Torch Newsbriefs

Flash Mob raises awareness for charity event

On March 31st, many students stopped in surprise to watch as several students dropped their belongings and started to dance in formation as a flash mob.

The event was staged by students to promote Ferris’ April 15 Dance Marathon to benefit the Muskegon organization No More Sidelines, which is dedicated to helping young persons with disabilities participate in sports and community events.

The Ferris State Dance Marathon kicks off April 15 at 8 p.m. in the University Recreation Center. It is open to the public, and admission cost is $5 per person aor $50 per team.

FSU Student honored by Scripps Howard Foundation

Ferris State University student John Vestevich was recently honored by the Scripps Howard Foundation for his work with comics.

“Winning the award is a huge honor,” said Vestevich, a second-year graphic design major from Bloomfield Hills. Vestevich, a 27-year-old student at Ferris, originally earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at Michigan State in 2006 but returned to Ferris in 2009 to pursue his passion for comics.

The award winners are scheduled to be honored at a dinner set for May 3 at the Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati.

Public Health Week

The second annual Ferris State University Public Health Week is set for April 4 – 8.

“Public Health Week is designed to draw attention to the issues in population health that are either preventable or treatable by using the resources of education and emphasizing personal responsibility for being healthy,” said Ziggy Kozicki, a College of Allied Health Sciences professor and head of the Public Health Week activities.

Students can take the opportunity to learn about ways to prevent injury or even death. This event is being sponsored by the College of Allied Health Sciences, Student Government, Mecosta Public Health and more.

The week of activities and presentations will take place in the Interdisciplinary Resource Center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The events are free and open to the public.

Board approves campus projects

The Ferris State University Board of Trustees approved several campus projects, including the relocation of telecommunications, replacing part of the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system at the Rock Café and the demolition of Pennock Hall, the former home of the Michigan College of Optometry, during its meeting on March 25.

The relocation of telecommunications is part of the plan for the renovation of the Rankin Center which will become the University Center. The intention is to complete the telecommunications and university network infrastructure relocation during the 2011-12 academic year with a seamless cutover during the summer of 2012.

The board also approved several other requests including an agreement which will grant Barnes and Noble exclusive rights to manage the bookstores for a period of five years. The next full meeting of the board is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, July 13th.