Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Check Out Faces Of Ferris Entry On Andy Kantar

It's not too late to check out the most recent addition to our ongoing Faces of Ferris series. Most recently, we've featured Ferris State University Languages and Literature professor Andy Kantar, who also is a renowned local author.

Here is part of the entry:
Writing about some of the largest and most legendary shipwrecks that have taken place on Michigan's Great Lakes has proven to be a labor of love that has been both rewarding and challenging for Ferris State University Professor of Languages and Literature and author Andy Kantar.

Recently, Kantar made local headlines and enjoyed an appearance on the Ferris State Live television show to discuss his book, Deadly Voyage: The S.S. Daniel J. Morrell Tragedy, released in 2009 through Michigan State University Press. The book was an especially popular topic throughout the month of April in and around the Big Rapids area. Extending beyond the classroom, Kantar is indicative of the talent and skill of Ferris faculty as illustrated by the painstaking research it took to tell the story of Hale and the Morrell.

As part of the Mecosta County "One Book, One County Reads" program, Kantar had a unique opportunity to discuss his book with a man who knows the story of the Morrell as well or better than anyone: the ship's sole survivor, Dennis Hale, a 26-year-old watchman at the time of the 1966 wreck.

In the case of the Morrell, the history lives on through Dennis Hale.

Kantar and Hale had a unique opportunity to discuss the book with audiences in Mecosta County and did so to rave reviews as they toured the area to share the experience as a duo. The labor of love, that helped produce the book, had a long and lasting impact on Kantar, who described in vivid details the powerful emotions he experiences as he hears some of the harrowing tales from those who experienced the shipwrecks and from those who lost loved ones in tragedies. The impact has lasted long after he closed the final chapter of his book.
For the full Faces of Ferris entry, visit: http://www.ferris.edu/htmls/news/faces/kantar/

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