Thursday, October 8, 2009

Don't Miss The Latest Episode Of Ferris State Live Tonight On Fox 32

BIG RAPIDS – Don’t forget 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 Liv
e" 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.

In the fourth show, airing tonight, hosts Leah and Scott interview Ferris State University women’s volleyball player Katie Edwards. Katie was on to discuss the volunteer work being done in communities by Ferris student-athletes as well as fund-raising efforts for causes that she and fellow student-athletes are involved in. Leah and Scott also welcomed into the studio Dr. Robert Friar, an Anatomy and Physiology professor at Ferris and an acclaimed speaker, who was on to discuss his famous “Sex and the College Student” lecture series and human sexuality in general.

The show wrapped up with news and sports as Scott and Sandy discussed some of the news and events taking place in and around the Ferris State University campus. Among other topics, Scott and Sandy discussed the Hispanic Heritage Month Panel Discussion on issues, homecoming, the official ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Rock Café, Battle at the Ballpark, former football student-athlete Jake Visser being named a top scholar athlete and more.

Ferris State Live is produced, directed, designed and distributed by students in the Television and Digital Media Production Program (TDMP).

Be sure to tune in to "Ferris State Live" broadcast weekly Thursday evening on Fox 32 at 10:30pm and FSU Channel 22.

While the show is featured on Fox 32, Thursday nights at 10:30 p.m., it also is available on the Web by clicking here.

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 the latest episode of "Ferris State Live."

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

Former Ferris State University SID, Current Lions Community Affairs Director Tim Pendell To Return

BIG RAPIDS - One of the highlights of this weekend's homecoming festivities, for fans who know the history of Ferris State University Athletics, will be the return of former FSU Sports Information Director Tim Pendell as part of the ongoing 125th anniversary celebration of the University.

Pendell, who currently serves as Community Affairs Director for the Detroit Lions, will be hosting moderating an event called "125 Years of Stories. What's Yours?" in the Alumni Building on the FSU Big Rapids campus beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday morning. That will be a special event as people with ties to Ferris are asked to bring their memories and their memorabilia back to campus to share with other lovers of Ferris State University.

In addition to his work with the early-morning event, Pendell will be a live on-air guest during the broadcast of the Bulldog homecoming football game against the University of Indianapolis at Top Taggart Field Saturday afternoon.

Fly Like Your Favorite Super Hero Before The Homecoming Football Game

BIG RAPIDS - Are you ready to get up and grab some air and be like one of your favorite childhood super heroes?

Ferris State University has a unique opportunity for you to feel like one of the Super Friends from the old-school cartoon (I know ... I am probably showing my age, but that's OK).

Here is the official announcement:
Come out to TOP TAGGART FIELD during the homecoming tailgate if you've ever wanted to try skydiving! X-Treme Air is an original event for EXTREME SPORT LOVERS!

X-Treme Air is an impressive show for both participants and viewers alike. We've hooked up a 1200HP engine to an inverted DC-3 airplane propeller just so we can give people the special feeling of falling at 120 mph without actually jumping out of an airplane!

HOW IT WORKS: The participants are first suited up in a flight suit, helmet, and goggles and then given instructions on how to enjoy this thrilling experience.

Check it out here:

*As seen in Maxim and Playboy Magazine!*


Are we crazy? Come see for yourself! 10 a.m. to kickoff!
This is a special event you won't want to miss.

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College of Engineering Technology's Chili Cook Off

BIG RAPIDS - Everybody thinks they have the best chili recipe you've ever experienced.

For those who want to showcase their chili cooking skills, here is your opportunity at Ferris State University. The Chili Cook-Off is scheduled for Saturday Oct. 10 from 12 p.m, to 1:45 in Lot 37 under the big tent just west of Top Taggart Field prior to the start of the homecoming football game.

Here is the announcement:
Come and get a free lunch at our Chili Cook-Off during Homecoming on Saturday, October 10. We're preparing for another great cook-off during homecoming activities this Saturday. This year, just like last, our winning chili will be selected by a distinguished panel of judges from the community. Come and find out who the winner is and have some free chili! We are located on Lot #37, immediately west of Top Taggart Field. Serving to the public starts at noon and ends at 1:45 p.m. See you there! Which chili will be chosen as this year's winner? Don't miss this event!
Here are the particulars:

Time: 12 to 1:45 p.m.
Location: Lot 37 under the Big Tent, immediately west of Top Taggart Field
Contact: Bruce Hammond
Group/Organization: CET's Annual Chili Cook-Off
Telephone: (231) 591-2637

Iliza Shlesinger To Perform As Part Of Ferris Homecoming Activities

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It's All Good at Ferris During Homecoming Week

BIG RAPIDS - Life is tough enough, and maybe it's time to take a step back and have a little fun with life.

Visitors to Ferris State University are invited to join fellow alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends for a heavy dose of homecoming activities.

Friday night, Oct. 9, Iliza Shlesinger (pictured above) will host a live performance at G. Mennen Williams Auditorium on the Ferris campus in Big Rapids. You can check out Iliza competing on NBC's Last Comic Standing Season 6. In 2007, Iliza won Myspace's "So You Think You're Funny" contest and has been featured as the G4 Network's Myspace Girl of the Week."

Admission is free.

The entire schedule events can be viewed online at

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Ferris Grad Don Perne Featured In Toledo Blade Story

Don Perne, a former head professional at Inverness Club, and the late Tom Wolf have been named 2009 inductees into the Toledo Golf Hall of Fame. They will be honored at ceremonies Oct. 14 held in conjunction with the Toledo District Golf Association's annual Hall of Fame Tournament at Toledo Country Club.

Wolf, who died earlier this year after battling cancer, was a top administrator for amateur golf in the Toledo area, primarily through the Toledo Metro Golf Association. He directed the organization's top events, including the S.P. Jermain match play championship, the Toledo Amateur, and the TMGA Fall Classic.

Wolf, an educator who served as dean of the School of Business at Lourdes College, was honored in 2000 as recipient of the Burt Silverman Award for his dedication to the game.
Perne, one of the first club pros in the nation to earn Master Professional status, worked at several prominent clubs, including Inverness from 1981-93. He is the founder of the Golf Management Program at Ferris State (Mich.) University, which is considered among the top models for professional training and enhancement in the golf industry.

Check out the Toledo Blade:

Attention: Change In Homecoming Event Schedule

NOTICE: The Pep Games event has been moved to the multi-purpose room at the Sports Complex - the start time is still 6:30 p.m.

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. See Above
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

An Analysis Of Results Of Ferris State University's Diversity Plan

BIG RAPIDS - Ferris State University’s Diversity Plan includes this goal, “Recruit, retain, and graduate a diverse student population.”

Ferris is enjoying success with the first part of that charge—recruiting a diverse student population. In a Sept. 8, University-wide notice, President Dave Eisler stated the following, “Fall enrollment figures also include some wonderful gains in diversity— African American enrollment has increased by 5.34 percent, Hispanic enrollment has grown by 14.29 percent, and Native American enrollment is up 15.74 percent.”

As the table to the right shows, the Ferris student body is more diverse today than it was in 2006. These are impressive gains in a post-Proposition 2 state. This increase in diversity is a result, in part, of aggressive recruiting by admissions officers and creative initiatives like the OMSS Imagine More Student Life Bus Tour.

It should be noted that the numbers for Asian American and “Foreign” students have leveled off and in some years decreased.

These findings are available (along with the chart) in the Expect Diversity newsletter.

Discussion Highlights Hispanic Heritage, Multicultural Awareness


BIG RAPIDS – Ferris State University’s Hispanic population is still small, but thanks to outreach efforts has experienced growth during the last three years.

In Fall 2007, the number of Hispanic students at Ferris was 177. Two years later that number is up to 296 – a benefit of university diversity efforts. Since mid-September, Ferris has been celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month through activities designed to expose the campus community to Hispanic culture. As part of the month-long event, Office of Multicultural Student Services Assistant Director Michael Wade moderated a panel discussion: “Hispanics in America.”

“In the real world, we have to work to break down barriers that divide us and not create barriers,” said Ana Davila-Howard, a Spanish professor who has been working at Ferris since 1993, and who was one of four participants on the panel discussion in the Founders Room of the Rankin Student Center. “I always challenge students to not be afraid of different cultures and to reach out to other cultures so we can all get to know each other better.

“We all have to become more open-minded to other cultures and that is why I am constantly encouraging my students not to be afraid of what they don’t know.”

As part of the discussion, Wade used a PowerPoint presentation that highlighted statistics and facts about Hispanic populations in the United States, in general, and at Ferris, in specific. The slides introduced information about education, illegal immigration, the economic impact of undocumented immigrants, assimilation into U.S. culture, family life, the challenges of going to college and more during the hour-long event.

“We really appreciate how receptive students are to talking about diverse cultures and to learning about diverse cultures,” Wade said of Hispanic Heritage Month, which has featured authentic Latin food, Latin dancing, a theatre production, information and more. “The whole month of activities has been well attended and we appreciate the hard work so many people have put in to make these activities such a great success. The events have been well attended by members of the community, as well as by faculty, staff and students.”

In closing comments, panelists offered their thoughts about the growing population of Hispanics at Ferris and bridging gaps between the different cultures on campus.

“My advice to people would be to go to Hispanic events and to in general go to different cultural events and open your mind to getting to know other people,” said Nereida Alvarado, a third-year Ferris student from Grand Rapids. “We all have to be willing to mingle and associate with people of different cultures so we can all come together.”

Arita Franchi, a fourth-year student from Grand Rapids, emphasized the importance of “being open-minded to all cultures.”

With the Office of Multicultural Student Services and the Diversity and Inclusion Office leading the way, Ferris has continued to strengthen the atmosphere of diversity at Ferris. Isabel Isabel, a senior student from Grand Rapids, sees diversity as something everyone must face up to in the years to come.

“We’re all going to have to deal with each other,” Isabel said. “It’s time we all educated ourselves and came together to make us all stronger.”

Panel Honors Legacy of Helen Ferris

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BIG RAPIDS – Celebrating Ferris State University’s 125th anniversary, the College of Education and Human Services is hosting a two-part panel discussion honoring university co-founder Helen Ferris at 4 p.m. Oct. 8 in the Rankin Student Center Centennial Dining Room.

The first in a series of events commemorating Helen Ferris, the panel will analyze who Helen Ferris was as a person while adding perspective to her role as co-founder of the university.

“What most people don’t realize is that Helen played as much of a role as co-founder of the university as Woodbridge. She was a remarkable woman for her time – an age where it was unusual for women to be in the workplace. Her accomplishments were astounding, but for the most part unnoticed,” said Mary Kay MacIver, panelist and associate director for Advancement Services at Ferris.

Along with MacIver, the first panel will consist of local historians Melinda McMartin Isler, university archivist, and Gary Huey, professor of History at Ferris. They will discuss characteristics typically associated with Helen Ferris such as conscientiousness, integrity and sincerity.

The second part of the panel is composed of Ferris faculty and alumni from the COEHS. Panelists include Christine Conley-Sowels, assistant professor, School of Education; Glen Okonoski, alumnus and assistant professor, Television and Digital Media Production; Kristin Walters, alumna, School of Criminal Justice faculty and director of the Justice Learning Community; and Jill Busey, alumna and Big Rapids Recreation department director. This panel plans to discuss their thoughts on Helen Ferris and what it means to them as inheritors of her legacy, both personally and professionally.

As individual discussions conclude, both panels will come together to discuss how the Ferris community can continue to preserve Helen Ferris’ legacy. Maude Bigford, Ferris Honors program coordinator, will moderate the discussion panels.

Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and conversation will begin at 4 p.m. preceding the panel discussions at 4:30 p.m.

COEHS adopted the memory and legacy of Helen Ferris as their way to join the university in celebrating its 125th anniversary.

“Where Woodbridge was the grand visionary of the university, Helen was the nuts and bolts of that vision,” said Paul Blake, COEHS associate dean. “She provided an incredible balance to Woodbridge’s vision by adding her own sense of practicality.”

For more information on Ferris’ 125th anniversary celebration, visit:

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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Reserve Your Spot At Ferris State University Bulldog Athletics Hall Of Fame Banquet

BIG RAPIDS - Reservations are currently being accepted for the Class of 2009 Induction Banquet of Ferris State University's Bulldog Athletics Hall of Fame set for Friday, Oct. 30, at FSU's Jim Wink Arena.

The Bulldog Athletics Hall of Fame, which inducted its Charter Class in 2000 and will recognize its 10th class of inductees this fall, was established to honor those athletes and coaches who have distinguished themselves in their sport or honorary members who made truly exceptional contributions to athletics.

This year's honorees are: Deb Bolinger of Marietta, Ga., softball (1978-82); Monty Brown of Saginaw, football (1989-92); Dean Davenport of Big Rapids, athletics administrator & coach (1970-93); Tim Herman of Flint, men's basketball (1976-79); Andy Roach of Mattawan, hockey (1993-97); Karen (Kramer) Trierweiler of Grand Ledge, women's basketball (1983-87); and Bill Scheible of Big Rapids, who played football (1974-76) for Ferris and also served the athletics department in a variety of capacities after his playing career concluded.

A 15-member Selection Committee of faculty, staff, alumni and community members chose the inductees from among 35 nominees. The class spans three decades and includes representation from five different sports along with two former administrators.

The seven new inductees will join 88 honorees already enshrined during the 10th annual Induction Banquet on Oct. 30 at Wink Arena. The event opens at 5:30 p.m. (EDT) with a reception in honor of this year's inductees. The dinner runs from 7-8 p.m. (EDT) and the induction program follows until approximately 10 p.m. (EDT).

This year's honorees will also be recognized the following day (Oct. 31) during halftime activities as the Bulldog football team takes on Hillsdale in the 10th annual Hall of Fame Game with kickoff set for 2 p.m. (EDT) at Top Taggart Field.

Reservations are $50 each and can be made online or checks should be made payable to the Bulldog Athletics Hall of Fame. Individual sponsorships are $200 and include two banquet reservations, recognition in the printed program in addition to verbal and signage recognition at the banquet. Corporate sponsorships are $750 and include 10 banquet reservations, a reserved table, recognition in the program, verbal and signage recognition at the banquet, an invitation for an individual and a guest to watch Ferris' football game versus Hillsdale the following day in the Wheeler Pavilion President's Box with this year's inductees (includes parking pass). A portion of all reservations and sponsorships may also be tax-deductible.

For further information regarding the banquet, please contact Frank Dye at (231) 591-2862 or via email at

Reservations can also be made online by visiting this link:

Monday, October 5, 2009

Justin Keenan Tabbed As Preseason All-America

Click Here For Sporting News All-America Listing (PDF)

BIG RAPIDS - The first preseason basketball publication has hit the newstands and Ferris State University men's basketball standout Justin Keenan (Grand Rapids/Ottawa Hills) has been tabbed as a Preseason Honorable Mention All-America selection for the 2009-10 campaign by The Sporting News.

The 6-6 Keenan, who will be a junior for the Bulldogs in eligibility this season, was one of 42 players from the NCAA Division II level recognized by the magazine. The publication listed five preseason first-team picks along with five second-team picks and 32 honorable mention recipients.The Sporting News featured only two players from the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) on its list with Keenan joined by point guard Marcus Parker from the University of Findlay, which is the defending Division II National Champions.In addition to the preseason All-America listing, the publication also included a Presseason Top 10 list with GLIAC-member Grand Valley State found seventh. Another school from the NCAA-II Midwest Region, Bellarmine (Ky.), was the magazine's number-one ranked preseason squad after narrowly falling to Findlay in the regional final last season. Findlay, Northern Kentucky and Southern Indiana were regional representatives included on a list of 32 "Possible Breakthroughs" this campaign.

Keenan was honored last season as a National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Division II All-Midwest District Second Team pick along with a Daktronics All-Midwest Region Second Team and All-GLIAC North Division First Team selection.

One of five players named to the Preseason All-GLIAC North Division squad in voting by the league's member head coaches last year, Keenan led the GLIAC in scoring (20.2 ppg.) while ranking second in offensive rebounds (3.4 rpg.), fourth in rebounding (7.3 rpg.) and fourth in field goal percentage (.546). He also made and attempted more free throws (180-237) than any other player in the league last season. Keenan reached double-figure scoring in 24 of his 25 games and totaled 20 points or more in 14 outings a year ago, including a career-high 33 points versus Olivet (Nov. 25), en route to earning team MVP honors for the second-straight year.

For the complete press release, visit:

Ferris State University: Writings on the Wall Aims To Break Down Barriers

Ferris State University students are working to break down the walls that divide people:
The Writings on the Wall Project @ FSU highlights hateful words and stereotypes by means of a physical wall display. Through constructing, displaying, and then destroying the wall of hate, the Writings on the Wall Project @ FSU heightens our awareness to and is positive action against oppression and discrimination.

As our friend and colleague Cristina Daniel reminds us, “Walls are representations of the barriers that you put up to shield yourself from the elements from which you wish to hide.”


The Writings on the Wall Project @ FSU is a student-led initiative to engage our University community in a shared experience that inspires all to get involved, collaborate, and take action against oppression, hate, and discrimination.

  1. To create an environment for student learning that is inclusive and sensitive to a diverse student population (Diversity Plan Strategic #4)
  2. To provide a visual educational program to the Ferris State University community about diversity and inclusion
  3. To educate faculty, staff and students about the University’s definition of diversity, which encompasses the full range of human differences
  4. To assist individuals to understand the impact of their words on others
  5. To show the power of collaboration to create a learning experience and positive change
  6. To empower members of the University community to become agents of change and promote a shared commitment to learning, equity, and social action
  7. To bring awareness of University resources to aid students, faculty, and staff.

I would encourage people to open their mind and check out this intriguing and important project.

For more information:

Date: Monday, Oct. 5
Time: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: Campus Quad
Contact: Bryan Lochan:
Contact: Christina Daniel:
Group/Organization: Diversity and Inclusion Office

Jim Crow Museum Question of the Month: Hockey Pioneer Willie O'Ree

Jim Crow Museum Question of the Month: October 2009

Question: You hear so much, at least in February, about Jackie Robinson. Why don’t you hear anything about Willie O’Ree, the first African American to play professional hockey?

Stephan Lockweed - Boston, Massachusetts

O’Ree was born in 1935 and grew up in Fredericton, New Brunswick, a Canadian province just north of Maine, thus he was an African Canadian, not an African American. As a very young child, probably around 3 years of age, he began ice skating and, by the age of five, he was playing in a local hockey league. While in high school he played on what was then a “junior” team, comparable today to playing college hockey in the United States.
Despite being an outstanding junior league player, O'Ree's journey to the National Hockey League (NHL) got a lot more difficult during the 1955/1956 hockey season when, while playing for the Kitchener-Waterloo Canucks, he was struck with a puck in his face. The injury cost him 95 percent of the vision in his right eye. Doctors advised him to retire, but eight weeks after the injury, he was playing hockey. Because of the injury, O’Ree had to switch positions. In his words, "Being a left wing, my right eye was closest to the puck. When I came back, I would lose sight of the puck, and I was getting body checked much more. So I switched to the right side. I had to take most of the passes on my backhand, but it didn't bother me. At least I had vision of the rink."

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Ferris State University English Professor Tells Story Of Morrell Sinking

The Traverse City Record-Eagle newspaper has this little nugget about some new reading people might want to investigate.
TRAVERSE CITY - A book by a Ferris State University English professor tells of the sinking of the S.S. Daniel J. Morrell.

"Deadly Voyage," by Andrew Kantar, uses research he conducted at various public libraries, news stories, as well as interviews with the sole survivor, Dennis Hale. The ship sank in Lake Huron, off the tip of the thumb, in November 1966.

The book is published by Michigan State University Press and sells for $16.95 at bookstores or at
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