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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…)