Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Ferris In The News

Ferris Rube Goldberg Team Out to Break Own World Record

How do you top holding a Guinness World Record? You set a new one. At least that is what the Ferris State University Rube Goldberg team plans to do when they travel to Tokyo, Japan, Jan. 3, 2010. Ferris professor and Rube Goldberg team advisor Thomas Hollen, along with students Mike Dunakin of Grand Rapids, Kyle Hebner of Oscoda and Bryan Williams of Lupton, will spend two weeks in Tokyo trying to break their own world record of completing a task in the most steps possible through a Rube Goldberg machine, reports the Big Rapids Pioneer. The team set the Guinness World Record in 2007 with their “Toy Factory” creation, in which the students built a contraption that squeezed the juice of an orange in 229 steps. That same year, the students also walked away national champions in the annual Rube Goldberg Machine Competition. In Japan, Ferris’ Rube Goldberg team will be put to the test: create a bigger and better “Toy Factory” that can squeeze the juice of an orange in even more steps. The feat will be showcased on the Japanese television show Spring in Trivia Feb. 27, 2010. “It is going to take some work, but it is nice to have an opportunity to try and beat our old record,” Dunakin said.

Ferris Students Show Support for Veterans

Ferris State University’s Fritz Erickson recently presented a check for $875 to the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. on behalf of students enrolled in Political Science 121 – American Government, People and Politics – taught by faculty member Christine Bailey, the Big Rapids Pioneer reports. Accepting the check on behalf of Walter Reed was Ferris student and retired Naval officer Terry Baldwin of Cadillac. Students also collected personal use items such as toiletries, clothing and toys for veterans’ children that were delivered to Walter Reed for its patients. The project is part of the university’s Political Engagement Project, which encourages civic engagement and community service. “Ferris State University is very proud of these students,” President David Eisler said. “Their efforts to aid and support servicemen and women at Walter Reed hospital are an excellent example of the caring nature and civic engagement of our students and faculty. Together, they are making a wonderful difference for those who proudly serve our country.”

Hino Trucks Makes Donation to Ferris

Hino Trucks recently donated six trucks to various colleges across the country in support of their diesel technology programs, reports PR Newswire. The trucks selected for donation are MY 2005 and 2006 training vehicles ranging from a 14,050 pound GVW model 145 light-duty truck to a 33,000 pound GVW model 338 medium-duty truck. The trucks will provide apprentices and students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience working with engine mechanics and functionality and allows them to learn the latest on-board diagnostic technology. “Hino is pleased to make this donation to enhance innovative educational leadership at these institutions,” said Ryan Hitsman, manager of Human Resources for Hino Trucks. “Hino Trucks has made a commitment to education by donating vehicles to diesel technician programs that provide students with knowledge and experience that prepares them to work on diesel trucks as well as new technologies that are important to the environment and current needs of the industry.”

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