University-Wide Notices - Week of 9/11/2017

University-Wide Notices for 9/15/2017

Free The Textbook
A Faculty Learning Community
 

Tuesdays:  September 26, October 31, and November 28, 2017
12—1:30 PM
FLITE 405
Facilitators:  Stacy Anderson, Gary Maixner, Kristy Motz, and Andrew Peterson

All Ferris faculty are welcome to join a faculty learning community about Open Educational Resources (OERs).  The purpose of this community is to learn about OERs and investigate alternatives to traditional textbooks, including their quality and potential impact on student debt.  This learning community will meet three times during the Fall semester, and participants can engage fully at a distance. 

Professional Development Incentive (PDI) of $300 will be awarded for full participation in all sessions, a written review of OER textbook, and a presentation to peers on the content reviewed.

RSVP to 231-591-3826 or fctl@ferris.edu to register for this session.

If you have a disability and require accommodation to participate in this event, please contact Laurie Daniels, Secretary III, at (231)591-2440 or LaurieDaniels@ferris.edu to request accommodations at least 72 hours in advance. 

 

Laurie Daniels
Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning
Retention and Student Success
Ferris State University
1010 Campus Drive, FLITE 408B
Big Rapids, MI  49307
231-591-2440
231-591-2914 fax
LaurieDaniels@ferris.edu
www.ferris.edu/fctl

 

Web-Conferencing with Collaborate

Friday, September 8, 3—4 PM     or
Tuesday, September 26, 11 AM—12 PM
Attend online at:
https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/9E87544EC7F86909A9791065FECD7F3F
Facilitator: Jackie Hughes

In this session, we will learn how to login, create web-conference sessions, invite people to meetings, and moderate meetings. We’ll also explore how to use Collaborate to hold virtual office hours, engage students, allow students to have online group meetings, invite guest speakers, and record sessions.  Other features of Collaborate that will be covered include breakout groups, chat, live captioning, polling, and dial-in by phone.

If you have a disability and require accommodation to participate in this event, please contact Laurie Daniels, Secretary III, at (231)591-2440 or LaurieDaniels@ferris.edu to request accommodations at least 72 hours in advance. 

 

Laurie Daniels
Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning
Retention and Student Success
Ferris State University
1010 Campus Drive, FLITE 408B
Big Rapids, MI  49307
231-591-2440
231-591-2914 fax
LaurieDaniels@ferris.edu
www.ferris.edu/fctl

 

Schedule Your Biometric Screening!

We have added additional times!

Complete the Health Assessment (HA) - The health assessment will RESET every July 1.  You and your spouse must complete the HA after July 1 every year to remain a participant.

You can complete the HA at:  www.assethealth.com/ferrisstateuniversity. The HA must be completed by September 30th 2017,  in order to receive the incentive for the first quarter. 

To log in to complete the Health Assessment, enter your Username (your Ferris Banner ID) and Password (your home zip code).  Your Ferris Banner ID is located next to your name on your printed paystubs.    

Ferris State University will be offering free Biometric Screenings to all full-time, benefits eligible employees and their spouses. The health screenings are designed to help employees become more aware of their health status and to educate them on lifestyle tips to improve their health. Health Assessments (HA) and Biometric Screenings are voluntary but required for participation in the Ferris State University Wellness Program.

Schedule Your Appointment through Asset Health website: – Log in at : www.assethealth.com/ferrisstateuniversity.  *Walk-ins are welcome*

Don’t forget to log your 10 credits each quarter! 

Grand Rapids Location for Bio-Screenings:
Kendall College of Art and Design
17 Fountain St. NW
Tuesday, September 19th – 9am-1pm 

Big Rapids Locations for Bio-Screenings:

Birkam Health Center
1019 Campus Dr
Wednesday, September 20th – 9am-1pm & 2pm-6pm
Thursday, September 21st – 8:30am-1pm & 5pm
(Parking in Lot 15 or Lot 17) 

You can also take a form to your doctor and have them complete it and send into Asset Health if you cannot get an appointment.  This form is available at: https://ferris.edu/HTMLS/administration/adminandfinance/human/Forms/Benefits/FerrisDOC_FormHealthScreening.pdf.

You can view the HealthyU Wellness Program at:  https://ferris.edu/HTMLS/administration/adminandfinance/human/Benefits/healthandwellness/WellnessProgramPolicy.pdf 

Thank you!

 

Laurie A. Noell
Benefits Specialist
Ferris State University
420 Oak Street
Big Rapids, MI  49307
231-591-3877 PH
231-591-2978 Fx

 

Take Back The Night Five Star Event

Monday, September 18th 
UCB 202
March @ 6PM
Speaker Event @ 7PM

The Ferris State University Social Work Association and Title IX Office Present, Theater Delta! Theater Delta is an interactive theater performance that advocates for social change. Their performance, How 'bout this party?, focuses on sexual assault and covers consent, the role of alcohol, bystander intervention, how to support a survivor, and victim blaming.

The event will take place on September 18, 2017 in the University Center room 202 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. 

Prior to the event, the Social Work Association, in conjunction with the Title IX office and the Sexual Assault Prevention Committee will host a Take Back the Night March on campus to raise awareness.

Donations will be accepted at the door for WISE (Women's Information Services)

Admission is FREE thanks to the Student Activity Fund as allocated by the Finance Division of Student Government.

Ferris State University is an equal opportunity institution. For information on the University’s Policy on Non-Discrimination, visit www.ferris.edu/non-discrimination.

Anyone with a disability who needs special accommodations to attend should contact 231-591-2685 or clacs@ferris.edu at least 72 hours in advance.

 

Teresa M. Fogel
Student Activities Specialist
Finance Division Fund Administrator
Ferris State University
Center for Leadership, Activities and Career Services
805 Campus Drive, UCB 121
Big Rapids, MI 49307
231.591.5936

 

Notice - Former Employee 

The Office of the President has been informed of the death of former employee, Roberta Emma Wright, at age 82, on September 14, 2017. Roberta was employed as a custodian at Ferris State University from 1973 until her retirement in 1991. 

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, September 18, 2017 at the Mohnke Funeral Home in Big Rapids. Visitation will be held on Sunday the 17th from 3 to 6 p.m. at the funeral home. Please share a memory or condolence at http://www.mohnkefuneralhome.com/memsol.cgi?user_id=2007612.

 

University-Wide Notices for 9/14/2017

2017 Michigan Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships Conference
Creating Successful College Credit Opportunities for Michigan High School Students
October 3-4, 2017
the H Hotel, Midland, Michigan

View the Conference Schedule
C
lick here to register

The H Hotel has extended the group rate until, September 18, 2017.


Make your lodging accommodations at the H Hotel, Midland, Michigan.  MiCEP attendees will receive a group lodging rate of $129.00 per night (excluding applicable taxes) at the H Hotel. A group rate will be extended to MiCEP attendees until, September 18, 2017.  Lodging reservations can be arranged by calling the H Hotel at (800) 282-7778 or by visiting https://aws.passkey.com/event/49284012/owner/3093874/home.

 

Come join the Political Engagement Project in
Observance of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
10:30 am – 2:30 pm
In the University Center Across from the Starbuck's

If you have a disability and require accommodation to participate in this event, contact Shana Schadler, Program Assistant at (231) 591-3846 or ShanaSchadler@ferris.edu, to request accommodations at least 72 hours in advance.

Ferris State University is an equal opportunity institution.  For information on the University’s Policy on Non-Discrimination, visit www.ferris.edu/non-discrimination.

Shana Schadler
Program Assistant ASL/EII/PEP
Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning
(231) 591-3846

 

Ferris State University Job Postings!

Click on this link to go directly to the Electronic Employment System:  https://employment.ferris.edu/

To access via the Ferris Home Page at: www.ferris.edu, click Employment (under Campus Resources), click FSU Electronic Employment System - Job Postings.

NOTE: Please Read the next section carefully.
NEW Postings for this week

This week's job postings are available:

In the Electronic Employment System. The link above will take you to the postings page, please follow the above instructions to access postings in the Electronic Employment System.  

Application assistance is available in the Electronic Employment System for individuals needing additional assistance. There is a Help link located in the top left corner of the system. To apply for any positions in the Electronic Employment System, you must complete or have completed the on-line Application.

Applicants requiring accommodation or additional assistance in the application process should contact the Office of Human Resources at 231-591-2150 or email fsujobs@ferris.edu

If you have questions regarding this transmittal, please call Sharon Hopper @ ext. 3878, Mandi Sterly @ ext.2667, or Jennifer Wallace @ ext. 2485.

 

Nick Offerman tickets

Nick Offerman is coming to Ferris!
Thursday, September 28th in Williams Auditorium.
Showtime: 8 PM

Tickets for the public (which includes faculty and staff) will be available for purchase starting Monday, September 18th. 

Tickets will be on sale at the CLACS Office (UCB 121) from 11AM- 4PM weekdays.  Tickets are $20 each and seating in general admission. 

Tickets will go fast, so get your tickets early!

For any questions, please contact he CLACS Office at (231) 292-2695 or clacs@ferris.edu

 

Nick Smith
Coordinator of Activities
Center for Leadership, Activities and Career Services
Ferris State University
(231) 591-2140

 

ACADEMIC SUCCESS FAIR

TUESDAY, SEPT.26,2017
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
UNIVERSITY CENTER – RM 202

Learn about the following services:

ASC (The Academic Support Center)
SLA (Structured Learning Assistance Program)
ECDS (Educational Counseling and Disabilities Services)
CLACS (Center for Leadership Activities & Career Services)
Office of International Education
THE WRITING CENTER
SCHOLAR Mentor Program/Students with Children
UREC (University Recreation Center)
Transfer Student Success Center
CLS (Center for Latin@ Studies)
OMSS (Office of Multicultural Student Services)
Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid
TIP (Tuition Incentive Program)
Veterans Office
FLITE (Ferris Library)

And other areas of interest!

Ferris State University is an equal opportunity institution.  For information on the University's Policy on Non-Discrimination, visit ferris.edu/non-discrimination.

If you have a disability and require accommodations to participate in this event, contact Teresa Brown at (231-591-3543) at least 72 hours in advance of the event.

 

Teresa Brown
Secretary 1, Academic Support Center
Retention & Student Success
820 Campus Drive, ASC 1017
Big Rapids, MI 49307
(231) 591-3543

 

Blackboard Grade Center

Friday, September 22
3—4 PM
FLITE 108
Facilitator: Jackie Hughes

This is an in-depth workshop on all the components of the Grade Center.  Participants will learn how to create, configure, and manage Grade Center columns, weighted grades, grading schemas, grading periods, and categories.  We will also explore color codes and smart views. This workshop is most useful when the participant has a Blackboard course with students enrolled. 

RSVP to 231-591-3826 or fctl@ferris.edu to register for this session.

If you have a disability and require accommodation to participate in this event, please contact Laurie Daniels, Secretary III, at (231)591-2440 or LaurieDaniels@ferris.edu to request accommodations at least 72 hours in advance. 

 

Laurie Daniels
Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning
Retention and Student Success
Ferris State University
1010 Campus Drive, FLITE 408B
Big Rapids, MI  49307
231-591-2440
231-591-2914 fax
LaurieDaniels@ferris.edu
www.ferris.edu/fctl

 

Flag Notice - Governor's Office 

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today has ordered U.S. flags to be lowered to half-staff Friday, Sept. 15 on all state buildings and within the state Capitol complex in honor of Marine Corps Private First Class Michael P. Giannattasio, who died Aug. 30, 2017.

“Michael’s passing serves as a reminder of the great sacrifices our servicemen and women make to ensure our safety and freedom,” Snyder said. “We join his family, fellow service members and community in mourning his loss and pay tribute to his service to our country.”

Michael enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in January 2017. He completed basic training in April 2017 with Platoon 3028, India Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion at Parris Island, South Carolina, where he earned the company’s highest physical fitness and combat fitness score. He was then assigned to Reconnaissance Training Company, Advanced Infantry Training Battalion, Camp Pendleton, California.

This flag order is in accordance with Executive Order 2013-10. Michigan residents, businesses, schools, local governments and other organizations are encouraged to display the flag at half-staff. Flags should be returned to full staff on Saturday, Sept. 16.

 

WATCH: FERRIS SPORTS UPDATE ON FOX 32!
Thursday at 10:30 p.m.

Ferris Sports Update, a weekly show profiling Bulldog Athletics, airs Thursday night on Fox 32 at 10:30 p.m. (ET). This week’s show is hosted by Rob Bentley and produced by senior students in the Television and Digital Media Production (TDMP) program under the direction of Glen Okonoski.  Funding for the show is provided by FSU Athletics, the College of Education and Human Services, University Advancement & Marketing and the Admissions Office.

This week's guests include:

Tony Annese (Football Coach)
Andy McCaslin (Women’s Soccer Coach)
Jared Kelsh (Cross Country Coach)

Don't Miss Ferris Sports Update Thursday Night On Fox 32!

In addition, the show is also available at selected times throughout the week via Xfinity Channel 900 on Comcast and locally on Ferris Television via Charter Cable.

For more information:
Rob Bentley
Assistant Athletics Director, Communications
(231) 591-3821 or bentleyr@ferris.edu

 

BULLDOG ATHLETICS HOME EVENTS
THIS WEEK

Friday, Sept. 15
Women’s Soccer vs. Tiffin, 4 p.m.
South Athletic Fields

Women’s Golf hosts Bulldog Invitational
Katke Golf Course

Saturday, Sept. 16
Football vs. Northern Michigan, 12 p.m.
Top Taggart Field

Women’s Golf hosts Bulldog Invitational
Katke Golf Course

Sunday, Sept. 10
Women’s Soccer vs. Ashland,12 p.m.
South Athletic Fields

For more information, tickets & results, please visit:
FerrisStateBulldogs.com

For complimentary tickets to Bulldog Football, Volleyball & Basketball home games,
visit Lerner, Csernai & Fath Financial Group at 15505 Waldron Way in Big Rapids!

GO BULLDOGS!

Anyone with a disability that needs special accommodations to attend this event should contact (231) 591-2860 at least 72 hours in advance.

For more information:

Rob Bentley
Assistant Athletics Director, Communications
(231) 591-3821 or bentleyr@ferris.edu

 

Home Opener This Saturday Night Under The Lights For #2 Ferris State Football

Big Rapids, Mich. - The nationally second-ranked Ferris State University football squad will square off against the Northern Michigan Wildcats in the Bulldogs' 2017 home opener on Saturday (Sept. 16) night under the lights in Big Rapids.

Tickets for this Saturday's game are currently on sale and a large crowd is expected for the Hall of Fame Game with a special group of seven inductees and the school's first-ever undefeated team from 1968 to be honored at halftime. Events will also include a rock wall and inflatables for kids.

FSU enters the contest with a 1-0 mark following a decisive 48-27 non-league win at Findlay this past weekend. The Wildcats are guided by first-year head coach and former Bulldog assistant Kyle Nystrom.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. (ET) and fans are encouraged to "come early, cheer loud and wear red!".

Tickets for Saturday's game can be bought online at www.StarTickets.com, by calling (800) 585-3737, or in person thru the FSU Athletics Ticket Office located inside the Ewigleben Sports Complex.  The ticket office is open today thru Friday from 9 a.m. (ET) to 5 p.m. (ET) with extended hours on Wednesday until 7 p.m. (ET). The Wheeler Pavilion Gameday Ticket Office will open on Saturday starting at 4 p.m. (ET).  For more information on ticket sales, please call (231) 591-2888 or visit FerrisStateBulldogs.com.

Football tickets for Saturday's game are $14 for adults along with $12 for senior citizens (ages 65+) and FSU faculty/staff in addition to $8 for students (age 5-17). Ferris Staet students with ID will be admitted free by showing their student identification cards.

Parking in lots near Top Taggart Field is $5 per available space on a first-come, first-served basis. As a convenience to fans, credit cards will also be accepted at the ticket window along with the concession stand.

Tailgating will be permitted starting on Saturday at 4 p.m. (ET) with the gates to the stadium opening 90 minutes prior to kickoff at 5:30 p.m. (ET).

The FSU-NMU football game will be broadcast live locally by the Bulldog Sports Network and Sunny 97.3 FM with Rob Bentley handling the play-by-play duties and Sandy Gholston offering color commentary.  A live high-definition video and audio webcast complete with internet statistics will be available through FSU's all-access video portal at FerrisStateBulldogs.com.

For more information on ticket sales, please visit this link:
Ticket Information

GO BULLDOGS!

Anyone with a disability that needs special accommodations to attend this event should contact (231) 591-2860 at least 72 hours in advance.

For more information:

Rob Bentley
Assistant Athletics Director, Communications
(231) 591-3821 or bentleyr@ferris.edu

 

United Way Basket and Dog House Auction

United Way is a global non-profit organization that works with many charitable organizations to pool efforts in fund raising and support.  Their main focus is to find and help with community concerns. The United Way strives to make positive changes through working with schools, government agencies, businesses, volunteer groups, community action organizations and many others. This semester, Entertainment Unlimited is proud to assist in raising donations for our local United Way.

We are hosting a tailgate auction as part of the Homecoming Week festivities, and would like include Dog Houses and baskets donated by the Ferris community.  If your department or RSO would like to decorate a Dog House or donate a basket for the auction, please contact Entertainment Unlimited through OrgSync or email our United Way Coordinator Katie at henderk5@ferris.edu 

Thank you for your support.

 

Ambre Calhoun
President Entertainment Unlimited
EU@ferris.edu

 

Nick Smith
Coordinator of Activities
Center for Leadership, Activities and Career Services
Ferris State University
(231) 591-2140

 

Center for Leadership, Activities and Career Services
Volunteer Center News 

Definitions of Service 

Fundraising – seeking to generate financial support for a charity, cause, or other enterprise.
Donations – something that is given to a charity, especially a sum of money.
Volunteering – freely offer to do something for the good of the community.
Service Learning – a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities.

 

Recording Your Service

There’s a way to record all of these service hours in one spot! Here’s how:

  • Go into OrgSync
  • Click on your name in the top right corner
  • Scroll down and click on “involvement”
  • Then click “add involvement entry”
  • Click on “event participation”
  • Fill it in and click submit

Focus Events

September
Thank you to the 110 student volunteers that cleaned up over 52 blocks of alleyways during the B1G Alleyway Event on September 8th. 

There are many Hurricane relief efforts happening.  Watch for more details!

October
Big Rapids Downtown Fall Festival will need 60 + Volunteers. Watch for more details!

November
There will be a university wide donation drive for non-perishable food and personal care items to support all local food panties. Contact CLACS Volunteer Center if your RSO would like to help in this effort. Watch for more details!

Current Requests 

Safe Ride Volunteers - This Weekend!

Volunteers are needed this weekend! Looking for volunteer hours? Volunteer on Ferris’s SafeRide Bus from 12am-2:30am on Friday’s and Saturday’s! The bus driver goes around to four different locations, making it easy for people to get home safely. Volunteers are in charge of letting businesses know that safe ride is there, and taking a head count of how many people get on the bus. Sign Up at https://orgsync.com/18804/forms/271596

Salvation Army Need Volunteers

Salvation Army Front Office Volunteer
This volunteer position will help front office staff by answering phones, greeting walk-ins, light cleaning, and other clerical work.
Schedule: Monday – Friday - Flexible schedule.
Requirements: Good customer service skills.
Dress-code: Business casual.

Salvation Army Family Store Volunteer
This volunteer will help with sorting, stocking, cleaning and customer service duties in our Salvation Army Family Store in Big Rapids, MI.
Schedule: Monday through Saturday - Flexible Schedule
Requirements: Ability to stand for long periods of time, ability to lift heavy objects, good customer service skills.
Dress-Code: Jeans or Khakis, Closed Toe Shoes, Polo or T-Shirt (must be family friendly).

Salvation Army Family Store Maintenance Volunteer
This volunteer will work on cleaning/fixing projects at our Salvation Army Family Store.
Schedule: Flexible (Year Round)
Requirements: Ability to stand for long periods of time, knack for performing small repairs to donated items and around the store.
Dress-code: Jeans or Khakis, Closed Toe Shoes, Polo or T-Shirt (must be family friendly).

Salvation Army Community Center Volunteer
This volunteer position will help staff by interacting youth with various task such as homework help, teach life skills like Crochet/Knitting, Arts, Health and Safety, Sports/Fitness, Photography, Cooking, Gardening, as well as participate in free time with board/card games, video games, outdoor play, etc.
Schedule: Monday through Friday – 3:00pm-6:00pm (During the school year, flexible days).
Requirements: Ability to participate in activities with youth, relatable to youth, and reliable.
Dress-code: Clothing should reflect appropriate K-12 school dress code. (Family Friendly)

Please see the following Volunteer Opportunities here at The Salvation Army in Big Rapids. To get involved, email Chris Vallette at chris_vallette@usc.salvationarmy.org or call our office at 231-796-5597. All volunteer opportunities are within walking distance of campus.

Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge Sept 18th – Oct 15th

It's officially here - Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge preregistration is NOW OPEN and we want to make sure you are signed up and ready. Kicking off Sept. 18th, 92 schools are going head-to-head to see who is the most outdoorsy. Help your favorite school win the title National Outdoor Champion, win awesome gear, prizes and bragging rights by getting outside and active and bringing others with you.

Need another reason to sign up now? REI will be giving away a $100 gift card to one lucky person every day from September 1 to September 17 during pre-registration.

Don’t miss out on the chance to help prove once and for all that your selected school is the outdoorsiest school in the nation. Here’s how:

Step 1: Download the Campus Challenge app
Step 2: Create an account
Step 3: Join your school’s team
Step 4: Log all outdoor activities from September 18–October 15 

Easy enough, right? Pre-register today and tell everyone you know. Friends don’t let friends miss out on the chance to score free gear.

Volunteers for Basketball Coaches, Officials, and Scorekeepers!

Looking for 6-10 volunteers beginning on Monday, September 18th from 3:30 to 5 p.m. There are 3 weeks remaining in the 5th and 6th grade girls basketball season. Practices are on Monday and Tuesdays with games on Wednesdays until the first week of October. Requirements are a background check with the school, along with some basketball knowledge, and willingness to work with 5th and 6th grade girls on the fundamentals of basketball as well as love of the game. For more information contact Coach mark Schriner at 231-679-5665 or m-schriner@sbcglobal.net

Construction Volunteer Opportunity – Current Opportunity

 

Volunteers are needed to help build a garage in Stanwood, MI. For more details contact Kyle at 231-349-3351

Event Volunteers Needed – Sept 20th

LZ Michigan, is an event to Remember, Honor, and Celebrate Our Community’s Veterans and Their Families. This event is hosted by WGVU Public Media, PBS & NPR and will be open and free to the public. The event will include speakers, musical entertainment, military displays, The Wall That Heals (traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall), PBS Kids area, a car and motorcycle show, Female Veterans Expo, and much more! For more information about the event, visit www.lzmichigan.org.

LZ Michigan events will begin on Wednesday, September 20th, and continue through Sunday, September 24th, throughout West Michigan including Grand Valley State University downtown Grand Rapids, Downtown Grand Rapids ArtPrize, Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, and Fifth Third Ballpark. The events will require approximately 1,000 volunteers to make it happen. We’re hoping that your students, faculty, and staff can be a part of these memorable events by signing up online at www.wgvu.org/lz-michigan/lzvolunteer. There are a wide range of volunteer opportunities and hopefully they will find one (or more!) that will best suit them!

Event Volunteers Needed - Sept 23rd

Easterseals Taking On Disability.
What: 60 people will rappel down the Plaza Towers hotel to support Easterseals.
When: Saturday September 23, 2017 from 9am-5pm.
Where: Plaza Tower Hotel, 201 Fulton St W, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.
Volunteers: Escort rappelers to the roofing area and help with spectator safety. T-shirt, food and beverages provided. 8-10 volunteers are needed on the day. 
Sign-Up: Email Ceri Dunn cdunn@essmichigan.org or call 248.475.6405 to help.

Join RAVE for their first Volunteer Advocate Training Sept 29th

This training is for current and new volunteers!

Know you want to give back to your community and survivors but not sure how? This training is designed to accommodate those who want to become involved but may not know exactly how or what to do.

If this sounds like you, you're in luck and not to worry! We will be briefly covering the responsibilities of each opportunity to help you decide which breakout training session to attend. Additionally, if you are actively volunteering at RAVE or have in the past and wish to volunteer again, please sign up for this training on Friday September 29th | 5:30pm - 7:30pm.
Please feel free to share the signup link for our Volunteer Training by clicking on the link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/409044caba722a5fa7-volunteer1
Details of descriptions will be covered at the training.

Below is a brief layout of the Direct Care positions available.

  • Drop In Adult Life Skills Volunteers (Direct Care with Women)
  • Mommy Respite Program Volunteer Opportunities (Direct Care with Children)
  • Share the Care Volunteers (Weekly commitment)
  • Drop In Play Time Volunteers (1-2 hours minimum a month commitment)
  • Toddler Yoga Volunteers (preferred weekly commitment)
  • Afterschool Program Volunteer Opportunities (Direct Care with Children)
  • Kid's Club Assistant (weekly commitment)
  • Tutoring Tuesday's Volunteer (weekly commitment)
     

Please contact Claire Hopkins with any questions/concerns, p: 616-225-1995 | e: claireh@raveim.org

Volunteers Needed!

Are you interested in giving back? Here is a volunteer opportunity for you. The Reed City Ministerial Association needs at least 8 volunteers to help at the Reed City Expo on November 2, 2017 which will be help at the Reed City High School.
Tasks: Take coats from the church to the school and then back to the church once the expo is over. Need some volunteers to have a vehicle to help with transport.
For any questions please contact John Kleever at kleverj@michigan.gov or Irene Beckstrom at ibeckstrom@scbcglobal.net

Volunteers Needed at ArtPrize

Join the nearly 1,000 volunteers who step forward to welcome hundreds of thousands of visitors to ArtPrize each fall.

Visitor Services: 
Volunteer positions with Visitor Services can vary from welcoming visitors, providing directions, answering questions, helping in the retail store and promoting activities and venues in your area. Other visitor services positions consist of helping visitors set up their voter registration accounts and complete the registration process.

Educational Team: 
Volunteer positions related to Education can range from lead docents to facilitators in our drop-in art studio spaces. Some of these positions require a background check, and some additional training. There are also opportunities to get involved with our exhibits team at ArtPrize including public art installation/de-installations, artist events like Link Sessions, and helping as gallery guides in exhibit spaces.

Some volunteer positions in with the Education team may require a background check, but all of the other positions require that you attend an ArtPrize orientation. Orientation is a one-hour training session during the week before ArtPrize. It’s held at several different times so that everyone can attend, including weekday, weeknight, and weekend options from September 20th-October 8th downtown Grand Rapids. You can sign up for orientation and training sessions the same way you would schedule a shift through your Volunteer Account. All orientation meetings and training sessions are held at the ArtPrize HUB at 41 Sheldon Blvd.

For more information about how to create a volunteer account with ArtPrize and read in-depth position descriptions, please visit our volunteer page at ArtPrize.org/volunteer or contact Megan Steenwyk at 616-214-7927.

Oakland Country Parks Are Looking For Volunteers

If you are interested volunteering at a park this is the volunteer opportunity for you. Duties include promoting safety rules, being a cart attendant and interacting with park patrons. For more information or to sign-up for an event, please contact Oakland County Volunteer Services at Volunteer@oakgov.com or (248) 975-9717. 

CLACS Volunteer Center Messages

Any questions related to the volunteer activity should be directed to the contact listed in the post.  For help with group service projects or OrgSync forms, please contact clacs@ferris.edu or 231-591-2685. 

A weekly listing of volunteer opportunities will be sent out weekly from the CLACS Volunteer Center.  If you would like to be added to the distribution list for these listings, please Opt-in here: https://orgsync.com/18804/forms/280611 

If you would like volunteer opportunities posted in this listing, please fill out this form: https://orgsync.com/18804/forms/59956 

ANYONE WITH A DISABILITY WHO NEEDS SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS TO ATTEND THESE EVENTS SHOULD CONTACT 231-591-2685 or CLACS@FERRIS.EDU AT LEAST 72 HOURS IN ADVANCE. FERRIS STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY INSTITUTION. FOR INFORMATION ON THE UNIVERSITY’S POLICY ON NON-DISCRIMINATION, VISIT WWW.FERRIS.EDU/NONDISCRIMINATION.

  

Michele “Mickey” Albright, MS-CTE, BS-HRM, GCDF
Coordinator of Career & Volunteer Centers
Center for Leadership, Activities and Career Services
Ferris State University
231-591-2683

 

Important Career Center News 

Center for Leadership, Activities and Career Services
CLACS Career Center
Fall 2017 Schedule

Graduate School Open House
Tuesday, October 3, 10:00am – 2:00pm, University Center 202

The Graduate School Open House is for ANY STUDENTS OR ALUMNI who are interested in furthering their education beyond a bachelor's degree. This will include information on researching graduate schools and programs throughout the United States, the admissions process, application deadlines, testing, essay writing, fellowships and financial planning, and much more.

Fall 2017 Career & Internship Fair – All Majors
Thursday, October 12, 10:00am – 3:00pm, Ewigleben Athletic Complex 

Over 250 employer groups in one location at one time! There are amazing opportunities for full-time placement and internships. Bring plenty of resumes and be dressed to impress. Employer listing is located in HANDSHAKE (MyFSU).  Also, watch for information on the new FairsAPP for your mobile device.

Innovative Careers of the Future
Wednesday, October 25, 9:00am – 1:00pm, University Center 202 

Did you know that many of the service occupations and manufacturing jobs we once relied on are diminishing?  Based on the Top 50 Jobs of the future, as predicted by the BLS occupational forecast, there are tremendous opportunities for workers in research, product innovation, healthcare, computer programming, and financial planning… to name just a few. Students will explore future opportunities and engage in hands-on activities with employers, faculty, and advisors to determine the best path to reach career success through their education at Ferris State University.  Students should plan 50 minutes to complete the planned activities.

Career Preparation Services & Workshops

Get a Job!

Workshop series: Every Tuesday, 11:00am – 11:50am, University Center 123

The CLACS Career Center wants to help you locate employment, present your very best, and get a great job!  Attend these sessions to have a competitive advantage in your job search.

  • September 12 – Topic: How to HANDSHAKE (the University’s Career Services program)
  • September 19 – Topic: Building your career toolkit & selling your skills
  • September 26 – Topic: Resume Workshop
  • October 3 – Topic: Strategies and Tips to prepare for the Career & Internship Fair
  • October 10 – Topic: Acing the Interview
  • October 17 – Topic: Cover Letter Clinic
  • October 24 – Topic: Negotiating Salary and Benefits
  • October 31 – Topic: Multiple offers? How to accept, buy more time, or decline.
  • November 7 – Topic: How to HANDSHAKE (the University’s Career Services program)
  • November 14 - Topic: Resume Workshop
  • November 21 – Topic: Cover Letter Clinic
  • November 28 - Topic: Acing the Interview
  • December 5 – Topic: Finding an Internship

Career Center Walk in Hours
Every Tuesday & Thursday, 10:00am – 1:00pm, CLACS Office, University Center 121 

Our CLACS Career Center Staff is ready to assist with all career related questions! Visit during open office hours to learn about HANDSHAKE, ways to get involved, have your resume or cover letter reviewed, schedule practice interviews, and create your plan to a successful future. 

For document review, bring a paper copy of your resume or cover letter. The CLACS Career Center provides content reviews from the perspective of the potential employer and industry. To ensure the best outcome, please make sure to correct spelling, grammar and formatting prior to your visit. Students requiring more than a few minutes will be encouraged to schedule an appointment through HANDSHAKE with a Career Center professional.  

Certificate Programs
Sign Up through HANDSHAKE or OrgSync (both in MyFSU)  

Employers seek employees who have soft skills and understand the job.  What better way to demonstrate this than to complete the Soft Skills e-Training Course or participate in a Job Shadowing Experience? The CLACS Career Center is offering these opportunities for you to enhance your skills at your own pace.  We will do the legwork and help you achieve certificates of completion.

Core Services:

  • Workforce trends & career research
  • Student and alumni career coaching
  • Job shadowing and experiential learning experiences
  • Co-curricular skills development through programming
  • Articulation of employability skills – verbal and written
  • Application, resume, and letter review
  • Interviewing assistance
  • Employer relations and recruitment
  • Graduate school research
  • HANDSHAKE – Ferris State University’s recruiting platform

For additional information regarding any of these services or activities, please visit HANDSHAKE, the University’s calendar, or the Center for Leadership, Activities and Career Services. 

ANYONE WITH A DISABILITY WHO NEEDS SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS TO ATTEND THESE EVENTS SHOULD CONTACT 231-591-2685 or CLACS@FERRIS.EDU AT LEAST 72 HOURS IN ADVANCE. FERRIS STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY INSTITUTION. FOR INFORMATION ON THE UNIVERSITY’S POLICY ON NON-DISCRIMINATION, VISIT WWW.FERRIS.EDU/NONDISCRIMINATION

 

Michele “Mickey” Albright, MS-CTE, BS-HRM, GCDF
Coordinator of Career & Volunteer Centers
Center for Leadership, Activities and Career Services
Ferris State University
231-591-2683

 

University-Wide Notices for 9/13/2017

OrgSync Profile Update Extension

To give RSO’s a few extra days to complete any OrgSync Profile and Constitution Updates We have extended this deadline to Sunday, September 17 at midnight. 

RSOs can now make their required OrgSync updates.  

If you are an administrator for a RSO Portal, you will see an orange notification box when you log in to OrgSync to update your profile.

Go into your profile. On the right side you will see a box for Current Positions. Click See All and then Fill a Position. 

Select the Position (President, VP, Advisor, etc.)

Under Member, use the drop down menu to choose the correct person. If they have a specific start date, select that from the calendar. Otherwise, you can just select the date you make the update.  If a previous position did not have an end date, you will need to remove that position as well as refill it.  Click Fill position. The individual will then receive an email (this may take 10-20 minutes) to notify them that they have been listed as an officer in an RSO.

The individual can click a link in the email to confirm that they are an officer. They will be directed to log in to OrgSync, if they are not logged in already.  They will also be provided with some training materials and have to complete short quizzes related to the role in the RSO. 

The training materials and questions will be directly related to the individual role in the RSO.

Once all six positions are completed by each person, the profile will be reviewed by a CLACS representative and approved.

Additionally, if an RSO is intending to request funding from Finance Division, they will need to have their profile updated and approved prior to the Finance Division meeting

If there are any questions, please contact the CLACS Office at (231) 591-2685 or CLACS@ferris.edu.

Late/incomplete submissions will be put through disciplinary procedures that may include Activity Probation Status & RSO privileges being revoked.

 

Nick Smith
Coordinator of Activities
Center for Leadership, Activities and Career Services
Ferris State University
(231) 591-2140

 

Concur Open Training Labs

Presented by: Teresa Allen, Disbursements Office
Thursday, September 28th
8:00am to 12:00pm
(Other times are available, please check the SCTD Events Calendar)
Location: ALU 121

This open training lab session is for new users to receive initial Concur Training as well as current users who may need help with: 
- Expense Reports
- Travel Requests
- Booking Travel
- Allocating, Itemizing, and Compliance

Participants are encouraged to bring materials they may need help with.

Directions about how to register for this session can be found at the Staff Center for Training & Development website.

Anyone with a disability who needs special accommodations to attend this event should call 231-591-2112 at least 72 hours in advance.

  

Staff Center for Training & Development
Email: sctd@ferris.edu
Phone: (231) 591-2112
Website: http://www.staff.edu/sctd
410 Oak Street, Alumni 121 | Big Rapids, MI 49307

 

Banner: An Introduction

Presented by: Lori Henderson & Elise Gramza
Wednesday, September 27th
1:00pm to 2:30pm
Location: ALU 121

Are you a Banner user? Then this training is for you! Join us as we introduce Banner and how to keep our data safe. This is an introductory session that focuses on introducing new users to Banner and how to apply associated business policies.

By the end of the session you will: 

  • Understand what Banner is and the scope of influence it has on Ferris processes.
  • Know how to differentiate between Banner INB and SSB.
  • Understand the role data owners play.
  • Understand Business policies.
  • Understand where to find University Policies.
  • Understand safeguards for protecting Banner data.
  • Know how to request access to Banner resources.
  • Know who to contact for technical support. 
  • Know what to do if sensitive or confidential data is compromised.

Directions about how to register for this session can be found at the Staff Center for Training & Development website.

Anyone with a disability who needs special accommodations to attend this event should call 231-591-2112 at least 72 hours in advance.

 

Staff Center for Training & Development
Email: sctd@ferris.edu
Phone: (231) 591-2112
Website: http://www.staff.edu/sctd
410 Oak Street, Alumni 121 | Big Rapids, MI 49307

 

Webinar – ‘Students Raising Children:  Create Supportive Programs & Ensure Compliance’

Wednesday, September 20, 2017
2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
University Center 213

Retention & Student Success and the Students with Children Program, invites you to join the upcoming webinar, “Students Raising Children:  Create Supportive Programs & Ensure Compliance”, on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 from 2:00 to 3:30pm in University Center 213. Refreshments and continued discussion immediately following the webinar. Please contact Karen GreenBay at 231.591.5034 or email studentswithchildren@ferris.edu to RSVP. A RSVP by September 18th is appreciated.

TOPICS

  • Best practices to support student parents
  • Examples of programs and strategies to help student parents persist, and put initiatives in place that will support their path to graduation
  • Title IX protections

Participants receive a printed certificate of completion. 

If you require accommodation, please include details with your response to the Students with Children office at (231) 591-5976 or studentswithchildren@ferris.edu at least 72 hours in advance. 

 

Karen GreenBay, Director
Students with Children Program
SCHOLAR Peer Mentor Program
Ferris State University
820 Campus Drive, ASC 1017K
Big Rapids, MI 49307
231.591.5034
http://www.ferris.edu/HTMLS/colleges/university/swc
http://www.ferris.edu/HTMLS/colleges/university/peer

 

Study Abroad opportunities and Third-party program providers:

The Office of International Education (OIE), working with faculty and partner Universities, provides variety of Study Abroad opportunities for our students. We also work with University-approved third party international program providers to support our students’ interest. 

Several Ferris faculty and students have recently received information about VESA, an organization that is providing travel and volunteer programs to South America, Africa, South East Asia, and Fiji.

While such programs may appear to be affiliated with Ferris State, the OIE asks that you double-check with us before presenting these opportunities to students. Students may think that these outside volunteer, service-learning, internship, or study abroad programs are associated with the University. Pursuing these opportunities may have potential liability, safety, and academic transferability issues associated with participation.

If you are receiving any information from third parties seeking permission to connect with students on study abroad opportunities, please contact the International Office (Ext 2450). We can work with Institutional stakeholders to ensure their validity.

 

Thank you,

Dr. Piram Prakasam | Executive Director

Ferris State University | Office of International Education
1301 S. State St. – IRC 134 | Big Rapids, MI 49307
Phone: + 1 – 231 - 591- 2450 | International Office Website

 

Self-Compassion Practice:  Acknowledgment, Release, and Kindness

Wednesdays
12:05—12:40 PM
FLITE 438
Facilitator: George Nagel 

Built on a foundation of mindfulness, we will learn how to apply specific self-compassion principles and practices throughout each day of our personal and professional lives. We will develop a calm mind and an attitude of kindness towards ourselves and others.

Each session starts with mindful self-compassion activity before delving into the topic of the day. While specific mindfulness practices have been selected, each session will also be built upon the interests and needs of those present for the session. We will apply mindfulness and self-compassion to workplace and relationship issues raised by those in attendance.

Drop in for whatever sessions meet your interest or schedule, and join us for a time of calm and kindness. Learn how to be kind to yourself.

September 20:  Self-Compassion Practice: Acknowledgment, Release, and Kindness
September 27:  Acknowledgment: Witnessing my Experience of Thoughts, Feelings, and Body
October 4:  Release: Observing and Letting Go of Judging my Thoughts, Feelings, and Body
October 11:  Kindness: Bringing Good Will to My Thoughts, Feelings, and Body
October 18:  Practicing Self-Compassion Styles
October 25:  Practicing Self-Compassion Styles
November 1:  Practicing Self-Compassion Styles

RSVP to 231-591-3826 or fctl@ferris.edu to register for this session.

If you have a disability and require accommodation to participate in this event, please contact Laurie Daniels, Secretary III, at (231)591-2440 or LaurieDaniels@ferris.edu to request accommodations at least 72 hours in advance. 

 

Laurie Daniels
Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning
Retention and Student Success
Ferris State University
1010 Campus Drive, FLITE 408B
Big Rapids, MI  49307
231-591-2440
231-591-2914 fax
LaurieDaniels@ferris.edu
www.ferris.edu/fctl

 

Changsha Social Work College

Sinc e the Fall of 2012, Ferris State has hosted four groups of faculty and staff from Changsha Social Work College (CSWC) in Hunan Province, China for 12-week professional development programs. The programs are designed to provide faculty and staff at Chinese higher vocational colleges (community college equivalents) opportunities to advance their teaching skills and knowledge, as well as experience American culture and improve their English skills. This fall, FSU will host two groups of faculty and staff from the CSWC College of Business for three-week academic exchange programs. The first group will be at Ferris from September 24 to October 14 and the second group from November 26 to December 16. The theme for the programs is Program Development and Talent Cultivation in the College of Business.

To maximize and enrich our Chinese colleagues' learning and experience, weekday sessions will include presentations, discussions, applied thinking, case analyses, and other activities. To further enhance the exchange and learning experience, certain days will involve observations of classes at Ferris.

We invite FSU faculty and staff to consider participating in the program by leading one or more topical sessions focused on teaching and learning or inviting faculty to sit in on a class that you teach. If you are interested in participating, please contact FCTL by phone at (231) 591-3826 or e-mail at fctl@ferris.edu or Bob Ewigleben by phone at (231) 591-3650 or e-mail at robertewigleben@ferris.edu.

If you have a disability and require accommodation to participate in this event, please contact Laurie Daniels, Secretary III, at (231)591-2440 or LaurieDaniels@ferris.edu to request accommodations at least 72 hours in advance. 

 

Laurie Daniels
Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning
Retention and Student Success
Ferris State University
1010 Campus Drive, FLITE 408B
Big Rapids, MI  49307
231-591-2440
231-591-2914 fax
LaurieDaniels@ferris.edu
www.ferris.edu/fctl

 

Bulldog Weekends

Here is some info on the great activities this weekend.  Remember that faculty and staff are welcome and encouraged to attend!

Friday 9/15
Women’s Golf hosts Bulldog Invitational
Located at Katke Golf Course

4:00 PM
Women’s Soccer hosts Tiffin
Located at FSU Soccer Field

6:00 PM—7:45 PM
“Black in Latin America” - Film Screening
Located in IRC Room 120
Join the Hispanic Student Organization and the Black Student Union as we screen "Black in Latin America" as part of the Latinx film series. All are welcome to join.

8:00 PM—11:00 PM
Game Night Extravaganza
Located in CLACS Office Lobby, UCB 121
Come dominate in Mario Kart or Super Smash Bros on the Wii U, or play a friendly game of Uno or Sorry! Many other games will be provided, but we encourage participants to bring their own board games as well.

7:30 PM—9:00 PM
Rx Glow Run—5K Run/Walk
Located at Hemlock Park
Hosted by the National Community Pharmacists Association, who will be donating all proceeds to the Hope House Free Medical Clinic in Big Rapids. The entry fee is $20, which includes entry to the race, glow sticks and a raffle ticket.
Register at https://squareup.com/store/NCPAFSU or at the Hemlock Park Pavilion prior to the race. 

10:00 PM—2:00 AM
Ice Breaker: hosted by Black Greek Council
Located in Wink Arena
Cost of Entry: $10             Greek Discount: $5
Inflation at 11 PM            Doors close at 1 AM
Open to all Ferris Students to come party with Black Greek Council!

Saturday 9/16
Women’s Golf hosts
Bulldog Invitational
Located at Katke Golf Course

7:00 PM
Bulldog Football hosts
Northern Michigan
Located at Top Taggart Field

Sunday 9/17
12:00 PM
Women’s Soccer hosts Ashland
Located at FSU Soccer Field

Ferris State University is an equal opportunity institution. For information on the University’s Policy on Non-Discrimination, visit ferris.edu/non-discrimination.

Anyone with a disability who needs special accommodations to attend the event should contact the CLACS office at 231-591– 2685 or  CLACS@ferris.edu at least 72 hours in advance. 

 

Nick Smith
Coordinator of Activities
Center for Leadership, Activities and Career Services
Ferris State University
(231) 591-2140

 

Step Up Wall
 

Step Up. is starting out the year strong and encouraging our community members to be active bystanders. The Step Up. wall will be in the University Center outside the CLACS office through the end of the month. Please stop by and sign the wall pledging to be an active bystander and encourage your students to do the same.

If you are interested in having the Step Up. program present to your class or organization, please click here. For more information please visit: https://ferris.edu/step-up/

                                                                            

University-Wide Notices for 9/12/2017

 

The Silence Shoot

Jennifer Spicer
Personal Counseling Center Secretary
Ferris State University
1019 Campus Drive, BHC 210
Big Rapids, MI 49307
231.591.5968 ph
231.591.5336 fax

 

Come and join us for coffee next week, Tuesday, September 19, 2017 in UC 116 across from the University Center Starbuck’s
Brainstorm Over Brew 

The Political Engagement Project is hosting a series of coffee talks to allow you to pitch an idea or just come to talk.

We are interested in your political engagement ideas related to teaching, course development, campus events, and community engagement. Students Welcome.

If you have a disability and require accommodation to participate in this event, please contact Shana Schadler at (231) 591-3846 or ShanaSchadler@ferris.edu at least 72 hours in advance.

Ferris State University is an equal opportunity institution.  For information on the University’s Policy on Non-Discrimination, visit www.ferris.edu/non-discrimination.

 

Shana Schadler
Program Assistant ASL/EII/PEP
Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning
(231) 591-3846

 

Free Flu Shots!

Don’t miss the opportunity to get your free flu vaccine for the 2017-18 flu season! Please enter the Health Center through the main entrance. The Birkam Health Center, in conjunction with the Office of the Vice President for Administration and Finance, is offering free seasonal flu vaccine to all full-time and part-time employees. (This does NOT include student employees.)

The flu vaccine clinics will be conducted at the Birkam Health Center on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and Wednesday, October 11, 2017 from 1:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Vaccines are available while supplies last. If you are unable to attend one of the clinics, please call to schedule an appointment to receive the vaccine.

For questions regarding the FSU Employee Flu clinic please call the Birkam Health Center at extension 2614. 

Anyone with a disability who needs special accommodations should call 231-591-2614.

 

FREE medium one topping pizza from Jet's

Here is a special note from Jenny Lamberts, PhD, Kappa Psi, Health Care Management and Phi Lambda Sigma Pharmacy Honor Society …

Every two seconds, someone needs blood- and someday it could be you, or someone you love.  To make sure area hospitals have enough blood for everyone who needs it, Michigan Blood needs to collect 2,400 blood donations every week, year round.  Kappa Psi, Health Care Management Association, and Phi Lambda Sigma Pharmacy Honor Society are helping to meet this need by sponsoring a blood drive, but we cannot do it without you! 

            Michigan Blood Drive

            Thursday, September 21st

            9 am to 4:30 pm

            FLITE- Room 408 and 446

Everyone who donates will receive a voucher for one FREE medium one topping pizza from Jet’s Pizza, and we will approve service hours for donating as well.  Just think, for less than one hour of your time, you could save up to 3 lives!  To be somebody who saves lives, follow the link below:

1.       https://donate.miblood.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/101265  

2.       Next you will see Appointment Slots, click one that will work with your schedule

3.       Finally, schedule your appointment as a returning donor or a New/guest donor. You will get a confirmation of your appointment sent to the email that you provide

Also, see our Michigan Blood sign-up table in the entrance of FLITE on Friday, September 14th from 12-4pm or in the University Center on September 19th from 10am-1pm for more information or if you would like to sign up in person. 

Regardless of whether or not you think you can give blood for any reason, please schedule an appointment and we will deem whether you are eligible to give blood.  Whether you can or can’t, you will receive the voucher for the FREE medium one topping Jet’s Pizza just for your time.

Please note, if the website says you are unable to make an appointment, more than likely it is because all the time slots have been filled.  This does NOT mean you cannot give blood.  If this happens please stop in at any time on September 21st as your schedule allows, however it may take a few extra minutes to get you registered and ready to donate.


Contact Kara VanderKallen at vandek34@ferris.edu or Megan Hurst at hurstm5@ferris.edu for more information.

 

Ongoing Scam Targeting Students

There is an ongoing scam that has once again targeted some of our students. This scam begins with a phone call from someone who claims to be from the FBI, and often times, the phone number on the caller ID will be an actual FBI number. The caller advised that there is a warrant out for their arrest, and if the student does not pay the “bond” money, they will come to arrest the student, or in some cases, the student will lose their financial aid. The scammer often advises that the reason for the warrant is because they did not file a tax form, or filed it incorrectly.

This is always a scam! Law enforcement will never call and ask for money to be sent or wired to avoid arrest. If any of our students receive this call, advise them to hang up immediately, and never send money.

 

Bruce W. Borkovich
Director, Department of Public Safety
Ferris State University
1319 Cramer Circle
Big Rapids, MI 49307
231-591-5000

 

Notice - Former Employee

The Office of the President has been informed of the death of Dr. Merton Powell, at age 92, on September 9, 2017. Mert was an associate professor in the School of Business from 1979 until his retirement in 1995.

Services will be held 11 am Saturday, September 16, at Calvary Church, 707 East Beltline NE, with Pastor Joshua Mateer officiating. Interment in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Mert may be made to Faith Hospice. The family will greet visitors on Friday from 6 - 8 pm at Stroo Funeral Home and Saturday, prior to the service from 10 - 11 am at the church.

 

Please feel free to leave a memory at http://obits.mlive.com/obituaries/grandrapids/obituary.aspx?n=merton-e-powell&pid=186626927

 

Notice - Former Employee

The Office of the President has been informed of the death of former employee, Charles Brantman, at age 65, on September 9, 2017. Charles was employed as a custodian in our Physical Plant Department from 1987 until his retirement in 2010.

There will be no public services. Those wishing to make a memorial contribution may do so to the Lemmen-Holton Cancer Pavilion in honor of Chuck & Earlaine Brantman. You can share a memory or condolence at http://www.daggettgilbertfuneralhome.com/sitemaker/sites/DAGGET1/obit.cgi?user=99479430_CBrantman

 

Proposed Business Policy: Use of Electronic and Information Technology Accessibility Policy

The following proposed Business Policy:  Use of Electronic and Information Technology Accessibility Policy is posted on the University Policies webpage for review and comment.  Click here to view the policy. 

You have the ability to send your feedback by clicking on the PolicyComment.link on the webpage.

 

Jody L. Greco
Governmental Relations Assistant
Governmental Relations and General Counsel
Ferris State University
120 E Cedar St., MCK
Big Rapids MI  49307
Phone: 231-591-3894; Fax: 231-591-2086
JodyGreco@ferris.edu

 

 

University-Wide Notices for 9/11/17

 

The College of Business Monthly Colloquium Invites you to Attend:

Horizontal Drilling, Hydraulic Fracturing, and Our Ground Water
Thursday September 14, 2017 @ 11:00 am @ BUS 310

Mark Brandly
Professor of Economics
Management Department
College of Business
Ferris State University

 

Synopsis:  There are tremendous economic benefits of hydraulic fracturing (fracking). Negative environmental effects are the greatest arguments against fracking. In this presentation, I examine how the engineering practices in the oil and gas industry combined with state regulations affect our drinking water. 

 

Note: Anyone with a disability that needs special accommodations to attend this event should contact (231) 591-3166 at least 72 hours in advance.

http://www.ferris.edu/htmls/mytechsupport/policyandprocedures/UWNProcedure.htm

 

Elies Kouider, PhD
Business Data Analytics program Coordinator
Marketing Department
College of Business
Ferris State University

 

Strategies for Your Educational Success

Educational Counseling and Disability Services (ECDS) will be hosting many sessions this semester on Strategies for Your Educational Success. The services offered include a short workshop where students complete assessments and then they make an appointment with one of our counselors. 

An ECDS counselor will work with the student to: identify skills and strategies to help with academic goals; construct an academic success plan; identify barriers interfering with academic success; learn about other support services available to students; and counsel students through test anxiety, on their study skills, and with any other school hurdles. 

We ask that Faculty and Staff post the following information for your students and refer any students who are in need of or are interested in improving their GPA. If you would like any printed flyers, please contact us at ecds@ferris.edu.  ECDS also provides career counseling and disability services.

Need to Boost Your GPA?
Come to:
STRATEGIES FOR YOUR EDUCATIONAL SUCCESS

What you get:
At your session, you will be asked to complete two assessments. After that, you will set up your personal educational counseling appointment with one of our licensed professional counselors. 

When and Where:  Starr 322 at 11:00 am

ATTEND A SESSION ON ONE OF THE FOLLOWING DATES:

Tuesday, September 12 or Thursday, September 14
Tuesday, September 19 or Thursday, September 21
Tuesday, October 10 or Thursday, October 12
Tuesday, October 17 or Thursday, October 19
Tuesday, October 24 or Thursday, October 26

Your educational counselor will help you to:
identify your strengths, skills and strategies to help you achieve your academic goals; explore other Ferris support services and resources; identify any barriers that are interfering with your academic progress; and construct your academic success plan.

Please Contact ECDS for any special accommodations or questions at least 72 hours in advance at: 231.591.3057 / ecds@ferris.edu 

Ferris State University is an equal opportunity institution. For information on the University’s Policy on Non-Discrimination, visit www.ferris.edu/non-discrimination.

 

Cindy Smith, MA, LLPC
Educational and Career Counselor / Assistant Professor
901 S. State Street, Starr 321
Big Rapids, MI 49307
CindySmith@ferris.edu / 231-591-3058

 

Professional Development Grants - Cycle 3 

The Professional Development Committee is currently accepting applications for the final period for the 16-17 funding cycle. 

Professional development consists of engaging in planned learning activities designed to maintain and advance faculty members’ competence within their respective disciplines. This grant is intended to encourage and support faculty in their pursuit of professional development.  The types of proposals that are encouraged are those that:

  1. Increase faculty competence by acquiring new teaching/counseling skills, updating instructional/counseling techniques, or pursuing recent advances in a discipline.
  2. Develop or implement and evaluate innovative or alternate approaches to classroom instruction or counseling.
  3. Develop disciplinary skills or strategies to enhance faculty/student collaborations.
  4. Involve collaborative efforts within or across academic disciplines.

Proposals are due on September 15th, 2017 by 4 PM. They should be delivered to Sylvia Maixner at CSS 208A, or e-mailed to sylviamaixner@ferris.edu

For more information regarding Professional Development Proposals, please visit the following site: https://ferris.edu/HTMLS/administration/academicaffairs/vpoffice/senate/profdevcomm/homepage.htm

For any other questions, please contact Sylvia Maixner.


Sylvia Maixner
Academic Senate and Arts and Lecture Administrative Assistant
231-591-3626

 

Beyond the Classroom: Building an International Summer School at Ferris State

About: The Office of International Education, in collaboration with its international partner universities, is developing an International Summer School (ISS) program that will commence in Summer 2018. We are inviting all faculty – tenured, tenure-track, and non-tenure track alike – who wish to develop and teach study abroad courses in Summer 2018 or later that are part of this summer school to participate in this two-semester faculty learning community. For the inaugural cycle, ISS courses will be held at partner universities in Japan, China, Malaysia, Italy, and Spain.

Participants in the faculty learning community will, in Fall 2017, learn about the partner universities, and processes and procedures for offering study abroad courses as part of ISS. We will focus on the preliminary steps for developing a study abroad program, including risk management, budgeting, student recruitment, and the procedural steps at Ferris State. In Spring 2018, we will design our study abroad courses using a course design framework that, among other considerations, links specific course learning outcomes to the unique opportunities available at the partner institution. The final products of this learning community will be a comprehensive logistics-related planning document and a course design that maximizes the richness of the study abroad experience.

ISS offers Ferris faculty the opportunity to contribute to students’ growth as global citizens.  As such, faculty will also participate in a common research effort that seeks to understand the impact of ISS on aspects of students’ global awareness. Developing a proceedings publication and/or a poster for campus-wide presentation will also be a product of this learning community.

Facilitators: Piram Prakasam and William Sartore, with assistance from FCTL staff and other guest speakers.

Logistics: Meeting dates and times will be determined based on the schedules of interested participants. There will be 6 sessions in Fall 2017 and 4 in Spring 2018; each session is 90 minutes.

Professional Development Incentive:  Faculty who fully participate and produce the planning document and course design described above, and contribute to the proceedings publication and/or poster presentation are eligible to receive a $600 Professional Development Incentive.

For faculty who are interested, please contact the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning at fctl@ferris.edu or 231-591-3826 to obtain an application.

 

If you have a disability and require accommodation to participate in this event, please contact Laurie Daniels, Secretary III, at (231)591-2440 or LaurieDaniels@ferris.edu to request accommodations at least 72 hours in advance. 

 

Laurie Daniels
Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning
Retention and Student Success
Ferris State University
1010 Campus Drive, FLITE 408B
Big Rapids, MI  49307
231-591-2440
231-591-2914 fax
LaurieDaniels@ferris.edu
www.ferris.edu/fctl

 

Save the Date: The 18th Annual Vendor Show

Ferris State University Presents the 18th Annual Vendor Show 

Please save the date for a meet and greet opportunity for faculty and staff to meet FSU’s vendors! 

Thursday, September 21st, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Location: University Center 

Brought to you by the Ferris State University Purchasing Department

Contact the Purchasing Department at (231) 591-2165 or PurchasingDepartment@ferris.edu with your Vendor Show questions. 

Anyone with a disability who needs special accommodations to attend this even should call (231) 591-2165 at least 72 hours in advance.

 

Shoah: Genocide Education

SHOAH: GENOCIDE EDUCATION
HOW TO INCORPORATE THE SHOAH VISUAL HISTORY ARCHIVE INTO YOUR COURSES

All faculty – non-tenure track, tenure track, and tenured alike – are invited to participate in this 3-semester faculty learning community. 

In Fall 2017, participants will explore the workings of the Shoah Visual History Archive and learn how to search and locate content. In Spring 2018, we will develop detailed plans for integrating the Archive into our courses, and in Summer or Fall 2018, we will implement the plans and assess the impact of the experience on students. We plan to utilize a cohort of faculty who attended the Shoah Summer Training Institute, as well as outside experts to help faculty interested in utilizing this extremely valuable educational tool. To cap the experience, participants will be invited to travel together to Detroit for a specially organized visit to the Detroit Holocaust Museum where we hope to meet with Mickey Shapiro, whose generosity has made this acquisition possible.

An $800 Professional Development Incentive is available to faculty who fully participate in all three semesters of the learning community, and submit a Curriculum Plan in Spring 2018 and Implementation and Assessment Summary in Summer or Fall 2018 (depending on when you teach the course). 

Please contact FCTL by September 27, 2017 at fctl@ferris.edu or 231.591.3826 to register to participate in this learning community. The learning community will begin in early- to mid-October; meeting dates and times will be determined based on participants’ schedules.

To learn more about the Shoah Visual History Archive, please visit http://vha.usc.edu/about/archive

If you have a disability and require accommodation to participate in this event, please contact Laurie Daniels, Secretary III, at (231)591-2440 or LaurieDaniels@ferris.edu to request accommodations at least 72 hours in advance. 

 

Laurie Daniels
Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning
Retention and Student Success
Ferris State University
1010 Campus Drive, FLITE 408B
Big Rapids, MI  49307
231-591-2440
231-591-2914 fax
LaurieDaniels@ferris.edu
www.ferris.edu/fctl

 

Dr. Piram Prakasam Formally Assumes Full-time Responsibilities as Executive Director of Office of International Education

Academic Affairs is pleased to announce that Dr. Piram Prakasam has accepted an administrative post as the Executive Director of the Office of International Education (OIE). This move provides stability in the unit and allows the faculty position that he has held throughout his tenure with OIE to return to the College of Arts and Sciences.

We are most appreciative of Piram’s leadership as well as the concerted effort of the faculty and staff in the OIE to make our University a diverse and inclusive place for international students. We applaud their collaborative work across campus to expand global opportunities for faculty, staff, and students. Please join us in wishing the OIE even greater success in this new academic year.


Carrie Franklund | Academic Communication and Events Coordinator
Ferris State University | Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
1201 S. State St. - CSS 310C | Big Rapids, MI 49307
(231) 591-3534 office - (231) 591-3592 fax | Academic Affairs website

 

Priority Health Plan Members Learning Opportunity 

Attention Priority Health Plan Members:
Do you want to learn more about your benefits and how to utilize them?  Of course you do, who doesn’t like saving money! 

On September 20th, 2017, you will have an opportunity to attend a health plan education session hosted by HR and presented by Advantage Benefits Group (ABG).  During this session ABG will cover MedTipster Free Rx benefits, MedNow, Priority Health Rewards, HSA utilization, general dental and vision plan information and other helpful benefit information.  You will also have an opportunity to win prizes by playing Benefits Jeopardy! 

Please join us at one of the following sessions:
Wednesday - 9/20/17, 1:30pm – University Center room 203 (UCB 203)
Wednesday – 9/20/17, 3:30pm – University Center room 203 (UCB 203) 

Don’t miss this opportunity to gain valuable information about your benefits!!

 
Holly Williams | Manager of Benefits and Wellness
Ferris State University | Office of Human Resources
420 Oak Street, Prakken 150 | Big Rapids, MI 49307-2020
(231)591-2150 Office - (231)591-2978 Fax | Human Resources Web Site