Friday, June 4, 2010

Students Can Work Out Mind And Body At Ferris Summer Camps

Summer camps at Ferris State University are not just for the athletes among us.

In fact, Ferris offers a number of academic and skills camps that provides young people with an opportunity to workout their bodies and their minds. Sure, the University has plenty for the athletes, but it also has a variety of academic and skills camps that are bound to have something to suit just about anyone.
Looking for a fun and rewarding summer experience? We have what you need here at Ferris State University.

Our academic camps are specifically designed for high school students, or students entering high school in Fall 2010.

In addition to the academic schedule, each Big Rapids residential camp includes recreational activities such as swimming, team-building events, games, and other social activities. Students are housed in our university residence halls and are provided on campus meals. NOTE: Grand Rapids summer programs (Software Engineering and Animation & Game Design) are day programs and do not provide meals or housing.

Click here for a printable 2010 Summer Camps Flyer.
Check out Ferris State University's Academic & Skills Camps.

Ferris State University's Academic & Skills Camps (2010)
Contact us for more information and answers to your questions. We look forward to helping you plan your summer camp experience at Ferris.

Adam Wetherell
Coordinator of Camps & Conferences
Phone: (800) 562-9130 or (231) 591-5824
Fax: (231) 591-3539

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Ferris Reports Record Enrollment Once Again

While Ferris State University students enjoy their fun in the sun, during the warm months in Big Rapids, a growing number of students also enjoy squeezing in a few credits to inch them closer to graduation.

Ferris is reporting some good news with summer enrollment:
Summer is generally a time for students to take a break from studying, but at Ferris State University more students are hitting the books this summer. This is the seventh consecutive year enrollment has been up at Ferris, with 6,025 students enrolled in summer coursework systemwide.

At this time last year, there were 5,714 students enrolled systemwide. University officials attribute continuing growth to several factors, including a $14-per-day summer room and board initiative; and a much better variety of course opportunities available in four-week, six-week, eight-week and 12-week summer class sessions.
For complete coverage, visit Ferris' News Services Web page:

Tom Kirinovic Retires As Athletics Director; Becker Named Interim AD

BIG RAPIDS - In a tearful and emotional speech, Tom Kirinovic officially retired Wednesday, June 2, as athletics director at Ferris State University.

During a press conference in Wheeler Pavilion, Kirinovic expressed heartfelt feelings as he reflected upon more than 27 years he has served on Ferris' Athletics Department staff in a number of roles, including: assistant athletics director, associate athletics director, ice arena manager, athletic business manager and more. Wednesday, however, Kirinovic stepped aside to make way for Keri Becker, the head softball coach for the Bulldogs, to assume the role of athletics director on an interim basis.

For Kirinovic, squeezing nearly three decades of amazing experiences into one farewell speech was next to impossible. Nonetheless, he attempted.

"It has been my pleasure to serve the student-athletes and coaches here at Ferris State for those 27 years in the role of mentor, teacher, adviser, colleague, boss and, most importantly to me, friend," Kirinovic said as he addressed a crowd that included family, friends, coaches, members of the media, administrators, community members and student-athletes. "However, with everything we do in life, there comes a time when it's best to move on. So, I am here today to announce my retirement from Ferris, effective June 30."

Director of athletics at Ferris State since 1999, Kirinovic's contributions will be missed as a permanent replacement is sought to fill his shoes.

"The university is appreciative of Tom's many years of dedicated service to Ferris," said Ferris Vice President for Administration and Finance Jerry Scoby. "We are most grateful for Tom's efforts to make our student-athletes' experiences of the utmost quality and wish him the very best in his retirement."

Ferris State Hockey head coach Bob Daniels, the longest-tenured coach on the staff with 18 years of experience spoke glowingly of Kirinovic's leadership as AD.

"Tom has done an outstanding job of leading Ferris State Athletics into an era of excellence and growth over the many years he as served the University,” Daniels said. “He has been a mentor and friend to the coaches who have had the pleasure to serve under him. Of the many attributes he has brought to the department, the ones that stand out above all others are his loyalty to the student athletes and his devotion to making their experience a positive and productive one.”

For more comprehensive coverage, visit Crimson and Gold Report and the Ferris State University Athletics Blog.

WZZM 13 features Kirinovic retirement:

Summer Time Means Ferris State University Summer Camps

So, do you want to find out some of the latest information about what is happening with Ferris State University's summer sports camps.

Well, go where everyone else is going to find it: Facebook. Log on to Facebook and find out the latest information about the action taking place this summer that is perfectly suited to young people.

For more in-depth information about Ferris State University sports camps, and to register to secure a spot for your son or daughter, visit the official page of Ferris sports camps, here.

Ferris State University Sports Camps:

Ferris State University Sports Camps On Facebook:

Delta Tau Epsilon/Lambda Chi Alpha 'Old Dudes' Are Getting Back Together

Members of the Delta Tau Epsilon/Lambda Chi Alpha "Old Dudes" are invited to their 3rd reunion planned for June 11-13, 2010 at the Holiday Inn of Big Rapids.

More details will be available soon, but members are encouraged to make their hotel reservations early by calling the Holiday Inn at 231.796.4400.

Additional details announced! Participants will enjoy a Hors d' oeuvre reception from 6-9 p.m. a the Katke Founder's Grill on Friday, Dinner at the Holiday Inn on Saturday beginning at 7 p.m. and a continental breakfast sponsored by the FSU Alumni Association on Sunday morning.

$75 per person. Click here to register by credit card.

Interested in a game of golf? Contact Bill Wendling for more information and join the group on the greens for a 10 a.m. tee time on Saturday (additional fee).

Questions should be addressed to Bill Wendling at 269.469.7021.

Visit the FSU Alumni Association Online Community, here.

Pay it Forward, Learn How to Become a Youth Mentor

Do you want to make a difference in the life of a young person? The Mentor a Child Forum will help identify how you can volunteer to make a lasting impact in your community.

Free and open to the public, the forum is set for 6 p.m. Friday, June 4, in Ferris State University’s Rankin Student Center Dome Room featuring keynote speaker Chief Justice Marilyn Kelly and more than 13 are youth-centered organizations.

The forum is part of Ferris’ new Orphan and Foster Youth Initiative, which seeks to provide opportunities and resources to orphans, or children who have aged out of foster care, attend and successfully earn a college degree.

Big Rapids resident Sally Workman, a member of the Michigan Foster Care Review Board, has collaborated with Ferris’ Diversity Office to bring this forum to life. Spending the majority of her life in foster homes, Workman attributes her success as a college graduate and registered nurse to the efforts of her mentor: “A woman who invested time in me when no one else would,” she said.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

FSU Athletics Press Conference On Wednesday

BIG RAPIDS - The Ferris State University Athletics Department will hold a press conference regarding Athletics Director Tom Kirinovic on Wednesday, June 2, at 1 p.m.

The press conference will be held on the second floor President’s Box level of the Wheeler Pavilion located at Top Taggart Field (football stadium) on the FSU campus in Big Rapids.

All local and regional media are invited to attend along with those from the community.

For additional information, please contact the Ferris State Athletics Communications Office at (231) 591-2336/3821.

Media members may also email Athletics Communications Director Joe Gorby ( or Associate Athletics Communications Director Rob Bentley (

Press Conference: Regarding Athletics Director Tom Kirinovic
Date: Wednesday, June 2
Time: 1 p.m. (EDT)
Location: Wheeler Pavilion (second floor) at Top Taggart Field

For directions to campus, please visit this website link:


Learn About Alternative Ways Toward Better Health At Ferris

Are you interested in alternative ways toward a more healthy lifestyle? If so, check out this Ferris State University video produced by students in FSU's Television and Digital Media Production.

For example, learn about the benefits of Yoga, as exercise and stress relief, and so much more from Jessica Bazan, a student from Joy Tree Yoga Center.

Learn also from Mary Loesch, as she describes Tai Chi. Loesch is a Tai Chi instructor at Artworks.

Additionally, Julie Norton discusses natural supplements. Norton, a natural health practitioner for the The Herb Shoppe, gives an explanation.