Monday, August 17, 2009

Ferris In The News

Coffee Table Book Celebrates 125 Years of History at Ferris

This year marks the 125th year that Ferris State University has opened its doors to students. Ferris State University: The First 125 Years is being released on Sept. 1 as a commemorative keepsake to note this century and a quarter mark. This coffee table book holds within its pages the history of Ferris, in both words and images, reports the Big Rapids Pioneer. The book highlights the fact Ferris is rich in history - history that is alive today. The authors hoped the book would not be a reference guide to the history of the school but more of a story that people will find interesting to read. "We wanted to make a book that was less of a comprehensive history but more of a story,"Ferris Communications Officer Marc Sheehan said. The book covers all aspects of Ferris' history, from academics to athletics, with artwork and photographs that help document life on campus. "We looked at our job as recording the visual history of the university,"Photographic Services Coordinator Bill Bitzinger said. "My mandate here has been to be a visual storyteller."The book will retail for $24.95 and be available for purchase at Great Lakes Book and Supply, James L. Lundberg Campus Bookstore, The Old Pioneer Store and Emporium and Ferris' Ice Arena Pro Shop. For more information on Ferris' 125th anniversary celebration, visit

Kendall Professor Creates Sculpture to Honor Tuskegee Airmen

Nestled peacefully among the trees, a stylized interpretation of a World War II fighter plane might be the last thing visitors to the Michigan Legacy Art Park would expect to see. "Fallen Comrade,"created by Grand Rapids artist David Greenwood to honor the heroism and sacrifices of the Tuskegee Airmen, is his vision of a P-51 Mustang and the latest sculpture to be installed at the park designed for visitors to experience nature, art and history in one setting, the Grand Traverse Herald reports. "The piece was designed with the idea that you would come around the corner and see it and be surprised. It plays off its natural surroundings,"said Greenwood, whose interest in history and the Tuskegee Airmen in particular, served as inspiration for the 32-foot long aircraft with a 36-foot wingspan. Greenwood, an instructor at Kendall College of Art and Design, is often inspired while reading about history. His piece, "Secret Passion,"depicting a 21-foot double-ended sloop, is also part of the park's permanent exhibit. His latest installation is designed to spark interest in the Tuskegee unit with Michigan ties. "Visitors will be able to learn more about the Tuskegee Airmen and World War II in general when they visit the park thanks to Greenwood's vision,"said park Director Renee Hintz, who is thrilled with the sculpture that celebrates the African American squadron of fighter pilots who, despite great success, were segregated from the rest of the U.S. Armed Forces. Read more at

e-Transcripts Make Admissions Process Easier for Students, Parents

The Center for Educational Performance and Information has selected Docufide, Inc. to deliver an electronic transcript exchange system to school districts, colleges and universities throughout the state, reports PR Newswire. The electronic transfer service, provided by Docufide, Inc., allows students to send transcripts and other supporting admission documents from their high schools or colleges to more than 4,000 other colleges and universities nationwide, as well as to third-party destinations, electronically or on security paper mailed by Docufide. The system will also create a transcript repository across all participating grades, allowing for student performance analysis statewide. Troy Tissue, associate director of Admissions at Ferris State University notes, "The initiative is a great way to advance the goals of Michigan. It provides the necessary infrastructure to help Michigan meet the educational objective of doubling the number of its college graduates by making higher education more accessible. Docufide provides a trusted service to secondary and post secondary schools and their students. This is a great opportunity for all of the state's educational institutions to be a good steward of public money and to provide students with an easy-to-use process which encourages an efficient matriculation experience."

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