Saturday, May 9, 2009

Ferris softball regional game delayed

UNIVERSITY CENTER - The Ferris State University softball team will have to wait until Sunday to resume competition in the 2009 NCAA Division II Midwest Region Tournament in University Center.

The games were delayed due to rain in the morning. The winner's bracket game between Saginaw Valley State and Northern Kentucky did not start until 5:30 p.m. The game went 13 innings before SVSU prevailed.

That set back the Ferris-Lewis start too late. Tournament officials did not want to start the game and not be able to finish it on Saturday.

Thus, the game will begin on Sunday at 10 a.m.

Friday, May 8, 2009

FINAL SCORE: Northern Kentucky 3, Ferris 0

Bulldogs fall into loser's bracket

UNIVERSITY CENTER - Ferris now is facing elimination after dropping a 3-0 decision to Northern Kentucky in the first round of the 2009 NCAA Division II Midwest Sub Regional at Saginaw Valley State University.

Ferris finished with no runs on two hits with one error while Northern Kentucky ended up with three runs on seven hits with no errors.

Holly Bruntjens took the loss for the Bulldogs as she threw seven innings, allowed three runs (two earned) and struck out four.

The winning pitcher was NKU's April Ehlers, who allowed two hits and struck out nine in seven innings of action in the tournament opener.

Offensively, the norse had a big day from Cara Parker who was 2-for-3 with a home run and drove in all three of the game's runs.

Norse add another

Parker continues to swing a hot bat for NKU

UNIVERSITY CENTER - Ferris fell down another run as Northern Kentucky's hot-hitting Cara Parker's sixth-inning hit drove in another run for a 3-0 lead.

We are now in the bottom of the sixth inning and time is running out on the Bulldogs to get something done against talented NKU pitcher April Ehlers, who is having a superb outing in the circle.

NKU UP 2-0

Bulldogs watch as Norse draw first blood

UNIVERSITY CENTER - Northern Kentucky University just went up 2-0 on the scoreboard thanks to a monster home-run shot to right field in the top of the fourth inning against Ferris State University.

Now the Bulldogs have to muster the guts to respond to that big shot by the Norse's Cara Parker to get the scoring started against Ferris pitcher Holly Bruntjens.

Ferris has to shake off that disappointment and regroup if it wants to bounce back against the Norse.

Tied at the end of one inning between Ferris and NKU

Both pitchers look good early in game

UNIVERSITY CENTER - Ferris and Northern Kentucky are scoreless after the first inning in the regional opener.

NKU had one hit, but the Bulldogs were held hitless through one inning. Ferris pitcher Holly Bruntjens and Northern Kentucky pitcher April Ehlers look tough to hit against so far.

We will be blogging live from NCAA regional softball

Check us out on this live blog

UNIVERSITY CENTER - Sandy Gholston will be blogging live from the 2009 NCAA Division II Midwest Sub Regional hosted by Saginaw Valley State University in University Center.

The Ferris State University Bulldogs will be taking on Northern Kentucky beginning at 11:30 a.m.

Sandy will be blogging live with commentary and adding photos later in the day following the game's conclusion.

LISTEN LIVE, Friday, May 8 at 11 AM: Ferris vs. Northern Kentucky

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Grand Rapids Press Article On New FSU Optometry Building

Groundbreaking in Big Rapids is Friday (May 8)

By Nardy Baeza Bickel, Grand Rapids Press
BIG RAPIDS - Ferris State University's Michigan College of Optometry has been housed in Pennock Hall, a converted residence hall, for more than three decades.

On Friday, the university breaks ground on a $26.9 million, 87,097-square-foot facility for the Michigan College of Optometry/Center for Collaborative Health Education.

When it opens, the building will enable the college to increase enrollment by a third and patient visits by at least 10,000 annually. It currently serves about 19,450 visits.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Ferris Awards Margaret Riecker Honorary Doctoral Degree

Margaret Ann Riecker of Midland will be the recipient of an honorary doctoral degree for public service from Ferris State University during commencement ceremonies at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 9, for the university’s Michigan College of Optometry, and College of Education and Human Services.

For more than 40 years, she has been a trustee of both the Harry A. and Margaret D. Towsley Foundation (established by her parents) and the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation. She became the Dow Foundation’s president in 2000, and also is currently chair of the Towsley Foundation. She has worked toward improving the work of Michigan foundations, especially family foundations, through the Council of Michigan Foundations, and nationwide through the Council on Foundations.

Riecker’s support of education has been invaluable. From 1990-97 she co-chaired the steering committee of the $1 billion Campaign for Michigan. She and her husband, John, co-chaired The Michigan Difference, a $2.5 billion campaign. She serves on the Leadership Council of the Center for the Education of Women, and also on the board of trustees of her alma mater, Carleton College, having been chair from 1999-2004. She is a past chair and trustee of Central Michigan University’s Board of Trustees and serves as a member of the board on the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.

In addition to her B.A. degree from Carleton College in Minnesota, she has been awarded honorary doctoral degrees from Central Michigan University, Albion College and the University of Michigan.

Her current local community volunteer activities include serving on the boards of Midland Downtown Development Authority; Greater Midland Community Centers, Inc.; chair of the Planning Committee for MidMichigan Medical Center; MidMichigan Health System; Midland Kids First; Saginaw Bay Watershed Initiative Network; Midland Future Committee; Michigan Molecular Institute; Northcoast Technology Investors Advisory Committee; Saginaw Valley State University; Steering Committee Promise for Tomorrow Campaign; and the Joint Midland City/County Building Authority.

She and her late husband, John Riecker, have two children, Margaret (Thompson) and John Towsley.

Ferris Awards Stephanie Leonardos Honorary Doctoral Degree

Stephanie Leonardos of Grand Rapids will be the recipient of an honorary doctoral degree for business and industry from Ferris State University during commencement ceremonies at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, May 9, for the university’s College of Engineering Technology.

Leonardos is the president and CEO of Amerikam, Inc., a manufacturer and designer of flow control products for industries as diverse as medical, plumbing and defense. Throughout its 74 years in business, Amerikam’s technology has resulted in products that have made life easier for the handicapped, facilitated space travel and helped save the lives of soldiers in Iraq. The Wyoming-Kentwood Area Chamber of Commerce recognized the company as its 2007 Outstanding Manufacturing Company of the Year.

She joined Amerikam in 1991 and has served as president since 1997. She also has a great depth of board experience and currently serves, or has served, as vice-chair of the Board of the Grand Rapids Symphony, the Board of Directors of the Plumbing Manufacturer’s Institute, Ferris State University’s Commission for the Future and Manufacturing Engineering Technology Advisory Board, and United Way Women’s Leadership Council. Describing her commitment to both the educational and business worlds, Leonardos says, “The collaboration between business and industry and the educational community is key to preparing a job-ready workforce for Michigan. We see that as our duty and these programs have our full commitment.”

Under Leonardos, Amerikam has grown its reputation as a company that gives freely of itself to this West Michigan community, highlighted by frequent partnerships with Ferris and its Kendall College of Art and Design, which provide opportunities for students of design and engineering technology.

Leonardos holds a B.A. from Mt. Union College and an M.A. from Kent State University. She and husband, George, have three children and seven grandchildren.

Ferris Awards Jack Batdorff Honorary Doctoral Degree

Jack Batdorff of Big Rapids will be the recipient of an honorary doctoral degree for business and industry from Ferris State University during commencement ceremonies at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 9, for the university’s College of Business.

Batdorff started working in the family newspaper business as an 11-year-old collecting for classified advertising on his bike in his home town of Manistee. He worked his way up to the press room where he poured hot lead for setting type.

After graduating from Manistee High School in 1955, he went on to the University of Michigan where he studied journalism. During that time he also worked for the Ypsilanti Daily News and also covered crime for United Press International. After graduation, he worked in advertising sales at the Grand Haven Tribune. While in Grand Haven, Batdorff’s father, John, offered him the job of running the family newspaper in Big Rapids, but only for half of what he was making, and only if he turned the paper’s fortunes around in six months.

And turn things around he did. Over the years, he expanded the family business by developing a regional company that includes daily newspapers in Big Rapids and Manistee, weekly newspapers in Benzie, Lake and Osceola counties. The company also publishes telephone directories under the PDS brand and entered the commercial printing market in 2001 with a new printing facility in the airport industrial park. He is chairman of the board of the company and co-owns the business with his son, John, the businesses’ fourth generation of Batdorff ownership.

He and wife, Susan, also have two daughters, Suzi and Wendy, and three grandchildren, Anna, Hope and Zack. His passion for art is reflected in his support of Artworks, where he recently served as president. His lengthy list of other community and professional involvement includes being past president of both the Michigan Press Association and the Mecosta County Area Chamber of Commerce; founding board member of the Mecosta County Community Foundation; past board member of the Mecosta County Medical Center Foundation; and many, many others, which attest to his advocacy for the Big Rapids community and the profession of journalism.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

It's Graduation Time at Ferris State University

Ceremonies to take place in Wink Arena

BIG RAPIDS - Ferris State University graduates are about to enjoy their moment in the spotlight during commencement ceremonies this Friday (May 8) and Saturday (May 9).

The ceremonies will take place in Jim Wink Arena of the Ewigleben Sports Complex on the southern edge of Ferris' main campus in Big Rapids.

The schedule is as follows:
Friday, May 8, 2009
3:30 p.m. - College of Allied Health Sciences
7 p.m. - College of Arts and Sciences; College of Pharmacy; College of Professional and Technology Studies (Industrial Technology and Management and Digital Animation and Game Design programs ONLY - all other programs will graduate with their affiliated college).

Saturday, May 9
9 a.m. - Michigan College of Optometry; College of Education and Human Services
12:30 p.m. - College of Engineering Technology
4 p.m. - College of Business

For more information about graduation, contact Sheri Hayes in Student Affairs at (231) 591-2612 or by e-mail at

Ferris Qualifies For NCAA Division II Tournament

Bulldogs to take on Northern Kentucky

BIG RAPIDS - The Ferris State University softball team will be making its third straight appearance in the NCAA Division II Softball Tournament as the nationally sixth-ranked Bulldogs have been selected to play in the 2009 Midwest Regional II this weekend (May 8-10) on the campus of Saginaw Valley State University in University Center, Mich. The announcement was made late Sunday (May 3) evening by the NCAA-II softball selection committee.

The Bulldogs will face Northern Kentucky this Friday (May 8) in game two of the regional's first round while host Saginaw Valley takes on Lewis in the opening contest.
For more information on the nationally-ranked Bulldogs qualifying for the NCAA Division II Tournament, please visit the Athletics Web site at:

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Groundbreaking for New Michigan College of Optometry Building

Groundbreaking is set for Friday (May 8)

BIG RAPIDS - All individuals who will be in Big Rapids on Friday, May 8, will have a chance to take in a little bit of history.

Ferris State University President David Eisler, the Board of Trustees and the Michigan College of Optometry are inviting you to celebrate the groundbreaking for the new Michigan College of Optometry Center for Collaborative Health Education. The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. with a reception. That will be followed by the program which will begin at 10:30 a.m.

The program is entitled: "Big steps forward depend on great vision and
great vision depends on strong steps for Michigan."
For more information on the new Michigan College of Optometry Center for Collaborative Health Education, visit:
Contact Karen Kirk with your questions about the groundbreaking at (231) 519-3825 or via e-mail at

Jim Crow Museum Question of the Month

Was DuBois the first African American to earn a Ph.D.?

Those of you familiar with Ferris State University's Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia know about the "Question of the Month" feature. This week's question has to do with W.E.B. DuBois and his historic academic record.

Here is the question from Conrad Bunster: I am an African American attending a mostly white high school. My teacher told us that W.E.B. DuBois was the first African American to receive a Ph.D. He got it in 1895. That does not seem right to me. It seems like there would have been an African American Ph.D. before that. I did some Internet searching but I am not sure what is true.

To see the answer to this question and to learn more about the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia, visit: