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College Faculty, Staff and Students Participate in MLK Celebration EventsMLK Panel

College of Arts and Sciences faculty and students take questions from the "Politics Now: What Would MLK Think?" audience on January 17.

January 19, 2017

This week Ferris State University celebrated the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a number of events on campus. College of Arts and Sciences faculty, staff and students were active participants in many of these events.

On January 16, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Ferris State Diversity and Inclusion Office hosted the 23rd annual Faculty/Staff In-Service in the University Center. The event was hosted by Dr. David Pilgrim, Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion, and featured readings by Ferris faculty and staff, including President David L. Eisler.

Audience members at the 2017 Faculty/Staff In-Service

Audience members at the 2017 Faculty/Staff In-Service on January 16.

Several College of Arts and Sciences faculty spoke at the event: Dr. Scott Herron of the Department of Biological Sciences; Dr. Dierdre Fagan of the Department of English, Literature, and World Languages; and Dr. Sandy Alspach and Dr. Tracy Busch of the Humanities Department.

Later that day, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Freedom March on campus attracted more than two hundred participants. The march was followed by a student tribute in the University Center.

On January 17, the Office of Multicultural Student Services and Ferris Student Government hosted "Politics Now: What Would MLK Think?", the 2017 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration featured discussion.

The panel included three members of the College of Arts and Sciences faculty: Dr. Gary Huey and Dr. Christian Peterson of the Humanities Department, and Dr. Rita Walters of the Department of Social Work. College of Arts and Sciences students and Student Government representatives Jacob Law, a senior in the Political Science Program, and Endira Hebovija, a junior Pre-Pharmacy major, also appeared on the panel.

A student asks a question at the MLK panel discussion.

A Ferris student asks the "What Would MLK Think?" panel a question.

The participants discussed how Dr. King might interpret modern-day issues such as school integration, African American history, school textbooks, citizen participation and activism, peaceful protest, and the impact of the news media and social media. They also provided their thoughts on how Dr. King is remembered today. Members of the audience, including Ferris students, weighed in with their opinions and also asked the panel members questions.

Finally, on January 18, CNN political analyst, lawyer and activist Bakari Sellers visited the University Center as the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration guest speaker.

For more information about the MLK Celebration events at Ferris, visit ferris.edu/mlk.

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Holocaust Educator Martin Lowenberg to Speak at Williams Auditorium on January 31

Martin Lowenberg

January 12, 2017

On Tuesday, January 31, Holocaust educator Martin Lowenberg will speak at G. Mennen Williams Auditorium on the campus of Ferris State University. Lowenberg's talk, which is presented by Ferris State University Arts and Lectures, will begin at 7 p.m.

Mr. Lowenberg has been a Holocaust educator for more than 25 years. He is a regular speaker at the Holocaust Memorial Center in Farmington Hills, Michigan, and he provides Holocaust education at community functions and schools throughout Michigan. In 2006 Mr. Lowenberg was honored by the Program for Holocaust Survivors and Families for his dedication to Holocaust education and remembrance.

Tickets are available at the Williams Auditorium box office or the Williams Auditorium website. Student tickets are $5 and general admission tickets are $7.

For more information, contact Paula Hadley at hadleyp@ferris.edu.

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"Strong Is the New Pretty" Photo Exhibit Opens at Fine Art Gallery

Strong Is the New Pretty

January 11, 2017

"Strong Is the New Pretty," a photography exhibit by Kate T. Parker, opened at the Ferris State University Fine Art Gallery on January 18 and will run through March 31, 2017.

Parker will visit the Fine Art Gallery for an artist talk and book signing on March 23 at 6 p.m. in University Center 205.

Information about the exhibit:

"Strong Is the New Pretty" started as a personal project for photographer and mother to two young girls, Kate T. Parker. Kate wanted to showcase her girls as they are: loud, messy, silly, fearless, independent, confident and fierce. Through her images, she wanted to combat the messages the media sends to women and girls: that beauty is a hairstyle, a certain size or an outfit. Kate’s goal was to show that true beauty is in being yourself 100 percent. Confident is beautiful. Messy is pretty. Loud is great. Silly is awesome. Strong is the new pretty.

The Ferris State University Fine Art Gallery is located on the Big Rapids campus in the University Center. For more information, please visit www.ferris.edu/gallery or contact Carrie Stermer at carriestermer@ferris.edu or (231) 591-2536.   

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Lipar and Williams Appointed Associate Deans

Trinidy Williams and Joe Lipar

January 3, 2017

The College of Arts and Sciences is pleased to announce that it has hired two associate deans.

Dr. Joe Lipar becomes the Associate Dean of Student and Faculty Affairs and will oversee matters relating directly to students, curriculum, assessment and academic programs.

Ms. Trinidy Williams becomes the Associate Dean of Operations and will oversee the College budget, strategic enrollment, facilities, alumni relations, fundraising and strategic planning.

Previously Dr. Lipar was an Interim Assistant Dean in the College and Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences. Ms. Williams was an Interim Assistant Dean in the College, Chair of the Humanities Department and Chair of the Academic Leadership Council.

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