Friday, December 11, 2009

Ferris In The News

International Student Enjoys Two Passions at Ferris, Tennis and Politics

When Ahmet Kursad Demir realized that he could come to America and receive an education and continue to play tennis like he has been doing for most of his life, he made the journey to the United States. The native of Turkey is attending Ferris State University, located in Big Rapids, Mich., where he also is a member of the school’s tennis team, Voice of America News reports. Political Science is his major and he said he likes that the university is expanding and bringing new opportunities to the students there that will impact the world globally. “Here, I enjoy my political science department. I meet with my teachers and they are very experienced and intelligent people; and the reason why I chose political science is because I have always had a passion for politics,” Demir said. Read more at

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Ferris In The News

Symphonic Santa Sunday Set for Dec. 13

A number of bands from Ferris State University are performing at 4 p.m. during Symphonic Santa Sunday Dec. 13 in G. Mennen Williams Auditorium, the Big Rapids Pioneer reports. The free holiday concert will feature performances by Ferris’ West Central Concert Band, West Central Chamber Orchestra and Symphony Band. This year will be the first time the holiday musical celebration will be held in conjunction with the United States Marines’ Toys for Tots campaign, with assistance from the Big Rapids Rotary, and concert attendees may bring a new, unwrapped toy. Collection boxes will be located in the auditorium lobby. Also making appearances during the concert are Santa and Dynamite the Clown.

Ferris Student Takes Health Challenge, Shares Message With Youth

Salads and steamed veggies are on the menu for Midland resident and chef Andy Bacigalupo, who has been challenged by television health guru Dr. Oz to give up the salt shaker. During the 28-day challenge, Bacigalupo must follow a low-sodium diet made up of mostly fresh food to see if he can slim down and improve his health, reports the Midland Daily News. Bacigalupo’s particulars – his vital signs, lab values, weight and body measurements –were aired when he appeared Dec. 3 on The Dr. Oz Show on NBC. And, when the challenge is over he’ll be on the show again to see how he fared. Just 11 days into the reduced salt diet Bacigalupo has already lost 20 pounds. “I feel great,” he said. While on the challenge, he must use a pedometer to track his steps, with the goal of walking about four miles per day. He must weigh himself daily and use a flip cam to keep an audio diary of his progress. He blames his bad eating habits on a lifestyle that keeps him and his wife, Sherri – who also works full time – on the run. They have three children – 5-year-old twins, Thomas and Tyler, and 3-year-old Sophia. Bacigalupo also takes night classes at Ferris State University, working on a teaching degree he will complete in May. Read more at

Traffic Flow Change to Aid Safety Near Campus

In an effort to keep students safe, police from Ferris State University and Big Rapids have collaborated to change the flow of traffic on the university’s campus, the Big Rapids Pioneer reports. For the next year, drivers on Ferris Drive will yield at more stop signs, and pedestrians will be routed to cross the street at one crosswalk while construction is being completed on the new Michigan College of Optometry building. Both police departments have been working together through a pedestrian safety task force to increase the safety of pedestrians walking across campus. Ferris Public Safety Director Marty Bledsoe said he believes the stop signs will help increase drivers’ awareness and slow the flow of traffic on Ferris Drive, which connects State Street and Perry Avenue.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Ferris State University's 2010 Martin Luther King Celebration Activities Announced

BIG RAPIDS - Take a look at the schedule for the 2010 Martin Luther King Celebration (Jan. 18-21) on the Ferris State University campus.

The Office of Multicultural Student Services and the MLK Planning Committee have worked to put together what they believe will be an outstanding series of activities that bring into focus the works of Dr. King and how his message remains important today.

The MLK Planning Committee has a theme this year "The Jim Crow Era: Then & Now" for the activities.

2010 MLK Celebration Jan. 18-21, 2010

Jan. 18, 2010

Tunnel of Oppression Exhibit 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Rankin Student Center Rooms 153 & 155

Jim Crow Era Videos 11 2p.m.
Rankin Student Center Atrium/Art Gallery

MLK Faculty & Staff In-Service 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Rankin Student Center Founder's Room 238

OMSS Annual MLK Freedom March 3 p.m.
Merrill/Travis Residence Hall to Rankin Lobby

OMSS Annual Student Tribute 6 to 8 p.m.
Rankin Student Center Dome Room

Jan. 19, 2010

Tunnel of Oppression Exhibit 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Rankin Student Center Rooms 153 & 155

Jim Crow Era Videos 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Rankin Student Center Atrium/Art Gallery

Privilege Activity: Breaking Down Barriers 12 to1:30 p.m.
University Recreation Center

MLK Celebration featured Speaker: Dr. David Pilgrim 7 to 9 p.m.
IRC Auditorium 120

Jan. 20, 2010

Tunnel of Oppression Exhibit 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Rankin Student Center Rooms 153 & 155

Jim Crow Era Videos 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Rankin Student Center Atrium/Art Gallery

MLK Celebration featured Presentation & 5-Star Event: The N*W*C* Show 7 to 9 p.m.
Williams Auditorium

Jan. 21, 2010

Tunnel of Oppression Exhibit 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Rankin Student Center Rooms 153 & 155

Privilege Activity: The N*W*C* Show Reactions/Hateful Words 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
University Recreation Center

MLK Legacy Dinner 6 to 8 p.m.
Rankin Student Center Dome Room

Monday, December 7, 2009

Ferris In The News

Kantar Authors Book Telling Tale of Ill-Fated Freighter

The Edmund Fitzgerald is the best-known of the Great Lakes’ doomed ships, but the freighter’s demise with its entire crew off Whitefish Point in the Upper Peninsula is by no means the state’s only such maritime disaster, the South Bend Tribune reports. Andrew Kantar, a Ferris State University professor, tells another such story, that of the ill-fated freighter Daniel J. Morrell. It sank in 1966 off the tip of the Thumb in Lake Huron, northwest of Harbor Beach. “Each of the Great Lakes has its own tragic history, and Lake Huron’s violent moods have become legendary,” Kantar writes in Deadly Voyage: The S.S. Daniel J. Morrell Tragedy. Like the Edmund Fitzgerald, the Morrell went down in a brutal November storm. Unlike the Fitzgerald, there was a survivor. As the ship sank, four shipmates made it onto a life raft, but Dennis Hale was the only one to live through the 38 hours it took before a Coast Guard rescue helicopter spotted the raft. Twenty-six bodies were recovered. Two others were never found. Read more at

Granger Construction Makes Impact in Community, Beyond

Drive a few miles around the Lansing area, and you’ll likely see Granger Construction Co.’s work, reports the Lansing State Journal. From Sparrow Hospital’s west wing and parking structure to several buildings at Michigan State University, the Lansing company has completed hundreds of projects in the past 50 years. The Granger family also has made significant contributions to the community beyond business, but you wouldn’t know it from talking to Chairman Alton Granger or his son, Glenn Granger, the company’s president. They’ll talk about the projects they’ve completed, but they’re modest when it comes to discussing charitable endeavors such as the Granger Foundation donation for the pediatric emergency department for Sparrow Health System. Alton is a member of the Michigan Construction Hall of Fame and received an honorary doctoral degree in business and industry from Ferris State University in 2004. The company also made a contribution to establish the Granger Center for Construction and HVACR at the university. Read more at

Veteran Basketball Coach Finds Work at Ferris

For lack of a better comparison, Ed Douma simply is a 64-year-old basketball gym rat. And as long as there are basketballs to bounce, players to coach and teach, and Xs and Os to diagram, Douma will, somehow, be involved in the sport, the Grand Rapids Press reports. Despite supposedly being retired. “I want to hang it up as a head coach, but I don’t want to retire completely from basketball. I can’t because it would drive me crazy,” Douma said in early April 2007 after he retired from Hillsdale. So, if anyone deserves to step away from the court and live the high life, it’s Douma. But separate himself completely from the game? Not Douma. He currently is a volunteer assistant under Ferris State coach Bill Sall. The same Bill Sall who graduated from Unity Christian, then went on to become a two-time All-American for Douma at Calvin and an assistant for Douma at Calvin and Hillsdale. Read more at

Learn About Granger Construction's 50th Anniversary, Connection To Ferris State University

Granger Construction has a storied history in the business.

Check out this story that was published in the Lansing State Journal to get a glimpse of 50 years of excellence in construction.

In the story, readers can learn a little about the history of the relationship between Granger Construction's Alton Granger and Ferris State University.

Alton Granger is a member of the Michigan Construction Hall of Fame which is located in Big Rapids at Ferris State University.

Ferris State University's spectacular Granger Center for Construction and HVACR is named after the family for generous its lead gift toward the construction of the facility.

Here is an excerpt from the Lansing State Journal:
Alton is a member of the Michigan Construction Hall of Fame and received an honorary doctorate in business and industry from Ferris State University in 2004. The company also made a contribution to establish the Granger Center for Construction and HVACR at the university.
Don't forget to sneak a peak at the Lansing State Journal story (linked to below).

Ferris State University Student-Athletes Sign Autographs For Kids

BIG RAPIDS - Ferris State University men's basketball players hung out after their 82-61 win over Tiffin University to sign a bunch of autographs for young kids who were in attendance at Jim Wink Arena on Saturday afternoon.

It was a nice gesture by the Ferris Athletics Department and it was nice to see the student-athletes enjoy the opportunity to engage young fans and the families of the young fans.

In this photo, Ferris State University standout men's basketball player Justin Keenan is enjoying a laugh as he signs autographs for the young boys and girls who were in attendance Saturday.

It's always great to see Ferris State University's outstanding student-athletes engaging young kids and members of the community with events like this one on Saturday.

It was a nice all around weekend and week for the Bulldogs. Ferris began the week with a dominating win over archrival Grand Valley State University on Monday. Ferris followed up by winning against Ashland University with a strong performance and then closed out the week with a decisive win at home against Tiffin on Saturday.