Wednesday, November 17, 2010

From the President's Desk: General Education And Academic Program Review

Here is a note, regarding general education and academic program review, from President Dave Eisler (pictured in the mugshot) to the Ferris State University community discussing Ferris enrollment numbers for the Fall 2010 semester:
Last Tuesday Professor Fred Heck, the University’s General Education Coordinator presented an update on the General Education Task Force’s progress to the Strategic Planning and Resource Council. Task force members have been meeting with colleges for feedback on the draft set of outcomes that will help integrate the educational experience for Ferris students.

There will be two town hall meeting this week focusing on a first draft of student learning outcomes for the General Education Program. Those meetings with take place on Thursday, Nov. 18, at 11 a.m. in IRC 121 and Friday, Nov. 19, at 3 p.m. also in IRC 121. I want to express my thanks to committee members Dan Adsmond, Mike Berghoed, Tracy Busch, Terry Doyle, Fritz Erickson, Mike Feutz, Don Flickinger, Rick Griffin, Doug Haneline, Fred Heck, Leonard Johnson, Nancy Lashaway-Bokina, Elsie Lovested, Kristen Salomonson, Randall Schroeder, Nate Tymes, Mike Wagenheim and Lisa Wall. I hope you will attend one of this week’s meetings to provide input and help advance this important process.

On Tuesday evening the Academic Senate will gather to consider the report of the Academic Program Review Committee. The work of the APRC is an exemplary example of ongoing program review at our University. Program review requires many hours of effort by program faculty, chairs and heads in preparation and engagement with the process. Members of the APRC spend three hours each Tuesday and Thursday evening during the first ten weeks of the fall semester considering these submissions and preparing their report. I want to express my special thanks to their chair, Matt Wagenheim, and members Roger Daugherty, Lisa Eshbach, Brad Isler, George Nagel, Gregg Potter, Fran Rosen, Gary Todd and Helen Woodman for their powerful commitment to academics at our University.
Check back for more items from the desk of the president here on the Ferris State University Blog.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Ferris State Live Television Show Features Hoerter, Marble And Wade

Ferris State Live Show 37 from FerrisState TV on Vimeo.

This episode of Ferris State Live was hosted by Leah Nixon, Sandy Gholston and special guest Jeremy Mishler, who stepped in for regular host Jason DaDay.

FSL show topics included a discussion with Office of Multicultural Student Services assistant director Michael Wade on the topics of November as Native American Heritage Month and the upcoming 2011 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration set for January.

Leah also had a chance to discuss work being done at Ferris in the area of Melanoma research with Dr. James Hoerter and Richard Marble.

Jeremy joined Sandy to chat about The 12th Annual Ferris Foundation Gala Benefit in Grand Rapids along with the latest in FSU news and sports.

Campus 5-Star Event: Marc Elliot ... What Makes You Tic?

Marc Elliot

Marc Elliot
knows the importance of understanding people's differences. He was born with a rare disease that left him with virtually no intestines, and at age nine, he developed a neurological disorder called Tourette Syndrome.

These days he is inspiring audiences all across the country by sharing his life story to convey the value of tolerance and the basic attitudes and behaviors that allow it to flourish. Marc will bring his inspirational message to Ferris State University on Thursday Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. in G. Mennen Williams Auditorium.
Marc's inspiring speech, “What Makes You Tic?” is loaded with timely humor, powerful anecdotes and fundamental lessons of tolerance to encourage audiences to “Live and Let Live,” leaving audiences motivated, better-informed, and reflecting on their own lives. Marc graduated from Washington University in St. Louis and connects easily with audiences of all ages. He is now based out of Boston.

This Entertainment Unlimited event 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) 591-2610.

National Society of Minorities in Hospitality Selling Thanksgiving Pies

The National Society of Minorities in Hospitality is selling homemade pies just in time for Thanksgiving.

Pies sell for $12 each or 2 for $20. NSMH is selling apple, pumpkin, pecan and sweet potato pies. The pies will be available for pickup on Tuesday, Nov. 23 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. in West Commons.

If you would like a pie, please contact Justin Wensel at or by phone at (734) 255-3549. These pies are available to everyone.

Students, staff, faculty, community, families. Please contact Justin, president of NSMH, by 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19.

Five Ways To Get Involved With 2011 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Here are ways that you can be involved in the 2011 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration.


You may submit a typed, 500-word essay on the topic: “Dr. King's Influence On Me To Be a Leader?” Winners will be recognized at the 2011 MLK Student Tribute. Submit your essay by email to Michael Wade at by Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2010.


You/Your RSO can submit a Posterboard on the topic: “How Are You/Your RSO Taking Action to Fullfill DR. King's Dream?” Displays should be 36x48 size, display-style posterboard. The top posterboards will be recognized at the 2011 Annual MLK Student Tribute and featured in the 2011 Room of Action Exhibit! Submit to the OMSS office in FLITE 159 by Wednesday, Nov. 23.


Your RSO can be apart of the annual Student Tribute to celebrate the life of Dr. King. Only those attending rehearsals and approved presentations will present at the 2011 MLK Student Tribute. *Weekly rehearsals will take place in the OMSS office in FLITE 159 on Thursdays at 5 p.m. until Dec. 10. If your RSO is interested please attend starting Thursday, Nov. 11 at 5 p.m. in FLITE 159.


The Legacy Award is one of Ferris' highest student honors and is presented to a student or a registered student organization that exemplifies leadership and service while demonstrating a commitment to social responsibility in the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. ONLY FSU FACULTY/STAFF may nominate you/your RSO. FSU Faculty/Staff should send a profile of the student/RSO with their accomplishments to Michael Wade at by Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2010.

*Nominees will be reviewed by the 2011 MLK Planning Committee and winners recognized at the 2011 Annual MLK Student Tribute.


You/Your RSO can collect images of oppression from “Poverty” to “Hate Crimes” to be displayed during the 2011 MLK Celebration in the Tunnel of Oppression exhibit. Save your images on a CD or flashdrive and submit to the OMSS office in FLITE 159 by Wednesday, Nov. 23.

Anyone with questions about any of the opportunities are encouraged to contact the Office of Multicultural Student Services at (231) 591-2617.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

It's Never Too Early To Begin Planning For Tailgate On Ice Event

Honestly, the Ferris State University Alumni Association knows how to throw a great party.

In keeping with that tradition, the Alumni Association will host its annual Tailgate on Ice on Feb. 18, 2011, at 5:30 p.m. at the Ewigleben Ice Arena in the Multipurpose Room.

This event of course surrounds a big game that will put the Bulldogs against the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish. The puck is set to drop at 7:05 p.m.

This event promises to be a fun time for the whole family.

Anyone interested in more information is asked to visit: