Friday, January 22, 2010

Images From The OMSS Annual MLK Freedom March

BIG RAPIDS - Hundreds gathered at Merrill/Travis Hall on the southern edge of the Ferris State University campus to take part in the Office of Multicultural Student Services' Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom March.

Marchers left Merrill/Travis and headed north on State Street, with a police escort, singing many of the famous songs of freedom made famous during the Civil Rights Movement.

Marchers continued up State Street, turned back onto campus, pass FLITE, through the Quad and into the Rankin Student Center where they gathered to hear more inspirational words from several Ferris State University dignitaries, including President David Eisler.

Here are a few of the images:



MLK Legacy Dinner And Awards Presentation

BIG RAPIDS - Below are images from the Martin Luther King Legacy Dinner and Awards Presentation at Ferris State University.

The event took place as part of the 2010 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration on Thursday (Jan. 21) in the Dome Room of the Rankin Student Center on the Ferris main campus in Big Rapids.

The 2010 MLK Celebration was a collaborative event led by the Office of Multicultural Student Services at Ferris State University.

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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Ferris In The News

Pilgrim Encourages Activism Through Interactive Presentation

David Pilgrim encouraged students at Ferris State University and people of the Big Rapids community to look at ways to affect change through activism, the Big Rapids Pioneer reports. Pilgrim’s presentation, “Stories of Activism,” focused on activists of the past and how they played a role in creating change. Tuesday’s event was part of a weeklong celebration of the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Pilgrim pushed his message with a combination of powerful images from the Jim Crow era to the present and using humor to engage the audience and describe the difference between what an activist is and is not. “You don’t have to stand up to a bully to be considered an activist,” Pilgrim said. “There are many ways to be an activist.” Some examples of activists Pilgrim shared included Amelia Boynton, who led the fight for black voting rights, and Dorothea Lange, a photographer who documented poverty and injustice.

Donate to the Haiti Relief Efforts

Due to the recent Haitian earthquake disaster, individuals have asked if they might donate money to support the earthquake relief efforts. Donations for the Haiti earthquake relief efforts may be submitted to the Vice President for Student Affairs Office in CSS 313B. Any checks sent to the office should be made payable to the American Red Cross with a designation for the Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund. Thank you for your support with this important endeavor.

Michael Wade Speaks At Rally Following Monday's Annual MLK March

BIG RAPIDS - Michael Wade addressed participants in the Office of Multicultural Student Services Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom March, on Monday afternoon, with a message of inspiration.

Wade, assistant director of the Office of Multicultural Student Services at Ferris State University and co-chair of the MLK Celebration Planning Committee, offered a few remarks as he sought to encourage those in attendance to be active in the week of events.

Monday's highlight was the march which began as participants assembled in the lobby of Merrill/Travis Hall on the south edge of the Big Rapids campus. Marchers, with a police escort, proceeded down State Street toward FLITE, through the Quad area and into the Rankin Student Center.

At the conclusion of the event, as marchers assembled in Rankin, Pilgrim reminded MLK Freedom Marchers to look back at how far we've come and to envision how far we can go. Pilgrim and other Ferris officials such as President David Eisler, Chief Diversity Officer David Pilgrim, OMSS Director Matt Chaney, Vice President for Student Affairs Dan Burcham, MLK Planning Committee Co-Chair Hurdylyn Woods, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Fritz Erickson delivered remarks.


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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Dr. David Pilgrim Addresses Attendees After MLK March

BIG RAPIDS - Ferris State University Chief Diversity Officer David Pilgrim participated in the Office of Multicultural Student Services Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom March on Monday afternoon.

The 2010 march began as participants assembled in the lobby of Merrill/Travis Hall on the south edge of the Big Rapids campus. Marchers, with a police escort, proceeded down State Street toward FLITE, through the Quad area and into the Rankin Student Center.

At the conclusion of the event, as marchers assembled in Rankin, Pilgrim reminded MLK Freedom Marchers to look back at how far we've come and to envision how far we can go. Pilgrim and other Ferris officials such as President David Eisler, OMSS Director Matt Chaney, Vice President for Student Affairs Dan Burcham, OMSS Assistant Director and MLK Planning Committee Co-Chair Michael Wade, MLK Planning Committee Co-Chair Hurdylyn Woods, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Fritz Erickson delivered remarks.

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Hurdylyn Woods Speaks At Rally Following Annual MLK March

BIG RAPIDS - Hurdylyn Woods, co-chair of the 2010 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Planning Committee, addressed participants in the Office of Multicultural Student Services Annual MLK Freedom March, on Monday afternoon, at Ferris State University.

The 2010 march began as participants assembled in the lobby of Merrill/Travis Hall on the south edge of the Big Rapids campus. Marchers, with a police escort, proceeded down State Street toward FLITE, through the Quad area and into the Rankin Student Center.

At the conclusion of the event, as participants assembled in Rankin, Woods (assistant director of residential programs and services in Residential Life) expressed to the MLK Freedom Marchers his words of encouragement. Pilgrim and other Ferris officials such as President David Eisler, Chief Diversity Officer David Pilgrim, Vice President for Student Affairs Dan Burcham, OMSS Director Matt Chaney, OMSS Assistant Director and MLK Planning Committee Co-Chair Michael Wade, and Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Fritz Erickson delivered remarks.

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Provost And Vice President For Academic Affairs Fritz Erickson Addresses MLK Freedom Marchers

BIG RAPIDS - At the conclusion of Monday's Ferris State University's Office of Multicultural Student Services annual Martin Luther King Freedom March, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Fritz Erickson delivered remarks to participants at the conclusion of the event in the Rankin Student Center.

The 2010 march began as participants assembled in the lobby of Merrill/Travis Hall on the south edge of the Big Rapids campus. Marchers, with a police escort, proceeded down State Street toward FLITE, through the Quad area and into the Rankin.

Erickson spoke of the way in which he has been welcomed into this community and offered other thoughts as he reflected on events to begin the 20110 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration. In addition to Erickson, remarks were offered by President David Eisler, Chief Diversity Officer David Pilgrim, OMSS Director Matt Chaney, Vice President for Student Affairs Dan Burcham, OMSS Assistant Director and MLK Planning Committee Co-Chair Michael Wade and MLK Planning Committee Co-Chair Hurdylyn Woods.

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Video From Ferris State University's Annual MLK Freedom March

BIG RAPIDS - Members of the Ferris State University community came together on Monday to participate in one of the signature events of the 2010 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration: The annual Office of Multicultural Student Services MLK Freedom March.

Marchers assembled in the lobby of Merrill/Travis Hall on the south edge of the Big Rapids campus. With a police escort, MLK Freedom Marchers proceeded down State Street toward FLITE, through the Quad area and into the Rankin Student Center.

In Rankin, several speakers addressed the crowd of marchers who gathered in the lounge area. Marchers heard from Ferris officials such as President David Eisler, Chief Diversity Officer David Pilgrim, OMSS Director Matt Chaney, OMSS Assistant Director, Vice President for Student Affairs Dan Burcham and MLK Planning Committee Co-Chair Michael Wade, MLK Planning Committee Co-Chair Hurdylyn Woods, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Fritz Erickson delivered remarks.

Here are some brief video clips from the march:

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Here is the conclusion of the march near the Rankin Student Center:

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Number of TIP Students Increases At Ferris State University

BIG RAPIDS – The economic challenges facing Michigan students today has led to an increase in the number of students who qualify to receive benefits from the Tuition Incentive Program, an initiative sponsored by the Michigan Office of Scholarships and Grants that provides tuition assistance for needy students.

Divided into two phases, students qualify for the program based upon the following criteria: be a Medicaid recipient for 24 of the past 36 months, graduate high school or obtain a GED before age 20, and be a Michigan resident and United States citizen. Phase I of the program provides tuition assistance for the first two years of college, or 80 credits, as a student works to earn an associate degree. Phase II provides $500 per semester for a student’s third and fourth years of college as (s)he continues schooling to earn a bachelor’s degree.

At Ferris State University, officials have seen the number of Tip recipients attending the university increase from just fewer than 600 in fall 2008 to more than 700 in fall 2009.

“I believe the rise in TIP students over all is largely because of Michigan’s challenging economy, which means that more high school students meet the qualification of being on Medicaid,” Ferris’ TIP coordinator Felice Kelley-Nelson said. “TIP is a great program that helps students continue their education.”

Ferris Director of Financial Aid Rob Wirt also believes the university’s wide mix of associate degree programs uniquely position the college to offer career options for TIP students.

“What’s unique about Ferris is we offer those associate degrees and we have a lot of consortium agreements with various community colleges across Michigan,” he said. “We’re also identifying students a lot earlier and doing a great job of informing them of what this program is and how it can positively impact them as they continue their college education.”

Wirt also emphasized that Ferris has committed an additional $900,000 to assisting students from families that have experienced economic hardship and qualified for additional Pell Grant monies. Through a special appeals process, 394 Ferris students have received additional financial aid.

For more information about TIP, contact Kelley-Nelson at (231) 591-2400. Speak with a Financial Aid representative by calling (231) 591-2000.

President Eisler's Remarks on MLK Day

BIG RAPIDS - Ferris State University President David Eisler took time out of his schedule to participate in the Office of Multicultural Student Services Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom March Monday afternoon.

The march started as participants assembled in the lobby of Merrill/Travis Hall on the south edge of the Big Rapids campus. Marchers, with a police escort, proceeded down State Street toward FLITE, through the Quad area and into the Rankin Student Center.

At the conclusion of the event, as marchers assembled in Rankin, President Eisler took time to offer the following words to the participants. President Eisler and other Ferris officials such as Chief Diversity Officer David Pilgrim, Vice President for Student Affairs Dan Burcham, OMSS Director Matt Chaney, OMSS Assistant Director and MLK Planning Committee Co-Chair Michael Wade, MLK Planning Committee Co-Chair Hurdylyn Woods, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Fritz Erickson delivered remarks.

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Monday, January 18, 2010

Today, At Ferris State University, We Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."

- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Today, as a campus community here at Ferris State University and around the nation and the world, we celebrate Martin Luther King Day.MLK Day is not just a day off of work or school. It is, and should be, far more than just another day off of work or school.Today, is a day we remember and continue to never forget the great sacrifices that Dr. King made to allow so many of us, today, to enjoy freedoms he never had the privilege to fully enjoy during the far-too-few 39 years he lived. Many of us were born with these freedoms and did not have to fight for these freedoms. Indeed, for so many of us, it's easy to take so much of what we have for granted and not appreciate the sacrifices of Dr. King, and countless others, who battled through the painful and deadly days of the modern Civil Rights Era in the United States of America.The above quote was important to me because it emphasizes that the fight Dr. King and others waged was no easy one - it's was never promised to be easy.It was, in fact, a deadly fight. Still, Dr. King and others battled against the threats and acts of violence and intimidation.Dr. King believed in the deep-rooted goodness of his enemies even when his enemies saw nothing but the worst in him and what they believe he represented:
"We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies."

- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Dr. King chose to love his enemies and to did his best to work with those who both loved and hated him to make the world a better place for people of all genders and races.Indeed, Dr. King made the ultimate sacrifice as he paid with his life when he was struck down by an assassin's bullet on April 4, 1968 in Memphis, Tenn. As a result of his sacrifice, and all that he did as he lived, it is important that today we continue to fight to live up to his Dream.

Here is an excerpt from Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech:
Let us not wallow in the valley of despair, I say to you today, my friends. And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal." I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood. I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today! I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of "interposition" and "nullification" -- one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.

I have a dream today!

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight; "and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together."
Dr. King's Dream still lives, and we must continue to work toward the goals of that vision. The progress we've made, since his death in 1968 is tremendous, but the work is not finished.Take time out of your schedule this week to attend events related to Ferris State University's 2010 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration. If you're outside of Big Rapids, find a place where Dr. King's life and Dream are being celebrated or research on your own about his messages to better understood what he stood for, lived for, fought for, sacrificed for and died for.

In closing, here again is the list of this year's 2010 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration activities on the Ferris State University campus:

MONDAY-January 18th 2010

Tunnel of Oppression Exhibit 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Rankin Student Center Rooms 153 & 155
FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Jim Crow Era Videos 11 a.m. to 2p.m.
Rankin Student Center Atrium/Art Gallery
FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

MLK Faculty & Staff In-Service 10 a.m. to12 p.m.
Rankin Student Center Founder's Room 238

OMSS Annual MLK Freedom March 3 p.m.
Merrill/Travis Residence Hall to Rankin Lobby
FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

OMSS Annual Student Tribute 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Rankin Student Center Dome Room
FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

TUESDAY-January 19th 2010

Tunnel of Oppression Exhibit 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Rankin Student Center Rooms 153 & 155
FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Jim Crow Era Videos 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Rankin Student Center Atrium/Art Gallery
FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Privilege Activity: Breaking Down Barriers 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
University Recreation Center
FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

MLK Celebration featured Speaker:
Dr. David Pilgrim 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
IRC Auditorium 120
FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

WEDNESDAY-January 20th 2010

Tunnel of Oppression Exhibit 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Rankin Student Center Rooms 153 & 155
FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Jim Crow Era Videos 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Rankin Student Center Atrium/Art Gallery
FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

MLK Celebration featured Presentation & 5-Star Event: The N*W*C* Show 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Williams Auditorium
FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

THURSDAY-January 21st 2010

Tunnel of Oppression Exhibit 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Rankin Student Center Rooms 153 & 155
FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Privilege Activity: The N*W*C* Show Reactions/Hateful Words
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. University Recreation Center
FREE and OPEN TO STUDENTS

MLK Legacy Dinner 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Rankin Student Center Dome Room
INVITATION ONLY

For information about all events, please contact the Office of Multicultural Student Services at (231) 591-2617.

Co-sponsors include:
Office of the President
Diversity & Inclusion Office
Office of Multicultural Student Services
V.P. of Student Affairs
V.P. for Administration and Finance
V.P. University Advancement and Marketing
Admissions & Records
Entertainment Unlimited
Office of Equal Opportunity and Governmental Relations
and General Counsel
College of Arts & Sciences
Student Government
Political Engagement Project
Williams Auditorium
Residence Life
Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning
Student Leadership & Activities
The Finance Division of Student Government
and the 2010 MLK Celebration Planning Committee