Faculty/Staff Mini Grant Awardees FY09/10

Fiscal Year 2010

Grant Event Title Recipient Year Awarded
Disabilities Awareness Month Karen GreenBay 2010
The Liaison Committee for Students with Disabilities is organizing events for the Disabilities Awareness Month. The events include two nationally known speakers, Kathy Buckley and Johnny Tuitel, who will share and discuss their own experiences with disabilities. Kathy Buckley has been coined as “America’s First Hearing Impaired Comedienne, Actress, Motivational Speaker and Humanitarian.” Johnny Tuitel was born with cerebral palsy and has used a wheelchair his entire life. Mr. Tuitel will discuss how he has succeeded through acceptance, self-esteem and motivation. Additionally, the committee will bring the Michigan Sled Dogs to campus. The Michigan Sled Dogs are a team of hockey players with a variety of disabilities that plays a sit down version of ice hockey; they will challenge a “celebrity” Big Rapids team at the Wink Arena. The fourth and final event is a showing of the movie, “Music Within.” This movie is the true story of Richard Pimentel and his work in Disability Employment and the Americans with Disabilities Act.The grant will fund Johnny Tuitel and Disability Movie Night. $2,850.00 Final Report
Making it in the Ad Game: How I built My Successful Career in Advertising and E- Commerce Marketing as an African-American Woman Susan Jones 2010
Ferris State University Advertising Graduate Michelle Phenix Marshall (COB, 1996) will speak at the All-Advertising/Integrated Marketing Communications Majors’ Meeting on October 5, 2010 at 11 a.m. in the IRC Auditorium. Michelle’s topic will be ”Making it in the ‘Ad Game’: How I Built My Successful Career in Advertising and E-Commerce Marketing as an African-American Woman.” This event will be mandatory for Advertising/IMC majors, and it also will be open to the entire campus community. $1,100.00 Final Report
The 2010 MLK Celebration featured Presentation “The NWC Show” Michael Wade 2010
The 2010 Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration’s theme is to focus on “The Jim Crow Era: Then and Now” in a critical reflection of its impact in society. We aim to educate the University community, through a reflection on the past, a significant examination of the present, and a collective commitment to a more inclusive community in the future.
A featured presentation of this year’s MLK Celebration is the NWC Race Show. Our overall goal in bringing the NWC Race Show to FSU is to educate the campus on the impact of hateful words, is for individuals to evaluate perceptions/stereotypes of groups in society, as well as encourage individuals to have continuous dialogue for understanding with race and ethnicity on campus.
$4,000.00 Final Report
Without Fear: Dolores Huerta talks about neighbors uniting Stephanie Thomson 2009
Dolores Huerta is one of the most prominent Chicana labor leaders in the United States and has dedicated her life to the struggle for justice and dignity. As co-founder of the United Farm Workers, Cesar E. Chavez, referred to Huerta as a women “without fear.” Today, her foundation seeks to engage women, children, and neighbors to actively seek solutions to community problems. Ferris, Big Rapids and other communities will gather to both hear Huerta and begin a dialogue on community issues and community involvement in problem solving. $1390.00 Final Report
Students With Children (SWC) Network Karen GreenBay 2009

The programming will offer activities, resources, and services for SWC’s attending Ferris including peer mentors, referrals to campus and community resources, parenting education seminars, and family friendly activities. These new efforts will be provide for first-time college students and returning and transfer students who have children.

$3753.00 Final Report
"Blood and Politics: White Nationalism and the Politics of Hate" Barry Mehler 2009
Leonard Zeskind, winner of the MacArthur Genius Award and author of Blood and Politics: The History of the White Nationalist Movement – From the Margins to the Mainstream,is currently touring the nation speaking out on the politics of hate. The single most important issue that has brought white nationalists from the margins into the mainstream, according to Leonard Zeskind, has been the debate over immigration and “illegal aliens.” Zeskind’s new book,Blood and Politics will be indispensable to Ferris’s diversity efforts; having him here to interact with our students will move us another step toward our shared vision for the future of Ferris. $3500.00 Final Report
Fred Weston – “Living with HIV” Carrie Weis 2009
Fred Weston, a Detroit native, is an artist, a Ferris Alumni and an African American living with HIV. The Rankin Art Gallery will invite Fred Weston to exhibit his artwork on our campus in an effort to showcase the work of an artist who is living with one of the most misunderstood and stereotyped diseases. $2654.00 Final Report

Fiscal Year 2009

Grant Event Title Recipient Year Awarded
2009 MLK Week Celebration at Ferris State University 2009 MLK Week Planning Committee 2009
The 4th annual MLK Week Celebration at FSU included student activities and organized events both on and off-campus, culminating in the MLK Legacy Dinner and Awards. $3,286.86 Final Report
Baldwin After-School Mathematics Tutoring Program Mary Forintos 2009
The Baldwin After-School Tutoring Program links Ferris students who are pre-service mathematics teachers with Baldwin elementary and high school students who need assistance with their study of mathematics. $3,750.00 Final Report
Critical Encounters with Globalization: a Colloquium Series Piram Prakasam 2009
The Colloquium Series will invite two speakers to inform Ferris students and the larger community about the role diversity plays in two contrasting economies: the European Union and India. $4,000.00 Final Report
EYE-DOC: Encouraging Youth Empowerment – Diversity in Optometry Collaborative Jim Nash 2009
EYE-DOC is a 2-day summer diversity pilot program which seeks to expose 9th-11th grade high school students from traditionally underrepresented racial and ethnic minority groups within the Grand Rapids public school system to the profession of Optometry. $4,000.00 Final Report
Love Makes a Family: Portraits of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender People and Their Families Katherine Harris 2009
Love Makes a Family is a museum-quality traveling exhibit including photographs and interviews with families that have lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) members. Through first-person accounts and positive images, this exhibit seeks to challenge and change damaging myths and stereotypes about LGBT people and their families. $4,000.00 Final Report
Raising Expectations with Raised Bed Gardens Scott Herron 2009
In the spirit of collaboration, engagement and inclusion, a group of concerned FSU community members are planning to work with the FSU Physical Plants Grounds Crew and Big Rapids Parks and Recreation Department to locate and build several wheelchair accessible raised bed garden planters for growing ornamentals and vegetables. $4,000.00 Final Report
Exploring the Seven Passages: A conversation about LGBTQ spirituality Mike Berghoef 2009
This student event will address the complex issues facing individuals who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) in regard to finding a balance between their sexual orientation and spiritual beliefs. This event will provide a learning opportunity where students can engage in a discussion about current issues surrounding not only the LGBTQ community but also members of faith based communities. $2,300.00 Final Report
Tres Vidas Luzia Tartari 2009
Musical theater that celebrates the life, times and work of three legendary Latin American Women; Frida Kahlo, Alfonsina Storni, Rufina Amaya. $4,000.00 Final Report

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