Torch News Briefs

Ferris State University students earn awards

The student organization You Beautiful Black Woman and four FSU students were honored for making a difference on campus and in the community during an event on March 20.

The event, “A Tribute to Women,” celebrated Women’s History Month. It included presentations from organizations that showcased the contributions that women have made to society. It took place in the Rankin Student Center and was presented by FSU’s Office of Multicultural Student Services.

The students who won awards were nominated by faculty and staff members for making outstanding contributions toward the image and issues of women on campus and in the community, according to university wide news.

The Big Event approaching

The university’s largest student-run volunteer project, the Big Event, will take place on Saturday, April 14.

There will be meetings held for a group’s main contact person on Wednesday, March 28 at 6 p.m. and also one on Thursday, March 29 at 11 a.m. Wednesday’s meeting will take place in the Dome Room, and Thursday’s meeting will take place in the Rankin Student Center, room 252.

If you are an independent volunteer, there will be a separate meeting held on Tuesday, April 3 in Rankin, room 252.

The Big Event is a way for Ferris Students to say thank you to the community.

New gift for engineering technology students

AutoForm Engineering recently provided a new level of access to tool design and metal forming technology to engineering technology students at FSU.

According to the university wide notices, AutoForm “has donated annually-renewing licenses for students’ use of its software, a gift valued at $1.6 million.” This donation guarantees students in related majors will always have access to the best software tools.

AutoForm is a leading provider of software for “product manufacturability, tool and material cost calculation, die face design and virtual process optimization.”

Criminal justice students offered new scholarship

James and Kathy McCandless, parents of deceased FSU alumnus Ryan McCandless, have created a new scholarship in honor of their son.

The Ryan McCandless Memorial Endowment Scholarship is a scholarship opportunity awarded to one or more criminal justice sophomores, juniors or seniors enrolled full-time at FSU. Students enrolled in the criminal justice program must have maintained a 3.0 GPA.

A 2001 graduate of FSU’s criminal justice program, McCandless was shot and killed during a routine traffic stop in August 2011. McCandless served with the Rapid City Police Department.

For more information regarding the Ryan McCandless Memorial Endowment Scholarship, contact the Ferris Foundation at ext. 2365.