Friday, April 10, 2009

A Great Day at the Ball Diamond for Bulldog Softball

Bulldogs continue to put bark behind the bite

BIG RAPIDS - Ferris State University's nationally-ranked Division II softball team has been on quite a tear this season. The Bulldogs, ranked eighth in the nation, recorded two more wins on Friday afternoon as they defeated the University of Findlay Oilers 11-6 in the first game and then one the nightcap by a score of 9-1 in five innings. The Bulldogs continue to play superb softball which begins with strong pitching and solid defense. After splitting with Northwood, earlier in the week, Ferris brought its bats back to life in a big way with 20 runs in a pair of games against the Oilers. Hats off to head coach Keri Becker and her staff for keeping the team focused. Also, hats off to the most important components of all: the players.

More Bulldog softball action takes place on Saturday afternoon at the FSU Softball Field when Ferris hosts Hillsdale College in a doubleheader with games beginning at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Come out and cheer on the Bulldogs through what has been a strong season.

Ferris now is 24-4 overall and 12-2 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

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Thursday, April 9, 2009

One BIG day, One BIG thanks, One BIG Event

Ferris State University students are going to be working in the community to make things just a little bit cleaner.

The BIG Event is community-wide service project. On April 18 join Student Government in the second annual BIG Event. Students are encouraged to get a group together and sign up. Students will then be assigned various places and homes in the community to do various chores, for example; rake leaves, wash windows, etc.

Please contact the Student Government Office about group applications. There is no charge to participate in the BIG Event.

Time: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Location: Campus Quad
Contact: Claire Gould
Group/Organization: Student Government
Telephone: 231-591-2611

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

"Of Sand and Fire" Exhibit In Rankin Center Art Gallery

Are you interested in some unique displays of art? Right here in our backyard, at the Rankin Center Art Gallery, the campus community can have an opportunity to check out some glass art by Annette Baron, Jay Bavers, Roger Gandelman, Jeff Mack, Bill Poceta, Paul Rundle and Albert Young. The exhibit begins today (April 8) and runs through April 30.

Here are some details:

Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (daily)
Location: Rankin Student Center Art Gallery
Contact: Carrie Weis
Group/Organization: Rankin Art Gallery
Telephone: 231-591-2536

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Kendall Students Help Food Pantry

Five fantastic sculptures are combining artistic talent with the art of giving at Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University, Wood TV 8 reports. Students and local companies built these structures together as part of a national project called "Can-struction." The project’s chair person is Kendall student Emily Davison. "We sponsored the event with Miller Canfield along with the Salvation Army. There were professionals down on their knees right along with the students. It was really cool on Saturday just to see the whole thing come together," she said. In Grand Rapids, The Salvation Army is the recipient of the cans that were used to make these sculptures. More than 11,000 cans were used to create all five.

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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

"Play Ball" in the Bigs for Two Ferris State Alumni

Brian Bartow, a graduate of Ferris State's public relations program, entered his 25th season in the St. Louis Cardinals front office this week when the Major League Baseball team embarked on the new season. He's the Director of Media Relations for Cardinals and a native of Battle Creek. And remember, Bartow and the Cardinals won the World Series title over the upstart Detroit Tigers in 2006.
Bartow was a student assistant in Ferris State’s sports information office for two years as an undergraduate and served as the statistician and public address announcer for Bulldog baseball while completing his bachelor’s. He is highly respected in major league baseball circles for his professional touch and personable style.

Meanwhile, Major League umpire Jeff Kellogg, a 1983 Criminal Justice major, was the man in the mask behind home plate last Sunday (April 5) when ESPN launched the 2009 baseball season in Philadelphia in a game between the defending World Champion Phillies and the Atlanta Braves. Kellogg never played baseball at Ferris but has developed into one of the top umpires during his 16-years in the bigs.

Kellogg hails from Coldwater, Michigan, but had never met Bartow until the two chatted a few years ago (once they discovered their Ferris roots through mutual friends). Together, they give the Bulldogs a professionalism we can all be proud of.

(contact: Ted Halm -

Monday, April 6, 2009

Entertainment Unlimited Presents Magician Dan Sperry: Magic No Longer Sucks

We can all use a little bit of magic in our lives. And, if you're interested, Entertainment Unlimited is going to help you get a little magic in your life. EU is bringing magician Dan Sperry to campus on Tuesday (April 7) to put on a show for fans:
For over 10 years Dan Sperry has been redefining the art of magic and illusion by presenting original new twists on this unique form of entertainment.
Want a fun night of entertainment, come and check out Dan Sperry, who is appearing in Williams Auditorium on Tuesday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. For more information contact Jalena Strayer of EU through e-mail at or by phone at 591-2610.

The Hockey Skill Center Returns This Summer

Oh yeah, it’s back. The Ferris State Hockey Skill Center returns this summer to help our campers meet the increasing demand for skilled players based on a strong foundation of fundamental/individual skills. Through a variety of on-ice and off-ice activities, the Hockey Skill Center works to improve a player’s fundamental skills in preparation for next season. Campers who attend the sessions of the 2009 Ferris State Hockey Skill Center will get a chance to check out our newly-renovated Ewigleben Ice Arena – the home to Bulldog men’s ice hockey.

During the hot summer months, there are few better things to do than to be indoors in the cool ice arena while sharpening your ice hockey skills. Kids are encouraged to come back and enjoy what the Ferris State Hockey Skill Center has to offer: Outstanding coaching, cutting-edge on-ice instruction, nurturing off-ice attention, upgraded facilities and all this in Big Rapids – a family-first community.

For specific camp questions, call the FSU Summer Camps Office at (866) 950-2267 or e-mail FSU Director of Hockey Operations Dave Cencer at

Out-Of-State Students May Qualify For New Great Lakes Scholarship

BIG RAPIDS - Ferris State University is offering enhanced scholarship opportunities for Midwestern students. One new scholarship will target students who reside in specific counties within Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Wisconsin.

The Great Lakes Scholarship will be available for freshmen or transfer students attending Ferris for the first time beginning in Fall 2009. Formerly known as the Chicago Initiative, the revamped scholarship is equivalent to the difference between Midwest Compact tuition and Michigan resident tuition. Currently, at 15 credit hours per semester, this scholarship equals $4,500 annually.

The scholarship may be renewed three times providing the student is satisfactorily meeting the university's standards for academic progress.

"The university is very sensitive to servicing Michigan students while at the same time building Ferris as a regional institution," Acting Vice President for Academic Affairs Dan Burcham said. "Exploring larger markets to recruit students is a benefit to the university."

Scholarship applicants must meet the following requirements: reside in, have attended high school in or transferred from a selected county in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio or Wisconsin; and be enrolled in an undergraduate, degree-granting program at Ferris.

Other scholarship modifications include:
Transfer Scholarship - Available to transfer students with a 3.7 GPA, the scholarship value has increased to $4,000 annually;
Phi Theta Kappa - Available to transfer students with a 3.5 GPA, the scholarship value has increased to $3,500 annually;
Transfer Academic Achievement - Available to transfer students with a 3.3 GPA, the scholarship value has increased to $3,000 annually.

For more information on scholarships at Ferris, visit

Ferris' Mike Feutz Receives 2008 Educator of the Year Honor

As is the custom at the Mechanical Contractors Association of America national convention, membership supported the event with enthusiasm. During the five-day convention, several awards were presented and new officers were introduced, reports. MCAA presented its 2008 Educator of the Year Award to professor Mike Feutz of Ferris State University. MCAA’s Career Development Committee selected Feutz for the award based on a combination of mentoring ability, industry knowledge and involvement, and active participation in student chapter program activities. Since 1998, Feutz has dedicated considerable time and effort to the student members of the Greater Michigan MSCA Student Chapter at Ferris.