Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Ferris In The News

Ferris to Start Sustainable Design Degree Program

Ferris State University plans to offer a new undergraduate degree program that concentrates on sustainable design, the Detroit News reports. Trustees at the Big Rapids school have approved the new bachelor of science in architecture and sustainability. It will be available starting in fall 2010 through the College of Engineering Technology. Ferris State says the program will create nine new courses and will use existing courses that are parts of various bachelor’s and associate degree programs. Engineering Dean Tom Oldfield says the program “will educate students on real-world issues of green building” and gives them experience in applying “sustainable building technology practices.” Read more at

Durand Teacher Named Best in the State

Seniors Andrea Rietsch, Taylor Vock and Crystal Tullar weren’t surprised Cindy Salfate won “Teacher of the Year” through the Michigan Department of Education. In all honesty, they’re just shocked it hasn’t become an annual ritual to present her the award in Family and Consumer Science Education at Durand High School, reports the Argus-Press of Shiawassee County. “I’m more surprised that she hasn’t won it a million times already,” Rietsch said. Numerous teachers from state schools nominated her for the award. Salfate, who has two master’s degrees – one from Ferris State University and another from Michigan State University – won the honor for both upper and lower peninsulas and will pick up her award at a ceremony later in the year. She said being recognized by so many people for something she loves doing is an honor in itself. She has been teaching Parenthood, Essentials to Healthy Living, Nutrition and Foods, Introduction to Personal Living and various Child Care classes for more than seven years at Durand. While her lesson plans don’t revolve around traditional school subjects such as physical sciences or mathematics, everything done in and out of her classroom directly relates to other course work, preparing students for the real world. Read more at

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