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September 2012

Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012

Ferris Alumnus to Share Expertise in Social Media at Social Fest 2012

Ferris State University alumnus and social media expert Luke Wyckoff pulls no punches. “Everything you post on any social media platform, I can read within five seconds,” he said as reported by the Big Rapids Pioneer. That’s just one reason college students must learn how to best shape an online presence now in order to get a job in the future. Wyckoff, the owner of Denver-based Social Media Energy, will make his case during a presentation with the Ferris mascot-inspired title “Social Media – Doggone Important for Your Future.” The 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11 event in Williams Auditorium will begin with a panel discussion. To read more on Wyckoff's visit and presentation, visit here.

Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012

Ferris' Big Rapids Campus Sees Highest Enrollment in 18 Years

Ferris State University announced Friday the most students since 1994 will attend classes on its Big Rapids campus for the Fall 2012 semester, reports the Big Rapids Pioneer. This year's enrollment features a total of 14.533 students systemwide, a figure that includes 10,039 students on the Big Rapids campus -- the highest main campus total in 18 years. For more, visit here.


August 2012

Monday, Aug. 27, 2012

Eighth Annual Meijer Madness Offers Discounts, Fun

Any unsuspecting shoppers visiting Meijer on Saturday night may have thought they'd mistakenly entered a chaotic party instead of their local superstore. Thousands of Ferris State University students played games, ate free food, shopped for bargains and held a dance party at the eighth annual Meijer Madness  back-to-school celebration, reports the Big Rapids Pioneer

Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012

Ferris Gears Up to Host Meijer Madness Event on Saturday

It is pure madness, and it has become a big part of the first weekend on campus for Ferris State University students. Meijer and Ferris are teaming up for the eighth annual Meijer Madness event at the Big Rapids store on Perry Avenue Saturday, Aug. 25 from 7 to 10 p.m., reports the Big Rapids Pioneer. Meijer Madness is an opportunity for students to conduct some last-minute back-to-school shopping and have a great time with peers while being exposed to businesses in the community. As part of the event, students will receive a 10-percent discount on their purchases of back-to-school supplies in preparation for the start of the new semester. To read more, visit here.

Ferris Faculty Gather Before Students Arrive

Although the point of Tuesday's gathering was to give Ferris State University faculty time together before students arrived on campus, many professors in attendance agreed the students are their favorite part of the job, reported the Big Rapids Pioneer about an event held for faculty prior to the start of the Fall 2012 Semester. Ferris State University's Academic Senate and Academic Affairs office collaborated to host a Ferris Faculty Celebration on Tuesday, Aug. 21 to offer an informal gathering for faculty before classes start for the new semester.

Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012

Ferris Alumnus, Reed City Native Wins $10,000 in Microsoft Contest

Jared DeMott, a security researcher and Ferris State University alumnus, won $10,000 for his third-place finish in Microsoft’s BlueHat Prize competition for development of security protection against hackers, reports the Big Rapids Pioneer. “It went great,” DeMott said of the BlackHat USA conference last week in Las Vegas, where contest winners were announced. “I had hoped for first, but I am still very proud of this great accomplishment and broad recognition.” Read more here.

Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012

Ferris' College of Pharmacy Offers Early Admission Program

Future pharmacists who want to get their degree from Ferris State University’s College of Pharmacy can apply early for admission through the PharmCAS Early Decision Program, reports the Big Rapids Pioneer. Ferris is one of about 30 colleges nationwide and the only one in Michigan that participates in the Early Decision Program for qualified applicants who have decided that a particular pharmacy degree program is their first choice and will enroll if accepted. The program offers students the opportunity to apply early and have a decision up to three months sooner than the traditional application process for the same entering class. It is a binding option and applicants may only apply to one participating school. Read more here.

July 2012

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Former Ferris Professor Honored with National dental Hygiene Award

A former professor at Ferris State University is being honored for her efforts to improve Michigan’s dental health, reports the Grand Rapids Press and MLive.com. Linda Meeuwenberg, who taught dental hygiene while she worked at Ferris between 1997 and 2006, is one of eight recipients of the Registered Dental Hygienist Award of Distinction for her work at improving the oral health of the uninsured in Michigan and Florida, according to Ferris. “My greatest passion is my volunteer work in both Florida and Michigan providing oral health programs for seniors, under-privileged children, children of incarcerated parents, and serving with the Hispanic Health Initiative in Central Florida to bring oral health screening and education to the uninsured in three counties of Central Florida,” said Meeuwenberg, who also served 25 years with West Michigan Migrant Health Services. Read the full version of the story here.

Ferris Students Earn Law Enforcement Scholarships

Two Ferris State University law enforcement students are among the 13 top students in the nation who will receive dream scholarships, reports the Big Rapids Pioneer. The scholarships are awarded by the Law Enforcement Education program, a nonprofit public safety group. In its eight year, LEEP has distributed a total of $81,000 to students demonstrating interest in law enforcement and public service. Trevor Katona, of Rochester, and Dylan Tantalo, of Owosso, are the two Ferris students who each will receive $1,000 scholarships.

Ferris Alumni Association Plans Trip to Kalamazoo Air Zoo

The Ferris State University Alumni Association will soar off to the Kalamazoo Air Zoo on Saturday, Aug. 18 for an exclusive tour of the aviation museum, reports the Big Rapids Pioneer. Alumni and friends of the university are invited to attend. The Air Zoo features more than 50 rare and historic aircraft, amusement park-style rides, full-motion flight simulators, a RealD 3D/4-D Missions Theater and other educational activities. The event includes dinner. Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for children 5-12 and $5 for children 4 and younger. Registration begins at 6 p.m. at the Air Zoo, 6151 Portage Road in Portage, Mich. Dinner commences at 6:30 p.m. and will be followed by exclusive access to exhibits, rides and attractions from 7:15 to 10 p.m. Read more here.


Monday, July 30, 2012

Ferris State University College of Pharmacy Participating in Early Admission Program

Ferris State University is now participating a program that will grant qualifying students early admission to its college of pharmacy, reports the Grand Rapids Press and MLive.com. The university has joined the PharmCAS Early Decision Program, a national program which speeds up the traditional application process by allowing students to apply early and have a decision on whether they’re accepted up to three months sooner. Ferris is one of 30 colleges nationwide that offer an Early Decision Program. For more information, click here. Read the full version of the story here.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

The Ferris Foundation Awards Grant to Rape Aggression Defense

Hundreds of women have been empowered with life-saving self-defense tactics and techniques taught during a free Rape Aggression Defense program at Ferris State University, reports the Big Rapids Pioneer. When the class is offered again this fall, participants will be using new equipment purchased with a $7,200 grant awarded to the university’s Department of Public Safety by The Ferris Foundation. Workout pads, floor mats and other gear will replace aging, worn-out equipment used since the program began at Ferris in 1999, said Sgt. James Wing, a certified R.A.D. instructor. Read more here.

Big Rapids Native Gets TV Internship in Los Angeles

Ferris State University Television and Digital Media Production senior Lindsay Pepper has been selected for a prestigious Academy of Television Arts and Sciences internship opportunity this summer, reports the Big Rapids Pioneer

Ferris, MMCC Partnership Receives Grant for Plastics Technology

Mid Michigan Community College has been awarded a $717,000 three-year grant from the National Science Foundation to support the creation of a Plastics Technology training program on its Harrison campus, reports the Big Rapids Pioneer. The program represents a collaborative partnership that includes MMCC, Ferris State University and the Clare-Gladwin Regional Educational Service District. Students will be able to pursue non-credit training, academic certificates or an associate degree that will integrate with the Plastics Engineering Technology bachelor’s degree program at Ferris. Read more, here.


Monday, July 23, 2012

Detroit Pistons TV Announcer to Speak at Ferris

When students in Ferris State University’s sports communication program return to campus this fall, they’ll get a chance to hear from one of Michigan’s leading basketball sportscasters, reports the Grand Rapids Press and MLive.com. Greg Kelser, a basketball analyst for Fox Sports Network-Detroit and member of Michigan State University’s 1979 national championship basketball team, will speak at Ferris on October 3rd as part of the university’s sports speakers series. "I am very pleased to have the opportunity to address students and members of the Ferris State University community,” Kelser said in a statement. “It is an honor, and I look forward to the challenge of inspiring and motivating all who attend to realize the champion that resides in all of us.” Read more here.


Friday, July 20, 2012

Ferris State University Professor to Publish Young-Adult Novel

Fans of young adult fiction might soon find a new favorite author living right here in West Michigan, reports the Grand Rapids Press and MLive.com. Ferris State University English professor Andy Kantar is planning to release “Game Face” in the upcoming months, a novel that focuses on Josh Lumley, an eighth grade basketball player who’s transformed “in ways he couldn’t imagine” during the final week of his team’s winless season. The novel is to be published by Capser, Wyo.-based Whiskey Creek Press and will be released in print and electronic version. Kantar, who also serves as the director of Ferris’ Writing Center, said young adult fiction holds a special place for him. Read more, here.


Wednesday, July 18, 2012

The Ferris Foundation Awards Grant to Help Women's Self-Defense Class

A course aimed at teaching women life-saving self-defense skills is getting new equipment, thanks to a grant by Ferris State University’ foundation, reports the Grand Rapids Press and MLive.com. The Ferris Foundation awarded a $7,200 grant to the university’s police department, which provides the class. The money will be used to purchase new workout pads, floor mats and other aging gear, Ferris said. Sgt. James Wing, who teaches the self-defense class, says the new equipment is needed and will benefit students. Read more, here.


Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Alumnus DeMott Named a Finalist in Microsoft Security Contest

Security researcher and Ferris State University alumnus Jared DeMott is one of three finalists in Microsoft’s inaugural BlueHat Prize competition that will award $250,000 in cash and prizes for development of security protection against hackers, reports the Big Rapids Pioneer. Microsoft presented the challenge to the industry during the BlackHat USA conference last year in an effort to mitigate entire classes of vulnerabilities. The finalists were chosen from a field of 20 entries. Read more, here.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Ferris Administrator Speaks in Connecticut about Racist Artifacts, Segregation

An administrator at Ferris State University gave a group of educators from Connecticut a lesson last week on racist artifacts that helped define America during the era of segregation, reports the Grand Rapids Press and MLive.com. David Pilgrim, vice president for Diversity and Inclusion at Ferris State University, traveled to Hartford, Conn. to speak at the Mark Twain House and Museum about a collection of artifacts on loan from Ferris’ Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia. Pilgrim founded the museum. Read more here.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Ferris Students Place in National SkillsUSA Competition

The Olympics have yet to begin, but Ferris State University students John Bohnett and Brad Edlund are medalists in their own right, reports the Big Rapids Pioneer. Bohnett earned a gold medal and Edlund earned silver at the 2012 SkillsUSA Championships on June 26 in Kansas City, where nearly 6,000 of the nation’s best career and technical education students competed in 94 trade, technical and leadership fields. Both are College of Engineering Technology students. Bohnett, a sophomore from Saline majoring in Graphic Media Management, won the top spot in the competition’s graphic communications category. The full story is located here.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Ferris Graduate a Finalist for $200,000 Prize in Computer Security Contest

A Ferris State University alum is on the verge of a big payday for designing a program aimed at protecting computers from hackers, reports the Grand Rapids Press and MLive.com. Jared DeMott, of Rockford, is one of three finalists in a competition, sponsored by Microsoft, to help make operating systems more secure and less susceptible to attack. Microsoft will award $200,000 to the contestant who takes first place, with $50,000 offered to the runner-up and a subscription of computer software valued at $10,000 for the second runner-up, according to Ferris. The winner will be announced during an information security conference being held from July 21-26 in Las Vegas. The full story is located here.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Ferris State University's Foundation Names New Board Member

Dr. Ronald Mahoney, a Houston cardiologist, has been appointed to the board of directors for Ferris State University’s foundation, reports the Grand Rapids Press and MLive.com. Along with other board members, Mahoney, who graduated from Ferris’ College of Pharmacy in 1959, will help guide the foundation as it engages in fundraising for the university. “This certainly rekindles that alumni fire,” Mahoney said. “Ferris is meeting the needs of students now, and it certainly met mine then.” Mahoney will serve a three-year term on the board. According to the university, the Ferris Foundation was created in 1991 and has increased endowment funds to more than $35 million. Read the full version of the story here.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Ferris State University Launching Program in Insurance and Risk Management

Enrollment at Ferris State University’s ROTC program more than doubled since December 2008, according to the university, reports the Grand Rapids Press and MLive.com. “We’ve made significant strides in our enrollment,” said Shawn Fries, a member of the National Guard who helps oversee recruitment at Ferris. “We are actively engaged in recruiting cadets to the program.” In the spring, there were 68 cadets in the program, up from 25 in December of 2008, Fries said. Part of the increase may be due to students who are looking for a break on tuition, he said. Read the full story, here.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Ferris State University Launching Program in Insurance and Risk Management

Ferris State University says a program in insurance and risk management being launched this fall will help meet demand in a growing field, reports the Grand Rapids Press and MLive.com. Under the program, students can earn a bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a concentration in insurance and risk management, according to the university. The program was approved in March by Ferris’ Board of Trustees. It replaces a program that was discontinued a decade ago. Read the full version of the story here.


June 2012

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Ferris State University President Describes Reasons for Tuition Increase

Ferris State University President David Eisler said a 2.5 percent tuition increase may be a burden for some students, but the university is offering more financial aid to help soften the blow, reports the Grand Rapids Press and MLive.com. With the increase in effect, tuition at Ferris will cost $357 per-credit hour. That’s up from $348 per-credit hour during the 2011-12 academic year. “I believe this is the second lowest tuition increase in the state so I’m really quite pleased that we were able to defer costs and help our students,” Eisler said. For the full version of the story, read here.

Monday, June 25, 2012 

Ferris Administrator Receives Distinguished Alumni Award from Ohio State

Ferris State University administrator David Pilgrim, who created a museum documenting racial segregation, has received an award for community service, reports the Grand Rapids Press and MLive.com. Pilgrim, who serves as Ferris’ vice president for diversity and inclusion, received the Robert M. Duncan Citizenship Award from The Ohio State University Alumni Association. Pilgrim, who created the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia at Ferris, received a master’s degree and doctorate in sociology from Ohio State. Read the full story here.