Friday, March 26, 2010

Ferris In The News

Fulbright Program Provides Opportunities for Faculty

Many of Ferris State University’s Fulbright scholars were on hand to learn more about other cultures while reflecting on their own experiences during the 2010 Fulbright Foreign Lecture March 25, the Big Rapids Pioneer reports. This year’s lecture featured Dr. Lamia Zayzafoon of Tunisia, who addressed the topic of “Year of the Typhus: World War II in Tunisian Women’s Memoirs.” The lecture is intended to expose faculty, staff, students and the community to other cultures, as well as the Fulbright program, which allows professors to serve abroad as lecturers, researchers and graduate students. Ferris Fulbright scholars have studied and taught in countries from Poland and Greece, to Russia and Romania, to Sudan, Syria and Hungary, among others. Fulbright scholar Christine Vonder Haar, Ferris associate professor of Languages and Literature, said the program provides unique opportunities for exchanges. “By participating, Ferris is building connections with these other countries,” she said.

Dinner Serves as Gathering Spot for Ferris Students

Ferris State University’s International Student Organization had mouths watering on campus this week during the group’s monthly International Potluck, reports the Big Rapids Pioneer. Students of all nationalities had the opportunity to meet other students while enjoying French cuisine, among a variety of other ethnic dishes shared among guests. We started holding these monthly potlucks so that Ferris’ international students would have an opportunity to come together,” said Shana Beisiegel, assistant advisor, Ferris International Center. “This also gives them a chance to socialize with professors and staff on a more personal level.” International student Ami Trivedi added she enjoys the food, but most of all, she loves the social interaction. “I think the communication you have with others is a good reason to come.”

Bulldogs Fill Coaching Vacancies

Spring training drills for the Ferris State University Football team will begin next week, where the team will welcome two new coaches: Chris Boden and Gary McGraw, the Big Rapids Pioneer reports. Boden will take over as offensive coordinator for the Bulldogs, a position previously held by Matt McCarthy. He comes from Northern State University in South Dakota where he served as head coach. McGraw will replace Chris Reese as the team’s defensive coordinator. He comes from Quincy College in Illinois. Read more at

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