Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Ferris In The News

Ferris Student Organization Stitches Ponchos, Pillowcases for Hospital Patients

Patients at Helen DeVos children’s hospital in Grand Rapids will be a little warmer and a little cheerier this winter thanks to the efforts of some Ferris State University students, the Big Rapids Pioneer reports. Members of Ferris’ Association of Clinical Laboratory Sciences – a student organization – made 30 fleece ponchos for the children as part of Project Poncho. Students also plan to make 100 pillowcases. Hospital representatives are excited to receive the donation, said Nicole Cuneo, former ACLS president and Project Poncho chair. “They never receive enough donations,” Cuneo said, adding the ponchos keep children warm and don’t interfere with IV lines. “It feels good to give to someone else,” ACLS member Angie Deering added.

Ferris West Central Concert Band Performance Honors Veterans

Playing to a patriotic crowd, the Ferris State University West Central Concert Band presented its seventh annual Veterans Day Concert Monday night in G. Mennen Williams Auditorium. The band played a variety of songs linked to different eras of combat for American soldiers – from the Revolutionary War to present, reports the Big Rapids Pioneer. The Croton American Legion Post No. 381 Honor Guard also performed the presentation of colors preceding the concert and the AMVETS Red Arrow Post No. 1941 presented the “Honored Guest.” Ferris professor emeritus Richard Santer gave a speech about the military’s Polar Bear units, made up primarily of Michigan men who fought the Russian Bolsheviks immediately following WW I. The evening also included performances by John King, who sang a salute, and Ferris President David Eisler, who served as guest conductor.

Mecosta-Osceola Career Center Instills Service in Students at Young Age

There are 46 area high schoolers enrolled in the Mecosta-Osceola Career Center’s Public Safety Program who have the itch to serve their community as firefighters, police officers, emergency medical technicians, corrections officers, emergency dispatchers or military members, said instructor Jim Williams. Students are able to gain basic skills through hands-on learning from instructors with law enforcement experience, which also opens the doors for job shadow opportunities with area law enforcement agencies, the Big Rapids Pioneer reports. At Ferris State University, having a background in the field is beneficial for students considering entering the university’s Criminal Justice program. Steve Reifert, director of Ferris’ School of Criminal Justice, said participating in the MOCC program gives students perspective on whether or not a career in criminal justice is for the right career path for them. “Right off the bat, students have a better understanding of what they’re studying,” Reifert said.

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