Saturday, April 17, 2010

President Eisler To Host 125th Anniversary Community Discussion At Big Rapids Middle School

BIG RAPIDS - Ferris State University President David L. Eisler invites Big Rapids and Mecosta County area friends and neighbors to a 125th Anniversary Community Discussion about the state of Ferris and about unfolding plans for the future. Eisler will share information about Ferris' development and higher education in Michigan and will look forward to answering questions from the audience. The Community Discussion will be at 7 p.m., Monday, April 19, in Cardinal Hall, Big Rapids Middle School.

The event will be part of a week of special events celebrating the 125th anniversary of Ferris' founding in Big Rapids and calling attention to the special partnership between Ferris and its home area.

“This is a welcome opportunity for Ferris to thank publicly the town and county that have been tremendously supportive in building a truly distinctive university,” Eisler said. “This is also the perfect time to explore how Ferris can engage the ambitions and needs of Big Rapids and Mecosta County in the future and help turn our challenges in a rewarding and prosperous direction,” he added. Please join us for this event and others throughout the week!

The entire schedule of events is available online at:

Ferris' 125th Anniversary Band And Orchestra Concert

BIG RAPIDS - Ferris' 125th Anniversary Band And Orchestra Concert is coming up on Wednesday, April 21, at G. Mennen Williams on the Ferris State University campus.

Admission is free.

Performed by
The FSU Symphony Band
The FSU West Central Concert Band
The FSU West Central Chamber Orchestra
Dr. Richard Scott Cohen, Musical Director & Conductor

Come join us - and Woodbridge Ferris himself! - for a historical musical and video celebration featuring ...

The premier performances of
“Echoes of a River Town,” composed by Music Professor Harry Dempsey
“Fanfare 125,” composed by Music Professor Scott Cohen

Along with
A Historical Visual Presentation by Jeff Gabalis
Matthew Kammeraad, student violin soloist
Dr. Dale Skornia, assisting conductor
President David Eisler, speaker
Dr. Richard Santer, reenactor
Dr. Donna Smith, announcer

And a special appearance by
The FSU Athletic Pep Band!

Fanfare 125
Ferris Fidelity
Fighting Bulldogs
Divertimento for Band
Incantation and Dance
Echoes of a River Town
Brahms' Symphony No. 4
Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite
Bach’s Violin Concerto No. 1
Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik

For assistance with attending this event, please call:
G. Mennen Williams Auditorium at Ferris State University: (231) 591-5600


Scott Cohen
Director of Instrumental Concert Ensembles
Ferris State University
Music Center 103
1030 Campus Drive
Big Rapids, MI 49307
Phone: (231) 591-2484
Fax: (231) 591-2188

UA HVAC Mobile Green Classroom visits Ferris

What better way to learn about way to learn about ways to conserve and or become more energy-efficient than through the UA HVAC Mobile Green Classroom.

Take a tour!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Ferris' OMSS Pignic and the Black Greek Council Step Show 2010

BIG RAPIDS - It's time for everyone to step up ... literally and figuratively. The annual Office of Multicultural Student Services Pignic and the Black Greek Council Step Show is coming up at Ferris State University beginning Friday, April 30, and running through Sunday, May 2.

The early announcement is designed to give everyone the best opportunity possible to attend as many events as possible here at Ferris.



TIME: 7 p.m.
LOCATION: Wink Arena
COST OF ENTRY: One canned good (ALL food collected will go towards Black Greek Council's 2010 Food Drive Community Service Project)
NOTES: Who's got game: The Kappas? The Alpha's? The Sigmas? The Ques? The Iotas? Phi Delta Psi? The IMPs? ... WE SHALL SEE

TIME: 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
LOCATION: Star Shooters (upstairs) in Big Rapids
NOTES: MSU's own DJ Platinum, this will be a Banger that you don't want to miss and, if you have never been to an upstairs Star Shooters party this is not something you want to miss out on
COST: $7

TIME: 10 p.m. to 3 a.m.
LOCATION: The Gate, 706 E. Perry St. (Next to Staples)
NOTES: Come out and enjoy this night of fellowship with current students and alumni from Ferris


TIME: 12 p.m.
LOCATION: Hemlock Park in Big Rapids
NOTES: Music is by DJ Dave Reed, free BBQ, music and fellowship

TIME: 6 p.m. (DOORS OPEN @ 5:30 p.m.)
LOCATION: Williams Auditorium
COST: $10 (tickets are available at the Williams box office)
NOTE: Come out and see which BGLO's will walk away as the 2010 Step Show Champions!

TIME: 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
LOCATION: Wink Arena/Multipurpose Room
COST: $10 plus inflation

Card Wildlife Center Benefit Dinner And Auction This Saturday (April 17)

BIG RAPIDS - The Card Wildlife Education Center at Ferris State University is holding a Benefit Dinner and Auction on Saturday (April 17) at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Center with festivities beginning at 6 p.m. and the dinner to commence at 7 p.m.

"The event will include a wild game dinner, a live auction, silent auctions, great raffle prizes, live entertainment from Susan Morris Trio and much more," said Joseph Lipar, an assistant professor of Biology and director of the Card Wildlife Education Center.

All proceeds from the event will be used to fund transportation for K-12 classes to visit the Center, develop new community outreach programs, and enhance educational opportunities for visitors.

Tickets are $50 per person or $90 per couple.

To buy tickets to the dinner, visit:

To learn more about the Card Wildlife Education Center, visit:

Thursday, April 15, 2010

University of Chicago Professor Speaks On Contemporary India At Ferris

Ferris State University President David Eisler (right) presents a gift to University of Chicago Professor Rochona Majumdar following her presentation on Thursday afternoon on the Ferris campus in the College of Business. In the middle is Rebecca Sammel, an assistant professor in Languages and Literature at Ferris, who introduced Majumdar. In the photo below, Majumdar joins a group of students from Big Rapids High School for a photo. (Photos/Sandy Gholston)

BIG RAPIDS - Rochona Majumdar, an assistant professor in the University of Chicago’s Division of Humanities, spoke to a large audience of students, faculty and staff packed inside a College of Business lecture hall at Ferris State University Thursday afternoon.

Majumdar’s presentation, part of Ferris' Globalization Initiative, was “Unity in Diversity: India as an Emerging World Power.” Her talk, including a question-and-answer segment, lasted about 50 minutes. A professor in the South Asian Languages and Cultural Studies department at UC, Majumdar addressed a number of topics (education, the caste system, its evolving democracy, the role of the country's media and more) related to India as part of a visit to Ferris she enjoyed.

“I want to thank Rebecca Sammel (an assistant professor in Languages and Literature at Ferris) for this opportunity to speak here at Ferris,” Majumdar said as she addressed an audience that included Ferris faculty, staff, and students as well as a class of students from Big Rapids High School. “It has been an extraordinarily pleasant stay here. Having met some of the faculty I was amazed at the team spirit that I perceived on this campus.”

Majumdar took an opportunity to introduce herself to the audience, briefly discuss some of her personal and professional background, and establish what fuels her passion on topics related to India.“I am a historian by training, but I am here at Ferris to talk about very contemporary events that are taking place in India. I do that as somebody who teaches contemporary India to students, but also as who cares about what is going on in India. So, whatever I say is going to be in the spirit of political engagement.”

“Some of the things I am talking about don't make it to the international media. The burden of my talk in some ways is to raise awareness.”

As part of Ferris' Globalization Initiative, Majumdar was welcomed to the Ferris campus by Sammel; Piram Prakasam, an associate professor in Chemistry, Ferris President David Eisler, Chief Diversity Officer David Pilgrim; Matt Chaney, director of the Office of Multicultural Student Services and numerous others in attendance Thursday in the College of Business.

Majumdar's presentation was made possible through a mini-grant from the Diversity and Inclusion Office. Other sponsors of this event include the Globalization Initiative, Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning, OMSS and the International Center.

Below is a video clip of Rochona Majumdar's speech:


FSU SAAC Holding Auction For Make-A-Wish

BIG RAPIDS - Ferris State University fans currently have an opportunity to bid on receiving an autographed jersey from their favorite Bulldog team and help an important national cause at the same time.

The FSU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) is presently conducting a blind auction to help raise funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. As part of the auction, an autographed jersey signed by all 2009-10 members is available for each FSU Athletics team.

To bid on a jersey, please email your offer to the respective SAAC representative listed below for each sport. Fans are allowed to make only one offer and the minimum bid is $25 for each jersey. Since it is a blind auction, fans will have no idea what others are bidding during the process. The SAAC representatives will contact the various winners on April 30 and the jersey will be sent upon receiving payment.

To date this year, the FSU SAAC organization has collected over $700 for Make-A-Wish through various methods, including selling dicots displayed above the ticket office window, offering change buckets at the concession stand, a Papa John's pizza fundraiser and other efforts. The goal from the beginning of the campaign has been to raise more than $1,000 this academic year.

The mission of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee is to enhance the total student-athlete experience by promoting opportunity for all student-athletes, protecting student-athlete welfare and fostering a positive student-athlete image.

This past year, the FSU SAAC has played an active role in several important initiatives. They hosted a Bowl-O-Rama for incoming freshmen student-athletes and are also spearheading the annual Senior Farewell for graduating student-athletes. They will host the inaugural Dawg Fight, a skills and mind competition between classes, later this summer. Ferris SAAC representatives also vote on NCAA legislation that impacts such things as the national "Life In The Balance" initiative.

The effort to raise funds is part of NCAA Division II's longstanding commitment to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, an organization that grants the heartfelt wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. Over the last five years, the various Division II SAAC organizations have collected more than $765,000, constituting one of the nation's largest grass-roots contributions to Make-A-Wish.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Born in 1980 when a group of caring people helped a young boy fulfill his dream of becoming a police officer, the Foundation is now the largest wish-granting charity in the world, with 69 chapters in the United States and its territories. With the help of generous donors and more than 25,000 volunteers, the Make-A-Wish Foundation grants nearly 12,700 wishes a year and has granted more than 175,000 wishes around the world since its inception.

For additional questions regarding the Ferris State University SAAC auction, please contact the group's adviser, FSU Associate Athletics Director Jon Coles, via email at

Sport Representative Email Address
Soccer Carlee Boyle
Softball Makenzi Peterson
Cross Country Zoey Holmann
Football Jordan Morgan
Volleyball Lisa Tobiczyk
Women's Golf Erin Fuchik
Hockey Mike Fillinger
Men's Basketball Matt DeHart
Women's Basketball Tricia Principe

Ferris State University Athletics Communications

Ferris Youth Academic And Athletics Camps Enrich The Lives Of Young People

BIG RAPIDS - Many of us remember the times we had when we went to camps of various kinds during our youth, the friends we made, the lessons we learned and the fun we treasured.

Ferris State University offers a wide variety of summer campus (both academically and athletically) to give young people priceless opportunities to learn and grow and enjoy memories and friendships that could last a lifetime. Adam Wetherell is director of the academic camps and Gary Wendlowsky oversees the athletics camps.

To learn more about Ferris Athletics Camps and Clinics, please call the toll-free number at (866) 950-2267 for any FSU camp-related questions or email:

To learn more about Ferris Academic and Skills Camps, please contact Adam at (800) 562-9130 or (231) 591-5824. You can e-mail him at

A listing of the Academics and Skills Camps:
A listing of the Athletics Camps and Clinics:

Check Out Ferris State University's Osprey Web Cam

BIG RAPIDS - Ferris State University's top reality stars are its ospreys, who have their lives documented 24/7 on campus.

See what they're up to, here.

If you have any questions, comments, or would like more information please contact Dr. Paul Klatt.

The ospreys were featured on local station TV9and10 News, here.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Unity in Diversity: India as an Emerging World Power

BIG RAPIDS - Professor Rochona Majumdar will be the featured speaker in a Globalization Initiative activity titled, "Unity in Diversity: India as an Emerging World Power," on April 15 in Ferris State University's College of Business, Room 111, at 11 a.m. in an event that is free and open to the public.

"Prof. Majumdar teaches in the South Asian Languages & Cultural Studies department at the University of Chicago and will examine India's emergence as a world power," said Michael Wade, assistant director of the Office of Multicultural Student Services at Ferris.

Majumdar's presentation is sponsored through a mini-grant from the Diversity and Inclusion Office. Other sponsors of this event include the Globalization Initiative, Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning, OMSS and the International Center.

Following Prof. Majumdar's presentation will be a discussion in FLITE 438 at 2 p.m. (April 15). Anyone with questions regarding this event is encouraged to contact Ferris International Student Adviser Janel Lockwood via e-mail at or by phone (231) 591-2809.

More information on the speaker can be found at


On behalf of the BIG Event Committee, we would like to thank everyone for their support of the Ferris State BIG Event, Ferris State Student Government, and especially the Big Rapids Community! The day is finally here and we couldn't be more excited. You have helped us to reach our goal of over 1,100 volunteers this year! Just a couple of friendly reminders for the day of:

-Remember that all volunteers need to have their student ID with them

-The Rankin circle will be closed. Please park in other surrounding parking lots that morning.

-The BIG Event Committee will be setup and ready to go by 8:30am. PLEASE come early. We have a photographer that has access to the Rankin roof and we would love to take a picture of everyone in their blue t-shirt that they will receive.

-Breakfast and lunch will be provided that day. Come hungry!

If you have any questions or concerns please contact the BIG Event Committee in the Student Government Office (231) 591-2030

Thank you again for all your support

Danielle Balmer
BIG Event Volunteer Coordinator

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Entertainment Unlimited Seeks Ferris Fest Volunteers

BIG RAPIDS - Are you looking for one last opportunity to serve Ferris State University as a volunteer and have fun at the same time? Are you a few hours short of Initiative 125?

Entertainment Unlimited has an opportunity for you.

Every year EU hosts Ferris Fest, scheduled for April 24 beginning at noon on the Campus Quad. This year, EU needs assistance. The organization needs people who are interested in volunteering to assist with various activities throughout the day. Most of the volunteers will help with cleanup at the end of the day, but some will be needed throughout the day.

The first 20 people to respond to will be able to help.

After emailing EU, volunteers will receive further instructions and specific details of the volunteering opportunity.

Ferris Athletics Looking For Volunteers For Track And Field Meet

BIG RAPIDS - Ferris State University is hosting the 2010 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships on May 5-7 at Top Taggart Field and is seeking volunteers to help stage this meet.

As an incentive, FSU Athletics will provide free home hockey tickets for next season (three games of your choice with the exception of the Michigan and MSU contests) or a free season pass for football, basketball and volleyball ($100 value) for anyone who is able to work two shifts during the meet.

Volunteers do not need track and field experience - just a smile and willingness to learn.

The various shifts are listed below:

Wednesday, May 5, 12:30-3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 5, 3:30-6:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 6, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 6, 12:30-4:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 6, 2 p.m.-8:30 p.m. (counts as 2 shifts)
Thursday, May 6, 4:30-7:30 p.m.

Friday, May 7, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Friday, May 7, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Friday, May 7, 12-4 p.m.

If you are interested, please email or call Associate Athletics Director Jon Coles.

Phone: (231) 250-4082

Thanks for your support and Go Bulldogs!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Bulldog basketball Teams Participate In Heart-To-Heart and Hand-in-Hand Special Olympics Benefit Game

BIG RAPIDS - For the fifth consecutive year, the Ferris State University men's and women's basketball teams will team up to help raise funds for the local Special Olympics program.

The Bulldog basketball teams are slated to compete in the fifth annual charity Heart-To-Heart and Hand-in-Hand Special Olympics Benefit Game this Tuesday (April 13) evening at FSU's Jim Wink Arena in Big Rapids, Mich. Tipoff is set for 6:30 p.m. (ET).

The event is being organized and sponsored by the Ferris Professional Recreation Association and Gamma Epsilon Tau. Admission is $2 at the door with donations accepted. Additionally, a silent auction and 50/50 raffle will also be part of the night's activities.

The FSU student-athletes will be split into two competing teams made up of both Bulldog men's and women's players along with local Special Olympics Area 5 athletes. Last year, the crimson team rallied from behind and scored in the closing seconds to record a thrilling 73-72 triumph over the white squad in the contest.

All donations and proceeds received from the event go to support the Special Olympics of Michigan and funds help provide uniforms, equipment, food, transportation, and tournament fees for the special olympics athletes.

Ferris State concluded the 2009-10 men's basketball campaign with a 16-13 overall record and the Bulldogs placed tied for second (13-9) in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) North Division play. In addition, FSU made its 11th GLIAC Tournament appearance and fifth in the last six years. This year also represented the eighth consecutive year the Bulldogs have won 10 or more games.

The Ferris State women's basketball team concluded the 2009-10 season with an 8-19 overall record. The Bulldogs were 7-15 in GLIAC action and are eligible to return their entire roster intact next season after winning their final two regular-season contests.

For more information on the game, please visit this link: