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Adventurous Game: Ferris students from the digital arts program design an adventure game shown above, soon to be developed by the company Plain Concepts.

Game Designers

Team from School of Digital Arts working on Timberwood

by Published: Jan 30, 2013

Adventurous Game: Ferris students from the digital arts program design an adventure game shown above, soon to be developed by the company Plain Concepts. Photo Courtesy of Timberwood Team

Gaming is an activity that plenty of students at Ferris partake in.

In fact, Ferris offers a digital animation and game design major at its Grand Rapids campus as a part of the School of Digital Arts in which students get to develop a game hands-on as a part of their junior project.

A current team of students is working on Timberwood, an upcoming adventure game for mobile devices. Plain Concepts, a Spain-based company, is developing the game. (more…)

 
 

High Rankings

Ferris program ranked number one in nation

by Published: Jan 23, 2013

Recently, the U.S. News and World Report ranked Ferris State University’s online masters of nursing program the number one program of its sort in the nation. This is certainly good news for all those who have worked to make this program great and for all the students who are currently enrolled in it.

Behind Ferris ranked Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas in second place and University of Michigan-Flint taking third place. Other Michigan universities included Michigan State University which ranked 43rd. (more…)

 
 

We Are

Ferris to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day

by Published: Jan 16, 2013

Martin Luther King Jr. is a man who, upon seeing injustice in the world, took a stand while refusing to resort to violence. He was a man who was more than mere intentions; he was one who brought actual change to the world.

For over two decades, Ferris State University has been commemorating Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy. The tradition continues Jan. 21 — 23 with the “We Are” celebration in which a variety of events will be undertaken across campus to honor and remember Martin Luther King Jr.

“I enjoy the Freedom March because it is symbolic of the marches that occurred during the civil rights movement,” Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion David Pilgrim said. “It honors the people who were beaten and jailed because they marched for basic rights—for example, the right to vote or use public transportation. When we march, we symbolically relive their struggle—a struggle that benefits us today.” (more…)

 
 

Getting to Know Your President

Meet Byron T. Williams, president of Student Government

by Published: Dec 5, 2012

Student Government is one of the many organizations on campus in which students are encouraged to take an active role.

The mission of Student Government is “to represent student interests in all aspects of campus life as well as maintain open channels of communication between students, faculty, staff, administration and the Big Rapids community.”

There are many different ways for students to become representatives including through their college, registered student organization (RSO) or fraternity/sorority. (more…)

 
 

Bye Bye Burcham

Vice president of student affairs set to retire

by Published: Nov 28, 2012

In 1969, Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, and Dr. Daniel Burcham was hired by Ferris as an English professor.

In the years that followed, NASA has continued its conquest of the last frontier, and Burcham served as vice president of student affairs. After a 43-year career, Burcham announed his retirement effective March 31, 2013.

During his time at Ferris, Burcham served in a variety of positions including developmental education department head, associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, dean of enrollment services and acting provost. (more…)

 
 

The Excitement of Opening Day

Ferris students look forward to start of hunting season

by Published: Nov 14, 2012

Hunting has to be one of the oldest activities in which mankind has partaken. For millions of years man has relied upon this tradition for survival purpose and it continues to thrive to this very day. Michigan is certainly no stranger to hunters and many students here are very excited to get back out into the wilderness and hunt once more.

Students should, of course, make sure to stay safe while hunting. Hunters are advised to remember the “Ten Commandments of Firearm Safety” and wear their orange. There were 12 hunting accidents in 2011, 5 of which were fatal.

While weapons are not permitted on campus, students are allowed to register and store them with the Department of Public Safety during hunting season however. (more…)

 
 
Full Closet: Inside Rankin Student Center, students can borrow formal dress clothes for occasions where they need to wear something a bit nicer than yoga pants and a Northface jacket. Photo By: Eric Trandel | Photographer

Need Professional Clothing?

First Lady’s Attic helps students with wardrobe

by Published: Nov 7, 2012

Full Closet: Inside Rankin Student Center, students can borrow formal dress clothes for occasions where they need to wear something a bit nicer than yoga pants and a Northface jacket. Photo By: Eric Trandel | Photographer

Most of us are aware of how the clothing we choose to wear sends a message to others. Be it friends, strangers, teachers or potential employers, how we choose to dress has quite an impact.

This is why professional attire is so crucial in sending the correct message to potential employers in a job interview. Being well dressed shows that you are confident and capable, someone who an employer wants to hire.

Of course, we don’t all have a massive wardrobe full of professional clothing ‚and stocking up on this is easier said than done. One will quickly discover these clothes tend to get rather pricy pretty quickly. Stores such as Goodwill are certainly less expensive, but there is no guarantee they’ll have what you need in stock. In response to this problem which many students may face, the First Lady’s Attic was put together. (more…)

 
 
More Like Student Misconduct: The Office of Student Conduct deals with violations of the Code of Student Conduct. Staged Photo By: Tori Thomas | Photographer

In Trouble?

The Office of Student Conduct and you

by Published: Oct 31, 2012

More Like Student Misconduct: The Office of Student Conduct deals with violations of the Code of Student Conduct. Staged Photo By: Tori Thomas | Photographer

The Office of Student Conduct. The very title may send shivers down the spines of some students. What is this Office of Student Conduct and what can students expect if sent there?

The Ferris website contains the mission statement: “The mission of the Office of Student Conduct is to educate students about their rights and responsibilities as community members, help students understand the balance between individual and community rights, and help maintain a community atmosphere conducive to academic success.” (more…)

 
 

Award-Winning Reporter Speaks at Ferris

Skubick talks presidential election, Governor Snyder and more

by Published: Oct 31, 2012

Tim Skubick, host of “Off the Record” and contributor to mlive​.com, recently came to Ferris to speak to students about issues surrounding the November election in a manner that was lively, humorous and informative.

After a brief introduction by President David Eisler, Skubick went on to give his speech.

He began by trying to discern the members of the audience who had already made their decision regarding the November election and those who were still considering their options. Of course, the vast majority of the audience had already decided who they were supporting in the upcoming election. (more…)

 
 

Ferris Faculty Awarded Research Fellowships

Opportunities for faculty and students alike

by Published: Oct 17, 2012

Recently, four different professors at Ferris were awarded faculty research fellowships from the Office of Academic Research. These research fellowships are designed to allow professors to remain able to interact with their students and classrooms while still being able to devote time into academic research.

These research fellowships are awarded to professors of different academic pursuits including mathematics, philosophy, chemistry and art history.

“The breadth of programs available at Ferris has brought faculty here from a wide range of disciplines and research areas,” said Director of Academic Research and Grants Karen Strasser. (more…)