Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Ferris In The News

Ferris’ Aaron Lewicki Hasn’t Had it Easy

The road to play college hockey has been rough, to say the least, for Aaron Lewicki. Sure, most athletes face some obstacles in their quest for excellence, the Detroit News reports. It’s just that Lewicki’s fight has been extraordinary. Consider: He was born with scoliosis (curvature of the spine), and because of it, worked harder than most in the weight room; and he lost his mother, Susan, to kidney failure (complications from lupus) before his sophomore season. “It was so tough to look in the stands the year after my mother died and not see her,” said Lewicki, a senior center for the Bulldog hockey team at Ferris State University. “I know she’d be right behind the glass if she was alive.” And she’d see her son in Detroit this weekend playing for a Central Collegiate Hockey Association title and a spot in the NCAA Tournament. Read more at

WILL Conference Empowers Women to Succeed in Personal, Work Life

More than 250 women from the Big Rapids community gathered Tuesday at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Center for the ninth Women Investing in Leadership and Learning conference, reports the Big Rapids Pioneer. The annual event is a professional development opportunity for area women, including Ferris State University students, to learn leadership skills and network. Three nationally-recognized speakers – best-selling author Lynn Jarrett, motivational trainer Kathy Eubanks and speech coach Eleni Kelakos – spoke to the audience about how a woman can empower herself to become successful in anything she does. “The women are here to celebrate their unique gifts without apology,” Kelakos said. “I want to remind them that there’s nothing they can’t do if they take action on their own behalf and embrace a can-do attitude.”

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