Friday, March 26, 2010
Many of Ferris State University’s Fulbright scholars were on hand to learn more about other cultures while reflecting on their own experiences during the 2010 Fulbright Foreign Lecture March 25, the Big Rapids Pioneer reports. This year’s lecture featured Dr. Lamia Zayzafoon of Tunisia, who addressed the topic of “Year of the Typhus: World War II in Tunisian Women’s Memoirs.” The lecture is intended to expose faculty, staff, students and the community to other cultures, as well as the Fulbright program, which allows professors to serve abroad as lecturers, researchers and graduate students. Ferris Fulbright scholars have studied and taught in countries from Poland and Greece, to Russia and Romania, to Sudan, Syria and Hungary, among others. Fulbright scholar Christine Vonder Haar, Ferris associate professor of Languages and Literature, said the program provides unique opportunities for exchanges. “By participating, Ferris is building connections with these other countries,” she said.
Dinner Serves as Gathering Spot for Ferris Students
Ferris State University’s International Student Organization had mouths watering on campus this week during the group’s monthly International Potluck, reports the Big Rapids Pioneer. Students of all nationalities had the opportunity to meet other students while enjoying French cuisine, among a variety of other ethnic dishes shared among guests. We started holding these monthly potlucks so that Ferris’ international students would have an opportunity to come together,” said Shana Beisiegel, assistant advisor, Ferris International Center. “This also gives them a chance to socialize with professors and staff on a more personal level.” International student Ami Trivedi added she enjoys the food, but most of all, she loves the social interaction. “I think the communication you have with others is a good reason to come.”
Bulldogs Fill Coaching Vacancies
Spring training drills for the Ferris State University Football team will begin next week, where the team will welcome two new coaches: Chris Boden and Gary McGraw, the Big Rapids Pioneer reports. Boden will take over as offensive coordinator for the Bulldogs, a position previously held by Matt McCarthy. He comes from Northern State University in South Dakota where he served as head coach. McGraw will replace Chris Reese as the team’s defensive coordinator. He comes from Quincy College in Illinois. Read more at http://www.ferrisstatebulldogs.com/sports/fball/2009-10/releases/boden-mcgraw.
Cesar Chavez was one of the most important leaders of the 20th Century. His legacy of workers' rights, civil rights, environmental justice, equality for all, peace, non-violence, as well as children and women's rights deserves national recognition. He inspired millions of people across the country of all race and nationalities to engage in social and economic justice for farm workers. His life's work to empower the poor and disenfranchised is a model for all.
In honor of Chavez's March 31 birthday, Grand Rapids is hosting a march to celebrate Chavez's accomplishments. A Ferris State University charter bus will depart from G. Mennen Williams Auditorium at 9 a.m. on Thursday (March 31) and will return to FSU at approximately 3 p.m.
There is no admission charge to participate in this event. Space, however, is limited.
To sign up, of if you have any questions, contact Ferris' Office of Multicultural Student Services in FLITE Suite 150 in person or by phone at (231) 591-2617.
This promises to be a special event that brings Ferris State University down to Grand Rapids for a special cause.
One of the featured events of this coming weekend features four local bands live: Atomic Time Machine, Overdrive Orchestra, Nine Pin No Tap and Nick Blohm.
Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the door. All proceeds from this event will go to benefit Habitat for Humanity. That alone makes this a worthwhile event. Those who purchase tickets can not only hear good music, but also contribute to an important cause.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Ferris State University’s Hospitality Management program is presenting its 19th Hospitality Gala at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Center, the Big Rapids Pioneer reports. This year’s theme, “An Evening with Willy Wonka,” will include dishes served during a five-course meal themed after the movie. An annual fundraiser for the program, proceeds benefit student field trips and scholarships. The gala also is an opportunity for students to gain real-world experience, said program Coordinator Julie Doyle. “Students are getting first-hand experience while working side-by-side with industry professionals,” she added. “This event showcases what we’re all about. Each year, the students choose the theme and make all the arrangements.”
Social Activist to Visit Ferris
Social activist Dolores Huerta will speak about community engagement and how neighbors can unite to bring about social change at 7 p.m. March 30 in Ferris State University’s G. Mennen Williams Auditorium, reports the Big Rapids Pioneer. Huerta co-founded the United Farm Workers with Cesar Chavez in 1962 to help seasonal and migrant farm workers who suffered poor working conditions. Seeing this suffering first-hand as a child growing up in central San Joaquin Valley, a farm-working community in Stockton, Calif., she vowed to enact change to help these workers. “It is a pleasure to welcome Dolores Huerta to Ferris State University,” Ferris President David Eisler said. “Ms. Huerta is a tireless worker for social justice and committed to helping communities collaborate to solve problems. We look forward to hearing her reflections on a life spent helping others to seek equality and fair treatment.”
Re-accreditation Puts Tot’s Place in a Class of its Own for Childcare
Tot’s Place Child Development Center takes pride in going above and beyond normal standards to provide the best care possible for local children. Open year round and providing educational programs for children ages 1 through 12, Ferris State University’s center received good news about its re-accreditation through the National Association of the Education of Young Children, the Big Rapids Pioneer reports. Tot’s Place has been re-approved through Dec. 1, 2014 by NAEYC, the largest and most widely recognized accreditation system in the early childhood education field according to Lori Johnson, manager of the child development center. “This accreditation demonstrates Ferris State University’s continued commitment to educational excellence by ensuring that our youngest citizens are provided with high-quality educational experiences which promote future learning opportunities,” Johnson said of Tot’s Place, which has services that are open to children of Ferris students, faculty and staff, as well as community members. Read more at http://www.ferris.edu/htmls/news/news/News.cfm?AnnouncementID=1090&CatID=1&year=2010.
One of the best parts of my job is working with a truly outstanding faculty and staff dedicated to providing your son or daughter a high-quality education and the foundation for a great future. Like you, I also have a student in college (she's a freshman), and I share with you the hopes, dreams and excitement for the future. I'm also new to Ferris, and I am learning all that Ferris has to offer - and it is truly impressive. We have an outstanding and caring faculty, a warm and welcoming community and a collective mission of preparing great graduates, not only for their futures, but for all our futures.
Our small classes are taught by faculty, not graduate students. So our faculty know your student by name. More than half of our classes have fewer than 20 students. This results in more direct contact with professors, more hands-on learning and much stronger student engagement.
Your student will also have many academic support resources to help him or her thrive. Encourage your student to take advantage of these and all that there is here at Ferris. I want you to know that our goal is your goal, and I look forward in just a few years to congratulating your son or daughter as they cross the commencement stage.
Fritz Erickson, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
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The Job Fair is scheduled for Thursday (March 25) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Jim Wink Arena. Anyone with last minute questions can contact Angela Roman, in Career Services, at AngelaRoman@ferris.edu
It's a great time for students to showcase themselves for potential employers.
Monday, March 22, 2010
Rounding out a full academic year of events highlighting the 125th anniversary of Ferris is the Community Dinner which will take place at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Center in Big Rapids on Thursday, April 22. It's a birthday party for Ferris State University that includes activities, a cash bar (6 p.m.) and a buffet dinner (7 p.m.). President David Eisler will be hosting the past presidents of Ferris State University as part of this festive and special event.
The cost of the dinner is $35 per person and seating is limited. Because of that limited seating, a special emphasis is placed on sending in an RSVP by the April 9 deadline. You can register online for this special event by visiting www.ferrisalumni.org or by contacting Gretchen Spedowske at x5983 on campus or (231) 591-5983.
For more on Ferris' 125 years of history, visit: http://www.ferris.edu/125
Anyone who needs special accommodations to attend this event, please call x5983 on campus or (231) 591-5983 at least 72 hours in advance.
You will need a GPS device and a 125th Geocaching card that is available at several locations throughout Big Rapids. Multiple caches are being maintained by colleges and departments on campus. Geocachers must locate the caches, sign a log book and use a special punch located in the cache to mark their card. Completed cards are collected at the end of the hunt, and entered for a drawing. Ten coin winners will be drawn each month.
There is a bonus entry if participants find all the caches in Stage 3.
The contest began Sept 3 and continues through the academic year.
Open year round and providing educational programs for children ages 1 through 12, Ferris State University’s center received good news about its re-accreditation through the National Association of the Education of Young Children. Tot’s Place has been re-approved through Dec. 1, 2014 by NAEYC, the largest and most widely recognized accreditation system in the early childhood education field according to Lori Johnson, manager of the child development center.
“This accreditation demonstrates Ferris State University’s continued commitment to educational excellence by ensuring that our youngest citizens are provided with high-quality educational experiences which promote future learning opportunities,” Johnson said of Tot’s Place, which has services that are open to children of Ferris students, faculty and staff, as well as community members.
Programs that successfully complete the rigorous accreditation process through NAEYC are listed on the organization’s Web site. According to Johnson, 171 programs exist in Michigan, including 22 located within 50 miles of Big Rapids. She added that Tot’s Place was the first accredited program of its kind in Mecosta and Osceola counties.
All child care centers in Michigan are required to have state licensure from the Department of Human Services, Office of Children and Adult Licensing. However, as Johnson explains, NAEYC standards go beyond the state’s minimum requirements and emphasize best practices, which promote quality learning experiences for children. Such accreditation is voluntary and is a product of the commitment of administration, staff and families, Johnson said. NAEYC examines all program aspects focusing closely on interactions between teachers and children. Also, qualifications of teachers, reciprocal family relationships, curriculum, health and safety also are considered.
In addition to providing child care, including a full day school-age camp during the summer, Tot’s Place is the setting for a real-world education experience for Ferris students.
“Tot’s Place serves as an academic lab site to provide hands-on educational training for students in the College of Education and Human Services,” said Johnson of work schedules that amount to 5,000 to 6,000 hours annually for students.
Tot’s Place, located in Bishop Hall on the Ferris campus, was the first center in a 60-mile radius of Big Rapids to earn this accreditation in 2004 and now is the first of its kind to have achieved re-accreditation under the new and tougher criteria, Johnson added.
For more information about Tot’s Place Child Development Center, visit www.ferris.edu/totsplace or call (231) 591-2390.