Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Ferris In The News

Project Allows Ferris Students Opportunity to Be Mentors

Students of all ages are learning a few things from each other thanks to the Academic Service Learning project at Ferris State University. The project gives Ferris students the opportunity to serve as mentors to kids at Big Rapids Public Schools while at the same time gaining experience in their field of study, the Big Rapids Pioneer reports. Students from the Dental Hygiene, Social Work, Recreation Management and Sociology departments devote time each week during their regularly-scheduled classes to visit BRPS and mentor kids who are considered “high-risk,” and also work with other students. The goal of the project is to help students gain experience while reaching out to the community, said Ferris Social Work professor Wendy Samuels. Recreation Management student Nick Henry said it’s nice spending time working with younger students, adding, “I think seeing that we’re in college gets then interested in college at an early age.”

Former AD One of Seven Being Inducted Into Ferris Sports Hall of Fame

There aren’t many people more deserving of a spot in the Ferris State University Sports Hall of Fame than Dean Davenport. The level of success that Ferris sports teams achieved during Davenport’s tenure as athletic director (1979-1993) remains unmatched, reports the Big Rapids Pioneer. Also occurring during his tenure was the conception and building of Ewigleben Sports Complex, hockey becoming a Division I sport and student-athletes going from non-scholarship to scholarship. On Oct. 30, Davenport will officially be inducted into the Ferris Sports Hall of Fame, along with six former athletes. Read more at http://www.ferrisstatebulldogs.com/information/releases/09hallinductees.

Rock Café Keeps Mouths Watering, Stomachs Full

What is “just so darn good” and keeps people coming back for seconds at Ferris State University? It’s the newly renovated Rock Café, the Big Rapids Pioneer reports. Averaging 5,000 patrons per day, and serving more than 177,000 customers since re-opening for business six weeks ago, the Rock Café has become the talk of the town, and it’s no wonder why. Just take a look at some of the options circulating through the menu: Prime rib and roasted baby potatoes with rosemary and thyme seasoning, along with fresh-cut green beans; salad greens tossed in white wine vinaigrette with walnuts, blue cheese crumbles, bacon crisps, and wedges of strawberry and green apple; Hawaiian pizza from a woodfire oven; stir fry prepared on a Mongolian grill with enough meat, sauce, spice and vegetable options to create just about any Asian cuisine creation the imagination can dream up. Even if your taste buds prefer something more traditional from a turkey sandwich to a burger and fries, you’ll find it at the Rock Café.

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