Friday, March 4, 2011

Ferris State Live Episode Features Guests To Discuss TIP And MCO Efforts In Baldwin

On this week's episode of Ferris State Live, host Jason DaDay discusses the Tuition Incentive Program with coordinator Judy Watson and Ferris student Melissa DiVietri. Jason also chats with Dr. Renee Mika who has led the establishment of a satellite eye clinic at Baldwin Family Health Care in Baldwin.

Ferris State Live is produced by the hard-working and talented students in Ferris State University's Television and Digital Media Production program under the guidance of Glen Okonoski, an assistant professor in TDMP. Ferris State Live is a collaborative effort that involves TDMP and University Advancement and Marketing.

To view archived episodes of Ferris State Live and other TDMP programming, visit:

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Exploring Finland with Ferris State University

With the insight of Finland natives, Ferris State University will be hosting a Globalization Initiative discussion called “Exploring Finland”.

It will be held March 3 in BUS 111. The discussion will be from 11 to 11:50 a.m.

Kristiina Heiskanen, from HAMK University, Finland and international students Miiri Ylonen and Heidi Hietaharju will be presenting information throughout the discussion.

Anyone with a disability who needs special accommodations to attend this event should contact (231) 591-2450 at least 72 hours in advance.

For more information contact Shana Beisiegel at (231) 591-2824.

15th Annual Honors Invitational Competition

Ferris State University hosted the 15th Annual Honors Invitational Competition Feb. 26.

With the help of 74 Honors Program students and many additional volunteers, 300 academically talented high school seniors and 430 parents were given an introduction to the Honors Program.

The following administrators, faculty, staff and students donated their time and talents to make a positive impression of the university.

President David Eisler and VPAA Fritz Erickson
Dean Bill Potter
Honors Program Coordinator Maude Bigford
Honors Program Asst. Coordinator Jana Pisani
Honors Program Asst. Coordinator Kent Sun
Honors Program Assistant Tammy Babcock
Honors Program Staff Support Dawn Cassel
Honors Program Student Recruiter Matt Bottke
Professor Sandy Balkema
Professor David Scott
Mike Johnson, Amy Otteson and Randy Shanks
Professors and staff members: Jim Miller, Robert Friar, Chuck Drake, Jeff Carney, Dan Cronk, David Frank, Michelle Johnston, Brad Isler, Joe Lipar, Jim Rumpf, Paul Long, Jeff Ek, Clayton Rye, Diane Fleming, Pat Klarecki, Larry Schult, Steven Reifert, Linda Kuk, Mary Murnik, Kirk Weller, Deborah Dawson, Mary Brayton, Sayed Hashimi, David Nicol, Ron McKean and Matt Pinter
Troy Tissue
Proctors Shari Chamberlain, Jim Cook, Susan Cook, Jason DaDay, Elise Gramza, Sherry Hayes, Kathy Lake and Nick Maus
Gerri Johnson, Chris Higley and Paul Blake
Stan Vallier and all in catering services
Melanie Mulder, Nancy Wencl and Kristen Salomonson
Trinidy Williams and staff for consummate professionalism
Deb Sweet, Larry Eberts and Mark Schuelke
Honors Invitational Student Co-Chairs Megan Kuk, Liz Schroeder, Kevin Neff and Theresa Buist Karen Bohren
Honors student panelists: Samantha Fordyce, Stacy Brousseau, Alex Senchuk, Corinne English, Ashley Wachowicz, Matt Preston, Danielle Leisner, Luke Rykse
Mark Eichenberg and crew
Hall Director Khayree Williams
Brutus the Bulldog

FSU Spring Jazz Band Concert

The sound of spring will be in the air during the Spring Jazz Band Concert March 2.

Listen to the hard work of the Ferris State University Jazz Band in the Rankin Dome Room at 8:00 p.m. It is free and open for the public to enjoy. Friends and family of the campus community are welcome to attend.

The concert will be directed by Matt Moresi, Assistant Professor of Music and director of the Jazz Band.

For more information about the FSU Jazz Band visit

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Ferris State University-Canadian Lakes

This is Ferris State University's display case in Canadian Lakes.

Ferris State University has just updated its display cabinet in Canadian Lakes. The case now contains fresh items of what has been happening and what will be happening on campus.

If you're ever in the area, or if you're from the area, check out the display.

Ferris State Live Episode Welcomes Guests Tom Hollen and Matt Valleau

During this episode of "Ferris State Live," co-hosts Jason DaDay and Leah Nixon discuss opportunities for student leadership and activities with guest, Matt Valleau, student manager in the office of Student Leadership and Activities.

Later in the show, Ferris professor and Rube Goldberg team adviser Thomas Hollen joins Leah and Jason to talk about what is happening with the team and its latest effort.

Finally, producer and co-host Sandy Gholston joins Jason on the set to discuss what's happening around the campus in news and sports.

Ferris' Jim Crow Museum Featured In Detroit Free Press Article

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit

Ferris State Universit
y vice president for Diversity and Inclusion David Pilgrim, curator of the Jim Crow Museum for Racist Memorabilia, was part of a Detroit Free Press feature story.
Some people think hateful racist images should be ignored, kept out of sight. Buried in the past.

But Ferris State University educator, administrator and historian David Pilgrim doesn't see it that way.

He says that derogatory images are not only fixtures from the past, they are being created every day. Moreover, Pilgrim believes that the images can be used to spur productive conversations about race.

That's why he created the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia -- photos, cartoons, artifacts, art and everyday objects that present negative portrayals of blacks and others.

A traveling exhibit from the museum, "THEM: Images of Separation," will be on display at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit through March 5.
For the complete story, visit the Detroit Free Press website, here.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Bone Marrow National Donor Registry Drive

Ferris State University is hosting a second annual Bone Marrow National Donor Registry Drive.

The drive will be held in Ferris’ Student Recreation Center on Wednesday, March 2 from 12 to 5 p.m.

Participants in this drive will not actually be donating bone marrow, but instead can sign up for the registry – a gesture that could be the first step to potentially saving a life. Individuals who wish to participate will have the inside of their mouth (the cheek) swabbed. The results are sent to the foundation to determine the type of match.

Brittnay Gillett, a Health Care Administration senior and a native of Birch Run said, “You’re signing up for a great cause that could eventually help to save a life. In the future, more donors will be needed so signing up now will help for years to come.”

Donors are required to be between the ages of 18 and 60.

“So far we have only heard questions from the Allied Health students, but we are hoping those who attend the Red Cross donation will stop by the marrow donation,” Gillett said.

Light refreshments will be provided for those who sign up and blood donations are welcome.

The event is sponsored by the Health Care Management Association, the Red Cross and the National Bone Marrow Foundation

For more information, contact Brittnay Gillett at

David Pilgrim Interviewed By CUTV

Dr David Pilgrim, vice president of diversity and equity at Ferris State University and founder of the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memoribilia, came to give a lecture and workshop on "Using Objects of Intolerance to Teach Tolerance: A View from the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia". The lecture was sponsored by the Centre for Ethographic and Exhibition in the Aftermath of Violence ( The piece focuses on how David and the new museum (which will soon be moving in to a new space) can use these objects to create dialogue and understanding, and use the museum to tell a variety of stories, including stories of resistence and hope.

Source: CUTV YouTube page: