Thursday, September 24, 2009

Ferris In The News

Globalization Initiative Expands Learning Opportunities for Students

Knowledge is power. Expanding your knowledge to meet global demand is crucial. Seizing the opportunity to capitalize on the knowledge of faculty, staff, students and the community, a new Globalization Initiative has begun at Ferris State University, the Big Rapids Pioneer reports. “When people think about globalization, they think about outsourcing and the pressure on the middle class, but that’s just one dimension,” Ferris Chemistry professor Piram Prakasam said. “It’s also about opening up more opportunities for people.” The initiative includes several facets, including Global Reflections – a monthly series of discussions September through March designed to open dialogue on the challenges and opportunities of globalization. The next discussion in the series, “Globalization and Us,” is set for 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15 at a location to be announced. Other components of the initiative include a bi-annual speaker series, Critical Encounters with Globalization, creation of a Directory of Resources for Globalization and compilation of a White Paper. The speaker series is designed to bring experts from academia and business together to help instructors who want to incorporate globalization into coursework and presentations. The fall session is set for 11 a.m. Nov. 12 in the IRC Auditorium.

Tres Vidas Brings Latin American Culture to Life

The stories of three legendary Latin American women will be brought to life through musical theater at Ferris State University. “Tres Vidas” is a live musical theater work that celebrates the lives of renowned painter Frida Kahlo of Mexico, peasant activist Rufina Amaya of El Salvador and poet Alfonsina Storni of Argentina, reports the Big Rapids Pioneer. The program will be performed at 7 p.m. Sept. 30 in G. Mennen Williams Auditorium. This is in conjunction with the university’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, running Sept. 15 through Oct. 15. “It is the first time an event of this nature and historic significance has been brought to campus,” said Natalia Carvalho-Pinto, event organizer. The program will give students a better understanding of Latin America, bringing to light some of its history, music and theater. Ferris’ Hispanic Student Organization advisor Luzia Tartari noted a common thread between each of the women in “Tres Vidas” was the ability to speak out at a time when women were not given rights. “All of their lives were so different, but they all spoke out for what they believed was right,” Tartari said. “I think each of them had a great impact on their culture and time.”

Honors still pouring in for Ferris State’s Jake Visser

Their distinguished college careers have run out of eligibility. But for Jake Visser and Katy Tafler, the awards keep coming, the Grand Rapids Press reports. The former two-time All-American defensive tackle at Ferris State University and three-time soccer All-American at Grand Valley State University have been honored as the NCAA Division II Conference Commissioner’s Association 2008-09 Midwest Region male and female Scholar-Athletes of the Year. Visser had a 3.89 grade point average while majoring in history education. The Coopersville native was a four-year member of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference’s All-Academic football team and a two-time ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American first-team pick. Visser and Tafler also were two-time recipients of the GLIAC Commissioners Award and two of 174 student-athletes awarded an NCAA postgraduate scholarship. “This is probably one of the greatest academic awards I’ve ever received,” Visser said. “Especially when it follows (former FSU linebacker) Mike Klobucher getting the same award two years ago, because I had so much respect for Mike. It’s pretty special. It’s nice when you get recognized for your hard work, whether it’s academically or athletically.” Read more at http://www.mlive.com/smallcolleges/grandrapids/index.ssf/2009/09/college_notes_honors_still_pou.html.

Be Sure To Tune Into Ferris State Live Tonight On Fox 32

BIG RAPIDS – Pick up your remote and be sure to tune in to Fox 32 on Thursday evening at 10:30 p.m. and watch our latest edition of the "Ferris State Live" television show following your local evening news.

"Ferris State Live" is our new Ferris State University public affairs television show broadcasted across northern Michigan through a partnership with Cadillac-based Fox 32. The show is co-hosted by Leah Nixon, assistant director of News Services at Ferris; Scott Roman, a popular local radio personality and veteran television host; and Sandy Gholston, a marketing specialist, blogger and radio announcer at Ferris, who additionally serves as the show’s executive producer. The show is produced by senior students in the Television and Digital Media Production program under the direction of TDMP assistant professor Glen Okonoski.

"Ferris State Live" features compelling interviews with faculty, staff, students and other members of our campus community.

This week’s show, which airs Thursday (Sept. 17), features one-on-one interviews with new Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Fritz Erickson and our enthusiastic and hard-working Student Government President Claire Gould. Fritz joins Leah and Scott to discuss his transition to Ferris, what attracted him to FSU and what he has learned in the time since he came on board. Claire offers our hosts insight to what Student Government at Ferris is all about, the services it offers and brings viewers up to speed on some of the current activities and recent activities the organization has been involved in.

The show concludes with a nice discussion of University news and sports with Scott and Sandy as they bring viewers up to speed on what’s going on at Ferris.

While the show is featured on Fox 32, Thursday nights at 10:30 p.m., it also is available online by clicking here and visiting the Web page for “Ferris State Live.”

The production and presentation of "Ferris State Live" is a collaborative effort that involves University Advancement and Marketing and TDMP.

We hope you will tune in for our first of many episodes of "Ferris State Live."

If you have any ideas for show topics please send your thoughts to Sandy Gholston via e-mail at ghol1@ferris.edu.

Former Ferris Golfer Meredith Johnson Honored


Meredith Johnson had a solid career playing for the storied Ferris State University women's golf program. But, for all that success she experienced as a golfer, Johnson really paid attention to her studies, learned her craft and has been a hit in the professional golf world.

She credits her success to a stellar and comprehensive education she received at Ferris in the school's highly-acclaimed Professional Golf Management program.

Johnson was presented with the 2009 Assistant Golf Professional of the Year for the Southern California Section of the Professional Golfers Association of America.

Dear Members,

It is with great pleasure to announce that our own Meredith Johnson (Assistant Golf Professional at Desert Horizons Country Club in Palm Desert) has been chosen by her peers as the 2009 Assistant Golf Professional of the Year for the Southern California Section of the Professional Golfers Association of America.

There are almost 2000 Golf Professionals from 500 golf clubs in the SCPGA Section. Of these professionals, just 210 have achieved an A-8 level of membership with the PGA of America, which is required to receive this award.

This award goes to the PGA Assistant Golf Professional for overall performance as a golf professional, leadership, service and promotion of the game of golf. This nominee reflects the qualities and image that promote the PGA Professional to his/her members and facility.

In addition to all Meredith does for the members of Desert Horizons C.C., she is currently on the Education Committee of the SCPGA Desert Chapter Board of Directors. Within the SCPGA Section Meredith is a member of the newly reformed Employment Committee. On the National level Meredith just worked the PGA Championship held at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Minnesota.

Meredith is also involved in Junior League of Palm Springs Communities. She has also been involved with Big Brothers, Big Sisters of the Desert. Also Meredith is very active in her church.

Meredith is a very dedicated and accommodating PGA Member and has set a standard that PGA Members would be proud to have on their staff. We’re very fortunate that Meredith is a member of our staff at Desert Horizons C.C.

Johnson gave DesertCADDIE.com a little information on her background and what it means to her to win this award:

Some of my earliest memories of golf are from my home club, the Moorhead Country Club near my hometown of Fargo, ND. From day one golf was a very family-oriented sport for me. Our family of five would often spend our Sunday afternoons playing a “family scramble” with dairy queen blizzards as the reward for finishing a round. I also really looked forward to the annual parent-child alternate shot tournament, especially because I got to use the “wee-links” tee markers. This made for quite a thrill when I would out-drive Mom & Dad.

Eventually I took a more competitive interest in the game of golf and played high school golf & spent the summers playing in local, state, and national junior golf tournaments. I was recruited to play college golf at Ferris State University, where I helped the Bulldogs to a second place finish at the Division II National Championship.

As a graduate of the PGM program at Ferris State, I felt well prepared for my future in the golf business with the wonderful internship experiences I had. My internships at high-end facilities including Westchester Country Club (NY), Seaview Marriott Resort (NJ), and The Grove Resort (England) have given me a great foundation for my career in the golf business. I am very fortunate to have worked with and learned from very highly-respected PGA Professionals.

Following my college graduation in 2005, I accepted my first full-time position as an Assistant Golf Professional at Desert Horizons Country Club in Indian Wells, where I will be starting my fifth season. I became a PGA Class “A” member in 2006. I have had the opportunity to serve on the Desert Chapter Board of Directors as the Education Chair, as well as the SCPGA Employment Committee. I also have worked with the PGA on a national level at the 2008 Ryder Cup and the 2008 & 2009 PGA Championships.

I am very honored to be selected the 2009 Assistant Golf Professional of the Year. Over the last several years, I have witnessed first-hand all the PGA of America has to offer and what it stands for. Because of this I am proud to be a member of the PGA of America. I hope to continue to uphold the values and traditions of the association by serving the members of Desert Horizons, the Desert Chapter, the Southern California Section, and the PGA of America.

Congratulations to Meredith.

For the complete story on Meredith's honor: http://desertcaddie.com/?p=1156

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Ferris In The News

Post-9/11 GI Bill Fits Ferris’ Status as Military Friendly School

Arthur L. Tebo, a 1972 graduate of Ferris State University, served as a counter intelligence agent in Washington, D.C. during the Vietnam War. No one has to explain to Tebo the significance of the new Post-9/11 GI Bill (which went into effect in August) for veterans who have served their country, the Big Rapids Pioneer reports. The immediate past chair of the Ferris Board of Trustees benefited from an older GI Bill and sees the new-and-improved bill as an important step toward giving back to veterans who serve their country and desire to pursue a college education when they return home. “My memorable experience is coming back from Vietnam, going to school at Ferris and being a part of the GI Bill,” said Tebo, who earned a Business Administration degree. “Today, we’re doing that for all these students who put their lives on the line for our country and now are in school. We are helping these young (veterans) in the best way and helping the young people who are just into school understand where these kids, who are returning from service, have been and what they are for our future.”

Time Capsule Project Preserves Present for the Future

In the year 2034, Ferris State University faculty, staff and students will learn a little bit about what life was like on campus in 2009, reports the Big Rapids Pioneer. Who knows what life will be like at Ferris 25 years from now, but the time capsule project can serve as a window to help the future gain insight into the past, said University Archivist and Special Collections Librarian Melinda McMartin Isler, who is spearheading the project. For people passionate about history, the excitement generated by time capsule projects sparks imaginations to run wild remembering the past and imagining the future, she said, noting the time capsule project is open to volunteers who want to be a part of giving a gift from the present to Ferris’ future. “Our plan is to open this time capsule in 25 years. Time capsules are a way for the campus community to come together and present the essence of what Ferris is to a future community who may not even be born yet,” Isler said. “We opened a time capsule for the Starr Building as part of the renovation of the Arts and Sciences Complex in the 1990s.”

"Battle at the Ballpark" Pits Ferris Football Against Michigan Tech

Now that baseball season is finished at Fifth Third Ballpark, the home of the Whitecaps is gearing up to host several football games. First on the ballpark’s fall schedule is “Battle at the Ballpark,” a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference matchup between the Ferris State Bulldogs and the Michigan Tech Huskies at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 3, OurSportsCentral.com reports. Ferris State Athletic Director Thomas Kirinovic said the Fifth Third Ballpark location allows the many Ferris State alumni who live in the Grand Rapids area to have convenient access to see their alma mater play in a GLIAC matchup. Tickets for the game are $10 each, while Ferris students who show ID will pay $5 for student tickets. All seats are general admission. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by calling the Whitecaps at (616) 784-4131 or online at www.whitecapsbaseball.com. Read more at http://www.ferrisstatebulldogs.com/ballpark/information/index.

Time Capsule Project Preserves Present for the Future

BIG RAPIDS – In the year 2034, Ferris State University faculty, staff and students will learn a little bit about what life was like on campus in 2009.

Who knows what life will be like at Ferris 25 years from now, but the time capsule project can serve as a window to help the future gain insight into the past, said University Archivist and Special Collections Librarian Melinda McMartin Isler, who is spearheading the project.

For people passionate about history, the excitement generated by time capsule projects sparks imaginations to run wild remembering the past and imagining the future, she said, noting the time capsule project is open to volunteers who want to be a part of giving a gift from the present to Ferris’ future.

“Our plan is to open this time capsule in 25 years. Time capsules are a way for the campus community to come together and present the essence of what Ferris is to a future community who may not even be born yet,” Isler said. “We opened a time capsule for the Starr Building as part of the renovation of the Arts and Sciences Complex in the 1990s.

“Photos, yearbooks and programs help to place the building in its proper historical context, rather than just being a name and a date of construction. It really brings the time period to life,” she added.

For the full story, visit the News Services Web site: http://www.ferris.edu/htmls/news/news/fyi-detail.cfm?ID=987

Stacy Smith Tabbed To Lead FSU Cheerleading

BIG RAPIDS - The Ferris State University Athletics Department recently announced the appointment of Stacy Smith as the school's new cheerleading head coach.

Smith will guide the Bulldogs' cheerleading program and takes over following the recent departure of former head coach Amber Troyer.

"I am extremely excited to have Stacy join our staff and give direction to our cheerleading squad," said FSU Athletics Director Tom Kirinovic. "She brings a refreshing perspective for the squad to use as their focus for contributing to our home game environment.

The students on the team are excited to have her as their coach and I join them with that enthusiasm."

Most recently, Smith served since 2008 as the interim director of athletics and community education for the Kent City (Mich.) Community School District where she was responsible for the supervision of all athletics programs, including scheduling, budgeting, rules compliance and additional duties.

While with Kent City, Smith has also served as president of the Michigan Cheer Judges Association (MCJA) based in East Lansing. During her time as president of the organization, Smith has been responsible for rules development, competitive cheer rule interpretation and has worked as a color analyst for the state championships via Fox Sports Detroit. Since 2002, Smith has also assisted the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) as an independent contractor working in a similar role.

A founding member of the Competitive Cheer Coaches Association of Michigan, Smith is a past member of the MCCA Scholarship Program, a former executive member of the Allegan Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Plainwell Chamber of Commerce.

Smith's past includes significant cheerleading experience at the prep level. She was the Plainwell Varsity Cheer Coach from 1989-2000 and led the squad to a Class B State Championship in 2000. Her teams also won three Wolverince Conference Championships, two regional crowns and finished fourth in the state in 1999. Smith was honored as the CCCAM/MHSCA State & Regional Coach of the Year in 2000 and claimed conference coach of the year honors three times. From 2002-03, she guided the varsity cheer team at Portage Northern, helping the squad to a divisional title in 2002.

In addition to her past coaching experience, Smith has also played a role as an official and worked several state championship level events. She was chosen as the MCJA Official of the Year in 2008. Additionally, she's served on numerous committees and other various roles throughout her prep cheerleading tenure.

Along with her cheerleading background, Smith has also been active in a number of community organizations and coached as a volunteer at the youth level.

The Ferris State University Cheerleading program helps support intercollegiate athletics and the university by helping raise the level of fan support at various events. In addition, the team often serves as ambassadors of the university.

"Battle At The Ballpark" Tickets Still On Sale

BIG RAPIDS - Tickets remain on sale for next week's "Battle At The Ballpark" gridiron clash between Ferris State University and Michigan Tech on Saturday, Oct. 3, at Fifth Third Ballpark in Comstock Park.


General public tickets for the "Battle At The Ballpark" are $10 with all college students and those is grades K-12 being charged $5 per ticket. The game on the home field of Minor League Baseball's West Michigan Whitecaps will be a no-pass event and everyone will be required to purchase a ticket.

To purchase tickets in advance to the "Battle At The Ballpark", please stop by the FSU Athletics Ticket Office (cash/check only) or call the West Michigan Whitecaps Ticket Office at (616) 784-4131.

Additionally, tickets for the game can also be purchased online via Ticket Return by visiting this website link: https://www.ticketreturn.com/prod2/Buy.asp?EventID=43846

More information on ticket sales can also be obtained by calling the FSU Athletics Ticket Office at (231) 591-2888. Tickets will also be sold at the ballpark on gameday.

Kickoff for the "Battle at the Ballpark" is set for 7 p.m. (EDT) at Fifth Third Ballpark and a number of special pregame promotions and events are planned in conjunction with the game.

For more information on the contest and a complete list of activities, please visit the "Battle at the Ballpark" website at the link below:

"Battle At The Ballpark" Website

Learn More About Ferris State University's International Center

Ferris State University's International Center, at FLITE 404, helps students set up study away programs that are right for them. The International Center also provides services to current and future international students and faculty, as well as international visitors and community members.

Faces of Ferris: Robert Friar

Born and raised on an Indiana dairy farm, in a country recovering from the devastating economic impacts of the Great Depression and World War II, opportunities were quite scarce. Somehow, Robert Friar discovered his inner drive to beat the odds. The foundation of his inner drive was built on strong support from his father — a man who appreciated the value of a college education. Dr. Friar's path to college, however, was hardly a yellow-brick road to great things. Financially, there were challenges. Friar recalled his two older sisters already were in college. So, the path to excellence required him to roll up his proverbial sleeves and get to work.

"My parents really couldn't afford three kids in college," said Friar, who was earned a scholarship to Purdue University and began part-time work from 2 to 7 a.m. milking 120 cows on the university's research dairy farm each morning — then he was off to his 8 a.m. class. "For three years, I went to class, studied and worked. . .that was all that I did. . .I didn't have much time for a social life or anything else. During my senior year, I was offered a job in a research lab with a better work schedule, fewer hours and better pay; and it opened new doors of opportunity."

Hard work and opportunity, a combination that goes hand in hand, has led to excellence for Friar as a student, a husband, a family man, a teacher, a lecturer and more.

Friar went on, thanks to hard work and some sacrifices, to earn bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees from Purdue.

Ultimately, destiny led him north of the Indiana-Michigan border to the small community of Big Rapids. In 1967, Friar first planted roots at an institution of higher learning — what today is known as Ferris State University. He arrived at Ferris with enthusiasm and the desire to make a positive impact on the lives of young people seeking a college education.

For the rest of the story, visit: http://www.ferris.edu/htmls/news/faces/friar/

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Ferris In The News

Printing Student Wins Superlative Award in International Competition

Amela Mujkic, of Clinton Township, Mich., and a student at Ferris State University, won the Medallion of Excellence in the four-day printing competition in the WorldSkills Competition, Graphic Arts Online reports. Mujkic competed as a member of the United States “WorldTeam” in the 40th international event held Sept. 1 through 7, 2009, in Calgary, Canada. The Medallion of Excellence is awarded to competitors who score at least 500 out of 600 points in their fields of competition. Mujkic is a member of SkillsUSA, the organization that represents the United States in the WorldSkills Competition. Mujkic earned the right to be a member of the “WorldTeam” by winning local, district and national contests in printing under the SkillsUSA program. Read more at http://www.graphicartsonline.com/article/CA6697809.html?industryid=48624.

Ferris Continues to Push Scholarship Initiative

It’s written on the university’s seal: Opportunity. That word remains one of the most basic quests of Ferris State University to this day and is now more apparent than ever with the implementation of the Opportunity@125 Initiative, Vice President for Advancement and Marketing John Willey said. Introduced in April 2009, Opportunity@125 is a scholarship effort to assist students who have been severely affected by tough economic times, reports the Big Rapids Pioneer. Although the scholarship is still in its early stages of fundraising, Willey expects students to be utilizing funds by June 2010. “The economic problems – particularly in the state of Michigan – are staring us right in the face,” he said. “From Ferris’ earliest days, the university always has believed in giving anyone a chance toward a better future through attending our university.” The initiative marks Ferris’ 125th anniversary with the objective of raising $250,000. Financial Aid has increased 11 percent this year over Fall 2008 as a result of the economy, said Financial Aid Director Rob Wirt. More students are applying for special consideration due to financial hardships. To contribute to Opportunity@125, visit www.ferris.edu/foundation.

Ferris Volleyball Team Raises Money to Help Build Wells in Africa

The Ferris State University women’s volleyball team is sponsoring Dig a Well for Kids – a charity fundraising effort benefiting the African Well Fund. Every cent donated for a Bulldog dig during the team’s 2009 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference regular-season matches will support the endeavor, reports the National Academic Advising Association in its Daily Review. The African Well Fund is a registered, non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for building and maintaining wells in Africa. “We’re always engaged in community activities and believe outreaching to the world community is important,” said volleyball senior Katie Edwards of Cedar Springs. “It’s really inspiring for us to touch our community, but also to help others worldwide who are far less fortunate than we are. We (Americans) tend to take water for granted, but the limited or no access to water for the Ugandans is a difficult hardship which they shouldn’t have to endure. Read more at http://www.ferrisstatebulldogs.com/sports/wvball/2009-10/releases/africanwellfund.

Tibetan Lama Offers Blessings During Ferris Visit

The Venerable Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, a high Tibetan lama, offered blessings and an empowerment for compassion Monday at Ferris State University, the Big Rapids Pioneer reports. Rinpoche led dozens of people in chants and guided meditation, and told those gathered he hoped the blessing would bring peace and happiness to the entire world, making the attendees’ lives free of inner and outer obstacles. The presentation was open to all faiths.

New Coordinator Eyes Ferris as "Go-To" Authority on Energy

Ferris State University’s College of Engineering Technology has expanded its energy initiatives by adding Energy Center Coordinator Arn McIntyre. He comes to Ferris from McIntyre Builders in Rockford.

In his new role, McIntyre will be taking all of the College’s energy efforts and packaging them into one Energy Center. According to Thomas Oldfield, CET dean, the focus of energy is one of the directions for the college.

McIntyre looks to continue to grow Ferris’ recognition as a “go-to authority” in energy. Ferris has an advantage when it comes to education compared to its peers, he said. “The students at Ferris get real-life, practical experiences that form a skill base when they graduate.”

His experience in the field of energy and green built environment has been recognized locally and nationally. He is currently the board president for Green Built Michigan and an approved national instructor of Green Building for Building Professionals. McIntyre received from the NAHB and United States Department of Energy the 2009 Energy Value Housing Gold Award. In 2006 and 2007, he received the Advocate of the Year award from the Home Building Association of Greater Grand Rapids for his continued education in the industry of green building. He was also one of three builders in the country to be selected by ANSI to establish the National Green Build Standard.

Although McIntyre has been around construction since he was 16, his education is in engineering – receiving a bachelor of science from Michigan State University and a master of science from Western Michigan University. His career has included being a project engineer, engineering manager and more recently an advanced engineering manager for Electrolux.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Bulldog Alum Leads U.S. to PGA Cup Victory


In Luss, Scotland, 1992 Professional Golf Management grad Scott Hebert won all five of his matches, and the U.S. club pros dominated Great Britain and Ireland in singles for a 17 1/2-8 1/2 victory in the PGA Cup on Sunday (Sept. 20).

The Americans posted their largest margin of victory on foreign soil since setting the bar in 1983 at Muirfield.

Hebert, a former club pro champion from Traverse City, Mich., had a 2-up victory over Jon Bevan to become the only player on The Carrick course at Loch Lomond to win all five of his matches.

The PGA Cup, which dates to 1973 and is patterned after the Ryder Cup, features club professionals. The Americans have a 16-5-3 lead in the series and have captured the cup 11 of the last 12 times.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Ferris State Live Is Now Being Streamed

BIG RAPIDS - If you want an opportunity to check out the first episode of "Ferris State Live" you can now do so online by clicking here.

The originally airs on Fox 32 on Thursday nights at 10:30 p.m. following the local evening news broadcast.

"Ferris State Live" is a new Ferris State University public affairs show broadcasted across northern Michigan through a partnership with Cadillac-based Fox 32. The show is co-hosted by Leah Nixon, assistant director of News Services at Ferris; Scott Roman, a local radio personality and veteran television host; and Sandy Gholston, a marketing specialist at Ferris, who additionally serves as the show’s executive producer. The show is produced by senior students in the Television and Digital Media Production program under the direction of TDMP assistant professor Glen Okonoski.

"Ferris State Live" features interviews with faculty, staff, students and other members of the campus community at Ferris. The first show, which aired Thursday (Sept. 17), spotlighted Ferris President David Eisler and FSU Vice President and General Counsel Miles Postema. President Eisler discussed the past, present and future of Ferris while Postema talked about the great activities that were a part of Founders’ Day and the planning that has gone into celebrating the 125th anniversary of the founding of Ferris State University.

In the debut show, Roman and Gholston wrapped up with a discussion about news and sports on the Ferris campus.