Saturday, October 2, 2010

Kickball Tournament Set For Tuesday (Oct. 5) As Part Of Homecoming Week

The annual Ferris State University Homecoming week Kickball Tournament is set for Tuesday (Oct. 5) at Top Taggart Field in Big Rapids.

So, be sure to stretch out those hamstrings, bring your school pride and join your fellow Bulldogs at Top Taggart Field for a little kickball action.

Note: Registration begins at 6:30 pm. The tournament begins at 7 pm.

Entry form: kickballentry.pdf

The entry form on this page require Adobe Acrobat Reader. Forms are also available at the Student Activities Office in Rankin Center. Please call (231) 591-2606 for more information.

Please note that the Kickball Tournament is limited to the first 14 teams that sign up - don't delay, sign up today!

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Please read the Kickball tournament rules: kickballrules.pdf

Entry form: kickballentry.pdf

Friday, October 1, 2010

Chasing the Dream Part 7: Chris Wilson Talks About Where The Team Is Right Now In Its Season

Ferris State University
student-athletes arrive on campus with all kinds of hopes and dreams of how they can best utilize their dual status as students and as athletes.

In this seventh installment of the Chasing the Dream series, Ferris football student-athlete Chris Wilson talks about the adjustments he and his teammates have made to a new season with some new coaches, a new offensive system and naysayers.

"We've realized that no one is going to give us anything ... and that we have to go out and take it.," Chris said. "We have to play like it's our last. That is my mentality to play every play like it's my last."

Throughout this series, Chris will discuss his goals, dreams, talents and challenges as he performs a juggling act as an adult. In addition to being a football student-athlete for the Bulldogs, Chris is a soon-to-be graduate of Ferris' Television and Digital Media Production program.

Here is the seventh video of the continuing series as we here a little about what goes on in the mind of some student-athletes at Ferris.

Chris and his teammates are in Ohio this weekend to take on Lake Erie College with kickoff scheduled for 1 p.m.

Don't Forget About Homecoming King And Queen Voting As Part Of Ferris' Homecoming Week

Homecoming King and Queen

The 2009 king and queen were Yomi Egbeleye and Kaley Budnick, respectively.

Who will be this year's king and queen for Homecoming week at Ferris State University?

The winners will be announced at the Homecoming football game on Oct. 9 at Top Taggart Field in Big Rapids on the Ferris campus

Click here to see this years' candidates!

Applicant Criteria:

In order to be an applicant for Homecoming King or Queen, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be a full time student for the entire 2010-2011 school year (12 credits or more for undergraduate students; 9 credits or more for graduate students).
  • Must have a cumulative GPA of 2.3 or higher.
  • Must be in good standing with the Office of Student Conduct (no current judicial sanctions).
  • Must participate in an extra-curricular activity affiliated with Ferris State University (a Registered Student Organization, varsity sport, etc.)
  • Must be sponsored by two (2) Registered Student Organizations.
    One of these sponsorships may come from a Residence Hall
    Candidates cannot be sponsored by University funded or governing organizations (Student Government, Entertainment Unlimited, Residence Hall Association, the Torch)
  • Must have a Campaign Manager who is also a full time student (as specified by the credit hour qualifications mentioned above).
  • Both candidate and campaign manager must give Facebook “friend full-profile” access to the King Queen Selection Chair for the duration of the Homecoming season. The King Queen Selection Chair must also be made a member of any “groups” made pertaining to Homecoming.

Download Forms in Adobe Acrobat:

Candidate Information
King/Queen Application
Escort Application
Campaign Manager Application

The forms require Adobe Acrobat Reader. They are also available at the Student Activities Office in Rankin Center.

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Best-Selling Author Dr. Mark Mathabane's Presentation At Ferris State University

In this video, best-selling author and lecturer Mark Mathabane came to Ferris State University to speak on a variety of topics as part of the Arts and Lecture series.

Mathabane has touched the hearts of millions with his powerful autobiography, Kaffir Boy, which tells the true story of his coming of age under apartheid in South Africa. The book won a prestigious Christopher Award, rose to No. 3 on the New York Times best sellers list and to No. 1 on the Washington Post best sellers list and was translated into several languages. Today, Kaffir Boy is used in classrooms across the U.S. and is on the American Library Association's List of "Outstanding Books for the College-Bound."

Check out these clips from his presentation to students, faculty and staff at Ferris.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Check Out A Recent Episode Of Ferris State Live And Get Ready To Watch Tonight's (Sept. 30) On Fox 32

Ferris State Live Show 30 from FerrisState TV on Vimeo.

On this particular episode of Ferris State Live, hosts Jason DaDay and Leah Nixon discuss the new Ferris Youth Initiative with guest, David Pilgrim, vice president for Diversity and Inclusion at Ferris State University. Also during the show, FSU professor of Biology John Vanderploeg joins Jason and Leah to to talk about the Helen’s Garden effort to honor Helen Gillespie Ferris, wife of founder Woodbridge N. Ferris. Additionally, host Sandy Gholston joins Jason on the set to inform about news and sports on campus.

Ferris State Live airs Thursday evening on Fox 32 in northern Michigan at 10:30 p.m. following your evening news.

Tune in for tonight's episode as we will host Natalia Carvalho-Pinto, a recruiting officer for the University, to discuss Hispanic Heritage Month, and Jeremy Mishler, director of Alumni Relations at Ferris, to discuss Homecoming and more.

Ferris State Live is a collaborative effort that involves University Advancement and Marketing and the Television and Digital Media Production department (including students, faculty and staff).

Susan P. Wheatlake Cancer Awareness Series: “Laff Jest for the Health of It”

Join us on Oct. 19 for a special presentation by Sister Sue Tracy, a four-time cancer survivor and Spectrum Health oncology chaplain as she discusses how to “cope with hope” and celebrate life even in the face of cancer.

Sister Tracy’s presentation is a part of the Susan P. Wheatlake Cancer Awareness Series which aims to inform and educate the community about cancer and wellness.

More information:

Oct. 19
6 p.m. (Free registration begins at 5:45)
Big Rapids Department of Public Safety
435 N. Michigan
Big Rapids, MI 4930
Wheatlake Center
(231) 592 1034

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Ferris Student Sutton Participates In ArtPrize Competition In Grand Rapids

Anne Sutton is a model Ferris State University student-athlete with talents showcased on the volleyball court in the classroom and now beyond the boundaries of campus.

In Sutton's case, the beyond is her talents as an artist - talents that have been in display through her participation in ArtPrize, an annual open art competition in Grand Rapids, Mich., which presents the world's largest art prize of $250,000 to the first-place winner. Artists submit one entry with the top 10 entries receiving a prize. Art is displayed in venues and on properties in the downtown Grand Rapids area.

Event attendees can vote and a winner is determined by public vote as a total of $449,000 in prize monies will be awarded.

Sutton, who completed a three-year art program at the Grand Rapids Art Museum, is showing her entry at San Chez Bistro & Cafe on 38 West Fulton Street in Grand Rapids.

A 6-foot-2 sophomore middle hitter for the Bulldog volleyball team and a native of Grand Rapids, Sutton is a graphic design major at Ferris.

"This event is incredible for Grand Rapids and the small businesses within," said Sutton, who graduated from Northview High School in Grand Rapids. "The competition submerges the city in beauty and culture, drawing more attention to the splendor it already contains.

"I love what I'm studying," she added about her Graphic Design studies and her artwork in general. "I wanted to use a skill which I developed and make something great. There was no grade or rubric to motivate me, just passion."

Sutton was motivated to push her creativity and artistic talents.

"The greatest reason I decided to try this out is to challenge myself," she said. "We've done a lot of this kind of work, which is cut paper, throughout our curriculum, but I've never done anything very large scale."

Sutton is presenting a cut paper portrait entitled "Central Park" which is an image of a simplification of a photograph taken in New York City's Central Park. The image is a four-person band which consists of a man singing, a man playing the bass fiddle, a man on trumpet, and an individual playing the guitar. Sutton's art piece is cut in layers from darkest to lightest out of various Canson and Strathford papers. The use of the different layers and values gives the piece a sense of depth.

For more information, visit the Ferris Athletics Web site.

A special thanks to Ferris State University Athletics Communications Director Joe Gorby for his work in compiling the information and in conducting the video interview.

ArtPrize Speaker Series Showcases Art Experts, Artists and Designers

Ferris State University’s Kendall College of Art and Design is presenting the ArtPrize 2010 Speaker Series. The series is designed to provide an opportunity to hear from distinguished art experts, artists and designers, among others.

The speaker series began Sept. 27 and continues at 7 p.m. today (Sept. 29) with a presentation by international award jurors Colley, Viviano, Rockman and Greenwood on “International Artists and Ideas in a Midsize Midwestern Town.” A reception is set for 6 p.m.

Other presenters during the two-week series include Paul Ha, director for the Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis, Oct. 5; Patricia Phillips, dean of graduate students, Rhode Island School of Design, Oct. 6; and Raphaela Platow, director and chief curator for the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, Oct. 8. For a complete listing of speakers, visit

All ArtPrize 2010 Speaker Series events are being held in The Hub – more commonly known as the public space located in the Old Federal Building at 155 N. Division Ave. The Hub was designed to foster connectivity between ArtPrize patrons and to act as ArtPrize’s command center for conversation surrounding art.

All presentations are open to the public and free. More information about ArtPrize is available at

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

PORTRAITS OF COURAGE: Latinos Shaping A Nation

As Hispanic Heritage Month continues at Ferris State University, there will be a program hosted this evening (Sept. 28) in G. Mennen Williams Auditorium at 7 p.m.

PORTRAITS OF COURAGE: Latinos Shaping a Nation
is a brand new live play that showcases the lives of several Latinos who have made vital contributions to American culture and society. Two actors portray historically-based characters who have influenced science, civil rights, sports, the economy, the Armed Services, labor relations, education, and the arts. It is an awe-inspiring work that will open your eyes to the amazing people who helped make America what it is today. In a 65 minute presentation, you will meet:

Roberto Clemente - Category: SPORTS - was a superhero of Baseball. He died in 1972 while en route to deliver aid to earthquake victims in Nicaragua.

Rafael Cordero
- Category: EDUCATION - created the first Multicultural school in the world allowing for free schooling of children regardless of race.

A Young Soldier
- Category: ARMED FORCES - walks us through a discussion of Latino involvement in the armed services (taking us through the history of the military) being the first Latino Medal of Honor winner in the Vietnam War.

Andrea Perez
- Category: CIVIL RIGHTS - tells us her story of Perez v. Sharp where she struck down the miscegenation law in California allowing for interracial marriages.

Luisa Moreno
- Category: CIVIL RIGHTS - traversed America becoming the only Latina to rise to executive rank in a major union when she was elected the Vice President of the United Cannery, Agricultural, Packing and Allied Workers.

A Migrant Farmworker
- Category: ECONOMICS & IMMIGRATION - describing their effect on America’s current workforce and economy.

is a series of historically-based presentations produced by Will & Company, a Los Angeles based theatre company that tours the nation with classical theatre and new works that deal with contemporary issues of acceptance. Committed to its mission of “actors reflective of their audience”, Will & Company seeks to represent the country by promoting and presenting artists of diverse ethnicities, genders, orientation and abilities.

This event is free to all Ferris students and the Big Rapids community. This event is made possible by the Hispanic Stuent Organization (HSO), Office of Administration and Records, Office of Multicultural Student Services (OMSS), the Student Activity Fee as allocated by the Finance Division of Student Government, and the Hispanic Heritage Month Planning Committee.

Learn More About Career Services At Ferris State University

In Career Services, students have a resource to strengthen themselves as they prepare to enter a competitive job market after graduation from Ferris State University.

Learn more about what Ferris State University's Career Services division can do for students entering the job market.

Here is the letter that greets people:
Welcome, we hope you are finding all that you came here for. The Career Services office prides itself in offering assistance to everyone through-out the never ending career development process. Whether you are a freshman not sure of where to start, a senior trying to figure out how to negotiate salary with a new employer, or an alumni deciding to change careers; we are here to help you! The career development process also requires support from other important people such as faculty, staff, employers, internship coordinators and we are here to collaborate with you too!

The 2010 – 2011 academic year remains focused on the core value of opportunity
. Career Services has been hard at work all summer creating new programming and networking events to increase your opportunities. Things to look for this year:

Increased visibility of Bulldog CareerLink – Your gateway to career opportunities!

Federal Opportunities Fair – collaboration with other universities to offer an opportunity for you to talk with federal employers in Grand Rapids.

Career Advantage Series – hot career topics with more variety of presenters

Professional Career and Leadership Conference – your chance to build your resume by attending a formal conference event teaching you about the impact of leadership on career success.

I challenge everyone to increase their career opportunities by doing one or all of the following this year.

Visit the job fair or call and talk to an employer you do not know.

Join a student group or professional organization to meet new people and fine-tune your leadership skills.

Have your resume critiqued

Visit the Career Services office and see what we can do for you!

Have a great year. I look forward to seeing you.

Angie Roman
Coordinator of Career Services, Ferris State University
Check out the Career Services Web site, here.

A Day with Schlumberger

Ferris State University, through the Career Services, has something of interest to you.

Schlumberger will be on campus assisting students with career preparation activities. Take this opportunity to get a resume critique or mock interview from an employer. This program is open to all academic levels and majors.

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Walk-in resume critiques in Rankin Student Center 135. Bring your printed resume with you.

3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

There will be 30-minute mock interviews. You can make an appointment by calling Career Services at 591-2685.

Anyone in need of special accommodations, please contact Angie Roman in Career Services at (231) 591-2685 with 72 hours notice.