Monday, December 7, 2009

Ferris In The News

Kantar Authors Book Telling Tale of Ill-Fated Freighter

The Edmund Fitzgerald is the best-known of the Great Lakes’ doomed ships, but the freighter’s demise with its entire crew off Whitefish Point in the Upper Peninsula is by no means the state’s only such maritime disaster, the South Bend Tribune reports. Andrew Kantar, a Ferris State University professor, tells another such story, that of the ill-fated freighter Daniel J. Morrell. It sank in 1966 off the tip of the Thumb in Lake Huron, northwest of Harbor Beach. “Each of the Great Lakes has its own tragic history, and Lake Huron’s violent moods have become legendary,” Kantar writes in Deadly Voyage: The S.S. Daniel J. Morrell Tragedy. Like the Edmund Fitzgerald, the Morrell went down in a brutal November storm. Unlike the Fitzgerald, there was a survivor. As the ship sank, four shipmates made it onto a life raft, but Dennis Hale was the only one to live through the 38 hours it took before a Coast Guard rescue helicopter spotted the raft. Twenty-six bodies were recovered. Two others were never found. Read more at

Granger Construction Makes Impact in Community, Beyond

Drive a few miles around the Lansing area, and you’ll likely see Granger Construction Co.’s work, reports the Lansing State Journal. From Sparrow Hospital’s west wing and parking structure to several buildings at Michigan State University, the Lansing company has completed hundreds of projects in the past 50 years. The Granger family also has made significant contributions to the community beyond business, but you wouldn’t know it from talking to Chairman Alton Granger or his son, Glenn Granger, the company’s president. They’ll talk about the projects they’ve completed, but they’re modest when it comes to discussing charitable endeavors such as the Granger Foundation donation for the pediatric emergency department for Sparrow Health System. Alton is a member of the Michigan Construction Hall of Fame and received an honorary doctoral degree in business and industry from Ferris State University in 2004. The company also made a contribution to establish the Granger Center for Construction and HVACR at the university. Read more at

Veteran Basketball Coach Finds Work at Ferris

For lack of a better comparison, Ed Douma simply is a 64-year-old basketball gym rat. And as long as there are basketballs to bounce, players to coach and teach, and Xs and Os to diagram, Douma will, somehow, be involved in the sport, the Grand Rapids Press reports. Despite supposedly being retired. “I want to hang it up as a head coach, but I don’t want to retire completely from basketball. I can’t because it would drive me crazy,” Douma said in early April 2007 after he retired from Hillsdale. So, if anyone deserves to step away from the court and live the high life, it’s Douma. But separate himself completely from the game? Not Douma. He currently is a volunteer assistant under Ferris State coach Bill Sall. The same Bill Sall who graduated from Unity Christian, then went on to become a two-time All-American for Douma at Calvin and an assistant for Douma at Calvin and Hillsdale. Read more at

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