At the Printing Management and New Media program’s Annual Book Day, held on April 13, $62,400 was awarded in scholarships to Ferris State University students.
The scholarships were awarded to 26 Printing Management and New Media students. Each student received $2,400 from the Ann Arbor Graphic Arts Memorial Scholarship Fund.
Book Day has been an annual campus event since 1995 and allows students an opportunity to network with book manufacturers and printing companies. The students met with representatives from Edwards Brothers, Malloy, Sheridan Book, Thomson Shore and Adair. The five companies were seeking to hire interns and full-time employees, but they also were eager to help students.
“These companies are fierce competitors but are the best of personal and professional friends,” said Patrick Klarecki, interim director of Ferris’ School of Design and Manufacturing. “It is inspirational to see how they can come together to so willingly and genuinely support education.”
Faculty, staff and students witnessed presentations on topical issues within the print media industry such as how to pursue a career and how to successfully interview. There was a scholarship presentation and a meet-and-greet session for students to discuss career opportunities with the attending industry professionals.
Klarecki said that students should have a feeling of how “exciting and prosperous the future of the print media industry is and will be into the future.” He believes that the perception of a dying print industry, due to emerging electronic media, is a false one.
“In fact, all of the various forms of new media have only enhanced the need for print and the need for more technical and business savvy employees,” Klarecki said. “A segment of our industry leaders have recognized the importance of preparing the industry leadership for tomorrow by establishing this scholarship fund.”
For more information about the Printing Management and New Media program contact the College of Engineering Technology at (231) 591-2890.