Tim Skubick will speak about politics to Ferris State University faculty, staff, students and Big Rapids community members on Thursday, Oct. 16 from 7 to 8 p.m. in College of Business, Room 111.
Sponsored by Ferris’ Political Engagement Project, the event is designed to encourage students to get involved in a political process that impacts them relative to issues such as tuition costs and required courses for students.
“Tim is known statewide for 40 years of political experience,” said Richard Griffin, a professor of Political Science at Ferris. “This is a major reason why many Big Rapids community members will attend the event in addition to faculty, staff and students.”
PEP is an organization devoted to helping students become more politically active and informed. Group members have been active on campus for more than 10 years, Griffin said. Their efforts have focused on campus-wide education about political processes through guest speakers and other events.
“This is Tim’s third time speaking at Ferris,” Griffin noted. “He’s a combination of funny and insightful, which the students appreciate. We are excited he’s coming back to Ferris.”
Skubick covers the state capitol for various media outlets, including Detroit’s WWJ Newsradio 950 and the Michigan Radio Network, and writes a weekly column for several newspapers and a political blog for MLive.com. A member of the Michigan Journalism and Broadcasting halls of fame, Skubick holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Michigan State University.
“It’s Not an ‘Off Year’ Election” is the theme of PEP’s fall semester events. In addition to Skubick’s appearance, other events include a PEP Faculty Learning Community, Campus-Wide Speech Contest and an Election Day Party. PEP events are free and open to the public.