Friday, April 8, 2011

Detroit Tigers vs. Chicago White Sox (July 16)

Your Seat is Waiting!

The Ferris State University Alumni Association awaits your arrival to witness one of the best rivalries in major league baseball as the Detroit Tigers take on the Chicago White Sox Saturday, Jul. 16, at Comerica Park!

$25 per person includes pre-game deck party and game ticket.

Follow this link for more information:

Praise Fest (Apr. 14)

Bring yourself, bring a friend and bring an open heart for a great night of worship and learning at the second-annual Ferris State University Praise Fest.

Praise Fest will be at the Trinity Fellowship Church which is located on the north side of Perry Ave. on Thursday, Apr. 14 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Praise Fest is a night of worship to unite all of the Christian faith-based organizations and students around Ferris' campus including the Big Rapids area.

Why should you come? 1. To increase unity of the various Christian organizations on/around campus. 2. To bring glory to our amazing savior, Jesus Christ. 3. Recognize what Christ is doing right here in Big Rapids.

Included will be: FREE food, fun, fellowship, awesome worship, student bands a short message.

Contact Kati Kroll at for more information.

Matthew 18:20 "For where two and three are assembled in my name, I am there among them."

Torchbearer Leadership Awards Ceremony (Apr. 27)

Come celebrate as Ferris students and staff are honored with the Torchbearer Leadership Award.

The Torchbearer Leadership Awards Ceremony honors students, faculty/staff advisors and Registered Student Organizations that have done great things throughout the year.

The Ceremony will take place on Wednesday, Apr. 27 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. located in Williams Auditorium.

The Torchbearer Award is presented to up to 10 graduating seniors and/or graduate students. These students have shown outstanding leadership skills throughout their career at Ferris.

The Rising Star Award is presented to up to five recipients who show emerging leadership skills and have at least two years left at Ferris. These students have hard work and dedication through leadership on the campus and in the community.

Five-Star, Four-Star and Three-Star Awards recognize those Registered Student Organizations who have displayed positive progress in furthering the University's mission.

Contact Allissa Witucki at (231) 591-2606 for more information.

Day of Silence ( Apr. 18)

D-Saga will be on the campus quad in observance of the National Day of Silence. Stop by to show your support and learn more!

Take a stand and vow your silence on Monday, Apr. 18 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Campus Quad.

The National Day of Silence is an annual day of action to protest the bullying, harassment and discrimination of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) student and their allies.

This event is allocated by the Diverse Sexuality and Gender Alliance.

Contact Erica Patrick at for more information.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Scotland/Ireland (July 14 to July 26)

Spots Available for the Scotland/Ireland Program! APPLY NOW!

Dates of the program run from July 14 to July 26.

Interested in earning your Cultural Enrichment or Global Consciousness credits this summer? What better way to earn these credits than in Scotland and Ireland with a Ferris faculty program!

Contact the Study Abroad Office today for more information.

Switzerland/ France Program (Apr 13)

Investigate health care in Switzerland and France with this study abroad program this summer!

An informational meeting will be held on Wednesday, Apr. 13 at 11:00 a.m. in FLITE 408.

This course offers students the opportunity to be engaged in comparative study through reading, discussions and health care site visits in Michigan, Switzerland, and France.

Focus will be on global health issues, integrated medical care and public health. Students will increase their awareness about the worldwide priorities for improving human health.

For more information call (231) 591-2450

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Ferris’ School of Built Environment Puts Building and Energy Sciences Under

Here is an excerpt from the Great Lakes Innovation and Technology Report from WWJ News Radio 950 in Detroit that is mailed electronically via subscription:

When it comes to buildings and energy, Ferris State University has it covered. Ferris State’s new School of Built Environment brings together everything havin

g to do with buildings, from architecture and design to construction management to facilities management to the heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems that make buildings comfortable.

The 650-student School of Built Environment is one of four

schools within Ferris’ College of Engineering Technology. Like most programs at the Big Rapids-based university, it’s

relentlessly focused on solving real-world problems with creative technology.

The School of Built Environment is led by Brian Craig, AIA, LEED AP, previously a practicing architect in Grand Rapids and internationally. He's wrapping up his first full academic year in charge of the school.

“We're pretty excited about what this is able to do for us educationally,” Craig said. "In the academic world, there's a tendency to focus perhaps too narrowly on individual disciplines. But what we see out in the world today is the need for employees who have the abilities to understand the full breadth of the built environment. I may be working in HVAC, but I'd better understand construction, I'd better understand architecture. We want to get our faculty and students working together - in fact we just had a strategic planning session on what our common interests are.”

To view the online version of the Great Lakes Innovation and Technology Report, visit

Students Can Cast Their Votes During Ferris Student Government Elections

Ferris State University Student Government currently is now holding its 2011-2012 presidential elections.

The polls will be available via the link sent to students through their Ferris email accounts. The election for president is write in only along with candidates for college senator.

Any students with questions or concerns are asked to contact the Ferris Student Government Office at (231) 591-2611.

The polls open today (April 6) and are open through Friday, April 8 at 5 p.m.

Students are urged to show their support.

Here is an added note: Click on the link listed below, enter your myfsu username and password, and vote for next year's Student Government president and your specified college senators.

Remember: voting ends on Friday, April 8 at 5 p.m.

Ferris Students Ready To Keep The Big Event Community Service Tradition Alive

The Big Event is featured by Vision Mid-Michigan and Up North Live:
Since 2008, Ferris State University students have gathered to give back to the community they call their home away from home. Three years later, The Big Event remains alive and well.

On Saturday, April 9, Ferris students will engage in The Big Event. This outreach effort gives back to the Big Rapids community and bridges the gap between the campus and local communities. More than 1,500 students have volunteered and more than 200 local residences have been submitted and identified for work said Ferris junior Danielle Balmer, director of The Big Event and vice president of Student Government.

The Big Event volunteers will meet on Ferris’ Campus Quad at 9 a.m. for a light breakfast which includes coffee and donuts. Student volunteers then receive a free T-shirt, courtesy of a sponsorship deal with Campus T-Shirts, and learn their specific job assignment as well as collect the tools and items they will need. The Big Event is scheduled to run until 2 p.m.
To see more of the Vision Mid-Michigan website and the rest of this story, visit:

The story also was featured by Up North Live (TV 7&4):

Here is a past video about The Big Event.

Asian Student Organization Presents a Spoken Word Performance by Emily Lawsin!

"HIStory, HERstory, OURstories" takes place this evening, April 6, at 6 p.m. in IRC 120 on the Ferris State University campus.

Emily Lawsin, an award-winning University of Michigan professor who uses vignettes, oral history and spoken word poetry to take audiences on a personal journey through Asian America, will be on campus.

This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Ferris' Office of Multicultural Student Services at (231) 591-2617.

Monday, April 4, 2011

National Poetry Month Book Signing April 20

Join the celebration with Ferris State University of National Poetry Month as Patricia Clark and Mary Jo Firth Gillett visit Big Rapids April 20.

The two poets will be performing in the Big Rapids High School Auditorium at 12:30 p.m. with jazz musicians Susan Morris and Carlos Melendez. There will also be a book signing at Great Lakes Book and Supply, 840 Clark Street, at 4 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public.

Clark, from the Department of Writing at Grand Valley State University, is the author of three poetry books. These include: She Walks Into the Sea, My Father on a Bicycle and North of Wondering.

Gillett’s collection of poetry books includes: Soluble Fish, Not One, Tiger in a Hairnet and Chandeliers of Fish. She teaches advanced poetry workshops for Springfed Arts/Metro Detroit Writers.

The LIP Reading Series is sponsored by the Department of Languages and Literature at Ferris State University. For more information contact Phillip Sterling at (231) 591-5898.

The 2011 Michigan Energy Conference Features Poster Competition

Ferris State University’s Michigan Energy Conference plans to bring students’ alternative energy visions to life through its fourth annual Poster Board Competition.

More than 100 participants from Ferris will be submitting their creative energy poster designs on

Thursday, April 7 for judging on Friday, April 8. All posters will be on display in the Rankin Center Dome Room on Monday, April 11, where the top posters, according to the judges, will be announced via e-mail. The top five individuals and the top five teams will be on display during the MEC on Wednesday and Thursday, April 13 through 14.

“In the past, students have done well in researching topics relevant to energy and its affect on them and society,” said Brian Brady, coordinator of the poster competition and assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology at Ferris. “We expect them to do a fine job again this year.”

Conference attendees will have the opportunity to view the top posters and vote on their favorites. The final poster ranking will be announced after the judges’ scores and votes have been tallied at the event.

Top prizes will be awarded to Ferris individuals and group participants. Each division will be awarded $500 for first place, $250 for second, $125 for third, $75 for fourth and $50 for fifth.

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