Friday, July 23, 2010

Ferris State University News Headlines

Kendall Student Wins Furniture Design Competition

Fine-furniture manufacturer Theodore Alexander has announced that Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University student Andrew Golombisky was named the winner of the manufacturer’s inaugural Distinction in Design competition, furnitureWORLD magazine reports. Golombisky will receive an internship, as well as a full-time position as designer-in-residence with Theodore Alexander in Vietnam. The company launched its inaugural Distinction in Design program in 2010, searching three continents for one or more premiere senior-level design students to become part of the company’s design team. The program offers an opportunity to recognize young, passionate furniture designers and offer them once-in-a-lifetime employment opportunities. Golombisky, who also is a Celia Moh Scholarship winner, will graduate from Kendall College of Art and Design in December with a degree in furniture design.

Bulldog Summer Camp Keeps Children Busy with Learning, Community Service

Children at Tot’s Place Child Development Center at Ferris State University have had a busy summer, reports the Big Rapids Pioneer. The children participated in the Bulldog Summer Camp, an annual summer learning program that provides children kindergarten through age 12 learning, recreation and volunteer opportunities. One community service project the children chose to assist was the “Save the Pool Fund” for Big Rapids’ Charles E. Fairman Community Pool. By hosting a bake sale, the children raised $240. “I’m very impressed with the enthusiasm shown by the children in taking on this service project,” Tot’s Place Manager Lori Johnson said. The summer camp also has included field trips to Patterson’s Flowers, Ferris Ice Arena and Mecosta County Agricultural Free Fair. Tot’s Place Assistant Manage Debbie Roberts added children also spent time learning math, science and reading skills; writing in journals and even honing their cooking skills.

Ferris Part of Team Receiving DOE Funding for Energy-efficient Housing Partnerships

The U.S. Department of Energy announced 15 research and deployment partnerships to help dramatically improve the energy efficiency of American homes, reports. These highly-qualified, multidisciplinary teams will receive funding to deliver innovative energy efficiency strategies to the residential market and address barriers to bringing high-efficiency homes within reach for all Americans. Ferris is a member of the Habitat Cost-Effective Energy Retrofit Program Team led by Dow Chemical Company of Midland. This team will focus on applying innovative retrofit technologies in partnership with Habitat for Humanity. The team’s vision is to improve retrofit methodologies by validating cost-effective strategies through test homes and identifying technology gaps that must be addressed. The Dow team also includes Michigan State University and Habitat for Humanity, with technical contributions from Duke Energy, DTE and Exelon. Read more at

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