Thursday, July 22, 2010

Ferris State University News Headlines

Ferris State University not only fosters educational growth for students at the college level, read below how Ferris summer camps also give area youth a leg up on becoming the next Thomas Edison or Bill Gates. Also, read about new women’s soccer coach Matt Kellogg.

Ferris Inventors Academy Teaches Basics of Discovery

They may only be in middle school, but youth attending Ferris State University’s Inventors Academy are getting a head start on how to create new products for tomorrow’s consumer, the Big Rapids Pioneer reports. During the academy, which is part of Ferris’ 2010 Engineering and Technology Exploration Summer Academy, middle school-aged youth learn about developing products from design to manufacturing. The idea is to create an interest in technology and help students come up with new ideas, said Dan Wanink, Ferris associate professor of CAD Drafting and Tool Design Technology. “We start from the beginning and show them all the steps of what goes into a product,” he added. “Whether it’s a tennis shoe or an airplane, they learn how products are developed.”

Matt Kellogg Takes Over Ferris Women’s Soccer Program

Matt Kellogg, an NCAA Division I assistant coach at Morehead State in Kentucky the past two years, has been named to lead the Ferris State University women’s soccer program, reports the Grand Rapids Press. He replaces Neathan Gibson, who resigned in April. Kellogg, a 1996 graduate of Plainwell High School, spent the 2007 and 2008 seasons as an assistant at Kentucky under current Morehead State coach Warren Lipka. He was the Wildcats’ recruiting coordinator and moved into the head coaching position on an interim basis following Lipka’s departure. He also served three seasons (2004-07) as an assistant at Western Michigan University and served as head coach of the women’s soccer program at Kalamazoo College from December 2002 to February 2004 after being an assistant at the school for the 2002 season. Read more at

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