Ferris reports increase in Spring Enrollment

Ferris officials are reporting an increase in student enrollment numbers for the spring semester. System-wide enrollment has seen a 2.98 percent increase with an addition of 392 students. This spring, 13,543 students enrolled compared to 13,151 students last spring. Enrollment on Ferris’ Big Rapids campus has increased by 1.6 percent with 9,321 students. Compared to 9,172, this is an increase of 149 students.

Online enrollment also grew with 642 students enrolled in online courses compared to 432 the previous spring. Ferris officials also reported an 8.7 percent increase in students of “two or more races.” This is a 3.4 percent increase in foreign students and a 2.3 percent increase in Hispanic students. Total off-campus enrollment through the Ferris Statewide network of locations has increased from 2,182 students in the spring of 2010 to 2,232.

MBA students to compete in Big Rapids case study competition

On Jan. 22, a group of students enrolled in the Master of Business Administration program at Ferris will be participating in a case study competition. The competition will be hosted by the Association for Corporate Growth. Participating students include Dawn Case-Tahaney of Lansing; David T. Verbeek, of Vassar; and Anne Minshall of Delton.

ACG currently has over 12,000 members from corporations, private equity and professional service firms representing Fortune 500 and Fortune 1000 companies. Team presentations are set to begin at 11:15 a.m. followed by the judges’ deliberation, feedback and conclusion of the event at approximately 12:15 p.m. The event will be held in IRC 109 at 10:30 a.m. For more information, contact Maureen Heaphy at

Ferris continues annual MLK celebration

The MLK planning committee and the Office of Multicultural Student Services are continuing Ferris’ annual MLK celebration through Jan 19. Activities such as the MLK Leaders Taking Action Display and Tunnel of Oppression exhibit will still be available for viewing from 10:00 a.m-2:00 p.m. The MLK Leaders Taking Action display includes an MLK timeline as well as 10 ways to fight crime on campus.

Among the major highlights of the annual MLK celebration, was the keynote address delivered by Columbia University associate professor and activist Marc Lamont Hill on Jan. 18. There will also be a “Food for Thought” soul food dinner at the rock café from 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Dining charges will apply to all those who attend. For more information on Ferris’ MLK celebration, or if you need special accommodations to attend the event, call OMSS at ext. 2617.

The automotive service floor is accepting vehicles

The Automotive Service Floor is up and running. They are currently accepting 2000 and newer model vehicles. The automotive service fee is $5. There is no labor fee. Hours of operation are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:00 a.m.-11:45 a.m. For more information, contact Jenifer Bruce at ext. 5989.

Kendall to host panel discussion

On Jan. 20, at 5:30 p.m. Ferris’ Kendall College of Art and Design will hold a panel discussion on what sustainability means to design disciplines. Design disciplines include architecture, industrial design, graphic design and interior design. The discussion will be located in the Student Commons on the KCAD campus. To learn more about Kendall College of Art and Design, visit n