Friday, July 16, 2010

Ferris Professor Rodabaugh Discusses BP Gulf Oil Spill

Dr. Gary Rodabaugh
, a professor of Biology at Ferris State University, sensed there would be trouble as he initially became aware of the explosion, on April 20, and subsequent oil leak that since has created an environmental disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

"So when this first popped up. One of the first things that came to mind was that we're in trouble," said Rodabaugh, who also has taught courses in Industrial Hygiene, Hazardous Materials, and Management and Industrial Safety after decades of real-world experience in his areas of expertise before moving to a university setting. "This is not an easy thing to deal with. Oil slicks are always problematic and always difficult to deal with. A very small amount of oil can spread over you wouldn't believe how many miles of surface area."

The BP spill now ranks among the largest oil spills in history with hundreds of millions of gallons having gushed into the waters of the Gulf region.

While there are signs of progress in stopping the leak, the effort to clean up could take years - if not decades.

Dr. Rodabaugh also is a consultant and expert witness in the following areas:
  • Indoor Air Quality
  • Construction defects resulting in occupant exposure to bioaerosols, mold and chemicals
  • Worker exposure to toxic chemicals
  • Residential exposure to mold and toxic chemicals
  • Chemical releases and environmental cleanup strategies
  • Phase 1 and 2 Environmental Site Assessments
  • Environmental, Health and Safety regulatory compliance
  • Occupational injury
Learn more about other Ferris State University faculty and staff experts, by visiting the Web site, here.

Also, be sure to visit Ferris' official YouTube Web page for more videos, here.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Ferris State University Bulldog Summer Campers Raise Funds to Support Fairman Pool In Big Rapids

Ferris State University's Tot's Place Child Development Center hosts the Bulldog Summer Camp. This year, campers decided to conduct a fund-raising drives for money that was donated to the "Save the Pool Fund" for the Charles E. Fairman Community Pool in Big Rapids. In this photo, the symbolic check is presented to Pat Horan, the pool director. (Courtesy Photo)

One particular Ferris State University summer camp has become known for its ability to inspire kids to re-invest in the community and have fun at the same time.

Ranging in age from 5 to 11, Big Rapids-area children of community members, students, faculty and staff have let the good times roll at Ferris’ Bulldog Summer Camp, organized and run by the University’s Tot’s Place Child Development Center. A central component of the camp’s curriculum is community service. That emphasis is designed to help children learn the value of hometown activism. This year, the campers chose to raise money to financially contribute to the “Save the Pool Fund” for the Charles E. Fairman Community Pool in Big Rapids.

The campers planned preparation of the baked goods, requests for baked goods from families and Tot’s Place staff, the promotion of the sale, packaged the goods, and conducted the two-day sale outside Ferris’ Bishop Hall July 8 and 9. Through proceeds from the bake sale, children raised $240 that was presented to pool director Pat Horan as Ferris helped facilitate an investment in the Big Rapids community.

“I have been very impressed with the enthusiasm shown by the children in taking on this service project,” Lori Johnson, manager of Tot’s Place, said. “They were very eager in all the responsibilities which went along with carrying out their goal; whether it was preparing the baked goods, designing the advertisements, or soliciting potential customers.”

In past summers, campers have engaged in fund-raising activities in support of WISE (Women's Information Service Inc.) and Project Starburst.

“Tot’s Place is very proud of our Bulldog Summer Camp program in their efforts and interest in supporting the community pool,” Johnson added.

In addition to the bake sale, the campers planned another project: the annual St. Jude’s Trike-a-thon on July 16 behind Bishop Hall on the basketball courts. Johnson added that the Tot’s Place preschool class and the NEMCSA Head Start program will also be participating in this event to raise funds to support St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Ferris Grad, Police Officer Joy Paquette Featured In Faces Of Ferris

The latest Faces of Ferris entry has been posted on Ferris State University graduate and police officer Joy Paquette.

Read about the pride Joy feels as a graduate of Ferris and about strides that women have and will continue to make in law enforcement.
Joy Paquette, the product of a quality School of Criminal Justice education, is proud to be employed as a police officer at her alma mater.

Paquette, who has been employed at Ferris since 1998, earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Ferris in Criminal Justice and her master's from Ferris in Criminal Justice Administration. Additionally, she is trained as a fire fighter, a first responder and has been employed as a part-time fire fighter for the City of Big Rapids. Paquette's credentials, along with her loyalty to Ferris and commitment to the community, are impeccable and proof that a Ferris education can set the stage for a successful career even in a field where women tend to be dramatically outnumbered by men.
For the full Faces of Ferris entry, visit here.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Images From Ferris State University's Entry In The Cherry Festival Parade

Ferris State University was well represented in Traverse City as representatives engaged local alumni and friends as a participant in the 2010 DTE Energy Cherry Royale Parade on on July 10 as part of the 84th National Cherry Festival.

Ferris' participation, previewed in a News Services story, met with rave reviews during one of the oldest and most prestigious parades around.

Photos are courtesy of Ferris' Michelle Herron:

(Above) Members of the Ferris Cheer Team, coached by Stacy Smith, are shown here gearing up with no shortage of enthusiasm.

(Above) Voelker Implements out of Lake City graciously donated a truck and 20-foot flatbed trailer for the parade! Bill Voelker is a proud alum - go Bulldogs!

(Above) The fabulous Key West Permafrost Blues Band performed the Ferris Fight Song, Brown-eyed Girl and House is a Rockin' during the parade - and the band is mostly composed of Ferris faculty/staff/alums - how cool is that?!

(Above) is another photo of the Ferris Cheer Team with a Ferris State University sign prepping for one of the great traditions in northern Michigan, the DTE Energy Cherry Royale Parade as part of the 84th National Cherry Festival.