Torch News Briefs 10.12.11

Opportunities await at the Center for Global Studies and Engagement

The Center for Global Studies and Engagement will be housed in the Office of International Education. According to Dr. Piram Prakasam, director for the Office of International Education and associate professor of chemistry, as well as the university-wide notices, the center will provide exceptional “study abroad opportunities that will benefit both students and faculty on campus and around the globe.”

Another main focus of the center for Global Studies and Engagement is to provide students with courses that get faculty collaboration related to global issues.

Ferris Sports appear on Fox 32

Every Thursday night on Fox 32, Ferris Sports Update, which is a show produced by senior students in the television and digital media production, will be played. It is designed to profile Bulldog athletics.

The show is hosted by Rob Bentley and is under the direction of Glen Okonoki. Special guests may appear throughout the year, including coaches and student athletes. The show plays at 10:30 p.m.

Campus-wide public speaking contest

The deadline for entry into the campus-wide speech contest is on Oct. 26 at 6 p.m. There will be two rounds included in the contest. The preliminary round will take place on Oct. 31 at 6 p.m. in STR 234. The final round takes place on Nov. 1 at 7 p. m. in IRC 120.

The required speech topic is “9/11: Ten Years Later: What Have We Learned?” The winner will be awarded a cash prize. For more information, contact Dr. Sandy Alspach at

Global Entrepreneurship Week pitch and video competition

On Oct. 27, there will be an informational meeting about entering the annual pitch and/or video competitions.

The pitch competition includes submitting a business idea that is more effective than the others that are submitted. The video competition includes a short interview answering a question. A number of cash prizes will be awarded to winners.

Dining Services plans a silent auction for United Way

On Dec. 8, Dining Services will be having a silent auction for the United Way. To help out, people may donate anything they have made or something they would like to re-gift. Homemade food items will not be accepted. Organizers of the auction would like all items to be donated by Dec. 2.

The auction will take place in the Centennial Dining Room. To donate items, contact Julie Modene at ext. 3552 or Laura Seay at ext. 2512.