Wednesday, November 23, 2011

What Happened To My Refund?

The Ferris State University student organization Black Leaders Aspiring for Critical Knowledge (B.L.A.C.K.) is putting on what should be an informative event regarding finances for students.

The program is scheduled for the Monday right after Thanksgiving break, Nov. 28, at 7 p.m. in IRC 120 on campus.

The event is designed to equip students with knowledge of alternative ways to spend their refund dollars and cents. The goal is to help students spend their refund checks in responsible ways.

This event is free and students are encouraged to attend.

The program features guest speakers from Huntington Bank, Delta Sigma Pi, the Finance Management Association and the Ferris Financial Aid Office.

This event is sponsored by the Diversity and Inclusion Office at Ferris.

Check out the event page on Facebook:

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Ferris Magazine Portrait: Jeff Burns, Recreation Leadership and Management

Jeff Burns, Recreation Leadership and Management senior

Julian, Calif.

Why RLM?: I was at another school when I found out about the program through a friend who went to Ferris. He talked about the high ropes and all the other stuff they do. What’s unique about Ferris is its hands-on learning, and that’s what I’m all about. I don’t see myself sitting in a classroom or a cubicle. That’s just not my personality. I try to promote the program to all my Deaf friends.

On fieldwork: We went to Manistee State Park for a backpacking trip, which helped put classroom learning into practice. Also, on the trip the other students learned how to communicate with me. My interpreter was on the trail in front of me. She would interpret to me off to the side so I knew what people were talking about and did not feel left out.

On the importance of having an interpreter: It’s a necessity, like oxygen. The challenge is finding an interpreter who will spend the whole semester engaged with the material. My interpreter isn’t on auto-pilot, just signing what she hears. She’s really good at giving me information. It’s hard if you don’t have the funding or support for that.

Future plans: I’d really like to work for a high-adventure kind of camp, creating opportunities for people with disabilities. I have a dream to start a farm where kids can come and learn about responsibility, communication skills and self-esteem. Not a lot of kids, especially from the city, have ever seen a live chicken and experienced where things come from. For more information on how you can make a difference for Interpretation Services at Ferris, please contact Yolonda Barnes at (231) 591-3664.

This was a portrait from the Spring 2011 Ferris Magazine. To see more of this issue, visit:

Monday, November 21, 2011

Faces of Ferris: Allissa Witucki

As interim director of the Office of Student Leadership and Activities, Allissa Witucki has a chance to do something she enjoys doing: mentoring students.

In this edition of the Faces of Ferris video series, Alli talks about her work in the office, her history with Ferris and what kept her at her alma mater after graduation.

From The President's Desk: Ferris Mourns The Death Of A Student

Here is a note to the campus community from the desk of Ferris State University President David L. Eisler regarding the death of Ferris student Demia Marie Davis on Monday, Nov. 14.
Last week Ferris was deeply shocked and saddened by the death of Demia Marie Davis, an 18-year-old student from Madison Heights. Our Department of Public Safety was dispatched to Clark Hall last Monday, Nov. 14, after Ms. Davis’ roommate found her unresponsive. Our Counseling Center has made its services available to students and others affected by this tragedy. I want to thank everyone who has helped our university community through this difficult period.

The sense of vitality and potential that our students bring to a college campus is one of the reasons why many of us choose to work in education. We are all saddened when a young person does not have the opportunity to realize that potential. I know that you join me in extending our deepest condolences to Ms. Davis’ family and friends.
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