Thursday, November 29, 2012

Dodge, Duck, Dip, Dive, & Cheer on Children!

Grab some friends and channel your inner Vince Vaughn and the "5 D's of Dodgeball" with a Dodgeball Tournament to Cheer on Children. The tournament will take place on Sunday, Dec. 2 at 5 p.m. at the UREC.

The cost is $25 per team, and all proceeds will go directly to the Helen DeVos Children's Hospital. Registration is available here, or your team can register the day of the event upon arriving to the UREC. Prizes will be awarded to the winning team, and a silent auction will be held throughout the entire tournament.

Rules will be discussed before the tournament begins, but some general rules are that only 6 people will be allowed on the court at one time and that substitutions can be made between games only.

For more information, contact Shane at 231-301-5379. 

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Free Test Anxiety Workshop to Conquer Stress During Finals

As we approach the end of the fall semester, stress levels for many Ferris students are at an ultimate high, but the Counseling and Disabilities Services along with the University Counseling Center are helping put the issue at ease.

A free test anxiety workshop, focusing on relaxation techniques is being held for students to attend on Thursday, Nov 29 on the second floor of the Birkham Health Center.

“This workshop gives students the opportunity to learn how to get their mind and body relaxed before taking a test,” said Educational Counselor, Julie Rudolph.

Beginning at 11 a.m. and running fifty minutes in length, Rudolph and psychologist, Chris Richmond will be teaching four different relaxation techniques to students. Included in the relaxation techniques are a deep breathing exercise, mindfulness exercise, progress muscle relaxation exercise, and visualization exercise, giving students the opportunity to learn a variety of helpful techniques to conquer stress.

“What’s really great about this is that students are shown a handful of specific techniques they can try to figure out what works best for them,” said Rudolph.

Test anxiety workshops held by the Counseling and Disabilities Services and University Counseling Center are typically held twice a semester and segmented into two parts. The next scheduled workshop is on Tuesday, Feb 5 and Thursday, Feb 7. Part one on Feb 5 will be an informational format. Students will learn what test anxiety actually is, how it happens, and how to control it. Part two on February 7 entails the hands on, behavioral aspect and how individuals can physically handle, or tone down stress. 

"Diwali - Festival of Lights" This Friday

The International Student Organization at Ferris is presenting Diwali - Festival of Lights on Friday, Nov. 30 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room in the West Campus Community Center.

Diwali is one of the biggest, most enthusiastic festivals celebrated by Hindus in India. Join ISO as they celebrate, taste, and learn about Indian culture.

This event is free, but the deadline to sign up to attend is today. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to attend. Simply click here and fill out the form to register. Registration is also available in the Office of International Education in IRC 134.

For more information, e-mail Jocelyn Aigboduwa, President of ISO, at

Ferris Professional Tennis Management Hosts Fundraiser (Dec. 1)

Ferris Professional Tennis Management is hosting a Student Association Paper Drive in the Ferris Racquet and Fitness Center parking lot on Dec. 1 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

For the paper drive, simply drop off your old newspapers and phone books. Donations will support the PTM program in hopes to purchase more tennis books and DVD's for the PTM library.

For more information contact Nate Kunnen at

Emmy Award Documentary "Preemie" shown TODAY

Television and Digital Media Production faculty member, Nicholas Kuiper will host a showing of his Emmy Award winning documentary titled "Preemie," TODAY at 6 p.m. located in the IRC, room 109.

The documentary will showcase the struggles of three families as they adjust to the life changing experience of having and caring for premature infants. 

Those who attend will learn that even the smallest of humans have an extraordinary capacity for survival. This is also a chance to meet the writer, producer, editor, and father of the documentary.

Video students, health care professionals, social works, students, and parents will most benefit from attending. 

 All are encouraged to attend. A short Q&A session will follow afterwards.

This event is sponsored by the Media Communications Association in cooperation with Nicholas Kuiper. 
For more information contact Nicholar Kuiper at (231) 591-2716.