Friday, May 29, 2009

Faculty Keynotes Learning and Entertainment Evolution Forum

A renowned author and simulation guru, Clark Aldrich will present on “The Business and Learning Results of Games and Simulations” during the 2009 Learning and Entertainment Evolution Forum June 18 and 19 at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology in Pennsylvania, the Central Penn Business Journal reports. Additionally, two other thought leaders will present a keynote, “Playing with the Brain: The Impact of Brain Research on Game and Simulation Design,” which will explore synergies between the disciplines to consider how neuroscience findings can enhance game and simulation design. The keynote presenters for that session are Julie Dirksen, director of Online Training at RMC Project Management, and Rick Van Sant, faculty in residence in the Center for Teaching and Learning at Ferris State University.

Ferris Hosts Motorcycle Safety Classes Through Grant

Schools around the country are starting to wind down the school year, and students and teachers alike are ticking down the days to graduation and summer vacation. There is at least one local classroom that won’t stand empty during the hot summer months. In fact, May 1 marked the first classes for students enrolled in Ferris State University’s Motorcycle Safety Foundation Basic Rider Course, reports The Leader and Kalkaskian. This instruction is held each summer weekend at Forest Area High School, near Fife Lake. Courses run from May to early August. The Basic Rider Course is a class developed by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation to provide beginning riders with a complete introduction to motorcycling. The 18-to-20-hour course covers everything from pre-riding inspections right on through to throttle and clutch control basics, as well as braking and cornering techniques. MSF trained and certified instructors, called Rider Coaches, lead students through four to six hours of classroom instruction and approximately 12 hours of hands-on riding experience.

Ferris Community Summer Band Returns for 44th Season

They’re getting the band back together. Sponsored by Ferris State University as part of its “Music for Life” initiative, the Ferris Community Summer Band is celebrating its 44th year of bringing the campus and community together through music with a series of summer concerts, the Big Rapids Pioneer reports. The band is open to all area adults, college students, high school students and advanced middle school students with band experience. Rehearsals are from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Mondays beginning June 9 in Ferris’ Music Center, Room 108. To participate, call Director Scott Cohen at (231) 591-2484 or e-mail

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Ferris Alum Scott A Schropp Presents: Preparing for Tomorrow's Needs

Ferris Alum To Share His Thoughts In Estate-Planning Seminar

BIG RAPIDS - Ferris State University is pleased to offer this complimentary Estate Planning seminar featuring FSU alumnus Scott A. Schropp (COB '84) on Thursday June 18 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Instructional Resource Center (IRC) on the Ferris campus in Big Rapids.

Schropp, vice president with The Iles Wealth Management & Consulting Group at Merrill Lynch, is one of central Michigan’s premier estate planning and trust advisors.

Schropp’s 25 years of experience in trusts and estate planning has been a direct benefit to the individuals and families he serves. Scott graduated with a B.S. degree in accounting from Ferris State University and is a graduate of Northwestern University Graduate Trust School.
Who Should Attend?

This seminar will provide valuable information for those persons without a will or for those persons who are reviewing and updating their plans. You will gain a greater understanding of:
  • The elements of an effective estate plan
  • Strategies that will enable you to protect your belongings
  • Planning techniques that permit you to transfer your property at death or during your life
We look forward to seeing you at this informative seminar.

For more information, contact Cheryl Holmen at The Ferris Foundation by phone at (231) 591-2391 or by e-mail at

This event is sponsored by The Ferris Foundation, the Ferris State University Office of Human Resources and the Ferris State University Emeriti Association.