Thursday, April 29, 2010

Robert Barnum's 125th Sculpture Dedication

BIG RAPIDS - Robert Barnum's much-anticipated sculpture, honing the 125th anniversary of Ferris State University, is scheduled to be dedicated on Friday, May 7, at 11 a.m. in Lot 2 behind the Swan Building and Johnson Hall (Ives Ave.) on the Ferris campus.

The sculpture is a presentation to Ferris by the Festival of the Arts Committee, and is a collaboration between Barnum and students from several programs including Welding Engineering Technology, Surveying and Barnum's Fine Arts

Barnum is a professor of Fine Arts and Resident Artist at Ferris.

Refreshments will be served as part of this unveiling and everyone is encouraged to take time out of their schedule for this historic moment to celebrate the 125th and the arts.

Anyone with questions is encouraged to contact Mary Kay MacIver at (231) 591-3739 or via e-mail:

OMSS Annual Pignic Is Set For Saturday In Hemlock Park

BIG RAPIDS - It's a tradition that has endured for more than a quarter of a century: The Office of Multicultural Student Services annual Pignic.

The next Pignic is scheduled for Saturday, May 1, at Hemlock Park in Big Rapids from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

"For more than 25 years, the Pignic has evolved to be a great FSU student, faculty and staff, alumni and community event," Michael Wade, assistant director of the OMSS said. "The event will have free food and fellowship."
TIME: Noon to 4 p.m.
LOCATION: Hemlock Park (Big Rapids)
MUSIC: BY DJ Dave Reed
COST: Free
HIGHLIGHTS: Free BBQ, music and fellowship

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Honors Senior Symposium Set For Thursday

BIG RAPIDS - The Honors Senior Symposium is an opportunity for graduating seniors to come together and share what they have learned with the campus community from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Rankin Student Center Dome Room at Ferris State University.

The honors Senior Symposium is a platform for encouraging intellectual activity and allowing people an opportunity to see what Ferris students have been working on in their various classes. The event additionally allows freshmen, sophomores and juniors to see the "evolution of a student", and gives the graduates a chance to end their academic careers on a high note as they talk to undergrads, staff, administrators and professors about their projects.

Students graduating from the Honors Program will be showcasing their projects in a poster session format.

This event is open to the public and there is no admission charge. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information on this event, contact Tammy Babcock at (231) 591-2216.

In the photo: Lisa Harrington, from the College of Education and Human Services, won "First Place Presentation" at the 2009 Senior Symposium.

Senior Symposium 2010 Information Sheet

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Pancakes With The President Set For May 3

BIG RAPIDS - Ferris State State University students who are hungry for a break from studies - or just plain hungry - can enjoy Pancakes with the President on Monday (May 3) at Westview Dining Center inside the Rankin Student Center beginning at 11 p.m.

This is a great opportunity for students, faculty and staff to come together and enjoy good conversation and delicious pancakes as Ferris brings the 2009-10 academic year to a close.

"This is an opportunity for Ferris students to take a break from studying to relax and meet informally with members of the University community," said Ferris President David Eisler. "If you have participated in the past, you know this is a good opportunity to interact with students as the academic year draws to a close.

All members of the campus community are invited to assist. Please contact Elaine Kamptner at ext. 2500 if you would like to join us.

Here is the official note to faculty and staff from Ferris Student Government:
Dear Faculty and Staff,

It’s that time of year again! Finals week is quickly approaching and Student Government is sponsoring their annual Pancakes with the President event. The event will take place May 3 from 11 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. in the Westview dining facility located in the Rankin Center. Your participation is much needed! We are in need of faculty and staff members to help with serving students . Please sign up by contacting the chair of the event DeAja Packer at . Thank you; we look forward to your participation.

Best regards,
DeAja Packer
Student Government-Pancakes with the President Chair

Ferris Football Golf Outing Set For June 5

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BIG RAPIDS - Registrations are currently being accepted for the 27th annual Ferris State University Football Golf Outing, which will be held Saturday, June 5, at Meceola Golf Course.

The four-person shotgun golf scramble, which is sponsored by the FSU Gridiron Club, serves as one of the Ferris State football program's primary fundraising events. The shotgun start will be held on a first-come, first-serve basis with all activities this year taking place at the Meceola Golf Course.

The cost for this year's event is $90 per player, which includes golf green fees, power cart, lunch during play, beer, soda and bottled water on the course, and a buffet style dinner. Women participants will be allowed to hit from the red tees. A great package of team and individual prizes will be awarded.

For the fourth consecutive year, the outing will also include The Players Cup. The Players Cup is a division for former Bulldog players and coaches only. Each four-member team must be comprised of former Ferris players and/or coaches only with the winner receiving the traveling trophy along with great prizes and bragging rights for a full year.

For more information, visit the Ferris State University Athletics Web site, here.

OMSS Presents The BGC Alumni Basketball Game And More For A Good Cause

BIG RAPIDS - Get ready for some hardwood action as Ferris State University's Office of Multicultural Student Services is set to present the 2010 Black Greek Alumni Basketball Game on Friday (April 30) at 7 p.m. in Jim Wink Arena.

"Black Greek Council alumni will compete in this basketball game and the BGC will be collecting non-perishable food items as community service," said Michael Wade, assistant director of the OMSS. "All food items collected will go towards a family in need in the Big Rapids community."

In addition to the game, which is set to return proud Ferris alums back to campus for some hoop action, there will be a 3-point shooting contest, a dunk contest at halftime for all Greeks and non-Greeks to participate in on a festive evening at Ferris.

So, plans call for a good evening of basketball and brotherhood on campus at Ferris State University with many people chipping in for a worthwhile cause.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Bulldog Story: Jackie Green

BIG RAPIDS - One of our great examples of a true student-athlete, Ferris State University's Jackie Green will be graduating inside the calendar year.

This Bulldog Story is a tribute to a student-athlete (cross country/track and field) who has worked to find a niche by involving herself in a number of activities on campus to truly enjoy the full spectrum of what Ferris has to offer to its students.

Enjoy this Bulldog Story: Jackie Green


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Torchbearer Awards Set For Wednesday Night In Williams Auditorium

BIG RAPIDS - All are welcome to attend Ferris State University's 11th annual Torchbearer Awards Ceremony on Wednesday (April 28) at 7 p.m. in G. Mennen Williams Auditorium.

The Torchbearer Leadership Awards Ceremony started as an annual tradition in 2000 by the Office of Student Leadership and Activities to recognize the achievements of student leaders, student organizations and the faculty/staff who support their efforts at Ferris. At this year's ceremony, the keynote address will be delivered by Michelle Burke, founder of the Torchbearer Awards.

Those in attendance will have a chance see the Torchbearer Awards, Rising Star Awards, Outstanding Campus Advisor, Greek Awards, Initiative 125 Awards and the Five-Star RSO Awards presented to recipients.

Light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served at 6 p.m. prior to the start of the 7 p.m. ceremony. Attire for the event is business casual.

Anyone with a disability and is in need of special accommodations to attend, should contact extension 2606.