February 5 through the 8, Ferris State University was represented at the 17th Annual Michigan International Auto Show at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids. Members of the Ferris Formula SAE, Baja SAE, and Formula-Hybrid teams were present to greet visitors, answer questions about their projects and vehicles on display, and talk about their education at Ferris. Colin Kuznair also interviewed with TV8.
Among the Ferris State winners of All-America Awards for the USA College Football Division II All-America Team is Computer and Engineering Tech student Trevor Bermingham. For his outstanding performance this past football season, Trevor has received the USA College Football All-America Honorable Mention.
In conjunction with the Ferris State University Fine Art Gallery exhibit "Disparate Elements: A Steampunk Revolution," sophomore architecture students in the ARCH 290: Architectural Design Principles class were asked to "Steampunk Big Rapids." Given two weeks to complete the project by architecture professor Christopher Cosper, the second-year students had the opportunity to test newly-acquired design and Photoshop skills.
On Tuesday, February 17, a group of twenty Architecture and Facility Management students led the Big Rapids' Festival of the Arts event - Lego Architecture for 100 local schoolchildren and community members. Ferris students presented a brief history of fifteen historic and monumental works of architecture, then led the schoolchildren in constructing scale replicas using Legos. The event provided an opportunity for Ferris students to engage on a personal level with the local community as they used Legos to guide participants through the architectural design process.
Ferris State University HVACR program receives donation from Marathon International
December 17 2014- Marathon International has awarded an equipment donation to the Ferris State University Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration (HVACR) Program. Marathon International is the exclusive distributor of Baxi heating solutions in North America. Baxi makes 4,000 wall hung products a day for export to 70 countries. Baxi products are certified by Canadian Standards Association, American Society of Mechanical Engineers and Energy Star.
Marathon International's Regional Sales Representative Ed Bartucci is eager to help with a $2,000 equipment donation that consist of a Luna 3 Comfort 310 FI and Luna Duo-Tec 40GA to support the university's HVACR programming needs. The installation of lab equipment enables a student to work with the most up-to-date technology.
Joe Compton, HVACR Associate Professor comments, "It's very important that we keep the most current technology in the Granger laboratories as students are trained to troubleshoot on multiple types of units. Marathon International wants to hire Ferris HVACR students due to that exposure", adding, "Marathon International understands the HVACR program mission of providing a quality education and training that emphasizes practical hands-on skills to solve problems."
Doug Zentz, Associate Professor and HVACR program Coordinator agrees, "The donation was made in recognition of the long-term, strong relationship between Marathon International and the HVACR programs which keep the students abreast of the newest in cutting edge technologies. Employers of our graduates continue to be impressed with the student knowledge as a result of this type of continuing support. On behalf of the Ferris HVACR family, I want to thank Ed and Marathon International for the continued support."
Left to right: Aaron Valenta, Marathon International Technical Advisor; Joe Compton, Ferris State University Associate Professor; and Ed Bartucci, Marathon Regional Sales Representative
Christopher Cosper and Paul Long presented papers at the Creating-Making Conference at the University of Oklahoma. Cosper presented, "Fort Maurepas: Five Manifestations of Power on the Mississippi Gulf Coast." Long presented two papers, including "Working Toward a New Studio Pedagogy: The Ferris State University Small Town Studio."
The College of Engineering Technology hosted Ms. Celeste Baine, biomedical engineer and author of more than 20 books, to support outreach events for females in STEM related careers. Ms. Baine facilitated a train-the-trainer session for five Ferris faculty/staff and several other educators, including some individuals who traveled from Missouri to participate.
Ms. Baine also presented at the Mother Daughter TEA (Technology Engineering Aptitude) event that took place on November 8th, at the Granger Center. Approximately 80 mothers and daughters engaged in interactive presentations about careers in engineering and technology, and campus tours.