Observing the Centennial
The Centennial was observed during the academic year of 1983-84. Chaired by Dr. Richard Santer, the Centennial Task Force set about to mark our 100th anniversary with a flurry of activities. Highlights included a visit from Governor of Michigan James Blanchard as well as Russel B. Nye, author of the book Ferris Comes of Age: 1946-1963.
Another highlight was the contribution of Century of Opportunity, written by Joseph E. Deupree, a comprehensive history up to the Centennial. In addition, The Sayings of W.N. Ferris, edited by Caryl Ferguson and Richard A. Santer, was made possible by a donation from the Dow Chemical Company.
Another favorite memory of the Centennial was the production of the musical Readings, Rapids, and Rhythms, produced and directed by Leon Keys and Barbara Pillsbury with the assistance of Stage M.
A permanent memento of the observance is the Woodbridge N. Ferris statue that is currently located in the Quad, by internationally-known sculpter Avard Fairbanks.
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