Friday, August 6, 2010

Ferris State University And The HLC Self-Study Process

Mark your calendars: The Higher Learning Reaccreditation Visiting Team is scheduled for April 18-20, 2011

Ferris State University is scheduled for a Higher Learning Commission reaccreditation visit during the 2010-11 academic year. Therefore, during the fall of 2007, a HLC Steering Committee was appointed. The steering committee is co-chaired by College of Arts and Sciences faculty member Chris Vonder Haar and Associate Vice President for Student Affairs Mike Cairns.

One important goal of Ferris' self study process is to earn continuing accreditation. However, through this effort Ferris intends to maximize the self-study process by engaging our multiple stakeholders in study and reflection about how well we fulfill our mission and to recommend areas needing improvement.

This website will provide regular updates on our process and our findings.

to review the University's Statement of Affiliation status Higher Learning Commission

Contact Information:
Roberta Teahen, Ph.D.
Associate Provost
Ferris State University
1201 S. State Street, CSS 310
Phone: 231-591-3805

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Grand Rapids Press Article Highlights Visser's Pursuit Of An Acting Role

(From left to right) Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Commissioner Dell Robinson, former Ferris State University football player Jake Visser, FSU's Coordinator of Records and NCAA Eligibility Carma Burcham, Ferris Athletics Director Tom Kirinovic were on hand in Jim Wink Arena in Big Rapids on Saturday (Feb. 6). Visser was honored as the 2008-09 National Scholar-Athlete of the Year. (Photo/Sandy Gholston)

Former Ferris State University All-American football player Jake Visser has skills on the field and those skills could take him to the big screen according to a Grand Rapids Press article, "Football players compete in drills for minor roles in the Kurt Russell film 'Touchback'" published in the Wednesday edition.

Those who know Jake realize he has the kind of personality that can translate well in interactions like this one illustrated by the Grand Rapids Press:
As Jake Visser rushed through an agility course on Coopersville High School's football field, he slid into a bag instead of hopping over it.

Mark Ellis stopped him.

"Get on back here, big guy," he said. "Slow it down, eyes up ... I can't make you a Hollywood star if you're looking down."

Ellis, an athletic coordinator who worked on "We Are Marshall," put Visser and hundreds of other hopefuls to the test during tryouts Wednesday for 60 football player roles in "Touchback." The movie, which is shooting in Coopersville and the Grand Rapids area, is about a man who attempts suicide and wakes up in the past to relive his high school football stardom, which ended when he was seriously injured.
In the article, Visser's high standards of execution (as far as football drills are concerned) are quite obvious. The 6-foot-2, 270-pound former Ferris defensive tackle, a graduate and one of the best to play the position in Bulldog gridiron history, still has a lot of football left in him and could be ideal for a role like this and maybe more down the line.

Grand Rapids Press:

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Ferris Faculty Set to Present at the Second Annual Peace Studies Conference

By Todd Stanislav
Director, Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning

Yet another example of Ferris State University’s commitment to collaboration was the recent effort to provide Ferris faculty an opportunity to present papers at the 2nd Annual Peace Studies Conference, a conference hosted by Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) and scheduled for September 2010.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Conflict Resolution: Challenges, Successes, and Failures of Supranational and International Organizations.”

Three Ferris faculty members have been invited to give papers at the conference. They are:
Dr. Carole McKenna (Social Sciences Department), Canadian and American Culture of Militarism: Coping Mechanisms in a Military- Industrial-Service Complex

Dr. Rebecca Sammel
(Languages and Literature), Teaching Conflict Resolution in the Liberal Arts: Incorporating Discussion of Global Inequalities and Crises in a World Folk Literature Course

Dr. Barbara Ciaramitaro
(Accountancy, Finance, and Information Systems), Developing Global Competence in our Students: The Role of Academic Institutions
In late Spring 2010, conference organizers Robert Hendershot and Ric Underhile, both from GRCC (Ric was formerly Academic Counselor for the College of Arts and Sciences at Ferris) met with members of the Diversity and Inclusion Office, Globalization Initiative, Social Sciences Department and Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning to explore ways in which Ferris State may collaborate with GRCC in supporting the Peace Studies Conference. Subsequent to this meeting, a University- Wide Announcement invited all faculty to submit papers for the conference.

We are delighted that Ferris will be well-represented at this year’s conference. Our congratulations to Carole, Rebecca, and Barbara!

This article is taken from the Expect Diversity newsletter from Ferris State University's Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

Ferris Grad Pawlowski Selected As Superintendent Of Deckerville Community Schools

Tricia Pawlowski, a Ferris State University graduate, is ready to put her two-plus decades of experience to a high level at Deckerville Community Schools.

Pawlowski, with a bachelor's degree in Education and a minor in Mathematics, is working on a master's degree in human resource management, according to an article published by the Huron Daily Tribune.

Here is an excerpt from the Huron Daily Tribune article:
More than 20 years ago, Tricia Pawlowski walked the halls of Deckerville Community Schools as a student, getting prepared for college and life as an adult.

Today, Pawlowski is walking the halls of the school as its superintendent, working side by side with teachers and administration to help prepare students for the next stage in their lives.

During a special board meeting late last week, the board of education selected Pawlowski as the district’s leader. She had been serving as the interim superintendent since July 1, after former Superintendent Don Schelke made the move to the Bad Axe Public Schools superintendent slot.
Huron Daily Tribune:

Monday, August 2, 2010

Ferris Professor Wellman Featured In Bay City Times Article On Local Pharmacies Surviving

Ferris State University faculty and staff continue to be sought for their informed viewpoints on issues that impact local communities, the state, nation and beyond.

Greg Wellman, professor in Ferris' College of Pharmacy, is cited in a story published by the Bay City Times on the issue of local pharmacies surviving against the big boys:
In today’s world of national drug store chains, big box retailers and the Internet, the number of locally owned pharmacies is on the decline.

In fact, from 2005 to 2009, the number of independent pharmacies decreased by 7 percent, according to the National Community Pharmacists Association, which also has data that shows independent pharmacies represent 40 percent of all retail pharmacies.
Here is the excerpt that contains what Wellman had to say:
Greg Wellman, professor of pharmacy administration and assistant dean of student affairs and assessment for Ferris State University College of Pharmacy, said local and independent pharmacies must find a niche to stay in business.

“We’re seeing a decline in the number of independent pharmacies on a national basis, due to the competition from the larger chains,” Wellman said. “Local and independent pharmacies that can find their niche and really set themselves apart are being able to find profitability.”
For the complete story, visit here.

New York Times Article Touches On Oil Spill Topic Addressed By Ferris Professor Dr. Gary Rodabaugh

Ferris State University's Dr. Gary Rodabaugh, a professor of Biology, discussed the topic of dispersants being used with respect to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

That topic was recently addressed by a New York Times article written by Elana Schor of Greenwire.

Here is an excerpt from the article:

But scientists warn the oil's ecological impacts are shifting, not ebbing, thanks to massive volumes of dispersants that have kept the crude beneath the waves.

"This is a management decision, to use dispersants," College of William and Mary marine science professor Robert Diaz said yesterday. "It doesn't make the oil go away, it just puts it from one part of the ecosystem to another."

That dispersed oil now hovers, diluted in the water column, posing a challenge for scientists to track and measure the subsea plumes. Mapping the long-term effects of the nearly 2 million gallons of dispersant used by BP PLC may well be equally difficult, given the array of unanswered questions that surround the products' rapid breakdown of oil droplets and their chronic toxicity.

In other words, while dispersants may have helped spare the Gulf's birds, the chemicals are likely shifting dangers to other species lower in the food chain.
Here is the original post featuring Dr. Rodabaugh's comments regarding the use of dispersants to combat the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

It's great to see Ferris experts out in front of important issues like this one.

West Michigan Whitecaps Host Ferris State University Dog Day And Gets Rave Reviews

Oh, the dog days of the summer can be rough, but not for some dogs who got a little VIP treatment at a West Michigan Whitecaps game at Fifth Third Park in Comstock Park over the weekend, courtesy of Ferris State University.

Indeed, it was Dog Day at the park, according to a Grand Rapids Press article:
It was anything but a dog day afternoon for the West Michigan Whitecaps' offense.

On a day when a dog from Lima, Ohio, managed everything from retrieving bats from the batter's box to making water runs to the umpires, the Whitecaps find themselves thinking playoffs after Sunday's 10-7 win against the Dayton Dragons at Fifth Third Ballpark.

The win, coming on the Whitecaps' popular Ferris State University Dog Day, was the team's fifth in a row, the longest since a five-game streak May 20-24, 2008.
So, it was a good day all around for the Whitecaps, Ferris and some dogs.
While the Whitecaps' offense was heating up, more than 200 dogs got cooled off and aided an annual fundraiser. Dog Day at the Ballpark was preceded by a dog wash in Fifth Third's parking lot, which raised more than $2,000 for Gilda's Club.

Organizers estimated there were more than 50 dog breeds at the ballpark, coming from as far as Traverse City. Volunteers at 16 locations spread out near the ballpark's entrance to wash dogs in return for a minimum $5 donation.
Nothing beats the dog days of summer like a day at the park.

For the full Grand Rapids Press article, visit the newspapers Web edition, here.