Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Find Out Why Ferris State University Nursing Graduates Are Prepared For The Real World

BIG RAPIDS - Check out this great, new video to learn about the Nursing program at Ferris State University in this Program Spotlight video feature.

The video, produced by Ferris State University's Television and Digital Media Production students, illustrates the mission of the program and what graduates of Ferris State University's nursing program are doing in communities around Michigan to improve health care for citizens of the the state. Students in the Ferris Nursing program are getting a true hands-on education to make them even better prepared to begin to improve health care in Michigan and beyond.

Among so much of what you will see in this video is how nurses who graduate from Ferris are working to provide the best quality care, helping clients and patients remain healthy, assist individuals in need of care and making an impact on a person's overall well being.

The video is a great look at what students in Nursing are actually doing as part of the education process and why they feel so prepared with a Ferris State University education.


Donation Enhances Learning for Ferris Computer Networks and Systems Students

BIG RAPIDS – Students in Ferris State University’s Computer Networks and Systems program will have hands-on learning opportunities with Cisco Catalyst 4006 Series software thanks to a donation by ISI of Grand Rapids.

The software will give students an opportunity to design and implement Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) networks just as they would in the real-world scenarios, said Keith Jewett, Ferris CNS associate professor. Students learn how to design networks between cities or coast-to-coast and then follow through with testing to ensure the systems operate effectively.

“This donation of Cisco Catalyst 4006 Series software will provide students with real-world experiences that allow them to hit the ground running upon graduation,” Jewett added.
Installed this fall, the software donation was made possible by Thomas Bryant (CNS ’08), who is a systems engineer with ISI.

“Having access to the latest voice-related equipment is imperative to students’ success,” Bryant said. “I wanted to make sure current and future students have access to the latest, state-of-the-art software used in the industry.”

College of Engineering Technology Dean Tom Oldfield added, “The partnerships Ferris develops with its alumni who are leaders in business and industry is a relationship we’ll continue to foster. It’s a win-win situation for everyone.”

ISI is a small, family-owned business that is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, Microsoft Small Business Specialist, and Cisco Premier Certified Partner, and has teamed up with companies like HP, Microsoft, IBM, Cisco and more to provide its customers a full array of products.

For more information or to make a gift to the university, please contact The Ferris Foundation at (231) 591-2365 or Details about establishing scholarships or endowments may be obtained from the Advancement Office at (231) 591-3825.

MOUSETRAP TO MARS: True Story Of 2007 Ferris Rube Goldberg Team

BIG RAPIDS - A group of Ferris State University students did their part to help put the name Rube Goldberg on the map.

Now, Ferris will have an opportunity to relive the magic of that 2007 Rube Goldberg National Championship team that defeated perennial powerhouse Purdue University and set a Guinness world record in the process.

Come check out the documentary "MOUSETRAP TO MARS" for a closer look at how a group of Ferris State University students built the world's most complex machine to perform a relatively simple task.

The documentary will be shown from 6 to 8 p.m. in IRC 120 on Dec. 3.

For more information, contact Scott Redding via e-mail at

Those interested also are encouraged to visit the Ferris State University College of Engineering Technology Facebook page.


Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Ferris In The News

Ferris Gives to Those in Need Through Food Drives

The upcoming holidays remind us that it’s not what you receive, but rather what you give to those in need that makes the season bright. Students, faculty and staff at Ferris State University are preparing for this year’s holiday season by finding ways to give back on campus and in the community, the Big Rapids Pioneer reports. One such campaign includes the Ferris Student Government Holiday Food Drive, which runs through Dec. 3. In its third year, organizers hope to raise 7,500 pounds of non-perishable food items to donate to area food pantries. The campus community raised 6,100 pounds of food for donation during the 2008 campaign. “We want this year’s holiday food drive to be even bigger and better,” said Liz Cottrell, Student Government food drive committee chair and Delta Zeta representative. Donations can be made Monday through Thursday from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Government Office, Rankin Student Center Room 121. The last day of the drive donations may be made between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Artist, Kendall Alumnus Creates Graphic Novels to Help Kids Read

Milt Klingensmith remembers the day he was escorted from his third-grade class to a “special” classroom for kids who were having trouble reading. “I just didn’t get that excited about reading, and it started showing up in my grades,” said Klingensmith, a Press illustrator and designer, who used to get busted for drawing on desks and bringing comic books to school. Today, he’s getting paid to create books for educators full of comic drawings aimed at getting kids to read, reports the Grand Rapids Press. Klingensmith has illustrated three graphic novels for a Canadian publisher, including “Charlie’s Choice,” a graphic novel that hooks young readers with a superhero theme; “The Suspenders,” about a budding singer-songwriter who doesn’t fit in; and “The Amulet,” a story set in ancient China about a girl who sets out on a quest to retrieve a magic amulet to save her dying father. Klingensmith, 39, was asked by Rubicon Publishing Inc., to illustrate the educational graphic novels designed to engage young readers after they spotted his portfolio online. “I got excited because these were comic books that are helping kids having a hard time reading, and that was me in about the third grade,” he said. Klingensmith, a graduate of Kendall College of Art & Design of Ferris State University, lives in Fenwick with his wife and two daughters. Read more at

Monday, November 30, 2009

Ferris And Grand Valley To Face Off In Basketball Tonight


BIG RAPIDS - Get out to Jim Wink Arena this evening as Ferris State University hosts West Michigan arch rival Grand Valley State University in men's and women's basketball this evening.

The women's game tips off at 6 p.m. and the men's hardwood showdown tips off afterwards at approximately 8 p.m.

We should see two good games this evening as the Bulldogs and Lakers typically play in some tightly-contested battles on the court. Women's head coach Tracey Dorow and men's head coach Bill Sall are sure to have their teams prepared and ready to go for this great rivalry. But, the Lakers also will be ready for their traditional rival.

Check out my previews below and check back here after the game and Tuesday for complete coverage of the Ferris-Grand Valley basketball games.

Also, be sure to visit my Twitter account at for up-to-the-minute analysis during tonight's games.

For those visiting the general Ferris State University blog, visit Sandy Gholston's Athletics blog at: for more in-depth coverage.