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  • Public Relations Internship Opportunity Takes Plank to Mackinac Island
    Carman Plank She is: A senior from Romulus, Mich., studying Public Relations. Internship: Plank is spending her summer as a Public Relations and Marketing intern for Mackinac State Historic Parks, in Mackinac Island. Plank is completing this 12-week unpaid internship over the summer. Though her internship is unpaid, she will be receiving a stipend at the end of the summer.
  • Ferris Student Making a Difference for Foster Youth with D.C. Internship
    WASHINGTON D.C. - Kaylia Ervin is learning and aiming to make a difference in the lives of foster youth during her summer internship on Capitol Hill. Ervin, a Ferris State University junior from Muskegon, is interning in the office of Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI). She is one of 12 current and former foster youth from across the country who are spending a portion of their summer in Washington D.C. as part of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute's Foster Youth Internship program.
  • Ferris' Woodbridge Promesa Summer Success Program is Making an Impact
    BIG RAPIDS - Successfully blending academics and college preparation with the cultural experiences of the students, instructors and their communities, Ferris State University's Woodbridge Promesa Summer Success Program is making an impact in West Michigan.


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Written by Scott Roman   
Monday, 21 July 2014 10:10
Car Info -Secretary of State Ruth Johnson announced that Michigan now participates fully in a national
motor vehicle title database created to prevent car thefts and protect consumers from title fraud.
Michigan recently joined Illinois and Texas as the latest states participating in the National Motor
Vehicle Title Information System, which is administered by the U.S. Department of Justice.
The database now includes all Great Lakes states and 96 percent of all vehicles nationwide.
Michigan now submits new vehicle title information to the national database and has contributed
its entire title history database. The system protects consumers by ensuring that out-of-state
vehicles that are badly damaged in a crash or from flooding, even if they are rebuilt, still receive
a specially branded Michigan title when they are brought here. In addition to participating states,
insurance carriers, and junk and salvage yards are required to report title information to the
system, which contains more than 72 million salvage records. Law enforcement agencies rely on
the database to improve their ability to identify vehicle theft rings and help combat other criminal
enterprises involving vehicles.


Big Rapids, MI - The preseason recognition continues for the Ferris State University football program in anticipation for the upcoming 2014 campaign as a pair of Bulldog standouts, junior quarterback Jason Vander Laan (Frankfort, Ill./Chicago Christian) and junior defensive end Justin Zimmer (Greenville), have been chosen to the Beyond Sports Network (BSN) Preseason All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) First Team. Previously this week, both were also recognized as 2014 preseason first-team All-Americans with Vander Laan claiming acclaim from BSN and Zimmer tabbed to the USA Football squad. On the BSN Preseason All-GLIAC squad, Vander Laan was one of two quarterbacks chosen along with Ohio Dominican's Mark Miller. Meanwhile, Zimmer was one of five defensive linemen chosen to the list. The preseason all-league picks were made by the BSN staff and based on returning performers from last season's all-conference teams, game evaluations and overall statistics. Previously, the two standouts were chosen earlier this week among the seven Ferris State student-athletes who claimed USA Football Preseason All-American recognition. Zimmer headlined the group of Bulldogs as a USA Football Preseason First-Team All-American and was joined on the list by a trio of third-team senior defensive picks in tackle Corey Stone (Sterling Heights/Stevenson), linebacker Darnell Morris (Detroit/Inkster) and defensive back A.J. McEwen (East Grand Rapids). The offensive unit was represented by Vander Laan along with a pair of preseason honorable mention choices in junior lineman Adam Bennett (Romeo) and senior receiver Jake Lampman (East Lansing/Haslett). Zimmer played a key role on a Bulldog defensive unit that got stronger as the year went on in 2013 and eventually led the league in total defense. As a redshirt sophomore, Zimmer paced FSU and ranked among the league leaders with both 7.5 sacks (-33 yards) and 10.5 tackles for loss (-41 yards). He ranked fourth among the team leaders with 57 tackles and scored a touchdown on a 20-yard interception return last year. The standout end also had seven quarterback hurries, blocked two kicks and forced two fumbles while starting all 11 games. Last fall, Vander Laan was among the nation's Harlon Hill Trophy candidates and ranked as the nation's top running quarterback with more rushing yards on the ground last season than any other signal caller in the country, regardless of level. His 1,607 total yards rushing finished tops among all quarterbacks at the NCAA Division I, II or III level, including both the FBS and FCS levels of competition. In addition, his total topped the all-time NCAA Division II single-season mark for rushing yards by a quarterback last year. Overall, Vander Laan ranked fourth nationally in rushing touchdowns (21) along with seventh nationally in rushing yards (1,607). Vander Laan was also eighth in the country in scoring (11.5 ppg.) and second in the GLIAC in points responsible for (216). Earlier this week, Vander Laan was also listed among the national nominees for the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Good Works Team. The performance of Vander Laan and Zimmer in 2013 helped the Bulldogs finish with an 8-3 overall record along with a second-place 8-2 finish in the GLIAC North Division standings. FSU, which finished the year riding a four-game winning streak, narrowly missed receiving the school's first playoff bid in 17 years. The Bulldogs' eight-win campaign was the school's first since 2006 and only the second in the program's last 16 seasons. In addition, FSU's eight league victories were its most since 1996 and the four-game winning streak to close the season was the longest to end a campaign since 2001. The Bulldogs will begin their 106th season of varsity competition this coming fall with their sights set on competing for a potential GLIAC Championship and a NCAA Division II Playoff berth. FSU opens the 2014 campaign with a non-league contest at McKendree (Ill.) on Thursday, Sept. 4, before visiting Northwood for their GLIAC opener on Sept. 13 in Midland. FSU's 2014 home opener at Top Taggart Field will be on Sept. 20 as the Bulldogs entertain archrival Grand Valley State in the Anchor-Bone Classic with kickoff set for 7 p.m. (ET). Both season and individual game tickets for all 2014 home contests are now on sale and can be purchased thru the FSU Athletics Ticket Office by calling (231) 591-2888 or online at StarTickets.com. For more information, please visit FerrisStateBulldogs.com.



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  • Kim Jangmi’s journey to London 2012 via Singapore 2010

    Singapore will always be close to Kim Jang-Mi’s heart. It was there that the Korean shooter’s career took off in July 2009, when, at the age of 16, she won gold in the women’s 10m air pistol title at the Asian Youth Games (AYG). A little over a year later she returned to Singapore to win the same event at the inaugural Youth Olympic Games.

    “The AYG were my first major international competition and I didn’t know what to expect,” she explained at the time. “I took part in a lot of competitions after that, and by the time I went to the YOG I felt a lot more experienced. It’s very important for me to take this step, from the Asian Games to the YOG. These are the first ones and I’ve won gold. I’m very proud for my country.”

    Speaking at the YOG in Singapore, Kim’s coach Lee Yongh Jae mapped out the way forward for her: “The next objective is London 2012, where has the potential to win. If she’s to go higher, though, she’ll need to improve her self-control because he gets too nervous sometimes. She needs to focus on each shot in each competition.”

    Right on target in London

    Buoyed by her successful maiden Olympic experience, Jang-Mi was in determined mood when she stepped out on the shooting range at Royal Artillery Barracks for the 25m air pistol competition at London 2012, having won a World Cup event there just a few short months earlier. Commenting on the experience, she said: “There wasn’t such a large media presence at the YOG. There’s a lot more pressure here, but I’m putting in the same amount of effort to try and come up with a good performance.”

    She was as good as her word, setting a new Olympic record in qualifying with a score of 591. Then, in a thrilling battle for gold, she got the better of China’s Ying Chen, scoring 792.4 points to her rival’s 791.4.

    “I was more nervous than I thought. I just tried not to put myself under too much pressure, and to make the most of it. I left home saying I was going to win the gold, and I’m so happy to have come back with the brightest medal of all round my neck,” added Kim, for whom the Singapore 2010 YOG were a vital step in her rise to the top of her sport.

  • Tokyo 2020 celebrates six years to go with social media push

    The one-day #InsideTokyo2020 initiative aims to give fans a behind-the-scenes look at preparations for the Games by introducing them to the people who will help bring Tokyo 2020 to life over the next six years. 

    Photos of Organising Committee staff members will be posted on the official Games Facebook page (facebook.com/tokyo2020.jp) and the newly launched English-language Twitter account (twitter.com/tokyo2020) throughout the day, revealing the faces behind the Games.  

    Sakura, Sports Management. © TOKYO 2020

    "This is a very special day for Japan. On this day in 2020, the Olympic Games will open in Tokyo for the second time in the city’s history. This is the first exciting and symbolic milestone in our journey toward the 2020 Games,” explains Masa Takaya, Tokyo 2020 Communications Director. 

    "On this occasion, we are launching our English Twitter account, @tokyo2020, to engage the conversation with fans and supporters from the entire world. And our first action is to send an invitation and share our excitement about the Tokyo Games." 

    Members of staff featured in the campaign include Olympic hammer throw champion Koji Murofushi, who was recently appointed as as Tokyo 2020’s Sports Director.

    Mami Sato, Paralympian. © TOKYO 2020 
  • YOG athlete Jessica Fox returns to the Youth Olympic Games…as a Young Ambassador!

    Myriam Jerusalmi was a trailblazer for the sport of canoe slalom in France, winning the world championships eight times in the 1980s and 90s and taking bronze in the K-1 slalom in Atlanta 1996. Richard Fox, meanwhile, was one of Great Britain’s greatest ever slalom canoeists, winning ten world titles in the same era and finishing fourth in the K-1 at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona.

    Myriam and Richard married and their daughter Jessica Fox was born on 11 June 1994 in Marseille, France. The family then moved to Australia where Richard became the head coach of the Australian national canoe team in the run-up to the 2000 Games in Sydney. As a result, their talented daughter Jessica, who has taken up the family vocation, can now be found sporting Australian colours.

    Jessica Fox grew up near the Penrith Whitewater Stadium, where her parents worked and which was the venue for the canoe slalom at the Sydney Olympic Games. She started paddling aged 11 and stood out straight away thanks to her parents’ coaching - her mother Myriam remains her coach to this day. When Jessica was selected to compete in the K-1 class at the first ever Youth Olympic Games in Singapore in 2010 she was already junior world champion. Her fluid descent easily earned her the gold medal there.

    London sensation

    Two years later Fox, aged just 17, made the step up to the Olympic Games. “At the Youth Olympic Games I was the favourite because I’d already won World Juniors, but it’s completely different here,” she said at the time. “It’s an amazing experience. There are so many more people and the girls I’m racing against have already raced in one, two or even three Olympics already.” Among her seasoned rivals was the Czech Stepanka Hilgertova who won gold back in Atlanta 1996 when Jessica’s mother took the bronze.

    During her first run in the qualification rounds at the Lee Valley White Water Centre Fox capsized, but she had a much better second run which got her through to the semi-finals. There she recorded the eighth fastest time, which was good enough to get her to the final. And in her final run she posted the time to beat of 106.51.

    “My goal was to make the final so at the start I was like, give it everything. No matter what the result to perform like that in an Olympic final is something I was really proud of.” Then there was a wait. “I was so nervous! We watched everyone else coming down going worst, I’m 5th… I’m 4th… I’m 3rd…”

    In the end, only Emilie Fer (FRA) managed to beat Fox’s time to take the gold, leaving the Australian with the silver medal. Her success pushed the legendary Czech paddler Hilgertova off the podium.


    YOG Ambassador

    Fox continued her run of great form in 2013, becoming double world champion in Prague as she claimed victory in the C-1 individual and team classes while still only 19 years old. More Olympic success undoubtedly awaits.

    In the meantime she plans to return to the Youth Olympic Games as a Young Ambassador, appointed by the Australian Olympic committee to take part in the cultural and education programme in Nanjing. “It’s a different aspect of the Youth Olympic Games,” she reflects. “It’s important to race well and be prepared, but it’s just as important to respect other cultures and to understand competitors coming from all different countries. It will be great. I can’t wait!”