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Singleton Brings Message of Forgiveness and Compassion in Jan. 30 Campus Event

Chris SingletonInspirational speaker Chris Singleton (pictured with a portrait of his late mother, Sharonda Coleman Singleton) will be the guest of Ferris State University's Entertainment Unlimited on Thursday, Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. Singleton's talk will be open to the public, free of charge in the University Center Ballroom.

A life-changing personal loss fostered a message of forgiveness and hope, which Chris Singleton will bring to Ferris State University on Thursday, Jan. 30, at 7 p.m.

Taylor Funari, the vice president of Programming for Entertainment Unlimited, the campus’ legacy five-star programming board, said Singleton, a former Chicago Cubs professional baseball player, brings a stirring message to the Ferris community. His mother, Sharonda Coleman Singleton, was one of nine people murdered in a Charleston, South Carolina church in June 2015.

“Chris wants the people who hear him to understand there is value in being able to move on, even in the face of such tragedy,” Funari said. “His message of forgiveness, along with his expression of faith and a call for unity, is very powerful to experience.”

Funari joined other EU Campus Programming Board members who heard Singleton and other presenters at the National Association for Campus Activities’ Mid-America Regional Conference in Covington, Kentucky.

“We saw many different prospects, where Chris spoke of his changing world, from professional athlete to inspirational speaker,” Funari said. “We felt that if someone in his situation can be so positive, that was an important message for our campus to consider.”

Singleton will speak in the University Center Ballroom, with his visit sponsored by EU, a registered student organization using student activity fees as allocated by the Finance Division of Student Government. For more information, contact Entertainment Unlimited at (231) 591–2610 or by email.