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February 2020

Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020

The Power of Social Media

On Friday, Feb. 21, Ferris State University’s Board of Trustees approved partnerships with Kalamazoo Valley Community college and Lake Michigan College, to establish permanent sites for delivery of the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Generalist. “These are brand new partnerships that represent a lot of hard work to collaborate and build upon Ferris’ reputation with partnering with community colleges,” said Steven Reifert, dean of Extended and International Operations. For more information visit the Big Rapids Pioneer or the Ferris State University website

Friday, Feb. 21, 2020

The Power of Social Media

Ferris State students have been helping elementary students who have trouble reading. Emily Francart, Brandon Newman and Taylor Moore have spent over 40 hours training to be tutors for the SLD Reads Language Links Program. “We are excited that our education students are gaining more tools in their teaching belts while helping local students become better readers …” FSU English Professor Debra Courtright-Nash said. For more information visit the Big Rapids Pioneer

Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020

The Power of Social Media

Inger Holst, a journalist for local TV stations and Danish newspapers, was researching racism in America and toward African Americans. She ended up coming across the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia in Big Rapids. “I didn’t have to google quite much until I found the Jim Crow Museum.” Says Holst. For more information visit the Big Rapids Pioneer.

January 2020

Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020

Ferris Hosts Annual MLK Day Event

While classes weren’t being held in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, staff and students made use of their day by celebrating his life and giving back to the Big Rapids community. “We hope that participants look at the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday as a ‘day on,’ with an appropriate focus on Dr. King’s life and legacy,” Ferris’ Office of Multicultural student services director Matthew Chaney. For more visit the Big Rapids Pioneer.

December 2019

Friday, Dec. 27, 2019

Ferris Students Present Research at WWRUGS

On Nov. 9, Ferris State students presented their research at the West Michigan Regional Undergraduate Science event (WWRUGS). More than 350 students (30 of them being Ferris students) and professionals took part this year, making it the biggest turn out in 13 years, reports the Big Rapids Pioneer. FSU Professor Brad Isler, the adviser and coordinator, said, “This was the 13th year that Ferris sent a contingent of participants to the Van Andel Research Institute, with the greatest number of presenters we have had at any conference.”

Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019

Ferris Student Veterans Bring Holiday Cheer, Gifts to Grand Rapids Veteran’s Home

On Dec. 8, a group of Ferris State University veterans volunteered to brighten the lives of residents in the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans. They made a pre-holiday visit for an afternoon of games and good times, reports the Big Rapids Pioneer. “We are so thankful for the collaboration with the Old Jail Quilters, who are the Mecosta Quilts of Valor chapter, the makers of our quilts. It is a simple way to demonstrate our support, and thanks for their service,” said Kristin Wilcox, a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard.

Friday, Dec. 20, 2019

FSU Trustees Approve Ferris Foundation Appointees, New Facility Names

On Dec. 13, Ferris State University’s Board of Trustees approved three alumni appointees. They also approved a new college of business bachelor’s degree program, and a new bachelor of science in project management, reports the Big Rapids Pioneer. “The bachelor’s degree in project management is a natural addition to the current program offerings in the college of business.” Paul Blake, provost and vice president for academic affairs, said.

Monday, Dec. 16, 2019

FSU Professor Publishes First Poetry Collection

Ferris State University Professor Dierdre Fagan published her first book called “Have Love.” The book contains about 30 of Fagan’s poems which draw from her own personal experiences about love and relationships, reports the Big Rapids Pioneer. “Have Love’ begins and ends with love, but not the same love, beginning youthfully, the poems move through marriage, divorce, remarriage, birth, illness and death to survival. There is romantic and familial love, and some that is not love.” The book publisher, Finishing Line Press, stated in a news release.

Friday, Dec. 13, 2019

FSU Fall Commencement Set for Dec. 14

Ferris State University geared up for its Fall 2019 Big Rapids campus commencement ceremonies, reports the Big Rapids Pioneer. The morning ceremony begins at 10 a.m. at the Jim Wink Arena highlights graduates of the colleges of arts and sciences, education and human services, and engineering technology. The afternoon session begins at 1:30 p.m. which honorees are the graduates of the colleges of business and health professions.

Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019

Ferris State University Receives Equipment Donation From Consumers Energy

Students at Ferris State University powering up their hands-on learning thanks to a donation valued at $20,000 from Consumers Energy, reports 9&10 News. Consumers made the donation to the university’s Heavy Equipment Service Technology program. They received a bucket truck and 10 laptop computers no longer needed by consumers. The laptops allow students and professors to run software needed to diagnose problems on newer heavy equipment.

Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019

Ferris State Optometry Students Perform Eye Exams for Local Students

Some local students got free eye exams and glasses Thursday at Ferris State University, reports 9&10 News. More than 70 students from Fremont and Hesperia Schools were able to receive eye care. All the exams were performed by students in the Ferris State optometry program. It’s something the university has been doing for local districts since 2013 and these future eye doctors say they love the chance to make a difference in someone’s life.