Saturday, April 2, 2011

Dr. King’s Legacy: Civil, Labor, and Education Rights:

Ferris State University welcomes retired Civil Rights scholar and labor activist Dr. Roberts Newby to speak on Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy.

Newby will speak in the Business Building room 111 on Monday, Apr. 4 from 5 to 7 p.m.

The event is designed to connect Dr. Martin Luther King’s commitment to labor and civil rights to the current legislation and budget cuts impacting children’s education and labor in schools.

King was a strong supporter of labor unions and the poor. In 1967 he found the Poor People’s Campaign to support the rights of people of all colors to a living wage. His last campaign was in support of Memphis Sanitation Workers.

FDR and the labor movement forged the New Deal that included the rights of workers to collectively bargain over wages and working conditions. The New Deal became a new social contract. This contract was widened with the Civil Right’s Movement. Conservative groups merged with Reagan’s presidency, opposing both labor and civil rights. What we are witnessing is the re-writing of the social contract, workers without rights. The alternative is to fight back.

Today, in 14 states, state employees’ rights to collectively bargain legally binding contracts are challenged, and budget cuts to public schools will remove opportunities for future students to prepare as qualified employees. State employees unions are the focus of legislation.

Social Science professor Bonnie Wright said “Many of our students at Ferris State University are studying for employment as state employees. This legislation will directly impact their prospective fields next year. It is important that students know what is happening and make informed decisions to either support, modify, or oppose these coming changes.”

The session will begin with labor and civil rights music followed by Newby’s lecture "The New Deal under Attack: Right Wing Tea Party Nationalism and the Undoing of the 20th Century Social Contract." It will end with music and a question, answer and open expression of ideas.

Newby is an emeritus professor at Central Michigan University. Newby earned his B.M.E. from Wichita University in 1961 followed by his M.A. from Wayne State University in 1970 and his Ph. D. from Stanford University in 1974.

This event is free and open to the public sponsored by the Political Engagement Project and the Michigan Education Association.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Ferris State Live Show Features Public Health Week Preview And Review Of Men's Basketball's Great Season

In this episode of Ferris State Live, co-hosts Jason DaDay and Leah Nixon preview Public Health Week activities on the Ferris State University campus. Jason and Leah are joined by guest Ziggy Kozicki, a professor in the College of Allied Health Sciences who is helping lead the effort for Public Health Week.

Also on the show, Ferris head men's basketball coach Bill Sall and senior student-athlete Lou Williams join Jason to talk about the great season the team experienced.

Co-host and Executive Producer Sandy Gholston joins Jason to discuss Sibs and Kids Weekend, the “Significant Things” exhibit in the Rankin Center Art Gallery and the Ferris Video Festival - among other topics.

Ferris State University Osprey Web Cam-Nest Building

Here is a brief wide-angle video shot from the Ferris State University Osprey Cam of the nest being built on campus in Big Rapids, Mich.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Booktalk and Signing with Todd Fleming Davis and Edward Morin

In honor of National Poetry Month, Todd Fleming Davis and Edward Morin will be visiting Ferris State University April 11 for book discussions and autographs. The book talk and signing will be held at Great Lakes Book & Supply on 840 Clark St. in Big Rapids at 4 p.m. There will be a reading at ArtWorks, 106 N. Michigan, starting at 7:30 p.m. Davis is the author of three poetry books including: The Least of These, Michigan State University Press (2010) Some Heaven, Michigan State University Press (2007) Ripe, Bottom Dog Press (2002) Davis’ poems have been featured on the radio by Garrison Keillor on “The Writer’s Almanac” and by Marion Roach on “The Naturalist’s Datebook”, as well as by Ted Kooser in his newspaper column “American Life in Poetry”. Morin’s poems include: The Dust of Our City (1978) Labor Day at Walden Pond (1997) Morin’s poems have been published in multiple sources such as the Hudson Review, Michigan Quarterly Review and Windsor Review. This event is being put on by The Michigan Poet, ArtWorks, Big Rapids High School and Great Lakes Book & Supply. For information contact Phillip Sterling at (231) 591-5898 or

Volunteers Needed For AAUW Book Sale

The Ferris State University American Association of University Women is looking for volunteers to assist in the Book Sale April 2.

Volunteers are needed from 2 to 5 p.m. at the United Methodist Church. It is located on 304 Elm Street in Big Rapids.

The book sale raises funds for the AAUW Ferris scholarships, which are given out every semester. AAUW promotes education and equity for women and girls.

For more information on how to get involved contact Mary Murnik at

Brothers of Lambda Chi Alpha Hosts Jeremy Mishler April 13

Brothers of Lambda Chi Alpha are welcoming Jeremy Mishler to speak in the Ferris State University Doom Room April 13. Mishler is the director of Alumni Relations and Advancement Operations and the executive director of the FSU Alumni Association. The event will begin at 7 p.m. and it is free and open to the public. His presentation "Working the Circles of Influence as Alumni, A New Employee and A New Community Member" will discuss specific strategies and opportunities for students to become engaged with mentors, organizations, the FSU Alumni Association and additional social circles. He has received multiple awards and leadership opportunities including the following:

  • 2004 Ferris State University Distinguished Staff Award

  • President - Mecosta/Osceola United Way Board of Directors (2003-2008)

  • President - Mecosta County Area Chamber of Commerce (2008)

  • Leadership Mecosta Alumnus of the Year 2010

  • Leadership Mecosta Alumnus of Decade (2000-2010)

  • Honorary Member of Golden Key International Honors Society

  • Chairperson - City of Big Rapids Zoning Board of Appeals (2003-2007)
Food and beverages will be provided. For more information contact Bryce Welsh at (231) 878-6771.

The Osprey Has Landed At Ferris State University

This is an image of an osprey captured on the morning of March 31 at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Mich. This is a morning visit of the male after being seen on the platform initially at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 30.

Ferris State University Campus Osprey Cam:

Ferris State University Hope Lives On

The Colleges Against Cancer at Ferris State University will be inspiring hope during the Relay For Life April 1 to support the American Cancer Society.

The night of celebrating the lives of those affected by cancer will begin at 6 p.m. and continue until 6 a.m. the following morning. The event is free and open to the public. Donations and fundraising to continue the fight against cancer will be accepted but are optional.

“The Relay is important not only for those who have suffered through battles with cancer and their families, but for all people who want to make a difference,” said Elizabeth Troost, student secretary for Colleges Against Cancer.

Troost, a native of Traverse City, says the purpose of the Relay is not just to raise money for cancer research and to help cancer patients, but to reflect on the lives that were lost and celebrate cancer survivor stories, including those among the Ferris community.

Throughout the night of celebration there will be ceremonies which focus on survivorship, fighting back and memories. The Fighting Back Ceremony is designed for the local community to learn how to decrease their cancer risk. During the Luminaria Ceremony, those within the community who have lost their lives to cancer will be honored.

“Relay for Life is an event to support survivors and promote education in an attempt to decrease cancer,” Troost said.

According to the American Cancer Society nearly half of all men and one-third of women will develop cancer during their lifetimes. The risk can be reduced by changing a person’s lifestyle, by tactics such as: quitting smoking, limiting time in the sun, being active and eating a better diet.

At midnight the Mr. and Mrs. Relay Pageant will take place. Guys will be dressing up as girls and the girls will be taking the appearance of the guys. The goal is to showcase a little silliness in order to go out on the town and raise money.

Bulldog Radio will be the deejay for the night and will be accepting song requests. Live bands, food, Minute to Win it games and a dodge ball tournament will take place, along with many other activities.

Troost hopes anyone interested will attend and show support. Participants can register online at as individuals or as teams to raise money. There is no maximum number of people for a team.

Ferris Relay events usually raise close to $23,000. Troost hopes this year the event will receive the same response or better.

For more information about Ferris State’s Relay For Life contact Elizabeth Troost at (231) 715-0080 or

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Ferris State Cheer 2011-2012

Come JOIN the FSU CHEER TEAM of 2011-2012.

Open Gyms: Apr. 3 from 6 to 8 p.m. located in Wink Arena Apr. 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. located in Wink Arena

Tryouts will be on Sunday, Apr. 17 in Wink Arena from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For requirements and other team information: add Ferris Cheer on Facebook or visit the Bulldog Athletics home page.

Contact Coach Pike at for more information.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Ferris To Participate In The 2011 Cesar Chavez Social Justice March and Community Gathering

Ferris State University will participate in an event to honor 20th century activist Cesar Chavez as part of the 2011 Cesar Chavez Social Justice March and Community Gathering in Grand Rapids on Thursday, March 31.

The 11th annual march will be held from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. beginning at the Hispanic Center of Western Michigan, located at 1204 Grandville Ave in Grand Rapids. This will be the second year Ferris has supported the Chavez march.

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