Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Ferris In The News

Symphonic Santa Sunday Set for Dec. 13

A number of bands from Ferris State University are performing at 4 p.m. during Symphonic Santa Sunday Dec. 13 in G. Mennen Williams Auditorium, the Big Rapids Pioneer reports. The free holiday concert will feature performances by Ferris’ West Central Concert Band, West Central Chamber Orchestra and Symphony Band. This year will be the first time the holiday musical celebration will be held in conjunction with the United States Marines’ Toys for Tots campaign, with assistance from the Big Rapids Rotary, and concert attendees may bring a new, unwrapped toy. Collection boxes will be located in the auditorium lobby. Also making appearances during the concert are Santa and Dynamite the Clown.

Ferris Student Takes Health Challenge, Shares Message With Youth

Salads and steamed veggies are on the menu for Midland resident and chef Andy Bacigalupo, who has been challenged by television health guru Dr. Oz to give up the salt shaker. During the 28-day challenge, Bacigalupo must follow a low-sodium diet made up of mostly fresh food to see if he can slim down and improve his health, reports the Midland Daily News. Bacigalupo’s particulars – his vital signs, lab values, weight and body measurements –were aired when he appeared Dec. 3 on The Dr. Oz Show on NBC. And, when the challenge is over he’ll be on the show again to see how he fared. Just 11 days into the reduced salt diet Bacigalupo has already lost 20 pounds. “I feel great,” he said. While on the challenge, he must use a pedometer to track his steps, with the goal of walking about four miles per day. He must weigh himself daily and use a flip cam to keep an audio diary of his progress. He blames his bad eating habits on a lifestyle that keeps him and his wife, Sherri – who also works full time – on the run. They have three children – 5-year-old twins, Thomas and Tyler, and 3-year-old Sophia. Bacigalupo also takes night classes at Ferris State University, working on a teaching degree he will complete in May. Read more at

Traffic Flow Change to Aid Safety Near Campus

In an effort to keep students safe, police from Ferris State University and Big Rapids have collaborated to change the flow of traffic on the university’s campus, the Big Rapids Pioneer reports. For the next year, drivers on Ferris Drive will yield at more stop signs, and pedestrians will be routed to cross the street at one crosswalk while construction is being completed on the new Michigan College of Optometry building. Both police departments have been working together through a pedestrian safety task force to increase the safety of pedestrians walking across campus. Ferris Public Safety Director Marty Bledsoe said he believes the stop signs will help increase drivers’ awareness and slow the flow of traffic on Ferris Drive, which connects State Street and Perry Avenue.

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