Ferris to Celebrate Women's History Month

Women's History MonthFerris State University will celebrate women with a pair of events marking Women’s History Month in March.

Ferris’ Office of Multicultural Student Services will present “A Tribute to Women,” and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. will pay homage by staging a reenactment of the 1913 Women’s Suffrage March. Both events are scheduled for Tuesday, March 20.

“I think Women’s History Month is important at Ferris State University because it provides members of our campus community opportunities to recognize women whom in every realm have made vast contributions to society that deserve to be promoted, taught and celebrated,” said Michael Wade, assistant director of OMSS.

“A Tribute to Women” is scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Rankin Student Center Dome Room.

The event will include presentations from student organizations such as My Sister’s Keeper, You Beautiful Black Woman, Delta Sigma Theta, National Society of Black Engineers, Delta Sigma Pi and other student leaders that highlight the contributions women have made to society, Wade said.

In addition, awards will be presented for students, faculty, staff and organizations that have made notable contributions toward furthering the image and issues of women on the Ferris campus and in the community.

Nominations will be accepted through Friday, March 16, Wade said. Students can be nominated by a faculty or staff member for the following categories:

Progressive Woman Award – To be awarded to a woman who, as a student, has displayed a commitment to and assisted with the creation and implementation of a particular program or issue of special relevance to women to improve the quality of life for women. (Ex: health, relationships, etc.).

Professional Woman Award – To be awarded to a woman who, as a student, continues to personify and distinguish herself by displaying and promoting outstanding professionalism and leadership throughout campus.

Philanthropy/Community Service Award – To be awarded to a woman who, as a student, has displayed passion, commitment and support of causes for the community and for community-based organizations.

Academic Achievement Award – To be awarded to a woman who, as a student, has shown notable growth and achievement relative to academics. (Current cumulative and past semester grade point averages will be used to measure such accomplishment.)

Woman Organization of Excellence Award – To be awarded to a woman-based organization that epitomizes, leadership, scholarship, service and a commitment to diversity on the campus of Ferris State University.

To make a nomination, call OMSS at (231) 591-2617.

“Our department’s goal for cultural programming is to provide a platform for cultural awareness for the campus community, and specifically for Women’s History Month to educate members about women’s issues and their contributions to society,” Wade said.

The OMSS “Tribute to Women” presentation will be preceded by a reenactment of the Women’s Suffrage March, coordinated by the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Zeta Rho Chapter.

The event begins at 5 p.m. in the Campus Quad and will end at the Rankin Student Center.

The Ferris chapter is staging the reenactment to pay tribute to Women’s History Month and to honor the sorority’s founders. The march in Washington D.C. took place on March 3, 1913, less than two months after Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. was founded, said Shaprese Smith, the Ferris chapter’s Social Action chair.

“The first thing our sorority did after it formed was participate in the march,” said Smith, a junior from Detroit majoring in Criminal Justice. “That’s why we want to do it here, to pay homage to that. It’s a good thing to have on campus. It’s going to be really nice.”

Women’s organizations on campus have been invited to participate, she said. For further details, contact Smith by emailing Shaprese2@gmail.com.

Both events are free and open to the public.

A screening of the 2004 historical documentary “Chisholm ‘67: Unbought and Unbossed” scheduled for March 13 has been canceled, Wade said.

For more information on “A Tribute to Women,” visit the OMSS website, http://www.ferris.edu/htmls/studentlife/minority/, or call (231) 591-2617.

To learn more about Women’s History Month, visit http://womenshistorymonth.gov/.

Last updated: 07-24-2012