Thursday, December 17, 2009

Ferris' Kendall College of Art and Design Moves Forward on Federal Building Renovation

BIG RAPIDS – As the state Senate and House near completion on action to provide tax credits for renovation of the old Federal Building in downtown Grand Rapids, Ferris State University announced that to facilitate efforts, its partnership with the Christman Company has moved into a new phase to advance the project estimated to cost $28 to $31 million.

Ferris and Christman have been laying the groundwork for the project since spring of 2008. Upon completion, the building will provide exhibition areas, classrooms and administrative space for Ferris’ Kendall College of Art and Design.

“A renovation of the Federal Building, which will feature many elements of sustainable design, will provide great benefits for both Kendall College and the city of Grand Rapids,” said Ferris President David Eisler. “The upgraded building will extend the Kendall campus, relieve the city of upkeep costs and provide a space available for such events as the ArtPrize competition – the runner-up of which was a Kendall alumnus.”

Eisler credited several area lawmakers with recognizing that the proposed $10.6 million in tax credits for the project will both preserve city history and provide an important resource for the future.

“This has really been an example of our elected officials seeing an opportunity and coming together to seize that opportunity,” Eisler said. “Many people have been involved, but leadership has especially come from Rep. Roy Schmidt, Rep. Burt Jackson, Sen. Bill Hardiman, Sen. Jason Allen, and of course, Mayor George Heartwell. Without the backing of the city as personified by Mayor Heartwell, this innovative public-private collaboration between Grand Rapids, Ferris and Christman would not have been possible. We are truly gratified in their belief that our expanded presence will be good for the city and entire region.”

With space for expansion at a premium, a renovated Federal Building will be a good match for a growing KCAD, which has seen student enrollment grow from 931 at the start of the 2004-05 academic year to 1,385 this past fall – a 48.8 percent increase.

“Our expansion into the Federal Building will be a visible reminder that Kendall and Grand Rapids are both thriving,” said KCAD President Oliver Evans. “Increasingly, students have been attracted by our mix of offerings – from fine arts study, to arts education and design for industry, especially the furniture industry. Not only will the new facility increase our capability to deliver education but will raise our profile and help make more people aware of the kinds of programs Kendall has to offer.”

For the full story, visit:
http://www.ferris.edu/htmls/news/news/News.cfm?AnnouncementID=1032&CatID=1

Ferris One of Three Recognized for Maritime Academy Partnership

BIG RAPIDS – The Michigan Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers awarded this year’s Outstanding Transfer Program Award to the Maritime Academy Partnership during the group’s 2009 Annual Conference held at Boyne Mountain.

This is an annual award sponsored by the MACRAO Articulation Committee, and it recognizes Michigan’s most outstanding transfer program based upon the program’s demonstrated success in meeting the needs of transfer students by promoting seamless transfer from one institution to another. The Maritime Academy Partnership includes the Great Lakes Maritime Academy, Northwestern Michigan College and Ferris State University.

“This partnership demonstrates how we can best serve the students of Michigan and beyond by bringing together partners, each of whom contributes a unique degree element based on existing capabilities, rather than one or more engaging in unnecessary and costly programmatic duplication,” said David Nicol, dean of Ferris’ College of Business.

This year’s award was presented by MACRAO President Karen Hutsler and the award was received by David Steenstra, Nancy Reddy and Lynnae Selberg from Ferris State University; Anne Monroe from Northwestern Michigan College; and John Berck from the Great Lakes Maritime Academy.


The Maritime Academy Partnership was established in October 2007 at Ferris State University and involves the collaboration of these three institutions and their staff in providing educational planning, advising, coursework and programs that lead to a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Ferris and maritime credentials from the Great Lakes Maritime Academy.
Six maritime academies exist in the United States, and Traverse City is the home of one of them. The Great Lakes Maritime Academy provides a professional learning environment based on pride and tradition in preparing the future’s merchant marine officers/business professionals for the challenge of operating ships of unlimited tonnage.


For the complete story, visit:
http://www.ferris.edu/htmls/news/news/News.cfm?AnnouncementID=1030&CatID=1

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Ferris In The News

Ferris One of Three Recognized for Maritime Academy Partnership

The Michigan Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers awarded this year’s Outstanding Transfer Program Award to the Maritime Academy Partnership during the group’s 2009 Annual Conference held at Boyne Mountain, the Big Rapids Pioneer reports. This is an annual award sponsored by the MACRAO Articulation Committee, and it recognizes Michigan’s most outstanding transfer program based upon the program’s demonstrated success in meeting the needs of transfer students by promoting seamless transfer from one institution to another. The Maritime Academy Partnership includes the Great Lakes Maritime Academy, Northwestern Michigan College and Ferris State University. “This partnership demonstrates how we can best serve the students of Michigan and beyond by bringing together partners, each of whom contributes a unique degree element based on existing capabilities, rather than one or more engaging in unnecessary and costly programmatic duplication,” said David Nicol, dean of Ferris’ College of Business. This year’s award was presented by MACRAO President Karen Hutsler and the award was received by David Steenstra, Nancy Reddy and Lynnae Selberg from Ferris State University; Anne Monroe from Northwestern Michigan College; and John Berck from the Great Lakes Maritime Academy.

Students Prepare for December Commencement Ceremonies

Ferris State University will bestow degrees upon nearly 500 students during two commencement ceremonies Saturday, Dec. 19, in Wink Arena, reports the Big Rapids Pioneer. Ceremonies will be held at 10 a.m. for the colleges of Allied Health Sciences, Education and Human Services, and Engineering Technology. Ceremonies will be held at 1:30 p.m. for the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, and Professional and Technological Studies. The College of Pharmacy and Michigan College of Optometry hold commencement exercises in May. The commencement speaker for both ceremonies will be 2009 Distinguished Teacher Dr. Daniel Adsmond, professor of Chemistry, whose passion for education and learning dates back to his childhood when he tutored his older sister in geometry. “I’ve always enjoyed teaching,” said Adsmond, who was nominated for the Distinguished Teacher Award by former recipient, Mary Murnik, a professor of Biology. “One of the things I’ve always enjoyed about teaching is watching the light bulb turn on in a student’s head and you know they get it.”

Meetings Open Floor for Discussion About Pedestrian Safety

Ferris State University and Big Rapids officials, employees and residents haven’t decided how to make the area in and around the university’s campus a safer place to walk and drive, but they’re moving in the right direction, the Big Rapids Pioneer reports. The university’s Pedestrian Safety Task Force recently hosted an open meeting during which representatives from many parts of the city and university offered their suggestions on how to protect students on foot, as well as drivers, during peak traffic hours in and around campus. Jerry Scoby, Ferris vice president for Administration and Finance, said the university and city departments of public safety have been working to increase safety and awareness for years, with recent open meetings on the topic aimed at generating new ideas to increase traffic safety and educate the public. “We’d like to determine how we might build on the successes of the past,” Scoby said. The next meeting to discuss pedestrian safety is set for 11 a.m. Jan. 19, 2010, in the Rankin Student Center.

Faces Of Ferris Features Cross Country Star Tina Muir

BIG RAPIDS - Ferris State University cross country All-American runner Tina Muir has become almost synonymous with excellence during her career as a student-athlete at FSU.

The best times as a student-athlete, however, could still be in the future for Muir, who already is a multiple-time All-American for the Bulldogs.

Check out our latest edition of Faces of Ferris which features Muir and chronicles her achievements of excellence as a stellar runner for the Bulldogs.

Faces of Ferris (Tina Muir): http://www.ferris.edu/htmls/news/faces/muir/

Commencement Always An Exciting Time Of The Year At Ferris

BIG RAPIDS - Well, it is that time of the year when Ferris State University prepares to send its latest group of graduates into the workforce or perhaps on to graduate studies.

This weekend, Ferris State University will host commencement activities in Jim Wink Arena at which time the institution will award degrees to nearly 500 students. Expect lots of smiles, lots of hugs and lots of memories that will last a lifetime for these high-achieving students who have persevered to earn degrees from Ferris State University.

Commencement will be held at 10 a.m. for the colleges of Allied Health Sciences, Education and Human Services, and Engineering Technology. In the next round of ceremonies, beginning at 1:30 p.m., graduates from the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, and Professional and Technological Studies will be recognized.

The College of Pharmacy and Michigan College of Optometry hold commencement exercises in May.

Dr. Daniel Adsmond, Ferris State University's 2009 Distinguished Teacher Award winner, will be the speaker. Dr. Adsmond, who is a tireless educator who developed his passion for teaching at a very young age, is sure to inspire our graduates to search their heart for their passion and to head out beyond FSU to achieve great things in the world.

For more on commencement: http://www.ferris.edu/htmls/news/news/News.cfm?AnnouncementID=1028&CatID=1

ESPN Reports Ferris Grad, Central Michigan Head Coach Butch Jones To Coach Cincinnati

According to an ESPN report, it now appears Ferris State University graduate, former Bulldog football player and ex offensive coordinator Butch Jones is headed to Cincinnati.

Butch, currently the head coach at Central Michigan University, has reportedly been offered and has accepted the head job at the University of Cincinnati (where he would replace Brian Kelly, who recently accepted the head football coaching job at the University of Notre Dame). Kelly, of course, came to Cincinnati after a stint as head coach at CMU and it appears the Bearcats' Athletics Department is going back to Mount Pleasant to find its new head coach.

Butch has a record of 26-13 in his three seasons as head coach of the Chippewas and his team is 11-2 this year and has earned a trip to the GMAC Bowl to face Troy on Jan. 6.

According to the ESPN article, it is not known whether Jones will coach Cincinnati in its BCS bowl game on Jan. 1 (in the Allstate Sugar Bowl against Florida).

ESPN:
http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=4746710


Chicago Sun-Times:
http://blogs.suntimes.com/sportsprose/2009/12/butch_jones_expected_to_be_nam.html