Ferris' Political Engagement Project to Host Post-Election Analysis Event

pictureSPECIAL NOTE: It was recently announced by PEP that Michael Kasiborski, from TV9&10, will join the (Nov. 23) panel discussion on the election results from earlier this month.

BIG RAPIDS – Now that we have participated in the political process and Election Day has come and gone, what does it all mean for the state and the country?

That is one of a number of questions that will be addressed as part of a Political Engagement Project post-election panel discussion that will be hosted Tuesday, Nov. 23 in Ferris State University’s College of Business Room 111 beginning at 7 p.m. Panelists for this discussion will include Jeremy Mishler, director of Alumni Relations at Ferris and a former candidate for state representative from the 102nd district; Richard Griffin, a political science professor at Ferris; Tony Baker, an associate professor of sociology at Ferris, one of the founding faculty leaders of PEP and an elected official on the Grand Rapids Public Schools Board of Education; Dick Hewer, an associate professor at Ferris and a member of the PEP steering committee; and Dave Clark, editor in chief of the Pioneer newspaper of Big Rapids.

“We’re excited to have our local political experts come in to talk about the results of the election,” said William Potter, dean of Ferris’ University College and administrative liaison for PEP. “This is an opportunity for our local experts to share their thoughts on the election outcomes and discuss in a little more depth why they believe the outcomes happened the way that they did.”

Panelists, in a discussion that will be moderated by Ferris professor of Communications Sandy Alspach, will analyze local, state, regional and national election results, offer their political predictions for the future and answer questions from the audience.

Ferris is one of eight institutions in the United States selected to participate in Phase II of the Political Engagement Project sponsored jointly by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and The New York Times. PEP was designed to develop both pedagogy and research that is focused on an increase of political awareness and involvement among undergraduate students.

To learn more about Ferris’ PEP, visit: www.ferris.edu/pep/

Anyone with questions about the event can contact Vickie Streeter at (231) 591-2403 or via e-mail at streetev@ferris.edu

19 November, 2010