Thursday, May 6, 2010

Imagine More Student Life Bus Tour Heads To Chicago

BIG RAPIDS – The 2010 Imagine More Student Life Bus Tour is embarking on another ambitious road trip this month as it heads to Illinois for a four-day stretch designed to put Ferris State University on the radar of students from five schools in the Chicago Public School District.

The tour begins May 10 and runs through May 14 as the Office of Multicultural Student Services-sponsored tour will visit Kenwood Career Academy (May 10), Hyde Park Career Academy and Gage Park High School (May 11), Simeon Career Academy (May 13) and Dunbar Vocational Career Academy (May 14) in the Windy City. The Imagine More Student Life Bus Tour, now a yearly tradition, showcases student leaders at Ferris who have an opportunity to connect with the high-school students they will engage at the various tour stops. The tour is unique in that it is the students who describe Ferris' academic programs, student life, student organizations and student services.

“Our goal, as we travel to Chicago for the Imagine More Student Life Bus Tour, is to inform, impact and hopefully recruit high school students from the Chicago area to Ferris State University,” said Michael Wade, assistant director of the OMSS. “It’s a challenge getting into the schools, but we’re pleased that we were able to get into five schools in the Chicago Public School District.”

Wade has indicated that roughly 25 Ferris students from the T.O.W.E.R.S. Leadership Development program as well as a number of students from professional, social/service, faith-based and Greek organizations will be participating in this year’s bus tour.

“It is our goal that minority high school students become inspired to attend college,” Wade started to say, “and, most importantly, Ferris State University.”

In past years, the tour has visited different regions in Michigan. During the first year, the tour visited schools in Flint, Detroit and Saginaw. In its second year, the tour traveled through west and southwest regions of Michigan visiting schools in Benton Harbor, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo and Muskegon.

Below is a video clip from a bus tour in 2007.


Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Alumnus Submits Artwork for Statewide Competition for Adults with Disabilities

Alumnus Thomas J. Rundquist's painting, Angel, has officially been entered into the Legacy Trust and VSA Award Competition in Grand Rapids.  The competition opens the door for adult artists with disabilities to expand their audience.  Voting for the competition takes place Thursday, May 13, from noon to 5:30 p.m. at the Civic Theater (30 Division Street).  The top three vote-getters will receive prizes and also be registered in the world-renowned ArtPrize 2010 as Legacy Trust Collection Award winners.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Ferris, Festival Of The Arts Collaborate On 125th Anniversary Sculpture

BIG RAPIDS – If you asked Lowell sophomore Conrad Ruffilo why he volunteered more hours outside of class than he can translate to create a sculpture celebrating Ferris State University’s 125th anniversary, the answer would be simple: It gives him a chance to be a part of history.

“Anyone that wouldn’t take this opportunity is not in the right program,” the Ferris Welding Engineering Technology major said. “It’s one thing to be able to design something like this, but to make something that’s lasting…I’m honored and excited to be a part of history.”

Dorr sophomore Patrick Damveld agrees. Also a Welding Engineering Technology major, Damveld and Ruffilo spent the past semester taking a design from paper to a large-scale, public art statement constructed out of steel and aluminum, and finished in rust.

A dedication ceremony is being held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 7, to unveil the sculptures. The event is open to the public and will be held in Lot 2 at the south end of the Swan Building on Ferris State University’s campus.

The project is an extension of Festival of the Arts and was designed by Ferris Resident Artist and professor of Creative Arts Robert Barnum.

“These students are writing history and taking my design and making it reality,” Barnum said.

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GLIAC Meet Will Bring Lots Of Visitors To Ferris, Big Rapids

BIG RAPIDS - The Ferris State University Athletics Department will host the 2010 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Men's and Women's Outdoor Track and Field Championships this Wednesday to Friday, May 5-7, at FSU's Top Taggart Field.

The 38th annual men's event and the 30th annual women's outdoor championships will feature 11 conference schools, including the Ferris State men's and women's track squads.

The three-day meet will begin with day one action of the decathlon and heptathlon competition on Wednesday (May 5) at 2 p.m. and first day events wrap up at 7:30 p.m. Action continues all day from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday (May 6) with the multi events continuing in the morning followed by the field and running events officially beginning at 3 p.m.

Friday's (May 7) final day of competition starts at 11 a.m. The meet will wrap up at approximately 3:30 p.m. on Friday with the league awards ceremony following the conclusion of the meet.

Parking will be available near the stadium and concessions will be sold throughout the event.

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Ferris Works To Retrain Displaced Workers

BIG RAPIDS – Ferris State University’s commitment to retraining workers in Michigan, who have been adversely impacted by challenging economic times, is stronger than ever.

Since 2007, when Gov. Jennifer Granholm announced the No Worker Left Behind free tuition program, Ferris has emerged as a leader in the state of Michigan in providing opportunities for displaced workers to reinvent themselves and re-enter the state’s workforce better prepared to contribute to the state’s economic transformation and global competitiveness.

Among the outlined NWLB features are two years of free tuition at any state community college, university or other approved training program (a one-time offer); a skills assessment administered by Michigan Works!; and the opportunity to pursue a degree or occupational certificate in a high-demand occupation or emerging industry, or in an entrepreneurship program.

The NWLB program is funded through a mix of federal training resources, including monies provided by Michigan Works! for displaced workers and low-income workers seeking retraining.

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Bulldog Story: Danny Wiegand

BIG RAPIDS - No one knows who the identity of Ferris State University's legendary Brutus the Bulldog until they reveal themselves at the right moment.

No one brings more spirit to Ferris events, especially athletics, than Brutus the Bulldog.

Danny Wiegand, one of Ferris' top-notch students (majoring in Nuclear Medicine Technology) and a former Bulldog, talks about some of the tricks of the trade in regards to what it means to be Brutus. Danny estimated that he invested time in 140 events over a two-year period.

"I've had so much fun doing it over the past two years," Wiegand said of being Brutus. "It's very cool."

It's a huge time commitment, but Brutus brings smiles to the faces of so many visitors to Ferris State University events.