Monday, July 26, 2010

Ferris State University News Headlines

Ferris State University’s educational opportunities expanded last spring with the addition of a new doctoral degree program in community college leadership. Andie Wirgau has recently come on board as coordinator for the program. Read her story below; plus, learn how one student hit a homerun with his summer job.

Wirgau Joins Ferris as Coordinator of New Doctoral Program

Andie Wirgau’s passion for leadership and learning has led her back to Michigan to join Ferris State University’s College of Professional and Technological Studies’ staff as coordinator of the Doctorate in Community College Leadership (DCCL) program, the Big Rapids Pioneer reports. Wirgau, who most recently served as coordinator of student activities at the College of DuPage in Elgin, Ill., envisions Ferris as an opportunity to return to Michigan and make a difference in a program she fully endorses. A Lowell native and graduate of Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Wirgau has settled in nicely in her role as DCCL coordinator, which she began June 14.“Ferris is a great opportunity because it melds my two passions, leadership and lifelong learning,” said Wirgau, who was active in course instruction, budget management, diversity initiatives and more at the College of DuPage. “This job is exciting because I will perform a lot of logistical services for our incoming students, do some recruiting, help with the admissions process, register students and more.” Read more at

Ferris Junior Relishes Summer Job as Detroit Tigers Batboy

Andrew Crebessa wasn’t much of a baseball fan growing up. The 2008 Greenville High School graduate was more focused on a softer yellow ball and played four years on the varsity tennis team, reports the Grand Rapids Press. Crebessa’s feelings about baseball changed last year when he landed a summer job with the Detroit Tigers. The 20-year-old Ferris State University junior is in the midst of his second season as one of the team’s batboys. “When I came here I wasn’t a huge baseball fan, and I didn’t know a ton about it,” said Crebessa, who is majoring in Criminal Justice. “I didn’t play (baseball) in high school or anything. But now, it’s basically my life and I love it.” Family ties presented Crebessa with the job opportunity. His uncle, Tyson Steele, is the clubhouse assistant for the Tigers. Read more at

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