Thursday, March 18, 2010

Ferris Grad Dr. Tracey L. Yothers Recognized By Cambridge Who's Who

Graduates of Ferris State University are everywhere in the United States of America and doing great things in communities.

Here is another example of a Ferris grad doing great things: Dr. Tracey L. Yothers:
DUNCANVILLE, TX, March 17, 2010 /Cambridge Who's Who/ --Tracey L. Yothers, OD, Optometrist with Duncanville Eye Associates, has been recognized by Cambridge Who's Who for demonstrating dedication, leadership and excellence in ocular healthcare.

Specialized in pediatric optometry, Dr. Tracey L. Yothers lends over 15 years of industry experience to Duncanville Eye Associates. For the past 10 years, she has contributed her expertise to the practice and is responsible for conducting eye examinations and diagnosing health conditions including strabismus and amblyopia. Dr. Yothers also sees pediatric patients at Irving EyeCare and serves as a contract optometrist for a variety of additional practices.
More background on Yothers:
Dr. Yothers holds a master's degree in physiological optics from the University of Houston, College of Optometry, earned in 1998. She completed her residency in pediatric optometry and binocular vision in 1997 and earned her doctor of optometry from Ferris State University, Michigan College of Optometry in 1995. She also holds a bachelor of science in visual sciences. Dr. Yothers is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and is a member of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology and the Golden Key National Honor Society.
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Ferris Fulbrighters Foreign Lecture Series: 'Year of the Typhus: WWII in Tunisian Women's Memoirs'

BIG RAPIDS - Dr. Lamia Ben Youssef Zayzafoon will be speaking at Ferris State University as part of a free lecture hosted as part of the Ferris Fulbrighters Foreign Lecture Series.

This event is free and is open to the Ferris and Big Rapids communities. Anyone interested in this topic is urged to attend the event on Thursday March 25 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the College of Business Room 111.
The lecture is entitled: "Year of the Typhus: WWII in Tunisian Women's Memoirs."

Zayzafoon was born and raised in Tunisia, attended the Universite du Centre in Sousse, Tunisia, and in 2002 completed both her M.A. and Ph.D. at Michigan State University in its Department of English.

Anyone with questions about this event is encouraged to contact Chris Vonder Haar by e-mail at or by phone at (231) 591-2528.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Ferris In The News

Ferris’ Aaron Lewicki Hasn’t Had it Easy

The road to play college hockey has been rough, to say the least, for Aaron Lewicki. Sure, most athletes face some obstacles in their quest for excellence, the Detroit News reports. It’s just that Lewicki’s fight has been extraordinary. Consider: He was born with scoliosis (curvature of the spine), and because of it, worked harder than most in the weight room; and he lost his mother, Susan, to kidney failure (complications from lupus) before his sophomore season. “It was so tough to look in the stands the year after my mother died and not see her,” said Lewicki, a senior center for the Bulldog hockey team at Ferris State University. “I know she’d be right behind the glass if she was alive.” And she’d see her son in Detroit this weekend playing for a Central Collegiate Hockey Association title and a spot in the NCAA Tournament. Read more at

WILL Conference Empowers Women to Succeed in Personal, Work Life

More than 250 women from the Big Rapids community gathered Tuesday at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Center for the ninth Women Investing in Leadership and Learning conference, reports the Big Rapids Pioneer. The annual event is a professional development opportunity for area women, including Ferris State University students, to learn leadership skills and network. Three nationally-recognized speakers – best-selling author Lynn Jarrett, motivational trainer Kathy Eubanks and speech coach Eleni Kelakos – spoke to the audience about how a woman can empower herself to become successful in anything she does. “The women are here to celebrate their unique gifts without apology,” Kelakos said. “I want to remind them that there’s nothing they can’t do if they take action on their own behalf and embrace a can-do attitude.”

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Ferris In The News

B- Schools Eye Entrepreneur Training

The recession has left millions without jobs, foreclosed tens of thousands of homes and sent into bankruptcy hundreds of businesses, MiBiz reports in its Knowledge Quarterly. But, for business schools across west Michigan, the recession has become one of the greatest economic lessons of our times, allowing them to teach students about the real effect business decisions have on the economy and about the importance of entrepreneurship to generate jobs. Ferris State University Business School Dean David Nicol said the university is constantly revising programs depending on the need, and the school has seen an increase of students taking classes outside the main campus in Big Rapids, both online and at off-site locations. Read more at

Michigan Colleges Getting into iPhone, Android, Smartphone App Game

With a few taps on his cell phone, Grand Valley State University student Greg Zavitz can look up anybody at the school, view detailed maps and even watch someone ordering a latte on the Pew Campus – all with a mobile phone application he helped design, reports the Grand Rapids Press. Zavitz is part of a group of GVSU students designing apps, a field that experts say will grow even more dramatically if tablet computers become as popular as techies expect. Ferris State University, University of Michigan and Michigan State University do not yet have a campus app, but Ferris recently added courses for creating them. “The word ‘app’ has become a real word with the general public,” Ferris professor Rick Baker said. “If I said ‘app’ to my mom, in her 70s, and my 8-year-old daughter, they’d both know what I’m talking about. That shows you how dominant and pervasive the technology has become.” Baker said Ferris incorporated mobile apps into its Digital Software Media Engineering program, which also trains students to design software for gaming consoles and other devices. Read more at

Ferris Celebrates Influential Women Leaders Through Women’s History Month Activities

Ferris State University’s Office of Multicultural Student Services has a full schedule planned to celebrate Women’s History Month, the Big Rapids Pioneer reports. This year’s theme: Writing Women Back into History. The series of events kicked off with The Vagina Monologues Feb. 26. Activities continued March 2 with Naomi Tutu’s presentation “South Africa: Healing the Wounds of Racism. Next in the series will be the Women Investing in Leadership and Learning Conference at 7 p.m. March 16 at the Big Rapids Holiday Inn and Conference Center. Events continue with Nancy Hulse’s multimedia presentation about domestic violence, “That Ain’t No Way to Treat a Lady,” at 7 p.m. March 18 in the Rankin Student Center Dome Room. Organizers say the Women’s History Month celebration at Ferris is designed around topics impacting women today with the ultimate goal of empowering young women through recognition of past female leaders. Read more at

Ferris Is Headed To The Joe To Face Northern Michigan

BIG RAPIDS - The nationally-ranked Ferris State University men's ice hockey team will start preparations this Monday (March 15) for the 2010 Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) Championships as the Bulldogs will faceoff against the Northern Michigan Wildcats this Friday (March 19) afternoon in the tournament's first semifinal contest at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Mich.

A 4:35 p.m. start time is scheduled for the semifinal-round tilt, which will be televised live by FS Detroit. Fred Pletsch will be calling the action while former National Hockey League (NHL) standout John Vanbiesbrouck will be be providing color commentary for the game. Shireen Saski will be handling the sideline reporting duties.

Ferris State, which is presently 21-11-6 overall this season, will be making its fifth CCHA Championship appearance in the program's history and its first since the record-setting 2002-03 campaign. The Bulldogs, under 18th-year head coach Bob Daniels, are presently ranked eighth nationally this week (March 15) in both of the U.S. College Hockey and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls while FSU is listed ninth by Inside College Ferris State earned a trip to The Joe after sweeping Nebraska-Omaha last weekend (March 12-13) in a best-of-three CCHA Playoff Second-Round series held at FSU's Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids, Mich. Ferris skated to a 3-1 victory over the Mavericks in this past Friday's (March 12) opener and then received a game-winning goal just 23 seconds into the overtime period from senior Casey Haines (Indiana, Pa.) in Saturday's (March 13) tilt to post a 3-2 win in game two.

The Bulldogs' semifinal opponent, Northern Michigan is 19-11-8 overall on the season and advanced to the semis with a two-game second-round playoff series of Alaska last weekend (March 12-13) in Marquette, Mich. The Wildcats, who are directed by eighth-year head coach Walt Kyle, posted a 4-3 decision over the Nanooks in Friday's (March 12) outing and then claimed a 5-1 series-clinching victory on Saturday (March 13) at NMU's Berry Events Center. NMU is currently ranked 11th this week in Inside College's poll while the 'Cats are 12th in both the U.S. College Hockey and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls.

Ferris State and Northern Michigan meet twice in the 2009-10 regular season (Feb. 5-6) as the Bulldogs went 0-1-1 in a two-game set at Big Rapids. The two teams skated to a 3-3 overtime tie in the series opener (Feb. 5) as NMU would win the shootout, 1-0. The Wildcats then dealt Ferris a 4-0 weekend series finale loss (Feb. 6) in a game which was televised by FS Detroit.

The last time Ferris State and Northern Michigan squared off in the CCHA Championships at Joe Louis Arena was back in 2003 when the Bulldogs recorded a 4-2 decision over the Wildcats in the semifinals (March 21) before falling to Michigan, 5-3, in the Super 6 Championship game (March 22). The two teams also played in the 1980 CCHA Finals (March 13-14) at Marquette when the tourney champion was determined by total goals in the series which the Wildcats won 15-9 in a two-game set.

Prior to this season, FSU made league championship tourney appearances in the 1979-80, 1990-91, 1992-93, and 2002-03.

The second semifinal game this Friday will be played at 8:05 p.m. as league regular-season champion Miami (Ohio) takes on Michigan in a Big Ten Network televised contest.

The third-place game and the Mason Cup Championship game will take place this Saturday (March 20) also at Joe Louis Arena. The third-place tilt commences at 3:35 p.m. proceeded by the championship contest at 7:35 p.m., which will be aired by FS Detroit. No television or Internet will be available for the third-place game.

FS Detroit is available on DirecTV channel 663, DISH Network channel 430, Charter Cable channel 33 (HD-channel 791), and Comcast Cable channel 30 (HD-channel 201). All of this weekend's CCHA Championship contests, with the exception of the third-place game, will be streamed live at

This report is from Ferris State University Athletics Communications

Photo by Ed Hyde, FSU Photographic Services

Carvin Eison Presents: Shadows of the Lynching Tree

BIG RAPIDS - Ferris State University's Office of Multicultural Student Services and the Diversity and Inclusion Office are sponsoring a presentation from producer director Carvin Eison, titled, "Shadows of the Lynching Tree." The event takes place this Wednesday (March 17) from 6 to 8 p.m. in the IRC 120 auditorium.

America's painful history of lynching far too often is not discussed as a component of so many of our lessons. The history of lynching, however, is the subject of Eison's powerful and thought-provoking new documentary. As described, the film probes the heart of white-hot hatred, unimaginable violence and hope. Following the showing, Eison will be present to provide answers to any questions that arise from the film.

Everyone from the campus and local community are invited to attend this event.

Anyone with questions can contact Michael Wade in the OMSS office at (231) 591-2617, dial extension 2617 on campus or e-mail at