Friday, February 12, 2010

Ferris In The News

Students Create Site for College Journalists Who Want to Talk About the Craft

Two young entrepreneurs have launched an online community where college journalists are sharing ideas on technology, leadership, news judgment and content, reports Joe Grimm in his PoynterOnline. column. Kelsey A. Schnell and Brandon Martinez built in Big Rapids, Mich., the home of Ferris State University. I met Schnell and Martinez at the Michigan Press Association’s winter conference, where they were handing out business cards to try to get other college students to join the community. They said they are focusing on attracting people, not publications, because they are looking for personal involvement. So far, students from about 30 colleges have joined. Schnell worked the crowd as Martinez worked behind the scenes. While Schnell pitched in front of a monitor, Martinez stood behind the screen, calling pages and scrolling to keep pace with Schnell’s patter. Schnell, creative developer for, is editor-in-chief of the Ferris State Torch. Martinez is Web editor for and the Torch, which are independent of each other. Read more at

Ferris Professor Weighs in on Apple Tablet

From Internet jokes to legal rumblings, the name of Apple Inc.’s latest gadget is taking a bit of a beating. But Apple has been down this road before, and marketing experts don’t expect the brouhaha to tarnish the new tablet computer, the Wall Street Journal reports. The recent launch of the iPad set off a trademark dispute with a Japanese company that introduced a device called the iPAD in 2002. The spat could spark litigation or result in the kind of settlement Apple reached over its iPhone in 2007, when it reached an agreement with Cisco Systems, Inc. Cisco had been marketing an Internet telephone under the same name. The one-letter difference between Apple’s iPad and its own digital music player, the iPod, is itself notable. But Bill Ward, assistant professor of marketing at Ferris State University’s business college, says the iPad “is differentiated enough by size, features and price that its name will not be a problem for Apple.”
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Kendall Students Work With Award-Winning Writer

The Center for Emerging Enterprises (CE2) announced at a press conference that their introductory project will be mentored by the Everybody Loves Raymond’s Emmy award-winning writer Tom Caltabiano, Revue West Michigan reports GoFers, the student-run sitcom, is about a small delivery company, its employees and the day-to-day situations that take place there. At its core, GoFers is about caring, second chances, and helping people find success. The GoFers project is being completed by 70 students from Grand Valley State University’s Seidman College of Business, Cornerstone University, Aquinas College, Kuyper College, Calvin College, Kendall College of Art and Design, and Compass Arts Academy. Every aspect of the project is being completed by the students from writing, casting, production, marketing, finance, music, animation and set design, Bob Israel, founder of CE2, said. “It’s all about the students – it’s a student driven product, not me, nor Tom, it’s all the students,” he said at the conference. Read more at

Festival Of The Arts Events: Feb. 15-21

February 15 - 21, 2010
All events are free unless indicated otherwise; more details available at


Music Therapy Presentation and Workshop, 7 p.m., Immanuel Lutheran Church, 726 Fuller Avenue


Crossroads Charter Academy High School Pre-Festival Band Concert,
7 p.m., Crossroads Charter Academy Auditorium, 215 W. Spruce St., Big Rapids
Taste of Mecosta County, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Center (Admission is $10)


Tuba Tales Presents "A Hatful of Dr. Seuss,"
7 p.m., Rankin Student Center Art Gallery, Ferris State University


Neptune Quartet, 6 p.m.,Big Rapids City Hall Lobby,
226 N. Michigan Avenue
The Cowboy Poet of Luckenbach, Texas, 7 p.m., Rankin Student Center Dome Room, Ferris State University
Crossroads Charter Academy Middle School Band Concert, 7 p.m., Crossroads Charter Academy Auditorium, 215 W. Spruce St., Big Rapids


Foreign Film The Band's Visit,7 p.m.,
IRC 122, Ferris State University
The Cowboy Poet of Luckenbach, Texas, 7 p.m., Artworks, 106 N. Michigan Avenue
Disney's "Aladdin Jr." - Presented By Big Rapids Middle School Honors Choir, 7 p.m., Big Rapids High School Auditorium, 21175 15 Mile Road


On-Site Painting Performance by Noel Skiba,
1 p.m., Artworks, 106 N. Michigan Avenue
Disney's "Aladdin Jr." - Presented By Big Rapids Middle School Honors Choir, 2 p.m., Big Rapids High School Auditorium, 21175 15 Mile Road
Big Band Dance, 7 p.m., The Gate Family Entertainment Center


Grand Rapids Symphony Concert, 7:30 p.m., Big Rapids High School Auditorium, 21175 15 Mile Rd.

Former Ferris All-American Visser Honored As Top National Scholar-Athlete

BIG RAPIDS - Few student-athletes embody what it means to be a student-athlete more than former Ferris State University All-American football star Jake Visser.

Visser, a native of Coopersville in the Grand Rapids area, received the ultimate honor for a true student-athlete. The 6-foot-2, 275-pound former defensive tackle, was named the 2008-09 National Scholar-Athlete of the Year as recognized by Disney’s Wide World of Sports and the DII Conference Commissioners’ Association. Visser was recognized by the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and the Ferris Athletics Department during halftime of Saturday afternoon's men's basketball game between Ferris and the University of Findlay on Feb. 6 in Jim Wink Arena in Big Rapids.

In spite of all the honors, Visser remains as humble and grounded as ever.

"This award is really great. You put a lot of work into to be able to earn something like this and a big part of winning something like this is we have a great support system at Ferris with people like Carma Burcham," said Visser, who currently is living with his wife in the Grand Rapids area and wrapping up his student teaching responsibilities at Kenowa Hills High School. "We have great teachers throughout the whole History Education staff at Ferris.

"It's really nice to get these kinds of awards to accept not just on my behalf, but also for Ferris State University and for the GLIAC."

Ferris Athletics Director Tom Kirinovic and GLIAC Commissioner Dell Robinson were among those on hand to recognize Visser and present him with a plaque recognizing his noteworthy achievement as the nation's premier scholar-athlete (2008-09). Burcham, FSU's coordinator of records and NCAA eligibility, also was part of the presentation to Visser.

Just as Visser approached football with meticulous preparation and a ferocious drive, so too did he take on his studies inside and outside of the classroom. He continues what many people hope will become a tradition. And, if you don't think Ferris produces some outstanding scholar-athletes then check again. Visser is the second FSU student-athlete in three years to earn that award. Visser joins Grand Haven native Mike Klobucher, who played linebacker for the Bulldogs and won it in 2006-07).

"To be able to follow someone like Mike Klobucher, who so many of us had such great respect for, makes winning an award like this even more of an honor," said Visser, who was a 2009 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship winner and was chosen as a member of the National Football Foundation's Hampshire Honor Society. "There are so many great student-athletes who take a lot of pride in not only being a great athlete, but also work hard to be strong in the classroom, too."

Visser was named three times to the All-GLIAC team and earned both first-team All-America status and Academic All-America honors during his FSU playing career.

Political Engagement Project Is Sponsoring A Presidents' Week Trivia Contest

BIG RAPIDS - The Political Engagement Project is sponsoring a Presidents' Week Trivia Contest for all Ferris State University students. Enter and win prizes!Presidents' Week Trivia Contest Rules Monday, Feb. 15 through Friday, Feb. 19, 2010

WIN a $10 Starbucks coffee card and a 125th anniversary Ferris State University T-shirt!

Read the information about our American presidents - THEN - Enter the contest.

Two new questions will be posted each day. A "day" begins at 12:01 a.m.

Two winners will be drawn randomly from all correct entries each day.

You may enter the contest every day. More chances to win!

The Grand Prize winner, drawn from all the day winners, will receive a 125th anniversary Ferris State University "coffee table book" of photos and facts about Ferris.


Day 1 (Feb. 15) Day 2 (Feb. 16) Day 3 (Feb. 17) Day 4 (Feb. 18) Day 5 (Feb. 19)

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Festival Of The Arts: M.L. Liebler and the Detroit Legacy - A Performance of Poetry and Jazz

Date: Thursday, Feb. 11
8 p.m.
Pepper's Café and Deli, 121 N. Michigan Avenue

Nationally and internationally known and widely traveled populist poet, performance poet, workshop facilitator and arts activist, M. L. Liebler & The Magic Poetry Band is the brainchild of Wayne State University professor M.L. Liebler. For more than 20 years, Liebler has combined his insightful, urban poetry with the funky tones of modern jazz, resulting in a perfect elision of sound and vision. Performing with Liebler are Griot Galaxy saxophonist Faruq Z. Bey, Detroit's CJQ, The Woolies, Detroit Artist Workshop guitarist Ron English, road-tested bass player and album producer Jef Reynolds (Leslie Gore band, Alex Chilton, Fats Domino, The Platters and others), and resident drummer and gamesman Bill Hulet.

This event is one of the 2010 Ferris State University Writer's Week events.

Admission is free of charge.

Festival Of The Arts: Evolution of American House Styles with Professor Joe Samson

Date: Wednesday, February 10
7 p.m.
Comstock House, 414 Maple St., Big Rapids

Professor Joe Samson is a member of the Architectural Technology/Facility Management faculty at Ferris State University. His presentation will be taken from his "House: An American Evolution" course he developed at Ferris. He will briefly explore how we experience architecture through our senses and perceptions and the agents that act to advance the evolution of architectural styles. The bulk of the presentation will be devoted to an exploration of American architecture and resulting styles from colonial roots to contemporary residences.

Admission is free of charge.

Event Sponsor: FSU Department of Language & Literature

Festival Of The Arts: The Failure of Certain Charms (and Other Disparate Signs of Life)

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 10
4 p.m.
Location: Great Lakes Book & Supply, 840 Clark Street

The poet and novelist Gordon Henry, an enrolled member of the White Earth Chippewa Tribe of Minnesota, will be reading from and discussing his book. He will be accompanied by writer Patrick LeBeau.

This event is one of the 2010 Ferris State University Writer's Week events.

Admission is free of charge.

Rube Goldberg Team Member Cited By Hometown Newspaper

BIG RAPIDS - The positive attention, locally and beyond, continues for Ferris State University's record-breaking Rube Goldberg team.

The Ogemaw County Herald highlights Rube Goldberg team member Bryan Williams, a graduate of Ogemaw Heights High School and a native of Lupton.

Here is an excerpt from the story:

LUPTON — Ferris State University’s Rube Goldberg team recently spent two weeks in Japan and broke its own Guinness World Record, and Lupton resident Bryan Williams was a part of that team’s efforts.

Williams, a 2008 graduate of Ogemaw Heights High School and currently a sophomore at FSU, traveled to Tokyo from Jan. 4-16 as part of FSU’s Rube Goldberg team. Along with Williams, FSU professor and team advisor Thomas Hollen and students Mike Dunakin of Grand Rapids and Kyle Hebner of Oscoda traveled to Tokyo.

Check out the full story, here.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Check Out Faces Of Ferris Entry On Hockey Coach Bob Daniels

Bob DanielsFor decades, Ferris State University has taken great pride in being one of the smaller schools in Division I hockey and a member of a premier conference laden with Big 10 teams.

Today, more than 30 years since Division I hockey arrived at Ferris, 18th-year head coach Bob Daniels has in many ways become the face of Bulldog Hockey.

Daniels, the 2002-03 American Hockey Coaches Association Division I National Coach of the Year, currently has the Bulldogs in the midst of their best season since his Chris Kunitz-lead squad made headlines seven years ago. While hundreds of players have come and gone during Daniels' tenure, he remains a rock of consistency in Big Rapids -- well respected by peers for the way his program battles Division I college hockey heavyweights like Michigan State, Michigan, Notre Dame, Miami and Ohio State.

Through it all, Coach Daniels, aided by a trusted and experienced staff that includes associate head coach Drew Famulak and assistant Mark Kaufman, has remained as humble and hard working as ever while recruiting and developing quality players on the ice.

This season, it was doubtful many fans expected a whole lot from the Bulldogs. But, the coaching staff was optimistic -- long before Ferris shot out of the gates to a high national ranking and a spot near the top of the rugged Central Collegiate Hockey Association standings.

"When the year started, we were cautiously optimistic. We knew we had the talent, but it was just going to be a matter of how it all came together," Daniels said. "It has come together and our leadership has been tremendous. We have a great group of seniors led by our captain Cody Chupp, who is a Big Rapids native. Not only are these seniors playing well in key roles, but they're playing well in key situations."

For the full version, visit Faces of Ferris:

CANCELLED - Discussion and Reception at 2:00pm today with Honorable Ugur Kenan Ipek, Consul General of the Republic of Turkey

BIG RAPIDS - The Ferris State University-hosted Discussion and Reception at 2 p.m. today (Feb. 9) with Honorable Ugur Kenan Ipek, Consul General of the Republic of Turkey has been cancelled. Due to the winter storm he had to take an earlier flight to Chicago.

The Food Dude, A 5-Star Event, Comes To Ferris State University

BIG RAPIDS - The Food Dude is making a trip to Big Rapids to speak to the Ferris State University campus and the rest of the local community.

Kevin Roberts, aka the Food Dude, is a free and five-star on campus as a result of Student Activity Fees as allocated by the Finance Division of Student Government. Everyone is encouraged to take time out of their schedule to drop by Williams Auditorium on the Ferris campus on Thursday (Feb. 11) at 7 p.m. for this 90-minute presentation.

Anyone with a disability who needs special accommodations to attend this
event should contact (231) 591-2610 at least 72 hours in advance.

If anyone has any additional questions, contact Entertainment Unlimited via e-mail at or by phone at (231) 591-2610.

Festival Of The Arts: Fred Marchant: Poetry Reading

Date: Monday, Feb. 8
7:30 p.m.
Rankin Student Center Room 238 ("Founders' Room")

Poet Fred Marchant will be reading from his poetry. Marchant is editor of the Another World Instead: The Early Poems of William Stafford, 1937-1947, from Graywolf Press. He is also the author of four books of poetry, most recently The Looking House from Graywolf Press. His other collections include: Tipping Point winner of the 1993 Washington Prize from The Word Works, Full Moon Boat (Graywolf Press, 2000) and House on Water, House in Air: New and Selected Poems (Dedalus Press (Dublin, Ireland), 2002). He is also the co-translator (with Nguyen Ba Chung) of From a Corner of My Yard, a collection of poetry by the contemporary Vietnamese poet Tran Dang Khoa.

This event is one of the 2010 Ferris State University Writer's Week events.

Admission is free of charge.

Festival Of The Arts: A Celebration of Ferris Authors - In Honor of Ferris State University's 125th Anniversary

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 9
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Comstock House, 414 Maple Street

Writers associated with Ferris State University will be reading selections from their work, both published and unpublished. Moderated by FSU professor (and poet) Phillip Sterling, the program will include a diversity of voices, including Pasquale Di Raddo, Betty Stolarek, Andy Kantar, Mark Thomson, Susan Morris, Robert von der Osten, Sharon Robideaux, Jon Taylor and many others.

This event is one of the 2010 Ferris State University Writer's Week events.

Admission is free of charge.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Ferris State University Welcomes The Honorable Ugur Kenan Ipek, Consul General of the Republic of Turkey

BIG RAPIDS - Tuesday (Feb. 9) features a rare and unique event that you won't want to miss at Ferris State University.

The University is hosting a keynote speech followed by a reception and discussion with the honorable Ugur Kenan Ipek, who is the consul general of the Republic of Turkey. I've had a chance to talk to Todd Stanislav, director of the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning, and Rebecca Sammel, assistant professor in Languages and Literature at Ferris, about the event. Both are excited about this special opportunity for Ferris State University.

The consul general was expected to arrive in Big Rapids on Monday. The 50-minute keynote address takes place at 11 a.m. in the Ferris' College of Business (Room 111). For more information, contact Patty Terryn at (231) 591-3946 or by e-mail at

Later in the day, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the International Center located in FLITE 404, the consul general will participate in a free reception and discussion that will be open to the public. For more information, contact Janel Lockwood at (231) 591-2809 or by e-mail at

Refreshments provided. Open to the public; no admission charge.

The event is sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Globalization Initiative.

As a side note, check out the video "Going Global - Turkey" linked to from the Ferris State University homepage, here.