News Briefs

2011 Cesar Chavez March and Gathering

Ferris State University members can participate in the 2011 Cesar Chavez Social Injustice March and Gathering in Grand Rapids on March 31. The march and gathering will honor the life of Chavez, a past migrant farm worker leader, for his work toward equality among farm workers and environmental justice throughout the United States. Chavez passed away in 1993 and was the founder of the United Farm Workers of America. The march will begin at 10 a.m. and continue until 2:30 p.m. The 11th annual march is free and open to the campus community. It is sponsored by Grand Rapids Community College. Participants can sign up in the Office of Multicultural Student Services in FLITE 159. For more information, contact Michael Wade at ext. 2617 or

Spoken Word Performance by Emily P. Lawsin

Emily Lawsin, a Filipino guest speaker, will visit Ferris State University April 6 to present how her history becomes our story in “History, HERstory, OURstories: Asian American Spoken Word Performance.” The event will be held in IRC 120 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Lawsin is an author, community activist and award-winning University of Michigan professor. She has been teaching at the University of Michigan since 2000 and previously taught at the University of California Los Angeles from 1994 to 2000. Throughout the performance she will incorporate vignettes, oral history and spoken word poetry to display her personal journey through Asian America for the Ferris community. Lawsin will discuss her family’s world of struggle, resistance and their love of food. The spoken poet has performed on stage and on the radio throughout the United States since 1990. The event is sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Services. For more information about the event, contact Michael Wade at ext. 2617.

2011 Chevy Volt visits Ferris State

Ferris State’s 4th annual Michigan Energy Conference will host the 2011 Chevy Volt April 13 and 14. It will be on display from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Kristin Zimmerman, a representative of General Motors research and development and the Volt infrastructure team, will be visiting the exhibit hall April 13 at noon to discuss the vehicle’s significance and energy-saving highlights. The conference will offer multiple presentations about topics such as code and regulatory updates, facilities and energy optimization case studies, energy sustainability, Energy Model and Applications, Energy Education and Science of Energy and Residential. For more information about the conference visit or contact Sandy Kerridge at (231) 591-2755. The conference is sponsored by Ferris’s College of Engineering Technology.