Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Find Out What Student Government Is Doing For Students

BIG RAPIDS - Most people probably realize that Student Government exists at Ferris State University.

But, how many people truly knows about all of the great things that Student Government is doing to advocate for students and improve the quality of student life at Ferris State University. Many people might be surprised to learn of the many important issues that our active Student Government has been involved in, both behind the scenes and out in front, to work for the greater good of the student population at Ferris.

Check out this intriguing 2008-09 video to find out what some of our student leaders, young men and young women who are involved in Student Government, are doing to make life better for fellow students.

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Award-winning Actress Jane Seymour Highlights Ferris Foundation Benefit

BIG RAPIDS – Celebrating its 125th anniversary, Ferris State University’s commitment to a mission of fostering educational opportunity remains as strong as ever.

Opportunity will be the theme of the 11th annual Foundation for Excellence Benefit at the JW Marriott in downtown Grand Rapids on Friday, Nov. 6. Highlighting this black-tie affair is author and award-winning actress Jane Seymour, a leading activist, humanitarian and philanthropist.

Seymour, working for more than 25 years to improve the lives of children around the world, and investing her time and money in other charitable endeavors, is this year’s featured speaker for The Ferris Foundation’s signature event.

“For 125 years, Ferris State University’s mission has centered on providing opportunities for students to pursue a college education. Opportunity was part of the vision of our founders, Woodbridge and Helen Ferris, and the value of opportunity endures today,” said John Willey, vice president for Advancement and Marketing at Ferris and executive director of The Ferris Foundation. “Ferris State University and The Ferris Foundation are as committed as ever to helping students who dream about a college education live that dream even in these challenging economic times. Jane Seymour has a great story to tell and we look forward to her inspirational words on Nov. 6.”

Seymour has showcased her talents through Broadway productions, motion pictures and on television, most notably, through her Golden Globe-winning role as Dr. Michaela Quinn from the series “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.” Among her most notable film credits are starring in the James Bond film Live and Let Die and Somewhere in Time set on Michigan’s Mackinac Island. More recently, Seymour co-starred in the comedy Wedding Crashers with Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn and played a role in the comedic feature Blind Dating. She also has appeared on “Dancing with the Stars.”

Seymour is an established author whose work includes the autobiographical Remarkable Changes: Turning Life’s Challenges into Opportunities, which chronicles her story and 20 personal stories of others who, through crisis, have experienced positive transformation.

The 11th annual Foundation for Excellence Benefit commences at 5:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception and a VIP reception with Seymour. At 7 p.m. dinner will be served and followed by the program which begins at 8 p.m. Seymour will deliver her address at 8:30 p.m.Proceeds from the Foundation for Excellence Benefit promote excellence among Ferris students, faculty and staff through the Foundation for Excellence Scholarship program, Exceptional Merit Grants program and other university endowments.

Tickets are $250 per person. Sponsorships are available.

Individuals attending the Foundation for Excellence Benefit are asked to RSVP no later than Oct. 30 by contacting Kim Erickson at The Ferris Foundation office at (231) 591-2365.

Check out the story on the Ferris State University News Services Web site:

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Ferris In The News

Project Allows Ferris Students Opportunity to Be Mentors

Students of all ages are learning a few things from each other thanks to the Academic Service Learning project at Ferris State University. The project gives Ferris students the opportunity to serve as mentors to kids at Big Rapids Public Schools while at the same time gaining experience in their field of study, the Big Rapids Pioneer reports. Students from the Dental Hygiene, Social Work, Recreation Management and Sociology departments devote time each week during their regularly-scheduled classes to visit BRPS and mentor kids who are considered “high-risk,” and also work with other students. The goal of the project is to help students gain experience while reaching out to the community, said Ferris Social Work professor Wendy Samuels. Recreation Management student Nick Henry said it’s nice spending time working with younger students, adding, “I think seeing that we’re in college gets then interested in college at an early age.”

Former AD One of Seven Being Inducted Into Ferris Sports Hall of Fame

There aren’t many people more deserving of a spot in the Ferris State University Sports Hall of Fame than Dean Davenport. The level of success that Ferris sports teams achieved during Davenport’s tenure as athletic director (1979-1993) remains unmatched, reports the Big Rapids Pioneer. Also occurring during his tenure was the conception and building of Ewigleben Sports Complex, hockey becoming a Division I sport and student-athletes going from non-scholarship to scholarship. On Oct. 30, Davenport will officially be inducted into the Ferris Sports Hall of Fame, along with six former athletes. Read more at

Rock Café Keeps Mouths Watering, Stomachs Full

What is “just so darn good” and keeps people coming back for seconds at Ferris State University? It’s the newly renovated Rock Café, the Big Rapids Pioneer reports. Averaging 5,000 patrons per day, and serving more than 177,000 customers since re-opening for business six weeks ago, the Rock Café has become the talk of the town, and it’s no wonder why. Just take a look at some of the options circulating through the menu: Prime rib and roasted baby potatoes with rosemary and thyme seasoning, along with fresh-cut green beans; salad greens tossed in white wine vinaigrette with walnuts, blue cheese crumbles, bacon crisps, and wedges of strawberry and green apple; Hawaiian pizza from a woodfire oven; stir fry prepared on a Mongolian grill with enough meat, sauce, spice and vegetable options to create just about any Asian cuisine creation the imagination can dream up. Even if your taste buds prefer something more traditional from a turkey sandwich to a burger and fries, you’ll find it at the Rock Café.