Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Ferris In The News

Post-9/11 GI Bill Fits Ferris’ Status as Military Friendly School

Arthur L. Tebo, a 1972 graduate of Ferris State University, served as a counter intelligence agent in Washington, D.C. during the Vietnam War. No one has to explain to Tebo the significance of the new Post-9/11 GI Bill (which went into effect in August) for veterans who have served their country, the Big Rapids Pioneer reports. The immediate past chair of the Ferris Board of Trustees benefited from an older GI Bill and sees the new-and-improved bill as an important step toward giving back to veterans who serve their country and desire to pursue a college education when they return home. “My memorable experience is coming back from Vietnam, going to school at Ferris and being a part of the GI Bill,” said Tebo, who earned a Business Administration degree. “Today, we’re doing that for all these students who put their lives on the line for our country and now are in school. We are helping these young (veterans) in the best way and helping the young people who are just into school understand where these kids, who are returning from service, have been and what they are for our future.”

Time Capsule Project Preserves Present for the Future

In the year 2034, Ferris State University faculty, staff and students will learn a little bit about what life was like on campus in 2009, reports the Big Rapids Pioneer. Who knows what life will be like at Ferris 25 years from now, but the time capsule project can serve as a window to help the future gain insight into the past, said University Archivist and Special Collections Librarian Melinda McMartin Isler, who is spearheading the project. For people passionate about history, the excitement generated by time capsule projects sparks imaginations to run wild remembering the past and imagining the future, she said, noting the time capsule project is open to volunteers who want to be a part of giving a gift from the present to Ferris’ future. “Our plan is to open this time capsule in 25 years. Time capsules are a way for the campus community to come together and present the essence of what Ferris is to a future community who may not even be born yet,” Isler said. “We opened a time capsule for the Starr Building as part of the renovation of the Arts and Sciences Complex in the 1990s.”

"Battle at the Ballpark" Pits Ferris Football Against Michigan Tech

Now that baseball season is finished at Fifth Third Ballpark, the home of the Whitecaps is gearing up to host several football games. First on the ballpark’s fall schedule is “Battle at the Ballpark,” a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference matchup between the Ferris State Bulldogs and the Michigan Tech Huskies at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 3, reports. Ferris State Athletic Director Thomas Kirinovic said the Fifth Third Ballpark location allows the many Ferris State alumni who live in the Grand Rapids area to have convenient access to see their alma mater play in a GLIAC matchup. Tickets for the game are $10 each, while Ferris students who show ID will pay $5 for student tickets. All seats are general admission. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by calling the Whitecaps at (616) 784-4131 or online at Read more at

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