Friday, August 21, 2009

Ferris In The News

Meijer Madness Kicks Off Return of Ferris Students

Students moving back into their dorms is one of the first signs of fall in Big Rapids. However, in recent years Ferris State University students packing shopping carts during Meijer Madness has become equally synonymous with the beginning of a new school year, the Big Rapids Pioneer reports. This year’s Meijer Madness will be from 9 p.m. to midnight Thursday, Aug. 27, with students having the chance to cash in on deals, participate in a number of activities and receive freebies. The event’s atmosphere is what draws students to the event, said Allissa Witucki, interim assistant director of Ferris Student Leadership and Activities. “I think they really enjoy the 10 percent off, but the whole event is like a big party.”

U.S. Rep Camp Gets Tour of Ferris Facility

Before talking about the jobs of tomorrow, U.S. Rep. Dave Camp (R-Midland) got a chance to tour one of the facilities that educates students for those jobs, reports the Big Rapids Pioneer. Camp was in Big Rapids at Ferris State University speaking about the economy and how Michigan must adapt its present workforce to accommodate new job opportunities. He spoke in the Granger Center for Construction and HVACR. He believes Ferris will be at the forefront of training the Michigan workforce for the future. “This building is a learning tool that teaches students while making use of the environment around it,” Camp said. The opportunity for Camp to visit the Ferris campus and see what type of programs the university is offering was valuable, Ferris President David Eisler said. Added Camp, it isn’t a coincidence that Ferris has been one of the leaders in placing students in the workforce after graduation.

Art Battle Idea Born at Kendall Spreads Across Nation

Making his way into the ring, weighing in with his oil painting and mixed media work, is Dustin Zentz. In the opposite corner, is a local favorite Robin Nash. Let the battle begin, the Eagle Valley Enterprise in Colorado reports. Under normal circumstances, the words “art battle” would appear to be an oxymoron. Not next weekend in Eagle. The 2009 Art Battle will pit local artists against each other in a timed competition that will be decided by ballot. This isn’t the first battle for Zentz. He noted that the battle idea was born at the Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, Mich. Students launched the program called 280 Studios where they competed against one another in timed events. The events grew more popular and began spreading across the nation as the students graduated, moved away and introduced the 280 Studios concept to their new communities. “The whole idea behind it is to experience the art as something more energetic than just having it hanging on the wall,” Zentz said. Read more at

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