Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Ferris In The News

Ferris Students Gain Hands-On Learning Experience at Wine Festival

The Grand Rapids International Wine & Food Festival, a preholiday food and wine expo, hosted some 10,000-plus visitors, making it the largest food and wine festival in Michigan, and one of the premier wine and food festivals in the Midwest, The Oakland Press reports. More than 100 wineries from around the world provided samples of nearly 1,000 assorted wines, and chefs from 10 of Grand Rapids’ top restaurants prepared and served samples of their culinary specialties. Not only was the Grand Rapids International Wine & Food Festival a great opportunity to enjoy food, wine and handcrafted beers, it also provided a hands-on educational experience for Ferris State University students enrolled in the Sports, Entertainment and Hospitality Management programs. FSU partnered with show producers to give 150 students the opportunity to provide pouring services for the festival. But, what was even more impressive was the way in which the vendors partnered with these students to share product information to help students showcase their products. Last year, an FSU student pourer who worked the booths for two days was offered a summer internship and later invitation for full-time employment after graduation. Read more at

Muir Wins Regional Runner of Year Honor

Junior Tina Muir (St. Albans, United Kingdom) of the Ferris State University women’s cross country team was recognized as the United States Track and Field/Cross Country Coaches Association Division II Midwest Region Women’s “Athlete of the Year” following her championship performance in the 2009 NCAA-II Midwest Regional Championships held in Kenosha, Wisc., reports LexisNexis News. Muir previously was named to the USTFCCCA all-region squad, which is based on final performances at the regional meet where she led the nationally-ranked FSU women’s cross country team to its second consecutive NCAA Division II National Championships berth by running to a third-place team finish in the regional meet. Muir clocked 21:33.2 in winning the region’s individual title as she finished nearly 11 seconds ahead of second-place finisher Mary Ballinger of Southern Indiana. The women’s field included 134 runners. Muir’s victory represented her fifth individual title in as many races this season. Previously, she was chosen as the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Runner of the Year for the 2009 season. Read more at

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