College of Engineering Technology students inducted into honor society

Professor of Engineering and Computing Technology Chuck Drake (left) joins Ferris State University Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Paul Blake (right) in congratulating Travis Hooker, of Mecosta, as he was inducted into the Michigan Epsilon chapter of Tau Alpha Pi, the national honor society for students in engineering technology. Hooker graduated last month with a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering technology from Ferris. (Courtesy photo)

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BIG RAPIDS — Faculty advisers for Ferris State University’s Michigan Epsilon chapter of Tau Alpha Pi, the national honor society for engineering technology students, recently announced their 2018 inductees.

Among the students, local pupil Travis Hooker, from Mecosta, was named alongside peers Timothy Klementowski, from Cedar Springs; Jayna Colthorp, from Stevensville; Spencer Knizacky, from Scottville; Benjamin Lentz, from Standish; Adam Makarewicz, from Elmira; Kaitlyn Oleniczak, from Manistee; North Yates, from Alto; Karley Engelsman, from Spring Lake; Ashley Smith, from Williamsburg; and Nicholas Horton, from Ada.

“Eligibility for membership is limited to the top 4 percent of all full-time students who have completed at least three-fourths of their studies in an eligible engineering technology program. So, these are the best students in some of Ferris State University’s toughest programs,” said Jim Rumpf, chapter advisor. “In addition, besides being academically eligible, candidates also must be recommended by their faculty group. So, these inductees were not only academically outstanding, but also have displayed excellent character during their careers. They have earned both our respect for their accomplishments and our appreciation for their performance.”

Rumpf and faculty advisors Gary Todd, Chuck Drake, Ben Upham, Ken Kuk and Rich Goosen processed nominations earlier in the Spring 2018 semester. Inductees received their certificates, pins and diploma seals on Thursday, March 22, at a presentation ceremony with Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Paul Blake and College of Engineering Technology Dean Larry Schult. Names of the students were added to the Tau Alpha Pi plaque on display at the College of Engineering Technology.

The Michigan Epsilon chapter of Tau Alpha Pi was established at Ferris in 2000. Tau Alpha Pi is the national honor society for engineering technology, as Phi Beta Kappa is for liberal arts and Tau Beta Pi is for engineering. Founded in 1953, membership is open to both associate-degree and baccalaureate candidates. The society’s purpose is twofold:

1. to recognize high standards of scholarships among students in engineering technology programs, and

2. to promote and encourage scholastic achievement by offering outstanding engineering technology students membership in the society. Tau Alpha Pi rewards selected scholars for past achievements and accomplishments, while encouraging a lifetime of commitment to learning and scholarship.

More information on Tau Alpha Pi can be found at the organization’s website,

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