Photo Services Coordinator
University Advancement and Marketing
Bill "sees and not just looks" at some incredible opportunities every day, visually
documenting the history of the university. Recognized for his positive approach, enthusiasm
and energy, he continues to bring fresh, new opportunities into all that he does.
By interacting with amazing people and their stories, he helps to illustrate the multi-layered
experiences of the open-learning environment. As photographic technology has advanced,
Bill has successfully moved the photographic services of the university from film-based
to digital-based photography. His personal mission is to be a visual storyteller by
putting a human face on the Ferris State University experiences of students, faculty,
and staff and to be thankful for that opportunity.
Educational Counseling and Disabilities Services
Deb is the classic Ferris story, having moved through various faculty, counseling,
and now, administrative roles. Her priority continues to be for the students, often
taking on the most challenging cases. Her representation on various campus committees
has led to several policy change initiatives for students with disabilities as well
as enhanced services to students focused on career-making decisions. Her energy level
and fine representation of Ferris are well known to colleagues both on and off campus.
Described as an excellent and valued colleague, she works, almost invisibly and without
ego, to make the institution a better place. Her expertise extends into her efforts
as a master gardener, in Toastmaster's, and with St. Paul's Catholic Parish.
College of Arts and Sciences
Cheryl's positive attitude and helpful manner shine through her friendly smile. Her
love of education is shown from the genuine care she has for students to her own personal
goal of attaining her bachelor's degree. Described as an "out of the box" thinker,
she is considered a tremendous asset to the university as she handles her college's
budget with skill and professionalism. Cheryl's work with the Ferris Pride Committee
and the United Way campaign demonstrate her value of team spirit within the University.
Her dedication to St. Mary's Church and School is evident in having co-chaired major
fundraising events as well as coaching their volleyball teams.
Physical Sciences Department
Described as the "behind the scenes" person who makes things run smoothly in her department,
Pam's professional yet friendly manner is applauded. She works proactively to keep
the safety of all involved her priority. She strives to provide a safe environment
and positive educational experience for all involved. Her joy in working with students
is admired in her cheerful attitude and the cherished friendships she develops with
them. Pam is active in the local community through her long-standing membership in
the General Federation of Women's Club, having been selected Clubwoman of the Year,
as well as her volunteer service to her church.
University Supervisor: Field Placement
College of Education and Human Services
Deb's simple rule of always putting students first is applauded as she consistently
goes to any length to help students successfully transition into teachers. Her ability
to develop outstanding collaborations with students, faculty and administrators is
admired. Her positive outlook in her work and enthusiasm for her students is contagious
as she excels at lifting the spirits of those around her. Beloved by her colleagues,
Deb is described as the "Grand Rapids Office Mom" and the person you want on your
team. She is recognized as an active member of her community and volunteers for a
number of charities that include the White Pine Trails Patrol, Relay for Life, Michigan
Special Olympics, and the Riley McKenzie Fund.