Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Ferris In The News

Hospitality Program Brings World of Wonka to Life

Ferris State University’s Hospitality Management program is presenting its 19th Hospitality Gala at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Center, the Big Rapids Pioneer reports. This year’s theme, “An Evening with Willy Wonka,” will include dishes served during a five-course meal themed after the movie. An annual fundraiser for the program, proceeds benefit student field trips and scholarships. The gala also is an opportunity for students to gain real-world experience, said program Coordinator Julie Doyle. “Students are getting first-hand experience while working side-by-side with industry professionals,” she added. “This event showcases what we’re all about. Each year, the students choose the theme and make all the arrangements.”

Social Activist to Visit Ferris
Social activist Dolores Huerta will speak about community engagement and how neighbors can unite to bring about social change at 7 p.m. March 30 in Ferris State University’s G. Mennen Williams Auditorium, reports the Big Rapids Pioneer. Huerta co-founded the United Farm Workers with Cesar Chavez in 1962 to help seasonal and migrant farm workers who suffered poor working conditions. Seeing this suffering first-hand as a child growing up in central San Joaquin Valley, a farm-working community in Stockton, Calif., she vowed to enact change to help these workers. “It is a pleasure to welcome Dolores Huerta to Ferris State University,” Ferris President David Eisler said. “Ms. Huerta is a tireless worker for social justice and committed to helping communities collaborate to solve problems. We look forward to hearing her reflections on a life spent helping others to seek equality and fair treatment.”

Re-accreditation Puts Tot’s Place in a Class of its Own for Childcare

Tot’s Place Child Development Center takes pride in going above and beyond normal standards to provide the best care possible for local children. Open year round and providing educational programs for children ages 1 through 12, Ferris State University’s center received good news about its re-accreditation through the National Association of the Education of Young Children, the Big Rapids Pioneer reports. Tot’s Place has been re-approved through Dec. 1, 2014 by NAEYC, the largest and most widely recognized accreditation system in the early childhood education field according to Lori Johnson, manager of the child development center. “This accreditation demonstrates Ferris State University’s continued commitment to educational excellence by ensuring that our youngest citizens are provided with high-quality educational experiences which promote future learning opportunities,” Johnson said of Tot’s Place, which has services that are open to children of Ferris students, faculty and staff, as well as community members. Read more at

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