Saturday, May 2, 2009

FINAL SCORE: Wayne 4, Ferris 0

Bulldogs eliminated from the conference tournament

MIDLAND - Ferris State University had its GLIAC Softball Tournament run come to an end with a 4-0 loss to Wayne State in Midland at Northwood University's Fisher Stadium.

Ferris now awaits the regional tournament announcements in the next few days. The Bulldogs should know by late Sunday its post-season fate.

Time is running out for Ferris

Bulldogs still looking for a rally

MIDLAND - Wayne State University's Stephanie LeClair, adding a little bit of a cushion, drove in a run with a hit for a 4-0 Warriors' lead.

It is last call for the Bulldogs in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Bulldogs' hole is deeper

The struggles continue for Ferris

MIDLAND - A Holly Bruntjens' pitch managed to get past catcher Krystle Bailey. The ball made it to the backstop and that allowed a run to score against Ferris. That run was followed up by a RBI single from Jaci Banton to put the Warriors up 3-0 in the top of the sixth.

The mountain for the Bulldogs to climb just got higher as Ferris battles to stay alive in the GLIAC Tournament on the event's second day.

Wayne takes the lead

Warriors draw first blood in the contest

MIDLAND - Wayne State's Sarah Teller cracked an RBI hit in the top half of the fourth inning to put the Warriors in the lead 1-0 on the scoreboard.

This would have been a great game for Ferris to draw first blood and force the Warriors to have to play catch up to get back into the game. Wayne has tremendous defense and pitching and the Bulldogs could have put pressure on the Warriors' offense to have to produce had they grabbed the lead early on.

Ferris, facing elimination in this game, now must find a way to heat the bats up against some tough Wayne pitching.

We are underway as Ferris faces Wayne

Bulldogs look for a big day of softball

MIDLAND - Ferris will have to fight its way out of the loser's bracket of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Softball Tournament in Midland.

The first opponent is a very good Wayne State team known for its strong pitching and sound defensive play.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Final Score: Saginaw Valley 9, Ferris 5

A tough day at the park ends in a 9-5 loss

MIDLAND - Saginaw Valley, a team that played with incredible offensive confidence as the game progressed, defeated Ferris 9-5 in a tough outing for the Bulldogs.

Now, the path for the Bulldogs has been set and it is a tough route to winning the GLIAC championship.

Ferris must regroup in a hurry to stay alive in the GLIAC Softball Tournament. The Bulldogs begin what could be a long day of softball at 10 a.m. on Saturday morning facing Wayne State.

The Bulldogs could play as many as three games (consecutively) to stay in the hunt for the title in this double-elimination conference tournament.

Cardinals have their first lead

Kaiser's homer puts SVSU in the lead

MIDLAND - It's a big inning unfolding for Saginaw Valley's softball team. And, it's coming at the expense of the Bulldogs.

A long 2-run homer by Angela Kaiser put the Cardinals ahead 7-5. The blast took a lot of the wind out of the fans cheering on the Bulldogs in Midland.

We'll see how the Bulldogs respond to suddenly being down on the scoreboard.

We're tied on the diamond

Cardinals complete the comeback

MIDLAND - As expected, the Cardinals have finally started to flex the muscle in their batting order in this Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Softball Tournament second-round game.

Saginaw Valley just blasted a 3-run homer to tie the score at 5-5 with the Bulldogs. Even though a Saginaw Valley comeback was expected, it was still painful to watch unfold.


A few close pitches did not go in the Bulldogs' favor and SVSU capitalized.

Bulldogs jump out to 5-2 edge

Wade drives in a score for the Bulldogs

MIDLAND- Ferris' Rachel Wade, who is getting it done in the field and with the bat, just drove in another run on a shot to center field for a 5-2 lead.

The Bulldogs must continue to add runs whenever possible. Saginaw Valley is beginning to show some signs of getting things going with the firepower it has from top to bottom.

Ferris now leads 4-1

Bulldogs build lead to four runs

MIDLAND - The Bulldogs have claimed a 4-1 lead against Saginaw Valley as the offense continues to do a little of what needs to be done against the Cardinals.

Ferris added a run for a little insurance, for a 5-1 lead. Every run the Bulldogs can add to their total will be huge. You can fully expect Saginaw Valley's potent lineup to begin to generate some offense. All runs will be needed in what promises to be a high-scoring game.

Bulldogs strike early vs. SVSU

Harrington, Bruntjens get Bulldogs going early

MIDLAND - The Ferris State University Bulldogs are off to a red-hot start in their second-round game against Saginaw Valley State University. Second baseman Amanda Harrington smacked a solo home run over the center-field fence. Pitcher Holly Bruntjens later smacked a two-run double for a quick 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Saginaw Valley pulled starting pitcher Stacy Kraatz from the circle.

Only time will tell how the change of pitchers will impact SVSU. One thing is for sure, however, SVSU has the kind of firepower it takes to bounce back.

Final score: Ferris 6, Northwood 4

Stevenson's pitching leads Ferris past Northwood

MIDLAND - Northwood added a late 2-run homer to move to within two runs of the Bulldogs, but Ferris pitcher Kayle Stevenson was strong in the clutch to lead the Bulldogs to a 6-4 win in the first round of the GLIAC Tournament.

The Bulldogs advance to this afternoon's 4 p.m. contest against Saginaw Valley State University. The Cardinals earned a trip to the second round with a 5-2 win over Tiffin.

Ferris extends lead in first-round tournament game

Let there be life ... in those bats

MIDLAND - The bats truly came to life for the Bulldogs in the sixth inning.

The Ferris softball team grabbed a 5-2 lead on the scoreboard thanks to a 2-RBI single up the middle by hard-working centerfielder Rachel Wade in the bottom half of the sixth inning.

Northwood, unfortunately for the Timberwolves, misplayed a ball that led to another run and a 6-2 lead on the scoreboard. We are headed to the top of the seventh inning now and the Bulldogs have a chance to close out a victor to advance to the second round of the GLIAC Tournament. It's officially last call for Northwood in this first-round game.

The Bulldogs finally regain the lead

Harrington helps sparks more Ferris offense

MIDLAND - Looking to reestablish its offensive prowess, Ferris focused itself. The Bulldogs continued their patient work at the plate. Ultimately, that patience paid off for Ferris. The Bulldogs bounced back to score two runs in the bottom of the third inning. The first came off a passed ball and the second run was the result of a big-time single by junior second baseman Amanda Harrington.

The Bulldogs now lead 3-2 on the scoreboard.

Ferris takes early lead; Northwood comes back

Flores homers for Bulldogs

MIDLAND - Ferris grabbed a 1-0 lead on a solo home run by hard-hitting designated player Rhea Flores to deep left field. Prior to the game, a group of fans of the Bulldogs talked about how good it would be to get the tournament off to a good start with an impressive win over the Timberwolves. A big part of earning an impressive win likely meant a good start (grabbing the early lead on the scoreboard).

The Bulldogs did just that.

Northwood, however, bounced back to score two runs in the third inning to secure a 2-1 lead on the scoreboard in this first-round GLIAC Tournament game.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Ferris in the News

Ferris State University News Headlines
Thursday, April 30, 2009

Clothes, Food Donated During Ferris Dump and Run

The third annual Dump and Run at Ferris State University will prove there are forms of recycling beyond cans and bottles, the Big Rapids Pioneer reports. The event will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday (May 4 through 8), with volunteers collecting unwanted items from students as they move out of residence halls and apartments. Dump and Run accepts non-perishable food, clean clothing and shoes, school supplies, cleaning supplies, towels and bedding. The event is held during finals week at Ferris, a perfect time for students to clean out their dorms and give away the things they won’t be taking home, event organizer Diane Griffin said. "These are items students might not have room for in their cars," she said. Students can drop off items at the side door of Miller Hall, she said, adding she hopes to top last year’s success during which 3,160 clothing items and 3,486 food items were donated. "The students have less stuff to bring home, the dumpsters have a lot less garbage and a lot of people are helped," Griffin said.

Athletics Facilities Get Upgrades

Last summer, Ferris State University upgraded its football and hockey facilities. Recently, the basketball and volleyball facilities at Ewigleben Sports Complex received upgrades, reports the Big Rapids Pioneer. The hardwood floors in Wink Arena, which houses the men’s and women’s basketball teams, and the volleyball facility were stripped and refinished, giving each floor a fresh, new look. "We really wanted to bring those two facilities up to speed," Ferris Athletics Director Tom Kirinovic said. The cost of the resurfacing project was just under $25,000, Kirinovic said, noting normally these types of projects are done during the summer months. However, having the work done during the spring saved the university a substantial amount of money, he said.

Former Ferris Football Standout Agrees to Deal with Texans

Although former Ferris State University defensive tackle Jake Visser (Coopersville) did not hear his named called during the 2009 National Football League Draft last weekend, he has agreed in principal to a priority free agent contract and will get his opportunity to play professional football with the NFL’s Houston Texans, the Big Rapids Pioneer reports. A 2009 National Collegiate Athletic Association Postgraduate Scholarship winner, Visser will take part in the team’s official mini-camp June 15 through 17, with his official signing date unknown. "It is a dream come true," Visser said. "I watched the draft at a friend’s house and was a little disappointed that I hadn’t heard anything during the day. On the way home, I got a call from my agent and as I walked in the door he said the Texans were going to pick me up. It’s something that I’ve worked hard for my whole life so I’m definitely excited about the opportunity," he added. Read more at

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

AMSO Car Smash on Monday, May 4, 2009

There will be an Automotive Management Student Organization (AMSO) sponsored Car Smash event on Monday, May 4th, 2009. This event will be open to the public! The Car Smash will be held in the quad and will cost $1 for 2 swings, $2 for 5 swings, $3 for 8 swings, and so on. Weaponry (sledge hammers, bats, mallets, and more), safety goggles, gloves and liability wavers will be provided. The Car Smash will be held from 8am to 8pm. All profits go to AMSO in order to offset the cost of our future activities such as hosting guest speakers from the automotive industry, and events like Adopt-A-Highway and SEMA.

Please join us on May 4 to relieve unwanted stress from exams and take some swings at a car! Anyone with a disability who needs special accommodations to attend this event should contact schafeg@gmail at least 48 hours in advance.

We will all look forward to seeing you there.

Glen Schafer, President of AMSO

Ferris In the News: August 29, 2009

Ferris, Bata Plastics, Inc. Partner in Recycling Effort

The partnership between Ferris State University and Bata Plastics, Inc. of Byron Center is more than a business deal, it’s an environmental deal. In the first year of their partnership, more than 5,000 pounds of plastic material was recycled for 2008, the Big Rapids Pioneer reports. "This is a big win-win," said Bob Speirs, Plastics and Rubber Engineering Technology department chair and professor. "Bata Plastics is a strong proponent of recycling. It is important to recycle rather than fill up a landfill." Speirs is referencing the Plastics Recycling Center sponsored by Bata that will enable materials from the university’s Plastics department to be recycled. The materials are the result of student course work from class assignments. "One of the important things here is that students also are learning how to recycle for future generations," said Bata President and CEO W. Lee Hammond. For Hammond, a board member of the Michigan Recycling Coalition, recycling is more than just a business venture, it’s a passion. The company’s hallmark is giving back to the community and helping other people grow. "This partnership is in keeping with the practical nature of Ferris State University and its programs," Speirs added. "We’re giving our students real-world knowledge on how important sustainable materials are for the environment."

Ferris Nets Third Place in Engineering Competition
Ferris State University’s College of Engineering Technology students participated for the first time in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Human Powered Vehicle East competition and took third place overall in their category. Held at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pa., the event included schools from the Midwest and East Coast, and as far away as Ecuador, India and Saudi Arabia, reports the Big Rapids Pioneer. Ferris, the only university from Michigan to participate, competed in the Utility category against Iowa State University, United States Naval Academy and University of Wisconsin to name a few. The two-day competition included being judged on design, safety and innovation – basically the engineering aspect – and the performance of the vehicle. Ferris’ Human Powered Vehicle team consisted of Mechanical Engineering Technology students James Fontaine (South Haven), Raymond Groendyk (Grandville), Kyle Pollard (Dewitt), Lopacki (Washington), Steven Linebaugh (Belding), Whitney Muma (Gladwin) and Michael Brown (Byron Center); Automotive Engineering Technology students Jacob Parsons (Temperance) and Joseph Parsons (Temperance); and Welding Engineering Technology student Jody Heusman (Monroe).

PIG-NIC is ON as part of a special day at Hemlock Park

It's time for the unique PIG-NIC outing at Hemlock Park in Big Rapids

BIG RAPIDS - Are you interested in an opportunity to spend some time with good people while enjoying some great food? If so, you need to make your way over to Hemlock Park Saturday (May 2) for the 24th annual PIG-NIC.

The event, sponsored by Ferris State University's Office of Multicultural Student Services is free and open to the public, starts at noon and runs through 5 p.m.

For more information, contact Andrea Beck-Jones in OMSS at (231) 591-2617 or by e-mail at

Softball Prepares For This Weekend's 2009 GLIAC Softball Tournament

The nationally sixth-ranked Ferris State University softball team has earned a berth in the 2009 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Softball Championship Tournament to be held May 1-3 and the third-seed Bulldogs will square off against sixth-seed Northwood in this Friday's (May 1) opening-round action in Midland, Mich.

The site for the 2009 conference tournament has been moved to Northwood University in Midland and will be played at the school's two on-campus fields. The annual tourney was originally scheduled to be held at Emerson Park's Currie Stadium complex in Midland, but severe flooding of the area forced the GLIAC Executive Council to approve the change in venue.

Ferris State, which is currently 32-6 overall and finished tied for second place in the GLIAC regular-season standings with an 18-4 league mark, takes on the Northwood Timberwolves (17-22 overall; 11-14 GLIAC) at 10 a.m. (EDT) in a first-round matchup at NU's Auxillary Field. The winner will advance to face the Saginaw Valley State-Tiffin winner at 4 p.m. (EDT) on the NU Auxillary Field.

How Does Faith, Regardless of Religion, Affect Your Every Day Life?

Ferris State University Student Government and the Diversity Office have joined together to offer Bulldogs Unmuzzled. Bulldogs Unmuzzled is a program for students to come together and speak frankly with fellow students.

Join the discussion this Thursday (April 30) at 7 p.m. in IRC 109 for a discussion entitled, "How Does Faith, Regardless of Religion, Affect Your Every Day Life?"

The student body at Ferris is comprised of a wide array of viewpoints and backgrounds, and all of those voices can be heard through feedback and other forms of opinion.

For those interested in experiencing more of Bulldogs Unmuzzled, join our Facebook Group Additional information is available through the Student Government Web site at

Do you have any questions or concerns? If so, contact either Robbie Rankey at or Sharmere Miller at

It's better to express yourself than to keep thoughts to yourself.

Through this forum, you may find an opportunity to let out what's inside of you.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Michigan Energy Conference Recap

The presentations from the second Michigan Energy Conference are now available online. Please visit to view them.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Well-deserved opportunity for Ferris State University's Jake Visser

Former FSU Standout Epitomizes The Term Student-Athlete

BIG RAPIDS – Former Ferris State University All-American defensive tackle Jake Visser now knows he will have an opportunity to prove himself on the sport’s biggest stage – the National Football League.

Visser, a native of Coopersville, enjoyed an outstanding career at Ferris from the minute he arrived on the Big Rapids campus. Following day two of last weekend’s 2009 NFL Draft, Visser received the good news he wanted. The Houston Texans, who contacted him shortly after the conclusion of the draft, struck a deal with the former Ferris star as Visser and the franchise agreed in principle to a priority free agent contract.

“It is a dream come true,” he said after the Texans made their offer following the 2009 NFL Draft. “I watched the draft at a friend’s house and was a little disappointed that I hadn’t heard anything during the day. On the way home, I got a call from my agent and as I walked in the door he said the Texans were going to pick me up. It’s something that I’ve worked hard for my whole life so I’m definitely excited about the opportunity.”

It’s a well-deserved honor for the 6-foot-2 and 275-pound Visser who has not only been a success on the football field, but also in the classroom. Visser, who won a 2009 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, plans to be in mini-camp with the Texans (June 15-17) to begin his journey to what he hopes is an NFL career. Among Visser’s best attributes are his dedication to education, family, teammates, hard work and success. Near the end of the season, as reporters continued to ask about his NFL aspirations, Visser remained as humble as ever.

Consider this comment after the final game of his college career – a home loss to Saginaw Valley (Nov. 8).

“It has been a real honor and a real blessing for me to have had the opportunity to play college football at Ferris State University,” said Visser, who expects to graduate next month with a degree in secondary education. “I know I made the right decision coming here to play college football at Ferris and if I had that decision to make over again I would pick Ferris again.”

Here is what Visser told me after the Saginaw Valley game – about his prospects for a pro career in the NFL: “The future for me is still undecided. I would love to be able to play football at the next level, but I know the odds really are against it. I’m a little short and I’m a little light, but I am still hoping to get an opportunity.”

He now has that opportunity.

Visser, who was married last summer to his wife (Jessica), worked hard to prepare himself for a shot at professional football and for life after football (teaching and possibly coaching some football one of these days). It’s great to see he has not put all his eggs in one basket – banking on a career in the NFL. Thanks to education, Visser now has a solid foundation in place should his dreams of an NFL career not pan out as he hopes.

From start to finish during his time in Big Rapids, Jake Visser has carried himself as the epitome of what it means truly to be a student-athlete at Ferris State University.

For more information on Visser’s deal with the Houston Texans of the NFL, visit:


Ferris All-America DT To Join NFL's Houston Texans After Post-Draft Call

Although former Ferris State University defensive tackle Jake Visser (Coopersville) did not hear his named called during the 2009 National Football League (NFL) Draft this past weekend, he has agreed in principle to a priority free agent contract and will get his opportunity to play professional football with the NFL's Houston Texas.

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