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2012 Alumni Success Stories

Steve Piotrowski Steve Piotrowski Named Future Big Ten Coordinator of Hockey Officials
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Former Bulldog Hockey player Steve Piotrowski (CHP '82) was named Coordinator of Ice Hockey Officials by the Big Ten Conference after serving for over a quarter century as a CCHA referee and working 14 NCAA Tournaments and six national championship games.
stock photo of a welder Not Your Grandfather's Welders: Welding Engineering Technology Grads Spark the Economy
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In addition to a passion for their profession, Ferris Welding Engineering Technology professors Ken Kuk, Jeff Carney, David Murray, Jeff Hardesty and Bill England have something else in common — they're all Ferris alumni, themselves.
Terry Berden Terry Berden: Man of Steel
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Before he built a series of successful businesses or won multiple prestigious business awards, Northern Michigan entrepreneur Terry Berden (ET'73) was a student in Ferris State University's Heavy Equipment Program.
Tim Murphy The Tim Murphy File: Life at the FBI and After
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Making moment-to-moment decisions may be the best thing Tim Murphy ever learned as a student in Ferris' Criminal Justice program. That skill has served the 1983 graduate well during his nearly 30-year career in law enforcement, most notably as the No. 2 man in the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Mark Beiderwieden Mark Beiderwieden: The International Way
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As president of Amway Japan, and former managing director of Amway Europe, Mark Beiderwieden (B’85) has a unique perspective on the state of entrepreneurship world-wide — and it all started because of his professor of German at Ferris, Marianne Heidemann, back in 1985.
Jacki Easlick Jacki Easlick: Designing Outside the Box
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Jacki Easlick (B'90) has found success in the corporate world after graduating in 1990 from Ferris. In addition to her own line of handbags, since 2010 she has also been an independent designer working for such companies as Nine West and Victoria's Secret.
Jamie Shafer Jamie Shafer - Diagnosis: Growth
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Jamie Shafer (B'03) traveled to Brazil to take part in America’s Corporate Responsibility Fellows Program, a collaboration between Ernst & Young and Endeavor, a non-profit organization whose goal is to foster entrepreneurship in emerging markets.
Mike Suman Mike Suman: Inventor, Innovator, Entrepreneur
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Mike Suman (T'70, B'04) says he likes to tell people he is an "addicted inventor." As with all humor, the comment has the ring of truth.
Jessica Zarate Jessica Zarate: Evidence of Success
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Jessica Zarate's inspiration for a better way to collect crime scene evidence involved a hacksaw and pore cleaning strips.