Friday, May 14, 2010

River Bank Run Shirts Highlight Talents Of Ferris Graphic Design Students

The Fifth Third River Bank Run is one of the great traditions in the Grand Rapids area for its dedicated running community.

The annual event, which ran for the 33rd time on May 8, is quite the big deal in West Michigan and, once again, Ferris State University students have played a key role in the success of the River Bank Run.

A group of senior students in Ferris' Graphic Design program put their creative talents to work for the eighth straight year to work with, among other things, the design of the T-shirt.

Ferris students involved in the event included Jon Bergmann, 24, from Big Rapids; Jesse Cocking, 28, a native of Flint; Steven McMahon, 21, from Rockford; Alissa Rader, 21 of Bad Axe; and Rebecca Stream, 21, from Kent City. The group, which consisted of a few students from West Michigan, again created a design that gave River Bank Run officials and participants and individuals from Ferris to again flash smiles of satisfaction at the end product. Linda Powell and Alison Larabel, assistant professors at Ferris, helped guide the students in this endeavor.

“The Fifth Third River Bank Run project provides Ferris State University’s senior Graphic Design students with opportunities for practical design business experience, including project management, client interaction and pre-production practice,” Fifth Third Bank-West Michigan President John Bultema said. “In turn, the students provide the event with creative design applications that are utilized in advertising, collateral materials and race day T-shirts.”

Here is a shout out for the Ferris Graphic Design students in the Grand Rapids Press in a story written by Howie Beardsley in March:

The event also will again consist of pre-race day charity work, first-time community voting to decide the River Run T-shirt design by graphic design students at Ferris State and the 15-year anniversary of the Feelin' Good Mileage Club program.

It's great to once again see Ferris students showcasing their talents in a practical setting in which their works take on an even greater significance.

Fifth Third River Bank Run Photo Gallery

Fifth Third River Bank Run Story

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Wrapping Up The 2009-10 Academic Year At Ferris

Ferris State University enjoyed another moving series of commencement ceremonies in Big Rapids last weekend as we celebrated this huge step in the lives of young people who will enter communities and help shape Michigan's future.

The 2009-10 academic year started with a series of events recognizing the 125th year of Ferris State University, in September, and continued through last weekend's graduation ceremonies. President David Eisler (pictured) recently saluted this anniversary school year.

"The past several months have been an extraordinary time for the University," Eisler said. "We celebrated our 125th anniversary, witnessed new building on campus and launched innovative new degrees."

President Eisler, as the summer term is soon to begin, already is looking forward to welcoming returning students in the fall to begin the 2010-11 academic year.

"The coming months promise to be no less eventful," he said. "In the fall, we look forward to dedicating our new Michigan College of Optometry building and welcoming students in to our East Campus Suites apartments.

"There will also be both new challenges and opportunities as we bid farewell to some of our senior staff members who elected to take the early retirement option," he added. "Most importantly, there will be a new class of freshmen and transfer students who will be looking for help and guidance as they begin their Ferris studies."

Ferris' Rock Café Recognized For Its Excellence

The Rock Café, due largely to its tremendous selection of eating choices, has quickly become one of the jewels of Ferris State University's campus.

Earlier this month, in one of his memos, Ferris president David Eisler saluted the Rock Café for its quality and for the recognition it is receiving.

"The improvements to the Rock Café have made a wonderful difference for our University in Big Rapids," Eisler said. "Ferris’ Dining Services has been notified that they will receive a Bronze Award in the National Association of College and University Food Services Loyal E. Horton Dining Awards Contest for Residence Hall Dining-Single Stand Alone Concept for The Rock Cafe."

The award is a great tribute to the staff at the rock. FSU's Dining Services will be recognized at the NACUFS National Conference in San Jose in July.

"My congratulations to Lori Helmer and everyone in Dining Services for the remarkable work they have done with The Rock’s renovation," Eisler said.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Check Out Faces Of Ferris Entry On Andy Kantar

It's not too late to check out the most recent addition to our ongoing Faces of Ferris series. Most recently, we've featured Ferris State University Languages and Literature professor Andy Kantar, who also is a renowned local author.

Here is part of the entry:
Writing about some of the largest and most legendary shipwrecks that have taken place on Michigan's Great Lakes has proven to be a labor of love that has been both rewarding and challenging for Ferris State University Professor of Languages and Literature and author Andy Kantar.

Recently, Kantar made local headlines and enjoyed an appearance on the Ferris State Live television show to discuss his book, Deadly Voyage: The S.S. Daniel J. Morrell Tragedy, released in 2009 through Michigan State University Press. The book was an especially popular topic throughout the month of April in and around the Big Rapids area. Extending beyond the classroom, Kantar is indicative of the talent and skill of Ferris faculty as illustrated by the painstaking research it took to tell the story of Hale and the Morrell.

As part of the Mecosta County "One Book, One County Reads" program, Kantar had a unique opportunity to discuss his book with a man who knows the story of the Morrell as well or better than anyone: the ship's sole survivor, Dennis Hale, a 26-year-old watchman at the time of the 1966 wreck.

In the case of the Morrell, the history lives on through Dennis Hale.

Kantar and Hale had a unique opportunity to discuss the book with audiences in Mecosta County and did so to rave reviews as they toured the area to share the experience as a duo. The labor of love, that helped produce the book, had a long and lasting impact on Kantar, who described in vivid details the powerful emotions he experiences as he hears some of the harrowing tales from those who experienced the shipwrecks and from those who lost loved ones in tragedies. The impact has lasted long after he closed the final chapter of his book.
For the full Faces of Ferris entry, visit:

Photo Gallery Of Ferris State University's May Commencement

BIG RAPIDS - Ferris State University recently graduated more than 1,700 students during May commencement ceremonies in Big Rapids.

These students will leave Ferris proudly carrying the degrees they have worked hard to earn through the principles of hard work and dedication to their education, their family, their future, themselves and their University.

Ferris swells with pride as it hears the wonderful stories of graduates who already have earned jobs or internships. Ferris also looks proudly on those who prepare for additional education in pursuit of a career of their dreams.

Ferris welcomes and graduates students from all over the state of Michigan, the Midwest, the nation and the world.

Congratulations to the class of 2010.

Check out a gallery of photos shot at the event and posted on the Academic Affairs Web site: Ferris Graduation Week - 192 Amateur Photos

Check Out Ferris' Virtual Tour

BIG RAPIDS - Are you interested in an extra-special Web-based look at what the Ferris State University campus is like?

Take time to visit the Ferris Web site and check out the Virtual Tour. This tour is a unique way of learning about what the University has to offer to students, faculty, staff and community members. A lot of hard work has gone into turning the Virtual Tour from a vision to a reality.

Through the tour, visitors will have a chance to experience many different aspects of student life including dining centers (including our new Rock Cafe that is second to none for an excellent on-campus dining experience), study areas, residential life, Bulldog Athletics, recreation/fitness and more.

Take a few minutes to experience our Virtual Tour.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Wheatlake Walk/Fun Run to Raise Donations for Local Cancer Resource Center

BIG RAPIDS - Ferris State University faculty, staff and students and community members are invited to participate in the 4th annual Susan P. Wheatlake Cancer and Wellness Walk/Fun Run Saturday, May 22.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. at the Comstock House B & B, 414 Maple St. A registration fee of $15 includes a walk at your own pace and distance or SPW’s first “fun run” on Big Rapids’ scenic Riverwalk. The runners will take off at 9:45 a.m. and the walkers will get underway a few minutes later. Participants of all ages and gender are encouraged to participate.

Goody bags and t-shirts will be given to the first 100 registrants. There will also be refreshments, door prizes, raffles, silent auction and presentation by Dr. Ralph Crew, who practices ophthalmology in Big Rapids.

All proceeds from the walk/fun run will support the Susan P. Wheatlake Cancer and Wellness Center in its efforts to provide comprehensive assistance to those seeking cancer and wellness information and support. The center is located in the Mecosta County Medical Center’s Professional Office Building, 705 Oak Street.

For more information, call 592-4327 or visit where you can download the walk/fun registration form, map and parking information, schedule of events and sponsorship details.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Bulldog Story: Bonnie Rogers

BIG RAPIDS - Ferris State University student Bonnie Rogers is featured in a "Bulldog Story" this week in an inspiring piece that focuses on one of the great people that is a part of our University community.

Rogers, majoring in Resort Management at Ferris, was born in Grand Rapids, but has done a lot of traveling during her life moving back and forth between Michigan and Kentucky.

She was born with Spina Bifida and has been in a wheelchair for 18 years, but maintains a positive attitude as she continues to overcome life's challenges surrounded by good people who support her.


Police Memorial Ceremony Set For May 11

BIG RAPIDS - In what has become tradition at Ferris State University, the community is invited to campus for the seventh annual Police Memorial Ceremony of Central West Michigan, Tuesday May 11, to pay respect and tribute to those officers who have given the ultimate sacrifice.

The event begins at 9 a.m. outside of the University library, FLITE. This Police Memorial Ceremony of Central West Michigan is free and open to the public. For information, contact the Ferris Police at (231) 591-5000.

The Police Memorial Ceremony of Central West Michigan includes:
  • Honor Guard
  • Police Bagpipes
  • 21 Gun Salute and Taps
  • Remembering our Fallen Heroes
  • K-9 Protector and Riderless Mount
  • Helicopter Flyover by U.S. Coast Guard or Michigan State Police (pending availability)
  • Solemnity of the Moment by Police Chaplain
  • Lowering of the Flag and Laying of the Wreath
  • Opportunity for the public to visit with Police Officers
  • Irish Prayer sung by the choir of BR Middle School
  • Police Formation of Local, County, State and Federal Officers.