Friday, October 8, 2010

Darlene Eaton Novak Named 2010 Ferris State University Homecoming Grand Marshal

In 1960 Darlene Eaton Novak earned an associate degree in Applied Sciences from Ferris Institute. Fifty years later, her passion for Ferris State University remains as strong as ever.

It’s that passion that left Novak speechless and emotionally overwhelmed after Ferris Director of Alumni Relations Jeremy Mishler first approached her with the opportunity to serve as grand marshal of Ferris’ 2010 homecoming parade on Oct. 9 beginning at noon in downtown Big Rapids. This year’s theme, “Get Back to Where you Belong,” emphasizes alumni from the 1960s.

The owner of Big Rapids Antique Shoppe in downtown Big Rapids, Novak was flattered by this offer from her alma mater.

“I was very surprised. … I felt so privileged and honored because Ferris is very important to me and to my family,” said Novak, who later earned a Bachelor of Science in Allied Health Teacher Education in 1974 while she was teaching in the Dental Assisting and Dental Technology programs. “I was speechless, and it took me a while to know what to say.”

For the full version of this story on Darlene Eaton Novak, visit the News Services website

Ferris Athletics To Host Bulldog Winter Showdown

Ferris State University students and fans will have a special opportunity to meet this season's Ferris basketball and hockey teams during the first "Bulldog Winter Showdown" on Thursday, Oct. 14, at FSU's Jim Wink Arena.

The event will begin at 8 p.m. with doors opening at 7:45 p.m. Admission is free.

In addition to having the opportunity to see the 2010-11 FSU men's and women's basketball teams along with the Bulldog hockey squad, the event will also feature a fan and player slam dunk contest, three-point shootout and an all-star shooting stars competition.

Tons of prizes will be awarded, including Detroit Red Wings and Pistons tickets, dinner for two at the Hockeytown Cafe, a FSU hockey student season pass and much more.

Those in attendance will receive free pizza and a free raffle ticket will be given to anyone wearing Ferris apparel. Addditional raffle tickets will be available for purchase for $1 each.

Half of the proceeds from all raffle tickets will go the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation with the other half of the cash awarded to the winner of the Grand Prize "Package".

Additionally, all hockey student season ticket holders will receive their Dawg Pound hockey jersey at the event. Those in attendance will also have an opportunity to tour the Bulldog Hockey facilities after the event concludes around 9 p.m.

The Ferris State men's and women's basketball teams will officially begin preseason practices the following day (Oct. 15) with the FSU hockey team also playing its 2010-11 home opener versus St. Lawrence the same evening at 7:05 p.m. inside the Ewigleben Ice Arena.

Source: Ferris State University Athletics Communications

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

New Link For Ferris Homecoming King And Queen Online Voting

Please click on the following link to submit your vote for Ferris State University Homecoming king and queen.

Issues that hampered voting this morning have been cleared up and the link above is a valid link for students eligible to vote for Ferris Homecoming king and queen candidates.

The winners will be announced at the Homecoming football game on Oct. 9 at Top Taggart Field in Big Rapids on the Ferris campus

Click here to see this years' candidates!

50 Different Jobs ... 50 Different States ... Learn More At Ferris State University

Finding a career, finding your passion and understanding cultures and lifestyles....

Daniel Seddiqui has recently completed his mission to work 50 different jobs in 50 states. He has been everything from a rodeo announcer in South Dakota, a model in North Carolina, a marine biologist in Washington, to a border patrol agent in Arizona. Why would anyone put themselves through such a grueling experience?

Seddiqui will be speaking at Ferris State University on Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. in G. Mennen Williams Auditorium on the Big Rapids campus.

Striders Ferris State University Homecoming 5K

Saturday, Oct. 9
Campus Quad
9 a.m. Start

Participants in Ferris State University's Striders Homecoming 5K will start at the Campus Quad. The race will end with awards at Hemlock Park. Proceeds will benefit "Up Till Dawn, Unite to Fight Childhood Cancer" for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Registration: 8 to 9 a.m. in the Campus Quad

Start: 9 a.m.


Students and seniors $15
Adults registered by Oct. 1 - $15, $20 after Oct. 1

Each pre-registrant will receive a T-shirt.

Download registration form in pdf format:

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Entry Form

This event is sponsored by Student Government

Christian Finnegan Set To Entertain At Ferris State University

Homecoming Concert

Get ready Ferris State University.

Christian Finnegan is perhaps best known as one of the original cast members of VH1’s “Best Week Ever”, where he offered keen insight into the workings of popular culture and the ubiquity of celebrity genitalia. “Chappelle’s Show” fans will recognize him as ‘Chad’, the only white roommate in the infamous “Mad Real World” sketch. And pinko Communists know Christian from his regular appearances on MSNBC’s "Countdown with Keith Olbermann.

Visit Christian's official Homepage at

Ticket information

Friday, Oct. 8 at 7 p.m.
G. Mennen Williams Auditorium

This show is FREE thanks to Student Activity Fees as allocated by the Finance Division of Student Government.

Anyone with a disability who needs special accommodations to attend this event should contact (231) 591-2606 at least 72 hours in advance.

*NOTE: This show is not recommended for children.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Expect Diversity Touches On Topic Of Being Muslim In America

On a recent episode of "Expect Diversity," hosted by Ferris State University Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion David Pilgrim, there was a lively and important discussion on the topic of being Muslim in America.

Pilgrim's guests for the show included Ahmed Taha, president of the Muslim Student Organization; Reem Ahmed, a senior at Ferris; and Louis Kostielney, a sophomore at Ferris and president of Students for the Constitution, who share their ideas and experiences with being Muslim in America.

It's a great and important topic as these students share their thoughts and experiences with Pilgrim in a show that is about a topic that is of significance, currently, in the U.S.

"Expect Diversity" is a program produced by students and faculty in Ferris' Television and Digital Media Production program.

Bonfire Remains A Major Part Of Homecoming Tradition At Ferris

Ferris State University's Homecoming Bonfire will be held on Thursday evening, Oct. 7 at 8 p.m. in Lot 61 by Brophy/McNerney on campus.

This is event is brought to you by the Homecoming Committee with assistance from the members of Sigma Pi Fraternity.

Johnnie Tuitel Promises Top Inspire And Entertain As Part Of Disability Awareness Month Event

Johnnie Tuitel loves making college students laugh through his humorous and entertaining stories of life.

He easily puts to rest any tensions that may arise because of his wheelchair and he makes the audience comfortable with his disability. Don't miss Johnnie's re-appearance on the Ferris State University campus on Tuesday Oct. 12 in the Rankin Student Center Dome Room at 11 a.m.

Those who attend are sure to be inspired and motivated by Johnnie's presentation. Admission for this event is free or provide two non-perishable food items.

This event is being sponsored by the Disability Awareness Month Committee. Anyone with any questions is asked to contact Karen GreenBay by phone at (231) 591-5034 or by e-mail at

Also, look for Deb Cox and Karen on Fox 32 this Thursday evening (Oct. 7) at 10:30 p.m. as they discuss Disability Awareness Month and services Ferris offers for individuals with disabilities on the "Ferris State Live" program.

Attention Ferris Social Work Alumni: Now Is The Time To Reunite As Homecoming Is Upon Us

Ferris State University's College of Arts and Sciences is extending an invitation to you and a guest to celebrate 40 years of the Social Work program at FSU.

The event takes place as part of Homecoming activities on Friday, Oct. 8 at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Center in Big Rapids located at 1005 Perry Avenue from 6 to 9 p.m.

The cost $20 per person: click here to register by credit card.

Attendees are encouraged to get their tickets early as space is limited. Contact Elzbeth Maclain at (231) 591-2735 to pay by check or if you have questions or special dietary requirements.

We are collecting photos and stories of your time at Ferris to create a DVD memento.
Please email your stories and/or photos by Sept. 10 to Elzbeth.

A special scholarship has been established for the Social work program by emeriti and faculty.

For more information on how you can help, please contact Yolonda Barnes at (231) 591-3664.

Current Students Can Vote For Ferris' Homecoming King And Queen

Please vote for one king and one queen candidate for Ferris State University's 2010 Homecoming extravaganza.
  • Only one ballot per student.
  • Only currently enrolled students are allowed to vote.
Simply click on the link below, make your selections and click "Submit."

Get Ready For Ferris State University's Homecoming Pharmacy Reception


Ferris State University College of Pharmacy alumni are invited to a hors d’oeuvres and spirits reception during Homecoming on Friday, Oct. 8, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the College of Pharmacy Building.

To register or to learn more, please call Todd Jacobs in the alumni office (231) 591-3817 or by email at

Visit the Homecoming Web site for more information on more activities:

Monday, October 4, 2010

West Cosgrove Speaks At Ferris State University On Immigration Issues

West Cosgrove, an expert on issues related to immigration in the United States, speaks at Ferris State University to a group of students, faculty and staff.

Check out the video.

Be There For Ferris Homecoming Bonfire

Ferris State University's annual Homecoming bonfire will be held Thursday, Oct. 7 beginning at 8 p.m. in Lot 61 by Brophy/McNerney.

This event is brought to you by the Homecoming Committee with assistance from the members of Sigma Pi Fraternity.

Ferris To Host Women In Sports Day As Part Of Homecoming Activities

Ferris State's Arielle Goodson smashes down and follows through during Friday's home match against Grand Valley State University's Nicole Whiddon. (FSU Photographic Services/Ed Hyde)

Ferris State University
is looking forward to celebrating Women in Sports Day on Friday (Oct. 8) with the action set to begin at 4 p.m.

For women and young girls alike, this is a time to come out and celebrate the participation of girls and women in sports. Ferris' event is open to girls, moms and female sports fans. The event is being held in conjunction with Ferris women's soccer, women's tennis, and women's volleyball action on campus in Big Rapids.

The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children or $25 for a family of four individuals. That $10 includes admission to three Bulldog women's athletic events, dinner , transportation, education about Title IX, autographed pictures of each team, giveaways and more.

The Kids' tickets are sponsored by John Milan at Preferred Office Machines.

For questions and/or to RSVP, please contact Katie at or visit

The Schedule:

4 p.m. - Board the Ferris team charter bus

4-4:15 p.m. - Guest speakers

4:15-5 p.m. - Top Taggart Field (women's soccer match vs. Saginaw Valley State, 4 p.m.)

4:45-5 p.m. - Girls on the field for games and fun

5-6 p.m. - Racquet and Fitness Center (women's tennis match vs. Ohio Dominican, 3 p.m.)

6-6:45 p.m. - Dinner at The Rock

7 p.m. - Women's volleyball match vs. Ashland, 7 p.m., inside the Ewigleben Sports Arena

All times are Eastern Daylight (EDT).

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Lip Sync Contest Kicks Off Homecoming Week At Ferris State University

So, you think you got what it takes to step up on stage?

Well, it's Homecoming week and Ferris State University has an event tailor-made for all of those aspiring lip sync specialists.

Check out the details for the Lip Sync Contest as Ferris prepares to launch Homecoming week in style on Monday (Oct. 4) at 7 p.m. in G. Mennen Williams Auditorium on the FSU campus.

Lip Sync Contest
Monday, October 4, 2010 at 7 PM
Williams Auditorium

Oct. 4 is the day of the lip sync. Showtime is 7 p.m. All participants must be at Williams Auditorium no later than 6 p.m. The Homecoming Committee will randomly choose the order of the acts and the agenda will be made available upon arrival to the Auditorium.

Brought to you by the Student Activity Fees as allocated by the Finance Division of Student Government and the Homecoming Committee.

Anyone with a disability who needs special accommodations to attend this event should contact (231) 591-2606 at least 72 hours in advance.

NOTE: This show is not recommended for children