Friday, October 2, 2009

Ferris In The News

Ferris Students Assist in Stabilizing Eroding Portion of Pere Marquette River

Kayakers on the Pere Marquette River near Baldwin recently may have been concerned they were coming “under fire,” the Big Rapids Pioneer reports. On one stretch of the river, rocks were tumbling down the banks. Those tumbling rocks came from volunteers helping stabilize the banks along a portion of the river. Volunteers included the Pere Marquette Watershed Council, Conservation Resource Alliance and a group of 38 Ferris State University Honors students. There were 50 cubic yards (70 tons) of rocks used to stop erosion along the bank. “The Pere Marquette is one of the best trout rivers,” Honors student Joe Bauer said. “If re-stabilizing the bank helps to preserve this great fishery, then it’s worth it. I’m having fun.” Pere Marquette Watershed Council member and Ferris Humanities department head Dr. Grant Snider said he began fishing the Pere Marquette in 1993. “Taking care of it and giving back to the river are important. This project is important for students because they can see the great resources we have in Michigan and that they can help take care of the environment for the future.”

Ferris Celebrates History, Looks to Future

At a time when many are looking back at Ferris State University’s 125-year history and influence on Big Rapids, President David Eisler is looking forward, reports the Big Rapids Pioneer. Eisler said now is the ideal time to explore how the university can improve its image as a go-to school in Michigan. Centralized in Big Rapids, Ferris has expanded to 19 locations throughout Michigan, making a name for itself with programs that are hands-on and centered on getting students into the workforce after graduation, Eisler said. There is a range of 170 degree programs offered, Dean of Enrollment Services Kristen Salomonson said. Some of the most popular majors at Ferris include Pharmacy, with 1,006 students enrolled in either the program or pre-program; Criminal Justice, with 947 students; and Nursing, with 884 students. Senior Kelly Toren of Cedar Springs said she was initially drawn to Ferris for its small-town feel and Honors Program. She will graduate with a Nursing degree this year. “The job placement rate for the programs Ferris offers is amazing,” she said. “The people in your field of study will help in any way possible.”

Ferris Alumnus Named Chief Pharmacy Officer for Company Advancing Cancer Care

Roger W. Anderson, Dr. P.H., was named chief pharmacy officer for one of the nation’s leaders in advancing cancer care in America, US Oncology, Inc. Anderson will oversee pharmacy services for US Oncology and its affiliated practices, PR Newswire Reports. He also will represent US Oncology network interests and the pharmacy program in public policy initiatives, industry associations and within the healthcare industry overall. “I am enthusiastic about joining such a dynamic company and continuing to make advancements in my field,” Anderson said. “US Oncology has an excellent reputation, and I look forward to contributing to the next advancements in pharmacy operations for the company.” Anderson received his undergraduate pharmacy degree from Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Mich. US Oncology, Inc., headquartered in The Woodlands, Texas, works closely with physicians, payers, biotechnology, pharmaceutical and medical equipment manufacturers to identify and deliver innovative services that enhance patient access to advanced cancer care. Read more at

Box City Gives New Meaning To Boxing

BIG RAPIDS - Are you ready to do some boxing at Ferris State University?

No, it's not really that kind of boxing and the message behind this boxing is very real for a lot of people in the United States of America and elsewhere.

Welcome to Box City, a yearly event that takes place in October to help raise awareness about increasing poverty and homelessness. Students will spend 48 hours in boxes out in the quad and collect donations that will be given to local Habitat counties.

The event takes place Wednesday (Oct. 7) through Friday (Oct. 9) on the Campus Quad at Ferris State University.

The event is being organized by Habitat for Humanity and anyone with any questions can e-mail or call (313) 478-0646.

Take Me Out To The "Battle At The Ballpark"

COMSTOCK PARK - The "Battle At The Ballpark" is sure to be a memorable day as the Ferris State University Bulldogs square off against the Michigan Tech Huskies in college football action this Saturday (Oct. 3) at Fifth Third Ballpark.

The game will take place under the lights with kickoff set for 7 p.m. on the home field of Minor League Baseball's West Michigan Whitecaps. The collegiate football contest in a baseball stadium setting is being put on through a joint partnership between FSU Athletics and the Whitecaps, who are an affiliate of the Detroit Tigers.

Ferris State will be the home team for the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tilt and proceeds from the fundraising game will help generate additional revenue for the FSU football program.

A number of special activities will take place in conjunction with Saturday's contest. Tailgating begins at 4 p.m. and will include two bands along with a bean bag tournament, free health screenings and youth activities such as a rock climbing wall and inflatable obstacle course.

The gates to the ballpark open at 5 p.m. and the event will also feature things such as a cheerleading clinic, a halftime performance from the well-known MTU Pep Band, the national anthem performed by Big Rapids Middle School students and a simulated virtual station supplied by the U.S. Army. Both the Ferris and Michigan Tech Alumni Associations will also hold events in conjunction with the game

While Fifth Third Ballpark is primarily used for minor league baseball games, the venue has played host to a multitude of other events in recent years, including concerts, high school and college baseball games along with carnivals. The Ferris-Michigan Tech game will be the second college football game to be played at Fifth Third Ballpark following the "Fall Classic" in 2007 when Grand Valley State defeated Wayne State in another GLIAC matchup. The ballpark also hosted two high school football games in 2008.

"We're excited about the opportunity to showcase Division II football in an outstanding facility such as Fifth Third Ballpark while helping our program at the same time," said Ferris head football coach Jeff Pierce. "It will be a great environment for the fans and feature good competition between Ferris and Michigan Tech while highlighting the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference."

Fifth Third Ballpark, which was originally known as Old Kent Park, opened in April of 1994 and has a total seating capacity of 10,071 in a variety of formats, including box seats, luxury suites, deck/patio areas and lawn/standing room locations. The ballpark is one of the only professional baseball stadiums in the country to be constructed strictly with private funds and without taxpayer dollars.

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 will be a no-pass event and everyone will be required to purchase a ticket. Tickets will be sold at the ballpark or 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:

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

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Ferris In The News

Tech Tour Day Six: Grand Valley, Ferris State Joining Spinoff Effort

From Grand Valley’s downtown campus I headed up Heritage Hill to the building Ferris State University’s downtown campus shares with Grand Rapids Community College – the first-ever building shared between a community college and a four-year college when it opened in 1991, reports Matt Roush in the Great Lakes IT Report. I met with Frederick “Rick” Baker, coordinator-instructor-advisor of Ferris’ Digital Media Software Engineering program in downtown Grand Rapids. He achieved the nearly impossible – giving me a 20-minute presentation on his software development class without showing me one single line of code, or indeed telling me anything about how to develop software. Instead, Baker gave me a tour of the recent rise of software-driven technological advances in appliances and handhelds. And, he told me how he teaches his students about the real world of the software development industry, about the soft skills they’ll need in human relations and making presentations, and how he teaches those skills in his class, too. All I can say is I wish I’d had more professors like this guy. Read more at

Ferris Professor Links Students, WWII Vets to Carry on Stories

Christine Bailey’s life has always revolved around politics. From the time she was young, world politics – especially American politics – were discussed in her home, the Big Rapids Pioneer reports. It’s no wonder she made it a career, going on to teach political science at Michigan colleges and universities. Bailey understands you can’t be aware of current events without knowledge of the past. That’s why for the last four years she’s linked Ferris State University students with World War II veterans. The students interview the veterans, record their stories and get insight into what the war was like. The veterans have their memories preserved, and in turn, the students come to have a greater appreciation for “The Greatest Generation.” Some of the pairings have become lasting friendships, Bailey said.

Ferris State Celebrates 125 Years, Creating Green Majors

Now in its 125th year of educating students and creating career pathways, Ferris State University is delving into majors that study alternative energy sources, reports the Bay City Times. Beginning in the fall of 2010, Ferris is adding two majors: Architecture Sustainability, and Energy Systems and Engineering. The new architecture program focuses on how to create sustainable designs, especially in a green-focused world. The new energy program focuses on alternative energy sources, and combines expertise from other programs such as the architecture program and the construction program. “These programs are important because 50 percent of our energy is spent on buildings,” said Ferris President David Eisler. “Our students are going to learn how to apply alternative energy.” The university will be looking specifically at wind, solar and geothermal energy. Read more at

Great Lakes IT Report's Fall Tech Tour 2009 Visits Ferris In Grand Rapids

The Great Lakes IT Report's Fall Tech Tour 2009 visited Grand Rapids to meet with officials from Ferris State University and Grand Valley State University.

Below is an excerpt of how the visit went as WWJ News Radio 950, a Detroit-based station, had a chance to learn more about what Ferris and Grand Valley are doing with technology advances these days.

Here is part of the report (a report that is a must read):

I also spoke to Ron McKean, associate dean of Ferris State's College of Engineering Technology, who told me the university is hard at work planning its Third Annual Michigan Energy Conference, scheduled for April 7 and 8 in Big Rapids.

The school has also hired its first energy coordinator, who will manage Ferris State's energy work force training activities, manage the conference and seek grand funding. "As we build our presence in the energy arena, he will be a key person on that," McKean said of the new coordinator, Arnold McIntyre.

McKean also said Ferris is close to adding a new bachelor's degree program in energy systems engineering. The degree will have a choice of three areas of concentration -- building energy systems, energy generation and distribution or alternative and renewable energy.

Thomas M. Crandell, director of corporate and professional development at Ferris, said the school is also working on a Green Awareness Program with the Union Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters, developing environmentally friendly training modules for their members, as well as a partnership with DTE Energy and Habitat for Humanity to research the energy efficiency of existing homes.

Ferris is also working on creating a West Michigan College Wind Collaborative with several community colleges, creating a program of wind energy education.

There is plenty more to check out with the Fall Tour 2009 as it stopped on day six in GR.

Great Lakes Tech Tour Web site:

Visit to see the full spectrum of the important visit to Ferris and Grand Valley in Grand Rapids:

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Ferris State University Volleyball Garners AVCA Play Of The Week

Ferris State University, Big Rapids, Mich.
Head Coach – Tia Brandel-Wilhelm
Athletes Involved in Play – Ashley Huntley (No. 7), Dana Ruttle (No. 4),
Samantha Fordyce (No. 11), Arielle Goodson (No. 5)

With over 8,000 votes cast in its debut week, the first Volleyball Market/AVCA Play of the Week has been awarded to the Ferris State University volleyball team. The Bulldogs earned the honor after beating out four other semifinalists – Academy of Art University, University of Hawai’i, University of Hawai’i-Hilo and The Ohio State University – during a week-long voting period.

The award-winning play came in the second set of the Bulldogs’ home match-up with Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) rival Grand Valley State University, which took place in FSU’s Ewigleben Sports Arena. The play begins with the Bulldogs’ Ashley Huntley serving to the GVSU players. The Lakers’ right side hitter then fires an attack attempt over the net, which is saved by Dana Ruttle with a sprawling dig that sails off towards the scorer’s table. FSU’s setter Samantha Fordyce races after the ball, and with her back to the court, bump-sets a perfectly placed ball for middle blocker Arielle Goodson, who smashes it just past the right hand of the opposing blocker into the middle of the GVSU court. The Bulldogs went on to drop the tightly-contested match in five sets, succumbing in the final set to the Lakers, 15-13.

The play, which can be viewed on the AVCA’s YouTube channel by clicking here, will now join the coming weeks’ finalists in becoming eligible for the Volleyball Market/AVCA Play of the Year, to be announced at the AVCA All-America/Players of the Year Banquet on Friday, Dec. 18, at the AVCA Convention in Tampa, Fla.

About Volleyball Market/AVCA Play of the Week
New for the 2009 season, AVCA member schools will have the opportunity to submit up to three (3) plays per week to be voted on by coaches, players, fans and the general public for the chance to be named Volleyball Market/AVCA Play of the Week. Deadline for video submission will be Tuesdays at 11:00 am (ET) for plays from the previous week (Monday-Sunday). The submitted plays for each week will be narrowed down to five, and those five will be posted to the AVCA Web site on Thursday to be voted on. Voting will take place on the AVCA Web site and will run through the following Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. (ET). The Volleyball Market/AVCA Play of the Week will then be announced via press release the following day. For more information on the Volleyball Market/AVCA Play of the Week, visit the AVCA Web Site.

About Volleyball Market
Born in April of 2003, Volleyball Market is one of the fastest growing volleyball specialty companies in North America. Widely known as the Asics team volleyball headquarters online, Volleyball Market's friendly service, attention to detail and a sharp focus on superior customer care for player or coach, has laid the foundation for their explosive growth. The Volleyball Market is also a staunch supporter of the grassroots development of the sport of volleyball. For more information about Volleyball Market visit or call 866-999-3004.

Stay On Top Of Events For Ferris State University Homecoming

BIG RAPIDS - It's getting close to time for homecoming festivities at Ferris State University. Be sure to stay on top of all the exciting activities that will taking place on campus and elsewhere as Bulldogs from all over celebrate Ferris.

Check out the action below and get involved:

Schedule of Events

Sunday, October 4Bedsheet Banner Competition
Monday, October 5Lip Sync Contest, 8 p.m. Williams Auditorium
Tuesday, October 6Kickball Tournament, 6:30 p.m. Top Taggart Field
Wednesday, October 7Pep Games, 6:30 p.m. Top Taggart Field
Thursday, October 8Bonfire at 8 p.m. in Lot 61 by Brophy/McNerney
Friday, October 9Surveying Engineering Workshops, 8 a.m. Swan Building. Contact Katy Moore at 213-591-2633 for more information.
Friday, October 9Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, The Rock Cafe, 12:30 p.m.
Friday, October 9Surveying Engineering Burt & Mullett Student Organization Wild Game Dinner, 6 p.m. Location: West Commons. Contact Katy Moore at 213-591-2633 for more information.
Friday, October 9Debate Team Alumni Reunion at the Holiday Inn at 7 p.m. Visit for more information.
Friday, October 9Annual Black Alumni Hospitality Suite, 7-10 p.m., Rankin Center CDR.
Friday, October 9Comedian, 7 p.m. at Williams Auditorium
Saturday, October 10
125th Celebration Sponsored Event
125 Years of Stories - What's Yours? 9 a.m. at the Alumni Building. Bring your Ferris artifacts and memories for an "Antiques Roadshow" style event. Continental breakfast will be served!
Saturday, October 10Alumni Welcome Tent, Lot 37, immediately west of Top Taggart Field, 10 a.m. to game time.
Saturday, October 105K Run 10 a.m. Student Recreation Center
Event Cancelled!
Saturday, October 1011 a.m. Lambda Chi Alpha 100th anniversary photo. Alumni and current members will have their photo taken prior to the Homecoming parade at 408 South Michigan Avenue.
Saturday, October 10Communication Alumni Tailgate, immediately west of Top Taggart Field, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 10Parade, noon downtown Big Rapids
Saturday, October 10College of Engineering Technology Chili Cook-off, Lot 37, immediately west of Top Taggart Field
Saturday, October 10HVACR Tent, Lot 37, immediately west of Top Taggart Field
Saturday, October 10College of Business Tailgate Tent, Lot 37, immediately west of Top Taggart Field
Saturday, October 10Black Alumni Welcome Tent, Lot 37, immediately west of Top Taggart Field
Saturday, October 10Football Game
2 p.m. Top Taggart Field. Please read the tailgate policy.
Saturday, October 10Heavy Equipment Technology Pig Roast
Immediately following the football game
Heavy Equipment Building
Saturday, October 106 p.m. Lambda Chi Alpha formal at the Holiday Inn Great Lakes Room. $30 per person, RSVP to Scott Redding at 231.591.2866. Payment must be received by Oct. 2
Saturday, October 10All Student/All Alumni Dance Reception
Gridiron Reception
Veterans Reception, 8 p.m. Holiday Inn
Saturday, October 10Black Alumni Celebration, 8-11 p.m., The Gate
Sunday, October 11HET Open House continues at the Heavy Equipment Building
Sunday, October 11Black Alumni Brunch, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Rankin Center CDR

“What's Morally Wrong With Homosexuality?”

BIG RAPIDS - For those interested in what should be an interesting lecture, you will not want to miss one coming up from Wayne State University professor of Philosophy Dr. John Corvino, who will be on campus at Ferris State University.

On Monday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m. in the Rankin Student Center Dome Room, Dr. Corvino will be speaking on the topic: “What's Morally Wrong With Homosexuality?”

Here is the description of Dr. Corvino's lecture:

“What's Morally Wrong With Homosexuality?” a lecture by Dr. John Corvino, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Wayne State University in Detroit and nationally known speaker on issues relating to morality and homosexuality.

For more information about Dr. Corvino, please visit his website

This lecture is part of a series of educational events focused on issues faced by members of the LBGTQA (Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, Transgender, Queer, and Allies) community. All events are free and open to the public.

This event is made possible by: The Alliance for Ferris Employees, Office for Diversity and Inclusion, Academic Affairs, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Education and Human Services, Rankin Art Gallery, Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning, and the Departments of Humanities, Social Sciences, Physical Sciences, Languages and Literature, and Biological Sciences.

For more information about the Alliance for Ferris Employees (AFE) please visit

Date: Monday, Oct. 5
Time: 7 to 8 p.m.
Location: Rankin Student Center Dome Room
Contact: Karen Strasser
Group/Organization: Alliance for Ferris Employees
Telephone: (231) 591-2543

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Who Are You Gonna Call? ... The Ghost Hunter

BIG RAPIDS - If there's something strange in your neighborhood ... who you gonna call? You're going to call ... the Ghost Hunter.

Chris Fleming, also known as "Ghost Hunter" will be at Ferris State University talking about his experiences.

Here is the description:

Chris Fleming "Ghost Hunter"

As early as he can remember (4-5 years old), Chris Fleming was prone to experiencing extraordinary encounters in the form of ghosts and unexplained phenomena. From dark shadow forms coming out of closets and dark corners in the house to glowing ghosts that would manifest above grade school friends that would sleep over.

One thing was for sure update. Chris was not experiencing these things alone. As his childhood experiences increased, Chris began to study (with great fear and hesitation in the beginning) the ghosts as they would move around the house and in some cases interact with him. He realized their use of thought and how they could hear our thoughts (telepathy) and move from one side of the room almost instantly. Their placement and form was controlled by whatever they thought and wherever they wanted to be in the room or house. His fears or curious thoughts were never hidden from them.

This event is FREE thanks to Student Activity Fees as allocated by the Finance Division of Student Government. Anyone with a disability who needs special accommodations to attend this event should contact 231.591.2610 at least 72 hours in advance.

Date: Thursday, October 1, 2009 - Thursday, October 1, 2009

Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: Williams Auditorium
Contact: Entertainment Unlimited
Group/Organization: Entertainment Unlimited
Telephone: 231-591-2610

Click here for more information

Don't Forget About Ferris State University Bulldog Ice Hockey

BIG RAPIDS - The Ferris State University hockey team will kind of begin its season on Sunday afternoon in Ewigleben Ice Arena.

After starting practice on Saturday, the Bulldogs will be on the sheet for real Sunday at 2 p.m. when they host Wilfred Laurier in an exhibition contest.

So, it's never to early to start thinking about some Bulldog hockey action as head coach Bob Daniels and his icers gear up for another rigorous season of on-the-ice action through what will be yet another challenging slate of Central Collegiate Hockey Association games.

For more information, visit the Ferris State University Athletics Web site and visit the hockey page.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Ferris Alumni Association Has Its Schedule For Battle at the Ballpark

BIG RAPIDS - Join the Ferris State University Alumni Association on Oct. 3 at the Fifth-Third Ballpark as the Bulldogs vs. Michigan Tech Huskies battle it out at Fifth Third Park in Comstock Park, just outside of Grand Rapids.

This will be a special event that fans of the Bulldogs and alumni eager to reconnect with fellow Ferris grads will not want to miss.

Here is the list of activities that will take place in and around Fifth Third Park as the Bulldogs take on the Michigan Tech University Huskies with kickoff scheduled for 7 p.m.

6 to 8 p.m. Pre-tailgate on the deck with all you can eat buffet!
Pick-up your free t-shirt
7 p.m. Game begins! Exclusive deck seating!
(Cash bar located on the deck for alumni guests only)

$15/children 11 - 18
$10/children 10 and under

Guests registered for this event should park in the NORTH lot and enter through the outfield gate.

Follow the link below to register for this special event: Register here

Find Out More About Ferris Formula SAE Team

Are you interested in cars?

Do you like working on them and building things?

Then you might be interested in what we do at Ferris State University.
We are the Ferris Formula SAE Team here on campus, and we design and build a small scale Formula 1 race car.

We do everything from... designing it ourselves, raising our own money to buy the parts, building the car, and marketing the car.

We can use anyone and everyone from all programs, and if you like to have fun building and working on cars then you should come check us out.

The Ferris Formula Team meetings are on Thursday nights at 8 p.m. in Auto 112, or contact David Bush at Visit us at

The Ferris State University International Center Presents: Bring A Little, Taste a Little

BIG RAPIDS - So many of us love good food and the tastes of a variety of cultures.

If that is something you find appealing, you will not want to miss "Bring a Little, Taste a Little," an event sponsored by the International Center at Ferris State University.

The International Center sponsors “potlucks” or group meals once a month. Students attending should come with at least a vegetable, snack, dessert or meat dish to share. The meal is set in an informal setting and served in a buffet style.

Here are the details:
Date: Tuesday, Sept. 29
Time: 6 to 8 p.m.
Location: FLITE 438
Contact: Shana Beisiegel
Group/Organization: International Center
E-mail: beisies@ferris.eduTelephone: 231-591-2824

Office of Multicultura Student Services Presents: Tres Vidas

BIG RAPIDS - As part of Hispanic Heritage Month activities at Ferris State University, various organizations have come together to present: Tres Vidas.

This free event, which is open to the public, features: Live music theatre based on the lives of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, Argentine poet Alfonsina Storni and Salvadoran peasant-activist Rufina Amaya. The event takes place Wednesday evening (Sept. 30) at 7 to 9 p.m. in G. Mennen Williams Auditorium on the Big Rapids campus of Ferris.

Anyone with a disability who needs special accommodations to attend any of these events should contact the Office of Multicultural Student Services at (231) 591-2617 at least 72 hours in advance.

Sponsoring this event are: Office of Multicultural Student Services, Diversity and Inclusion Office, Hispanic Student Organization (HSO), Office of Admissions and Records, Dining Services, National Society of Minorities in Hospitality (NSMH), Student Activity Fee as allocated by the Finance Division of Student Government and the Hispanic Heritage Month Planning Committee.

For more information, contact Michael Wade in the Office of Multicultural Student Services at (231) 591-5029. or e-mail him at