Thursday, November 8, 2012

2013 MLK Celebration Legacy Award Nominations

The Office of Multicultural Student Services is accepting nominations for the 8th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Legacy Award. 

The award is given to a student or registered student organization that exemplifies excellence in leadership, passion for service, and have demonstrated a commitment to social responsibility in the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

Nominations need to be submitted by Wednesday, November 28, at 5 p.m. The criteria for the award and nomination form can be downloaded here:  
Nominations are to be sent electronically  to Michael Wade at

For more information, please contact the Office of Multicultural Student Services:

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

FSU Unplugged

FSU Unplugged is showcasing three acoustic sets at Biggby Coffee in Big Rapids (840 S. State St.) 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. tomorrow. The series will feature three sets by talented Ferris students: Jackie DeBoer and friends, Seth Lochamire, and Kimberly Curcuru.

FSU Unplugged is not limited to acoustic sets and welcomes other talent such as instrumental music, poetry reading and rappers. If you are interested in playing at FSU Unplugged, please e-mail

Biggby will donate $1 to FSU Unplugged for every beverage purchased during the show. Come out and show your support!

FSU Unplugged is held every Thursday and is hosted by Ferris State Music Industry Management Association.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Fall Grad Fair is One-Stop-Shop for Grad Needs

Graduating in December? Commencement is quickly approaching, and it's time to prepare! Ferris' Alumni Association is hosting the annual Fall Graduation Fair on Thursday, Nov. 8 in the Rankin Center Dome Room from noon to 4 p.m.

What can students expect at the Grad Fair?

  • Pick up your tickets for graduation (just bring your Ferris I.D.)
  • Purchase your cap and gown
  • Have your graduation questions answered by the Commencement office
  • If you have loans, you can complete your loan exit interview
  • Check out graduate degree programs offered at Ferris State University
  • Have your résumé critiqued by Career Services
  • Get deals on business cards and résumé paper from the Copy Center
  • Order a class ring
  • Order graduation announcements
  • Check out great products for graduates from the Lundberg Bookstore
  • Have a free digital picture taken in your cap and gown with friends by the University Photographer
  • Create a video message for your parents, family, and friends to see prior to the start of the ceremony (See May 2012's Commencement Video here!)
  • Pick up benefit information from the FSU Alumni Association
  • Great door prizes given away hourly!

For more information on Commencement policies and the Fall Grad Fair, head to

Monday, November 5, 2012

The Vagina Monologues Informational Meeting

Ferris prepares for the tenth annual “The Vagina Monologues” performance by holding informational meetings on Tuesday, Nov. 6, and Thursday, November 8. The meetings will take place at FLITE in Room 135 at 11a.m.
Any students who are interested in helping out, or learning more about the event, are encouraged to attend a meeting.

“The Vagina Monologues,” written in 1996 by the Tony Award-winning playwright, performer and activist Eve Ensler, has been translated into more than 48 languages and performed in more than 140 countries worldwide.

The play is one of several events marking V-Day, a global movement dedicated to ending violence against women and girls. Nationwide, colleges and universities are engaging in V-Day campaigns as students produce benefit performances of “The Vagina Monologues.”

For more information contact Vagina Monologues Director, Chavon McMurray:

OMSS Holds "Blackout" Study Tables

The Office of Multicultural Student Services is hosting “blackout” study tables on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 to 10 p.m. in FLITE 159. The study sessions began Friday, November 2, and will end Sunday, Nov. 12.

The goal of the study tables is to encourage students to “blackout” the rest of their schedules and focus purely on academics. The study sessions will provide a diverse environment for academic success.

The study sessions are open to all students. Participants are encouraged to track their hours by utilizing the sign-in/sign-out sheet provided at the study tables. The three students who have the most hours will receive a book scholarship from OMSS towards their most expensive book for the 2013 spring semester.

For more information students can visit the OMSS website:

Or contact Assistant Director or OMSS, Michael Wade at

Watch History be Made at the Election Watch Party

Come watch history be made during the Election Night Watch Party hosted by Ferris State University’s Political Engagement Project.

The free party, from 8 p.m. to midnight Tuesday at Westview Dining, will have “big-screen TVs tuned into each of the major networks with free pop, popcorn, and cookies,” said Richard Griffin, a political science professor and member of the PEP steering committee. “It’s very exciting.”

The Election Night Watch Party is just one of many events presented by PEP with Ferris' College Democrats and the College Republicans. Students, staff and faculty are welcome to attend the watch party. The organizations have also hosted debate watch parties, panel discussions and guest speaker presentations throughout the semester to promote involvement in Tuesday's presidential election.

Don't miss it!

Global Entrepreneurship Week Kicks Off in Grand Rapids and Big Rapids

Ferris is kicking off Global Entrepreneurship Week with events in both Big Rapids and Grand Rapids. GEW is celebrated nationwide and globally to inspire the world to get engaged in entrepreneurship. Anybody interested in the opportunities through entrepreneurship can attend the following events during this week:

“Local to Global”
 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5, YWCA, 25 Sheldon Blvd. SE, Grand Rapids
Co-owners of Brittanie’s Thyme will discuss how their business transitioned from local sales to global exports. EI is partnering on the event with Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women (GROW), an organization dedicated to providing resources, financing and training for women.

“Future Innovators”

 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, FLITE 114, Ferris campus
Crossroads Charter Academy students will visit Ferris for the day to compete in an interactive business startup simulation developed by Disney. The event is being held in partnership with Generation E Institute and Crossroads in Big Rapids.

“Challenges and Opportunities for Latino Entrepreneurs”

5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, IRC 120, Ferris campus
Carlos Sanchez, director of the West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, will moderate a panel discussion on “Challenges and Opportunities for Latino Entrepreneurs.” The event is in partnership with Ferris’ Center for Latino Studies.
“The Latino population is the source of the largest amount of growth in entrepreneurship,” Shirish Grover, coordinator for the Entrepreneurship Institute and assistant professor in the College of Business said. “Our goal for this session is to highlight the Latino population in entrepreneurship while also discussing the challenges they face in order to gain better access into the Latino market.”

“Inspire. Design. Do.”

2 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, Ferris’ Kendall College of Art and Design (Federal Building), 17 Fountain St. NW, Grand Rapids
This creativity workshop will showcase the link between design and entrepreneurship.
“Some people who may be architects or designers or industrial engineers may want to go into business for themselves,” Grover said. “This is a great workshop to show people how design and entrepreneurship go together. Entrepreneurs from Grand Rapids’ Start Garden will be present to share stories. At the end of the day will be an opportunity to network with these professionals, so this is a great way for current students to help their careers.”

Start Garden is a $15 million venture capital fund created by Grand Rapids entrepreneur Rick DeVos, who also created ArtPrize.

For more information, visit

Comedian Gina Yashere TOMORROW

Gina Yashere
Ferris State University welcomes comedian Gina Yashere TOMORROW!
Gina will be bringing laughs to the Rankin Student Center Dome Room tomorrow at 8 p.m.
Gina has made appearances on Last Comic Standing where she made io the final 10. 

She has also appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and is known across the country for her regular, hilarious appearances.

The event is FREE thanks to Student Activity Fees.

To learn more about Gina, visit:
For more information about the event contact Melissa Hanson at (231) 591-2610.