Thursday, June 2, 2011

Faces of Ferris Features Morgan Toms

Morgan Toms, as she prepared for her May 2011 graduation from Ferris State University with a degree in Business Administration with Legal Studies, could hardly contain her smile.

While Toms does smile quite frequently, graduation is a time to smile and reflect on years of hard work and academic successes that culminate in a short walk across a stage to become an official graduate of Ferris State University.

Toms, like so many of her fellow graduates this spring, started to reflect on memories from her years at Ferris. The Frankfort native is perhaps most popularly known for her role as Student Government president during the 2010-11 academic year. That prestigious and influential position on campus provided Toms a platform to step forward as a student leader – indeed THE student leader in many ways – to spark positive change. Being Student Government president, as Toms and others before her have and others after her will discover, is far more than a popularity contest. The role of president is a critical opportunity to speak on behalf of Ferris’ students before faculty, staff, administration, alumni, the Big Rapids community and others.

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Ferris' Pennock Hall Demolition Scheduled for June 6

Ferris State University’s Pennock Hall, the home of the Michigan College of Optometry before a new on-campus facility opened in January, is scheduled for demolition on Monday, June 6.

In preparation for the demolition of Pennock Hall, a security fence has been erected, and Pitsch Wrecking has commenced work to complete salvage from the building. Roger Bula, an environmental engineer for Ferris’ Physical Plant, estimates that the demolition of Pennock should take less than a week to complete.

When demolished, the area will be converted into a lot to accommodate more than 70 additional parking spaces to serve Cramer Hall.

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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Balmer Elected 2011-12 Student Government President

Danielle Balmer is excited to step into a new position of leadership for Ferris State University’s Student Government organization in the fall of 2011, as its new president.

Balmer, who previously served as Student Government’s vice president during the 2010-11 academic year, remains as passionate as ever about student activism and leadership on campus.

Through prior Student Government knowledge and service, Balmer has developed a strong understanding of the organization’s on-campus work and has ideas and plans in the works for how the organization can continue to serve the students it represents at Ferris.

“Finding out what students want and then making it happen is why Student Government is here,” said Balmer, a native of Columbia, Mo., majoring in Resort Management Hospitality. “We are the voice to the university for all students.”

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