Friday, August 21, 2009

Ferris In The News

Meijer Madness Kicks Off Return of Ferris Students

Students moving back into their dorms is one of the first signs of fall in Big Rapids. However, in recent years Ferris State University students packing shopping carts during Meijer Madness has become equally synonymous with the beginning of a new school year, the Big Rapids Pioneer reports. This year’s Meijer Madness will be from 9 p.m. to midnight Thursday, Aug. 27, with students having the chance to cash in on deals, participate in a number of activities and receive freebies. The event’s atmosphere is what draws students to the event, said Allissa Witucki, interim assistant director of Ferris Student Leadership and Activities. “I think they really enjoy the 10 percent off, but the whole event is like a big party.”

U.S. Rep Camp Gets Tour of Ferris Facility

Before talking about the jobs of tomorrow, U.S. Rep. Dave Camp (R-Midland) got a chance to tour one of the facilities that educates students for those jobs, reports the Big Rapids Pioneer. Camp was in Big Rapids at Ferris State University speaking about the economy and how Michigan must adapt its present workforce to accommodate new job opportunities. He spoke in the Granger Center for Construction and HVACR. He believes Ferris will be at the forefront of training the Michigan workforce for the future. “This building is a learning tool that teaches students while making use of the environment around it,” Camp said. The opportunity for Camp to visit the Ferris campus and see what type of programs the university is offering was valuable, Ferris President David Eisler said. Added Camp, it isn’t a coincidence that Ferris has been one of the leaders in placing students in the workforce after graduation.

Art Battle Idea Born at Kendall Spreads Across Nation

Making his way into the ring, weighing in with his oil painting and mixed media work, is Dustin Zentz. In the opposite corner, is a local favorite Robin Nash. Let the battle begin, the Eagle Valley Enterprise in Colorado reports. Under normal circumstances, the words “art battle” would appear to be an oxymoron. Not next weekend in Eagle. The 2009 Art Battle will pit local artists against each other in a timed competition that will be decided by ballot. This isn’t the first battle for Zentz. He noted that the battle idea was born at the Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, Mich. Students launched the program called 280 Studios where they competed against one another in timed events. The events grew more popular and began spreading across the nation as the students graduated, moved away and introduced the 280 Studios concept to their new communities. “The whole idea behind it is to experience the art as something more energetic than just having it hanging on the wall,” Zentz said. Read more at

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Ferris Kendall Students Doing Some Special Things

Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University students are doing some good things on a grand stage in the state of Michigan:
GRAND RAPIDS - Over 70 works by students and faculty at Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University have been selected for display in the public areas of the Lansing residence of Michigan Governor, Jennifer Granholm, and her family. In support of Michigan arts and artists, the state partners with an organization to loan artworks for one year. Previous organizations invited to display artwork have included the Urban Institute of Contemporary Art and the Detroit Artists Market.

"This is the first year that Kendall, as an individual organization, has been selected," stated Kendall's Director of Exhibitions, Sarah Joseph. "In the past, some students and faculty have been selected as part of another organization, but this year all the work will be from Kendall."
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Transition To Success

BIG RAPIDS - Your first year of college can be a very challenging experience as you set out for a new frontier in pursuit of a college education.

Ferris State University, however, has a number of programs designed to help ensure the success of first-year college students who want to get off to a good start and stay on the right track. In other words, Ferris is here to help.

On Thursday, Aug. 27, the Office of Multicultural Student Services is sponsoring an event designed to help college students. The event takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Interdisciplinary Resource Center (IRC) Room 120.
Here is the announcement:

Transition to Success - Fall 2009 Minority 1st Yr. Student Orientation

Interdisciplinary Resource Center Auditorium Room 120 (next to Starbucks Coffee Shop, connected to the College of Business)

Come out to meet important people on the campus of Ferris State University. Ferris professors, staff and student leaders will be in attendance to assist you with resources that will help you make a successful transition to FSU!!

Additional notes for the event:
  • For additional information, please contact the Office of Multicultural Student Services in FLITE Suite 159 or call 231-591-2617.
  • Anyone needing special assistance to attend this event should contact the Office of Multicultural Student Services at (231) 591-2617 at least 24 hrs in advance.

Welcoming Back Students With Good Music, Good Coffee

The Students Are On Their Way Back To Ferris

BIG RAPIDS - It's almost that time when the Ferris State University campus will be jumping with energy and enthusiasm as thousands of students return to Big Rapids to gear up for the start of the Fall 2009 academic semester.

There will be many activities to welcome students back to Ferris and back to Big Rapids. One of the welcome events involves a great combination: good music and good coffee.

It's time to get unplugged.

The event takes place Aug. 26 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Biggby Coffee. For more information about this event, organized by Music Industry Management, contact Ginell Narvaiz at

Here is the announcement:

Welcome back students for the 2009 -2010 school year!! The first installment of MIMA's FSU Unplugged will present live music from 7 to 9 PM at Biggby Coffee (across from Williams Auditorium, neighboring Qdoba). Performing will be Max Griffith, Chris Jane and one other TBA performer. Please come out and enjoy yourself, grab a coffee and bring friends. This event is FREE!!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Ferris In The News

English Researcher Discusses Diversity, Tours Jim Crow Museum

Michigan wasn’t the first place Zadvinder Padda thought of when he received a fellowship to study nonprofits for minority groups in the United States and Toronto. During his monthlong stay, Padda is meeting with minority groups and experts on cultural diversity to gain a better understanding of how different groups interact, the Big Rapids Pioneer reports. Padda, a nonprofit consultant and police officer in the United Kingdom visited Ferris, touring the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia and speaking with Chief Diversity Officer David Pilgrim. Pilgrim, Padda and Mecosta County Commissioner Kevin Courtney discussed prejudices, the U.S. civil rights movement, and ideas for combating racism in Big Rapids and beyond. “I get to lead and advocate for change,” Pilgrim said.

Alumnus Inducted into U.P. Sports Hall of Fame

The Upper Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame has announced its 2010 class selected recently by the group’s executive council, The Mining Journal of Marquette reports. Selected this year are Bob Mariucci of Iron Mountain, George Atanasoff of Caspian, Scott Erickson of Marquette, Jerry Gallagher and Lew Reiman of Iron River, Ira “Hack” Hanson of Munising, Jim Lindstrom of Iron Mountain and Escanaba, Tammie (Anderson) Mrachek of Ironwood, and Bret Pearson and Len Umnus of Menominee. Also to be inducted will be Ann (Somerville) Besaneney of Ironwood, who was selected last year but was unable to attend the banquet due to a conflict with college classes. The 2010 class will be inducted April 24, 2010, at The Danforth Place in Escanaba. Winner of a record five Upper Peninsula Golf Association men’s championships, Erickson won numerous tourneys across the U.P. from 1972-95. The former Ferris State University golfer was a medalist in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tournament in 1976 and 1978 and all-district MVP. He was Newberry Golf Club champion six times, was Marquette Golf Club champ four times and won the Newberry Open four times.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Ferris In The News

Coffee Table Book Celebrates 125 Years of History at Ferris

This year marks the 125th year that Ferris State University has opened its doors to students. Ferris State University: The First 125 Years is being released on Sept. 1 as a commemorative keepsake to note this century and a quarter mark. This coffee table book holds within its pages the history of Ferris, in both words and images, reports the Big Rapids Pioneer. The book highlights the fact Ferris is rich in history - history that is alive today. The authors hoped the book would not be a reference guide to the history of the school but more of a story that people will find interesting to read. "We wanted to make a book that was less of a comprehensive history but more of a story,"Ferris Communications Officer Marc Sheehan said. The book covers all aspects of Ferris' history, from academics to athletics, with artwork and photographs that help document life on campus. "We looked at our job as recording the visual history of the university,"Photographic Services Coordinator Bill Bitzinger said. "My mandate here has been to be a visual storyteller."The book will retail for $24.95 and be available for purchase at Great Lakes Book and Supply, James L. Lundberg Campus Bookstore, The Old Pioneer Store and Emporium and Ferris' Ice Arena Pro Shop. For more information on Ferris' 125th anniversary celebration, visit

Kendall Professor Creates Sculpture to Honor Tuskegee Airmen

Nestled peacefully among the trees, a stylized interpretation of a World War II fighter plane might be the last thing visitors to the Michigan Legacy Art Park would expect to see. "Fallen Comrade,"created by Grand Rapids artist David Greenwood to honor the heroism and sacrifices of the Tuskegee Airmen, is his vision of a P-51 Mustang and the latest sculpture to be installed at the park designed for visitors to experience nature, art and history in one setting, the Grand Traverse Herald reports. "The piece was designed with the idea that you would come around the corner and see it and be surprised. It plays off its natural surroundings,"said Greenwood, whose interest in history and the Tuskegee Airmen in particular, served as inspiration for the 32-foot long aircraft with a 36-foot wingspan. Greenwood, an instructor at Kendall College of Art and Design, is often inspired while reading about history. His piece, "Secret Passion,"depicting a 21-foot double-ended sloop, is also part of the park's permanent exhibit. His latest installation is designed to spark interest in the Tuskegee unit with Michigan ties. "Visitors will be able to learn more about the Tuskegee Airmen and World War II in general when they visit the park thanks to Greenwood's vision,"said park Director Renee Hintz, who is thrilled with the sculpture that celebrates the African American squadron of fighter pilots who, despite great success, were segregated from the rest of the U.S. Armed Forces. Read more at

e-Transcripts Make Admissions Process Easier for Students, Parents

The Center for Educational Performance and Information has selected Docufide, Inc. to deliver an electronic transcript exchange system to school districts, colleges and universities throughout the state, reports PR Newswire. The electronic transfer service, provided by Docufide, Inc., allows students to send transcripts and other supporting admission documents from their high schools or colleges to more than 4,000 other colleges and universities nationwide, as well as to third-party destinations, electronically or on security paper mailed by Docufide. The system will also create a transcript repository across all participating grades, allowing for student performance analysis statewide. Troy Tissue, associate director of Admissions at Ferris State University notes, "The initiative is a great way to advance the goals of Michigan. It provides the necessary infrastructure to help Michigan meet the educational objective of doubling the number of its college graduates by making higher education more accessible. Docufide provides a trusted service to secondary and post secondary schools and their students. This is a great opportunity for all of the state's educational institutions to be a good steward of public money and to provide students with an easy-to-use process which encourages an efficient matriculation experience."