Friday, July 31, 2009

Ferris In The News

Ferris Will Offer New Living Spaces for Students Beginning in 2010

Cramped, stuffy dorm rooms will be a thing of the past for 300 Ferris State University students beginning in 2010 with the construction of the new East Campus Suites, the Big Rapids Pioneer reports. The $22 million construction project will provide three, three-story, modern apartment-style residential facilities for students. The suites will be designed for 9.5-month, single-student housing during the fall and spring semesters for students 20 years of age or older. With many of the on-campus residence halls built 50 years ago, the new suites mark the beginning of a new age of living for students, Ferris Director of Housing Jon Shaffer said. “It’s going to be a great boost for Ferris students who are looking to live on campus while having their own individual space,” he said. The new suites will feature four bedrooms and two bathrooms, with some of the suites offering two bedrooms. Associate Vice President for Physical Plant Mike Hughes said one of the biggest advantages of the new suites will be the accommodations for today’s student, with an emphasis on access to technology.

Ferris’ Cencer Takes Job with Blackhawks

Dave Cencer turned on his cell phone after playing a round of golf in early June. He was shocked when he had a message from the Chicago Blackhawks, reports the Big Rapids Pioneer. The organization was looking for a video coordinator for its Triple-A affiliate, the Rockford, Ill., IceHogs of the American Hockey League, and asked if he would be interested. Besides video coordinator duties, Cencer will have added responsibilities with the IceHogs. He will handle strength and conditioning for the squad, run player meetings, and work on the ice with the team. These jobs are in line with what he did at Ferris. “Coach Bob Daniels and the coaching staff were great to work with and they taught me a lot about the game,” Cencer said. “It was a learning experience every day and set me up for good things down the line. Ferris is a great program and the community is great. I would not have had this chance without them,” he added.

Hockey Alumni, Big Rapids Police and Firefighters Go Head-to-Head in Softball Game

Those who have ever donned the crimson and gold sweaters of the Ferris State University hockey team circle the first Saturday in August on their calendars, the Big Rapids Pioneer reports. That’s when they head back to Big Rapids for the annual Bulldog hockey golf outing fundraiser, sponsored by the Blueline Club. Something else that’s become an annual tradition coinciding with the golf outing is the softball game fundraiser for the Little Kevin Hockey Fund, started by Kevin and Julie Courtney in memory of their son, Kevin Jr. The game is at 7 p.m. July 31 at Hemlock Park where Ferris hockey alumni will compete against a team of local firefighters and police officers. The Little Kevin Hockey Fund benefits disadvantaged youth by providing opportunities to learn to skate and play hockey. Kevin Courtney Jr. was an avid hockey fan. “We’ve had probably 50-plus kids that have received scholarships,” said Tim Blashill, who runs the Learn to Skate program at Ewigleben Ice Arena. “They could literally come right off the street and we would have equipment for them and they could start skating.”

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Faces of Ferris: Daniel Adsmond, Professor of Organic Chemistry

Adsmond, 2009 Distinguished Teacher Award Recipient

Dr. Daniel Adsmond doesn't teach to get rich or to enjoy some sort of celebrity status at Ferris State University.

Adsmond, Ferris' 2009 Distinguished Teacher Award recipient, largely teaches for those special moments when he sees with his eyes or hears with his ears that his students get it. Watching the learning process unfold, within students, has been and continues to be gratifying for one of the University's celebrated teachers.

"I've always enjoyed teaching," said Adsmond, an Organic Chemistry professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, who realized his passion for education and helping others at a young age. "One of the things I've always enjoyed about teaching is watching the light bulb turn on in a student's head and you know they get it."

He added, "I love seeing students begin to feel enjoyment in the learning process."

Adsmond started at a young age when he tutored his older sister in geometry. Even in his youth, the seeds for a fulfilling career as an educator were being planted and nurtured. Over time, those seeds have blossomed into something special.

Time has only made his commitment to education and helping others grow stronger.

For the complete story on Dr. Adsmond, visit Ferris State University's new Faces of Ferris Web page:

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Take A Virtual Tour Of The Rock

Here's An Opportunity To See The Future Of Dining At Ferris

BIG RAPIDS - There is excitement building on the Ferris State University campus as The Rock Café moves closer and closer to being completely renovated.

You can take an opportunity to visit the Ferris Web site and take a virtual tour of what The Rock will look like once renovations are complete.

The Rock, once fully renovated, will offer a Marchè-style dining experience for students, faculty, staff and visitors to the Big Rapids campus who would like to dine there.

Here is more about The Rock from the Ferris Web site:

Marketplace concepts, also referred to as a Marchè concepts or food emporiums, are the new generation in student dining. A marketplace concept provides an integrated food production and dining experience with an emphasis on fresh ingredients and made-to-order preparation. It is characterized by exhibition cooking at several distinct food platforms. the majority of the existing back-of-the-house production has been moved to several self-contained display cooking venues inside the dining area.

This concept incorporates European-style marketplace décor where cooking aromas, product freshness, and abundance are prevalent. An emphasis is placed on food merchandising, and it also includes casual Café-style seating.

Take a virtual tour of the rock and see what the future has in store for Ferris State University diners.

Ferris Launching New Athletics Department Web Site

Athletics Department Is Switching To PrestoSports

BIG RAPIDS - Ferris State University is opening a new chapter in the Athletics exNew Websiteperience for fans with the unveiling of its new Web site.

Here is the press release:

Ferris State University Athletics has announced a partnership with PrestoSports and plans to launch a new website thru the company with an enhanced online presence on Monday, Aug. 3.

Fans can continue to find the FSU Athletics Website at its current address - The new athletics website will include a unique design and a number of innovative features while putting athletics administrators in complete control of the look and content within the site. Some of the distinctive features that will be implemented on the Bulldogs' new online home will include interactive statistics, video clips, rotating feature stories and links to Ferris State's social networking platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.

"We're extremely excited for the possibilities this new website will provide," said FSU Athletics Director Tom Kirinovic. "With the outstanding success our student-athletes have achieved both on the field and in the classroom, this will give us an enhanced marketing tool to help promote that success."