Saturday, August 28, 2010

Big Rapids Daily News Reports About Students Moving Back On Campus

The Big Rapids Daily News highlighted the thousands of students returning to Ferris State University's campus over the weekend.

Here is what Big Rapids Daily News wrote:
On Friday, students started returning to Ferris State University and began the moving-in process for the new year. The campus was jam-packed with incoming and returning students and their families. One of the nice things offered to incoming freshmen were the upperclassmen volunteers, also known as Bulldogs In Action, who helped all students and their families with directions and information.
For more from Big Rapids Daily News, visit here.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Advice For First-Year Ferris State University Students

Listen closely ... you can hear a buzz on campus as students begin arriving and returning to Big Rapids for the start of the Fall 2010 semester.

The buzz will become louder as we hit the weekend.

Recently, I had a chance to sit down with some students to discuss a little advice three seasoned Ferris State University students would offer to incoming freshmen.

As you will see in this video, Danny Wiegand, Natasha Berryman and Sarah Sawtell talk about some of the things that helped them succeed during their first year to keep them on track toward graduating with degrees from Ferris.

Perk Weisenburger Named Ferris' New Athletics Director

Perk Weisenburger has been named the new Ferris State University director of Athletics according to a Wednesday afternoon announcement made by Jerry Scoby, vice president for Administration and Finance.

The anticipated announcement ends weeks of speculation as to who would become Ferris' new director of athletics. The guessing game is over and Weisenburger could not be happier to return to Michigan and to take over as head of the Athletics Department at FSU.

“It’s an exciting opportunity that presents itself at Ferris State University and our family is thrilled to be returning to Michigan,” Weisenburger said. “I’m looking forward to becoming a part of Bulldog Athletics and helping to continue the solid tradition of academic and athletic success while cultivating an atmosphere of enthusiasm and pride that reflects Ferris State’s past, present and future.”

Weisenburger, most recently the position of associate athletics director for external operations at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, steps in for Tom Kirinovic, who retired this summer from the position of athletics director. The selection of Weisenburger concludes a rather speedy search that took place in the wake of Kirinovic’s retirement.

“We’re very pleased that Perk Weisenburger has accepted our offer to become the Athletics Director at Ferris State University,” Ferris President David Eisler said. “He brings a strong background of experience and is well prepared to help Ferris Athletics continue to grow, help student-athletes get a great education, and to prepare our teams for competition.”

Ferris had a large number of applicants (more than 70) for the position upon the retirement of Kirinovic. A 10-person search committee, with representatives from a number of areas across campus helped trim the field down to three finalists: Glen Krupica, senior associate athletics director for external affairs at Northern Illinois University; Derek van der Merwe, senior associate athletics director at Central Michigan University; and Weisenburger. By the time the dust settled, it was Weisenburger who emerged as the new director of Athletics.

The new FSU AD will not have a whole lot of time to settle in as the Fall 2010 semester is just around the corner and a lot of work needs to be done.

Ferris could have Weisenburger in place by early September if all goes according to plan.

For more on Weisenburger's hiring:

Hall Of Famer, Former Academic And Football All-American Monty Brown Returns To Ferris

Monty Brown
, a standout linebacker who was both an academic and athletic first-team All-American at Ferris State University, returned to Big Rapids to share words of wisdom with members of the current Bulldog squad.

Brown, who still remains close with members of the coaching staff including head coach Jeff Pierce and defensive coordinator and assistant head coach Duane Wilson, was happy to come back to Big Rapids to offer some of his experiences to young players coming up.

Brown, who has been successful as a student-athlete at Ferris, transitioned successfully into a pro football career as a player on two Super Bowl teams, in the National Football League; then as a professional wrestler, reaching the high levels in the business; as a personal trainer and so much more.

Here is a little clip from the time Brown shared with me during his visit to Ferris on Wednesday as he stopped by football practice.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Bulldog Beginnings All Part Of Ferris' Effort To Welcome Back Students To Campus

The campus is beginning to buzz as preparations are made for the return of students to campus at Ferris State University here in Big Rapids.

There will be no shortage of activities as faculty, staff and the community welcome the return of our students to Ferris as they begin the 2010-11 academic school year with the fall semester.

Here is a listing of events that will be taking place as part of Bulldog Beginnings:
  • Late Orientation (click here for an agenda)
    Wednesday, Aug. 25, in the Timme Center for Student Services check-in starts at 10:00 a.m.

  • International Student Orientation (click here for an agenda)
    • Tuesday, Aug. 24, Check-in, at International Center
      Wednesday, Aug. 25, Welcome Presentations, noon-1:00 p.m., located in IRC and Business
    • College Meetings, 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m., various locations, Orientation Leaders will guide students to their college meetings

  • Late Registration
    Thursday, Aug 26 and Friday, Aug. 27, by permit. Permits will be received at College Meetings held on August 25.

  • Rockin' in the Rect-shirt
    Friday, Aug. 27, 8:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m., Student Recreation Center
    The Rec Center will be rockin' with tons of games, inflatables, ice cream, and give-a-ways. Also, meet FSU Athletes.

  • Meijer Madness
    Saturday, Aug. 28, 8:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m., Meijer
    Meijer, Y102 and Ferris presents the 6th Annual Meijer Madness!
    Do your back-to-school shopping at this event and get 10% off your entire purchase (some items excluded).

  • Student Ambassador Campus Tours
    Sunday, Aug. 29, 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., Timme Center
    Student Ambassadors will be taking students on tours of academic buildings every hour, on the hour.

  • Caricature Artist
    Sunday, Aug. 29, 12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m., Rankin Student Center Atrium. Get your caricature done by two incredible artists.

  • International Welcome Picnic
    Sunday, Aug. 29, 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m., Northend Riverside Park
    Shuttle buses will run from FLITE Circle to Northend Riverside Park. New and current students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to attend.

  • SCHOLAR Peer Mentor Kick Off
    Sunday, Aug. 29, 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m., Rankin Student Center Dome Rm. If you are interested in having a mentor this is the event for you. Build lasting relationships and become better acquainted with University life!

  • Office of Multicultural Student Services (OMSS): Transition to Success, Monday, Aug. 30, 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m., Rankin Student Center Dome Room. OMSS will provide resources to assist you with your transition to Ferris.

  • Entertainment Unlimited: Illusionist Brian Brushwoodt-shirt
    Tuesday, Aug. 31, 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Williams Auditorium
    Brian Brushwood combines comedy and magic for a fun filled evening.

  • "Spoiling Images of Women", Dr. David Pilgrim
    Wednesday, Sept. 1, 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m., Rankin Student Center Dome Rm. This presentation explores derogatory images of women in popular and material culture. Images will be presented and discussed.

  • Residence Hall Association: Movie at Williams
    Wednesday, Sept 1, 8:00 p.m., Williams Auditorium
    Iron Man 2

  • Founders' Day Celebration t-shirt
    Thursday, Sept. 2, 3:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m., Campus Quad (Rain location: Student Recreation Center). Celebrate Ferris' 126th year with live music, picnic food, games, inflatables, and novelties. Free Kilwin's ice cream starting at 4:00 pm.

  • Disc Golf in FLITE
    Friday, Sept. 3, 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m., in FLITE. Get together with friends for some friendly competition, teams of two will compete outside of FLITE and eventually work their way inside. Discs will be supplied. You may also win a prize, so don't miss the fun.

  • Racquet & Fitness Center Open House and Tennis Match
    Friday, Sept 3
  • Ferris Women's Volleyball Tournament - Hosts Lock Haven (PA)
    Friday, Sept 3, 2:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m., Saturday, Sept 4, 12:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m., Ewigleben Sports Complex

  • Ferris Women's Soccer Team - Hosts Minnesota State
    Friday, Sept. 3, 4:00 p.m., FSU Soccer Field

  • Big Rapids River Days
    Friday, Sept 3 through Monday, Sept 6
    Support the local community in a variety of events. It's a great way to discover Big Rapids!
Anyone needing special accommodations to attend these events should contact 231.591.2606 at least 72 hours in advance.

Dean Of Student Life, Leroy Wright, Welcomes Students Back To Campus

Below is a letter from Leroy Wright, the dean of Student Life at Ferris State University, to students returning to campus this fall.
Thinking of you this semester, I decided to focus my Fall 2010 letter on “Being Respectful.” After all, you are here to get a degree and to have a rewarding college experience. As I engage with you throughout the year, I can only hope that you are being safe, responsible, and cautious in all your interactions both on and off campus. I hope you know that you are valued and you are appreciated for your positive contributions and future leadership.

Many of you will face some challenges over the course of the next 15 weeks and will need to be prepared to formulate the most effective plans of action to find solutions to these challenges. I recognize that your academic and social experiences will include phases of frustration and sadness and would invite you to connect with our Counseling Center and/or Academic Support Services for assistance. Most literature available today, suggests that many college students struggle to deal with conflict or are under-prepared to successfully problem solve, resolve disagreements, or engage well with others. In order to find the most effective solutions to aid you in seeking a peaceful discourse, you are encouraged to utilize the following actions:
  • Have an open mind,
  • Understand not only your needs but the needs of others,
  • Acknowledge how your decisions and choices may impact others,
  • Exercise effective listening skills,
  • Maintain a level of patience and civility,
  • Minimize levels of aggression that may escalate the issue, and
  • Seek out opportunities to collectively find the solutions for all involved.
With that said, our community should be about learning from others, exploring new ideas, engaging in healthy dialogue, and being creative in our collaborations. I recognize that our students come from a variety of situations and backgrounds. I consider it of prime importance that we are all actively looking for opportunities to come together as well as to take responsibility for our own actions and decisions. You will need to remember that every problem or issue that you may be confronted with is an opportunity for success to occur.

Think about your interactions with faculty members when you didn’t get the grade you wanted on an exam. Reflect on whether or not it was a great idea to laugh at someone because of who they are. Challenge yourself to be civil when confronted by staff about something you may have done. Explore ways to resolve roommate problems before they become a major issue. Finally, suggest ways that we as a University can improve as a whole, versus what’s in it for me. There are a lot of resources, services, and policies to help you stay healthy and focused on your academics.

We are a University that is interested in how you are prepared to address not only your life issues but also issues impacting our world at-large! Your hard work and positive attitude during this semester will help us support not only your academic and social needs but also help us to continuously fulfill our mission and core values as a University. We welcome and encourage your continuous feedback, especially in how we are doing and how we are supporting your learning at Ferris State University.

Go Bulldogs!
Keep checking out the Ferris State University Blog for more updates on activities designed to welcome students back to campus for the Fall 2010 semester.

Shangle Named New Dean Of Kendall College Of Art And Design

Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University has made the announcement that Max S. Shangle has been named dean of the college.

Here is the press release from the KCAD Web site:

Oliver H. Evans, President of Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University, has announced that the college has opened the 2010-2011 academic year with a new administrative position in place. Max S. Shangle, former Chair of the Furniture Design Program, has been named Dean of the College.

Shangle’s new role will focus on program development and program compliance while developing improvement in communication between programs, between academic departments and between programs and administration. He will also be planning for future growth of the college and its facilities, classrooms and the demands of such growth.

Shangle has been with Kendall 30 years. In addition to serving Kendall in the classroom, Shangle has also served as Chair of the College Senate where he was responsible for curriculum, compliance and shared governance. He has also served as Coordinator/Co-creator of the MBA Certificate in Design and Innovation Management offerings housed at the college. Shangle has played a key role in the furniture industry serving on numerous juries in furniture design competition among students, including the prestigious Pinnacle Awards for the American Society of Furniture Designers, and Design Emphasis for the International Woodworking Fair. He has lectured both nationally and internationally on furniture design and manufacturing subjects and has authored several furniture related articles.

For the full press release, check here.

College of Pharmacy Interim Dean Finalists

Here is a note from Fritz Erickson, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, regarding the interim dean status for Ferris State University's College of Pharmacy.
I’m pleased to report that I have reviewed candidate applications for the Interim Dean of the College of Pharmacy and I am pleased to announce that we have four finalists. In our efforts to get as much direct input as possible, we are scheduling an open forum for each candidate on Wednesday Aug. 25 in Pharmacy 201. Everyone is welcome to attend as we are seeking broad input on these candidates.

I would like to thank each of the candidates for stepping forward. Their willingness to serve the College of Pharmacy and Ferris State University is truly commendable. I hope you join me in thanking these dedicated professionals for their willingness to serve.
Kim Hancock, Ph.D. 12:30pm to 1:30 p.m.
William D. Hardigan, Ph.D 1:30pm to 2:30 p.m.
Michael Bouthillier, Pharm.D. 2:45m to 3:45 p.m.
Stephen Durst, Pharm.D. 3:45pm to 4:45 p.m.
Keep checking the Ferris State University blog for more information.

Monday, August 23, 2010

From The President's Desk: Welcome Back

Here is a note from President Dave Eisler to the Ferris State University community:
Whether you have been at Ferris for the beginning of many fall semesters or if this is your first one here, it is my pleasure to welcome you to campus as students return. Although not official yet, enrollment figures, especially in our campuses around the state and on-line, are strong, and it appears that Ferris will enroll more than 14,000 students this fall, a record high for our University.

Fall is always an exciting time on campus, and this year there is much to celebrate. The improvements in Big Rapids that are either completed or in the works reflect some wonderful accomplishments for Ferris. The just-opened East Campus Suites will provide a new level of residence experience for Ferris students. If you are in Big Rapids, you have undoubtedly seen how much work has been done on our new Michigan College of Optometry building. And while it might be less noticeable to visitors to our campus, the mechanical air conditioning and heating upgrades to the Arts and Sciences complex, when completed, will make that facility more conducive to teaching and learning.

As usual, members of our physical plant have done a remarkable job of keeping the campus looking its best for both new and returning students. This year part of our preparations includes improvement to the markings on crosswalks throughout campus to improve pedestrian safety. I want to thank everyone who has worked so hard this these past few months not simply to maintain campus, but to make it more attractive and supportive of our mission than it has ever been.

For several years now we have been the fastest growing university in Michigan – and that didn’t take place by accident. In addition to our educational offerings and the many locations in which we provide access to education, the quality of life we work to offer students has played a major role in our growth. There needs to be strong reasons for students to come to Ferris, and we continue to provide those reasons, both in the education we provide and in our facilities. From Dining Services, which has done such a remarkable job with the renovated Rock CafĂ© and the rest of our dining facilities, to our recruiters, residential life employees and so many, many more, we excel by understanding and anticipating our students’ needs.
Check back for more items from the desk of the president here on the Ferris State University Blog.