2018 Alumni Success Stories

Khalid el-Hakim Alumnus Brings Black History 101 Mobile Museum to Ferris
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The founder and curator of the Black History 101 Mobile Museum recently brought his newest exhibit to the University Center as Ferris State University opened its 2018 Black History Month Celebration with that display and a presentation by Ferris alumnus Khalid el-Hakim.

Adam Stirn Alumnus' Ice Expertise Leads to Opportunity as Zamboni Driver at Olympic Hockey Venue
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In what he described as a “perfect storm” of circumstances, Ferris State University alumnus and Big Rapids native Adam Stirn operated a Zamboni in Gangneung, South Korea as part of a team of six ice technicians who were selected to work at the hockey venue for the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

Kevin McDermott Photographer McDermott Receives Inaugural ‘Friend of the Torch’ Award
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An alumnus of Ferris State University’s Marketing program has been named the first “Friend of the Torch,” as the staff of the award-winning student newspaper created the honor to express its thanks for photographer Kevin McDermott’s contributions to its publication and coverage abilities.

Larry Johnson Criminal Justice Master of Administration Alumnus Begins Service on School Safety Task Force
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Larry Johnson. a 2010 graduate of Ferris State University’s Master of Criminal Justice Police Administration, joined with Michigan State Police Director Kriste Kibbey Etue and nine other initial appointees to form the School Safety Task Force.

Jon Mandrell DCCL Alumnus Mandrell Named President at Tennessee College of Applied Technology
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Jon Mandrell, a graduate of Ferris State University's Doctorate in Community College Leadership program, has assumed the presidency of the Tennessee College of Applied Technology, based in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

Kimberly Koster Criminal Justice Administration Master of Science Alumna Named Wyoming’s First Female DPS Director
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Kimberly Koster, who earned her Criminal Justice Administration Master of Science degree from Ferris State University in 2005, has become the first woman to serve as the city of Wyoming's chief of police and fire services.

Kevin Salter Criminal Justice Alumnus Embraces Leadership Role with Flint Township Police Department
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1993 Criminal Justice alumnus Kevin Salter is on familiar ground as he continues his law enforcement career as police chief with the Flint Township Police Department.

Torch Kari Sederburg and Kurt Hofman Appointed to Ferris Board of Trustees
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Alumni Kari Sederburg and Kurt Hofman have been appointed to the Ferris State University Board of Trustees, bringing a broad range of firsthand experiences to the Board about the difference a Ferris education can make for students and their futures.

Becky Oldani Becky Oldani Promoted to Director of Food and Beverage at the JW Marriott Grand Rapids
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JW Marriott Grand Rapids has promoted Ferris State University alumna Becky Oldani from general manager of Ruth’s Chris Steak House Grand Rapids to director of food and beverage for the hotel.

Gerald Vincke Former Torch Editor Gerald Vincke Named Bishop of Catholic Diocese in Salina, Kansas
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Gerald Vincke, who was recently installed as bishop of the Salina, Kansas diocese of the Catholic Church, said even during his earliest pursuits as a student at Ferris State University there was a foretaste of what would become his life’s calling.