Monday, December 21, 2009

Ferris In The News

Ferris Proves it Can Skate with the Big Boys

Blair Riley’s pass to Casey Haines sent Haines in alone on Western Michigan goaltender Riley Gill, who had no chance to come up with the save in a 3-0 Ferris State win earlier this month. Ferris State’s ability to quickly get the puck out of its zone to start its fastbreak style is one reason why the No. 11 Bulldogs (13-3-2) have joined No. 1 Miami, No. 10 Bemidji State and No. 8 Quinnipiac to turn the college hockey world upside down, the Detroit News reports. Miami came within seconds of winning the national championship last season. Bemidji State, with an enrollment of 4,500, also earned a spot in the Frozen Four. Ferris State, a Division II school in other sports, and Quinnipiac (7,000 students) are moving up in the rankings this season. And who knows – maybe both schools will make the Frozen Four at Ford Field in April. So why is Miami (13-2-5) and Ferris at the top of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association standings while traditional power Michigan (9-9) is near the bottom? “There are a couple of reasons the smaller, mid-majors can compete at a high level,” Ferris State coach Bob Daniels said. “In hockey you dress 20 and they all play. In basketball, a couple big-time stars make all the difference. But in hockey, even your marquee players will be on the ice just 30 percent of the time. Plus, goaltending is the great equalizer. If you have strong goaltending you can be competitive. A goaltender can keep you in a game and possibly win one by himself.” Read more at

Ferris Recycling Program is Student-Driven

Recycling on Ferris State University’s campus is starting to gain interest, reports the Big Rapids Pioneer. Michael Hughes, associate vice president for Physical Plant, said the university’s student-driven pilot program is going over well. Helping the cause are members of Ferris Recyclers, a registered student organization dedicated to promoting recycling. The student volunteers manage the recycling bins in residence halls around campus. To date, the bins are located in four residence halls, including Puterbaugh, Henderson, Brophy and McNerney. Ferris Recyclers President Angela Eick said eventually she would like to see several centralized bins on campus to allow more students, faculty and staff to recycle. Hughes added the program is dependent upon volunteer labor.

Lawmakers Approve $10.6 Million Tax Credit for Ferris to Renovate Grand Rapids’ Old Federal Building

The Old Federal Building is on course for a new life after $10.6 million in tax credits were approved by the Legislature, the Grand Rapids Press reports. The credits provide a springboard for Ferris State University to raise an additional $20 million for an historic renovation of the 99-year-old building, 155 N. Division Ave. The building will be used by Ferris’ Kendall College of Art and Design, where enrollment has jumped 49 percent – from 931 to 1,385 – during the last five years. “The upgraded building will extend the Kendall campus, relieve the city of upkeep costs and provide a space available for such events as the ArtPrize competition,” Ferris President David Eisler said. Fundraising will begin next month and work could begin as early as next summer. The renovation will be done by the Christman Company, which will own the title jointly with the city for the five years the tax credits will be in effect. Ferris will lease the building from Christman until the tax credits expire, then take full ownership. Read more at

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