Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Political Engagement Project Is Hosting A Post-Election Event Tonight (Nov. 23) In College Of Business Room 111

BIG RAPIDS – Now that we have participated in the political process and Election Day has come and gone, what does it all mean for the state and the country?

That is one of a number of questions that will be addressed as part of a Political Engagement Project post-election panel discussion that will be hosted Tuesday, Nov. 23 in Ferris State University’s College of Business Room 111 beginning at 7 p.m. Panelists for this discussion will include Jeremy Mishler, director of Alumni Relations at Ferris and a former candidate for state representative from the 102nd district; Richard Griffin, a political science professor at Ferris; Tony Baker, an associate professor of sociology at Ferris, one of the founding faculty leaders of PEP and an elected official on the Grand Rapids Public Schools Board of Education; Dick Hewer, an associate professor at Ferris and a member of the PEP steering committee; and Dave Clark, editor in chief of the Pioneer newspaper of Big Rapids.

SPECIAL NOTE: Michael Kasiborski, from TV9&10, will join tonight's panel discussion on the election results from earlier this month.

For the complete story, visit the News Services website, here.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Ferris Students Continue Holiday Food Drive To Help Those In Need

Below is an excerpt from a press release published by Ferris State University's News Services office. This press release highlights the annual Holiday Food Drive by lead by Ferris Student Government.

Seeing a need and taking action, Ferris State University students are joining the fight against hunger in Mecosta and Osceola counties through their annual Holiday Food Drive.

The drive began Nov. 1 and concludes Dec. 9. Ferris students use this effort as an opportunity to give back to local communities through donations and the collection of non-perishable food items.

“It’s one of my priorities as Student Government president to try and change the relationship between Ferris and the community,” said Morgan Toms, president of Ferris Student Government, an organization leading this effort. “We want it to be a positive one – they give so much to us and we want to make sure that we give something back.”

Items collected will be donated to Project Starburst and St. Andrew’s Manna Pantry – area pantries that serve more than 1,200 individuals a month in Mecosta and Osceola counties.

“We count on the Ferris food drive to refill our pantry for January,” said Mary Doran, executive director of Project Starburst. “We go through so much food between Christmas and Thanksgiving orders, on top of regular orders, that our shelves are bare when it’s all said and done.”

For the full press release, visit the Ferris News Services Web site: http://www.ferris.edu/htmls/news/news/News.cfm?AnnouncementID=1260&CatID=1

Check Out Faces Of Ferris: Anne Sutton

Here is an excerpt from the Faces of Ferris series.

This entry is on Anne Sutton, a Ferris State University volleyball student-athlete, who has artistic talents that have been on display through a popular regional competition in her hometown of Grand Rapids.
Anne Sutton, from a very early age, developed her passion for art – a powerful passion that has stood the test of time – as a young adult and college student.

Sutton, a Grand Rapids native and graduate of Northview High School, is not exactly your typical artist. The 6-foot-2 Ferris State University student-athlete has something else for which her passion burns just as hot – college volleyball. Sutton's talents in both arenas produced local and regional headlines through her participation in a prestigious annual art competition in her hometown. ArtPrize, which presents the world's largest cash award of $250,000 to its first-place winner, welcomed the art work of Sutton earlier this fall.

"When I was younger, I was really interested in art, and every other Sunday I would go down to the Grand Rapids Art Museum to take part in classes," Sutton said to the Grand Rapids Press. "When I got into high school, I took a lot of math and science courses because I thought career choices like medicine were safe bets, but right before I started college, I decided to pick what made me happy."
For the full entry, visit Faces of Ferris: http://www.ferris.edu/htmls/news/faces/sutton/