Friday, January 15, 2010

Ferris In The News

Then and Now: Ferris Focuses on Civil Rights During MLK Week

This Year’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration at Ferris State University will focus on “The Jim Crow Era: Then and Now,” and give students and community members the opportunity to reflect upon race relations in the past and the relevancy of those issues today, the Big Rapids Pioneer reports. The celebration runs Monday through Thursday (Jan. 18 through 21). For a complete listing of events, visit During the week, special activities and presentations will be given, including “Stories on Activism” by David Pilgrim, chief diversity officer, at 7 p.m. Jan. 19 in IRC 120. Pilgrim said he hopes the presentation will not only define what it means to be an activist but also challenge audience members to be activists. Read more at

Ferris Gets Involved In Relief Effort After Haitian Earthquake

BIG RAPIDS - The pain of the devastating earthquake that recently occurred in Haiti has had a ripple effect across the world - well beyond the borders of Haiti.
One of our neighbors in the world, Haiti, needs our help in its greatest time of need as tens of thousands of people have died and more many more continue to suffer.

Individual people can make a difference in the world - right here at Ferris State University. The office of Dr. Daniel Burcham, vice president of Student Affairs at Ferris is emphasizing a message that individual people can make a difference. The vice president's office has initiated the Ferris State University Haitian Earthquake Disaster Relief Effort. People are being asked to donate, if at all possible, to support earthquake relief efforts in Haiti.

As of right now, only monetary donations are being sought.

Donations for the Haiti earthquake relief effort may be submitted to the Vice President of Student Affairs office in CSS 313B, the Timme Center for Student Services.

Checks sent to the office should be made payable to the American Red Cross with a designation for the Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund.
Check out the Facebook group:
Your donation could help thousands of people.
Here is a special note from Dr. Burcham:
Due to the recent Haitian earthquake disaster, individuals have asked if they might donate money to support the earthquake relief efforts. Donations for the Haiti earthquake relief efforts may be submitted to the Vice President for Student Affairs Office in CSS 313B. Any checks sent to the office should be made payable to the American Red Cross with a designation for the Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund.

Several groups on campus are planning fundraising initiatives. We will keep you posted on these different activities in order that you may participate. Thank you for your support in this important endeavor.

Daniel L. Burcham, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs
Visit to learn more about the situation in Haiti:

2010 MLK Celebration Presents N*W*C* Race Show

The N*W*C* Is A 5-Star Campus Event

BIG RAPIDS - More often than not, people of different races can live, work, learn and thrive together without issues.

Stereotypes, however, are dangerous because they build walls that divide people rather than bring them together to live and work harmoniously.

Ferris State University continues to work toward breaking down the walls that divide us and hold us back as we pursue true diversity and inclusion. As part of the effort to confront the stereotypes that divide us, the 2010 Dr. Martin Luther King Celebration is featuring a five-star campus event: The N*W*C* Race Show which takes place Wednesday, Jan. 20 at 7 p.m. in G. Mennen Williams Auditorium on the Ferris State University campus.

This event is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

There is a note of caution, however, as the content of the show is not suitable for young children as the material is rated PG-13. As part of the show, there is strong language including frequent use of racial slurs.

With that said, here is the description of the group:
N*GGER WETB*CK CH*NK tells the real-life stories of three young men from different ethnic backgrounds in order to deconstruct the notion of race in America. Drama, hip hop, slam poetry, and stand-up comedy are intermingled to communicate the show’s overall message: There’s only one race: the human race. Along the way, the show also addresses various themes and issues inherently tied to racism such as ethnic identity, racial slander, media representation, race, stereotyping, immigration, and inter-group conflict.
We hope that as many people as possible will take time out of their schedules to come and see this important show about the racial stereotypes that oftentimes divide us. The show confronts these racial stereotypes head on to promote deeper thinking about how we view races and issues related to race.

If you have any questions about this event, or have a disability and need assistance to attend, contact the Office of Multicultural Student Services at (231) 591-2617 at least 72 hours in advance.

January Jams To Rock The House At Ferris State University

BIG RAPIDS - If you want to warm things up, during the chilly month of January, then not much beats Ferris State University's January Jams.

Ferris plans to have Jim Wink Arena rocking with some good music on Thursday Jan. 21 as the January Jams concert, which in the past has showcased popular bands such as 3 Doors Down, Trapt, Nickleback and many more, returns.

This year, with January Jams, Delta Chi Fraternity is proud to present Theory of a Deadman along with guests Halestorm, Adelita's Way and Taking Dawn.

January Jams begins at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 21.

People are encouraged to check out their ticket options.

Tickets can be purchased at the Information Desk in the Rankin Center, the Ewigleben Ice Arena Box Office and through for those unable to travel to campus to purchase tickets for January Jams.

2010 MLK Celebration Activities List

2010 MLK Celebration Jan. 18th - 21st, 2010

MONDAY-January 18th 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 2p.m.
Rankin Student Center Atrium/Art Gallery

MLK Faculty & Staff In-Service 10 a.m. to12 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 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Rankin Student Center Dome Room

TUESDAY-January 19th 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 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
University Recreation Center

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

WEDNESDAY-January 20th 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 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Williams Auditorium

THURSDAY-January 21st 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 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Rankin Student Center Dome Room

For information about all events, please contact the Office of Multicultural Student Services at (231) 591-2617.

Co-sponsors include:
Office of the President
Diversity & Inclusion Office
Office of Multicultural Student Services
V.P. of Student Affairs
V.P. for Administration and Finance
V.P. University Advancement and Marketing
Admissions & Records
Entertainment Unlimited
Office of Equal Opportunity and Governmental Relations
and General Counsel
College of Arts & Sciences
Student Government
Political Engagement Project
Williams Auditorium
Residence Life
Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning
Student Leadership & Activities
The Finance Division of Student Government
and the 2010 MLK Celebration Planning Committee.

Ferris State University Lacrosse Team, Buffalo Wild Wings Team Up

Come out and support the Ferris State Men's Lacrosse team by bringing a fundraiser flier to Buffalo Wild Wings and eating some of their amazing food. Our team will get 20 percent of your bill who has one of our fundraiser fliers during the event. We will be distributing fliers in the quad at Ferris and other locations around town. Messages will be sent out to notify when these fliers can be acquired.

Not only is this a great opportunity to get some great food and help raise money for the Lacrosse team, but the Detroit Red Wings are going to be playing in Pittsburgh against the Penguins at 3:00pm when our event starts.

If you haven't been to Buffalo Wild Wings before, here's the website with a full menu:

Learn more about the Ferris lacrosse team on the Web:

Source: Facebook

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Big Time Hockey in Big Rapids

Ferris State Hockey Hosts Miami This Weekend In A Battle For First Place In The CCHA

The 2009-10 Ferris State University men's ice hockey team, which is currently ranked a season-best sixth in the nation, will host the second-ranked Miami (Ohio) RedHawks this weekend (Jan. 15-16) as this key two-game Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) series represents a battle for sole possession of first place in the league standings.

The two CCHA co-leaders will square off this Friday (Jan. 15) at 7:05 p.m. (EST) in the series opener before wrapping up the two-game set on Saturday (Jan. 16) with a 5:05 p.m. (EST) opening faceoff. The Bulldogs won a pair of league shootouts earlier this season (Nov. 13-14) on Miami's home ice following back-to-back overtime decisions versus then nationally number-one ranked RedHawks.

The Ferris State Athletics Department is making those fans wishing to attend one of these exciting 2009-10 Bulldog hockey regular-season contest more affordable with the "Home Stretch Special" ticket package for the team's remaining seven regular-season games. The "Home Stretch Special" is as follows: General Public -- Save $20 and get the last seven regular-season games for $72 and Students - Get the remaining seven regular-season home games (including Michigan and Michigan State) for $37. For ticket information, please call (231) 591-2888.

Both Ferris State (16-4-2 overall; 10-2-2-2 CCHA) and Miami (13-4-5 overall; 10-1-3-1 CCHA) are presently tied for first place in the CCHA with 34 league points apiece. The last time Ferris State was ranked this high nationally was back in the 2002-03 season when the Bulldogs won the CCHA regular-season championship title en route to making their first-ever NCAA Division I Tournament appearance.

Show your Bulldog Pride by attending and cheer the Bulldogs on to victory this weekend!

Retired Ferris Professor Dr. Bob Parsons Offers Expertise In Mount Pleasant Area

Retired Ferris State University professor of criminal justice Dr. Robert Parsons was able to offer his expertise on local law enforcement (specifically about whether there was a need for an increased presence as far as law enforcement is concerned) to Union Township officials.

Here is an excerpt from the story published in the Morning Sun newspaper of Mount Pleasant:
Representatives from Central Michigan University, the city of Mt. Pleasant, and Isabella County came to Wednesday's meeting to hear the results from Parsons and Associates.

In March, Sheriff Leo Mioduszewski approached the township with a proposal to add two sheriff' deputies, who would be dedicated to Union Township through the COPS Hiring Recovery Program grant, part of President Barack Obama's stimulus package of $1 billion set aside for law enforcement.

"Our initial project goals were to look at a call for services, and to evaluate both proposals," said Dr. Bob Parsons, retired professor of criminal justice from Ferris State University. "Our original goals changed because Isabella County and Mt. Pleasant Department of Public Safety were not able to get the COPS grant."
For the full story, visit the Morning Sun Web site, here.

Ferris State University honored Dr. Parsons with the introduction of the Dr. Robert Parsons, Dr. Robert L. Parsons Law Enforcement Training Center, a firearms training range.

Ferris State University's Andy Karafa To Celebrate Martin Luther King Day In Flint

The Detroit Free Press has a brief about an interesting event taking place in Flint involving Ferris State University Psychology Program Coordinator and department head, Dr. Andy Karafa. As many people are aware, this is the time of the year where people around the country and the world begin to think back about what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has meant to this nation and to citizens of the world with his messages of inclusion, peace, nonviolence, diversity and equality.

At Ferris State University, the 2010 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, with the theme "The Jim Crow Era: Then & Now" kicks off next week on campus. Dr. Karafa has been a part of the work of the 2010 MLK Celebration Planning Committee. Beyond the work that he has done on campus, however, the message below shows that he is expanding to go beyond the FSU campus in his travels across the state of Michigan.

Here is the note about Dr. Karafa's event:
Celebrate Martin Luther King Day: With Andy Karafa from Ferris State’s Jim Crow Museum. View the Fair Housing Display, which shows the struggle in 1967 when residents staged a sleep-in in from of City Hall. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon. Sloan Museum, 1221 Kearsley, Flint. 810-237-3450. Free.
To learn more about Andy, who has been employed at Ferris since 2000, visit his biography page:

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Ferris In The News

Public-Private Partnership Allows Redevelopment of Historic Downtown Grand Rapids Building

If not for a creative public-private partnership, a historic building in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids might have continued to sit empty, West Michigan Business Review reports. Ferris State University and The Christman Co. have been working to find a way to turn the city of Grand Rapids’ Old Federal Building into an additional building for Ferris’ Kendall College of Art and Design. The solution was a three-way partnership between the school, Christman and the city. Joe Hooker, Grand Rapids-based development services manager at Lansing-based Christman, is excited to turn the historic structure into an economic gain for everyone. “A renovation of the Federal Building, which will feature many aspects of sustainable design, will provide great benefits for both Kendall College and the city of Grand Rapids,” Ferris President David Eisler said. Kendall President Oliver Evans added, “Our expansion into the Federal Building will be a visible reminder that Kendall and Grand Rapids are both thriving. Increasingly, students have been attracted by our mix of offerings – from fine arts study to arts education and design for industry, especially the furniture industry. Not only will the new facility increase our capability to deliver education but it will raise our profile and help make more people aware of the kinds of programs Kendall has to offer.” Read more at

Ferris Looking for Ways to Expand on High School-College Theme

The Ferris State University Athletics department has made a commitment to partnering with area high schools to strengthen the bond between the community and university, reports the Big Rapids Pioneer. It all started with an idea for a Big Rapids High School/Ferris football doubleheader on Aug. 29, 2009. That idea developed into “Basketball Bonanza” in which girls and boys basketball teams from Big Rapids, Chippewa Hills and Ferris were featured. Ferris Associate Athletics Director Jon Coles loves the idea of extending the use of its facilities to high schools, and has highlighted ideas to expand the premise to teams in Grand Rapids and Traverse City to create a possible tournament-style atmosphere, he said. “It would be great to get a Grand Rapids vs. Traverse City school to meet here, but most of all we want to foster the relationship with the area schools. That’s first and foremost before we start branching out,” he added.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Ferris In The News

Ferris Sends Team to Japan to Set New Rube Goldberg Machine Record

A machine that took 229 steps to squeeze an orange has put Ferris State University in the Guinness Book of World Records. Now, the Big Rapids school has sent a team to Japan to try to beat its own record by designing an even more complex Rube Goldberg machine, reports the Grand Rapids Press. Professor Thomas Hollen is adviser to Ferris State’s Rube Goldberg team. He and students Mike Dunakin of Grand Rapids, Kyle Hebner of Oscoda and Bryan Williams of Lupton left Jan. 3 for two weeks in Tokyo. “This is an honor and a testament to our student’s capabilities to be recognized internationally,” said College of Engineering Technology Dean Thomas Oldfield. They’re doing so by invitation of the Japanese television production company Collaboration, Inc. The mission, according to Ferris State spokeswoman Leah Nixon, is to “create a bigger and better ‘Toy Factory’ that can squeeze the juice of an orange in even more steps.” Read more at

Ferris Uses Local Workforce to Construct Optometry Building

In a little more than a year, Optometry students at Ferris State University will have a new place to call home with the opening of the new Michigan College of Optometry building. When they do enter new classrooms, they’ll be doing so in a building constructed by local workers, the Big Rapids Pioneer reports. To date, 90 percent of labor and materials for the new building are from within a 60-mile radius of Mecosta County, said Michael Hughes, associate vice president for Ferris’ Physical Plant. The university has made a conscious effort to provide local contractors with a chance to supply workers and materials for the new project, Hughes added. “We’ve tried to take away the intimidation of bidding on such a large project by asking local contractors to partner up with another company,” he said. “If the university is going to spend tax dollars, I think it’s important to keep it local and spend those dollars within the state.” Located at the corner of State Street and Ferris Drive, the new 87,000 square-foot facility will provide access to the newest technologies available for clinical teaching and learning, enable the MCO to better meet the needs of area underserved populations, allow students at every stage of the educational process to receive more and expanded clinical experiences, and increase visibility and public awareness.

Ferris Art Exhibit Features Faculty, Area Artists

Those passing through Ferris State University’s Rankin Art Gallery recently were treated to the creations of local artists, reports the Big Rapids Pioneer. The art of Ferris faculty and local artists was on public display as the 2010 Faculty Exhibition kicked off. The exhibit runs 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday until Jan. 26. It also features the art of Ferris’ Kendall College of Art and Design faculty. A reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Jan. 14 in the Rankin Gallery will feature the artists themselves, who will answer questions about their art.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Check Out The 2010 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Video Feature From Television and Digital Media Production

BIG RAPIDS - Ferris State University's Television & Digital Media Production students have produced an outstanding video feature titled: "2010 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration" that now is on the FSU Web site.

TDMP students interviewed MLK Planning Committee members Michael Wade, co-chair of the committee, as well as Todd Stanislav and your's truly, Sandy Gholston.

It has been a pleasure for me to have an opportunity to serve on a committee with so many people who want to be involved in this great celebration. Mike, Todd and I took the opportunity to meet with the TDMP students for these interviews to help tell the story of what Dr. King means to us, to everyone, to our nation and to the world, but also to talk about the unique way in which Ferris State University works with dedication to keep his dream alive.

With this year's theme, "The Jim Crow Era: Then and Now," the committee wanted to show how far we've come, as a society, but how far we still must go to truly realize Dr. King's dream.

Please take a minute to check out this video. The MLK Planning Committee is particularly proud of what we feel will be an outstanding MLK celebration.


Basketball Bonanza Was A Fun Time

BIG RAPIDS - Saturday, Jim Wink Arena on the Ferris State University campus was rocking from start to finish with basketball action.

Ferris, Chippewa Hills High School, Big Rapids High School and Saginaw Valley State University were all part of the action in this community-uniting event. In all, 1,229 fans were in attendance in Wink Arena as the day started with the Big Rapids-Chippewa Hills girls game, followed by the Ferris-Saginaw Valley women's game, the Ferris-Saginaw Valley men's game and the Big Rapids-Chippewa Hills boys game.

The all-day event on the Ferris campus was an outstanding opportunity for the Mecosta County community to come together at FSU. With Chippewa Hills representing the eastern side of the county and Big Rapids representing the western edge, the four games were part of a great event to bring people to Ferris for a day.

The Chippewa Hills High School band was in attendance and did a great job for the crowd playing not only the Warriors' traditional fight song, but also playing the Ferris fight song.

It was a great event and is additional evidence of Ferris working to build bridges between the University and local communities.