Thursday, May 20, 2010

Check Out Video Feature: Colleges Against Cancer

Kyle Cutler, a community representative for the American Cancer Society, is among several individuals talking about Colleges Against Cancer in this Ferris State University video feature.

A group of Ferris students have come together to do what they can to fight in the battle against cancer.

Watch also to hear from Ryan Condon, a Pre-Pharmacy student at Ferris and president of the CAC student organization on campus.

Learn how Ryan got involved in the battle against cancer. The video also features student Scott Gartland who talks about cancer and how it has impacted his life.


Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Ferris Men's Golf Team In Third At National Championships

Here is an update on Ferris State University's men's golf team participating in the 2010 NCAA Division II Men's Golf Championships in Noblesville, Ind.

Here is an excerpt from the press release from Ferris Athletics Communications:

The Ferris State University men's golf team is sitting in third place at the 2010 NCAA Division II Men's Golf Championships (May 18-21) after firing a 17-over-par 305 team score in Tuesday's (May 18) opening round at The Sagamore Golf Club in Noblesville, Ind.

The Bulldogs are presently in third place among the 20 participating teams and trail second-place Florida Southern (305) by two strokes. Nova Southeastern (Fla.) currently occupies the top placing with an 11-under-par 299-stroke total. Ferris State is two strokes ahead of fourth-place Chico (Calif.) State (307, +19) and four in front of fifth-place Queen's University of Charlotte (309, +21).

Leading the way for Ferris State is senior Eric Lilleboe (Okemos/Lansing Catholic Central), who's among four players tied for second place with one-over-par 73 scores. Lilleboe, a two-time (2008-09 and 2009-10) Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Men's Golf Athlete of the Year, recorded four birdies and five pars in the 18 holes of play. Nova Southeastern's Ben Vertz is atop the individual leaderboard after shooting an even-par 72 stroke total.

Click here for the full press release.


(Pictured is Eric Lilleboe)

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

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.

Call (231) 592-4327 for more information or visit the Web link near the bottom on this page.
The Web link will offer you the opportunity to download the walk/fun registration form, map and parking information, schedule of events and sponsorship details.

Find out more information about Susan's inspiring story, here.

Here is a portion of her Susan's story:
Throughout my cancer journey, I found that I wasn’t alone. I realized that information in making decisions about cancer treatment is critical. Our experience with a cancer diagnosis prompted my husband and me, along with the encouragement and support of Mecosta County Medical Center and its Foundation, to initiate the Susan P. Wheatlake Women’s Cancer and Wellness Fund.

The Wheatlake Fund supports the volunteer-staffed Center which offers information on different cancers as well as computer access for on-line research. Books can be checked out by anyone who is interested in learning more about cancer. Other services, such as the Wellness Boutique and activities, such as our annual Wellness Walk, sponsored by the Center provide cancer patients and their families with emotional, medical, physical and financial support. All resources and services of the Wheatlake Center are free.

The Wheatlake Fund is championed by a volunteer advisory board representing all segments of our region. To establish and maintain this key cancer and wellness resource, all efforts will be focused to reach the Center-sustaining goal of $2 million.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Future Bulldog From St. Johns Wins Ferris State Welding Competition

The Lansing State Journal has a nice article on a future Ferris State University student showcasing his welding skills.

The skills of Jordan Terrill were on display at the 2010 Ferris State Welding Competition held on May 7.

Here is an excerpt from the Lansing State Journal article:

Jordan Terrill, a senior at St. Johns High School and a student at the EISD Career Prep. Center at Lansing Community College placed first in the 2010 Ferris State Welding Competition on May 7, 2010.

Jordan competed against 27 other students in the GMAW division (MIG) and came in 1st place. His efforts earned him a $1,000 scholarship from Ferris and a MIG welder. Jordan will be going to Ferris and majoring in welding engineering.
For the complete story, visit the Lansing State Journal Web site, here.

Grand Rapids Press Reports Federal Building Wins $3.5 Million Historic Tax Credit

Read the Grand Rapids Press story updating progress being made to renovate the downtown Federal Building (pictured) in Grand Rapids for Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University.

Here is an excerpt:
GRAND RAPIDS - A project to overhaul the old downtown Federal Building for Kendall College of Art & Design was slated to get a $3.5 million boost today.

The announcement of the historic tax credits was slated to coincide with the presentation of the Governor's Award for Historic Preservation to DeVries Companies, honoring the restoration of the former city water filtration plant, 1430 Monroe Ave. NW, into the mixed-use Clear Water Place.

"The same kind of success story that they were able to produce with Clear Water Place, that's what they're trying to replicate and reproduce with this announcement," said Brian Conway, state historic preservation officer.

The $28.5 million renovation of the 100-year-old federal building, which was vacated by the art museum in 2007, is expected to start this summer and continue through 2011.

Ferris State University, which Kendall is part of, partnered with Lansing-based Christman Capital Investment Group on the project.

For the full story, visit the Grand Rapids Press Web site:

A Day at Michigan's Adventure with Brutus

Have some fun in the sun this summer, on Saturday July 24, at Michigan's Adventure Amusement Park and Wild Water Adventure Waterpark with Ferris State University's very own Brutus the Bulldog.

Ferris' Alumni Association knows that families want good bang for their bucks as they seek ways to have fun this summer in West Michigan.

Families can take advantage of the budget-friendly Alumni Association's Fabulous Family Fun Stimulus Plan and enjoy discounted admission tickets to Michigan's Adventure.

As if good times with the attractions at Michigan's Adventure is not enough, the Alumni Association will treat you to a BBQ lunch from 12 to 1 p.m. and activities for the kids with Brutus the Bulldog as part of the package.

Here are details about the Fabulous Family Fun Stimulus Plan

Date: July 24
Time: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: Michigan's Adventure Amusement Park and Wild Water Adventure Waterpark
Cost: Adults and Children $20 each (children 2 and under are FREE)
Payment by credit card: Click on this link to pay by credit card.

For more information:

Amy Packard
420 Oak Street
Prakken 101
Big Rapids, MI 49307
(231) 591-2345

Ferris Grad Edits Book That Corrects Spelling For Drug Names

LOWELL (MMD Newswire) May 17, 2010 - Drug Speller 2010, a reference title edited by Anissa R. Nierenberger, aims to offer the correct spelling for more than 10,000 commonly used drugs, including prescription, brand name, generic, experimental and discontinued pharmaceuticals.

According to Nierenberger, pharmaceutical product names are often misspelled in professional and legal documents. As a result, Nierenberger compiled more than 10,000 commonly used drugs into one volume to act as a desk reference. The latest installment of an ongoing annual series, the book organizes drug names in alphabetical order for convenient research. Information is also categorized into 36 medical specialties, including cardiology, fertility and diabetes.

"This is the only book that provides spellings for all drugs in one easy-to-use resource," Nierenberger says. "It's designed for reporters, nurses, libraries, hospitals, government agencies, law firms, insurance companies, law enforcement agencies or anyone else in need of accurate information about a wide variety of medications."

The book lists popularly prescribed medications like Lipitor and Nexium as well as a host of lesser known drugs including Eserin, Seconal and Sinulin. The book also features typographical representation of drug names as intended by their manufacturers including instances of mixing of upper and lower case letters and the insertion of hyphens.

Drug Speller 2010 is available for sale online at and other channels.

About the Editor
Anissa R. Nierenberger is a professional closed captioner and owner of Dictionary Jumpstart, a spelling software company that serves the stenography reporting industry. A graduate of Ferris State University, Nierenberger has been creating closed captions for newscasts, sporting events and scripted programming for more than 18 years. She resides in Lowell with her 11-year-old son.

Anissa R. Nierenberger
Phone: (517) 410-2209