Friday, April 24, 2009

IT'S ON: The Third Annual Dump & Run

The 2009 Dump & Run, in its third year, continue during finals week at Ferris State University (May 4-8). Items being accepted are non-perishable food, clean clothing and shoes, school supplies, cleaning supplies, towels and bedding. Dump & Run is presented by Ferris State University, the Big Rapids community and Immanuel Lutheran Church.

Please no furniture.

Please recycle your reusable items.

All food will be donated to local food pantries: Project Starburst, Manna Pantry, WISE Shelter and Morley Stanwood American Legion Food Pantry. Clothing will be distributed to the youth in the community.

The hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in all residence hall lobbies and in Miller Hall on the main Ferris State University campus in Big Rapids. For more information or if you have any questions, contact Diane Griffin by e-mail at or by phone at (231) 803-4415.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Podcast by David Pilgrim, Chief Diversity Officer

In 1996, David Pilgrim established the Jim Crow Museum at Ferris State University in Michigan. As the university's Chief Diversity Officer and a professor of sociology, one of Pilgrim's goals is to use objects of intolerance—the “contemptible collectibles” in his museum—to teach about tolerance. In this podcast, he talks about his struggles to teach using the items in his museum, and how hatreds like racism, antisemitism, sexism, and homophobia are problems that belong to everyone. Listen to David Pilgrim at:

Voices on Antisemitism, a biweekly podcast series developed by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, is made possible by generous support from the Oliver and Elizabeth Stanton Foundation.

Catch Nationally-Ranked Bulldog Softball in Action

Bulldog Softball Hosts Pair of Nationally-Ranked Opponents This Weekend To Close Out Regular Season

The Ferris State University softball team, which is presently ranked sixth nationally in the latest (April 22) National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA Division II Top 25 Poll, will conclude the regular-season portion of its 2009 schedule this weekend (April 25-26) with a pair of Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) doubleheaders in Big Rapids, Mich. The Bulldogs, who are listed second in the current (April 22) Midwest Region rankings, entertain 25th-ranked Saginaw Valley State this Saturday (April 25) un a twinbill at the FSU Softball Field before finishing up the regular season this Sunday (April 26) versus 19th-ranked Wayne State. FSU's opener against the Cardinals will begin at 1 p.m. (EDT) while the opening pitch in game one against the Warriors is set for 12 p.m. (EDT). Prior to this Sunday's contest, the 2009 softball team will pay tribute to its five senior student-athletes.

Ferris Fest '09: Three 6 Mafia to Perform at Weekend Event

Three 6 Mafia, an Academy Award-winning rap group based in Memphis, Tenn., is performing at Ferris State University as part of Ferris Fest '09. Three 6 Mafia, the headline event which begins at 5 p.m. (April 25), is recommended for MATURE AUDIENCES ONLY.

As part of Ferris Fest, the day includes novelties, food (at a cost) and music. This event is free thanks to student activity fees as allocated by Ferris State Student Government.

The event, organized by Entertainment Unlimited, is listed from 12 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on the Campus Quad.

For more information, contact Rachel Moloney at or by phone at (810) 334-8623.

Ferris Will be at the Mecosta County Community and Family Expo

You won't want to miss this year's Mecosta County Community and Family Expo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Big Rapids Middle School. There will be fun for the entire family, including face painting, hat and necklace making, petting zoo, fire trucks, emergency vehicles and inflatables.

Exhibitors for the Community and Family Expo include Mecosta County businesses and services. Admission for this event will be free of charge.

This event is being organized by the Mecosta County Chamber of Commerce. For more information about the event you can e-mail or by phone at (231) 796-7649.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Jean Kilbourne To Speak On The Naked Truth

Prominent speaker and author Jean Kilbourne is coming to Ferris State University to share her lecture series "The Naked Truth: Advertising's Image of Women" with the Ferris and Big Rapids communities on Thursday (April 23) at 7 p.m. in the Rankin Student Center Dome Room.

Kilbourne has spoken at colleges and universities across North America and was voted as the "Lecturer of the Year" twice by the National Association for Campus Activities. This event is free to the public and there will be a one hour lecture and question and answer and one hour of book signing. Funding for this event has been provided by Student Activity Fees as allocated by the Finance Division of Student Government.

Organizing the event is the Social Work Association.

For more information, contact Kara Gottschall at

Opportunity@125 Seeks To Keep Doors Open For Ferris Students

No Ferris State University student should have to quit school because of a lost job or other economic hardship. To achieve that goal, President David Eisler announced today a capital campaign to raise $250,000 in grants to help students whose economic situation has changed since financial aid was awarded to them, the Grand Rapids Press reports. "We want to provide them with support if their finances change," Eisler said. "You think about the financial problems families are facing. We don’t want a student in his first, second or third year not coming because of that." The campaign "Opportunity@125," which marks Ferris’ 125th anniversary celebration, would provide scholarships during the next academic year.

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Ferris Dental Hygiene Students Provide Free Dental Cleaning for Kids

First-year Dental Hygiene students from Ferris State University provided free dental cleaning to 50 children recently as part of community service activities for the Student American Dental Hygiene Association, reports the Big Rapids Pioneer. SADHA participates in fundraising activities throughout the school year to provide free services benefiting area children. Other activities this student organization participates in include providing cleaning and screening services during the annual "Focus on Fours" event and the Children’s Dental Health Fair. Area dentists, hygienists and the College of Allied Health Sciences at Ferris help support these students’ efforts.

'Big Event' Brings Students into Community's Backyard

More than 700 Ferris State University students took to the streets of Big Rapids on Saturday as part of the second annual "Big Event." The students were diverted among more than 100 homes throughout the city raking leaves, cleaning windows and helping with other various chores as a "thank you" to the community for hosting the students for nine months out of the year, the Big Rapids Pioneer reports. The "Big Event" was hosted by Ferris' Student Government Association as a community-wide service project. In its second year, the event grew exponentially from 190 volunteers and 20 homes participating in 2008. Ferris student Krystle Karnofsky said she enjoys volunteering and community service work, adding the event allowed her to give back to a broader spectrum of people that she normally doesn't get to help. "It's something fun; you get out here with your friends and it feels good, "she said. Chivon Kloepfer from 9and10 News was at Ferris and has more details about why volunteers gave up their Saturday to say thank you, and give back to the community. Watch the video at

Earth Day Clean Up ... We Only Have One Earth

It's time to put on some working clothes and roll up your sleeves.

Earth day Community wide clean up takes place this Saturday (April 25). Those who want to take part in the clean up will meet at the Big Rapids City Hall at 9 a.m. At that time, garbage bags, gloves and refreshments will be provided to students and faculty who are invited to participate in the effort.

There's more to this, however. There will be $50 rewards given to the top five groups that bring back the most garbage.

The event starts at 9 a.m. and is scheduled to run until noon on Saturday (April 25).

For more information, contact Terry Harper at (231) 591-2279 or via e-mail at

Shakespeare's 445th Birthday Celebration

You are cordially invited to actively participate in a historic birthday party.

Join the celebration of Shakespeare's 445th birthday on April 23 with sonnets, soliloquies, arguments, insult hurling, music, sword fighting, birthday cake, gorgeous period costumes, flowers, bookmarks, and fruit.

The procession to the Campus Quad will begin at 11 a.m. Then event, organized by the Department of Languages and Literature, lasts an hour and is scheduled to end at about noon.

For more information, contact Dr. Paul Blake at (231) 591-3650 or via e-mail at

Monday, April 20, 2009

Ospreys Lay an Egg

Check out the Ferris Osprey Cam....the big birds have laid an egg and soon we'll be hearing the pidder-padder of a little Osprey.