Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Ferris In The News

Ferris Using Federal Stimulus Money to Cover Promise Scholarships

Ferris State University on Monday announced it will use $1.15 million in federal stimulus dollars to cover tuition assistance its students lost after the Michigan Promise Scholarship wasn’t renewed, the Grand Rapids Press reports. President David Eisler said 1,312 students won’t have to pay the $500 lost for fall semester after the state Legislature cut the scholarship’s funding. The federal cash also will be used to help 616 students who lost assistance with the Michigan Competitive Scholarship’s funding that was cut by 50 percent, he said. “Our students are relying on this support and have made their budgets based on the promise of these funds,” Eisler said. “The board of trustees and I believe billing students this late in the semester would constitute an unreasonable financial burden.” Eisler said the federal money was originally intended for a $5 per-credit hour rebate for in-state students. “From my perspective, this is clearly the right thing to do for our students,” he said. “This is an important move on the part of the university to help keep a Ferris education affordable. “With this action, the university has made it clear that our first priority is the education, well-being and support of our students. Read more at http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2009/11/ferris_state_using_federal_sti.html.

Ferris Hosts Veterans Day Concert, Speakers

From the militias that freed a growing nation from tyranny in 1776 to the soldiers who serve on the front lines in Afghanistan and Iraq today, Nov. 11 is a day to honor the men and women who have served their country in the Armed Forces. Ferris State University’s concert band will host its seventh annual Veterans Day Concert at 8 p.m. Nov. 16 in G. Mennen Williams Auditorium, reports the Big Rapids Pioneer. Under the direction of professor Richard Scott Cohen, the band’s repertoire will include songs dedicated to specific time periods of war to specific military branches. “No matter what your political views are, we need to embrace our veterans unconditionally. This is our celebration for their contributions,” Cohen said. A keynote speech led by Ferris professor emeritus Richard Santer of Big Rapids also will share the story of the American Expeditionary Force of North Russia. Santer said he knows the sacrifices that soldiers make and he believes the program will be a great way to honor America’s veterans.

Actress Jane Seymour Visits Grand Rapids, Shares Her ‘Open Heart Philosophy’

Jane Seymour calls at 3 p.m., on the dot, as scheduled. “I’m good,” she says in her British accent. “’I’m busy.” That’s an understatement. Besides planning her speech for Friday night’s Ferris State University Foundation for Excellence Benefit, at the JW Marriott Hotel downtown, Seymour is juggling more plates than a circus performer, the Grand Rapids Press reports. She’s best known as an actress, with credits such as “Somewhere in Time,” “Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman,” the TV show that was never supposed to work and was a hit for seven seasons, and 1973’s “Live and Let Die,” where she was a Bond Girl. And, a stint on “Dancing with the Stars” two years ago brought her famous face back in focus; she and partner Tony Dovolani placed sixth in the competition. Seymour also paints, and has 14 one-woman art shows on the docket. “It’s a surprise career I never would have imagined for myself,” she said. But the thing she may be most proud of is her humanitarian efforts. “My criteria (for taking on new projects) is, if I have to button it down, two things: Is it creative and does it help others? Read more at http://www.mlive.com/entertainment/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2009/11/actress_jane_seymour_visits_gr.html.

No comments:

Post a Comment