Wednesday, May 13, 2009

"Imagine More" Bus Tour Reaches Out to Michigan Communities

Creating awareness of Ferris State University, particularly among minority students, is part of the outreach mission of the Imagine More Student Life Bus Tour, an event sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Services.

In its third year, the upcoming bus tour runs May 11 through May 14. The tour commences with a stop at Lansing Eastern High School on May 11. On May 12, the bus heads to Flint for visits to Southwestern Academy and Northern High School. Then, in Detroit, the next stops are at Kettering and Pershing high schools on May 13. Remaining in Detroit, the tour concludes May 14 with visits to Mumford High School and Detroit Consortium Academy, a Ferris-authorized charter school.

Michael Wade, College Day and Special Programs coordinator in the OMSS, sees the bus tour as a “powerful” outreach to students and parents who oftentimes are learning specifics about what Ferris has to offer for the first time.

“The bus tour is Ferris’ unique touch,” said Wade, a 2006 Ferris graduate, who works closely with OMSS Director Matt Chaney. “I’m not aware of any other university that’s doing something like this to reach out to minority students in communities around the state. This bus tour is a great opportunity for us to spread the word about the great academics we have here at Ferris. Beyond that, it’s great because we also are able to show people we meet a little about student life through our student leaders who are a major part of this tour.”

Wade estimates eight to 10 Ferris student organizations are involved with the tour, including the 40-or-so students who travel on the bus to spread the word about Ferris’ 125-year mission of creating educational opportunities for students.

Laketa Alexander, a senior from Muskegon majoring in Psychology at Ferris, participated in last summer’s bus tour and could hardly express enough positives about her experience.

“It’s great for the students we get to meet because it’s not like a typical recruiting event where you have a lot of boring speeches and power points,” she said. “This is a lot more fun because we, as students who are on the trip, get a chance to talk with the younger students and the parents to give them more of an idea of what it’s really like to be a student at Ferris.”

Wade also believes student involvement is a critical component to the success of the tour.

“That is what is so powerful about the bus tour,” he said. “It’s one thing to hear those messages from me or other adults. It’s something completely different when we have our students telling other students about why it’s great to be a student at Ferris State University.”

During the bus tour, Ferris admissions counselor Tyrone Collins plays a role of particular importance. Collins, who is in his 30th year working for Ferris, is available to answer the questions from students and parents, and to assist them in filling out admissions applications on the spot.

Check Out: Imagine More Student Life Bus Tour Web Site

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Learn More About Historic Groundbreaking for New MCO Building

A new era for Michigan College of Optometry begins

BIG RAPIDS – A vision became reality Friday, May 8, when Ferris State University broke ground for the new facility which will house its Michigan College of Optometry/Center for Collaborative Health Education.

After receiving state funding in the fall of 2008 and selecting Neumann/Smith Architecture of Southfield, Mich., to design and build the new facility, Ferris kicked off the construction phase with a ceremonial groundbreaking at 10:30 a.m. The groundbreaking was held at the corner of State Street and Ferris Drive, where the new facility will be built. Joining Ferris for the celebration was Ferris Board of Trustees Chair James K. Haveman Jr., Sen. Michelle McManus (R-Lake Leelanau) and Rep. Darwin Booher (R-Evart).

“The MCO family has dreamed of a new building for more than 15 years,” said Dr. Nancy Peterson-Klein, acting dean of the MCO at Ferris. “We are extremely grateful to all those who have helped us secure funding for our building, and we look forward to our continued success in realizing our vision of graduating outstanding healthcare providers of tomorrow.”

For more information about the groundbreaking event for the new MCO building, visit:

Bulldog Softball Player Holly Bruntjens Wins Helen Bennett Award

Bulldog senior wins 23rd annual award

BIG RAPIDS - Senior Holly Bruntjens (Gladstone) of the nationally-ranked 2009 Ferris State University softball team was recently selected as the recipient of the school's 23rd annual Helen Bennett Award, which is presented to the Bulldogs' outstanding female student-athlete.

The award, which is named in honor of late university faculty member Helen Bennett, is sponsored annually by the Ferris Professional Women’s (FPW) organization to a female senior student-athlete combining performance both in the classroom and athletics. Bennett was the wife of longtime FSU golf and track coach Norm Bennett (1956-71), who began the award in her memory and was later inducted into the Bulldog Athletics Hall of Fame in 2001. He directed the building of FSU's Katke Golf Course and Ewigleben Ice Arena along with being instrumental in forming the nation's first Professional Golf Management program at Ferris State.

For the complete story of the award won by Bruntjens, visit:

Fulbright Information Fair for 2010-11 Faculty Fulbright Grants

Ferris Fulbrighters Will Answer Your Questions

BIG RAPIDS - Ferris Fulbrighters will be on hand to answer questions and provide information about faculty Fulbright grants on Thursday (May 14). Among the topics touched on will be teaching, research, academic, administrative and professional opportunities for the 2010-11 year.

The deadline for this application is Aug. 1, 2009.

The event takes place from 10:30 a.m. through noon in FLITE 214.

For more information, contact Christine Vonder Haar at (231) 591-2528 or by e-mail at

Alumni Success Stories

Congrats to all of our spring graduates....Take a look at some of our Alumni Success Stories...the whole world is waiting for you!!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Former Bulldog Goalie Coaches Ice to Clark Cup Title

Former Bulldog Hockey goalie Jeff Blashill just completed a whirlwind first season as head coach and general manager of the Indiana Ice of the United States Hockey League.

Blashill coached the Ice to their first Clark Cup championship by defeating the Fargo Force 3-games-to-1.

Blashill, from Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, tended goal at Ferris from 1994-98 and was later an assistant coach for the Bulldogs under Bob Daniels. He coached six years as an assistant at Miami University before taking charge this season for the Indiana Ice.

Blashill's brother, Tim, another product of the FSU Bulldog hockey family, recently coached Big Rapids High School to a runner-up finish in the state championships.

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Susan P. Wheatlake Cancer and Wellness Walk Is This Weekend

Event begins with 9:45 a.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony

BIG RAPIDS - The third-annual Susan P. Wheatlake Cancer and Wellness Walk will be held Saturday, May 16, in Big Rapids.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. at the Comstock House B&B, 414 Maple St. There will be a ribbon-cutting at 9:45 a.m., followed by the walk along the Riverwalk. The walk is at one's own pace and distance. The registration fee/donation is $10 per walker with children 12 and under free.

Highlights include a Celebration of Hope finish with guest speaker Dr. Tracy Morningstar, a local chiropractor, who will talk about wellness. There will also be a 50/50 raffle, silent auction, music and lunch for purchase.

Proceeds support the Susan P. Wheatlake Cancer and Wellness Center at the Mecosta County Medical Center. The center houses books, pamphlets, videos and computers to aid cancer patients, their families and caregivers, and features a new Wellness Boutique with free accessories, wigs and make-up.

For more information, contact Shelly Armstrong's office at (231) 591-2065 or visit the official Web site: Click here for more information

Sixth Annual Police Memorial Ceremony

Police Memorial Ceremony begins at 9 a.m.

BIG RAPIDS - Join us in our sixth annual Police Memorial Ceremony at 9 a.m. on Tuesday (May 12) outside of the FLITE library on the campus of Ferris State University. The event is designed to pay respect and tribute to those officers who have given the ultimate sacrifice.
  • Honor Guard
  • Police Bagpipes
  • 21 Gun Salute and Taps
  • Remembering our Fallen Heroes
  • K-9 Protector and Riderless Mount
  • Helicopter Flyover by USCG (pending availability)
  • Solemnity of the Moment by Police Chaplain
  • Lowering of the Flag and Laying of the Wreath
  • Irish Prayer Sung by the Choir of Big Rapids Middle School
  • Police Formation of Local, County, State and Federal Officers

For more information, contact the Ferris State University Department of Public Safety at (231) 591-5000.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

FINAL SCORE: Saginaw 1, Ferris 0

Ferris' season comes to an end

UNIVERSITY CENTER - Ferris had its softball season come to an end with a 1-0 loss to Saginaw Valley in the sub-regional championship round.

It was a great run for the Bulldogs, but it came to an end against a very good Saginaw Valley team that is playing good softball when it matters most - at the end of the season.

Saginaw Valley strikes first

First hit for the Cardinals comes late ... but it's a big one

UNIVERSITY CENTER - Saginaw Valley has taken the lead on a long home run to dead center field that caromed off the scoreboard by Nikki Bigelow in the bottom of the sixth inning off Kayle Stevenson, who was in the midst of a brilliant game in the circle for the Bulldogs.

It was Saginaw's first hit of the game.

FINAL SCORE: Ferris 5, Northern Kentucky 1

Bulldogs outlast Norse for win

UNIVERSITY CENTER - Ferris State University stepped up big to earn a 5-1 victory over Northern Kentucky to set up a shot at Saginaw Valley State University.

Two big wins today by the Bulldogs, but there is more work to be done if Ferris wants to return to the national championships.

The Bulldogs are finally generating the kind of energy it has had most of the season.

Flores finally strikes

Good to see Rhea get things going

UNIVERSITY CENTER - Ferris State University's Rhea Flores cracked an RBI double to right field in the top of the sixth inning for a 4-1 lead.

An RBI hit from the Bulldogs' Amanda Jager put the Bulldogs up 5-1.

Bruntjens hits a run in

Holly Bruntjens gets it going

UNIVERSITY CENTER - Ferris State University's Holly Bruntjens drove in a run with an RBI double for a 3-1 Bulldogs' lead in the top of the sixth.

That little cushion was nice.

A hard hit shot an errors lead to FSU runs

Harrington steps it up for the Bulldogs

UNIVERSITY CENTER - Ferris State University second baseman Amanda Harrington's hard-hit softball and another NKU error put Ferris into the lead 2-1 in the top of the fifth inning.

It's new life for Ferris against the Norse, a team that has been playing well at the end of the season.

Northern Kentucky grabs early lead

Norse jump on the Bulldogs early on

UNIVERSITY CENTER - Northern Kentucky is up 1-0 on an RBI single from power-hitting Shatona Campbell in the bottom of the first inning.

There is just one out with two runners on base. The Bulldogs, however, got the last two outs without any more damage.

FINAL SCORE: Ferris 5, Lewis 2

Bulldogs pass the first test on elimination day

UNIVERSITY CENTER - Ferris earned a 5-2 win over Lewis University in the 2009 NCAA Division II Midwest Sub Regional. The win by the Bulldogs eliminates the Flyers from the tournament.

Ferris struck fast with a 5-0 lead and held off a strong Lewis rally in the seventh inning for the win.

The Bulldogs had five runs on eight hits with no errors. The Flyers had two runs on eight hits with four errors.

Bulldogs are rolling right now

Bailey, Flores and Jager come through

UNIVERSITY CENTER - Senior catcher Krystle Bailey had a 2-RBI double, designated player Rhea Flores had an RBI single and senior first baseman Amanda Jager had an RBI single to build the lead to 5-0.

Ferris still has runners on base with just one out. The Bulldogs had a few more opportunities, but could not convert.

Ferris out to a 2-0 lead

Bulldogs in command early

UNIVERSITY CENTER - Ferris is up 2-0, against Lewis University, in this elimination game in the softball regional at Saginaw Valley State University.

Center fielder Rachel Wade and catcher Krystle Bailey had RBI hits against the Flyers in this Sunday morning contest in the bottom of the third inning.

What a great start for the Bulldogs to jump on Lewis early and set the tone with some timely offense.