Friday, July 31, 2009

Ferris In The News

Ferris Will Offer New Living Spaces for Students Beginning in 2010

Cramped, stuffy dorm rooms will be a thing of the past for 300 Ferris State University students beginning in 2010 with the construction of the new East Campus Suites, the Big Rapids Pioneer reports. The $22 million construction project will provide three, three-story, modern apartment-style residential facilities for students. The suites will be designed for 9.5-month, single-student housing during the fall and spring semesters for students 20 years of age or older. With many of the on-campus residence halls built 50 years ago, the new suites mark the beginning of a new age of living for students, Ferris Director of Housing Jon Shaffer said. “It’s going to be a great boost for Ferris students who are looking to live on campus while having their own individual space,” he said. The new suites will feature four bedrooms and two bathrooms, with some of the suites offering two bedrooms. Associate Vice President for Physical Plant Mike Hughes said one of the biggest advantages of the new suites will be the accommodations for today’s student, with an emphasis on access to technology.

Ferris’ Cencer Takes Job with Blackhawks

Dave Cencer turned on his cell phone after playing a round of golf in early June. He was shocked when he had a message from the Chicago Blackhawks, reports the Big Rapids Pioneer. The organization was looking for a video coordinator for its Triple-A affiliate, the Rockford, Ill., IceHogs of the American Hockey League, and asked if he would be interested. Besides video coordinator duties, Cencer will have added responsibilities with the IceHogs. He will handle strength and conditioning for the squad, run player meetings, and work on the ice with the team. These jobs are in line with what he did at Ferris. “Coach Bob Daniels and the coaching staff were great to work with and they taught me a lot about the game,” Cencer said. “It was a learning experience every day and set me up for good things down the line. Ferris is a great program and the community is great. I would not have had this chance without them,” he added.

Hockey Alumni, Big Rapids Police and Firefighters Go Head-to-Head in Softball Game

Those who have ever donned the crimson and gold sweaters of the Ferris State University hockey team circle the first Saturday in August on their calendars, the Big Rapids Pioneer reports. That’s when they head back to Big Rapids for the annual Bulldog hockey golf outing fundraiser, sponsored by the Blueline Club. Something else that’s become an annual tradition coinciding with the golf outing is the softball game fundraiser for the Little Kevin Hockey Fund, started by Kevin and Julie Courtney in memory of their son, Kevin Jr. The game is at 7 p.m. July 31 at Hemlock Park where Ferris hockey alumni will compete against a team of local firefighters and police officers. The Little Kevin Hockey Fund benefits disadvantaged youth by providing opportunities to learn to skate and play hockey. Kevin Courtney Jr. was an avid hockey fan. “We’ve had probably 50-plus kids that have received scholarships,” said Tim Blashill, who runs the Learn to Skate program at Ewigleben Ice Arena. “They could literally come right off the street and we would have equipment for them and they could start skating.”

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