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New students can get involved by joining the Greek community

by Published: May 21, 2014

Alpha Sigma Tau and Phi Sigma Kappa celebrate being lip sync champs during Spring Greek week. Being part of the Greek community gives you the opportunity to participate in events such as these on campus.

Contrary to popular belief, there is more to Greek life on campus than parties.

Fraternities and sororities can provide a home away from home and long-lasting friendships. Joining a Greek organization exposes students to a large network of colleagues with similar interests, too.



What’s on Tap?

Events to look forward to for the fall semester

by Published: May 21, 2014

Keep your eyes, your ears and your schedules open. Ferris has many events taking place in the fall that you won’t want to miss.

If you are new to Ferris and Big Rapids, you won’t want to pass up Bulldog Bonanza on Sept. 17.

Bulldog Bonanza is a great way for students to get acquainted with local businesses, Ferris service departments and more 200 registered student organizations (RSO).


Living on Your Own

Five differences between high school and college

by Published: May 21, 2014

You finally did it. You’ve approached your first big milestone in life upon graduating high school. Chances are you’re feeling excited, free and even a little scared or lost.

Regardless of your feelings, you’re about to experience a major transition from high school to college this fall.

Believe it or not, adjusting to these changes may take some getting used to.


Kendall President Resigns

Unanswered questions surround Rosen’s unexpected departure

by Published: Apr 30, 2014

President Rosen of Kendall College of Art and Design (KCAD) in Grand Rapids unexpectedly resigned two months before his intended resignation date.

After rumors and speculation of his resignation a few days prior, Rosen made the announcement in an email to faculty and students on April 10.

“I was not terminated,” Rosen said.  “I voluntarily tendered my resignation in March, and am fully satisfied with the terms and conditions of my departure, which is effective today.” (more…)

Professor Betsy Verwys celebrates after completing the Gazelle Girl Marathon in Grand Rapids, raising money for SowHope with every mile she ran. 

Photo Provided By: Betsy Verwys

Gazelle Girl

Verwys runs half-marathon for third-world women

by Published: Apr 30, 2014

Professor Betsy Verwys celebrates after completing the Gazelle Girl Marathon in Grand Rapids, raising money for SowHope with every mile she ran.
Photo Provided By: Betsy Verwys

Ferris professor Betsy Verwys ran with a purpose on April 13.

“I was challenged by a friend of mine to set new goals for myself as I trained for this race,” Verwys said. “It’s easy to set new time challenges, but he challenged me to think about the race differently.”

Verwys collected pledges from friends and family for every mile she ran in the Gazelle Girl Marathon in Grand Rapids. (more…)


Erickson Named NMU President

Ferris VP of Academic Affairs to assume new role on July 1

by Published: Apr 23, 2014

Ferris provost and vice president of academic affairs has just been named president of Northern Michigan University.

NMU narrowed down 54 applicants to 10 semifinalists. After extensive interviews, four finalists were selected for the position as the University’s president.

Dr. Fritz Erickson was selected as one of four finalists. He visited NMU on April 8 to give a public presentation. On April 22 Erickson was chosen. He will assume his new role on July 1. (more…)


Mind on Your Money

Ferris students learn about money management

by Published: Apr 23, 2014

Ferris students had the opportunity to learn how to end money stress in an event for Money Smart Week.

Green Path Debt Solutions Representative Mark Munzenberg created a presentation specifically for college students and the types of financial issues Ferris students face. (more…)

Photo by Sarah Force|Ferris State Torch

Big Rapids Blackout

Ferris assists Big Rapids community after severe storms

by Published: Apr 13, 2014

Photo by Sarah Force|Ferris State Torch

Ferris is opening its arms to members of the Big Rapids community affected by the powerful storm that hit this weekend.

Big Rapids residents experienced washed out roads, power outages, damaged homes, and flooding.

According to 9 and 10 News, Mecosta County is the second most affected area by the storm with 12,930 residents without power as of 6:30 A.M. on April 13. (more…)


Greek Week Begins

Greek organizations raise money for Make-A-Wish

by Published: Apr 9, 2014

Friendly competition, philanthropy and fun are all part of this year’s Greek Week.

The events kicked off April 7. Greek chapters of Ferris brought Mardi Gras to campus as this year’s theme.

The annual event will celebrate the achievements of the 21 Ferris Greek organizations and gives the Greek community the opportunity to connect with other chapters. (more…)


Eliminating Prejudice

Pi Lambda Phi to bring people together through basketball

by Published: Apr 9, 2014

The men of Pi Lambda Phi decided to unify students in the best way they know how: a basketball tournament.

The basketball tournament is part of Pi Lambda Phi’s philanthropy, the Elimination of Prejudice Foundation (EOP).

“We came up with the basketball tournament because our brothers have met so many people from different walks of life on the court and have made lots of friends all from a simple game,” Ferris marketing senior and Vice President of Pi Lambda Phi Chris Smith said. (more…)