Thursday, June 18, 2009

Ferris State University Hockey Player Aaron Lewicki Earns Honor

Lewicki receives Ferris' Jimmy Swears Courage Award

BIG RAPIDS - Junior Aaron Lewicki (Livonia), a member of the 2008-09 Ferris State University men's ice hockey team has been named the Jimmy Swears Courage Award recipient for the 2008-09 athletics season.

Lewicki, a two-time (2007-08 and 2008-09) Ferris State Central Collegiate Hockey Association's (CCHA) Scholar-Athlete of the Year representative, has had to cope with the loss of his mother (Sue) since his time as a FSU student-athlete. Despite the personal loss, Lewicki has continued to excel both on the ice and in the classroom.

The Ferris State Athletics Department's Jimmy Swears Courage Award is presented to a deserving student or current personnel within the Bulldog Athletics program who, when confronted with a life-altering situation, has used perseverance, dedication and determination to overcome the odds. Nominees are an inspiration to their peers, serve as a role model to others and be a team leader while responding to adversity. Those individuals nominated for the award must be involved within the Bulldog intercollegiate athletics program and possibly include student-athletes, student managers, student coaches and/or student athletic trainers in addition to current athletics department personnel.

Ferris Represented in SkillsUSA National Competition

Time to showcase those skills on the big stage

BIG RAPIDS - Six Ferris State University College of Engineering Technology students plan to roll up their sleeves and showcase their skills, reports the Big Rapids Pioneer.

Most students during the summer either work or relax with friends and family, but this is not so for six Ferris students who will be attending the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City, Mo., the week of June 22.

SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization partnering teachers, students and industry in skilled trade areas. The National Leadership and Skills Conference is made up of competitors who earned gold medals during the organization's state competitions.

Ferris has been participating in SkillsUSA for more than 25 years said Dan Wanink, associate professor of CAD Drafting and Tool Design, and advisor for Ferris' SkillsUSA team.

Ferris Students Lead Community Coat Drive

Lending a helping hand in the community

BIG RAPIDS - Ferris State University students are involving themselves in the community and making a positive difference in the lives of local families, reports the Big Rapids Pioneer.

Kappa Delta Pi, a professional teaching fraternity, and the Association of Future Educators have teamed up to organize a coat drive throughout Big Rapids and outlying communities.

The items will be free and available to families with children at Big Rapids public elementary schools as well as Crossroads Charter Academy.

Ferris Staff Member Hits the Road to Show ‘Ferris Cares’

Tissue is taking on a major challenge

BIG RAPIDS - Troy Tissue is planning to bike for a very good cause.

The interim director of Admissions and Records at Ferris State University plans to challenge himself, and the campus community, as part of the National 24-Hour Challenge cycling event June 20 in Barry County's Middleville, reports the Big Rapids Pioneer.

The former Navyman will be challenged as he attempts to cycle 200 miles in 24 hours. The campus community will be challenged to follow his lead and help students. Tissue is using the bike challenge to help raise scholarship funds to benefit students severely affected by the difficult circumstances of the economy.

He has designated all contributions from the 24-Hour Challenge to benefit the "Ferris Cares" Scholarship.


Welding Engineering Technology Program Expands to Meet Needs

Welding Engineering Technology Students Get An Early Start

BIG RAPIDS – Most students start their college programs in September or January; Ferris State University’s Welding Engineering Technology program has introduced May as another option.

In 2005 the admission standards for Ferris’ Welding programs were increased. In turn, so did the demand for the programs. As the number of Ferris’ Welding Technology associate degree students increased, so has the Welding Engineering Technology admissions – reducing the number of community college and other transfer students allowed into the program.

Welding professor Dave Murray approached the welding faculty in Fall 2008 to open a summer session to meet the needs of the transfer students. The department formulated an academic plan and presented it to the College of Engineering Technology leadership in January 2009. Once approved in late March, the new session was filled within two weeks, said Jeff Carney, professor and department chair of Welding Engineering Technology.

“In recent years we have only had one or two transfer students, and they didn’t bond as quickly,” said Murray. “The students we have this summer are a very tight knit group and really feel like they are a part of Ferris.”

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Former Ferris All-American Runner Jenny (Irwin) Every Still Has It

Jenny (Irwin) Every Proves She Still Has It

Lloyd Wallace, the sports editor for the Ludington Daily News, has written an article that features former Ferris State University All-American distance runner Jenny (Irwin) Every.

Here is a snapshot of the event:

There were 670 finishers in the two events. The half-marathon had 174 male and 105 female finishers and in the 5k, there were 156 male and 235 female finishers, many of them Girls on the Run participants.

Here is the excerpt that highlighted Every:

Jenny Every, 25, is no stranger to Lakestride.

“I ran these when I was younger,” said Every, who was a state 1,600-meter champion at Mason County Central and an All-American runner at Ferris State University. “It’s great to come back to your home town and run a race and win.”

Like Snyder, Every wasn’t tested. She finished 1:44 in front of Manistee’s Annie Fuller.

Check out the full article at:

Ferris State University Financial Aid Preparedness Featured On TV 9&10

Ferris will continue to assist students in challenging financial times

From TV 9&10

BIG RAPIDS - Michigan's colleges and universities are waiting for money from the state before they know for sure how much financial aid they can give to students.

But the budget in limbo isn't keeping colleges from promising money. They are hoping they'll get the money they need to help their students.

If students filled out a FAFSA form, they should know how much financial aid they'll receive next fall.

But until the Michigan State Legislature actually passes the budget, universities can't guarantee the help to students.

Ferris State University in Big Rapids
hopes they won't be hit hard, but they're prepared.

"We could see this coming, and right now, we have over $600,000 in that account. I think we're going to have to find more money to do that, but right now, we're still able to package students that have those requests," Ferris V.P. of Student Affairs Dan Burcham said.

TV 9&10's Jodi Hathaway and photojournalist Josh Strand covered the story in Big Rapids