Showing posts with label donation. Show all posts
Showing posts with label donation. Show all posts

Friday, March 21, 2014

It's Your Future. Do You Like What You See?

With only about six and a half weeks left in this semester, if you are anything like me, you are thinking about what will come next. For seniors, you may be thinking about what job you want or where life will take you in a couple short months. If you are returning next fall, what will next year bring for you? Who am I? What is important to me? What do I want to get involved in?

College is all about finding independence and figuring out who you are, what is important to YOU. Recently I took a step in figuring that out. Throughout our whole life we will grow and change and push ourselves to see just who we are and how strong we are. In January I shaved my head in support of those who have or have had cancer. We raised money and awareness and the event was bigger than even I could have imagined. Not only did it help others more than I thought, but it helped me more than I even thought possible. It taught me so much about myself and how strong I am.

Just one thing can open the door to bigger and better things. Just one thing can show you who you are versus who you want to be. Do you want to follow the norm or do you want to branch out and find your own way? These are all things that we eventually have to answer in our lives. This is the time to try new things, take every opportunity, get as involved as you can, because you never know where it will take you. I encourage everyone to try that one thing that maybe you have been too afraid to try. This is our time to figure out where we want to go in life, to figure out who we want to be, and to set the course for the rest of our lives.

When you look back at your time at Ferris, what will you see? Will you walk away with excitement or regret?

Monday, November 29, 2010

Ferris To Host Another Blood Drive (Dec. 8)

Ferris State University is hosting a blood drive on Wednesday, Dec. 8 in the FSU Student Recreation Center from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Registration can be handled at by Monday night to donate (code: fsu). Walk-ins are welcome, but prior registration helps speed up the process.

Donors will receive one hour of community service and will be entered in a raffle for a chance to win two Detroit Red Wings hockey tickets for the Dec. 22 game.

As a reminder, there currently is a blood shortage in the region. Thus, it is important for people to donate blood and to help get the word out.

People are encouraged to become a fan of Red Cross FSU Student Chapter on Facebook to get more information about future blood drives and fundraisers.

For more information, contact Chris Hagan at

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Ferris Receives Donation from Hino Trucks

BIG RAPIDS – Hino Trucks, a division of Toyota, donated a new medium-duty truck to the School of Automotive and Heavy Equipment at Ferris State University. The truck, one of six donated throughout the country and the only one in Michigan, will be used by students in all five programs in the school, said Mike Ropele, associate professor of Automotive Management.

Alumnus Chris Russell (Automotive Management ‘02), Hino sales support coordinator, is the catalyst behind the donation. Russell credits Ferris’ educational mix of hands-on technology and management training as the reason for his career success. He is pleased to be able to give back and provide opportunities for current and future students to advance their learning in the classroom.

“Hino is the number one growing truck in the medium-duty market and is great for the students to learn with,” Russell said. “Hino Trucks was glad to donate the truck to such a successful university and program.”

Added Ropele, “This donation allows us to continue to provide a state-of-the-art learning environment for our students.”

College of Engineering Technology Dean Tom Oldfield said the success of Ferris’ career-oriented programming can be seen through graduates such as Russell. “We’re grateful for the continued support of our alumni once they’ve entered the workplace.”

For more information or to make a gift to the university, please contact The Ferris Foundation at (231) 591-2365 or Details about establishing scholarships or endowments may be obtained from the Advancement Office at (231) 591-3825.

Check out this story and more by visiting Ferris State University's News Services Web site:

Monday, August 10, 2009

Detroit, Chicago Papers Publish Stories About Ferris Bike Donations

BIG RAPIDS - The Detroit Free Press and the Chicago Tribune were among the papers to take notice of Ferris State University's efforts to put abandoned bicycles in the possession of underprivileged area kids.

Here is the original story published by Ferris State University's News Services office:

The story was picked up by the Associated Press and ultimately picked up by several papers, including the Detroit Free Press and Chicago Tribune.

Here is the version published in the Chicago Tribune:

Here is the version published in the Detroit Free Press:

Monday, August 3, 2009

Ferris Public Safety Donates Leftover Bikes to Underprivileged Children

Ferris DPS makes a nice gesture for local kids

BIG RAPIDS – There is an old saying that goes, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”

Each year, as Ferris State University students return home for the summer, dozens of bicycles are abandoned around the Big Rapids campus. In past years, leftover bicycles were sold at auction. In more recent years, Ferris has decided these bicycles can serve a greater good for underprivileged local kids. So, this year, the Department of Public Safety donated approximately 60 bicycles to Muskegon River Valley Big Brothers Big Sisters and local foster care facilities in a gesture that will bring smiles to the faces of dozens of area youth.

“We’re really the conduit that helps get these bikes to people who would love to have them,” said Marty Bledsoe, director of Ferris’ Department of Public Safety. “We’d love to have owners of these bikes take possession of them, but we recognize that’s not always the case with these bikes. We decided that we could donate these bikes, they could be fixed up and then go to people in need.

“Donating these bicycles is something we felt would be more heartfelt than simply auctioning them off,” Bledsoe added.

On July 23, DPS opened its storage area to donate the recovered bicycles that ultimately will go to local kids after repairs thanks to the efforts of local organizations.

“A lot of these kids live below the poverty level and for them to be able to receive a bike is an awesome feeling,” said Aloma Jean Grein, executive director of Muskegon River Valley Big Brothers Big Sisters, an organization based in Big Rapids and serving an area that includes Mecosta and Osceola counties.

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