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November 2022

SATURDAY, NOV. 12, 2022

Quilts of Valor Presents Lori Pink with Quilt

The Quilts of Valor presented Lori Pink with a quilt prior to the Veterans Day Parade for her 28 years of service in the United States Air Force. Pink was the parade Grand Marshall this year and is also the wife to Ferris State President Bill Pink. Pink said that she was “speechless and honored” to receive this gift and continued to celebrate Veterans Day with the community. To read more, visit The Big Rapids Pioneer.

TUESDAY, NOV. 8, 2022

Ferris Dental Hygiene Clinic Offering Free Dental Services for Veterans

The Dental Hygiene Clinic at Ferris is offering free dental services to Veterans this week to thank them for their service. Services including cleanings, radiographs, and fluoride will be free for Veterans from November 7th through November 10th. To learn more about how to schedule an appointment or the Ferris State Veteran Resource Center, visit The Midland Daily News.

MONDAY, NOV. 7, 2022

Former 'The Voice' Contestant, Wendy Moten, Visits FSU

Memphis born, internationally touring singer, Wendy Moten, visited the Music Entertainment Business Program to answer some questions from students and share her experiences. Moten is a close friend of the program director and has been looking forward to the collaboration. Moten stated that she was happy to share her knowledge, experience, and keep students inspired to be themselves and stay authentic. To read more about Moten and her advice, visit The Big Rapids Pioneer.

TUESDAY, NOV. 1, 2022

LR Swadley Inducted into Michigan Construction Hall of Fame

A leading developer in Marquette was recognized for his achievements during 40 years of constructing and developing. L.R. Swadley was the first person from the upper peninsula to become president of the Home Builders Association. Learn more about his induction and ceremony at TV6, Upper Michigan Source.

October 2022

MONDAY, oct. 31, 2022

Big Rapids Musician Abbey Collins Does What She Loves

Abbey Collins is a member of the Ferris State Music Entertainment Business Association who you can frequently find playing her tunes around the city of Big Rapids. Collins never turns down an opportunity which has landed her multiple gigs around town, a VIP assistant at a Carrie Underwood concert, and her own class of guitarists. To learn more about Abbey Collins and her passion for music, visit The Big Rapids Pioneer.

SUNDAY, oct. 23, 2022

Ferris State Retires Vander Laan's No. 15 Football Jersey

Former Ferris State two-time Harlon Hill trophy candidate Jason Vamder Laan had his No. 15 jersey retirement in special ceremonies on Saturday at Top Taggart Field. Pictured here are from left, coach Tony Annese, Vander Laan and his wife and son Nicole and JJ,.and athletic director Steve Brockelbank, reports the  Big Rapids Pioneer.

WEDNESDAY, oct. 19, 2022

A Day in the Life of President Pink

Do you start your day by waking up, having a nice workout and eating a banana and boiled eggs on the way to work? If you do, chances are you might be Ferris’ new president, Dr. Bill Pink. Pink offered the Torch a look into his daily life one week following his inaugural ceremony. Pink normally doesn’t like to schedule events until after 9:30 a.m. This gives him time to complete work in his office. On this day, however, technology students and faculty awaited Pink in the Granger Atrium for breakfast and a greeting to start the president’s day. Pink went to speak with students about the importance of our technology program and how they can use it to further their goals once they graduate, reports the Ferris State Torch.

TUESDAY, oct. 18, 2022

Special Olympics Athletes Hit the Rink Against Ferris State's Men's Hockey Team

Tuesday, Oct. 18 was a big night for Special Olympics athletes in Big Rapids, where the Area Five squad got to cross sticks with the Ferris State University hockey team, reports WZZM 13 News.

WEDNESDAY, oct. 12, 2022

Ferris Student, Music Producer Wins Remix Contest

Sean Prusko is a Ferris State student and house music producer who is double majoring in information security and music and entertainment business. His majors overlap in unique ways that help him succeed in his music business. Prusko recently won a contest hosted by Leon Bolier, the owner of a house label company, where he produced a remix of the song “Love,” by Danny Quest. Read more about Prusko and his business in the Midland Daily News.

Ferris State Hopes to Capitalize in Massive EV Battery Plant Project

The final phases are still yet to be completed but the massive battery plant in Mecosta County seems to be a go. Bringing in thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in investments, the Gotion Inc. battery plant has been approved by local and state officials. One interested entity is nearby Ferris State University, who thinks their new neighbor may be a key to future growth. Read more from 9&10 News.

THURSDAY, oct. 6, 2022

Sean Astin Set for Seminar on Mental Health and Stigma at Ferris State University

Sean Astin of "The Lord of the Rings Trilogy", "The Hobbit" and the 1993 film "Rudy" is scheduled to speak on mental health and representation at Ferris State University on Thursday, Oct. 6. The actor will address the topic in a seminar at Williams Auditorium beginning at 7 p.m., according to a recent press release issued by the university, explaining it is an opportunity to experience a "heartfelt talk" on mental health issues. Read more from the Midland Daily News.

WEDNESDAY, oct. 5, 2022

How Ferris State's Partnership with Chinese Manufacturer Will Help Bring Thousands of Jobs to Region

As electric vehicle battery manufacturer Gotion prepares to establish roots in Big Rapids, Ferris State University is playing a key role with workers needed for the over 2,000 jobs expected to be created in West Michigan. Ferris State was a major reason why the Chinese company was interested in building its new battery manufacturing plant in Big Rapids, Ferris State President Bill Pink said. Read more from MLive.

'HISTORY IS BEING MADE': State Board Approves Incentives for 2 Major Battery Manufacturing Projects

A state board has approved hundreds of millions of dollars in tax exemptions and performance-based grants to help lure two large battery manufacturing projects that promise more than 4,000 jobs and nearly $4 billion in investment. The Michigan Strategic Fund board this morning approved the project incentives for Gotion Inc.’s planned battery manufacturing plant in Mecosta County as well as Our Next Energy Inc.’s advanced battery manufacturing plant in Wayne County. Read MiBiz for more information.

TUESDAY, oct. 4, 2022

Ferris Students, Community to Team up for 5K Color Run

Zeta Tau Alpha will be hosting their annual 5K color run on October 8th at 11 am. All donations to this fundraiser will benefit Zeta Tau Alpha Foundation to fund scholarships, leadership development, and educational programs, as well as their partnerships with breast cancer groups such as the NFL, Bright Pink, and American Cancer Society. To learn more about this event, visit the Big Rapids Pioneer.

September 2022

TUESDAY, SEPT. 6, 2022

New Ferris President Begins Statewide Tour

New Ferris President, Dr. Bill Pink kicked off his “Link with Pink Tour” in Big Rapids, Michigan at Cranker's Brewery. This first event of many across the state was intended for local alumni to meet with President Pink and discuss future plans for Ferris State. Pink’s speech focused on his strategy to increase enrollment and strengthen connections with the Big Rapids school system and community. Pink will be continuing his tour throughout September and concluding virtually in October. Read more about Link with Pink in the Big Rapids Pioneer.

FRIDAY, SEPT. 2, 2022

Spectrum Health Excited about Ferris State Nursing Program Expansion

With the recent decision to add a third cohort in the nursing program, Spectrum Health is excited to see what it can bring to their local hospitals. Due to staffing, burnout, and necessary flexibility between units, current nurses are not only struggling, but are also predicting an upcoming shortage. These new nurses coming from Ferris will bring the opportunity of more jobs and diversity to Spectrum Health. To read more about Spectrum's comments, visit the Big Rapids Pioneer.

August 2022

MONDAY, AUG. 15, 2022

'Link with Pink' Tour: Meet Ferris State University's New President

New Ferris State University President Bill Pink, whose presidency started on Monday, July 11, is ready to go on the road to engage alumni and friends across Michigan, writes the Midland Daily News. The “Link with Pink” Tour includes eight stops beginning in Big Rapids, the home of Ferris’ main campus. Future tour stops include major cities of the lower peninsula, including Midland on Thursday Sept. 29. 

MONDAY, AUG. 8, 2022

Ferris State University Working on Athletics Facilities Updates

Ferris State began fall practices on Monday and Bulldog coaches and athletes will soon have access to new and improved facilities, wrote MiSportsNow. The university is finishing up facilities upgrades that include a new volleyball arena and strength and conditioning facility. Check out more on MiSportsNow.

FRIDAY, AUG. 5, 2022

Ferris State's CREW Program Aids Students with Addictions

Ferris State University has partnered with Ten16 Recovery Network and Scott Winkle to provide students with sustainable recovery, alcohol-free lifestyles, and engaging and empowering those impacted in any way by addiction. Winkle hopes to use his experience to help others in the process, as well as help get rid of the stigma and create a supporting and uplifting community surrounding addiction. Read more about Ferris CREW and Ten16 in the Big Rapids Pioneer.

County Applies for State Disaster Funds for Ferris State

In May, Big Rapids was hit with four and a half inches of rain in less than a two hour period causing an estimated $500,000 in damages on campus. Mecosta county officials are requesting financial assistance from the state for these damages on behalf of Ferris State University. Read more in the Big Rapids Pioneer.

wednesday, AUG. 3, 2022

Ferris Senior Serves Up Private Cocktails in New Business

Celeste Littrup, Ferris senior, is looking to hit the ground running with her new private bartending business, Happier Hour. Littrup’s previous bartending experience and current marketing and sales studies has helped her tremendously in developing her new private catering business. Her goals are to cater directly to customers' beverage needs according to event, whether this be with cocktails and/or alcohol free beverages. With her background in marketing, Littrup hopes to be able to successfully market herself to the city of Big Rapids as a start, but eventually provide these services to all of West Michigan. Read more about Happier Hour in the Big Rapids Pioneer.

July 2022

WEDNESDAY, july 13, 2022

Ferris State Adds Professional Esports Production Degree

Ferris State University will add a Bachelor of Science degree in Professional Esports Production during the Fall 2022 semester, writes FOX 17. Varun Singireddy, chair of Professional Esports Production, partnered with interim director of Elearning Andrew Peterson and course pro and Esports coordinator Jonathon Eaton to develop the curriculum.

MONDAY, july 11, 2022

Ferris Senior Tries her Hand as a Vendor

Ferris hospitality student and Grand Rapids native, Anna Jensen, uses the market every Friday as a way to get away from school and work for a bit. She offers a variety of products including essential oil rollers, eggs, muffins, blankets, bath salts, t-shirts, and more. Jensen works with her family to help bring all of her unique items to her stand and plans to make expansions to hopefully be selling more garden vegetables in the future. Read more about Jensen at the market in the Huron Daily Tribune.

friday, july 1, 2022

LaGrange Native, Ferris State University Alum Assigned to Indiana State Police Post

Deven Hostetler, former Michigan resident and graduate of Ferris State University in the class of 1995, and current Indiana State Police 1st Sgt., district investigative commander for the Fort Wayne Post, has been promoted to the rank of lieutenant and reassigned as the Area II investigative commander. Learn more about Hostetler’s promotion and career journey on The Goshen News.

June 2022

thursday, june 30, 2022

Detroit Red Wings Name Tampa Bay Lightning Assistant, Former Ferris State Assistant as Head Coach

Steve Yzerman has chosen Derek Lalonde, a former Ferris State University assistant coach, as the head coach to lead the Detroit Red Wings on their next step in the rebuild, the franchise announced Thursday. The path of promoting a newcomer to the NHL head coaching ranks is one Yzerman has chosen twice before. Lalonde, 49, replaces Ferris alumnus and former Bulldog assistant coach Jeff Blashill, who was let go April 30. Read more about Coach Lalonde in the Detroit Free Press.

Monday, june 27, 2022

Ferris Alum Turns 30 Years of Retail into Soap

Patricia Tuttle, Ferris graduate, found her artisan soaps to be a huge success in her first year at the farmers market. She not only specializes in soaps, but also lotions, bath salts, lip balms, and scrubbies. She carries a wide variety of scents catering to both men and women, and uses her previous retail experience to make her soaps successful. Read more about Mrs. Tuttles soaps in the Midland Daily News.

tuesday, june 21, 2022

Ferris Alum Sells Kettle Corn with Family at the Market

John Monahan, Ferris Alumni, is in charge of one of the most popular vendors at the Big Rapids Farmers market, Jacks Kettlecorn. Mohanan stepped in for the business after founder, Jack Scott, passed away and has since kept up the image of Jack's famous kettle corn. Jack’s Kettlecorn comes in a variety of flavors and sizes, more information can be found in the Huron Daily Tribune.

wednesday, june 8, 2022

Michigan Veterans Head to Washington D.C. to Visit Memorials through Honor Flight

Veterans throughout Michigan got the chance to experience Washington D.C. and the many memorials commemorating their service to this country. On Tuesday morning, 77 Veterans departed from Ferris State University and traveled via police escort to Gerald R. Ford International Airport, where they would fly to Washington D.C. to visit the World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War Memorials, the Women Veterans Memorial, and the changing of the Guard at Arlington Cemetery. To read more, visit the Big Rapids Pioneer.

May 2022

Friday, May 20, 2022

Racquet and Fitness Center Hosts Charity Pickleball Event to Benefit Animal Rescue Coalition

On June 4, Ferris State University will be hosting a charity event at the Racquet and Fitness Center to benefit the Animal Rescue Coalition (ARC). This event will be open to those ages 12 and up and is a ‘learn and play’ opportunity for both beginners and advanced pickleball players. More information on registration and requirements can be found in the Big Rapids Pioneer.

Monday, May 16, 2022

Ferris Hosts Annual Police Memorial

Ferris State University recently hosted the annual Police Memorial of 2022, honoring current and former members of the Mecosta County Sheriff's Office. The Ferris Department of Public Safety, the Big Rapids Department of Public Safety and the Michigan State Police. Read more details in the Big Rapids Pioneer.

April 2022

friday, april 29, 2022

Ferris Lakeview Area Veterans Monument Project Taking Shape

Lean Service Enterprise and Leadership students in Ferris State University’s College of Business enjoyed a meaningful experiential learning opportunity during the Fall 2021 semester. The students, helping to put key elements in place, moved the Lakeview Area Veterans Monument closer to completion. Read more details in the Big Rapids Pioneer.

sunday, april 24, 2022

Ferris State University Team Wins National Society of Professional Surveyors Competition

A group of Ferris State University Surveying Engineering students won first-place in this year’s National Society of Professional Surveyors student competition. The competition was held on Thursday March 30, and Friday, April 1 in Washington, D.C. Read more details on the FOX 17 website.

wednesday, april 20, 2022

Ferris Lakeview Area Veterans Monument Project Taking Shape

The Jim Crow Museum’s latest addition to its collection of thousands of racist  artifacts was brought in by Mike Wolfe of “American Pickers.” The Jim Crow Museum is a space where individuals come to learn about racism that has occurred and continues to occur in our country. Because the museum hosts thousands of artifacts and pieces that share the stories of what life was like for African Americans under Jim Crow, they are unable to showcase everything they have at the moment, including a new piece brought in by Wolfe. Read more details in the Ferris State Torch.

tuesday, april 19, 2022

Special Olympics Athletes Share the Court with Ferris State Basketball Teams

Most Special Olympics athletes will tell you any game they play is a fun time. But Tuesday night's meant a little more, getting to share the court with a few of their favorite college players. "I had fun, I tried my best out there," says Sara Weller, a Special Olympics athlete. The team played in a game with both the Ferris State men's and women's basketball teams. The full story can be found on the WZZM 13 website.

sunday, april 17, 2022

KCAD Student Aims to Represent her Hispanic Heritage in Mural for Anti-Racism Art Project in Grand Rapids

By signing on as a muralist for an anti-racism project, artist and college student Wanda Aguilar hopes to bring her community and culture together by validating the experiences of her Hispanic neighbors. The Diatribe, a Grand Rapids-based arts and culture nonprofit, launched the 49507 Project it describes “as an artist and youth-led community celebration commissioning seven local Black and Brown artists for large scale murals on prominent buildings in majority Black and Brown neighborhoods” in the 49507 Zip code. The full story can be found on the MLive website.

March 2022

Friday, March 29, 2022

Ferris State University Names First Black President, Bill Pink

Dr. Bill Pink named Ferris State University’s 19th president. Ferris State University (FSU) in Big Rapids, Michigan, has named Dr. Bill Pink as its next president, making Pink the first Black individual to helm the institution when he begins his service in July, pending board approval. The full story can be found on the News Express US website.

Ferris State selects GRCC President to Replace Retiring President 

Ferris State announced their decision on Monday following a nationwide search. The trustees voted unanimously for Pink. Bill Pink, the current president of Grand Rapids Community College, was selected as the final candidate to become the 19th president of Ferris State University. The full story can be found at WZZM 13.

Meet Ferris State’s selection for President, Dr. Bill Pink 

At a ceremony held at Ferris State University’s Big Rapids Campus on Monday, March 28, Bill Pink, president of Grand Rapids Community College, was officially named as the selected finalist to become the 19th president of Ferris State University by the Board of Trustees. The full story can be found at the Big Rapids Pioneer and Midland Daily News.

thursday, March 28, 2022

Ferris State University Names Michigan Community College Leader as its Next President

Ferris State University announced Monday that Grand Rapids Community College President Bill Pink would serve as its 19th president. Pink has more than three decades of experience as an educator, leader, and active community member, officials said. He will begin his tenure in July pending approval by the Board of Trustees in May. The full story can be found in The Detroit News.

Ferris State University Taps Grand Rapids Community College President as Sole Finalist to be Next Leader

Ferris State University announced Monday that Grand Rapids Community College President Bill Pink is the sole candidate to take the reins from outgoing President David Eisler. 

Ferris State University Taps Grand Rapids Community College President as Sole Finalist to be Next Leader

Ferris State University announced Monday that Grand Rapids Community College President Bill Pink is the sole candidate to take the reins from outgoing President David Eisler. 

thursday, March 17, 2022

GRCC President Pink picked to lead Ferris State

Ferris State University announced Thursday that they have received $101,058 grant for their Early Learning Center from the Michigan Department of Education. According to a press release sent by Ferris State University, Early Learning Center manager Lori Johnson says the Child Care Sustainability Grant allows them to reward workers who found themselves in unique roles as the COVID-19 pandemic brought them to remote operations for 2020 from March to Aug. The full story and broadcast can be found on the WOOD TV 8 website.

monday, March 14, 2022

Ferris Hosting Free Kids Dental Clinics in March, April

For parents looking to save some money on their child’s dental check-ups, Ferris State University’s Dental Hygiene Clinic will be offering free kid’s dental clinic sessions in March and April. The university is hosting its dental kid’s clinic which serves kids up to age 13 with cleaning, radiographs, as well as sealants which will be half off per tooth going on this week at the Ferris State University Dental Hygiene Clinic, 200 Ferris Dr in Big Rapids.  The full story can be found in the Big Rapids Pioneer.

Friday, March 11, 2022

Ferris State's Red Out Events Support Heart Health

Ferris State University students from the sports communication class and sports careers registered student organization once again conducted their annual Red Out fundraising games to promote heart health. The full story can be found in the Big Rapids Pioneer.

February 2022

wednesday, feb. 23, 2022

Esports Industry Growth Prompts Ferris State to Approve New Degree Program

Students can now pursue a degree in professional esports production at Ferris State University, learning the business of esports alongside digital media skills like video and audio production, user interface design, livestreaming and more," reports The Ferris State Board of Trustees approved the new degree program in professional esports production during its regular meeting Friday, Feb. 18. 

Tuesday, feb. 22, 2022

What's Behind the Invasion? FSU Professor Adds Context to Russia-Ukraine Conflict

While the world waits for the Russian-Ukraine crisis to advance, 9&10 News went to get a better idea of how we got here. “Basically Ukraine, Putin even said it, it’s like the ‘red line,’ like the West shall not go here,” said Tracy Busch, Ferris State professor, who spoke to 9&10 NewsBusch lived in Russia for 13 years and has a doctorate in Russian history. She says she is not surprised by Vladimir Putin’s interest in Ukraine.

FRIDAY, jan. 21, 2022

Ferris State University Students to Assist in Hospitality Operations at Sporting Event

Ferris State University students returned to Colorado to participate in the 2022 winter games," reports the Grand Rapids Business Journal. In collaboration with ESPN networks, Aspen Ski Company and Ferris’ Sports, Entertainment and Hospitality Management program, 11 students are supporting different operational aspects of X Games Aspen 2022 from Friday, Jan. 21, to Sunday, Jan. 23, at Buttermilk Ski Resort in Aspen, Colorado.

FRIDAY, jan. 21, 2022

Ferris State University Students to Assist in Hospitality Operations at Sporting Event

Ferris State University students returned to Colorado to participate in the 2022 winter games," reports the Grand Rapids Business Journal. In collaboration with ESPN networks, Aspen Ski Company and Ferris’ Sports, Entertainment and Hospitality Management program, 11 students are supporting different operational aspects of X Games Aspen 2022 from Friday, Jan. 21, to Sunday, Jan. 23, at Buttermilk Ski Resort in Aspen, Colorado.

January 2022

FRIDAY, jan. 21, 2022

Ferris State University Students to Assist in Hospitality Operations at Sporting Event

Ferris State University students returned to Colorado to participate in the 2022 winter games," reports the Grand Rapids Business Journal. In collaboration with ESPN networks, Aspen Ski Company and Ferris’ Sports, Entertainment and Hospitality Management program, 11 students are supporting different operational aspects of X Games Aspen 2022 from Friday, Jan. 21, to Sunday, Jan. 23, at Buttermilk Ski Resort in Aspen, Colorado.

TUESDAY, jan. 18, 2022

Eleven Ferris State University Students, Faculty to Collaborate with X Games Aspen 2022

A collaboration between Ferris State University and the X Games continues this year as eleven Ferris State students will travel to the Rocky Mountains to support various operational aspects of X Games Aspen 2022 Friday, Jan. 21 through Sunday, Jan. 23," reports TV 9&10 News. According to Ferris State University, the trip is part of a continued collaborative relationship which includes the ESPN Networks, Aspen Ski Company and Ferris’ Sports, Entertainment and Hospitality Management program.

Friday, jan. 7, 2022

Township Highlights Ferris National Championship  

On the heels of Ferris State Football National Championship year, the Big Rapids Township board of trustees declared a “Proclamation of Recognition of Ferris State University” during the regular monthly meeting times this. Read more details, from the Big Rapids Pioneer, at 

December 2021

Friday, dec. 24, 2021

Ferris trustees approves new majors, foundation directors  

Ferris State University Board of Trustees approved three new academic majors, a slate of new members of The Ferris Foundation Board of Directors and more at its regular meeting this month. Focused on creating opportunities that align with market needs and student interests, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Bobby Fleishman presented three new academic degrees that the trustees approved. Read more details, from the Big Rapids Pioneer, at  

Ferris Graduates Nearly 900 at Commencement Ceremonies 

For the first time in two years, Ferris State University graduates gathered in the Wink Arena of the Ewigleben Sports Complex Saturday, Dec 18, for in person commencement. During the three commencement ceremonies, Ferris President David Eisler told students that their dedication and perseverance helped them reach an important goal. Real more details, from the Big Rapids Pioneer, at  

THURSDAY, dec. 23, 2021

Ferris Offers Scholarships for New Students to Live on Campus, Attend Financial Aid Workshops

Ferris State University is offering two new scholarships totaling $4,000 that are available to students who sign up to live on-campus and attend a free financial aid workshop, reports MLive. The Bulldog Bonus Scholarship and Bulldog Housing Bonus Scholarship are available for new freshman and new transfer students for the Fall 2022 semester, the university announced last month.

FRIDAY, dec. 10, 2021

Ferris MATHCOUNTS Event Set for February 2022

The 2022 Woodbridge Ferris MATHCOUNTS is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022. Present plans are to have the event on the campus of Ferris State. This all-day event features a variety of challenges for young math minds as “Mathletes” working as individuals and in teams," reports the Big Rapids Pioneer. MATHCOUNTS is a nationwide math enrichment program for sixth through eighth-graders. The local event is sponsored by the Big Rapids Chapter of the Michigan Society of Professional Engineers with financial support from the Ferris State College of Engineering Technology and Cargill. Currently, five schools have signed up: Big Rapids, Cadillac, Crossroads, McBain and St Peter’s Lutheran.

FRIDAY, dec. 3, 2021

Ferris' Michigan College of Optometry Provides Free Eye Exams

This week, Ferris State University hosted the Michigan College of Optometry's Students in Need of Eyecare program which provides free exams and glasses for kids in the area, reports the Big Rapids Pioneer. Thirty-eight elementary and middle school students from Fremont and Hesperia Schools were bused to Big Rapids, received comprehensive, dilated eye examinations, and ordered glasses if needed through the program, a partnership between the Fremont Lions Club and Michigan College of Optometry. 

November 2021

friday, NOV. 26, 2021

Ferris' Michigan College of Optometry to Offer Free Eye Exams for Kids

Eye health is an important part of maintaining overall health, especially while growing up, and Ferris State University’s College of Optometry is offering families this important check-up service for free. Read the Big Rapids Pioneer for the full story.

THURSDAY, NOV. 18, 2021

Ferris Scholarships for New Freshman, Transfer Students Available

It’s never too early to look ahead to Ferris State University’s Fall 2022 semester. Now, for new freshman and new transfer students, the Bulldog Bonus Scholarship and Bulldog Housing Bonus Scholarship, totaling up to $4,000, can make a Ferris education more affordable. "Through the Bulldog Bonus Scholarships, we’ve added an incentive to get an early start,” said Jeanine Ward-Roof, vice president for Student Affairs. "Completing these steps as early as possible allows students to focus on finishing their final high school year knowing they are ready to be a Bulldog with scholarship support to make a Ferris degree even more affordable.” Read the Big Rapids Pioneer for the full story.

October 2021

Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021

Ferris Highlights Disability Awareness Month Activities  

An October schedule is an opportunity for the Liaison Committee for Students with Disabilities at Ferris State University to highlight this active and involved segment of the campus community, with speakers, contests and a resource fair as their Disability Awareness Month events. Read more details, from the Big Rapids Pioneer

Monday, Oct. 4, 2021

Ferris Heavy Equipment Program Hosts ‘Diesel Days’ Event 

Over 300 Michigan students learned about careers in heavy equipment technology through Ferris State University’s “Diesel Days” event, hosted at its Big Rapids campus’ Heavy Equipment Center. Presented by the university’s College of Engineering Technology, the event offered high school, vocational school and community college students a closer look at educational options and career paths in the rapidly growing heavy equipment field. Read more details, from the Big Rapids Pioneer.

Friday, Oct. 1, 2021

Top Doc: Ferris Optometry Professor Ranked One of the Best Eye Doctors  

The selection is an honor, but Dr. Philip Walling, a professor in Ferris State University’s Michigan College of Optometry, needed some convincing to accept that Newsweek placed him on a roster of America’s Best Eye Doctors 2021. The list of 150 optometrists and a like number of ophthalmologists came about through research involving more than 10,000 professionals in eye care and treatment. Read more details, from the Big Rapids Pioneer

September 2021

Monday, Sept. 27, 2021

Ferris Students’ Video Honored by Academy of Television Arts 

A weekly classroom project for Ferris State University Television and Digital Media Production students received an award of excellence from the National Academy of Television Arts and Science 2021 Michigan chapter in the Public Affairs/ Community Service category. Glen Okonski, program coordinator, said the program has had other success over the years submitting work to NATAS. Read more details, from the Big Rapids Pioneer.

Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021 

Support for Students Key to Realignment for Ferris State Student Life Staff 

Ferris State University’s professionals and student employees focused on programs to fortify the collegiate experience and support student advancement to career opportunities will serve through newly named operations under Student Life. Services previously offered through the Center for Leadership, Activities and Career Services (CLACS) are now the focus of the Center for Student Involvement staff (CSI) and Career and Professional Success (CAPS). Read more details, from the Big Rapids Pioneer

July 2021

Thursday, July 29, 2021 

Ferris State Finds Cost-Effective Way to Conduct COVID Tests

Students and faculty from Ferris State University’s College of Pharmacy and  College of Health Professions conducted a COVID-19 testing study for the journal, Exploratory Research in Clinical and Social Pharmacy," as reported by the Grand Rapids Business Journal. The study found the BD Veritor antigen-based testing program was a more cost-effective way of providing an accurate test to determine if student athletes who practice without a mask can contract the COVID-19 virus and be asymptomatic, as opposed to solely depending on the polymerase chain reaction testing or the PCR method. Read the full story:  

Friday, July 23, 2021 

Ferris School of Digital Media excited for new center for virtual learning

All students, faculty, and staff are enthusiastic about the university’s new facility. The Center for Virtual Learning should be completed by Fall 2022. Learn more about the excitement for this facility and the plans for it. Read the full story:   

Wednesday, July 21, 2021 

Students at Ferris State earn Solar Decathlon top honors 

Four students in the Architecture and Sustainability program finished in 1st place at the 2021 Solar Decathlon competition. This competition is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy. Learn more about the achievements of Tanner Fein, Jacob Hudson, Brooke Mehney, and Ian Wardowski. Read the full story:    

Tuesday, July 13, 2021 

Ferris State Graduate Wins SkillsUSA State Competition 

A graduate of Ferris State’s College of Engineering Technology continues the legacy of Ferris graduates succeeding in state level SkillsUSA competitions. Brandon Baker earned first place in Disel Equipment Technology for his skills in shop practices, electrical systems, measurements, leadership, and engine fundamentals. Learn more about Brandon’s achievements. Read the full story:   

Weekend, July 10-11, 2021 

Ferris State Uses Grant to Detect Coronavirus in Wastewater Samples 

Ferris State’s Shimadzu Core Laboratory continues to test wastewater samples for Delta variant of COVID-19. Learn more about the laboratory's research. Read the full story: 

Weekend, July 10-11, 2021 

Ferris State Selects Firm for Design of Future Jim Crow Museum Project
Ferris State’s Jim Crow Museum is planned to get a new exhibit building. Howard+Revis Design has been chosen to help execute the new building for the Jim Crow Museum. Learn more about the decision and partnership. Read the full story:   

Tuesday, July 7, 2021 

Ferris State Names new dean of College of Arts, Sciences, & Education 

Ferris State’s new dean for the College of Arts, Sciences, & Education is Randy Cagle. Randy will begin his new position on July 19th of 2021. Learn more about Randy Cagle. Read the full story:   

Weekend, July 3-4, 2021

Ferris State Dental Hygiene Program Among the Best in Michigan 

Ferris State’s program for Dental Hygiene has been ranked among the best dental programs in the state of Michigan. The ranks were given by, a Champaign, Illinois-based resource for information and research on healthcare education. Learn more about the achievement. Read the full story:  

Friday, July 2, 2021

Ferris State ROTC Program Looks to Increase Visibility as Activities Resume 

Ferris State’s Reserve Officer Training Core for the U.S. Army is looking forward to the active academic school year. This ROTC group has added 16 commitments to their program and are expecting to add even more. Learn more about what FSU’s ROTC program has planned. Read the full story:   

June 2021

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Ferris State Laboratory Receives $1.8 Million in Grants from the State 

Ferris State’s Shimadzu Core Laboratory for Academic and Research Excellence received $1,831,851 from the MDHHS for the research being conducted. The Shimadzu Laboratory has been working on wastewater surveillance since Fall 2020. Learn more about the grants and research. Read the full story:  

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Ferris State Pens Affiliation Agreement with Community College 

Ferris State’s collaboration effort with Grand Rapids Community College allows students to go after a Bachelor of Science degree in Music and Entertainment Business. Learn more about the agreement and how it will help students. Read the full story:

Monday, June 21, 2021

Ferris State Board Approves 2021-22 Tuition Rates and Budget

Ferris State’s Board of Trustees approved tuition increases of 2.71 percent for freshman and sophomore undergrade students, as well as 3.62% for junior and senior undergrad students. Learn more about the adjustments. Read the full story:   

Friday, June 18, 2021

Ferris State Central Campus Undergoes Demolition Work

Ferris State University’s Taggart Hall will be torn down in August 2021. Find out more about the construction. Read the full story: 

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Ferris Community Summer Band Returning to Bandshell

Following the opening of its concert season at the Canadian Lakes Castle, the Ferris Community Summer Band will be making its first return in two years with the Big Rapids Bandshell. The series will kick off the organization’s annual series of Wednesday evening concerts this week. Read more and view the schedule from the Big Rapids Pioneer at

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Ferris State Prepares for Students' Return this Fall

Methods developed by Ferris State University’s Admissions Office to acclimate new students during COVID-19 remain in service ahead of the 2021-22 academic year.Haner said their offices projected a group of 2,000 students who will complete orientation before arriving in residence halls and beginning classes in late August. More than 1,700 are already through that process, allowing them to continue exploring the university and meet other students. Learn more about the future of Ferris from the Big Rapids Pioneer at

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Ferris Establishes Scholarship Endowment for Late Student

Among the success stories from Ferris State University’s 2021 One Day For Dawgs fundraising efforts was the creation and inauguration of the Malik Kingsby Scholarship Endowment. Read more from the Big Rapids Pioneer at

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Breaking Tradition: Ferris Students Earn Unique Honors

Four students at Ferris State University recently received honors for their success in career and technical education (CTE) programs considered "non-traditional" for their gender. Read more from the Big Rapids Pioneer at to discover the awarded students and the criteria met.

May 2021

Friday, May 28, 2021

New Artificial Intelligence Program Begins at Ferris

Five-month schedule is underway to develop Ferris State University’s $29.5 million Center for Virtual Learning on the Big Rapids campus. The future facility, planned for the site of the former Vandercook Hall, will be home to Information Security and Intelligence, the School of Digital Media, School of Education, eLearning and the new Artificial Intelligence program. Faculty started offering Artificial Intelligence instruction this summer. By late 2022, AI and Information Security and Intelligence expect to move to the Center for Virtual Learning. Read more details, from the Big Rapids Pioneer, at

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Ferris State Hires New Golf Coach

The Ferris State University men's and women's golf programs will have an alum leading the way as the Bulldogs have announced the hire today of Sam Stark as the school's new head coach. Read more about it in the Big Rapids Pioneer at

Friday, May 21, 2021

Ferris Athletic Director Announces Retirement

Ferris State University Athletics Director Perk Weisenburger, who has guided Bulldog Athletics to historic championship success over the past 11 years, announced his retirement on Friday following more than 40 years of high-level achievements and service as an administrator in intercollegiate athletics. Read more about this topic, from the Big Rapids Pioneer, at

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Ferris Names Distinguished Woman Leader Award Recipient

Recently, the group announced Ferris State University Center for [email protected] Studies Executive Director Kaylee Moreno Burke as the 2021 Helen Gillespie Ferris Distinguished Woman Leader Award recipient. Read more, from the Big Rapids Pioneer, at

Friday, May 14, 2021

Change-Ups: Kalaczinski Named MOA’s Educator of the Year

Lillian Kalaczinski, an associate professor for Ferris State University’s Michigan College of Optometry, has been named the Michigan Optometric Association’s 2021 Educator of the Year. Read more from the Grand Rapids Business Journal at

February 2021

Monday, Feb. 22, 2021

Ferris Aims to Meet Financial Aid Needs Through New Program.

Ferris State University in Big Rapids is getting ready to break ground on a new Center for Virtual Learning. The nearly $30 million project will provide a modern learning space for programs including the School of Digital Media and the School of Education. Read more at TV 9&10 News.

Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021

Ferris Aims to Meet Financial Aid Needs Through New Program.

Ferris State University's Launch assistance program is an incentive for qualifying freshmen students, who will begin their college experience with no tuition cost, when factored in with federal grants, a Woodbridge N. Ferris scholarship, and their other resources. Read more about the Launch Assistance Program at the Big Rapids Pioneer.

Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021

Ferris' Accreditation Reaffirmed Through Higher Learning Commission

An 80-page report from the Higher Learning Commission marks the second consecutive review from which Ferris State University has earned a clean evaluation in meeting all criteria and expectations for accreditation. Ferris’ next comprehensive evaluation for reaffirmation will take place during the 2030-31 academic year. Read more at the Big Rapids Pioneer.

Monday, Feb. 15, 2021

Ferris State Adds Social Justice Program

Ferris State University will offer classes toward a bachelor’s degree in social justice beginning next fall. Read more about the latest curriculum at TV 9&10 News.

Friday, Feb. 12, 2021

Ferris Announces Black History Month Event Schedule.

Ferris State University plans virtual events to celebrate Black History Month. All events are available to students, faculty, staff, and Big Rapids area community members. Read more at the Big Rapids Pioneer


January 2021

Friday, Jan. 29, 2021

Ferris State University Signs Partnership with Affinity Licensing

Ferris State University agrees to a multi-year partnership granting Affinity Licensing the exclusive rights to manage the University’s trademark licensing program. Affinity will act as the exclusive licensing agency to manage the university's consumer products licensing relationships with manufacturers and retailers. Read more about this at the Big Rapids Pioneer.

Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021

Building a Future: University Discusses Campus Master Plan

Ferris began updating its master plan and held an input meeting for students. The state requires all colleges and universities to submit a five-year capital layout budget and an update of their master plan. Read more about the input meeting at the Ferris State Torch.

Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021

Ferris Launching Social Justice Degree Program Next Fall

Ferris State’s newest program, a social justice degree. This degree will allow students to learn about the causes of causes and magnitudes of social injustice and inequality. A degree in social justice can be used in a variety of careers in health, government, education and criminal justice, university leaders said. Read more about this latest degree on

Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021

Ferris State Celebrates MLK with Virtual Events

Even though MLK events look a little different this year, Ferris State University continues to celebrate virtually. This year, Steve Perry, an author, educator and motivational speaker will present "Lessons We May Glean From MLK, Jr. During The COVID-19 Pandemic" as the featured event in the 35th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration on the Ferris State University campus. See Big Rapids Pioneer for more information.