Friday, November 5, 2010

Don't Miss Hairspray ... Performances Are Scheduled For This Weekend At Ferris

Welcome to the '60s! It's time to let your hair down and dance the night away! Hairspray, the musical comedy phenomenon, piled bouffant-high with laughter and romance, will be performed at G. Mennen William’s Auditorium on the Ferris State University campus.

This production will be performed by a talented mix of the students involved in theatre at Ferris. FSU Theatre provides an opportunity for students to expand their experiences while complementing their major programs.

Show times are November 4, 5, 6 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 7 at 2:30 p.m.

It's 1962, and teen Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart, has only one desire—to dance on the popular "Corny Collins Show." When her dream comes true, Tracy is transformed from social outcast sudden star. But can a plus-size trendsetter vanquish the program's reigning princess, win the affections of heartthrob Link Larkin, and integrate a television show without denting her 'do? Only in Hairspray!

The musical comedy Hairspray is based on the 1988 New Line Cinema film created by John Waters. The musical version of Hairspray won eight Tony Awards, including ‘Best Musical’ during a six-year Broadway run. More recently a 2007 movie version of the musical starred big-name actors including John Travolta, Christopher Walken, Amanda Bynes, Queen Latifah and Zac Efron.

Student tickets are $4, $6 for seniors and $8 for adults. If you need assistance to attend this event please call (231) 591-5600 24 hours in advance.

Tickets for Hairspray are available online ( starting Monday, October 18th. In addition, patrons may purchase tickets at the Williams Auditorium ticket box office (231-591-5600) from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. starting Monday, November 1st through Friday, November 5th and one (1) hour before event show times.

For more information contact 231-591-2108.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Author Of Book On African American Fraternities To Lecture At Ferris State University

Lawrence C. Ross Jr. is the author of "The Divine Nine: The History of African American Fraternities and Sororities," the first book written about all nine African American fraternities and sororities.

Ross will be on campus at Ferris State University on Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. in IRC 120 to lecture on topics addressed in his book. He will lecture about the historical origins of African American-based fraternal organizations, macro reasons for existence and contemporary issues that face members and organizations. Additionally, he will talk about the struggle for relevancy in today's society, pledging and hazing.

To date, Ross has lectured at over 350 colleges and universities.

Since it was published in 2000, The Divine Nine has been the standard for anyone interested in African American fraternal history, and is a Los Angeles Times and Essence magazine bestseller. Ross is recognized as an expert on African American fraternal issues, and has written articles for CNN and The He has been interviewed by the BBC, NPR, Essence and other media outlets.

This event is free and open to the public. The event sponsors are Ferris' Black Greek Council and the Office of Multicultural Student Services.

Anyone with questions or is in need of assistance is asked to contact OMSS at 231-591-2617 at least 72 hours in advance.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Native American Heritage Month: Issues Facing Native Americans in Michigan

As part of the Office of Multicultural Student Services 2010 Native American Heritage Month program, guest speaker Aaron Payment, former Chair of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, will be on campus Nov. 9 at 6 p.m. in Ferris State University's College of Business Room 111.

The event is titled: Issues Facing Native Americans in Michigan.

Payment will discuss his experiences working with the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe, as well as give his perspective on current issues facing the Native American community.

This event is free and open to the public.

Sponsors for this event include OMSS and the 2010 NAHM Planning Committee.

If you need assistant to attend please call 231-591-2617 at least 72 hours in advance.

From The Presidents's Desk: Election Day Will Have An Impact

Here is a note from President Dave Eisler (pictured in the mugshot) to the Ferris State University community discussing Ferris enrollment numbers for the Fall 2010 semester:
(Today) is Election Day, with sweeping changes in the offing for the Michigan House, Senate and Governor’s Office. Once they are sworn in, our newest group of state political leaders will face a great challenge in the form of crafting next year’s budget. As I have noted earlier, the budget for the current fiscal year was balanced only through the use of federal stimulus funds and one-time accounting moves. These tools will not be available for next year when lawmakers deal with a general fund structural deficit of approximately $1.4 billion and as they work to make good on their campaign promises of eliminating the Michigan Business Tax and Surcharge. These items represent $1.5 billion in state tax revenue.

As we approach this next legislative session I want to share with you data on the economic health of our state and projections for its future. At the same time I want to update you on the economic health of our University as we prepare for the challenges ahead. We have scheduled two budget forums, for Tuesday, Nov. 9, at 1 p.m. in the Rankin Center’s Centennial Room, and Nov. 10, at Noon, in the West Campus Community Center. I hope you will be able to attend one of these sessions and look forward to visiting with you. We will not be providing food at these meetings, so please feel welcome to bring your lunch with you. If you are unable to attend, I will be posting materials from the forums online. Links to materials from last year’s forums are available at
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From Words To Actions: Free Speech, When It Goes Too Far

Join us for "Free Speech, When it Goes Too Far," a part of the Open Forum Discussion Series.

This open, candid discussion about derogatory statements, "offensive" imagery, bullying and social networking. Some content may be offensive for persons under the age of 13.

This Ferris State University event is free and open to the public and will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. in IRC 120 on Wednesday (Nov. 3). Event sponsors: From Words to Actions Planning Committee, the Office of Multicultural Student Services, Bulldogs Unmuzzled, and the Diversity Committee of Student Government.

If you have any questions about this event or need assistance to attend, please contact OMSS at 231-591-2617 at least 72 hours in advance.

Monday, November 1, 2010

The Political Engagement Project Is Hosting An Election Night Event Tuesday (Nov. 2)

Ferris State University's Political Engagement Project will sponsor an election night event at Westview Dining in the Rankin Student Center from 8 p.m. to midnight to view and discuss the election results as they come in.

Join the fun, food and fraternization with fellow faculty, staff and students.

Please take an opportunity to stop by for this important event as PEP leaders facilitate an opportunity for students to understand politics including the issues and the politicians themselves.

A Picture is Worth 1000 Words: Document Design Basics

Ferris State University's Caroline Stern will share her current research - "A Picture is Worth 1000 Words: Document Design Basics" on Thursday, Nov. 4, at 11 a.m. in Starr 130.

A statement from Professor Stern:

“The thoughtful integration of text balanced with graphics and selection of font design can maximize how people ‘read,’ understand, and apply a message in the appropriate medium—be it paper or digital. Research shows that most people scan rather than read text and that we are no longer looking at information in a linear, left-to-right pattern, but rather focusing on ‘hot zones’ of information. The average person gives a web page 15 seconds to download and send the prime message of the site.”

Faculty, students, and interested others are invited to join us for an informative, insightful, useful presentation. If you have not previously heard Professor Stern speak, you owe it to yourself to share a delightful 50 minutes.

Light refreshments provided.

For more information, contact Sharon Robideaux at or at (231) 591-3919.

Johnnie Tuitel Comes To Ferris This Thursday (Nov. 4)

Johnnie Tuitel loves making college students laugh through his humorous and entertaining stories of life.

Johnnie will be on campus for this rescheduled appearance at Ferris State University on Nov. 4 at 11 a.m. in the Rankin Student Center Dome Room.

Through his performance, Johnnie easily puts to rest any tensions that may arise because of his wheelchair and he makes the audience comfortable with his disability.

You will not want to miss Johnnie's visit to the Ferris campus. You are guaranteed to be inspired and motivated by his presentation.

Admission is free or provide two non-perishable food items.

From The President's Desk: Looking Inside Ferris' Positive Enrollment Numbers

Ferris State University continues to grow through its enrollment. Below is a note from President Dave Eisler regarding Fall 2010 enrollment numbers at Ferris.

Here is a note from President Dave Eisler (pictured in the mugshot) to the Ferris State University community discussing Ferris enrollment numbers for the Fall 2010 semester:
Part of the Vision for our University is that we will work to become the preferred choice for students who seek specialized, innovative, career- and life-enhancing education. The comparative data for fall enrollment at public universities in Michigan document our success in pursuit of this objective.

These data include the “yield” from our student recruitment efforts – in other words the percentage of students who are admitted that actually do enroll at our University. For fall 2010, 39 percent of freshmen who were admitted to Ferris enrolled. This is the second highest percentage of all public universities in Michigan. Only the University of Michigan had a higher yield percentage. Even more stunning is the yield for admitted transfer students at Ferris. Eighty percent of admitted transfer students enrolled for fall 2010! This is the highest of any public university in Michigan. Second highest was Michigan State at 72 percent. No other university had a greater percentage than in the high sixties.

Through the combined efforts of faculty and staff on our campuses, we are growing enrollment at Ferris State University even in a time of population decline and economic hardship in Michigan. While record enrollments have become frequent accomplishments for our University, comparisons with other institutions reveal how significant these achievements are.

We have known for some time that we are the transfer school of choice for many Michigan college students. This remains true. This fall we had the second highest percentage increase in enrollment among transfer students (13.8 percent), with only the University of Michigan-Dearborn having a greater percentage increase (14.3 percent). Equally impressive are the numbers for our first-year students or FTIACs (First Time In Any College). We maintained a steady growth of FTIACs with a 5.1 percent increase. A copy of this data is accessible here –

Taken altogether, these numbers paint a picture of Ferris State University as a school that students increasingly perceive as offering degrees that will help them advance their career and life aspirations. This success is made possible by the entire University community working together for a common goal. Through your efforts, now more than ever, Ferris has established its reputation as a premier educational institution.
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