Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Ferris In The News

Eisler Addresses Senate Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee

State university presidents, including Ferris State University President David Eisler, gave testimony Monday to the importance of funding higher education, the Big Rapids Pioneer reports. Along with Eisler, Central Michigan University President George Ross, Lake Superior State University President Tony McClain and University of Michigan-Flint Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Vahid Lotfi spoke before the Senate Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee in Ferris’ Interdisciplinary Resource Center. Eisler’s presentation focused on the decrease in state support for higher education while emphasizing the importance of state-funded financial aid and scholarship opportunities for students. Joining Eisler was Ferris student Melissa DiVietri, who benefits from the Tuition Incentive Program scholarship. DiVietri said the possibility of the state depleting TIP funding would be devastating. A copy of Eisler’s presentation is available at

Ferris’ Music Industry Management Program Gives Students Their Big Break

When Scott Frost graduated from Ferris State University in 2008 he never thought he would be attending business meetings a year later with MTV and alternative rock mogul Pete Wentz – best known as bassist for American rock band Fall Out Boy, reports the Big Rapids Pioneer. Frost is general manager of Decaydance Records, founded and run by Wentz. What has been a dream come true for Frost to meet artists he loves, and collect a gold record for his work on Fall Out Boy’s album “Folie a Deux,” would not be possible were it not for the bachelor’s degree he received in Music Industry Management. “It definitely made a difference. Having a business mind, along with a passion for music, can really get you ahead,” he said. Ferris’ MIM program began in the mid-90s, growing significantly over the years from less than 50 students in 2000 to a current enrollment of 176. Dan Cronk, MIM coordinator, is quick to point out the program is not teaching students to be rock stars but instead emphasizes a business concentration while teaching skills that cater to the music industry. Classes include everything from music history to contract sales to microeconomics and marketing.

Trustee Sueann Walz Receives Northern Lights Award

Sueann Walz was speechless when she was honored as this year’s Northern Lights award winner for management and business, the Big Rapids Pioneer reports. Walz, assistant vice president and branch manager of Independent Bank West, was surprised with the award during the Ferris State University Board of Trustees Finance Committee meeting. “It’s a total surprise,” she said, thanking presenter Karl Linebaugh. The award is presented each year by the Mecosta County Medical Center Foundation Board of Directors to honor people for their contributions to the community. Walz was appointed to the Ferris Board of Trustees for an eight-year term beginning Jan. 1, 2007.

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