Torch News Briefs 09.14.11

Ferris gains invaluable papers for the Study of Academic Racism

Roberta Schönemann donated her late husband’s papers to the Institute for the Study of Academic Racism at Ferris State University’s archives. Her husband Peter Schönemann was a professor of psychological sciences at Purdue for the majority of his career, according to University News and Marketing. The research he performed was centered on test theory and quantitative behavior genetics. He also studied the use of mathematical tools for social science research.

Through Schönemann’s research, he wrote and published over 90 papers that focused on correcting scientifically accepted racist theories of intelligence.

A friend and colleague of Schönemann’s was FSU professor Barry Mehler, who feels these documents will be important for students to be able to look at the history of this issue. University News and Marketing also reported that Schönnemann was born under the shadow of Adolf Hitler, survived the firebombing of Dresden, swam the Elbe River to escape from East Germany and came to the United States where he studied under Raymond B. Cattell. Schönemann passed away on April 7, 2010.

Digital media helping Ferris students learn

In 2001, Ferris changed the television production program to the television and digital media production program. This change was made to work with the way media was expanding and give Ferris students the skills to follow whatever path they may choose for future careers.

According to University News and Marketing, students in this program put many hours into learning how to use the same equipment and meet deadlines they would have in a real workplace. Seniors in the program work each week at taping and editing “Ferris State Live”- a studio based program, and “Ferris in Focus”-which is internet based.

Students pair up with one student acting as producer and the other as the camera operator and editor to produce 14 episodes of “Ferris State Live” and 10 episodes of “Ferris is Focus”.

Class of 2011 Bulldog athletics banquet to happen in just weeks

On Friday, Sept. 30, the induction banquet for FSU’s Bulldog Athletics Hall of Fame will take place at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Center located in Big Rapids.

The evening will begin with a reception in honor of this year’s honored athletes at 6 p.m. The dinner and induction ceremony will start at 7 p.m. and the program should finish by 9 p.m.

The Bulldog Athletics Hall of Fame was created to honor athletes and coaches who have stood out in their sport or honorary members who made exceptional contributions to athletics.

Tickets must be purchased by Sept. 27 and will not be sold the night of the event. Tickets will cost $50 each; people may also purchase a table of 10 for $450. To obtain a table, contact the FSU Athletics Ticket Office.