Friday, June 26, 2009

Nebraska-Omaha Leaving The CCHA

Defection drops numbers in CCHA

BIG RAPIDS - Ferris State University, and its fellow members of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association, has lost one of its members.

The University of Nebraska-Omaha has decided to leave the CCHA to join the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.

The departure of UNO is not a huge surprise, but is it the start of other changes that could impact both the CCHA and the WCHA in the years to come.

The Detroit Free Press announced the move by Nebraska-Omaha in a story posted on its Web site. The story does not include any comments from officials of the CCHA.

Here is a portion of the story:
OMAHA, Neb. — Nebraska-Omaha and Bemidji State will join the Western Collegiate Hockey Association after this season, expanding the league to 12 teams.

UNO had been part of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association, and Bemidji State was with College Hockey America. The Beavers said the four-team CHA will disband after next season.

UNO entered the Michigan-based CCHA for the 1999-2000 season after the school’s efforts to join the WCHA stalled.

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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Scenes from SkillsUSA

Jon Vance competing in Technical Drafting

Kyle Busse competing in Graphic Communications

Shane Wilcome competing in Diesel Technology
You can find more photos on the College of Engineering Technology Facebook page.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Competition gets underway at SkillsUSA

The Automated Manufacturing team of Josh Ferris, Frank Kruger and James Wolf got things rolling for Ferris today. They were the first group of Ferris students to compete at SkillsUSA. The three man team is the only team. The rest of competitors from Ferris, Kyle Busse - Graphic Communications, Jon Vance - Technical Drafting and Shane Wilcome - Diesel Equipment Technology will have their competitions tomorrow.

The competition hall is all set up with everything you can imagine and others you can't all right next to each other or across the aisle way. One side has culinary and baking competitions while the other has plumbing and welding - almost like Iron Chief meets Holmes on Homes.

Check back tomorrow for an update on Ferris' three other competitors.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Ferris Welcomes More Than 2,000 Students To Campus

In addition to students, Ferris welcomes family during the summer

BIG RAPIDS – Summertime injects new life into Ferris State University’s campus thanks to new-student orientation which brings approximately 2,100 students over a 16-day period.

Ferris is rolling out the red carpet as it welcomes students, families and friends for a detailed introduction to what the University has to offer. Orientation day is a busy one for students and parents as their day begins early (7:30 a.m.) and ends at 2 p.m.

“Our goal, with orientation, is to do everything we can to make sure students are having a smooth transition to Ferris. We also make sure we’re taking care of parents who have their own questions that we want to be sure to address,” said Leroy Wright, dean of Student Life at Ferris. “Orientation is a big process. One of the great things about orientation is it brings the entire community together as we all work to make orientation successful and smooth for our students and their families.”

SkillsUSA National Conference

CET Recruiting Officer, Jason DaDay talks with an interested parent on Ferris' programs at the SkillsUSA National Conference.
As SkillsUSA gets going in Kansas City our six competitors are preparing to hopefully bring gold home.