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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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  • Tokyo 2020 signs partnership arrangements with Japanese universities

    As part of the arrangement, each of the universities will promote Olympic education, help keep Olympism at the heart of Japanese society and raise awareness of the 2020 Games.

    “I am looking forward to lots of new initiatives from the universities, and I believe that these will also serve as a wonderful legacy of the 2020 Olympic Games,” said Tokyo 2020 President Yoshiro Mori. 

    “The universities and the Organising Committee will pool their collective resources and proactively undertake a variety of issues including promotion of Olympic education, and the development of global human resources. I would like to see students from universities all over Japan utilise their dynamism and vitality and help us to ensure the overwhelming success of the 2020 Olympic Games.”

    Among the universities that have entered into the partnership agreement are the prestigious Tokyo University, Waseda University, and Sophia University.

  • NanjingLELE stars in the world’s largest and longest 3D street art!

    The painting covers a whopping 2,600 square metres and features the many beautiful sights of Nanjing as well as a depiction of the forthcoming Youth Olympic Games and its colourful mascot NanjingLELE.

    This amazing piece of art was created as a tribute to the Youth Olympic Games, which take place in the Chinese city this August.

    Way to go Yang and the YOG!

    Stay tuned for more YOG news and follow us on Twitter and Facebook for updates!

  • IOC Debriefing of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games to get underway

    The Debriefing will be split into three different parts. The first part, of three days from 25 to 27 June, will focus exclusively on the technological aspects of the Games in Sochi. The second part, from 29 June to 2 July, will look at all other aspects of the Games organisation and will include a combination of plenary and breakout sessions, organised around five themes, as well as one-to-one meetings on specific topics. The third and final element of the Debriefing is specifically dedicated to the Paralympic Games, and will be held on 4 and 5 July.  

    The key narratives that will be covered during the Debrief will be how to create an attractive product; how to establish a strong governance model; how to engage with the stakeholders of the Olympic Movement; how to prepare the team for delivery; and how to deliver the Games. The Debrief will involve over 400 people from the different host cities and Games stakeholders.

    The Debrief is part of the IOC’s Olympic Games Knowledge Management (OGKM) platform. OGKM was developed so as to retain knowledge within the Olympic Movement and to assist future Games organisers, who are usually taking on the organisation of the Games for the first time. This innovative programme was specially created to ensure that future hosts could draw from the wealth of knowledge that is available about Games organisation, while using it to make their own projects more efficient and effective in delivering the highest quality conditions for the athletes of the world. More importantly, OGKM aims to help bid cities and host cities develop their own vision and understand how a city and its citizens can benefit from the long-lasting impact of the Games, while managing the opportunities and risks that such an event produces.

    Find out more: OGKM and Debrief Factsheet