Friday, April 17, 2009

Michigan Energy Conference comes to an end

Sam Hogg from NextEnergy closed out the 2009 conference. He focused on Why Michigan? for Energy.

KEY FACT: Michigan has the potential of 24,350 jobs with wind energy.
KEY FACT: Michigan spends $20 billion each year to bring energy into the state.

Check back next week on for the complete presentation.

We'd like to thank all the sponsors, speakers and especially the more than 200 attendees for supporting the 2009 Michigan Energy Conference. We hope to see you and your friends and co-workers next year!

Michigan is Taking Energy to the Max

Stanely "Skip" Pruss, director of Michigan Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth, shared with the group the goals and directions Michigan is going and even leading in some cases with energy. He highlighted areas that are strengths for Michigan including our great manufacturing experience.

Pruss also talked about the recent annoucement of "Advanced Energy Storage Technology" (battery) that is coming to Michigan. These new opportunities bring with them stimulus dollars to the state.

Other topics he discussed included wind and solar energy, and energy efficiencies. Check back next week at for his presentation.

The lunch session was wrapped up with Brian Olsen, regional industrial energy efficiency project manager with Department of Energy.

Stephen Hamstra - GBH Architecture

Stephen Hamstra shared key information and opportunities in regards to energy and energy efficiency.

The U.S. consumes 20-25% of energy and co2 in the world. Buildings are the #1 energy users at 40% of our energy consumption. The primary energy use is electricity. KEY fact: 1980 - 56%, today - 75% (electricity use). Electricity generation is largest source for CO2.

Hamstra stated that Green Jobs will be around for a long time. Energy efficiency or renewable energy jobs generate greater revenue than Walmart, GM and MobileExxon - COMBINED. It is projected that there will b 37 million jobs by 2030.

There was also discussions on Geothermal heating. Hamstra's full presentation can be found at next week.

Michigan Energy Conference gets off to a good start

Last night's event had over 300 people in attendance! What a great start. Today, after some social time and viewing partners material, President David Eisler got the conference started.

The first speaker of the morning is Michele Buckler from FTC&H. She is talking about the Carbon Footprint. The carbon footprint is based on Greenhouse Gases or GHG.

Once you have established the GHG protocal, areas of emission sources need to be identified. After that review you need to calculate co2 equivilent to GHG. (This is just a breif snapshot) Michele's complete presentation will be available online at next week.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Tomorrow at the Michigan Energy Conference

Check back tomorrow. We will be covering what is the carbon footprint and how to reduce it. There will also be a presentation from Skip Pruss, director Michigan Energy, Labor, Development and Growth. Cascade Engineering, DTE, Consumers and Verrsima will be providing break-out sessions in the afternoon on energy efficiencies and renewable energy.

Bill Harper - Chevron Energy Solutions

Bill Harper from Chevron Energy Solutions shared a brief presentation on responding to our Energy Challenges. His presentation will be up on next week.

Jeff Goody - Vestas Blades

Did you know that a Wind Turbine blade could weigh 50 to 60 tons? Jeff Goody of Vestas Blades is sharing information on the design and manufacturing of wind turbines.

You can check back next week to see his entire presentation at

Paul Proudfoot - Michigan Public Service Commission

Paul Proudfoot of Michigan's Public Service Commission is sharing Michigan's energy initiatives...check back on for the presentation next week.

Michigan Energy Conference Poster Awards

Ferris President David Eisler and HVAC Professor Doug Zentz presented 10 awards to students for their "Energy Challenges" posters.

Group Awards:
5. "Coal-fired Electricity Plants" Aaron Schmit and Micheal Trebish
4. "Wind Energy in Michigan" Chad Billins and Taylor Nelson
3. "Home Built Wind Energy" Jeremy Ruthig and James Williams
2. "FSU Arboretum" Tim Bergman and Zach Mcintosh
1. "Water Sustainability" Abigail Buchin, Shane Keshwah and David Zeeb

Individual Awards
5. "Reduce, Reuse, and Recycyle" Megan Ferguson
4. "Conquering the Energy Crisis with Sustainable Design" Mark Yager
3. Wood Biomass: Fueling Ferris State University" Jeff Baysarowich
2. "Sustainable Efforts" Joshua Westhouse
1. "Michigan Energy Initiative" Alex Dekok

Congratulations. There were over 50 entries!

Michigan Energy Conference Begins Today

Second Annual Event Is Underway

BIG RAPIDS - Ferris State University continues to be at the forefront of teaching and meeting the needs of its students and community by hosting the second annual Michigan Energy Conference today and tomorrow (April 16 and 17). This year’s conference will focus on energy efficiency and reducing carbon footprint, the Big Rapids Pioneer reports. The outcome of the conference is for participants to leave with an understanding of the carbon footprint, along with the opportunities and challenges with Michigan’s renewable portfolio and realizing sustainability through renewable resources.
“The energy conference provides a forum to discuss important energy issues and foster ideas that will result in opportunities for Michigan,” said Ron McKean, Ferris College of Engineering Technology associate dean.

For more on the Michigan Energy Conference:

Eisler Talks Numbers, Answers Questions in Forum

Ferris President Speaks On A Variety Of Topics

Everything from tuition increases to the new optometry building was on the table for discussion during Ferris State University’s “Our Budget, Our Future” forum on Wednesday, reports the Big Rapids Pioneer. The forum featured Ferris President David Eisler, who gave students a rundown on the university’s current budget situation, including an approximate tuition increase, while answering a number of general questions students had regarding campus issues. Despite Gov. Jennifer Granholm’s proposed tuition freeze to all public universities, Eisler said he expects tuition to increase, but at a rate that will restrain costs to students over the next few years instead of instituting a large increase a few years down the road.

“Freezing tuition now would create an 18 to 20 percent increase in the future,” he said. “That’s just not something we can do to students down the line.”
Ferris is looking at a $6.3 million revenue shortfall for 2009-10. To combat this, Eisler said he has asked all department vice presidents to hold an additional 2 percent of their budgets to make up some of that shortfall.

To learn about President Eisler, his initiatives, activities, vision for the University and more, visit his Web site at

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Nagata Shachu - Japanese Taiko

Saturday night might be a good time to take a visit to campus for good entertainment combined with a bit of culture in Ferris State University's G. Mennen Williams Auditorium beginning at 8 p.m. on April 18.

Here is a synopsis of the event:

Combining thunderous, primal drumbeats with subtle, intricate rhythms, the ensemble is able to produce a wide spectrum of sound. Featuring a vast array of Japanese taiko (including the massive O-Daiko), gongs, bells, wooden clappers, shakers and bamboo flutes, Nagata Shachu will take you on a musical journey beyond all borders.

For more information, call Williams Auditorium at 231-591-5600.

Harry Dempsey - Understanding Kent State: The Disconsolate Phantoms of Lost Liberty

Harry Dempsey, who is in his 32nd year teaching at Ferris State University, will be sharing his experiences with the historic-turned-deadly protests at Kent State University on May 4, 1970.

Here is a portion of the synopsis of the presentation Dempsey will make here at Ferris in Music Center 122 on April 16 from 11 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.
The events at Kent that day led to protests on college campuses throughout the United States; a student strike causing more than 450 campuses across the country to close with both violent and non-violent demonstrations; and poured gasoline on the firestorm of bitter national debate regarding the Vietnam War. What happened that day, why students were killed, who they were, and the resolution of their murders are examined 39 years later.

For more information on Dempsey's presentation, contact Matt Moresi at 231-591-2587 or e-mail him at

College of Engineering Technology to Host Open House April 25

Are you interested in finding out a little more about what Ferris State University's College of Engineering Technology has to offer? If you are, CET has an event that is a can't-miss affair for you April 25 in the Granger Center for Construction and HVACR from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The College of Engineering Technology is extending an Open House invitation to visit Ferris and CET to learn more information about the college's programs while also touring facilities.

During the visit, you will have an opportunity to meet Ferris faculty and students, ask questions, tour facilities and see why the College of Engineering Technology at FSU ranks among the largest engineering technology school in the nation.

For more information, contact Jason DaDay by e-mail at or by phone at 231-591-3048.

Comedian and Lecturer ANT to Appear at Ferris

Need a good stress relief now that we're inching closer to the end of the semester? Maybe you need a welcomed distraction from your studies or work. Well, Entertainment Unlimited has an event for you Thursday in the Rankin Student Center Dome Room.

Entertainment Unlimited presents comedian and lecturer ANT on Thursday (April 16) at 8 p.m. in the Dome Room. A regular guest on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Tyra Banks show, ANT is the only comedian to appear on all five seasons of NBC's hit series Last Comic Standing. Currently, ANT can be seen as the host of VH1's juggernaut smash Celebrity Fit Club, now in its sixth season, and in the LOGO series, "U.S. of ANT." In the summer of 2008, ANT ventured out of his comfort zone, appearing in the VH1 series, "Celebri-Cadabra," a competition show featuring magic and celebrities.

ANT's appearance is made possible by funds as allocated by the Finance Division of Student Government. Anyone with a disability who needs assistance to attend, please contact 591-2610 at least 72 hours in advance.

For more information, contact Entertainment Unlimited via e-mail at or by phone at 231-591-2610.

The contact person for this event is Jalena Strayer.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Nationally-ranked Ferris Softball Team Wins Two More

Bulldogs Cap A Great Weekend Of Softball
The good times continue to roll for the Ferris State University softball team - the top-ranked NCAA Division II team in the Midwest Region. The Bulldogs, ranked eighth in the nation, earned a pair of wins on Saturday afternoon against Hillsdale College by scores of 6-0 and 9-7 at the FSU Softball Field on Saturday.

In game one, the Bulldogs were pretty impressive from start to finish in all three phases: defense, hitting and pitching. Game two was an especially impressive win as the Bulldogs had to rally from a large early deficit to get its offense in gear and claim a gutsy two-run win over the visiting Chargers. With the latest wins, Ferris improves to 26-4 overall and 12-0 in the GLIAC.
The Bulldogs have won 15 of their last 17 games and nine of their last 10 contests to date as they prepare for a long week of road games.