Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Ferris In The News

Ferris to Start Sustainable Design Degree Program

Ferris State University plans to offer a new undergraduate degree program that concentrates on sustainable design, the Detroit News reports. Trustees at the Big Rapids school have approved the new bachelor of science in architecture and sustainability. It will be available starting in fall 2010 through the College of Engineering Technology. Ferris State says the program will create nine new courses and will use existing courses that are parts of various bachelor’s and associate degree programs. Engineering Dean Tom Oldfield says the program “will educate students on real-world issues of green building” and gives them experience in applying “sustainable building technology practices.” Read more at http://www.ferris.edu/htmls/news/news/News.cfm?AnnouncementID=1007&CatID=1&year=2009.

Durand Teacher Named Best in the State

Seniors Andrea Rietsch, Taylor Vock and Crystal Tullar weren’t surprised Cindy Salfate won “Teacher of the Year” through the Michigan Department of Education. In all honesty, they’re just shocked it hasn’t become an annual ritual to present her the award in Family and Consumer Science Education at Durand High School, reports the Argus-Press of Shiawassee County. “I’m more surprised that she hasn’t won it a million times already,” Rietsch said. Numerous teachers from state schools nominated her for the award. Salfate, who has two master’s degrees – one from Ferris State University and another from Michigan State University – won the honor for both upper and lower peninsulas and will pick up her award at a ceremony later in the year. She said being recognized by so many people for something she loves doing is an honor in itself. She has been teaching Parenthood, Essentials to Healthy Living, Nutrition and Foods, Introduction to Personal Living and various Child Care classes for more than seven years at Durand. While her lesson plans don’t revolve around traditional school subjects such as physical sciences or mathematics, everything done in and out of her classroom directly relates to other course work, preparing students for the real world. Read more at http://www.argus-press.com/articles/2009/11/10/news/news1.txt.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Ferris In The News

Ferris Using Federal Stimulus Money to Cover Promise Scholarships

Ferris State University on Monday announced it will use $1.15 million in federal stimulus dollars to cover tuition assistance its students lost after the Michigan Promise Scholarship wasn’t renewed, the Grand Rapids Press reports. President David Eisler said 1,312 students won’t have to pay the $500 lost for fall semester after the state Legislature cut the scholarship’s funding. The federal cash also will be used to help 616 students who lost assistance with the Michigan Competitive Scholarship’s funding that was cut by 50 percent, he said. “Our students are relying on this support and have made their budgets based on the promise of these funds,” Eisler said. “The board of trustees and I believe billing students this late in the semester would constitute an unreasonable financial burden.” Eisler said the federal money was originally intended for a $5 per-credit hour rebate for in-state students. “From my perspective, this is clearly the right thing to do for our students,” he said. “This is an important move on the part of the university to help keep a Ferris education affordable. “With this action, the university has made it clear that our first priority is the education, well-being and support of our students. Read more at http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2009/11/ferris_state_using_federal_sti.html.

Ferris Hosts Veterans Day Concert, Speakers

From the militias that freed a growing nation from tyranny in 1776 to the soldiers who serve on the front lines in Afghanistan and Iraq today, Nov. 11 is a day to honor the men and women who have served their country in the Armed Forces. Ferris State University’s concert band will host its seventh annual Veterans Day Concert at 8 p.m. Nov. 16 in G. Mennen Williams Auditorium, reports the Big Rapids Pioneer. Under the direction of professor Richard Scott Cohen, the band’s repertoire will include songs dedicated to specific time periods of war to specific military branches. “No matter what your political views are, we need to embrace our veterans unconditionally. This is our celebration for their contributions,” Cohen said. A keynote speech led by Ferris professor emeritus Richard Santer of Big Rapids also will share the story of the American Expeditionary Force of North Russia. Santer said he knows the sacrifices that soldiers make and he believes the program will be a great way to honor America’s veterans.

Actress Jane Seymour Visits Grand Rapids, Shares Her ‘Open Heart Philosophy’

Jane Seymour calls at 3 p.m., on the dot, as scheduled. “I’m good,” she says in her British accent. “’I’m busy.” That’s an understatement. Besides planning her speech for Friday night’s Ferris State University Foundation for Excellence Benefit, at the JW Marriott Hotel downtown, Seymour is juggling more plates than a circus performer, the Grand Rapids Press reports. She’s best known as an actress, with credits such as “Somewhere in Time,” “Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman,” the TV show that was never supposed to work and was a hit for seven seasons, and 1973’s “Live and Let Die,” where she was a Bond Girl. And, a stint on “Dancing with the Stars” two years ago brought her famous face back in focus; she and partner Tony Dovolani placed sixth in the competition. Seymour also paints, and has 14 one-woman art shows on the docket. “It’s a surprise career I never would have imagined for myself,” she said. But the thing she may be most proud of is her humanitarian efforts. “My criteria (for taking on new projects) is, if I have to button it down, two things: Is it creative and does it help others? Read more at http://www.mlive.com/entertainment/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2009/11/actress_jane_seymour_visits_gr.html.

Chicago Tribune, Associated Press Pick Up Story On Ferris Helping Students Financially

Ferris State University's efforts make up for the money lost with the decision not to renew the Michigan Promise Grant has been noticed by the Associated Press and picked up by the Chicago Tribune.

Here is an excerpt of the Associated Press story picked up by the Chicago Tribune:
BIG RAPIDS, Mich. - Ferris State University says it will make up $1.15 million its students lost this fall with the state's failure to renew the Michigan Promise Grant. University President David Eisler said Monday the aid goes to 1,312 Ferris students who'd expected to get the Michigan Promise Grant. That's 10.4 percent of Ferris undergraduates. The Big Rapids school says it will cover the cost for the fall semester.

To check out the full AP story, as published by the Chicago Tribune, visit:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-ap-mi-ferris-aidgap,0,7741424.story

Grand Rapids Press Chronicles Ferris State University's Effort To Ease Financial Burden Of Students

Grand Rapids Press writer Brian McVicar has written an article laying out efforts by Ferris State University to help ease the financial burden of students who were hurt by the loss of the Michigan Promise Grant, which will not be renewed.

Ferris President David Eisler is out in front in this article discussing the University's decision to try and make up for the loss of the Michigan Promise.
BIG RAPIDS -- Ferris State University on Monday announced it will use $1.15 million in federal stimulus dollars to cover tuition assistance its students lost after the Michigan Promise Scholarship wasn't renewed.

President David Eisler said 1,312 students won't have to pay the $500 lost for fall semester after the state Legislature cut the scholarship's funding.

The federal cash also will be used to help 616 students who lost assistance with the Michigan Competitive Scholarship's funding was cut by 50 percent, he said.

"Our students are relying on this support and have made their budgets based on the promise of these funds," Eisler said. "The Board of Trustees and I believe billing students this late in the semester would constitute an unreasonable financial burden."

Eisler said the federal money was originally intended for a $5 per-credit hour rebate for in-state students.

"From my perspective, this is clearly the right thing to do for our students," Eisler said. "This is an important move on the part of the university to help keep a Ferris education affordable.

"With this action, the university has made it clear that our first priority is the education, well-being and support of our students."

For the full story on Ferris' effort to help students, visit the Grand Rapids Press Web site:
http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2009/11/ferris_state_using_federal_sti.html

Blending Ferris State University, Big Rapids And Buffalo Wild Wings

Ferrris State University and the Big Rapids community were featured in an article published on the CNN Money Web site.

As many Ferris students, faculty, staff and members of the community know, Big Rapids recently became home to a Buffalo Wild Wings. Woo hoo! Here is a story that talks the newest entry to dining and Big Rapids and some other news that relates to Big Rapids, BW3 and Ferris State University.

Check out this news entry at CNN Money:

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich., Nov. 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Agree Realty
Corporation (NYSE: ADC) today announced the opening of Buffalo Wild Wings in Big
Rapids, Michigan. The Company also announced the renaming of the center to
Ferris Commons.

The name change corresponds to the shopping center’s
close proximity to Ferris State University. Ferris Commons is host to various
notable tenants such as: Peebles Department Store, MC Sporting Goods, Kmart,
Dollar Tree, Goodwill Industries, Payless Shoe Source, Rent-A-Center and Radio
Shack.

"We are extremely pleased that Buffalo Wild Wings has joined the
tenant roster at Ferris Commons. This tenant will generate additional synergy
between the asset and the Ferris State students, faculty and staff," said Joey
Agree, President of Agree Realty Corporation.

Agree Realty is engaged in
the ownership, management and development of properties which are primarily
single tenant properties leased to major retail tenants and neighborhood
community shopping centers. Agree Realty owns and operates a portfolio of 72
properties, located in 16 states and containing 3.5 million square feet of
leasable space. For more information, visit www.agreerealty.com.

Source: Agree Realty Corporation

So, if you love an energetic atmosphere (and if you like wings and other good food) don't forget to check out BW3 when you get a chance.

CNN:
http://money.cnn.com/news/newsfeeds/articles/prnewswire/200911101000PR_NEWS_USPR_____DE08262.htm

Monday, November 9, 2009

Ferris Helps Fill Gap in Public Aid Relative To Michigan Promise Grant And Michigan Competitive Scholarship

BIG RAPIDS – Ferris State University announced today (Monday, Nov. 9) the university will fund the shortfall in student aid for Fall Semester 2009 created by the non-renewal of the Michigan Promise Grant and Michigan Competitive Scholarship.

President David Eisler announced that Ferris will provide financial assistance to 1,312 Ferris students who had expected to receive the Michigan Promise Grant to help offset tuition costs. Affecting 10.4 percent of Ferris’ undergraduate student population, the university will provide $1.15 million of financial assistance to students for Fall Semester 2009. This decision was unanimously endorsed by Ferris’ Board of Trustees.

Additionally, the Michigan Competitive Scholarship funding was reduced by 50 percent. This impacts 616 students from Ferris who were identified to receive this scholarship. Affecting 4.9 percent of the undergraduate student population, Ferris also will fund this shortfall.

Ferris is scheduled to receive one-time Federal Stimulus funds in the amount of $1.3 million, Eisler said. The Federal Stimulus funds will provide enough dollars to aid students who were initially awarded the Michigan Promise Grant and Michigan Competitive Scholarship for Fall Semester 2009 only. Kendall College of Art and Design will use $102,000 in operational funds to aid its students initially awarded these scholarships from the state of Michigan for Fall 2009 Semester.

“Our students are relying on this support and have made their budgets based on the promise of these funds,” Eisler said. “The board of trustees and I believe billing students this late in the semester would constitute an unreasonable financial burden for them.

“From my perspective this is clearly the right thing to do for our students,” he said. “This is an important move on the part of the university to help keep a Ferris education affordable. With this action, the university has made it clear that our first priority is the education, well-being and support of our students.”

For the complete version of the story, visit the News Services Web site: http://www.ferris.edu/htmls/news/news/News.cfm?AnnouncementID=1008&CatID=1

Ferris Board of Trustees Approve New Degree

BIG RAPIDS – Ferris State University’s Board of Trustees approved a new Bachelor of Science in Architecture and Sustainability degree during their regular meeting Friday (Nov. 6). The new degree offering will be available beginning in fall 2010.

Offered through the university’s College of Engineering Technology, the degree will include a blend of programming with an emphasis on sustainable design and practice, CET Dean Tom Oldfield said. The Bachelor of Science in Architecture and Sustainability will include nine new courses in addition to utilizing existing coursework from the Associate in Applied Science degree in Architectural Technology, Bachelor of Science degree in Facilities Management and Community Studies minor offered through the College of Arts and Sciences.

“This program will educate students on real-world issues of green building and provide them educational experiences that embrace sustainable building technology practices,” Oldfield said. “Momentum toward sustainable design is growing, and this degree provides students the educational background to provide meaningful solutions to altering the built environment.”
Ferris was founded upon two main principles: opportunity and industry, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Fritz Erickson said. As the university celebrates its 125th anniversary, these principles continue to ring true through the creation of programming such as the Bachelor of Science in Architecture and Sustainability.

“This alliance enhances the educational opportunities offered to our students and meets the more focused demands of our global culture,” Erickson said.

In other business, the board also approved two grant awards, including an amendment to the grant award/research funding from Gilead Sciences, Inc. and the Carl D. Perkins, Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth Vocational and Technical Education Grant.

The Gilead Sciences, Inc. amendment includes $76,150 in additional support for a clinical study being conducted in the university’s College of Pharmacy entitled “Evaluation of a Community Pharmacy-based Influenza Screening and Management Program Versus Pharmacy Screening and Referral to Standard of Care.” The San Mateo, Calif., organization originally provided initial research support to Ferris’ College of Pharmacy in the amount of $86,312. The study is being conducted by Pharmacy professor Dr. Michael Klepser.

There is $205,660 in funding included in the Perkins grant, with Ferris matching $215,000, that will be used for academic support services and equipment purchases for the university’s two-year occupational programs, Erickson said.

The Perkins funding is a recurring grant based on the number of Pell Grant recipients studying in Ferris’ two-year occupational programs, with the university submitting an application for the funding yearly, he said. Such programs benefiting from the grant in the past include Radiography, Automotive Technology and Industrial Chemistry Technology.

“Ferris is committed to providing students with a real-world education that provides a seamless transition from the classroom to the workforce,” Ferris President David Eisler said. “This funding helps support the efforts of our faculty in providing cutting-edge degrees for our students.”

The board of trustees also approved the following:

• A final 2010 general fund operating budget of $176 million, which includes $48.6 million in state funding – a 3.2 percent state funding decrease over Fiscal Year 2009. The operating reduction will be offset this year with one-time Federal Stimulus funding from the approved higher education budget;
• Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University Omnibus Resolution;
• Hiring two separate engineering and construction firms to assist the university in designing, bidding and constructing the Arts and Sciences Mechanical System, a replacement project for the building’s mechanical system;
• Professional services contracts that include:
• Contracting with HireRight, Inc. of Irvine, Calif., as a third party administrator to conduct criminal background searches for Ferris’ Human Resources Office;
• Continuing to contract with Peak Positions of Traverse City to provide Web marketing services;
• Amending the contract with Pace & Partners of Lansing.
• Setting the effective date for Ferris’ Other Eligible Adults Benefits Program as Jan. 1, 2010;
• The slate of candidates for The Ferris Foundation Board of Directors, including John Hare, Terry Stewart, Dale DeHaan and James Giroux;
• A recommendation for non-renewal of New City Academy charter school’s contract, which expires on June 30, 2010. The academy located in Lansing was originally chartered by Ferris in 1998;
• Charter school board appointments, including Muriel C. Pryor-Murphy, Allen Academy in Detroit, through June 30, 2014; Fahmi Husain, Bridge Academy in Hamtramck, through June 30, 2013; Kezia Gamlin, Connor Creek Academy-East in Warren, through June 30, 2013; and Paul Neitman, Joy Preparatory Academy in Detroit, through June 30, 2011.

Ferris Foundation Keynote Speaker Jane Seymour Featured In Grand Rapids Press, Chicago Tribune

GRAND RAPIDS - The Grand Rapids Press featured Jane Seymour, guest speaker at last Friday evening's Ferris Foundation for Excellence Benefit at the JW Marriott in Grand Rapids, in its online edition.

Here is an excerpt from the story published by the Grand Rapids Press:
Jane Seymour calls at 3 p.m., on the dot, as scheduled.

"I'm good," she says in her British accent. "I'm busy."

That's an understatement. Besides planning her speech for Friday night's Ferris State University Foundation for Excellence Benefit, at the JW Marriott Hotel downtown, Seymour is juggling more plates than a circus performer.

She's best known as an actress, with credits such as "Somewhere in Time," "Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman," "the TV show that was never supposed to work and was
a hit for seven seasons," and 1973's "Live and Let Die," where she was a Bond Girl.

And a stint on "Dancing with the Stars" two years ago brought her famous face back in focus; she and partner Tony Dovolani placed sixth in the competition.

Seymour also paints, and has 14 one-woman art shows on the docket ("It's a surprise career I never would have imagined for myself," she said), she hawks products, such as furniture and her own skincare line.

But the thing she may be most proud of is her humanitarian efforts.

For the full story, visit:
http://www.mlive.com/entertainment/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2009/11/actress_jane_seymour_visits_gr.html

Additionally, the story on Jane Seymour's visit was picked up by the Associated Press and published in the Chicago Tribune. Here is a link to the Tribune's story.