Friday, February 19, 2010

Admissions Teams With Student Leadership & Activities For Hometown Recruiter Program

BIG RAPIDS - Ferris State University has a lot to offer and school officials realize that there is perhaps no one better to sell the benefits of Ferris than a Ferris student.

The Offices of Admissions has teamed with Student Leadership & Activities to present the Hometown Recruiter Program.

Would you like to go back to your high school during Spring Break and tell your story about the positive experiences you’ve had while attending the University?

Would you like to be seen as a ‘mentor’ in the eyes of your hometown community?

Are you interested in volunteer hours?

This program is designed to allow you the chance to go home and share your experiences with students from your high school, and earn volunteer hours through the Office of Student Leadership & Activities.
Register for either of the two informational sessions at:

Wednesday, Feb. 24 at 6 p.m. in IRC 120
Thursday, Feb. 25 at 11 a.m. in IRC 120

Registration for the informational sessions ends at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 23.
Anyone with questions about the Hometown Recruiter Program should direct them to:

Festival Of The Arts: Foreign Film - The Band's Visit

Date: Friday, Feb. 19
Time: 7 p.m.
Ferris State University's Instructional Resource Center (IRC), Room 122

Comedy/Drama. An Egyptian band, on its way to an Arab arts center in Israel, gets stranded instead in an Israeli settlement. Rated "PG-13" - 87 minutes (Israel 2007).

This event is part of the February Friday Foreign Film Festival.

Admission is free of charge.

Don't Forget 'Whatever Happened to Idlewild, MI?' Presentation

BIG RAPIDS - Right here, in our backyard, is a historic area rich in black history.

Ferris State University's Office of Multicultural Student Services, as part of its 2010 Black History Month programming, is presenting "WHATEVER HAPPENED TO IDLEWILD, MI?" The event features a showing of the documentary of filmmaker Coy Davis followed by a discussion Tuesday, Feb. 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. in IRC 120.

The appearance of Davis at Ferris centers on a discussion of the the historic Idlewild community of Michigan. Once upon a time, Idlewild was considered a paradise and referred to by some people as "Las Vegas" for African-Americans who could escape from Jim Crow laws and enjoy themselves.

This event is free and open to the public.

Anyone with questions, or is in need of assistance to attend this event, should contact the Office of Multicultural Student Services at (231) 591-2617 at least 72 hours in advance.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Festival Of The Arts: Neptune Quartet (Time And Location Corrected)

Note: The time and location of the Neptune Quartet event, as part of Festival of the Arts, has been corrected (see entry below):

Date: Thursday, Feb. 18
Time: 8 p.m.
Blue Cow Café, Big Rapids

Formed in 2001, Neptune Quarter of Traverse City is a collaboration of cellist Crispin Campbell, mandolinist Don Julin, guitarist Angelo Meli and bassist Glenn Wolff. The group plays original compositions as well as music by the likes of Django Reinhardt, Frank Zappa and Hank Williams. Come early for dinner to guarantee a seat. No dinner orders will be taken after 6:15 p.m. No dinner will be served during the performance. You are welcome to come only for the performance, but seating is limited.

Admission is free of charge.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Ferris In The News

Area Schools Participate in Ferris MATHCOUNTS

Area middle school “mathletes” recently converged on the Ferris State University campus for the annual Woodbridge Ferris MATHCOUNTS competition. The all-day event featured 79 middle school students working to solve math problems as individuals and teams, the Big Rapids Pioneer reports. Upon the completion of preliminary rounds, the top 10 student competitors competed head-to-head in a countdown round. With 45 seconds to solve each problem put before them, two individuals would be presented a problem such as, “In a 30-year period, what is the maximum number of leap years?” Other questions included: “Five toppings for pizza are available at Polina’s Pizza. How many combinations of two different toppings are possible?” MATHCOUNTS is a nationwide math enrichment program for sixth- through eighth-grade students. The local event is sponsored by the Big Rapids chapter of the Michigan Society of Professional Engineers, with financial support from Ferris’ College of Engineering Technology. Regional MATHCOUNTS coordinator is Ferris professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology Chuck Drake.

Ferris Athletics Department prepares for 'Operation Giveaway'

BIG RAPIDS - "Operation Giveaway" is more than a promotion designed to drive fans to Jim Wink Arena for Ferris State University's home regular-season finales for the women's and men's basketball teams.

Associate Athletics Director Jon Coles is hopeful that "Operation Giveaway" will bring smiles to the faces of a lot of fans who visit Wink for the basketball games on Feb. 27. On that date, the Bulldogs are hosting Wayne State University. The women's game starts at 1 p.m. while the men's game tips off at 3 p.m. Of course, Ferris students are admitted to Bulldog basketball games for free. For this event, children (who will get a kick out of playing in the inflatable bounce house and maybe participating in the ever-popular game of Chase the Bulldogs) get free admissions with one paid adult.

"Operation Giveaway is our way of saying thanks to both the student body and community," Coles said. "We've had tremendous crowds and support throughout the year and this is an opportunity for us to express our appreciation."

Obviously, the primary goal is to fill the arena with fans hungry for good Division II basketball. Another major goal is to give something back to the fans that have supported the Ferris student-athletes and their programs.

Competition is not just for the basketball teams. Free transportation will be provided (charter bus) from the FSU residence halls to Wink. And, yes, there is something in it for students who represent their residence halls. A new ping pong table will be awarded to the hall with the highest overall attendance at the event.

Here are items listed as part of "Operation Giveaway" on Feb. 27:
  • Ten $500 Scholarships (chances double by attending both games)
  • First 500 fans get a rally towel
  • Free transportation for students to and from Wink Arena
  • New ping pong table to residence hall with best attendance
  • "Four Free Wings" Coupons to everyone from Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Twenty $10 gift cards compliments of Buffalo Wild Wings
  • $300 worth of Meijer Gift Cards
  • Tanning packages
Visit the "Operation Giveaway" Web site, set up by the Ferris Athletics Communications office, for the full list of giveaways as part of the event, here.

Don't Forget About The Taste of Mecosta County

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 16
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Holiday Inn, Big Rapids

Leadership Mecosta is sponsoring the fifth annual "Taste of Mecosta County" on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn in Big Rapids. This is not only a chance for local establishments to showcase their culinary delights, but a chance for all of us in Mecosta County to come out, celebrate Fat Tuesday and enjoy food from the county's finest eating and catering establishments.

Admission is $10.

Event Sponsor: Preferred Office Machines

Crossroads Charter Academy High School Pre-Festival Band Concert

Date: Thursday, Feb. 16
7 p.m.
Crossroads Charter Academy Auditorium, 215 West Spruce St.

The Crossroads Charter Academy High School Band has been successfully active at the MSBOA District and State Festivals for nine years. This concert is a pre-festival performance in preparation for its annual participation in the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association district festival. For this festival, each band prepares a concert march, a musical selection from the MSBOA required list and a song of the director's choice.

Debe Mitchell received her B.M.E. from Central Michigan University in 1982. She taught instrumental and general music on the Texas/Mexico border for 16 years, where her bands received consistent 1st Division ratings. Since returning to Michigan, she has been the director of Music at Crossroads Charter Academy.

Under her direction, the CCA Middle and High School bands have earned high ratings at both District and State level. Mitchell resides in Big Rapids with her husband, Dan, and sons Tyler and Tanner.
Admission is free of charge.

Event Sponsor: Biller Insurance

Find Out What's Happening With the Ferris Alumni Association

BIG RAPIDS - We know that our true Bulldogs are out there - everywhere.

Keep abreast of the latest news from the Ferris State University Alumni Association by visiting the official Web site for the Alumni Online Electronic Newsletter. The February 2010 edition is up for viewing and has neat information about Festival of the Arts and the upcoming alumni gathering here in Big Rapids in conjunction with the battle of nationally-ranked hockey teams as No. 14 Ferris State University hosts No. 13 Michigan State University on Friday (Feb. 19).

If you have any comments, questions, suggestions or thoughts, contact Mary Kay MacIver, editor of the site, at

Here is the announcement from the Web site with important information about the Tailgate on Ice:
UPDATE: The Alumni Association has sold out of our block of hockey tickets for the 2/19 event. Tickets are available by calling the box office at 231.591.2888. We are still taking RSVP's for the tailgate only until Feb. 17.

The FSU Alumni Association invites you and your family to the 2nd annual Hockey Tailgate on Ice! Feb. 19 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Ferris State University Ewigleben Ice Arena multi-purpose room. Enjoy refreshments, great food, fun inflatables for the kids, music and a visit by Coach Daniels prior to the Bulldogs taking on the Spartans of Michigan State University!

$20 per person includes a game ticket, parking and the tailgate. Hurry! Tickets are limited - last year we sold out early! Visit: to register and to pay by credit card.

Note: Season ticket holders are welcome to join us for $5 per person. Follow the link above to pay by credit card. *Note: does not include a parking pass.