Wednesday, July 15, 2009

East Campus Suites Project Will Usher In Modern Living

Home suite home will take on greater meaning for Ferris State University students who will be residing in the East Campus Suites. They are scheduled to be completed and open in August of 2010.

At the end of the Spring 2009 semester, East Campus Apartments had students check out for the final time to end a run of nearly 50 years as home to students, faculty, staff and families. The seven buildings located east of Ives Street and north of Damascus Drive are being replaced by three, three-story, modern apartment-style residential facilities for students.

The $22 million project will provide accommodations for approximately 300 students. East Campus Suites will be designed for nine-and-a-half-month single-student housing during the fall and spring semesters for students 20 years of age or older.

“This is going to be right on par with many new campus buildings you’re seeing built for housing students,” said Michael Hughes, associate vice president for Physical Plant. “We wanted to emphasize a sense of community with this project, and we feel like we’re going to have that when it’s finished.”

Students living on campus during the 2009-10 academic year will have priority to move into the East Campus Suites when they open. The suites will include all of the amenities many students expect from residential life on a college campus: air conditioning, common areas for gathering, elevators, laundry rooms and a study lounge. Each building hosts 24 four-bedroom suites and two two-bedroom suites. Students will have their own furnished bedroom and share a full bathroom. To make the apartments feel more like home, there is a furnished living room and full kitchen in each suite.

“Students have different expectations coming to campus these days than they did when they were coming to campus in the 1950s and the 1960s,” Hughes said. “We feel like this is going to help us in appealing to students who have those different expectations of what a campus living environment is going to be like. A lot of our students are coming to campus having lived in their own room and a lot of them have the expectation that is going to continue in college.”

Hughes indicated that asbestos abatement is being completed and demolition of the older buildings has commenced. In addition to continued demolition, there will be excavation, installation of elevator pits and laying of the foundation.

One of the benefits of this project has been the positive impact it has and will continue to have on the local and regional economy, he added.

According to figures cited by Hughes:

• 95 percent of project materials to be used are from Michigan;

• 75 percent of project materials come from within a 60-mile radius;

• 30 percent of materials come from Mecosta County;

• 100 percent of the labor force is from Michigan;

• 80 percent of the labor force is from within a 60-mile radius;

• 20 percent of the labor force is from Mecosta County.

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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Ferris In The News

Katke Remains Home Course for Nation’s Premier PGM Program

If it wasn’t for the eighth hole, Chris Pulver would say the opening hole at Katke Golf Course is the hardest. The main reason is it’s a tough driving hole, with trees on the left and a bunker that comes into play on the right – especially if a player just walks up without a warm-up, the Big Rapids Pioneer reports. That is why Pulver, who is the head golf professional at Katke, likes players to hit balls on the range, and if need be, play any or all of the three practice holes that surround the driving range. The upgrades in the practice facilities have continued to leave Ferris as the No. 1 Professional Golf Management school in the country, Pulver said. There currently are 18 other PGM schools in the United States. “It is the role model that all other PGM programs are judged by,” he added. What startles Meren LeBoeuf, who is the golf shop supervisor and a PGM graduate in 2001, is the number of people who don’t realize the facilities Katke offers. “These facilities are very good,” she said.

Hennig to Take Over Radio Duties for Ferris

Dominic Hennig has been calling hockey play-by-play on radio airwaves for years. He began calling games for the Santa Fe (N.M.) Roadrunners of the North American Hockey League during the 2004-05 season before following the franchise to Topeka, Kan., when it re-located the following season, reports the Big Rapids Pioneer. Calling hockey isn’t the only thing Hennig does, however. He’s also a writer. His work has been published in the Detroit Free Press and Macomb Daily, and he currently is serving an internship with the Central Collegiate Hockey Association. By the way, Hennig is only 17. In October, Hennig will take over hockey play-by-play duties for Ferris State University, where he’ll be a freshman, on radio station WWBR (100.9). He’ll replace longtime announcer Bill Beckwith.