Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Ferris In The News

Ferris Sends Team to Japan to Set New Rube Goldberg Machine Record

A machine that took 229 steps to squeeze an orange has put Ferris State University in the Guinness Book of World Records. Now, the Big Rapids school has sent a team to Japan to try to beat its own record by designing an even more complex Rube Goldberg machine, reports the Grand Rapids Press. Professor Thomas Hollen is adviser to Ferris State’s Rube Goldberg team. He and students Mike Dunakin of Grand Rapids, Kyle Hebner of Oscoda and Bryan Williams of Lupton left Jan. 3 for two weeks in Tokyo. “This is an honor and a testament to our student’s capabilities to be recognized internationally,” said College of Engineering Technology Dean Thomas Oldfield. They’re doing so by invitation of the Japanese television production company Collaboration, Inc. The mission, according to Ferris State spokeswoman Leah Nixon, is to “create a bigger and better ‘Toy Factory’ that can squeeze the juice of an orange in even more steps.” Read more at http://www.mlive.com/news/index.ssf/2010/01/ferris_state_sends_team_to_jap.html.

Ferris Uses Local Workforce to Construct Optometry Building

In a little more than a year, Optometry students at Ferris State University will have a new place to call home with the opening of the new Michigan College of Optometry building. When they do enter new classrooms, they’ll be doing so in a building constructed by local workers, the Big Rapids Pioneer reports. To date, 90 percent of labor and materials for the new building are from within a 60-mile radius of Mecosta County, said Michael Hughes, associate vice president for Ferris’ Physical Plant. The university has made a conscious effort to provide local contractors with a chance to supply workers and materials for the new project, Hughes added. “We’ve tried to take away the intimidation of bidding on such a large project by asking local contractors to partner up with another company,” he said. “If the university is going to spend tax dollars, I think it’s important to keep it local and spend those dollars within the state.” Located at the corner of State Street and Ferris Drive, the new 87,000 square-foot facility will provide access to the newest technologies available for clinical teaching and learning, enable the MCO to better meet the needs of area underserved populations, allow students at every stage of the educational process to receive more and expanded clinical experiences, and increase visibility and public awareness.

Ferris Art Exhibit Features Faculty, Area Artists

Those passing through Ferris State University’s Rankin Art Gallery recently were treated to the creations of local artists, reports the Big Rapids Pioneer. The art of Ferris faculty and local artists was on public display as the 2010 Faculty Exhibition kicked off. The exhibit runs 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday until Jan. 26. It also features the art of Ferris’ Kendall College of Art and Design faculty. A reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Jan. 14 in the Rankin Gallery will feature the artists themselves, who will answer questions about their art.

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