Thursday, March 11, 2010

Ferris In The News

Ferris Hosts Michigan Energy Conference April 7 and 8

Ferris State University will once again host the Michigan Energy Conference April 7 and 8 in Big Rapids, the Big Rapids Pioneer reports. Under the theme “Conserve and Convert, Together Brings Solutions,” this year’s series of sessions will focus on energy conservation opportunities, practices and policies. All conference sessions are open to the public. “The focus of the Michigan Energy Conference isn’t about presentations filled with a bunch of sales pitches, rather it’s an opportunity for educational and business leaders to come together and discuss issues impacting Michigan residents today and in the future,” Ferris Energy Center Coordinator Arn McIntyre said. Presenters include professors from Ferris; Central Michigan, Grand Valley State and Western Michigan universities; and Northwestern Michigan College, as well as industry professionals from Consumers Energy, Dow Chemical Co., DTE, GZA Geoenvironmental, and the Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center. For more information, visit

Ferris Students Film Shows About Area Programs, Organizations

Community-oriented programs and organizations are getting air time on Ferris State University’s cable channel through content created by students studying advanced producing and directing in the school’s Television and Digital Media Production program. Under the direction of TDMP assistant professor Glen Okonoski, students in the class produce one hour’s worth of programming each week. Students do everything from brainstorming show topics to filming and editing, reports the Big Rapids Pioneer. “For me, what’s awesome about this class is it provides students real-world learning opportunities while at the same time providing a platform for the community to share their stories,” Okonoski said. Shows produced by the students air on channel 97 and also may be found online at

State Eyes Cuts to Tuition Help for Students

Students already struggling to pay for college may have to pay more, 9&10 News reports. The Michigan Legislature is looking at making major cuts to the Tuition Incentive Program, a scholarship fund designed to help some of the state’s most needy students pay for an education. While it’s still early in the budget process, Ferris State University is already preparing for the possibility this funding may be reduced and how it might impact students. This week, leaders from several Michigan colleges and universities met with the state Senate Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee to discuss these issues. View video at

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