Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Ferris In The News

After Addy Award Win, Kendall Student Hopes Video Helps Her Land Bigger Prize: A Job

Elizabeth Zimmerman’s school project – an animated video – has generated a top grade and an Addy award. Now the senior at Kendall College of Art & Design is keeping her fingers crossed it will also lead to a job, the Grand Rapids Press reports. “I’m pretty psyched,” Zimmerman said of winning the top design award. “It’s a really good opportunity for people to see your work.” She spent three weeks making her 90-second video about the Pacific Ocean’s “garbage patch,” where trash from around the world accumulates. Her Motion Graphics professor Bill Bergen gave her an “A” and suggested she enter it into the regional advertising award competition. She won the Best of Show Addy for a student project. More than 500 people attended the ceremony held at the Intersection and sponsored by the American Advertising Federation of West Michigan. In total, 105 awards were handed out to professionals and students whose work will be forwarded to the national Addy Award competition.

Tutu Discusses Truth, Racial Issues

Only truth can heal the wounds of racism and oppression, whether it is in South Africa or the United States. That was the message delivered by Naomi Tutu Tuesday during her visit to Ferris State University, reports the Big Rapids Pioneer. Tutu, daughter of legendary South African activist Archbishop Desmond Tutu, spoke on “South Africa: Healing the Wounds of Racism.” The presentation was organized by Ferris’ Office of Multicultural Student Services and Globalization Initiative. Naomi’s discussion surrounded the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa following the abolishment of apartheid. “The Truth and Reconciliation Commission ensured that South Africans heard the whole story,” Naomi said. “We cannot heal by pretending that something didn’t happen.” Ferris’ Chief Diversity Officer, David Pilgrim, feels Naomi’s presentation was a great opportunity for the university campus to connect. “For too long, we have not connected well with the rest of the world,” Pilgrim said. “I think Naomi’s presentation gives us a reason to connect in a way that is meaningful.”

Barnum’s Statue Highlight of Festival of the Arts Wrap-up

Members of the Big Rapids and Ferris State University communities bid farewell to the third Festival of the Arts celebration during which Ferris Artist in Residence Robert Barnum unveiled a three-piece scale model of a sculpture that will be displayed on the university’s campus, the Big Rapids Pioneer reports. Presenting the sculpture with Barnum were Ferris Welding students Conrad Raffilo and Patrick Damveld. The sculpture, which was created in recognition of the university’s 125th anniversary, is designed to showcase Ferris now, as well as highlight where it will be in the future. “When people drive by, they need to understand that this is a statement,” Barnum said. “I believe that this sculpture will be a statement that speaks to the university’s 125-year history.” The statue, standing 20 feet tall, will be erected at the corner of Perry Street and 215th Avenue on the western-most edge of the Ferris campus. An unveiling is set for April 21.

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