Faculty/Staff Mini Grant Awardees FY11/12

Fiscal Year 2012

Grant Event Title Recipient Year Awarded
Inclusive Health and Wellness Cindy Vandersloot 2012
To ensure that Ferris State University is contemporary and welcoming for all students and users of the Student Recreation Center, and consistent with the principles of Universal Design, accessible exercise equipment is needed to provide a physical activity experience to our underserved population of students with disabilities. This project will evidence our institutional commitment to the diversity of its students, faculty/staff, and Ferris community population. $5,000.00 Final Report
FSU Chinese New Year Celebration Randy Groves 2011
As part of a larger project to make Ferris Students more aware of Chinese culture, politics and economics we have planned a Chinese New Year celebration and teach-in. The New Year’s Celebration highlights primarily Chinese music, dance, artwork (both ancient and modern), and food all prepared by students and members of the Ferris community. The teach-in will focus on how Chinese culture has become a significant influence on American culture, especially, the effects on our domestic life, foreign policy, and economic existence. The Chinese New Year Celebration is an excellent way to increase student awareness of Chinese practices and the role that modern China has on the world stage. $2,100.00 Final Report
The Sports Communication program "Sports Speakers Series" Sandy Alspach 2011
The Sports Communication program brings together a collaborative effort among four Colleges and University support services including Career Services and the Office of Multicultural Student Services to prepare Ferris State University students for careers in the rapidly-expanding sports industry. Drea Avent, a graduate of Cal State Long Beach’s broadcasting program, is a woman of color who has moved into a high profile position as a sports reporter._ Her story demonstrates for Ferris students, and the community, the importance of good academic preparation and determination to seize opportunities to succeed in their chosen career field. $2,300.00 Final Report
Telling your story through ALICE Dan Tuuri 2011
This pilot initiative will introduce middle school girls to computer programming through the concept of storytelling. Traditionally this is an under represented population in computer careers nationally. $3,000.00 Final Report
Diversity in Action: A Mobile Social Network and Video Game Platform Debbie Dawson 2011
Diversity in Action (DIA) is a mobile video game platform that targets both mainstream and under-represented students. Available on iPhone, iPad, Mac, PC or on the web, this free-to-play action packed 3D video game allows players to ride the "Big Rapids" while learning about diversity and inclusion through embedded video and game play content. The focus of the initial game will be in three program areas in the College of Engineering Technology. As a long-term plan, the DIA platform must have the flexibility to evolve. Provisions to expand game content to other areas of the university and the ability to link game play to social network features will be included in the initial DIA design. The game itself, " Big Rapids River Run" - An immersive Virtual World, requires students to master river tubing through a maze of progressively more difficult 3D rapids courses on the virtual Ferris State University campus. Embedded within each path, YouTube style "Diversity in Action" clips expose students to various programs while demonstrating diversity and inclusion. A prize is also implanted in each diversity video allowing players to register on the FSU website to access new game levels and prizes. $5,000.00 Final Report

Fiscal Year 2011

Grant Event Title Recipient Year Awarded
Put This On The Map Mike Berghoef 2011
The event entitled "Put This On The Map" includes a three-part presentation that examines how twenty-six young people exercise courage in creating social change in Seattle. In confronting bullying and other acts of violence, these young people chronicle the movement from fear and social isolation to fearlessness and liberation. The first part of the presentation consists of educational roundtable by the filmmakers and some of the film's participants to discuss the history of making the film and the grass roots movement that resulted in a candid evaluation of the school, family, and community experiences of queer youth. The second part of the presentation consists of a 34-minute documentary film that reveals how young activist voices and conversations about intersecting identities and popular culture result in systemic change. Part three of the presentation - the talk back session - seeks to steer the conversation beyond the symptom of bullying, to address systemic issues and deeper beliefs about gender and sexuality that impact queer/trans youth. $1,444.85 Final Report
SWC Tour of Museums Karen GreenBay 2011
University College and the Students with Children program are pleased to request a diversity mini grant for Ferris students and their families to enhance their education via a “Tour of Museums”. The growing number of underserved college students with children has inspired University College to seek, identify, and support the needs of this population. Funding for this event will allow participants to engage in a cohesive series of group learning experiences that will increase awareness of historical landmarks and scientific phenomena, and introduce museum learning to families so they may explore more museums in the future. The museums selected are located in Big Rapids and surrounding cities in Michigan; with the conclusion of the tour being hosted at the Adler Planetarium and the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, Illinois. The Chicago museum tour will be an overnight experience to spend quality time at two of the largest museums in our region. $5,000.00 Final Report
Spiritual Expo Fair Nick Campau 2011
The Spiritual Exploration Fair is designed to help Ferris State University students enhance their spiritual development. This event will be set up as resource fair with tables being hosted by spiritual RSO’s, local spiritual centers/places of worship, and underrepresented spiritual centers/places of worship from outside of Big Rapids. $533.00 Final Report
Using Our Skills to Help Countries in Need: Training African Rats as Life-savers in Africa Jeff Nagelbush 2011
Dr. Alan D. Poling, a psychologist from Western Michigan University, uses psychological learning technology to train African pouched rats (who are bigger than many squirrels) to detect land mines and tuberculosis bacteria. Working for APOPO, a non-governmental organization headquartered in Tanzania, Dr. Poling has been working to improve the training and evaluate the success of rats to detect the existence of land mines so that they can be neutralized. He is also evaluating the ability of these large rats to detect the tuberculosis bacterium quicker and more accurately than microscopy. Dr. Poling will describe his work in his presentation. Besides the interesting content, his work reveals how information our students learn in our classes can be used to help others here and abroad. He also is an example of someone who has been willing to go to remote and dangerous places to help make the world better. $1,180.00 Final Report
Diversity Training for FLITE Employees Mari Kermit-Canfield 2011
Dr. David Pilgrim will present the internationally renowned OUCH - That Stereotype Hurts diversity training program to FLITE Library's staff in Summer 2011. A follow-up discussion will be held in Fall 2011. $974.38 Final Report
Sexual and Relationship Violence Awareness Week: Shattering the Silence Kristen Norton 2010
Angela Rose's decade of work on the issue of sexual violence has made her a highly-respected, engaging speaker and expert on sexual assault and violence prevention. She is also widely recognized as an advocate for survivor empowerment. Angela's efforts have been profiled by CNN, The Today Show, TIME Magazine, The Montel Williams Show, The John Walsh Show, CosmoGirl, Girl's Life magazine and in newspapers nationwide. $4,185.00 Final Report
IT Instructional Video Narrated in Native Languages of Students in FSU Intensive English Program Jody Gardei 2010
Incoming international students enrolled in the Intensive English Program require a way to effectively learn how to use Ferris State University's MyFSU portal, email account, and FerrisConnect in order to be successful at the university. ITS and the Office of International Education would like to collaborate and provide a video for these students narrated in their native language to assist them with their transition to Ferris. The video could be reused with new narration as necessary in the native language of the students requiring assistance, assuming Ferris has a student available that is both fluent in English and that language. $275.00 Final Report
STEP AFRIKA! Michael Wade 2010
Step Afrika! is the only professional dance company in the world dedicated to the tradition of stepping. Founded in December 1994, the company is critically acclaimed for its efforts to promote an understanding of and appreciation for stepping and the tradition’s use as an educational tool for young people worldwide. $5,000.00 Final Report
OSU Alumni Club, FSU-GR, KCAD, GRCC, GVSU presentation of THEM-Images of Separation Dawn Schavey 2010
OSU Alumni Club partnered with Ferris State University Grand Rapids (FSUGR), Kendall College of Art and Design (KCAD), and Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) and Grand Valley State University (GVSU) to bring to Grand Rapids a traveling exhibit; "THEM - Images of Separation." This exhibit includes 35 separate framed pieces that illustrate some of the most sensitive and contentious cultural issues of our time. Our group cares about making an impact on the sensitivity and diverse understanding of students and community members. With the increasing numbers of hate crimes and hate groups we feel that this is an important topic that impacts us globally, nationally and locally. We believe that by working with other educational institutions, we can foster intellectual explorations that will lead to improved attitudes about individuals and groups that differ from our own. Through the traveling pieces of the Jim Crow Museum we can provide an innovative way of presenting objects of intolerance to teach tolerance. $2,000.00 Final Report
Out and About: Examining Gay Life in Small Town America Mischelle Stone 2010
The event entitled "Out and About: Examining Gay Life in Small Town America" is a three-part film series that examines small-town life for members of the LGBT population. Each of the films chronicles the real life experiences of individuals living in small towns in America. Though different in their make-up and focus, each of the films fits within the overarching theme of the challenges that members of the LBGT face in coming to terms with their own sexual nature and the rejection of friends, families, and community members. Further, it examines the ways in which members of the LBGT community deal with this rejection. $2,629.00 Final Report
The Black Jews Dialogs Bruce Dilg 2010
What's so funny about two American minorities that have slavery, the KKK, and chicken livers in common? That's what you'll find out in this extraordinary two-actor play on the history and absurdity of prejudice and racism within the context of the American Black-Jew experience. The Black Jew Dialogs combines fast-paced sketches, improvisations, and multi-media to create a show that has gained praise across the U.S. and the U.K. $2,362.00 Final Report
Relating to and Caring for People from Diverse Cultures Margaret Lyons 2010
According to Dr. Oosterwal’s presentation description, the program will be two-fold: “ The first will focus on the ways people from diverse cultures consider disease, experience and respond to pain, see body image, try to understand the causes of disease and death, consider the best treatments, relate to medications and foods, expect of bedside manners, relate to care givers, see the role of family, deal with pregnancy and parenting, and other factors involved in the experience of illness. The second part of the program will focus on the issue of cross-cultural communication. Comparisons will be made between our American (and mostly Western) ways and those of other cultures and religions.”Dr. Oosterwal will be invited to speak with students and faculty from Allied Health, Optometry and Pharmacy. $1,300.00 Final Report
The Tombstone Project Bonnie Wright/Michael Wade 2010
The Tombstone Project is a graphic display recording the stories of individuals who lost their lives in Michigan during the past year due to domestic violence. The display is accompanied by a panel presentation that is designed to educate proactive responses toward domestic violence across professions that Ferris students are preparing to enter after graduation. For a three week period, the campus community will see artistic renderings of tombstones, set up in the quad, bearing the date of birth, date of death, gender, and an excerpt from the police report describing the cause of the victim’s death. At the end of this three week period, a panel of campus professionals will speak shortly on ways that domestic violence is proactively treated in medical fields, criminal justice professions, and education. $844.75 Final Report

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