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Torch News Briefs February 15, 2012

by Published: Feb 15, 2012

Ferris Fest headliners

The 2012 Ferris Fest Headliners are set to be announced this Friday at the Ewigleben Ice Arena as the hockey team hosts Bowling Green State University begin­ning at 7 p.m.

Ferris Fest will be held on Saturday, April 21 this year. The event is put on by the stu­dent orga­ni­za­tion Entertainment Unlimited.

For more infor­ma­tion regard­ing Ferris Fest, con­tact Alex Lorenz at lorenza2@ferris.edu. Also, stu­dents can see event notices by vis­it­ing face​book​.com/​f​e​r​r​i​s​f​est or twit​ter​.com/​f​e​r​r​i​s​f​est.

Grant received for single-parent students

Ferris is work­ing on imple­ment­ing a “Keys to Degrees” pro­gram for sin­gle stu­dents with chil­dren. FSU received a $64,775 grant from Endicott College in Massachusetts and the Kellogg Foundation for this program.

According to the uni­ver­sity wide notices, the grant will be used to put on spe­cific edu­ca­tional events and activ­i­ties for the fam­i­lies of stu­dents while they pur­sue a col­lege degree. The goal of the pro­gram is to strengthen grad­u­a­tion rates for single-parent students.

The grant will be used dur­ing three semes­ters begin­ning with the fall 2012 term and appli­ca­tions for the pro­gram will be avail­able online later in the spring 2012 semester.

For the pro­gram, Ferris will be pur­su­ing sim­i­lar efforts at Endicott College and Eastern Michigan University.

Ferris alum­nus brings exhibit to campus

Ferris State University alum­nus Khalid el-Hakim brought his nationally-known exhibit to Ferris on Monday. The event was free and open to the pub­lic as part of Black History Month activ­i­ties spon­sored by the Office of Multicultural Student Services.

El-Hakim’s exhibit, “Drum Majors for Justice,” is a cel­e­bra­tion of the con­tri­bu­tions of African-Americans in pol­i­tics with a focus on indi­vid­u­als who were inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The Detroit pub­lic school teacher and activist is the founder of the Black History 101 Mobile Museum.

When el-Hakim attended Ferris, he was greatly influ­enced by cur­rent vice pres­i­dent for Diversity and Inclusion David Pilgrim, keeper of the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia. During this time el-Hakim became extremely inter­ested in the cre­ation of a project that would have a last­ing impact on young people.

To visit the Black History 101 Mobile Museum web­site, go to black​his​to​ry101​mo​bile​mu​seum​.com.

Sign a Stud for Habitat for Humanity

Students, staff and com­mu­nity mem­bers will be offered an oppor­tu­nity to sign a stud and make a dona­tion to Mecosta County Habitat for Humanity. This will take place Thursday, Feb. 16 at the Rankin Student Center Atrium. The times peo­ple can sign are between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Each sig­na­ture will cost one dol­lar, and the pur­pose is to help raise aware­ness of poverty in the community.

For more infor­ma­tion on this event, con­tact Katey Way at ferris_habitat@yahoo.com.