Friday, June 12, 2009

Ferris State News Headlines

‘Healing Hands’ Pays Tribute to Human Spirit of Hospitals

Robert Barnum, a professor of Fine Arts at Ferris State University, sees public art as "a mirror … a reflection of a time and place as defined by an individual artist." From this vision springs Barnum’s newest work of art, "Healing Hands." This newest addition to The Michigan Art Walk will be unveiled at the Mecosta County Medical Center Ice Cream Social at 6:05 p.m. June 18 in Centennial Triangle Park, reports the Big Rapids Pioneer. "Healing Hands" is the first installment of the second phase of the Art Walk Project and is an artistic recognition of the hard-working efforts of the men and women who make the hospital an important part of the community, Barnum said. "Hospitals and health facilities offer a unique humanist character as a business," said Barnum, who is Ferris’ resident artist and a 2003 recipient of the Michigan Artist of the Year Award. "The industry is technology driven, but works or evolves by the realization that human touch and human contact may be the most powerful healing force on our Earth."


Ferris Students to Screen Film

After four weeks of casting editing and filming, Ferris State University students wills present their short film at 4:30 p.m. June 15 in the Interdisciplinary Resource Center Auditorium. As part of the university’s new course Digital Cinematography students created the film "Harvey’s Immaculate Donut," doing everything from script writing to casting actors, filming and editing, the Big Rapids Pioneer reports. Ferris Student and casting and production assistant Eric Stacey said the sophisticated comedy is great for all audiences and features parts of downtown Big Rapids.

Eye-Opening Opportunity

No more classes in a retrofitted dormitory, no more sporadic heat and leaky pipes and no more will the community eye clinic be located on upper floors. Groundbreaking for the long-awaited new building for the Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University took place May 8, reports Nancy Peterson-Klein, acting dean of the Michigan College of Optometry, said faculty members, students and alumni have dreamt about a new building and have been trying to make it happen for about 15 years. "We realized for us to continue to grow and provide better care for our patients, we definitely needed a better facility," Peterson-Klein said. "The state realized this would be a good capital outlay project." The state will cover 75 percent of the cost of the $26.9 million building with 25 percent coming from alumni, optometric industry sponsors, the Dow Foundation in Midland and others. The new 87,000-square-foot, three-story facility will allow Ferris to increase the number of optometry students from 36 to 52 students for the four-year program.


Adsmond Named Distinguished Teacher

Teaching is in the blood of Dr. Daniel Adsmond, an Organic Chemistry professor in Ferris State University’s College of Arts and Sciences, and has been since childhood. A dedication to education and improving the lives of students are among the reasons Adsmond was named recipient of Ferris’ 2009 Distinguished Teacher Award, the Big Rapids Pioneer reports. A professor at Ferris since 1998, Adsmond was honored with the award after the Distinguished Teacher Award Selection Committee’s work over the period of a year. In the end, Adsmond’s name was selected by the committee chaired by Dr. Adnan Dakkuri, professor, College of Pharmacy. "It’s a real honor to receive this kind of award and, in many ways, I think it’s an affirmation of the positive things I’ve always felt I’ve been doing with students I’ve had the opportunity to work with," said Adsmond, who earned his bachelor’s degree from Northern Michigan University and his Ph. D. from the University of Minnesota.


Making Your Way as a Video Game Designer or Programmer Requires Strong Computer Skills, Education

So, you think you want to be a game designer. Mike Parent’s experience might help you along that path. Parent, 28, a Forest Hills Central High School grad and University of Michigan alum, says he landed his first job, at Cryptic Studios in California, thanks to two weapons in his resume arsenal: A confident assessment of his worth ("I am the best programmer you can possibly hire") and a computer science degree. While Parent got into his gaming career with a degree from a major university, another route to working in the business is going to a university that specializes in the field, reports the Grand Rapids Press. Locally, you could enroll in the digital animation and game design program at Ferris State University’s downtown Grand Rapids campus. Success in the game-design business requires talent and education. Ferris requires prospective students to submit 10 to 20 samples of their work, demonstrating their skills and passion. "People freak out about portfolios, and it’s not anything to freak out over," said Marty Lier, creator of the program. He said a portfolio should include traditional art, writing samples, programming samples, digital images and video. "It’s more (about) effort than having the perfect portfolio," Lier said.


Ferris reports sixth consecutive summer enrollment record

Summer is generally a time for students to take a break from studying, but at Ferris State University more students are hitting the books this summer. This is the sixth consecutive year enrollment has been up at Ferris, with 5,714 students enrolled in summer coursework systemwide, the Big Rapids Pioneer reports. At this time last year, there were 5,614 students enrolled systemwide. University officials attribute continuing growth to several factors, including a free summer room and board initiative; and a much better variety of course opportunities available in four-week, six-week, eight-week and 12-week summer class sessions. "We really worked hard to make our summer program cost-effective for students," Dean of Enrollment Services Kristen Salomonson said. "During registration students said they really felt this was the best deal around that provided them an opportunity to take additional classes that will impact their course of study in the fall," she added.


Local Couple’s Marriage Strengthened by the ‘King’ of Rock and Roll

Scott Thede admits the first time he met his wife, Jennifer, he was all shook up. While they were both working at Ferris State University in 1999, Scott entered the office where Jennifer works as the coordinator of Information Technology Services, reports the Big Rapids Pioneer. It was love at first sight for two reasons, he said: The beautiful girl behind the counter and the vanity Elvis Presley license plate she had on display in her work space. "The plate sparked a conversation that began a courtship that lasted almost four years until the Big Rapids couple married. The couple have been loving each other tender ever since. While both expressed a love for Elvis’ music and iconic persona at a young age, the Thedes’ love has grown even more since their marriage, most recently with the creation of the Michigan Elvis Presley Fan Club.

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