Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Ferris Rube Goldberg Team Out to Beat Own World Record

BIG RAPIDS – 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.

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.

The competition is named after Reuben Garret L. Goldberg, co-founder and president of the American National Cartoonist Society. One of the most famous cartoonists in history, Goldberg earned lasting fame for his Rube Goldberg machines – machines that perform simple tasks in exceedingly complex ways.

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.

That’s precisely what Japanese television production company Collaboration, Inc. thought.
“Collaboration, Inc. felt who better than the current world record holders to compete and beat the Guinness World Record for most steps in a Rube Goldberg machine,” Hollen added.


For the full version of the story visit the News Services Web site:
http://www.ferris.edu/htmls/news/news/News.cfm?AnnouncementID=1036&CatID=1

Family Creates Scholarship at Ferris in Honor of Son

BIG RAPIDS – Cory Myrie (PET ’01) loved Ferris State University hockey, the Plastics program and being an engineer.

That is why after he lost his long battle with brain cancer in 2009 his parents established the Cory Myrie Memorial Scholarship Endowment.

Starting in 2010, the yearly scholarship will be available for Ferris junior or senior level Plastics Engineering Technology students who have a minimum 2.5 GPA, with preferences given to historically under-represented populations on campus.

“At a young age, Cory knew that school was important, but it didn’t come easy for him,” Peggy Dennis, Myrie’s mother said on why the family started the scholarship.


For the complete story, visit the News Services Web site:
http://www.ferris.edu/htmls/news/news/News.cfm?AnnouncementID=1039&CatID=1

AP, WZZM 13 In Grand Rapids Cover Ferris State University's New Doctorate In Education Degree

Coverage of Ferris State University recently announcing its new doctorate in education with focus on community college leadership continues to appear on the Web sites of various news outlets in the state and the region.

Below is coverage from the Associated Press as published on the Web site of Grand Rapids-based television station WZZM 13.

WZZM 13/AP:
http://www.wzzm13.com/news/story.aspx?storyid=116929

Check Out Grand Rapids Press Writer Dave Murray's Story Ferris State University's New Doctor Of Education

Grand Rapids Press reporter Dave Murray has a new article discussing the new Ferris State University doctoral program focusing on community college leadership.

Here is an excerpt from Murray's article:
GRAND RAPIDS - Community college enrollment is hitting record levels in Grand Rapids and elsewhere, and Ferris State University leaders say there's a growing need for people to lead those schools as they grow.

Ferris trustees last week approved creating a doctoral program for community college administrators, planning to focus on the special needs at two-year institutions.
"We're seeing a real explosion in the number of community college students," said Fritz Erickson, Ferris' provost and vice president for academic affairs.

"The reality is that the road out of our economic problems in our state and country is going to be education, and we're going to need more people to run these institutions."

Experts say such programs are growing in number. The University of Michigan is the only other state university with a community college program, but it focuses on research instead of administration.

For the full story from the Grand Rapids Press, visit: http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2009/12/growing_community_colleges_nee.html

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.”

Monday, December 21, 2009

Ferris In The News

Ferris Proves it Can Skate with the Big Boys

Blair Riley’s pass to Casey Haines sent Haines in alone on Western Michigan goaltender Riley Gill, who had no chance to come up with the save in a 3-0 Ferris State win earlier this month. Ferris State’s ability to quickly get the puck out of its zone to start its fastbreak style is one reason why the No. 11 Bulldogs (13-3-2) have joined No. 1 Miami, No. 10 Bemidji State and No. 8 Quinnipiac to turn the college hockey world upside down, the Detroit News reports. Miami came within seconds of winning the national championship last season. Bemidji State, with an enrollment of 4,500, also earned a spot in the Frozen Four. Ferris State, a Division II school in other sports, and Quinnipiac (7,000 students) are moving up in the rankings this season. And who knows – maybe both schools will make the Frozen Four at Ford Field in April. So why is Miami (13-2-5) and Ferris at the top of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association standings while traditional power Michigan (9-9) is near the bottom? “There are a couple of reasons the smaller, mid-majors can compete at a high level,” Ferris State coach Bob Daniels said. “In hockey you dress 20 and they all play. In basketball, a couple big-time stars make all the difference. But in hockey, even your marquee players will be on the ice just 30 percent of the time. Plus, goaltending is the great equalizer. If you have strong goaltending you can be competitive. A goaltender can keep you in a game and possibly win one by himself.” Read more at http://www.detnews.com/article/20091219/SPORTS07/912190398/Stingy-Ferris-State-proves-it-can-skate-with-big-boys.

Ferris Recycling Program is Student-Driven

Recycling on Ferris State University’s campus is starting to gain interest, reports the Big Rapids Pioneer. Michael Hughes, associate vice president for Physical Plant, said the university’s student-driven pilot program is going over well. Helping the cause are members of Ferris Recyclers, a registered student organization dedicated to promoting recycling. The student volunteers manage the recycling bins in residence halls around campus. To date, the bins are located in four residence halls, including Puterbaugh, Henderson, Brophy and McNerney. Ferris Recyclers President Angela Eick said eventually she would like to see several centralized bins on campus to allow more students, faculty and staff to recycle. Hughes added the program is dependent upon volunteer labor.

Lawmakers Approve $10.6 Million Tax Credit for Ferris to Renovate Grand Rapids’ Old Federal Building

The Old Federal Building is on course for a new life after $10.6 million in tax credits were approved by the Legislature, the Grand Rapids Press reports. The credits provide a springboard for Ferris State University to raise an additional $20 million for an historic renovation of the 99-year-old building, 155 N. Division Ave. The building will be used by Ferris’ Kendall College of Art and Design, where enrollment has jumped 49 percent – from 931 to 1,385 – during the last five years. “The upgraded building will extend the Kendall campus, relieve the city of upkeep costs and provide a space available for such events as the ArtPrize competition,” Ferris President David Eisler said. Fundraising will begin next month and work could begin as early as next summer. The renovation will be done by the Christman Company, which will own the title jointly with the city for the five years the tax credits will be in effect. Ferris will lease the building from Christman until the tax credits expire, then take full ownership. Read more at http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2009/12/michigan_lawmakers_approve_106.html