Saturday, November 5, 2011

Ferris Asks: What Is your Academic Major


We went around campus to ask some of our Ferris State University students what their academic major was and why they made that particular choice.

We heard some cool answers even as we battled some background noise and the elements in the Rankin Student Center. But, the most important part is hearing from the most important people on our campus: our students.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Faces Of Ferris Video Feature: Nick Campau



Ferris State University Coordinator of Student Life Nick Campau is featured in this video edition of Faces of Ferris.

Check out some of of what Nick has to say as he talks about his personal story, his role at Ferris and offers some advice to students.

Check out more Ferris videos by visiting the official university YouTube account, here:
http://www.youtube.com/user/FerrisStateVideo

Student Commentary: Black Student Union Is An Organization On The Rise


If you want to see change you must be a part of change.

Black Student Union is a fairly new Registered Student Organization on Ferris State University campus. This organization has hit the ground running and is eager to make a change in the campus community.

BSU serves as the nucleus of minority organizations on the campus of Ferris and works to bridge the gap between Greek and non-Greek students.

BreAnna Alexander, President of BSU, saw a great need for change within Ferris State University and in the minority community alike.

“Ferris State needs an organization like Black Student Union to help develop leadership skills among the minority community and to learn the true value of scholarship,” said Alexander, Black Student Union President.

Black Student Union’s goal is to encourage scholarship, professionalism, community service, and to increase knowledge of current world wide events.

“BSU will bring new and exciting ways to learn about what is affecting us on a local and national level, said Alexander, I believe at times it is hard for the average student to read the newspaper front to back or watch CNN for numerous hours so BSU hopes to be able to make this process more exciting.”

Black Student Union has held two events so far this semester. In collaboration with Kappa Alpha Psi, Fraternity Incorporated, BSU held a successful Breast Cancer Walk during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October. More recently Black Student Union held a Tweetcaster Discussion event called “What’s Happening Now?” to address current topics that effect our community.

“The purpose of our events is to educate each student that attends. Whether the event is focusing on politics, current events, or issues on the campus, there will be an educational outcome,” said Alexander.

BSU is holding firmly to seeing change amongst Ferris students and within the community.

Look forward to BSU’s open forum discussion within the next few weeks regarding the state of the minority students. This event is free and open to the public.

-Keisha Reynolds

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Fall Grad Fair

Are you ready to graduate?

The Ferris State University Fall Grad Fair will take place Thursday, Nov. 10 from 12 to 4 p.m. in the Rankin Student Center.

Students can purchase their cap and gown and can pick up tickets for commencement in the Lower Atrium, located outside of the bookstore. Students are able to participate in festivities such as:
  • Ordering graduation announcements, class rings, business cards, digital frames and other graduation gifts
  • Creating a video message for friends and family to be displayed prior to the ceremony
  • Having Career Services critique your resume
  • Having a free digital photo taken in cap and gown with friends
  • A chance to win door prizes, which will be given out every hour
Students will also be able to check out graduate degree programs offered at FSU, receive information on renter's insurance and receive benefit information from the Alumni Association.

The Grad Fair is sponsored by FSU Alumni Relations, FSU Commencement Services and the James L. Lundberg Bookstore, a division of Barnes and Noble. For more information about the Grad Fair contact the Alumni Office at (231) 591-3815.

The Carlos Hardy Show

Join Ferris State University for some laughs on campus as students will be performing in The Carlos Hardy Show Thursday, Nov. 3.

The show will be held in the Rankin Student Center Dome Room from 7 to 9 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

Andre Keys, the Black Leaders Aspiring For Critical Knowledge Community Relations Representative hopes students attend in order to “get away from homework” and see the silly side of people on campus. He said students will be imitating their favorite singers, actors or rappers in a comical way.

“I feel like it is a great show. People need laughter. Laughter is what keeps people healthy,” Keys said.

The show was originally created by Carlos Hardy, a Ferris graduate, who was one of the founders for the student organization B.L.A.C.K.

For more information contact Andre Keys at andrekeys@sbcglobal.net or (313) 414-0437.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Taking Back Sunday Sure To Be A Hit

We just had an opportunity to check the Autumn Alive 2011 Facebook page and people are getting excited for this Thursday's concert featuring Taking Back Sunday at Ferris State University's Wink Arena.

At last check, 1,266 people had pledged to attend the event and we hope that those who are reading this blog are among those who are looking forward to being in attendance for what should be another spectacular event.

Tickets are on sale through startickets.com by visiting this link:
http://startickets.com/event.php?event=2647

If you have an opportunity to attend then don't miss out on what should be a great show in Wink Arena at Ferris.

Check Out Jerrell Sanders' Spectacular Dunk Against Michigan State


The Michigan State University commentators might have downplayed it a bit, but it was a highlight-reel dunk by Ferris State University forward Jerrell Sanders against the Spartans inside Breslin Center in East Lansing on Sunday afternoon during the exhibition contest.

MSU defeated the Bulldogs in the game.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Student Commentary: Obama's Plan for Student Loan Debt Relief

Student loans and student debt are big issues among those who attend universities and colleges.
In 2010, President Obama established a plan, which was approved by Congress, to reduce loan borrowers’ monthly payment from 15 to 10 percent of their discretionary income as of 2014, according to CBS News. Additionally, the plan stated that the balance of the borrower’s debt would be forgiven after 20 years of payment instead of 25 years.
On Wednesday, Oct. 26, President Obama made an executive order that would make those benefits available to student loan borrowers as early as 2012.
This plan will allow recent graduates to consolidate their loans and receive lower interest rates. A program will also be developed to help students increase their knowledge of available options prior to taking out loans.