009, Opportunity@125 is a scholarship effort to assist students who have been severely affected by tough economic times, reports the Big Rapids Pioneer. Although the scholarship is still in its early stages of fundraising, Willey expects students to be utilizing funds by June 2010. “The economic problems – particularly in the state of Michigan – are staring us right in the face,” he said. “From Ferris’ earliest days, the university always has believed in giving anyone a chance toward a better future through attending our university.” The initiative marks Ferris’ 125th anniversary with the objective of raising $250,000. Financial Aid has increased 11 percent this year over Fall 2008 as a result of the economy, said Financial Aid Director Rob Wirt. More students are applying for special consideration due to financial hardships. To contribute to Opportunity@125, visit www.ferris.edu/foundation.

Ferris Volleyball Team Raises Money to Help Build Wells in Africa

The Ferris State University women’s volleyball team is sponsoring Dig a Well for Kids – a charity fundraising effort benefiting the African Well Fund. Every cent donated for a Bulldog dig during the team’s 2009 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference regular-season matches will support the endeavor, reports the National Academic Advising Association in its Daily Review. The African Well Fund is a registered, non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for building and maintaining wells in Africa. “We’re always engaged in community activities and believe outreaching to the world community is important,” said volleyball senior Katie Edwards of Cedar Springs. “It’s really inspiring for us to touch our community, but also to help others worldwide who are far less fortunate than we are. We (Americans) tend to take water for granted, but the limited or no access to water for the Ugandans is a difficult hardship which they shouldn’t have to endure. Read more at http://www.ferrisstatebulldogs.com/sports/wvball/2009-10/releases/africanwellfund.

Tibetan Lama Offers Blessings During Ferris Visit

The Venerable Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, a high Tibetan lama, offered blessings and an empowerment for compassion Monday at Ferris State University, the Big Rapids Pioneer reports. Rinpoche led dozens of people in chants and guided meditation, and told those gathered he hoped the blessing would bring peace and happiness to the entire world, making the attendees’ lives free of inner and outer obstacles. The presentation was open to all faiths.

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