College of Arts and Sciences News


"DORM and Other Four-Letter Words" Opens March 23

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March 9, 2017

"DORM and Other Four-Letter Words," a play about college and life in general, will open at the Ferris State University Williams Auditorium on Thursday, March 23. The play is presented by FSU Theatre and is written and directed by Katherine La Pietra.

Show times:
Thursday, March 23: 7:30 p.m.
Friday, March 24: 7.30 p.m.
Saturday, March 25: 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 26: 2:30 p.m.

Ticket prices:
Students: $5
Seniors: $7
Adults: $10

Tickets can be purchased online, by telephone at (231) 591-5600, or at the Williams Auditorium box office one hour prior to the event.

Note: Anyone with a disability who needs special accommodations to attend this program must call (231) 591-3676 72 hours in advance.

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Artist Kate T. Parker to Speak at Fine Art Gallery on March 23

Strong Is the New Pretty book

March 6, 2017

Artist Kate T. Parker will visit the Ferris State University Fine Art Gallery on March 23 for an artist talk and book signing. The event will be begin at 6 p.m. in University Center 205.

Parker's collection of photographs, "Strong Is the New Pretty," is currently the featured exhibit at the Fine Art Gallery. The exhibit runs through March 31. Copies of Parker's recent publication, Strong Is the New Pretty, are currently on sale at the Art Gallery. The book includes many of the photographs on display in the Art Gallery.

About the exhibit:

“Strong Is the New Pretty” started as a personal project for Parker, a photographer and mother to two young girls. She wanted to showcase her girls as they are: loud, messy, silly, fearless, independent, confident and fierce. Through her images, she wanted to combat the messages the media sends to women and girls: that beauty is a hairstyle, a certain size or an outfit. Kate’s goal was to show that true beauty is in being yourself 100 percent. Confident is beautiful. Messy is pretty. Loud is great. Silly is awesome. Strong is the new pretty.

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

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Master of Social Work Program Achieves Full Accreditation

Wendy Samuels

February 24, 2017

The Council on Social Work Education has conferred full accreditation for the Ferris State University College of Arts and Sciences Master of Social Work program, which completes a three-year process to assure that students can be licensed as therapists and counselors.

For more details, please see the Ferris State University news story.

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