Torch Newsbriefs: 2.23.11

Department of State informational meeting

Coming to campus Feb. 24 is William Downer, a retired Foreign Service officer, who will share information about job opportunities within the federal government. The event is open to all academic students. Students involved with facility management, HVACR and construction management are encouraged to attend. Downer will host individual informational sessions from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Rankin Center 135. Students are welcome to attend and ask questions. For more information, contact Career Services at or ext. 2685.

American Red Cross blood drive

Due to severe winter storms, the American Red Cross has been unable to collect an expected 28,000 pints of blood in the Great Lakes region. A large amount of blood drives have been canceled or forced to close. Ferris’ Brophy/McNerny Hall will be having a blood drive Feb. 25 from 1-6:45 p.m. Ferris students are encourage to donate and help save a life. To schedule an appointment for giving blood, call 1-800-448-3543.

The 4th annual Polar Plunge

The Ferris community can sign up for a chance to partake and earn prizes in the 4th annual Polar Plunge Fundraiser Feb. 26 at Chippewa Lake. There is a registration fee of $50. Sign-in begins at 11 a.m. at the East Bay General Store. After a parade of costumes, the plunge will take place at 12:30 p.m. The event is put on by the Area 5 Special Olympics Mecosta-Osceola. For more information, contact Pat Rosales at 867-5713 or visit

Closing ceremony of the Festival of the Arts

After a month-long festival supporting the local arts, the closing reception of Festival of the Arts will be held Feb. 27 at 4 p.m. The event will be held at the Big Rapids High School Auditorium. Voca Lyrica, a diverse West Michigan women’s group, will be featured. A local instrumental group, Con Brio Voce Brass Ensemble, will perform at the event. The winner of the Festival of the Arts Civic Sculpture Competition will also be revealed after the concert. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Bruce Dilg at ext. 2488.

Leading historian visits Grand Rapids campus

Nell Irvin Painter, one of the nation’s leading historians, will be visiting Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University in Grand Rapids on Feb. 23. The award-winning scholar and writer will hold a lecture at 6:30 p.m. The event will be held at 61 Sheldon SE. She is the author of seven books relating to the American South such as Sojourner Truth: A Life, A Symbol and The History of White People. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the Ferris State University News website.

Walk For Warmth

In the 20th annual Walk for Warmth, Mid Michigan Community Action will be raising awareness Feb. 26 for those who may experience the winter with little or no heat. Participants can either walk individually or as a team to raise pledges for those less fortunate. The funds raised will go to families and individuals in need throughout the local community. Registration for the event will be held at Crossroads Charter Academy Elementary School Building at 9 a.m. and the walk will begin at 10 a.m. For more information, contact Lisa McCartney at n