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September 2018

Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018

Ferris State University provides training for Reed City Group

Reed City Group, a turn-key injection molding company in Reed City just completed extensive training from members of Ferris State University’s corporate and professional developmental department. Reed City Group employees learned the basics of plastic materials, injection molds, injection molding machines, and identifying plastic part defects. “The Reed City Group employees engaged in numerous activities and should be proud of their accomplishments as a result of completing this rigorous training,” FSU professor in the plastics and rubber department and trainer for this course said. “Their newly acquired understanding of technologies and processes will result in improved quality and productivity.”

For more information visit the Big Rapids Pioneer.

Friday, Sept. 21, 2018

Welding and Manufacturing Programs at Ferris State University

Ferris State University is home of a nationally recognized Welding Engineering Technology program. This program is the largest of its kind nationally and FSU is the only university in Michigan that offers a Welding Engineering Technology program. The program has been around since 1984 and teaches welding skill development, inspection, mechanical testing, robotics and laser processing, resistance welding and material preparation and fabrication. This fall FSU finished a $31.6 million expansion of the Swan building in hopes of providing students with even more opportunities.

To read more visit the Tri-County Times.

Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018

‘Full House’ actor Dave Coulier to perform at Ferris State

Ferris State University will be hosting comedian Dave Coulier on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 8 p.m. This is one of the main homecoming events FSU will be putting on this year. "We asked them to help us structure the pursuit of a comedian, and he was among the name acts that were offered to students," homecoming comedian Ciara Kibby said in a statement. "We are happy to be able to select and bring on a performer of his caliber." Tickets went on sale on Sept. 4 and are $10 each.

To read more visit MLive.com.

Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018

College of Business’ Committee on Inclusion to discuss ‘Glass Ceiling’ concept on Sept. 12

Three female professionals will be coming to the Ferris State University’s University Center on Wednesday, Sept. 12. The trio will be panelists for the FSU College of Business Committee on Inclusion, “The Glass Ceiling: Imaginary or Not?” The panelists include Sue Franz, vice president of chemistry at Gentex; Michelle McHale-Adams, Plante Moran partner and noted certified fraud examiner; and Karianne Thomas, Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety director and Ferris alumna. “Our panelists are seasoned professionals who will offer their personal journeys to career success,” Assistant professor of management Catherine Browers said. “They will also address the attitudes and varied obstacles they encountered because of their gender. The committee on Inclusion is confident our audience will gain significant insight from the group we have assembled.” Seating is limited and it is encouraged that all interested register online.

To read more visit the Big Rapids Pioneer.

Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2018

Ferris State Tries to Set World Mark in Bubble Blowing

With the aid from Ferris State University’s Center for Leadership, Activities and Career Services, students set out to break the Guinness World Record for the most people blowing a bubble from bubble gum. To beat the record they had to beat the current record of 881. It will not be known for a while whether or not students made the goal, as Guinness still calculates the total number of people involved.

For more information visit the Big Rapids Pioneer.

Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018

One step closer to graduating

Four Ferris State University students received scholarships from the American Hotel and Lodging Educational Foundation (AHLEF). AHLEF gave out 420 scholarships this year and four of those were presented to FSU students. The four students that received the scholarship were Becky Pioch, Emily VanTimmeren, Keri Frahm, and Jocelyn Hernandez. “It feels great,” Hernandez said about earning the scholarship. “It’s a great honor to be one of the four selected.” These scholarships received helped to offset the expense of tuition and take a little weight off.

To read more visit the Big Rapids Pioneer.

Ferris Foundation for Excellence Benefit set for Nov. 2

The Ferris Foundation for Excellence Benefit has been supporting Ferris State University and its mission for more than 25 years now. On Nov. 2 the Ferris Foundation of Excellence Benefit will be hosting the 20th annual gala event. The event will take place at DeVos place, exhibit hall C, in Grand Rapids. This event promotes the core values of FSU as well as helps fund scholarships and merit grants. “We will be able to showcase some exciting aspects of our educational programs, as we continue the celebration with our friends and supporters in the convention center,” Carla Miller, Ferris Foundation executive director said. The evening will begin at 5 p.m. with cocktail hour and continue throughout the night from there.

To read more visit the Big Rapids Pioneer.

August 2018

Monday, Aug. 27, 2018

Police: Be prepared for more traffic, pedestrians

With the return of nearly 10,000 Ferris State University students to the city, one of the first things residents will notice is the increase in traffic. Whether it is the number of cars traveling on South State Street or students crossing the street to get from one building to another, law enforcement officials urge drivers to be more aware of their surroundings. For a community of around 10,000 residents, Big Rapids Department of Public Safety Director Jim Eddinger said there is a definite change to traffic patterns when 10,000 more people arrive. “We also encourage seat belt use and for drivers to watch their speed,” he said. Along with the new semester beginning at Ferris, Eddinger said his department is gearing up for the beginning of school for Big rapids public schools and crossroads charter academy students.

To read more visit the Big Rapids Pioneer.

Summer fest draws a crowd to downtown

David sticker grew up in Big Rapids and remembers a time when the downtown wasn’t as lively or vibrant as it is today. Despite the threat of rain, Stricker and his kids were bustling around the several booths and other activities as part of Saturday afternoon’s festivities during the Big Rapids Summer fest. Stricker and his children joined hundreds of other area residents, families and Ferris State University students in the variety of festivities for an afternoon of fun, hosted by the Big Rapids Downtown Business Association. From Ferris softball players challenging young and old to “throw like a girl” to circus performers showcasing their skills, families also were able to learn about local organizations at informational booths, share their talents with the open mic sat Quinn’s Music or listen to live music at Pocket Park.

To read more about summer fest visit the Big Rapids Pioneer.

Health Department showing HPV documentary at Ferris

A screening of the documentary “Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic” will take place at the Ferris State University College of Health Professions in Room VFS 420, hosted by District Health Department No. 10. The screening is scheduled from 9:30 to 10:20 a.m. on Sept. 6 at 200 Ferris Drive. During this event, attendees will learn about the causes and prevention of HPV and will have a chance to participate in a Q&A session after the screening. All attendees will have a chance to enter to win a $50 Amazon gift card for attending.

To read more visit the Big Rapids Pioneer.

Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018

Ferris State University Staff Welcomes Students with ‘Chalk the walk for Inclusion’

Before students begin school for fall semester, staff members prepare inspirational messages written in chalk all around campus. The staff started doing this last year right before fall classes began and decide to do it again. Their goal is to help make Ferris State University feel more like a home, and help ease the transition into college life. “. I hope that if we reach one person tomorrow that is moving in for the first time, or is maybe feeling as though they’re a little uncomfortable in their new environment, that it makes their day just a little bit better. If that happens it’s a job well done,” Maggie Walcott, head of the “Chalk the Walk for Inclusion” said.  To read more visit TV 9&10 News.

Volunteers to decorate Michigan Ave. with paw prints

The city is going to the Ferris State University bulldogs. Before the start of Summer Fest, an event designed to welcome incoming FSU students, early Saturday, Aug. 25, volunteers will be painting paw prints to present the mascot’s walk from the university through downtown. “We have been trying to get this approved for three years,” said Mecosta County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jennifer Heinzman. “There will be a paw print every 40 feet form Cedar Street to Hemlock Street to look like a bulldog is walking from campus to the Muskegon River. The paint will dry in approximately 45 minutes, meaning traffic will not have to be rerouted for long while.

To read more visit the Big Rapids Pioneer.

Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018

Ready for the semester- summer wraps up with Bulldog Beginnings

Ferris State University students are gearing up for the next semester and to welcome new and returning pupils back to campus, the Big Rapids Downtown Business Association and the college will host Summer Fest. Summer Fest, one of the many events planned during a 16-day Bulldog Beginnings schedule designed to greet incoming FSU faculty, staff and students and introduce the school community to downtown Big Rapids, will run from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 25. Summer Fest attendees also will find an open mic at Quinn’s music store, a live Balsam /brother performance from noon to 2 p.m. Shuttle transportation will be available to FSU students.

To read more visit the Big Rapids Pioneer.

Monday, Aug. 20, 2018

Ferris SkillsUSA participants continue success, prepare for WorldSkills

While preparing for the workforce, local college students also will be getting ready for an international trip to represent the nation this year. A team of Ferris State University’s College of Engineering Technology students continued the tradition of excellence while participating recently in the 2018 SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Kentucky. “This level of excellence puts the learning available through Ferris’ CET programs in a most positive light on the national level,” Professor Dan Wanink said. Early in the spring, Wanink was asked to serve as the national expert and training for the mechanical engineering CAD competitor.

To read more, visit the Big Rapids Pioneer.

Weekend, Aug. 18-19, 2018

Fit to be open- Ferris State University Student Recreation Center undergoes $6-million renovation.

Ferris State University officials are celebrating a $6-million renovation to the university’s Student Recreation center, the first, major facelift at the facility since the early 1990s. The SRC, which has been under construction since November, will host a grand opening and a ribbon-cutting celebration from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 27. It will feature free food, games, demonstrations and other activities. A soft opening is planned for 2 p.m. Aug. 24. “I’m thrilled. We’re on-time and on-budget. And I think when people see what we have done here, they’re going to say, Wow!” said Joe Haupt, the university’s senior project manager.

To read more visit the Big Rapids Pioneer.

Friday, Aug. 17, 2018

Nearing completion-Swan Annex building ready for new school year, more students

Work is wrapping up on a $30-million project at Ferris State University that officials say will provide safer labs and help with program enrollment. When Ferris State University students begin the 2018-19 academic year, they may notice the some of the changes to the Swan Technical Arts Building Annex, including larger classrooms, new equipment and technology and a few more students in lab sessions. Plans began in 2014 to expand and renovate the Swan building, which houses classrooms and work spaces for College of Engineering Technology programs such as welding, advanced manufacturing and more. To read more visit the Big Rapids Pioneer.

Friday, Aug. 17, 2018

Local businesses expect customer increase as FSU students return

Every fall, the City of Big Rapids becomes a lively and vibrant college town as close to 10,000 Ferris State University (FSU) students return to the campus they call home every several months each year. Meanwhile, as the crowd of crimson and gold fills the city, businesses have come to expect an increase in customers. “The students coming back make a huge impact on the area’s economy,” said Jennifer Heinzman, executive director of the Mecosta County Area Chamber of Commerce. “We are really working towards getting students familiar with downtown.” Another local business owner, Carlleen Rose, with the Old Pioneer Store and Kilwins Big rapids, said she is always excited to see the FSU students return to town and bring their families through the downtown area.

To read more visit the Big Rapoids Pioneer.

New, returning FSU students move into dorms

Boxes full of clothes and essentials, microwaves, pillows and blankets were unloaded from vehicles, transported by golf carts across Ferris State University’s campus and carried to student’s new rooms as part of move-in day on Friday. FSU students preparing for the fall semester worked throughout the morning to move everything to their rooms and get settled before the start of classes on Monday, Aug. 27. Fellow athletes, like members of the football team, helped new and returning students carry their school supplies to their dorms throughout the event.

To read more visit the Big Rapids Pioneer.

Friday, Aug. 11-12, 2018

Bulldog Bonanza set for Wednesday, Sept. 5

Local entrepreneurs looking to introduce their business to students at Ferris State University now can register for a booth at this year’s Bulldog Bonanza. Bulldog Bonanza will take place from Wednesday, Sept.5, at the University Center at Ferris State University. Vendors can be creative in decorating their booths with any Ferris State University related items, displays, lights, and even costumes. This is a promotional event only, actual sale of product is prohibited. Space is reserved on a first come, first paid basis, and space is limited. Registration ends Tuesday, Aug. 28.
To read more visit the Big Rapids Pioneer

Friday, Aug. 10, 2018

Ferris students bring home gold in notable skills event

East Grand Rapids graduates and first-year students at Ferris State University have brought home gold in the 2018 SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills conference. Keith Takens and Ben Waters beat our 10 finalists in the 3-D Animation and Visualization category. The pair are in the Ferris Digital Animation and Game Design program. The national competition is hosted each year in Louisville, Kentucky and took place from Sunday, June 24, through Friday, June 29. They relied on Technology for efficient production of the animated segment.

To read more visit the Big Rapids Pioneer

One the Range- New Katke center to offer winter golfing opportunities and more

After a slow start due to this year’s delayed spring weather, the newest structure at Katke Golf Course is nearing the halfway point to completion. Ken Janke Sr., who died in 2011, was a former gold professional, and author of four gold books and co-founded the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame in 1982. Fundraising efforts took place over approximately the past six years to reach the $3.5 million goal for this construction project, which includes different technologies to offer golfers a chance to play through the long winter months. “The Michigan Golf Hall of Fame board selected to come to Ferris State University,” Ian Ziska, Katke manager said. “What we want to do and what they are doing kind of aligned. It’s a great partnership that we hope to develop and grow in the future.”

To read more visit the Big Rapids Pioneer.

July 2018

Monday, July 16, 2018

Wish-A-Mile Bicycle Tour Stopping in Big Rapids July 27

Hundreds of bicyclists pedaling for a case will arrive in Big Rapids on Friday, July 27, on the 31st annual Wish-A-Mile Bicycle Tour. During the last 30 years, thousands of riders and volunteers have been a part of this event which has helped make thousands of wishes come true. “Typically this group brings 900 to 1,000 cyclists in addition to their support crew, for this annual event.” Said Connie Koepke, executive director of the Mecosta County Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Once the riders arrive to their destination at Ferris State University, many camp out for the night and enjoy an on-site meal, make any needed bike repairs or enjoy an on-site massage available by their traveling support team,” said Koepke. The Make-A-wish Foundation of Michigan grants about one wish per day for a child with a life-threatening medical condition. To read more visit the Big Rapids Pioneer.

Friday, July 6, 2018

FSU, Chamber Offer Free T.I.P.S Training

Ferris State University, in collaboration with the Mecosta County Area Chamber of Commerce, is offering local liquor establishments an opportunity for their employees to be Training for Intervention Procedures by Servicers of Alcohol (T.I.P.S.) certified with free training from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 29. T.I.P.S is a dynamic, skills-based training program designed to prevent intoxication, drunk driving and underage drinking by enhancing the fundamental “people skills” of servers, sellers and consumers of alcohol. Seating is limited and will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis. To read more visit the Big Rapids Pioneer.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Ferris Community Summer Band Ends Concert Season

Families across the nation will soon celebrate Independence Day with cookouts and fireworks. Locally, residents can ass a live performance to their schedule of Independence Day events. The sixth and final Ferris Community Summer Band concert of the season will begin at 7 p.m. today, Tuesday, July 3, at the Big Rapids Bandshell, located behind Big Rapids Middle School. Concert-goers will hear a salute to American veterans as well as the classic “Stars and Stripes Forever” march by John Phillip Sousa, during the free event. To read more, visit the Big Rapids Pioneer.

June 2018

Monday, June 18, 2018

Monday, June 18, 2018

Local students named to Ferris State University’s dean’s list

Ferris State University officials recently announced the names of 4,190 students who received academic honors for the semester that ended in May 2018. To be eligible for academic honors, full-time students must earn a 3.5 GPA each term and complete 12 credit hours or more of graded course work at the 100 level or higher.  The minimum requirements for part-time students each term are a 3.5 GPA with a completion of at least 12 accumulated credit hours of graded course work at the 100 level or higher. To view the listed students visit the Big Rapids Pioneer.

Ferris State University Names May Ggraduates

More than 2,070 students recently completed the requirements for their certificates, associates, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees at Ferris State University and Kendall College of Art and Design during the semester that ended in May 2018. Students graduating with honors were recognized for high academic achievement on the basis of GPAs computed on a 4.0 scale. Undergraduate degree designations use Latin levels of recognition: Summa cum Laude, 3.9 to 4.0; Magna Cum Laude, 3.75 to 3.89; and Cum Laude, 3.5 to 3.74. To read about the local students who graduated visit the Big Rapids Pioneer.

May 2018

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Green Appointed Captain, Assistant Director at Ferris DPS

The new assistant director at Ferris State University’s Department of Public Safety has some familiarity with the campus and Director Bruce Borkovich. Gary Green, who retired from the Michigan State Police after 28 years of service with the rank of lieutenant and assistant post commander in Mount Pleasant, joined Ferris’ DPS as an officer in September and recently was appointed a captain and assistant director. As part of his new duties, Green will assist Borkovich in the administration of a department that includes three segments, eight officer positions, a dispatch specialist and cadets. Green and Borkovich have known each other for more than 20 years. Borkovich believes Ferris is fortunate to have someone of Green’s abilities serving in such an important DPS position. To read more visit the Big Rapids Pioneer.

Mid-Michigan Honor Flight Preparing for May 22 Trip

A group of Michigan veterans will report to Big Rapids next week for their opportunity to visit the memorials honoring their service free of charge. On Tuesday, May 22, Mid-Michigan Honor Flight will take 75 honorees to Washington D.C., to tour memorials. Honorees are being offered an additional two nights lodging package at Ferris State University at no charge to any seated flyers. “Our board of directors looks forward to meeting each and every honoree, and this package also allows veterans from the same war era to connect and engage in conversation,” said Tricia Donegan, hub director. “Ferris State rolls out the red carpet for our honorees and guardians and really gives them the VIP treatment. It is very special.” To read more visit Big Rapids Pioneer.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

New Chapters

Being a police officer requires a person to have courage and a desire to do something bigger than themselves, explained by Mecosta County Prosecutor Brain Thiede during his speech at Tuesday’s Police Memorial Ceremony. Thiede was the guest speaker for the 15th annual Police Memorial Ceremony, which highlights the sacrifice made by law enforcement officers, including the loss of their lives. Students, community members and dozens of law enforcement officers took part in the solemn ceremony held outside FLITE on Ferris State University’s campus. Bruce Borkovich, Ferris State University Department of Public Safety director, noted the danger police officers face each day. For more information visit the Big Rapids Pioneer.

Monday, May 7, 2018

New Chapters

Graduates, faculty, friends and family members packed into Ferris State University’s Jim Wink Arena during various commencement ceremonies throughout the weekend. A total of 1,885 graduates participated in the commencement exercises on Friday, May 4, and Saturday, May 5, in Jim Wink Arena. In all, 2,200 students will graduate – a figure that includes 800 students graduating at the end of the Summer 2018 term. During the ceremonies, graduates going into numerous fields were recognized for their accomplishments. For more information visit the Big Rapids Pioneer.

April 2018

Wednesday, April 28-29, 2018

Nearly 1,900 Graduates, Honorary Doctorate Recipients to be Featured in the Spring Commencement

More than 2,000 Ferris State University students will celebrate the completion of the spring semester with commencement ceremonies set for Friday, May 4, and Saturday, May 5, in Big Rapids. FSU will host ceremonies for 1,885 graduates participating in the spring 2018 commencement in Jim Wink Arena, located at 210 Sports Drive, Big Rapids. In all, 2,200 students will graduate- a figure that includes 800 students graduating at the end of the summer 2018 term. E-tickets are required to attend all Big Rapids commencement ceremonies. Children 2 years old and younger do not need a ticket. To read more visit the Pioneer website.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

FSU Students, Staff Stuff Bears for Veterans

The human sewing machines and the chatter of multiple Ferris State University students could be heard from the Center for Leadership, Activities, and Career Services (CLACS) on Tuesday. Project Hero Hugs makes stuffed bears for veterans using fleece, led uniforms and other materials. During Tuesday’s event, Sandra Howe, who made the first teddy bear to comfort the family of fallen soldier Matt Webber, taught FSU students how to cut, sew and stuff the materials to create the huggable stuffed animals. “This is wonderful,” Howe said/ “I’m overwhelmed to see how all the students came in, and felt how I feel when I’m making these bears.” To read more visit the Pioneer website.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Pensler Sets Sights on Run for U.S. Senate

With a focus to help Michigan reclaim its place as a leader in manufacturing, agriculture and education around the world, and citizens around the country, lawyer, entrepreneur and business owner Sandy Pensler is looking to become the first Republican Senator from Michigan since Spencer Abraham. Pensler will be on hand at the “Meet You Public Officials” event from 7 to 9 p.m. today, Wednesday, April 11, hosted by the West Michigan Republicans and the College Republicans at Ferris State University, in the lobby of Williams Auditorium. While Pensler said he feels passionate about the Republican Party, he’s also very interested in Michigan receiving federal funds at a much higher amount than in the last few years. To read more visit the Pioneer website.

Benefiting Special Olympics

Ferris State University men’s and women’s basketball players won’t be the only Bulldog’s sports team competing alongside Special Olympic athletes this month. At 7 p.m. on Thursday, the Ferris State University hockey team will be playing against the Area 5 Special Olympics poly hockey team at the Student Recreation Center. Poly hockey is an adaptive sport similar to floor hockey. The event is being hosted by the Ferris Sports Communication classes and Sports Careers RSO. “We have organized a scrimmage before with the hockey team, but it was never done as an event,” said Megan Jean, the Special Olympics coordinator for the Sports Careers RSO. To read more visit the Pioneer website.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Fallen Officer Memorial 5k Set for Sunday

Paying tribute to police officers killed in the line of duty is the purpose of an upcoming 5K event in Big Rapids. The Fallen Officer Memorial 5K Run/Walk is set for Sunday, April 15, at Northend Riverside Park. This is the sixth year for the event, which is hosted by Lambda Alpha Epsilon fraternity at Ferris State University. The event honors officers who graduated from Ferris State University and died while protecting and servicing in their job. Overall first-, second- and third-place medals will be given to the top finishers in both the walk and run. The awards ceremony will follow the completion of the race once results are complied. To read more visit the Pioneer website.

Monday, April 9, 2018

All Together- 30th Annual International Festival Celebrated Cultures of the World

Residents didn’t need to travel far away from Big Rapids to experience cultures of the world on Sunday. Cuisine, music, dance and art from countries across the globe were found at the University center on Ferris State’s campus during the 30th Annual International Festival. The event was hosted by the Office of International Education, showcasing food from 22 cultures and representation from 30 countries. International students work with Ferris State University Catering to cook the authentic cuisine represented at the event, said Lisa vonReichbauer, assistant director of the Office of International Education. To read more visit the Pioneer website.

Weekend, April 7-8, 2018

Snyder at FSU to Help Take First Step in Implementing the Marshall Plan for Talent

Gov. Rick Snyder visited Ferris State University Thursday to participate in a workgroup with educators and business leaders to help them take the first steps in implementing a statewide Marshall Plan for Talent. Employers and educators were able to sit and discuss needs and possible partnerships, taking the first steps toward creating the talent consortiums necessary to apply for Marshall Plan funds. Michigan will have more than 811,000 career opening to fill through 2024 in fields that are facing a critical talent shortage. To read more visit Pioneer website.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Celebrating Cultures at the International Festival of Cultures

Community members will get the chance to sample cuisine from countries around the world without leaving Big Rapids during the upcoming International Festival on Ferris State University’s campus. The festival, previously known as the “International Festival of Cultures,” is set for 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 8, in room 202 of Ferris’ University Center. The event is hosted by the Office of International Education and features entertainment, displays, games, children’s activities and food. As part of their travels through the room, attendees can pick up an event passport, which can be stamped at tables where they sampled cuisine. To read more visit the Pioneer website.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Ferris’ CLACS Hosts First Craft-a-Palooza

Ferris State University students took a break from their studies or between classes to get a little creative during the first Craft-a-Palooza, which took place Tuesday in the University Center. The event hosted by the Center for Leadership, Activities and Career Services (CLACS), provided attendees all the supplies they would need to make bracelets, pom pom animals and perler bead art, which was ironed after the designs were completed. The next CLACS event will celebrate National Caramel Apple, during which students, staff and faculty can stop by the office for a free caramel apple from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 5. To read more visit the Pioneer website.

Ferris Police to Test Emergency Alert System

Ferris State University Department of Public Safety is conducting a test of the emergency alert system this weekend. The test will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 7. The system being tested include: RAVE, Alertus, Digital Signage and the Outdoor Broadcast Sirens. The test will be delivered to the Big Rapids campus and other locations. People signed up for the system may receive the test message via computer, digital signage, email, and/or test message. To read more visit the Pioneer website.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

All About the Body

Students became teachers on Monday at Big Rapids Middle School during a presentation from Ferris State University. Students in Ferris’ nuclear medicine and ultrasound programs shared with BRMS fifth-graders how their fields of study contribute to medical diagnoses. “For fifth-grade students, thus us a bit of career exploration,” said Michelle Weemaes, ultrasound program coordinator. “They learn about different jobs they may want to do. They learn about some of the different medical procedures in the hospital, and how those can be safe and fun.” To read more visit the Pioneer website.

Monday, April 2, 2018

WISE, Ferris Partner to Offer Events During Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, a time to bring the conversation about sexual assault to the force front and talk about its impacts on victims and society as a whole, said Jane Currie, executive director of Women’s International Services Inc. throughout the month, WISE is partnering up with Ferris State University’s Title VI office to offer various activities and events as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The month kicks off with the “How to Help a Survivor Workshop” from 7 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 3, at the University Center Ballroom 202B. At the end of the month, from Monday, April 23, to Friday, April 27, there will be a “What Were You Wearing” exhibit at the University Center room 116. The exhibit explores what survivors were wearing at the time of their assaults. To read more visit the Pioneer website.

March 2018

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Art Receptions Set for April 5

Adults in the community can soon enjoy the taste of a brew or two as they brose different forms of art based around the beverages. Two exhibits currently on display – A Bevy of Brew Hues, in Artworks’ Painted Turtle Gallery, and The Best of Michigan Brew Labels, in Ferris State University’s Fine Art Gallery – will continue to adorn their current spaces through late April. Community members can pop over to the Ferris gallery at located in the University Center off of 1201 South State St. or vice versa, to speak with representatives from some of the breweries on display. To read more visit the Pioneer website.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

FSU Relay for Life to Start Friday

While “Ferris” may be in the title, the 2018 Ferris State University Relay for Life is open to anyone who would like to support cancer patients. “The Relay for Life is a 12-hour fundraising event,” said Catherine LoSchiavo, president of Ferris’ Colleges Against Cancer chapter and one of the head coordinators of the relay. “It’s not a race. Some people walk all night. ”There is a $15 registration fee, which goes toward the overall goal of $50,000, along with any donations.  “We hope the community can come out and see what we are doing, even if it’s just to come out and see the bulldog and community support.” To read more visit the Pioneer website.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Charge Dropped for Woman Identified as Shoplifting Suspect via Facebook

The retail fraud case against a woman who claimed mistaken identity and errors led to her arrest has been dismissed by the Mecosta County Prosecutor’s Office. In 2017, Megan Monks, of South Boardman, was stopped for a minor traffic offense and informed she had a warrant for her arrest. She had been charged with one count for third-degree retail fraud in Mecosta County in connection with a 2015 shoplifting complaint at Walmart. However, Monk, a former Ferris State University student, and her attorneys filed a motion to dismiss the case on Feb. 26. To read more on the case visit the Pioneer website.

A Permanent Reminder

On paper, the semicolon can be used to separate two closely related independent clauses in a sentence. In the form of a tattoo, Annabelle Kinna and others believe the semicolon symbolizes something deeper- a permanent reminder for those and their loved ones who struggle with depression, addiction, anxiety, self-injury and suicide. A Ferris State University student, Kinna and dozens of others from around the area on Thursday had the punctuation symbol tattooed on or pierced into their skin during a special event hosted by Lighttouch Tattoo in Big Rapids. Kinna, of Jackson, said the semicolon tattoo she wanted on her wrist goes with her being part of the Active Minds Registered student Organization at Ferris, which focuses on raising awareness for mental health issues. To read more visit the Pioneer website.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Ferris Students to Provide Assistance in Midwest, Southeast, Mexico

Instead of a relaxing spring break vacation, more than 50 Ferris State University students will spend their break from class participating in activities to benefit residents of low-income areas or working to restore and create housing in storm-damaged or impoverished communities. Members of the registered student organization for His House Christian Fellowship, Newman Center from Saint Paul’s Catholic church and Wesley House will leave Big Rapids late Friday afternoon and early evening, with plans to offer assistance in Juarez, Mexico, Chicago and Slidell, La. All of the groups will conclude their alternative spring break mission trips by Sunday, March 11. Ferris Spring 2018 semester classes resume Monday, March 12. To read more visit the Pioneer website.

February 2018

Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018

Ferris Releases Fall 2017 Dean’s List

Ferris State University and Kendall College of Art and Design officials have announced 4,341 students received academic honors for the fall 2017 semester, which ended in December. To be eligible for academic honors for full-time students each term are: 3.5 GPA and completion of 12 Ferris credit hours or more of graded course work at the 100 level or higher. The minimum requirements for part-time students are: 3.5 GPA with completion of at least 12 accumulated Ferris credit hours of graded course work at the 100 level or higher. To read more about the honored student visit the Pioneer website.

Ferris LGBTQ+ Resource Center set to open Mar. 12

A section of Ferris State University’s Center for Leadership, Activities and Career Services, or CLACS Office, will be focused on providing resources and support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and other (LGBTQ+) students on campus, as well as community members. The center was formed through the collaboration of multiple university groups, including the Diversity and Inclusion Office, CLACS, the office of the dean of Student Life and more, and will be open each weekday. Hours for the center will be from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Fridays. The university’s Diversity Committee has stated the center’s objective is to promote understanding, acceptance and visibility of the LGBTQ+ community by educating and advocating, creating and nurturing a healthier and compassionate environment for all. To read more visit the Pioneer website.

Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018

Ferris State Announces Fall 2017 Graduates

More than 1,150 students completed the requirements for certificates, associate, bachelors, master’s, and doctoral degrees at Ferris State University and Kendall College of Art and Design during the semester that ended in December 2017. Students graduating with honors were recognized for high academic achievement on the basis of GPs computed on a 4.0 scale. Undergraduate degree designations use Latin levels of recognition: Summa Cum Laude, 3.9 to 4.0; Magna Cum Laude, 3.75 to 3.89; and cum Laude 3.5 to 3.74. To read the honored students visit the Pioneer website.

Monday, Feb. 26, 2018

Dozens Make the Plunge for Special Olympics

A change in location due to warmer-than-usual weather didn’t change the temperature of the frigid water. Just ask anyone who took a dip in the pool Saturday morning at the park in Chippewa Lake during the polar plunge, an annual event to raise money for Area 5 Special Olympics, which covers Mecosta and Osceola counties. By the time registration kicked off, records indicated more than $10,000 had been raised for the event. Athletes, coworkers, students from Ferris State University and more participated in the plunge, and many more gathered by the pool to cheer and celebrate the plunges. To read more visit Pioneer website.

Friday, Feb. 23, 2018

Winter Band and Orchestra Concert Set for Sunday

The Ferris State University Symphony Band, FSU West Central Concert Band and FSU West Central Chamber Orchestra will combine their skills to entertain the community with a free concert on Sunday. Beginning at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 25, the concert will be in the G. Mennen Williams Auditorium, located at 701 S. state St., Big Rapids.  The concert features a collection of styles, including marches, Latin music, church hymns, Bulgarian music and traditional concert works. The concert is conducted by Scott Cohen and Dale E. Skornuia, with guest conductor and presenter Pam Smith Kelly, Claude T. Smith’s daughter. To read more visit the Pioneer website.

Monday, Feb. 19, 2018

Musical Instrument Petting Zoo a Fun Learning Experience

Youths of all ages had a chance to try brass, woodwind and percussion instrument under the guidance of Ferris State University’s chapter of the national band fraternity Kappa Kappa Psi as part of Artworks Kids. “This is the third year I have helped out with this event as part of Festival of the Arts,” said Festival of the Arts board member Courtney Piercey. Jessica Williams, vice president of Kappa Kappa Psi said all youth ages participate. To read more visit the Pioneer website.

Weekend, Feb. 17-18, 2018

Ferris Named to List of Safest College Campuses

Ferris State University recently ranked within the top 25 safest college campuses in the nation. Ferris, which has a student population of more than 13,000, came in at No. 23 on the list of the 100 safest campuses. The list was compiled by the National Council for Home Safety and Security. Ferris was one of five Michigan universities to make the list. Ahead of Ferris was Oakland University, ranked No. 2, and Central Michigan University, ranked No. 17. Michigan State University was No. 47 on the list, with the University of Michigan ranking No. 53. To read more visit the Pioneer website.

The Price sisters live in concert

The Price Sisters, made up of Lauren Price and Leanna Price perform a bluegrass tune in the University Center Ballroom at Ferris State University on Friday. The twins, originally from Sardis, Ohio, play traditional bluegrass in the style of Bill Monroe and other similar artists. In addition to playing original music, the Price sister covered a few Bill Monroe songs, as well as other traditional like “Silver tongue and Gold Plated Lies.” To read more visit the Pioneer website.

Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018

Taste of the World

Attendees of this year’s Taste of Mecosta event may want to wear their stretchiest pants as they sample food from more than a dozen area caterers and restaurants. The 13th annual Taste of Mecosta is set for Tuesday, Feb. 20, at the Holiday Inn hotel and Conference Center. Leadership Mecosta participants will be on hand to discuss the program. New this year, an acapella group from Ferris State University will be performing. Tickets are $10 in advance, $5 for ages 3 to 8 and free for ages 2 and under. To read more visit the Pioneer website.

Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018

Artworks Introduces Two New Interns for Spring

Visitors to Artworks in the coming weeks may bump into two new faces, Gaige Tucker and Jake Bradley, student interns from Ferris State University. Tucker is a senior from Milan, Mich., majoring in business administration. He’s hoping to gain insight into the business world from his experience. Bradley is a senior from upstate New York majoring integrative studies with a minor in art history. Bradley said working at Artworks fits nicely with his interest in art and his desire to learn more about running a non-profit organization. Artworks Executive Director Lynne Scheible is excited to have both interns on the Artworks team. To read more visit the Pioneer website.

Weekend, Feb. 7, 2018

Music Up Close-Harmonicas in Class Rehearse Every Tuesday

Tuesday mornings, the lower level of Artworks fills with the sound of music, thanks to the member of Harmonicas in Class. Originally begun by Ferris State University professors who got together to play music, the group got its name because the professors decided they were still in class while they honed their harmonica skills. The musicians meet from 9 to 10 a.m. each Tuesday at Artworks. In addition to harmonicas, some group members also play banjo, guitar, dulcimer and melodica. To read more visit the Pioneer website.

Poetry Open Mic Night set for Thursday

Two Ferris State University groups will join together Thursday, Feb. 7, for a poetry open mic night. Beginning at 7 p.m. at Cranker’s Restaurant and Brewery, 213 S. State St., Big Rapids, the FSU Drawn to Art Organization and the English Society will collaborate on a celebration of the spoken word. To read more visit the Pioneer website.

Weekend, Feb. 3-4, 2018

Ferris Students visit Black History 101 Mobile Museum

Ferris State University kicked off Black History month, which takes place throughout February, with an opportunity for students, staff and faculty to 0065plore the Black History 101 Mobile Museum’s ’68 exhibit. The exhibit, curated by Ferris alumnus Khalid el-Hakim, is a collection of 150 artifacts from the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade to the incidents and developments in a pivotal year of the 1960s. To read more visit the Pioneer website.

Friday, Feb. 2, 2018

Evening of Improv Comedy set for Friday

By its very nature, nobody knows what happens next during “An Evening of Improv Comedy” on Friday. The Ferris State University Improv Troupe will entertain audience members by acting scenes based on the suggestions of those present at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2, in Room 111 of the Business Building on the Ferris campus. The night is expected to be an evening of laughs and entertainment, with everyone welcome to attend at no cost. For more information visit the Pioneer's website.

January 2018

Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018

Which Lives Matter?

The 32nd Annual Martin Luther Kind, Jr. Celebration on Ferris State University’s campus will come to a close on Wednesday, Jan. 17. Rounding out the three-day celebration will be poet, activist and speaker Monti Washington presenting “Which Lives Matter?” at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the University Center Ballroom. In a release, Washington said in the ideal sense, al lives do matter, but reality brings observers to see there are various societal groups who may not matter equally. Despite his hardships, Washington said his upbringing has led him to what he is doing today.

To read more visit http://news.pioneergroup.com/bigrapidsnews/2018/01/15/washington-set-speak-wednesday-jan-17/

Ferris Celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day with March, Tribute.

Snow did not deter hundreds of Ferris State University students, staff and community members from gathering to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday during the 32nd Annual Freedom March. Many registered student organizations members’ were present during the march, including Black Greek Council. March participants left Ferris’ University Center to loop around campus before returning to their starting point. After returning, marchers listened or read during the 32nd Annual Student Tribute.

To read more visit http://news.pioneergroup.com/bigrapidsnews/2018/01/15/ferris-celebrates-martin-luther-king-jr-day-march-tribute/

Monday, Jan. 15, 2018

Wedding preparations

Wedding gowns, cakes, flowers, food and more were on display for area brides on Sunday during the 18t6h annual Y-102 Bridal Show. Brides, grooms, family members and friends filled the University Center Ballroom on the campus of Ferris State University, chatting with local vendors and getting wedding inspiration. For vendors, the bridal show is a chance to make connections and possibly book clients. “We usually get a few rentals out of the event,” said Nancy Marshall, co-owner of Marshall’s Mid-Michigan Tent and Party.

To read more visit http://news.pioneergroup.com/bigrapidsnews/2018/01/14/local-vendors-showcase-services-brides-annual-bridal-show/

From Poem to Print exhibit opens at Ferris

The collaborative work of Ferris State University and Kendal College of Art and Design students has brought written words into the 3-dimensional world. Indie Incubator: From Poem to 3D Print, a new exhibit at Ferris’ Fine Arts Gallery, Monday, Jan. 15. The exhibit takes viewers on a journey from the park of artistic inspiration to the final art product. The exhibit can be viewed from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturdays at the gallery, located in room 205 of the University Center.

To read more, visit http://news.pioneergroup.com/bigrapidsnews/2018/01/14/poem-print-exhibit-opens-ferris/

Weekend, Jan. 13-14, 2018

Freedom March, speaker planned to honor legacy of MLK

Celebrating the legacy and work of Martin Luther King Jr. will last more than one day, with multiple events next week on the campus of Ferris State University. A variety of events are planned, including the annual Freedom March at 4 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 15, Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The annual Student Tribute providing individuals and registered student organizations the opportunity to make presentations on the MLK holiday, will follow the march at 6 p.m. on Monday. The university has celebrated the MLK holiday since 1987, and offered faculty and staff and in-service program to reflect on themes related to social justice and civil rights since 1995.

To read more visit the Big Rapids Pioneer.

Ferris welcomes spring semester students

To welcome students back for the spring semester, Ferris State University’s Center for Leadership Activities and Career Services has coordinated multiple events across campus. A rock climbing wall will be set up for students from 2 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 14, at the Student Recreation Center. Beginning at 9 p.m. and running until midnight, the Ferris community can celebrate the anniversary of the University Center on Friday, Jan. 19, in the UC. The month of fun wraps up with 90’s night at the Rink Hockey Game on Friday, Jan. 26.

To read more visit the Big Rapids Pioneer.

Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018

Brookside Students Learn Sign Language

A new program at Brookside Elementary is pairing classrooms of student with community members to teach the youngsters about different residents and organizations in the area. Throughout the school, students spend a day each week learning from community members from various offices around the Big Rapids area, including Ferris State University, the Mecosta County Sheriff’s Office or from local veterinary offices. First grader Maylene Green enjoys the lessons and is ready to show the signs for her name to anyone who asks.

To read more visit the Big Rapids Pioneer.