Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Ferris State University News Headlines

Ferris State University students find success in a number of areas. Read below today’s Ferris in the News to learn more about an educational opportunity in South Korea, and excellence in and out of the classroom for one student-athlete. Plus, see what incoming freshmen are up to during their June orientation sessions.

Ferris Students Head to South Korea

A pair of Ferris State University students will be immersed in South Korean culture during a seven-week trip they hope will broaden their cultural horizons, the Big Rapids Pioneer reports. Sarah Nagel and Kyle Lucas will go to Dankook University, located about one hour outside of Seoul, South Korea, where they will teach students English during a three-week internship. After the internship, they will take classes at Dankook. The trip was organized by Ferris’ International Center, which provides students with opportunities to travel the globe in an effort the make the university a global campus, said Piram Prakasam, director of International Education at Ferris. Currently, there are 132 international students studying on the Ferris campus. The goal of the International Center is to increase the number and quality of the student pool at Ferris with the international experience, Prakasam said.

Ferris Pitcher Kayle Stevenson Picked as School's Top Senior Female Student-Athlete

Ferris State University pitcher Kayle Stevenson was named the 2009-10 recipient of the university’s Helen Bennett Award as the Bulldogs’ outstanding senior female student-athlete, reports the Grand Rapids Press. Stevenson led the Ferris softball team to a 26-16 record this season, including a third-place finish in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The award, named in honor of late faculty member Helen Bennett, is given annually by the Ferris Professional Women’s organization to a senior female student-athlete who combines academic and athletic excellence. Stevenson, a two-time All-GLIAC second-team honoree and 2010 Daktronics All-Midwest Region second-team selection, went 12-6 with a 1.98 ERA in 124 innings this spring. She threw five shutouts, had 16 complete games, struck out 84 and held opponents to a .204 batting average. She also earned GLIAC All-Academic honors for the third consecutive year.

More Than 2,000 Students Participate in Ferris Orientation Program

Ferris State University’s campus has been re-energized as approximately 2,100 students participate in new-student orientation activities, which began June 14 and cover a 16-day span, the Big Rapids Pioneer reports. Ferris’ orientation program is a day filled with activities, including student ID card photos; confirmation of academic majors; meeting faculty, staff and educational counselors from the academic majors; learning course requirements; talking to financial aid representatives; registering for classes and more. “Orientation brings new energy to our campus and we’re excited about the new students who are coming to Ferris and doing what we can to help them make the transition,” Ferris Dean of Student Life Leroy Wright said. “We’re also energized about helping parents. We’re trying to help students feel like Ferris is going to be the place for them and this is going to be their home away from home.”

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