Friday, April 23, 2010

A Video Clip From President Eisler's Presentation To Community Celebrating 125th Anniversary

BIG RAPIDS – Ferris State University President David Eisler conducted a forum for friends and neighbors in Big Rapids and Mecosta County as he discussed the state of Ferris and plans for the future.

The event was the 125th Anniversary Community Discussion.

Eisler's presentation took place on Monday, April 19, in Big Rapids Middle School's Cardinal Hall. The president shared information about Ferris’ development and higher education in the state. His presentation included time for questions from the audience. The event was part of a week celebrating the 125th anniversary of the founding of Ferris in Big Rapids and the strong relationship that has developed between the University and the Big Rapids community.


Grand Rapids Press Addresses Issues Of Colleges And Universities Accepting Online Credits In Admissions Process

Grand Rapids Press writer Kym Reinstadler, in an article published April 22, addressed an issue (the willingness of colleges and universities in Michigan, like Ferris State University, to handle credits from online courses) that is making major headlines in the Grand Rapids area:
There are many questions about Grand Rapids Public Schools' planned shift to predominantly online education in its high schools next fall, but whether area colleges will accept credits being earned via computer isn't one of them.

Admissions officers at five of Michigan's public universities and a handful of private schools say they don't evaluate high school transcripts on the mode of instruction.

In fact, transcripts rarely distinguish an online course from one that's taught face-to-face, they say.

Here is more from the Grand Rapids Press article:

Michigan State University, Grand Valley State University, Western Michigan University, Ferris State University and Wayne State University all told The Press online courses are considered no different than traditional courses when weighing admissions decisions.

It's the same story at Grand Rapids Community College, Calvin College, Hope College, Aquinas College and Cornerstone University.

For the full story, visit the Grand Rapids Press online:

Student Government President Gould Presented Northern Lights Award

BIG RAPIDS - Ferris State University Student Government President Claire Gould received the 2010 Northern Lights Award for Civics on behalf of Ferris Student Government and the 1,100 FSU students who volunteered for The Big Event.

The Big Event, in its second year, is a Student Government service project that provides a platform for Ferris students to go throughout the Big Rapids area to engage in a variety of projects that allow them to give back to the community and get to know their neighbors.

The efforts of the Ferris students to go out in the community for these projects that strengthen the bond between the campus and community have been applauded. Mecosta County Medical Center Community Relations/Foundation Director Thomas Hogenson commended the students "for their leadership and friendship in bringing this excellent project to the community ... and for making it possible for my neighbors to once again see my house over the hedge in my front yard."

In all seriousness, The Big Event has helped strengthen the bond between members of the Big Rapids community and Ferris students. Added Hogenson, "This program exemplifies the best in citizenship and youth leadership and that it must be recognized in the Northern Lights process."

Earlier this year, Ferris Board of Trustees member Sueann Walz was honored as a Northern Lights award winner for management and business, as reported by the Big Rapids Pioneer. The Northern Lights award is presented annually by the Mecosta County Medical Center Foundation Board of Directors and honors people for their contributions in the community.

In the photo, Claire Gould is pictured with Thomas Hogenson

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Get Your Ferris State University Spring 2010 Commencement Information

BIG RAPIDS - Ferris State University's commencement ceremonies are just around the corner and there is no shortage of preparation that goes into making everything come off with few if any hitches.

Commencement ceremonies on the Big Rapids campus take place Friday (May 7) and Saturday (May 8) in the Robert L. Ewigleben Sports Complex. For more information about activities that are related to commencement, click here.

It's one of the hottest tickets in town and tickets are REQUIRED for May commencement activities at Ferris.

Important Things to Know:

  • All degree candidates are required to file a formal application for graduation no later than the mid-point of the semester prior to your anticipated graduation date.Your academic advisor will assist you with the completion of your graduation clearance form.

  • If the application for graduation is not filed with the graduate's college Commencement Coordinator at least twelve weeks prior to the ceremony in which the graduate plans to participate, their name will not appear in the Commencement program. In order to have the program printed and back in time for the ceremonies we have to adhere to these deadlines.

Participating in commencement is not a certification of graduation, but rather a ceremony that celebrates each graduates academic achievements. Therefore, participation in any Commencement ceremony does not affirm that a graduate has satisfactorily completed all degree requirements. Graduates must satisfy all of their degree requirements before they receive their diploma.

Graduates are permitted to participate in Commencement if they are close to completing their graduation requirements. For example, if a graduate needs to take a course or two during summer semester to finish their program, they may participate in May Commencement or wait until December Commencement.

Ferris State University does not have a summer Commencement ceremony.

Check Out The College of Education And Human Services Newsletter For Spring 2010

A letter to friends and alumni of the College of Education and Human Services at Ferris State University.
Welcome to the Spring Semester 2010 Newsletter! I hope that you enjoy reading it and continue to participate as active alum and friend of the College of Education and Human Services (COEHS). Remember when you graduated, you were told, “Once a bulldog, always a bulldog.” Well, the bulldog values and bulldog spirit that were so evident when you were a student at Ferris State University continue to be important, especially now.

The College of Education and Human Services had a successful Fall Semester which started with an increase in enrollment and ended with a spectacular hooding ceremony prior to the Commencement on December 19, 2009. A hooding ceremony is a traditional event in which graduate students, who complete their courses of study, receive crimson, gold, and blue velvet and satin hoods, denoting that they graduated from the College of Education and Human Services at Ferris State University. Participants in the hooding ceremony were recognized for successfully completing either the Master of Criminal Justice Administration, Master of Science in Career Technical Education, or Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with various options.

I know that you have been paying attention to the Michigan and national economies and hearing about budget reductions and various financial scenarios that are not too bright. In these times of trouble, however, the College of Education and Human Services is preserving, staying true to its mission, and not sitting back and waiting for things to happen. In fact, the College of Education and Human Services is growing on campus, off campus, and online. Between the Schools of Education and Criminal Justice, the College offers its programs in ten locations around Michigan through partnerships with community colleges.

Currently, various departments are in discussions about offering programs at three additional community colleges, including Recreation, Leisure Services and Wellness possibly partnering with Kirtland Community College. Lastly, the programs in this college have articulation agreements with most of the community colleges and career tech centers in Michigan. Dynamic curriculum changes are another way that the College can be proactive in troubled times. The administrators and faculty are listening to practitioners and alumni as well as paying attention to the laws, public interests, and trends to develop and adjust curriculum offerings. This responsiveness is paying off with new enrollments and an improved reputation.

Last week, I visited a community college where an administrator told everyone in the meeting that I represented Ferris State University, and it is very innovative. Within the next year, I will have lots of news about new curriculum offerings, showing that he was correct and we are the College of innovation.

The programs are positioning themselves for external funding opportunities. This positioning can be done through providing professional development for practitioners, grants, donations, and partnerships. My colleagues and I are looking for more ways to fund scholarships for the many students who are in dire straits right now. Lastly, the College is practicing frugality and doing more with less by being good stewards of the public trust.

Again, despite the times, the College of Education and Human Services is doing well. You should be very proud to be an alum and friend of the College.

Michelle Johnston, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Education and Human Services
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Ferris Video Festival Set To Take Place On Campus

BIG RAPIDS - Ferris State University is proud to host the 10th annual Ferris Video Festival beginning Thursday, April 22, in IRC 120 at 6 p.m. with a showing of a feature film produced, written and directed by a 1994 Ferris Television Production graduate Jon Rosten in an event that is free and open to the public.

The Ferris Video Festival is a two-day event taking place on Thursday and Friday.

The event kicks off with festivities on Thursday.

Rosen, who currently works for Warner Brothers in Hollywood, created an award-winning film “Valley of Angels” after being encouraged by the script on which is it based winning the grand prize award in the International Screenwriting Contest.

The film is “… a gritty L.A. drug story about a man desperately seeking a path out of the only world he knows”. It has won three awards at the NY International Independent Film and Video Festival including the Grand Jury Award for Best Feature.

Its principle actor, Danny Trejo, won the Best Actor in a Feature award and George Katt won the Best Breakthrough Actor award. The film has been released in the United States and Canada as well as in Belgium, the Netherlands, and Russia.

Be sure to check out Ferris professor Fred Wyman discussing the Ferris Video Festival on the next edition of Ferris State Live on Thursday April 22 at 10:30 p.m. on Fox 32 in northern Michigan.

Get all the information you need about the Ferris Video Festival by visiting the Web site:

Here is the news release about the event:

Monday, April 19, 2010

Ferris Grad Brian Greenstein Appointed Interim Police Chief of Redford Twp.

REDFORD - Here is a story of a Ferris State University graduate taking a law enforcement leadership position, on an interim basis, in the metropolitan Detroit area:

Captain Brian Greenstein has been appointed interim chief of the Redford Township Police Department.

Greenstein, who joined the department as a cadet in 1989, took the oath of office this morning. He succeeds John Buck, who retired earlier this month after 35 years with the department.“Captain Greenstein is a very capable officer,” said Supervisor Tracey Schultz Kobylarz. “He has the most seniority in the department, and he is a valuable asset to the community.”

Another excerpt about Greenstein's appointment in Redford Township:

Under state law, the township must offer the chief’s job to internal candidates. Greenstein and fellow Captain James Turner have both registered to take the test.
Greenstein is from Wayne County and graduated from Ferris State University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.

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College of Allied Health Sciences Plans Celebration

BIG RAPIDS - The College of Allied Health Sciences invites you to a reception to celebrate both the 125th anniversary of Ferris State University and the 30th anniversary of the Victor F. Spathelf Center for Allied Health on April 23 from 1 to 3 p.m.

Parking is VERY LIMITED, due to construction of the new building for the Michigan College of Optometry, but don't let that stop you! Come see how things have changed since you were here.

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Sunday, April 18, 2010

Ferris Fest 2010 Is Coming Up At Ferris State University

BIG RAPIDS - It's almost that time on campus here at Ferris State University.

It's almost time to get this party started at Ferris Fest 2010 hosted by Blake Kirinovic, Johnny J, Music Industry Management and Bulldog Radio on Saturday, April 24, from noon to 6 p.m. on the Campus Quad.

Hosted by: Blake Kirinovic and Johnny J

12:30 p.m. - Chuck Wicks (Country)
2:30 p.m. - Big Sean (Rap)
3:15 p.m. - Mike Posner (Hip-hop/Pop)
5 p.m. - Headliner ANBERLIN (Rock)

Second Stage: (Hosted by: MIMA and Bulldog Radio)

The Citywalk, Domanation, The Meatt, and Shredda

Novelites: Airbrush Tattoos, Custom Frame Photos, Defender Dome, Giant Slide, Gladiator Jousting, Inflatable Twister, and Spin Art Frisbees.

Food Vendors: Buffalo Wild Wings, Papa Johns, and Jimmy Johns

Remember Ferris Fest is April 24 from noon until about 6 p.m. It is FREE to ANYONE who would like to attend. No tickets needed/

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A special thanks to Delta Chi, Y-102 and Buffalo Wild Wings.

This event would not be possible without student activities fees as allocated by Student Government.