Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Ferris In The News

B- Schools Eye Entrepreneur Training

The recession has left millions without jobs, foreclosed tens of thousands of homes and sent into bankruptcy hundreds of businesses, MiBiz reports in its Knowledge Quarterly. But, for business schools across west Michigan, the recession has become one of the greatest economic lessons of our times, allowing them to teach students about the real effect business decisions have on the economy and about the importance of entrepreneurship to generate jobs. Ferris State University Business School Dean David Nicol said the university is constantly revising programs depending on the need, and the school has seen an increase of students taking classes outside the main campus in Big Rapids, both online and at off-site locations. Read more at http://www.mibiz.com/pdfs/quarterlies/3-15-10Knowledge.pdf.

Michigan Colleges Getting into iPhone, Android, Smartphone App Game

With a few taps on his cell phone, Grand Valley State University student Greg Zavitz can look up anybody at the school, view detailed maps and even watch someone ordering a latte on the Pew Campus – all with a mobile phone application he helped design, reports the Grand Rapids Press. Zavitz is part of a group of GVSU students designing apps, a field that experts say will grow even more dramatically if tablet computers become as popular as techies expect. Ferris State University, University of Michigan and Michigan State University do not yet have a campus app, but Ferris recently added courses for creating them. “The word ‘app’ has become a real word with the general public,” Ferris professor Rick Baker said. “If I said ‘app’ to my mom, in her 70s, and my 8-year-old daughter, they’d both know what I’m talking about. That shows you how dominant and pervasive the technology has become.” Baker said Ferris incorporated mobile apps into its Digital Software Media Engineering program, which also trains students to design software for gaming consoles and other devices. Read more at http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2010/03/michigan_colleges_getting_into.html.

Ferris Celebrates Influential Women Leaders Through Women’s History Month Activities

Ferris State University’s Office of Multicultural Student Services has a full schedule planned to celebrate Women’s History Month, the Big Rapids Pioneer reports. This year’s theme: Writing Women Back into History. The series of events kicked off with The Vagina Monologues Feb. 26. Activities continued March 2 with Naomi Tutu’s presentation “South Africa: Healing the Wounds of Racism. Next in the series will be the Women Investing in Leadership and Learning Conference at 7 p.m. March 16 at the Big Rapids Holiday Inn and Conference Center. Events continue with Nancy Hulse’s multimedia presentation about domestic violence, “That Ain’t No Way to Treat a Lady,” at 7 p.m. March 18 in the Rankin Student Center Dome Room. Organizers say the Women’s History Month celebration at Ferris is designed around topics impacting women today with the ultimate goal of empowering young women through recognition of past female leaders. Read more at http://www.ferris.edu/htmls/news/news/News.cfm?AnnouncementID=1085&CatID=1&year=2010.

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