Friday, January 28, 2011

Welding for Artists (Feb. 1)

Ferris State University welcomes all non-experienced artists and hobbyists for a day of welding.

On Tuesday, Feb. 1 between 6 to 9 p.m. a series of three classes will be hosted by the Welding Program.
Classes will be taught in the Welding Lab of the Swan Building in Room 116.

Participants will be shown proper techniques and be allowed to develop their own simple metal sculptures. Processes will include Oxy Acetylene Welding, Gas Metal Arc Welding, Resistance Welding and Plasma Arc Cutting.

Instructor will be David Murray, an associate professor in the Welding Engineering Technology department at Ferris.
Class size is limited to 20 participants. Pre-register by calling Artworks at: (231) 796- 2420.

The only cost to participants will be safety equipment that will become the property of each participant. These will be available at the fist class for a cost of approximately $30.

This activity is sponsored by the Festival of the Arts Planning Committee. All materials and supplies will are donated by Ferris’ Welding Engineering Technology department.

For more information contact Bruce Dilg at 231-591-2488.

Reporting Volunteer Hours (Feb.8)

Reporting volunteer hours will be no more trouble as Ferris State University hosts an information workshop on Tuesday, Feb. 8.

The workshop will be held in room 155 of the Rankin Student Center between 11 and 11:50 a.m.

The workshop will be a presentation that will go through the process of reporting volunteer hours for your Registered Student Organization and the process of entering information for your personal Co-Curricular Transcript.

By attending you should learn:

  1. How to report volunteer hours using the SVC and OrgSync
  2. The process of entering information for your co-curricular transcript
  3. How to identify the benefits of reporting out of the classroom experiences
For more information contact Allissa Witucki at (231) 591-2606.

The event is sponsored by Student Leadership & Activities.

Brotherhood Brunch

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity invites all Ferris State University gentlemen for a Brotherhood Brunch.

Brunch will be held on Saturday, Feb. 12 at the West Campus Community Center from 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

The focus of the brunch is to bring young men on campus out to eat, socialize, and network.

Speakers will be attending the brunch to speak about the importance of networking and attending school.

Brunch is FREE and open to everyone, including women. This event is sponsored by the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Zeta Beta Chapter.

For more information contact Brandon Cole at (313) 622-1265.

Duo Firenze (Jan. 28)

Ferris State University hosts the Historical Concert Recital at Immanuel Lutheran Church.

The recital is held today, Jan. 28
at 8 p.m. on 726 Fuller, Big Rapids.

Duo Firenze is an authentic performance of early 19th century music for guitar and fortepiano.

Robert Trent performs on modern guitar, Renaissance lute, an original French guitar from the early 19th century and a reproduction of a 10-string double-necked Romantic-era guitar. Recent tours have taken him to Russia, Brazil, Germany and France.

Pamela Swenson Trent has been an artist-in-residence in the United States and Italy. Having served on the faculty at Radford University and Westminster Choir College-Conservatory, she is director of Kindermusik of the New River Valley (Virginia) and director of music for Christ Episcopal Church in Blacksburg.

The event is FREE hosted by the Festival of the Arts.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

How to Make Members Actively Involved in Organizations (Feb.1)

Spring 2011 RSO Student Leader Workshops Series, "How to Make Members Actively Involved in Organization."

The workshop is held on Tuesday, Feb. 1 in room 155 if the Rankin Student Center between 11 to 11:50 a.m.
Throughout the workshop you'll discover many things, a few include:

  • How to recruit effectively

  • How to empower people and build enthusiasm from day one

  • How to establish a shared vision

  • Ho to create a sense of team

After attending you should have developed three main learning outcomes including:

  1. Learn strategies for increasing member involvement and engagement

  2. Develop and implement programs and activities to promote membership action

  3. Identify what constitutes as an "active" member

For more information contact Allissa Witucki at (231) 591-2606

S.T.A.R.S Leadership Conference (Feb.5)

Ferris State University student leaders are invited to attend the S.T.A.R.S Leadership Conference 2011.

Striving to Achieve Resident Success (S.T.A.R.S) Leadership Conference is held at Rankin Student Center on Saturday, Feb. 5 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.

The conference is designed to expose students to leadership concepts needed for successfully navigating their college career and future.

The conference will consist of 15 programs with topics such as conflict resolution, and social justice. Included will be breakfast, giveaways, and networking. Lunch will be available at Westview Dining through the meal plan, if you do not have a plan, check the appropriate box when registering.

Check in for the conference will be outside the Dome Room in Rankin Center starting at 10 a.m. Opening ceremonies will begin at 10:15 a.m. in the Centennial Dining Room.

To register go to:

Registration is FREE and based on a first come, first serve basis, with a cap of 100 attendees.

This conference is sponsored by the National Resident Hall Honorary.

For more information contact Talia Simpson at

Energy Conference (Apr.13)

Ferris State University will host a Conference for Government, Business, Industry and Educators.

Proposals and case studies are requested for academic, governmental and professional presentations to be presented at the 2011 Michigan Energy Conference.

The conference is on Apr. 13 and 14, each session an hour to two hours in length.

Presenters are encouraged to submit non-promotional proposals for the following areas:
  • Building science fundamentals
  • Residential and commercial building performance, efficiency & loads
  • Residential and commercial mechanical system design & efficiency
  • Government/ utility standard and incentive programs
  • Energy and community planning for the future, negotiating the present
  • Building codes, zoning, regulatory issues
  • The Business of Energy
  • Energy and Sustainable Standards
  • Energy in transportation
  • Energy distribution and storage
  • Batteries
  • Feed-in Tariffs

Presenters will be required to submit a presentation outline by Jan. 31.

Contact Debbie Dawson or Brain Craig at for more information.

Student Orientation Leaders Being Sought

Student leaders are currently being sought for the 2011 Orientation Leader Program of Ferris State University.

If you are interested in becoming an Orientation Leader attend one of the following Information Sessions: Thursday, Feb. 17 at 5:30 p.m. or Tuesday, Feb. 22 at 5:30 p.m. Both sessions are held in FLITE room 135.

If you are unable to attend those times, you may still complete and turn in an application to the Dean of Student Life Office at Rankin, room 255. The deadline for applications is Friday, March 18.

The following is a link which includes the application:

Nominate Your Colleague (Apr.14)

Ferris State University Staff, nominate your colleague for recognition!

The following Academic Affairs awards are available for recognition:

Academic Scholar Award

Distinguished Service Award

Adjunct Teaching Award

Diversity Enhancement Award

Outstanding Academic Advisor Award

Distinguished Teacher Award

Outstanding First Year Advocate Award

International Educator of the Year Award

Nominations are due by Feb. 1 to the Provost/Academic Affairs office, room CSS 310.

All nomination instructions and forms are found at:

Those recieving awards will be recognized at the Faculty Recognition reception on Apr. 14.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Hometown Recruiter Program Informational Sessions Feb. 3 and Feb. 24

Current students have the opportunity to spread their Ferris State University charm throughout their hometowns by becoming a part of the Hometown Recruiter Program.
An informational session will be held on Feb. 3 and Feb. 24 at 11 a.m. in IRC 120 for any interested recruiters.
More than 50 students are currently involved with the volunteer program. With a recruiters input, future students are provided with a connection to the Ferris community and are shown a sneak peek of what their college life could be filled with.
By speaking at their old high schools, Hometown Recruiters will improve their public speaking abilities and advance their leadership skills. Recruiters will share their positive experiences acquired through their Ferris journey, while earning volunteer hours for their efforts.
The Hometown Recruiter Program is sponsored by the Admissions Office.
For more information about the Hometown Recruiter Program contact Amber Balmer at (231) 591-3961 or by e-mail at

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Evening in the Tropics (Jan. 31)

Spend the evening designing a fresh tropical flower arrangement to add to your home.

Ferris State University will host a flower workshop, held at Patterson's Flowers on Monday, Jan. 31 at 7 p.m.

Patterson's Flowers is located downtown at 216 Maple St., Big Rapids.

Pre-registraions is required in addition to a $20 lab fee.

The event is sponsored by the Festival of the Arts.

Contact Bruce Dilg at (231) 591-2488 for more information.

AIA Award Winning Project Display

Ferris State University's Festival of the Arts will feature the American Institute of Architects 2010.

Jan. 27 through Feb. 27 Artworks will host an exhibit including regional and urban design and interior architecture.

The exhibit will be displayed from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The event is FREE, sponsored by Festival of the Arts Planning Committee.

Contact Bruce Dilg at (231) 591-2488 for more information.

Life Guarding Class (Jan.25)

Ferris State University will host Life Guarding Classes from Jan. 25 through Feb. 6.

Classes will run from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Student Recreation Center.

Pre-registration and payment is due by Jan. 20.
Registration forms, class information and schedules are available at the Student Recreation Center front desk.

This event is sponsored by the Student Recreation Center Aquatics Program .

Contact Sarah Raymond at (231) 591-5308 or by e-mail at for more information.

Image Awards (Feb. 5)

Staff, students, faculty, and organizations will be recognized for the achievements they have earned at Ferris State University as B.L.A.C.K hosts the annual Image Awards of 2011.

The Image Awards of 2011 will be held from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. in Williams Auditorium on Saturday, Feb. 5.

Students of Black Leaders Aspiring for Critical Knowledge (B.L.A.C.K) will be presenting staff, students, faculty, and organizations with numerous awards for the achievements and hard work they have accomplished at Ferris State University. A few include the Rosa Parks Award; an award for outstanding academic achievement by a female, and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award; an award for outstanding academic achievement by a male.

Michael Wade, Assistant Director of Multicultural Services said, “This event is an opportunity for students and staff to be recognized for their leadership and hard work.” Wade added that the Image Awards has been an event on campus for more then 10 years and each year it is an event to enjoy.

The Image Awards started in the early 1990s by LaMira King, an FSU student at the time. Image Awards was created to bring people together and to help support one another. King’s goal was to give the students of FSU a sense of pride and accomplishment while also entertaining the audience. In 1996 B.L.A.C.K was established by King and upon her graduation she turned the ceremony over to the organization she had created. Image Awards became the first event hosted by the organization B.L.A.C.K at FSU.

This years Image Awards is an international theme and will give you a passport to a whole new world, B.L.A.C.K encourages.

This event is FREE and open to everyone. Following the Image Awards there will be an After Glow held in the Dome Room. Cost is $5 at entrance.

For more information contact Markus Woods at 1-313-399-2619.

Michael Kent (Feb. 3)

Ferris State University will host Comic Magician Michael Kent; he will be performing at Williams Auditorium at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 3.

Kent combines sarcasm with a sense of humor much like the style of a late night talk show host. Students should come to be entertained, the potential to be part of a show is always a thrill and each student will get the chance to see two shows in one, with a comedian who does amazing magic.

Entertainment Unlimited chose Kent because of the unique way he interacts with the audience. Kent is also a very down-to-earth and has a personable stage presence; he is a role model of a performer. Kent first became interested in magic when he learned he was able to disappear by covering his eyes.

“He manages to provide an entertaining and highly engaging show that makes viewers feel they are 'in on it' - that they are being shown secrets of the magician world, only to discover the 'unveiling' is in fact a show in itself,” Junior, Amber Porter said.

Dave, a former audience member from Indiana University said, “Michael Kent is truly an original at getting laughs! He is one of the most wildly entertaining.”

This event is sponsored by Entertainment Unlimited and is FREE thanks to Student Activity Fees. For more information contact Amber Porter at 1-616-232-0949.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Ferris State Dawg Days Jan. 29

Ferris State University Dawg Days will be held Jan. 29 in the IRC Connector.

It will begin at 9 a.m. with check-in and a continental breakfast. There will be a Admissions presentation, a question and answer session and a raffle with FSU prizes.
The tour of the College and Programs will be followed with lunch at Ferris State's Rock Cafe. Afterwards there will be a campus tour of a Residence Hall, the Student Recreation Center and the FLITE (Ferris Library for Information, Technology & Education).
For more information visit the Admissions website.

131 Showdown Tailgate

The 131 Showdown Tailgate will take place Jan. 29 at the Van Andel Arena, 130 West Fulton Grand Rapids.
Alumni and friend are invited to join the spirited reception before the Ferris State Bulldogs take to the court with the GVSU Lakers.
"I'm a Bulldog" T-shirts will be available for FREE at the game.
From 5 to 8 p.m. in the Van Andel Banquet Room free appetizers and soft drinks will be served. The women's game will begin at 6 p.m. and the men's game will start at 8 p.m.
The 131 Showdown is sponsored by Amway.

Festival of the Arts Presents Chainsaw Art with Jerry Ward

Ferris State University will be hosting Jerry Ward of Delton, Michigan who will be providing a artistic chainsaw carving on Jan. 28 at 4 p.m.
The event will be held in the Heavy Equipment Building Room 202.
For safe, but detailed viewing, a live feed of the demonstration will also be provided on closed circuit television at the event. This event is free and open to the public.
Ward has been working as a sculptor since 1974.
"I am among a handful of pioneers from the mid-70s to first use the chain saw in the wood carving process. Almost all of my wood sculpture begins with the use of the chainsaw," said Ward.
This event is brought to you by the Festival of the Arts Planning Committee.

Artworks Exhibit: The Works of Tom Krueger

The works of Tom Krueger will be on display during the Festival of the Arts Jan. 18 through Feb. 16 at the Artworks Building in downtown Big Rapids.
Artworks is located on 106 N. Michigan Ave. This event is free and open to the public.
Krueger, pottery artist, will display his architectural and vividly-colored ceramic wall hangings. Many wall hangings were inspired by the aerial land and sky views Krueger witnessed as a pilot in Vietnam.
His artwork is on permanent display at the Michigan Artist's Gallery in Suttons Bay and the Twisted Fish Gallery in Elk Rapids.
In addition to his work in ceramic art, Krueger constructs hand drums for disabled students to decorate and use in classroom workshops that he leads.
Krueger will visit the Mecosta Osceola Intermediate School District's Transition Center to lead students in "Primal Percussion" drumming and drum decoration sessions Feb. 14 through Feb. 16.

Festival of the Arts Award Winning Project Display

The Festival of the Arts will feature the American Institute of Architects 2010 Institute Honor Awards Jan. 28 through Feb. 4 in the Rankin Art Gallery.

The Rankin Art Gallery will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to display the Architecture Awards. This is a free event.

These awards include achievements in a broad range of architectural activities. This includes regional and urban design and interior architecture.

The awards in the exhibit will elevate the general quality of architectural practice, as well as establish a standard of excellence which all architects can measure performance. This showcase will inform the public of the value of architectural achievements.

This event is sponsored by Different by Design.

Festival of the Arts Opening Night Reception

The opening night reception of the Festival of the Arts will be held Thursday, Jan. 27 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
It will be held in the newly remodeled Artworks Building on 106 N. Michigan Ave., Big Rapids.
Get ready for a night of wine and cheese as the Blue Cow Café will provide catering to this free event.
This will be the opening of a month-long show by Tom Krueger of Lake Leelanau. His three-dimensional art has been featured in fairs throughout Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana and Ohio.
Associate Conductor of the Grand Rapids Symphony John Varineau will provide opening remarks. Varineau is in his 25th year with the Symphony. He and his wife, Gwen, will perform musical selections for clarinet and piano during the reception.

This event is sponsored by Bill Scheible Farm Insurance.