Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Ferris In The News

Ferris One of Three Recognized for Maritime Academy Partnership

The Michigan Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers awarded this year’s Outstanding Transfer Program Award to the Maritime Academy Partnership during the group’s 2009 Annual Conference held at Boyne Mountain, the Big Rapids Pioneer reports. This is an annual award sponsored by the MACRAO Articulation Committee, and it recognizes Michigan’s most outstanding transfer program based upon the program’s demonstrated success in meeting the needs of transfer students by promoting seamless transfer from one institution to another. The Maritime Academy Partnership includes the Great Lakes Maritime Academy, Northwestern Michigan College and Ferris State University. “This partnership demonstrates how we can best serve the students of Michigan and beyond by bringing together partners, each of whom contributes a unique degree element based on existing capabilities, rather than one or more engaging in unnecessary and costly programmatic duplication,” said David Nicol, dean of Ferris’ College of Business. This year’s award was presented by MACRAO President Karen Hutsler and the award was received by David Steenstra, Nancy Reddy and Lynnae Selberg from Ferris State University; Anne Monroe from Northwestern Michigan College; and John Berck from the Great Lakes Maritime Academy.

Students Prepare for December Commencement Ceremonies

Ferris State University will bestow degrees upon nearly 500 students during two commencement ceremonies Saturday, Dec. 19, in Wink Arena, reports the Big Rapids Pioneer. Ceremonies will be held at 10 a.m. for the colleges of Allied Health Sciences, Education and Human Services, and Engineering Technology. Ceremonies will be held at 1:30 p.m. for the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, and Professional and Technological Studies. The College of Pharmacy and Michigan College of Optometry hold commencement exercises in May. The commencement speaker for both ceremonies will be 2009 Distinguished Teacher Dr. Daniel Adsmond, professor of Chemistry, whose passion for education and learning dates back to his childhood when he tutored his older sister in geometry. “I’ve always enjoyed teaching,” said Adsmond, who was nominated for the Distinguished Teacher Award by former recipient, Mary Murnik, a professor of Biology. “One of the things I’ve always enjoyed about teaching is watching the light bulb turn on in a student’s head and you know they get it.”

Meetings Open Floor for Discussion About Pedestrian Safety

Ferris State University and Big Rapids officials, employees and residents haven’t decided how to make the area in and around the university’s campus a safer place to walk and drive, but they’re moving in the right direction, the Big Rapids Pioneer reports. The university’s Pedestrian Safety Task Force recently hosted an open meeting during which representatives from many parts of the city and university offered their suggestions on how to protect students on foot, as well as drivers, during peak traffic hours in and around campus. Jerry Scoby, Ferris vice president for Administration and Finance, said the university and city departments of public safety have been working to increase safety and awareness for years, with recent open meetings on the topic aimed at generating new ideas to increase traffic safety and educate the public. “We’d like to determine how we might build on the successes of the past,” Scoby said. The next meeting to discuss pedestrian safety is set for 11 a.m. Jan. 19, 2010, in the Rankin Student Center.

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