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Students gather on Top Taggart field with blue lights in hand to show their support during Autism Awareness month.


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Light It Up Blue

Ferris students participate in Autism Awareness Month

by Published: Apr 30, 2014

Students gather on Top Taggart field with blue lights in hand to show their support during Autism Awareness month.
Photo By: Tori Thomas | Photographer

Ferris students gathered in Top Taggart Field to “light it up blue” for Autism Speaks as a part of Autism Awareness Month.

The “Light It Up – Autism Awareness” event occurred on April 23 and was sponsored by the Center for Leadership, Activities and Career Services and Alpha Xi Delta.

“[The event] shows Ferris really cares about the diversity of all people and getting students involved,” Ferris junior communications major Jacquelyn Beard said. (more…)

 
 

Gold Mind Conference

Keynote speaker discussed the importance of Greek life and professionalism

by Published: Apr 30, 2014

Keynote speaker and author of “The Divine Nine” Lawrence Ross visited Ferris to discuss the importance of professionalism and Greek life after graduation.

Alpha Phi Alpha, Delta Sigma Pi and Alpha Kappa Psi partnered to present the annual 2014 Gold Mind Conference, held on April 21 in Science 126. Raffle prizes were given to students in attendance and provided by the Center for Leadership, Activities and Career Services. (more…)

 
 

45 Years of Service

Ferris faculty member recognized for long-term devotion

by Published: Apr 30, 2014

One Ferris faculty member was recognized for 45 years of service at Ferris.

Research and Instruction FLITE Librarian Ann Breitenwischer has been a part of the Ferris community for 45 years and counting. Breitenwischer was recognized during the Ferris Employee Service Award Celebration held from 3 to 5 p.m. on April 23 at the Big Rapids Holiday Inn. (more…)

 
 

In With the New

Section editors announced for 2014-15 school year

by Published: Apr 30, 2014

Ferris sophomore journalism major Harrison Watt was announced as Editor-in-Chief of the Torch for the 2014–15 school year.

Watt recently decided who will help him as section editors for the upcoming year.

Ferris junior journalism major Richard Mead has worked for the Torch for two years and will assume the role as Sports Editor. (more…)

 
 

Helping Hands

Students volunteer at 230 homes

by Published: Apr 23, 2014

Ferris State students bridged the gap between themselves and the citizens of Big Rapids by participating in the BIG Event.

Students gathered at Top Taggart Field at 9 a.m. on April 12 for the seventh annual BIG Event. Approximately 1,400 student volunteers participated in helping 230 homes.

Ferris health care systems administration and pre-diagnostic medical sonography senior Amanda Jewell was the Director of this year’s BIG Event. (more…)

 
 

Moving Forward

Plans for the future of Ferris addressed at State of the University

by Published: Apr 9, 2014

Many faces of the university came together to discuss the future of Ferris.

“We will continue to create committees and communication that increases collaboration and provide the student body with what they want,” President of Student Government Andrew Kalinowski said. (more…)

 
 

Slavery Still Exists Today

Festival to bring awareness to human trafficking

by Published: Apr 9, 2014

It is estimated that 21 to 30 million people are in slavery today, according to freetheslaves​.net.

Ferris registered student organization FSUbuntu is partnering with The No Project for the Anti-Slavery Art and Music Festival from 7–9 p.m. on April 10 in the West Campus Community Center. (more…)

 
 
Local businesses offer t-shirts, blankets and other items as part of the Tribute to Women Expo. A discussion panel was held about women and gender roles in the work place.

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Gender in Careers

Tribute to Women Expo empowers women in the workforce

by Published: Apr 2, 2014

Local businesses offer t-shirts, blankets and other items as part of the Tribute to Women Expo. A discussion panel was held about women and gender roles in the work place.
Photo By: Tori Thomas| Photographer

Gender can sometimes affect a person’s career choice.

As a part of the Tribute to Women Expo held from 6–9 p.m. on March 25 in the IRC, a “Professional Women Panel Discussion” was held to discuss how gender plays into a career choice.

The opinions of the women on the panel varied, depending on the profession. (more…)

 
 

‘Big Girls Work Out, Too’

Zeta Phi Beta presents “The Coffin” on personal struggle

by Published: Apr 2, 2014

Students left their struggle behind on a sheet of paper as a way of letting go of their coffin.

For Ferris speaker and Zeta Phi Beta sister Whitney Franklin, obesity was the coffin that changed her life.

Franklin was depressed and suicidal after losing two close family members to obesity and decided to change her life. In the past year, she has lost over 100 pounds naturally and decided to come to Ferris to share her story. (more…)

 
 

Ferris Student Recognized

Graduate to fly to Hollywood for illustration work

by Published: Apr 2, 2014

A recent Ferris graduate is nationally recognized for the work she loves doing.

Kendall College of Art and Design graduate Kirbi Fagan will fly to Hollywood to be honored for her illustrative work with a chance to win $5,000. (more…)