Thursday, September 2, 2010

Opportunities For Students To Get Involved On Campus


Are you looking to become more involved on your campus to better know what is going on around you? Would you also like to earn volunteer hours? If so, this is an opportunity for you.

The Ferris State University Student Leadership & Activities Advisory Council is actively seeking new members for the 2010-2011 school year.

SLAAC’s main responsibility is to review and approve all new registered student organizations on campus. Besides volunteer experience, past SLAAC participants have enjoyed increased networking ability on campus, being “in the know” about the latest events on campus, and an occasional free refreshment at meetings. Meetings are usually held once per month on weekday evenings.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please send an e-mail to DeAja Packer, SLAAC chairperson, at or give the Office of Student Leadership and Activities a call at 231-591-2606.

There will be an informational meeting held Tuesday, September 7th at 6:30 pm in Room 109 in the Rankin Student Center for all interested students.

Are you interested in running for Homecoming King Or Queen At Ferris State University?

Do you have what it takes to be homecoming royalty at Ferris State University?

It’s that time of year again! homecoming is one of the longest-running traditions here at Ferris.

If you’re interested, come to the homecoming king and queen information meeting this Tuesday, Sept. 7 at 11 a.m. or at 6 o.m. in Rankin Student Center room 155.

In the meantime you can check out the 2010 homecoming Website at, or you can contact the homecoming king and queen Chairperson Charisse Welborn via e-mail at, for more information.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

OMSS Event, Transition To Success, Features Speech By Gloria Lukusa-Barnett

Ferris State University
's Office of Multicultural Student Services sponsored an event called "Transition to Success" on Monday in the Rankin Student Center Dome Room.

This event was geared toward first-year students to put them on a path to success right from the start. As part of the presentation, there was a keynote speech from Gloria Lukusa-Barnett, an associate professor in University College. Additionally, Matt Chaney, director of OMSS, and Michael Wade, assistant director of OMSS, orchestrated an event that brought together a tremendous group of faculty and staff encouraging students to use all possible resources on campus to ensure success.

In this video, I am highlighting the speech by Lukusa-Barnett, who sought to encourage students to not be afraid to ask questions and to utilize all possible resources in place at Ferris.

Look for more videos from Transition to Success right here on the Ferris State University Blog.

From The President's Desk: More On State Budget Issues

Here is a note from President Dave Eisler to the Ferris State University community:
This past academic year I spent much time trying to raise awareness about the relationship between the slumping economy, declining state support of education, rising tuition and how this insidious cycle is making the pursuit of a college degree ever more difficult. Without a well-prepared new workforce, Michigan will be stuck in this cycle of diminishing expectations.

In subsequent messages I will keep you abreast of state budget developments and their impact on our University. For now, I don’t want to begin the semester on too somber a note. Let me simply remind you that the state continues to face budget deficits, still has not approved this year’s budget and continues to rely on federal economic stimulus dollars which will be gone next year.

Since 2001, Ferris has been the fastest growing university in Michigan, yet only one other school has restrained tuition more than we have during that time. Our cost to educate a student (tuition plus state support) has gone up an average 2.6 percent a year. In the face of our economic challenges we clearly are doing something right. Actually, as one can see from our “Share Your Success” meetings and Good News reports, we are doing many things right.
Check back for more items from the desk of the president here on the Ferris State University Blog.

Ferris Students Can Give In To Their Need For Speed

Ferris State University, do you have a need for speed?

Come join the Ferris Formula team this year and participate in designing and building a real formula-style race car.

The Society of Automotive Engineers at Ferris is seeking new and determined team members. Formula SAE is a highly acclaimed international series of eight competitions, established and run by the SAE.

The competitions are held annually.

The Michigan event is the most competitive including 120 top class competitors from across the globe. All competitors fall under the scrutiny of the automotive industries top professionals. Join the excitement and learn the skills that will help you succeed into the future.

An informational meeting will be held at the Automotive building in room 112 on Thursday, Sept. 9 at 7:30 p.m.

Come check out our organization and join a team of fellow students.

For more information contact Benjamin Modic:

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Chasing The Dream Part 4: Chris Wilson

Ferris State University student-athletes arrive on campus with all kinds of hopes and dreams of how they can best utilize their dual status as students and as athletes.

In this fourth installment of the Chasing the Dream series, Ferris football student-athlete Chris Wilson discusses the skills he has acquired at Ferris, how those skills have already benefited him, how he is looking forward to graduation and how his skills will benefit him in the future. Throughout this continuing series, Chris will discuss his goals, dreams, talents and challenges as he performs a juggling act as an adult.

In addition to being a football student-athlete, Chris is a soon-to-be graduate of Ferris' Television and Digital Media Production program.

Here is the fourth video of the continuing series.

Ferris Students Enjoy Meijer Madness As They Return To Campus

Ferris State University
students returned to Big Rapids for the start of the Fall 2010 semester just prior to the Aug. 30 start of classes on campus.

As students took the time to move in, over the weekend, Meijer Madness revealed itself as a great distraction for the students to unwind a bit, pick up some prizes and maybe do a little shopping in the big superstore near U.S. 131. Meijer Madness is a great opportunity for students who are moved into the dorms, on-campus apartments or off-campus apartments to begin thinking about hitting the books and pondering those last-minute supplies that were needed prior to Monday.

"It's crazy, it's crazy ... getting out and mingling with all of these people," said Taylor Phillips, a Ferris student from Lake Orion who also is a member of the Bulldog football team. "It's the way to go."

The sixth-annual event was co-sponsored by Meijer, Y102 and Ferris.

Shuttle buses were scheduled to run from the Rankin Student Center Circle, Bond Circle and Merrill/Travis Circle to make sure students from different regions of campus had an opportunity to experience Meijer Madness even if they did not have a personal vehicle or could not find a ride with a friend.

In this piece, Ferris student videographer Chris Wilson captures some of the sights and sounds of Meijer Madness and brings them to you.

Monday, August 30, 2010

A Web Site Has Been Established To Support Leanna (Wolf) Geers

Leanna (Wolf) Geers and her family (husband Eric and daughter Ava Nia) are battling Leanna's cancer. (Courtesy photo/Love for Leanna Web site)

This is a time for those who know and love former standout Ferris State University runner Leanna (Wolf) Geers to help her in her time of need as she battles cancer.

There has been a Web site developed, "Love for Leanna" to support her:
Leanna is the daughter of Nia and Duane Wolf and was recently diagnosed with neurofibrosarcoma in May 2010. Neurofibrosarcoma is a cancerous tumor that typically originates in the nerves; it is considered part of a group of cancers called soft tissue sarcomas. Leanna, along with her husband Eric, are without health insurance due to stipulations in their current employment. Leanna is a 2002 graduate of Mason County Central and an All-American track star from Ferris State University. Eric and Leanna brought their first-born daughter, Ava Nia Geers into the world in February.

Any and all prayers, thoughts, and donations are encouraged and welcome to help the Geers family in this time of need.
Here is an opportunity for those who support and love Leanna to step forward.