Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Ferris In The News

Ferris Students Explore Hate-Speech Through ‘Writings on the Wall’

Knocking out intolerance is motivating Ferris State University students to explore hate speech through a new medium this October, “Writings on the Wall.” In an effort to create awareness of prejudice and stereotypes, participants were encouraged to anonymously write on cement bricks hurtful words and phrases used against them or their peers, the Big Rapids Pioneer reports. The bricks make up a six-foot-wide and 12-foot-tall wall, which was built by Construction Management students on the Campus Quad. “The wall itself is an accumulation of hate, pain, harassment, stereotypical comments, racial slurs, et cetera. But, the symbolism is created within the individual. What the wall symbolizes (is) different for each person,” said Bryan Lochan, a senior in Applied Biology/Pre-optometry from Grand Rapids. Lochan, a resident advisor at Brophy McNerney Hall, is organizing the Writings on the Wall’s first campus-wide event with other resident advisers and members of Brophy McNerney. Other organizations helping with this event include ResLife, Office of Multicultural Student Services, Diversity and Inclusion Office, Physical Plant and other Ferris students. The project concludes on Thursday, Oct. 22, when the wall is torn down at 11 a.m. From 6 to 8 p.m. an open discussion will be held in the Rankin Student Center Dome Room. Read more at

Ferris Partners with Alpena Community College for Four-Year Degree Option

Alpena Community College officials and Ferris State University’s College of Arts and Sciences are partnering to bring a new educational opportunity to Alpena. ACC and Ferris officials recently signed an articulation agreement to offer courses leading to a bachelor’s degree in Integrative Studies, reports WATZ AM 1450. The program is designed for students who wish to pursue a four-year interdisciplinary degree. It allows students with an associate degree or significant college level coursework to expand their foundational studies and work experience. Classes associated with this program will begin during spring semester and most will occur on the ACC campus. Read more at

Simulation Business Game Developed by Ferris Professor is New Dynamic to Learning

If an MBA is a major asset in getting a good job, hundreds of students in the Twin Cities hope a mini-MBA will give them at least a minor edge in their job hunts, reports. At the University of St. Thomas, the Mini MBA Program is a 52-hour version of the master’s in Business Administration degree, typically a two-year program. The mini-MBA is geared more to people who want to sharpen their skills and freshen their resumes. St. Thomas, whose business graduate school is in downtown Minneapolis, has offered a mini-MBA since the 1980s. But a simulation business game, introduced last year, brings a new dynamic. It was developed by David Steenstra, a professor at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Mich., who teaches the first class and picks the eventual winner. Students split into teams of about six, and they all start with the same hiking shoe company with identical financials. Their competing companies immediately become different as each team makes its own decisions, such as how much of the budget to put into research and development versus dividends. During each class, the students also wrestle with ethical scenarios facing their companies. Their decisions are run through a computer model after each class, and students learn from their companies’ successes and mistakes, as well as from lectures on finance, marketing, strategic planning and other business elements. Read more at

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Interested In Digital Animation and Game Design? Check This Out ...

BIG RAPIDS - If you're the person out there who loves video games, but wants to get involved in how they're made, Ferris State University has the program for you.

Ferris State University's Digital Animation and Game Design is a cutting-edge program that catches and holds your attention.

Check out this DAGD Demo Reel to see some of the best work created by FSU students during the previous year.

Every Ferris student contributes something different to the degree, and it becomes evident in the various animations.

Check it out:


Third Eye Blind Is Coming To Rock Autumn aLive In Wink Arena

BIG RAPIDS - Ferris State University's Music Industry Management Association presents: Autumn aLive 2009 with Third Eye Blind and special guests Hot Chelle Rae on Thursday, Oct. 29.

The doors of Wink Arena, on the campus of Ferris State University, open at 6 p.m. and the show is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

Tickets prices are as follows:

$10 for Ferris students and $20 for others.

Tickets will be sold at the Wink Arena Box Office, and the Rankin Student Center Information Center. This show is general admission.

This event is sponsored by Y102.

Also, this event is sponsored by Student Activity Fees as allocated by the Finance Division of Student Government.

Anyone with a disability who needs special accommodations to attend this event should contact (231) 591-2606 at least 72 hours in advance.

For more information contact Kelsey Fales at

Living Outside Of Michigan, But Interested In Ferris? You May Qualify For Great Lakes Scholarship

BIG RAPIDS - Ferris State University is pleased to announce the expansion of the Great Lakes Scholarship for 2010-2011.

This scholarship opportunity is available to students entering Ferris State University for the first time in the 2010–2011 academic year as new freshmen or transfer students who live or learn in:

New York
West Virginia

The Great Lakes Scholarship allows eligible out-of-state students to pay lower in-state tuition for up to 15 credit hours per semester. You must meet the qualifications below to be considered for this scholarship:
1. You are a resident of, attend a high school in, or transfer from a college or university in: California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland,
Minnesota, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, or Ontario (Canada).

2. You enroll in an undergraduate, degree-granting program at Ferris State University — Big Rapids main campus or Kendall College of Art & Design in Grand Rapids.

3. This annual scholarship may be renewed three times providing the student is meeting the University's Satisfactory Academic Progress standards.

4. Eligible students will be automatically awarded this scholarship. No application necessary.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Bulldogs To Be Featured On Florida Radio Show

BIG RAPIDS - The winner of this Saturday's (Oct. 24) Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) football game between Ferris State University and Northwood University will be predicted live from Panama City Beach, Fla., on a popular morning talk show.
The Rocky and Randall Road Show, which airs live each Saturday morning from 7 to 9 a.m. (CST) on Florida-based Beach 95.1 FM, has chosen the FSU-Northwood game as one of its 10 selected national contests this week.
As part of one of the most popular segments of the weekly morning show, ten games from across the country are chosen each week and the show hosts make predictions on the outcomes of those contests. Seven of the selected outings come from the NCAA Division I level with the other three games each week chosen from lower levels of college football to serve as tiebreakers.
The FSU-Northwood game, which is set for a 12 p.m. (EDT) kickoff at NU's Hantz Stadium in Midland, will be one of the show's tiebreaker games this week.
Fans can listen live to the popular radio show online by clicking on the "Listen Live" tab at Additionally, fans are also invited to call-in to the show while it is live to discuss the contest by dialing (850) 235-2951.
The hosts for The Rocky and Randall Road Show are Randall Akins and his brother, Rocky. The New Beach 95.1 FM airs the Gulf Coast's Greatest Hits and the station has regular listeners all over the United States and Canada as well as around the world.

Saturday's league encounter can be heard live locally in the Big Rapids area on WYBR 102.3 FM with Rob Bentley providing the play-by-play action and Sandy Gholston offering color commentary. It will also be available for online listening at and a live audio & video webcast will be offered by B2 Networks.

Showing of Murderball Highlights Discussion Related To Disability Awareness Month

BIG RAPIDS - There is so much in life that a lot of us simply take for granted.

Creating awareness on campus has been a continuing mission at Ferris State University and yet another part of that mission is Disability Awareness Month (October). This month is a perfect opportunity to gain valuable knowledge about disability awareness and enjoy a movie you're sure to enjoy featuring athletes with physical disabilities. The movie is called Murderball. The movie and the event that includes the movie takes place Wednesday, Oct. 21, from 7 to 9 p.m. in room 111 of the College of Business.

For more information, contact Deb Cox by e-mail at If you want more information on the phone call (231) 591-2742. The organization behind the event is Liaison Committee for Students with Disabilities.

Prior to the showing of Murderball there will be a panel discussion. In addition to the panel discussion and movies there will be refreshments served.