Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Ferris In The News

Ferris Students Explore Hate-Speech Through ‘Writings on the Wall’

Knocking out intolerance is motivating Ferris State University students to explore hate speech through a new medium this October, “Writings on the Wall.” In an effort to create awareness of prejudice and stereotypes, participants were encouraged to anonymously write on cement bricks hurtful words and phrases used against them or their peers, the Big Rapids Pioneer reports. The bricks make up a six-foot-wide and 12-foot-tall wall, which was built by Construction Management students on the Campus Quad. “The wall itself is an accumulation of hate, pain, harassment, stereotypical comments, racial slurs, et cetera. But, the symbolism is created within the individual. What the wall symbolizes (is) different for each person,” said Bryan Lochan, a senior in Applied Biology/Pre-optometry from Grand Rapids. Lochan, a resident advisor at Brophy McNerney Hall, is organizing the Writings on the Wall’s first campus-wide event with other resident advisers and members of Brophy McNerney. Other organizations helping with this event include ResLife, Office of Multicultural Student Services, Diversity and Inclusion Office, Physical Plant and other Ferris students. The project concludes on Thursday, Oct. 22, when the wall is torn down at 11 a.m. From 6 to 8 p.m. an open discussion will be held in the Rankin Student Center Dome Room. Read more at

Ferris Partners with Alpena Community College for Four-Year Degree Option

Alpena Community College officials and Ferris State University’s College of Arts and Sciences are partnering to bring a new educational opportunity to Alpena. ACC and Ferris officials recently signed an articulation agreement to offer courses leading to a bachelor’s degree in Integrative Studies, reports WATZ AM 1450. The program is designed for students who wish to pursue a four-year interdisciplinary degree. It allows students with an associate degree or significant college level coursework to expand their foundational studies and work experience. Classes associated with this program will begin during spring semester and most will occur on the ACC campus. Read more at

Simulation Business Game Developed by Ferris Professor is New Dynamic to Learning

If an MBA is a major asset in getting a good job, hundreds of students in the Twin Cities hope a mini-MBA will give them at least a minor edge in their job hunts, reports. At the University of St. Thomas, the Mini MBA Program is a 52-hour version of the master’s in Business Administration degree, typically a two-year program. The mini-MBA is geared more to people who want to sharpen their skills and freshen their resumes. St. Thomas, whose business graduate school is in downtown Minneapolis, has offered a mini-MBA since the 1980s. But a simulation business game, introduced last year, brings a new dynamic. It was developed by David Steenstra, a professor at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Mich., who teaches the first class and picks the eventual winner. Students split into teams of about six, and they all start with the same hiking shoe company with identical financials. Their competing companies immediately become different as each team makes its own decisions, such as how much of the budget to put into research and development versus dividends. During each class, the students also wrestle with ethical scenarios facing their companies. Their decisions are run through a computer model after each class, and students learn from their companies’ successes and mistakes, as well as from lectures on finance, marketing, strategic planning and other business elements. Read more at

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