Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Ferris In The News

Management Department Provides Scholarship Funds for Students

Faculty and staff in the Management department at Ferris State University have pledged more than $14,000 in scholarships for Business Administration students in the College of Business. Funds for the Management Department Scholarship were donated by faculty, staff and administration, along with gifts from Management department emeriti, the Big Rapids Pioneer reports. The scholarship will award between $500 and $1,000 to two to four students each year. The number of students receiving this scholarship, along with the monetary amount of the award, will increase as the scholarship fund grows each year. “This philanthropic spirit has generated a high-level of satisfaction not only for students, but also our department,” said Management department Head David Steenstra, who helped spearhead this initiative. “The wisdom behind the saying ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive’ has become manifested in this act of caring and kindness. It’s a lot of fun for all of us in the Management department.” Read more at

Ferris Faculty, Students Help Create Historical Record for Idlewild

What better way to learn about the history of Idlewild than to hear the stories of people who lived in the Lake County community while it was still in its heyday. This summer, several Ferris State University faculty and students have partnered with Camp Idlewild, a monthlong day camp to educate campers on how to conduct an oral history project in Idlewild, reports the Lake County Star. “I am excited about the oral history project at Camp Idlewild since it is helping to preserve the rich history of this community,” said Gary Huey, Ferris Humanities professor and project coordinator. “The campers and the college students who are helping them are learning a great deal about African American history in this part of Michigan.” Ferris student Samantha Steele said hearing the stories is her favorite part of the project. “Each person has a different perspective and experience here,” she said. Ferris associate Humanities professor Cami Sanderson added, “Oral history is the type of communication that helps you learn what people find important in their lives or in their past.”

Ferris Football Picked Seventh in GLIAC Poll

According to the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football coaches, Ferris State University’s football team is entering the season in the middle of the pack in a very competitive Division II conference, the Big Rapids Pioneer reports. Holding its annual media day Aug. 3, the GLIAC Coaches Poll noted Grand Valley as the pre-season favorite. Coach Jeff Pierce, who is entering his 15th season as head coach,, said he’s looking forward to the opportunity the upcoming season will provide his team to showcase their accomplishments during the past year. “I am really excited about the year of maturity we have on our offense,” Pierce said, adding returning players include quarterbacks Tom Schneider and Kyle Parrish. “Watching Tom and Kyle come out of the spring practice season, it’s like a whole different level than last year. That’s critical.” The Bulldogs open their season against Tiffin Aug. 29. Read more at

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