President's Message to Campus - April 1, 2019

Good News

It is a pleasure to share with you a sampling of accomplishments of our faculty, staff and students. This Good News list is compiled each month to celebrate the many good works happening at the University. Please take a few moments to read through these highlights, visit the complete Good News list online and congratulate your colleagues on their achievements.

  • Grant Snider was appointed vice president of the Michigan Philosophical Association.
  • Kristi Scholten led the FSU Debate Team in their first ever international competition, the International Forensics Association’s Speech and Debate Tournament, in Germany.
  • Rachel Foulk presented “Gardens, Families, and Boundaries: The Ara Pacis Augustae and the Tomb of Patron in Rome” at the College Art Association in New York and “Honoring the Heritage of Women’s Art” at the Ludington Area Center for the Arts.
  • Scott Cohen presented “The Community Band Movement in Valencia Spain: A 25 Year Update on Its Evolution and Impact on Society” at the College Band Directors National Association conference in Arizona.
  • The Digital Animation and Game Design program was ranked by the Princeton Review among the top 20 programs in the country for 2019.
  • More than 20 DAGD students attended the March 2019 Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. Their student project “RAD" was showcased in the Epic Games Student Showreel.
  • Jacob Pollak is now serving on the Grand Rapids Creative Chamber Council, a Michigan Economic Development Corporation funded initiative to help attract and retain talent and increase awareness of the creative industry in the region.
  • School of Digital Media students competed in the 36-Hour Film Challenge screening at the Wealthy Theatre in Grand Rapids. Their film, “Desiderium,” won the Gary Glenn Award.
  • Anuli Njoku and student Maria Alvarado presented “Fostering Inclusion and Dialogue through Faculty-Student Research on Diabetes in the Michigan Hispanic Community” at the State of Michigan Equity within the Classroom Conference.
  • Jenny Lamberts and Eric Nybo published a research paper entitled "Integrated use of LC/MS/MS and LC/Q-TOF/MS targeted metabolomics with automated label-free microscopy for quantification of purine metabolites in cultured mammalian cells" in Purinergic Signalling.
  • Namita Giri published a review article entitled “Bilayer tablet based chronotherapeutics in the management of nocturnal asthma: an overview” in Recent Patents in Drug Delivery & Formulation.
  • Curtis Smith published a research paper entitled “Pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamics analysis of ceftazidime/avibactam in critically ill patients” in Surgical Infections.
  • Sara Bush, Sarah Hinkley, Alison Jenerou, David Damari, Michael Reger and others published “The Impact of Binocular Vision and Tracking Intervention on Academic Performance: An In-School Vision Therapy Pilot Program” in Optometry and Visual Performance.
  • Mari Kermit-Canfield and co-designer Gary Maixner of IUPUI passed an online sales goal of 400 copies of their library instruction card game Search&Destroy. It is currently being used at universities on five continents Monica Frees attended the National Association for Developmental Education conference in Georgia and received a $500 scholarship.
  • The men's golf team won the team title at the Saginaw Valley State Spring Invitational held in Kentucky and set a new record by shooting a round of 276 on the final day.
  • Heather Pavletic, Kirk Weller, Kristin Conley and Lauren Williams presented “Scalable Co-requisite Cohorts: Professionalism in Developmental Reading, Writing, and Math” at the Great Lakes Regional Student Success Conference.
  • The IT Solution Center has been reconfigured to six customer service agents concurrently to better serve the campus.
  • The Ken Janke Sr. Golf Learning Center opened on March 4. Up North Live visited campus to produce a segment showcasing this new facility.
  • The Lansing Legislative Luncheon has been rescheduled for Wednesday, May 8, at the Radisson Hotel in downtown Lansing from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Danielle Wyckoff attended the Southern Graphics International Conference in Texas where she participated in a collaborative performance and presentation entitled “Reproductive Media.”
  • KCAD Graphic Design students dominated the American Advertising Federation of West Michigan ADDY Awards, winning 40 of the 43 student awards. The KCAD Communications department won a Gold ADDY award for the KCAD 90th Anniversary campaign, a Silver ADDY and Gold award from the Annual Educational Advertising Awards for the undergraduate view book, and a Merit award for the “Influence” Commencement 2018 and 90th Anniversary campaign from the HOW International Design Awards.
  • The Michigan Film and Digital Media Office pledged $5,000 to UICA in support of the 2019-2020 season of Open Projector Night. This presents the work of local, regional and national filmmakers with a connection to Michigan.
  • Kaitlin Zies and Kylie Piette facilitated nine trainings reaching more than 120 students, faculty and staff, raising our collective knowledge of Title IX and the resources available.
  • The new online orientation system for main-campus and statewide is live and now includes single-sign on through the MyFSU student home tab.
  • The Mecosta-Osceola Intermediate School District College Fair was hosted at the University Center on March 14.
  • The Ferris State Peer Advisors for Veteran Education team was recognized as the campus of the month by the PAVE national team.
  • The Ferris Futures Scholarship Challenge has received gifts toward 265 new or existing endowments, with more than $6.68 million of new gift commitments from Ferris State University benefactors. With the match, this creates more than $13.36 million of endowed funds for the support of Ferris students. The Ferris Futures Scholarship Challenge has matched 1,738 generous donations from 434 alumni, 128 faculty/staff and 1,176 friends.
  • Last year’s Giving Day, “One Day for DAWGS,” raised about $37,000 from more than 400 donors. This year’s “One Day for DAWGS” will be held April 10.
  • In March 22 participants graduated from the Latino Business and Economic Development Center’s LEADeres program.
  • In March the Ferris Alumni Association hosted gatherings across the country at three sporting events – in Denver for hockey between the Detroit Red Wings and Colorado Avalanche; in Florida for preseason baseball between the Detroit Tigers and Tampa Bay Rays; and in Detroit for basketball between the Detroit Pistons and Chicago Bulls.
  • Ted Halm collaborated with Jeff Carney and Sandy Larie to update the Welding Engineering Technology website, the new Swan Annex laboratory spaces webpage and the Welding Engineering Technology Hall of Fame.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and a series of more than 15 events for students and members of the University community are scheduled throughout the month. These events include:

  • Wednesday, April 3, 7 p.m., UC 202ABC – Sexual Assault Awareness Presentation and Panel Discussion This five-star event features a presentation by an attorney followed by a Q&A with professionals including a sexual assault nurse examiner, Social Worker Peter Hector, DPS Director Bruce Borkovich, Title IX Coordinator Kaitlin Zies and the presenting attorney.
  • Saturday, April 6, 11:30 a.m., Hemlock Park – Walk for Violence Prevention and Awareness
  • Thursday, April 11, 6 p.m., Williams Auditorium – Can I Kiss You? This five-star event teaches consent, respect in relationships, bystander intervention and addresses sexual assault.
  • Monday, April 29, 6 p.m., UC 202A – Take Back the Night Thank you to everyone who is organizing, hosting and sponsoring these activities for our campus and Big Rapids community.

More information about these and other Sexual Assault Awareness Month events are available on the campus calendar. Please encourage your students to attend.


Over the weekend our men’s Disc Golf team, coached by Leonard Johnson, won its third national disc golf championship in Appling, Ga. Thirty-six university disc golf teams were vying for the title, and while the competition was tough, our team persevered through the wooded course winning by three strokes. The 2nd Flight Team also won, with the 1st Flight finishing second, and the women’s team finishing 4th in the nation. Congratulations to all team members and Coach Johnson for these impressive wins and performance. The disc golf team previously won the national championship in 2015 and 2017.

With piles of snow still around campus, last week our football team began spring practice. The team begins their 111th season of competition this fall with their sights set on making a sixth consecutive trip to the NCAA Division II Playoffs after reaching the final eight of the NCAA Playoffs each of the past three years, including a national semifinal berth in 2016 and the national title game appearance in 2018. The team’s practices lead up to the annual Crimson and Gold Spring Game scheduled for Saturday, April 27, at Top Taggart Field with a noon kickoff.

Perhaps last week you saw basketball standout Zach Hankins playing for Xavier against the University of Texas in the National Invitation Tournament semifinal game. Just a year ago at this time we were celebrating our national championship basketball victory in South Dakota. The memory of that day, and the excitement and proud feeling to be a Bulldog, are proud memories. Our coaches and student-athletes have had extraordinary success over the past few years, which reflects excellence and dedication of our coaches and student-athletes. It is exciting to see this success in many of our athletic programs, and I look forward to their future success. They work extremely hard all year long, in the classroom and in their respective sports, and we are very proud of them.

David L. Eisler, president