Thursday, April 30, 2009

Ferris in the News

Ferris State University News Headlines
Thursday, April 30, 2009

Clothes, Food Donated During Ferris Dump and Run

The third annual Dump and Run at Ferris State University will prove there are forms of recycling beyond cans and bottles, the Big Rapids Pioneer reports. The event will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday (May 4 through 8), with volunteers collecting unwanted items from students as they move out of residence halls and apartments. Dump and Run accepts non-perishable food, clean clothing and shoes, school supplies, cleaning supplies, towels and bedding. The event is held during finals week at Ferris, a perfect time for students to clean out their dorms and give away the things they won’t be taking home, event organizer Diane Griffin said. "These are items students might not have room for in their cars," she said. Students can drop off items at the side door of Miller Hall, she said, adding she hopes to top last year’s success during which 3,160 clothing items and 3,486 food items were donated. "The students have less stuff to bring home, the dumpsters have a lot less garbage and a lot of people are helped," Griffin said.

Athletics Facilities Get Upgrades

Last summer, Ferris State University upgraded its football and hockey facilities. Recently, the basketball and volleyball facilities at Ewigleben Sports Complex received upgrades, reports the Big Rapids Pioneer. The hardwood floors in Wink Arena, which houses the men’s and women’s basketball teams, and the volleyball facility were stripped and refinished, giving each floor a fresh, new look. "We really wanted to bring those two facilities up to speed," Ferris Athletics Director Tom Kirinovic said. The cost of the resurfacing project was just under $25,000, Kirinovic said, noting normally these types of projects are done during the summer months. However, having the work done during the spring saved the university a substantial amount of money, he said.

Former Ferris Football Standout Agrees to Deal with Texans

Although former Ferris State University defensive tackle Jake Visser (Coopersville) did not hear his named called during the 2009 National Football League Draft last weekend, he has agreed in principal to a priority free agent contract and will get his opportunity to play professional football with the NFL’s Houston Texans, the Big Rapids Pioneer reports. A 2009 National Collegiate Athletic Association Postgraduate Scholarship winner, Visser will take part in the team’s official mini-camp June 15 through 17, with his official signing date unknown. "It is a dream come true," Visser said. "I watched the draft at a friend’s house and was a little disappointed that I hadn’t heard anything during the day. On the way home, I got a call from my agent and as I walked in the door he said the Texans were going to pick me up. It’s something that I’ve worked hard for my whole life so I’m definitely excited about the opportunity," he added. Read more at

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