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2014 Alumni Success Stories

Kristian Schroder Alumnus Kristian Schroder Hands Off LinkedIn Networking Group to NCAA
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Ferris State University alumnus and Bulldog hockey player Kristian Schroder (B '02) helped thousands of former college student-athletes connect online when he began the NCAA Athletes in the Workspace networking group on LinkedIn.
Brian Baltosiewich What? Did I Stutter? Ferris Helped Me Find My Real Voice
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Brian Baltosiewich's (B '89) experience as a student-athlete majoring in Journalism and Television Production at Ferris helped him find his voice. Despite a pronounced stutter, Brian faced any adversity it presented head-on. His journey has resulted in a successful broadcast career and even a few comedy gigs.
Robert Johnson Making a Difference: Criminal Justice Graduate Robert Johnson Creates Foundation to Help Others
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Once deemed an “at-risk” youth, Robert Johnson never sat on his laurels. Instead, the December 2013 graduate looked the other way when trouble came calling and decided he wanted “to make good things happen.”
Chris Kunitz Medal Man: Bulldog Alum Chris Kunitz Helps Team Canada Capture Olympic Gold
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Bulldog Hockey has its first Olympic champion. Ferris alum and Pittsburgh Penguin forward Chris Kunitz helped Canada defend its gold medal by scoring a goal in the decisive win over Sweden in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
Doug Fricano Alumni Essay: Doug Fricano
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Doug Fricano (B ’80) is celebrating his 10th anniversary as owner of Fricano’s Pizza in Comstock Park, Michigan, but the family name has been well-known in West Michigan since 1949. That’s when his father, Gus, opened what many believe to be the first pizzeria in Michigan, Fricano’s Pizza Tavern in Grand Haven. In this personal essay, Doug shares the role his Ferris education played in bringing his life full circle.