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January 2019

Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019

Ferris State to Host MLK Day Events

From Monday, Jan. 21 to Wednesday, Jan. 23 Ferris State University will be hosting various activities to celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. The first activity will be the MLK Day of Service Project from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. This service project is “Operation Safe Sidewalks” and will involve students salting and shoveling snow of sidewalks around Big Rapids. MLK day is recognized nationally as a day of community service. “The goal of the project is to give back. It’s important to do community service and help out and support the community,” Michael Wade, assistant director of the Office of Multicultural Student Services at FSU said. In addition to this service project, a variety of other events are occurring throughout the week. For more details visit The Big Rapids Pioneer.

Monday, Jan. 14, 2019

University Center Anniversary Party set for Friday, Jan. 18

On Friday, Jan. 18 the University Center will be hosting its anniversary party from 9 a.m. to midnight. At this celebration, students will find food, be able to play games, win prizes, and participate in various other events. “It’s been five years since the new center was opened on campus,” said Mark Schuelke, University Center director. “We’re expecting about 1,000 people for this event, which will take up the two levels.” This event should be a good way for students to celebrate the end of their first week back to school. To read more visit The Big Rapids Pioneer.

December 2018

Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018

Ferris State Board Signs off on a $2M Project

During a meeting on Monday, the Ferris State University Board of Trustees approved $2.6 million in funding for a new asphalt testing facility. This will be known as the Institute for Construction and Technology Hot Mix Asphalt Facility and construction is set to being in April. This facility will aid construction students at FSU and the asphalt industry. Occupancy of this facility is expected to be by November. To read more visit the Big Rapids Pioneer.

Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018

Community Invited to Welcome Football Team Home

Ferris State University Bulldog football fans have the opportunity to line the streets of Big Rapids and welcome the team home. After playing in the Division II National Championship game in Texas, Bulldogs are scheduled to return on Sunday afternoon. Fans will return first, around 3:15 p.m. to 4 p.m. and players will arrive shortly afterward. Once the team unloads, there will be a brief reception and words from coaches and players. To read more visit the Big Rapids Pioneer.

Ferris State Vets Group Leads Donation Drive

On Friday, the Ferris State University Student Veterans Association filled two pickup trucks to the top with basic necessities to donate to the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans. This donation was specifically for the holiday season but also to give back to those who need it the most. Donations were accepted for a few weeks prior on and off campus. “By helping the older generation of veterans, we help each other,” FSU student and U.S. Coast Guard veteran Kristin Wilcox said. “I am very, very appreciative of the Ferris community, the Canadian Lakes community and the Tullymore community, who stepped up to help veterans.” For more information visit the Big Rapids Pioneer.

Friday, Dec. 14, 2018

FSU Administrators Continue Efforts to Reduce Sexual Misconduct on Campus

After a recent campus-wide Sexual Misconduct Task Force survey completed by FSU students, FSU is cracking down on reducing sexual misconduct. Results of the survey concluded that one in five females on campus experienced unwanted sexual situations, one in three experienced stalking, and one in four experienced relationship abuse. This survey aided as a helpful tool but steps toward reducing sexual misconduct doesn’t stop there. Additionally, a Title IX office on campus was created. This office handles sexual misconduct, sex discrimination, and more. To read more visit the Big Rapids Pioneer.

Monday, Dec. 10, 2018

Nearly 1,000 Graduate at FSU on Saturday

On Saturday, the fall 2018 commencement ceremony will be held in the Ewigleben Sports Complex. 950 FSU students are set to graduate and 655 of those are participating in commencement ceremonies. There will be two ceremonies on Saturday, one at 10 a.m. and the other at 1:30 p.m. For people unable to attend, the ceremonies will be streamed live courtesy of Ferris Cable 22. For more information visit the Big Rapids Pioneer. 

Ferris State Athletics hosts Salvation Army Day

As part of Salvation Army Day at Ferris State University attendees tossed stuffed animals onto the ice. This action is known as the Teddy Bear Toss. All stuffed animals collected on the ice are donated to the Salvation Army Angel Tree program. Additionally, FSU Athletics hosted red kettle bell ringers at various events throughout the year. To read more visit the Big Rapids Pioneer.

Friday, Dec. 7, 2018

Lansing Community College Celebrates Mother and Daughter Graduates

The pride that is felt when a family member graduates earning a Bachelor of Science degree is a shared experience for Daniela Hernandez-Perez and her mother, Maria Macias. Both women have completed their Criminal Justice-Generalist studies, at the end of the Fall 2018 semester, through Ferris State University Statewide’s location at Lansing Community College’s University Center. To read more, visit the Lansing State Journal.

Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018

Hypnotist to Entertain Campus, Community on Wednesday

Hypnotist Tom DeLuca will be at Ferris State University’s Williams Auditorium on Wednesday at 7 p.m. Students are invited to come and enjoy entertainment and fun away from their busy exam schedules. DeLuca is a four-time National College Entertainer of the Year. For more information visit the Big Rapids Pioneer.

November 2018

Friday, Nov. 30, 2018

FSU Students, Families Celebrate with Activities,Tree Lighting

On Thursday, Ferris State University students filled the University Center to participate in various holiday activities. Activities involved cherished a variety of holidays including Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Diwali, and Christmas. During the event there was food, ornament decorating, stocking decorating, henna tattoos, learn how to play the driedel, and cookie frosting. To view more visit the Big Rapids Pioneer.

Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018

Ferris Increases Campaign Goal to $115 million

A year ago, November of 2017, the Now and Always campaign set a goal of $80 million to be raised by June 30, 2019. The money raised by this campaign goes supports students, program expansion and innovation, and building partnerships. After a year of fundraising, FSU has raised about 97 percent of that goal. Furthermore, the campaigned has announced to raise their goal to $115 million by June 30, 2022. “The response to the campaign has been both humbling and momentous,” FSU President David Eisler said. “What we do here at Ferris is focused on our students, the opportunities we provide and the dreams they can achieve. Extending the campaign and increasing the goal will enable the university to attract even more gifts for scholarships — the first priority of the campaign. There has never been a better time than now to help us transform students’ lives.” To read more visit the Big Rapids Pioneer.

Monday, Nov. 19, 2018

Father of Sandy Hook Tragedy to Speak at Ferris on Thursday

On Thursday, Nov. 29, Ferris State University will be hosting David Cole Wheeler at 7 p.m. in the University Center ballroom. Wheeler is the father of Ben Wheeler, one of the 20 first grade students who was killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Wheeler advocates for changes within our culture and society regarding gun violence. He will share his personal experience through grief and an analysis of the factors leading to the events causing it. Wheeler was invited to FSU by Entertainment Unlimited and supported by student activity fees from the Finance Division and Student Government. For more information visit the Big Rapids Pioneer.

Friday, Nov. 16, 2018

Ferris State University receives largest gift in campus history

During the 20th annual Ferris Foundation and Excellence Benefit, a large gift was presented to Ferris State University’s College of Pharmacy. A $6.59-million endowment was given from Dewaine V. and Jana B. Robinson. Dewaine graduated from FSU College of Pharmacy in 1955 and donated back to the school from 1972 until he passed away in 2009. This gift from the Robinsons will create the Dewaine V. and Jana B. Robinson Scholarship Endowment which will help give financial aid to students in Ferris’ Doctor of Pharmacy four year program. “We are both grateful and humbled by the generosity of Dewaine and Jana Robinson,” FSU President David Eisler said. “Their vision to help pharmacy students with their education is inspiring. It has long been the dream of Steve Durst, our pharmacy dean, that each student in the program would receive a scholarship to help defray the cost of their studies. The Robinsons, through this institution-changing gift, have helped make this dream a reality.” With this gift, the Robinsons have helped double scholarship support for students. To read more visit the Big Rapids Pioneer.

Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018

FSU Students Coach Second-Graders in Hand Washing

Students from Ferris State University’s nuclear medicine technology program presented a hand washing project to students at Brookeside Elementary School. “This was an academic service learning project to provide a service to the community,” said Tracy Glentz, FSU nuclear medical instructor. “With this, the nuclear medicine technology students are able to promote healthy environments and get the benefit of interacting with potential pediatric patient populations.” To facilitate this activity FSU students used “glow germs” or glow-in-the-dark powder to teach students how to properly wash their hands and remove all the germs. To read more visit the Big Rapids Pioneer.

Veterans Honored with Annual FSU Breakfast

On Monday Nov. 12 Ferris State University hosted a breakfast for veterans. Many veterans gathered and enjoyed food as well as comradery with each other and President David Eisler. “Ferris will always hold a special place in our hearts,” Wagh said, noting he was the commander over the service men and women who deployed from Big Rapids in 2006. “I am immensely proud of their devotion and spirit. It’s important to remember that our veterans worked 365 days a year. Their sacrifice gave us the freedoms we have today.” For more information visit the Big Rapids Pioneer.

Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018

Annual Ferris Veterans Day Concert Set for Sunday

On Sunday Nov. 12 at 4 p.m. in Mennen Williams Auditorium, Ferris State University will be hosting the 15th annual Veterans Day Concert. FSU’s West Central Concert Band will be performing at this concert. This concert focuses on celebrating veterans and active military personnel for their service. Additionally, music from all five branches of service will be performed and, while playing, veterans, active military personnel and family members are invited to stand and be recognized. Free tickets for this event are available at the Williams Auditorium Ticket Office. To read more visit the Big Rapids Pioneer.

Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018

FSU students seeks opportunity to advocate for inclusivity in trades

Second year student in Ferris State University’s welding engineering technology program, Ashlyn Childs, encourage other women to explore career opportunities in technology and skilled trade fields. Childs is pursuing a bachelor of science in FSU’s welding engineering technology program as well as a minor in business. “I hope to be a student advocate to show nontraditional and traditional individuals that it is possible to achieve more than they had ever anticipated by going out of their comfort zone,” Childs said. “That will include convincing young women to stand up for themselves and show that their abilities extend a great deal beyond what our society generally offers them.” According to welding engineering technology associate professor Jeffery Carney, females make up about 10 percent of students in FSU’s associate and bachelor programs. To read more visit the Big Rapids Pioneer.

FSU Receives $1.2 million Grant to Provide Scholarships for Low-Income Students

Ferris State University recently received a $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation. This grant will be used to establish Project S3OAR, short for sustainable, scalable scholarships, opportunities, and results, which is a four year program to help students in STEM disciplines. In addition to FSU, S3OAR has teamed up with Northern Kentucky University (NKU). With this grant, 288 students will receive around $10,000 in scholarship money to go towards their degree. “Ferris State University is thrilled to be awarded this NSF grant alongside our counterparts at Northern Kentucky,” Kristi Haik, dean of FSU’s College of Arts and Sciences said. “There is a national need for skilled, technically-trained employees, so we are eager to help this under-served population of students find success in these fields.” To read more visit the Big Rapids Pioneer.

October 2018

Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018

Ferris Student Went from Being Homeless to Helping the Homeless

Ferris music and entertainment business junior Byron Brooks has overcome many obstacles, even homelessness, and now runs a nonproft organization to give back to communities. To read the full story, visit the Ferris State Torch.

Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018

U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow Speaks at Ferris State

Democrat Debbie Stabenow, who is seeking her fourth term in the U.S. Senate, may be leading Republican challenger John James in the polls, but as she told a crowd of more than 50 at Ferris State University on Wednesday, she’s not taking it easy in days leading up to the Nov. 6 election. To read the full story, visit the Big Rapids Pioneer website.

Monday, Oct. 22, 2018

Ferris Offering $10,000 Scholarships to Incoming STEM Students

Ferris State University has received a $1.2 million National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to establish Project S3OAR, a 4-year program that seeks to recruit, retain and graduate low-income, academically talented students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. To read more, visit TV 9&10 News.

Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018

FSU Students Work on Roof of Habitat House

Ferris State University’s Sigma Lambda Chi and Associated Construction Students have volunteered to help aid to the completion of the new Mecosta County Habitat for Humanity house. The house is located at the corner of Woodward Avenue and Bailey Drive. These students have been volunteering since Monday in hopes of completing it quickly before winter arrives. “We have been working with Habitat for Humanity for a long time,” said Doug Lombard, Sigma Lambda Chi member said. “It’s been pretty easy roofing so far.” For more information visit the Big Rapids Pioneer.

Ferris Students Say Proposal 1, Governor Race Resonates on Campus

Some believe a large amount of Ferris State University students could turn out to vote on Nov. 6 for the midterm election. Typically, young people vote at much lower rates compared to all other age brackets. In the 2014 midterm people voting ages 18 to 29 had a turnout of 20 percent. Though, this is suggested to change this year. “I definitely think there are a few things on the ballot this year that resonate with people my age — Proposal 1 and the race for governor, specifically,” said Dani Jandura, 21, a senior psychology major at Ferris State and president of the College Democrats. Additionally, Big Rapids city officials stated voter registrations are high this election cycle, particularly with college students. For more information visit the Big Rapids Pioneer.

Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018

Bulldog Family and Friends Weekend to Kick Off Friday

Businesses downtown Big Rapids prepare for Ferris State University’s third annual Bulldog Family and Friends Weekend. During this weekend FSU students invite their friends and family to visit Big Rapids and participate in various planned events. The activities planned encourage students to connect with their friends and family as well as the town they live in. “The event is about making (students and their families) more aware of the community and its resources — Big Rapids is a gorgeous town,” Melanie Mulder, coordinator of FSU outreach programs said. Twenty businesses downtown are offering deals and special incentives during Bulldog Friends and Family Weekend. For more information visit the Big Rapids Pioneer.

Friday, Oct. 12, 2018

FSU, MOISD Students Participate in Budgeting

On Thursday students at Ferris State University participated in a life-size version of the Game of Life, called Get Real. This game was intended to be as realistic as possible and helped students focus on making financial decisions. At arrival, students picked a ring box and a bulldog to find out whether they were married and how many children they had. From then on, students walked from booth to booth selecting houses, vehicles, food, childcare, and more. “Get Real is a financial awareness program,” said Melanie Mulder, FSU coordinator of financial aid outreach events and adviser. “What we’ve found is a lot of students aren’t getting a lot of financial training.” The outcome of Get Real was positive as over 280 Mecosta-Osceloa Intermediate School District students and 400 FSU students participated. To read more visit the Big Rapids Pioneer.

Monday, Oct. 8, 2018

Ferris student’s ArtPrize entry inspired by Vivaldi violin concerti

Abbey Wood, a third-year student in Ferris State University’s integrative studies program entered a piece of her work in ArtPrize 10. Her work named “La Quattro Stagioni (The Four Seasons) – Vivaldi’s Wonderland” was a three-dimensional project that focused on self-expression. “I came up with the title for my work about a year ago and it took about two months to assemble the elements of the piece and put it together,” Wood said. ArtPrize came to an end on Sunday, Oct. 7. For more information visit the Big Rapids Pioneer.

Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018

Report States Crime Declined at Ferris State from 2016 to 2017

Ferris State University’s crime report was released on Sept. 20. According to this report, the total number of crimes at FSU dropped from 481 in 2016 and 363 in 2017 as well as criminal complaints declined by about 25 percent. Although, Public Safety Director Bruce Borkovich advises us not to look so deeply into the numbers as there are other factors that play into it. Additionally, Borkovich discusses the pros and cons of the size of his department. “We may only have 13 officers on staff, but I can literally have hundreds of officers here to help keep our events safe if I need to,” Borkovich said. “We are trained, equipped and we have the legal agreements to do that.” For more information visit the Big Rapids Pioneer.

Monday, Oct. 1, 2018

Golden Anniversary on FSU Campus Celebrates Carillon Tower

On Sept. 28, students, faculty, alumni, and friends gathered to celebrate the Carillion Tower in the North Quad. 50 years ago the Carillon Tower was dedicated during homecoming festivities around the same time. Jim Shane, architecture professor at Ferris State University designed the brick spire.  “My design was actually a small portion of the project compared to the fundraising effort taken on by Ferris’ students,” Shane said. “I am proud of the tower, since several of us on campus offered designs. I was glad mine was chosen.” The tower chimes are typically plated automatically from an electronic device but on the 28th music professor Matt Moresi played live. To read more go to the Big Rapids Pioneer.

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.