Thursday, October 14, 2010

Check Out Beyond Campus Hosted By Michelle Johnston

"Beyond Campus," a Ferris State University-produced television show hosted by Michelle Johnston, dean of the College of Education and Human Services.

Today, Johnston hosts a show about the Law Enforcement Academy in Criminal Justice in COEHS.

Johnston's guests include School of Criminal Justice recruits Ryan Allen, Sarah Petrucha and Andrew Young. The panel discusses the latest events in C.J.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Tech Tour Day Five: Fantastic Ferris State Tech

Ferris State University students hard at work in the welding lab.

Tuesday’s Tech Tour stop was Ferris State University in Big Rapids, a highly technical school in Big Rapids, a pretty, historical town on the southern edge of the Manistee National Forest (and thus, on the southern edge of what most Michiganders think of as Up North).

The vibe here is serious, no nonsense, but play just as hard as you work, with the great outdoors close by. For instance, the on-campus Holiday Inn is the only place I’ve ever stayed where one of the hotel maids complained that she’d rather be bowhunting.

And I have to say, kudos to Leah Nixon, assistant director of news services at Ferris State, who planned my tour stop. I don’t think anyone has ever packed as much information into a five-hour visit in Tech Tour history.

And while the college doesn’t do much official sponsored research, it works on technical projects with area employers, assisting them every day.

For the full story, visit WWJ News Radio 950's Web site for the complete story:

Japanese Tea Ceremony To Take Place At Ferris

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Professor Kiyoko Metoki will present a traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony here at Ferris State University.

Please come out to witness this unique and special event on Friday beginning at 11 a.m. in the Centennial Dining Room of the Rankin Student Center.
This event is part of Ferris' International Week.

For additional information, contact Shana Beisiegel by phone at (231) 591-2824 or by e-mail:

The Education Benefits of an Study Abroad

Speaker James Brosam II discusses the educational benefits of a study abroad experience during an event on campus here at Ferris State University.

The event, sponsored by the Office of International Education, takes place Wednesday (Oct. 13) beginning at 5:30 p.m. in IRC 120.

For additional information, contact Shana Beisiegel by phone at (231) 591-2824 or by e-mail:

Chasing the Dream Part 8: Chris Wilson Talks About The Team Exceeding Expectations

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 eighth installment of the Chasing the Dream series, Ferris football student-athlete Chris Wilson reflects on the beginning of the season when the Bulldogs began with low expectations as far as preseason polls and how, to this point, they have beaten the odds.

"They had us marked real low (the preseason Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Coaches Poll), but I believe that honestly we didn't think about it," Wilson said. "What we thought about was how it felt every game coming home losing and how it felt every game with no fans were there.

"We would go and talk to people and be like 'Are you coming to the game?' And, they would ask, 'Are you going to win?"

Throughout this series, Chris will discuss his goals, the team's goals, the team's progress, his dreams, talents and challenges as he performs a juggling act as an adult.

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

Here is the eighth video of the continuing series.

Chris and his teammates are in Ohio this weekend to take on Northern Michigan University with kickoff scheduled for 2 p.m. in the Superior Dome in Marquette.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Video From Dedication Of Helen's Garden At Ferris State University

Here is a video from the Saturday (Oct. 9) dedication of Helen's Garden on the campus of Ferris State University.

The garden, officially unveiled on homecoming weekend at FSU, is dedicated to the memory of Helen Gillespie Ferris, wife of founder Woodbridge Nathan Ferris, who was greatly instrumental in the early development of what is now Ferris State University.

For a complete story on Helen's Garden, visit Ferris' News Services Web site

Tombstone Project Aims To Raise Awareness On Domestic Violence

“TOMBSTONES” bearing the date of birth, sex, death and stories of victims of domestic violence during the past year in the state of Michigan will be set up in the north end of Ferris State University's Campus Quad. The display started Monday, Oct. 11, and will be up through Oct. 25, the day of the “Take Back the Night” rally against domestic violence.

The tombstones will be on display from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The goal of the display is to raise awareness of the seriousness of domestic violence for Michigan residents and Ferris students. Domestic violence remains a serious problem that requires proactive measures to stop the violence and protect our communities.

This event is sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Services. For more information on this project, contact Michael Wade by phone at (231) 591-2617 or by e-mail at

A Conversation with Dr. Yuri Maltsev: Economic Advisor to Gorbachev

One of the great treats of a college campus is the opportunity to hear from dynamic and important speakers.

Ferris State University has a new name to add to its list of speakers coming to campus this academic year.

Yuri Maltsev received his M.A . in history and social sciences at Moscow State University and his Ph.D. in economics at the Institute for Labor Research in Moscow. Some of his major achievements include consulting on central and eastern European economic, trade and political issues, as well as appearing on national television and radio programs.He will be speaking Tuesday (Oct. 12) beginning at 2 p.m. in FLITE 408 (the Office of International Education).

Dr. Maltsev has an impressive publishing record which consists of five monographs, contributions to 16 books, and 73 articles (including co-authored materials) in American, Russian, Turkish, Japanese, and Taiwanese journals, magazines, and newspapers.

Currently, he is a professor at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin.


The PresentationZen learning community is based upon the book by Garr Reynolds, communications expert and presentation designer.

The author reminds us that PowerPoint is not inherently a bad tool, and avoiding common pitfalls will help us improve the quality of our presentations.

This will event, sponsored by the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning, will take place at Ferris State University in IRC 131 from 3 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 14.

In this community we will:

  • Learn a new process to foster our creativity as we build our presentations
  • Learn some basic design principles
  • Find and use images to enhance the message of our presentation
  • Learn how to use PowerPoint and other complimentary technology tools more effectively

For more information on this event, contact Laurie Daniels at the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning by e-mail at or by phone at (231) 591-2440.

We're In The Midst Of International Week At Ferris State University

The Office of International Education is celebrating International Week on the Ferris State University campus in Big Rapids this week.

The week of activities kicked off on Monday with International Kids Cultural Day in the Student Recreation Center.

Events continue throughout the week with dynamic speakers and can't-miss presentations.

"OIE has planned a total of 12 events during the week," wrote Piram Prakasam, director of OIE. "The International Week activities include several speakers, panel discussions, open dialogs, workshops, cultural activities, community outreach efforts, fund raising and a reception for International Visitors from Thailand."

Here are highlights of key events this week:

Tuesday, Oct. 12
  • Russian Experts Yuri Maltsev, Christian Peterson, Jack Segal, Karen Puschel and Tracy Busch will be engaging our Campus on Russia; sponsored by the Globalization Initiative, PEP and OIE. (Talk at 11 a.m. in BUS 111, Open Dialog at 2 p.m. PM in FLITE 408 and a Panel discussion at 5:30 p.m. in IRC 120)
  • A Dale Rumsbarger, recruiter from the US State Department will visit FSU to lead a small group discussion on Foreign Services and recruit students.(Talk at 5 p.m. PM in FLITE 133)
  • Ten faculty members from a Thailand University (RMUTK in Bangkok) are visiting FSU. In honor of their visit, OIE is hosting a reception at 7 p.m. in FLITE 240. (Event for FSU staff and faculty only)
Wednesday, Oct. 13
  • Claire Caldwell, International Student Advisor for a multi-national Oil company will give Cross-cultural training workshops (two sessions at 9 a.m. in IRC 121 and 2 p.m. in VFS/Allied Health 325)
  • James Brosam II, CEO of ICEC will give a talk on Study Abroad. (Talk at 6 p.m. in College of Business 211)
Thursday, Oct. 14
  • Study Abroad Fair for students (10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 2 to 5 p.m. in the Rankin Student Center Dome Room)
  • International Coffee hour to try free coffee from around the world. (2 to 5 p.m. in the Rankin Student Center Dome Room)
Friday, Oct. 15
  • Japanese Tea Ceremony by FSU Professor and Student at 11 a.m. in Rankin Centennial Room
  • One world, many faces: Benefit Dinner to raise funds that will be used to assist local school teachers to go on Study Abroad through FSU.
Event will be in Granger Center for Construction and HVACR. Tickets can be purchased by visiting Ferris’ homepage and clicking on the “MORE NEWS” link for International Benefit Dinner (Oct 15) or calling OIE at x2450 on campus or (231) 591-2450 from off campus.