Torch News Briefs 11.9.11

Annual Veteran’s Breakfast

All veterans are invited to the 6th Annual Veteran’s Breakfast on Friday, Nov. 11. at 7:30 a.m. in the Rankin Center Dome Room.

This breakfast is held to honor the men and women who have served in the military. For more information, contact the Vice President of Student Affairs at ext. 3578 or email Linda Telfer at

Early notice: 2012 MLK Celebration

Several initiatives are being planned for the Ferris and Big Rapids community to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Events that are planned for the “2012 MLK Celebration: Carrying On the Dream” include FSU Community Schools: 2012 MLK Art & Essay Contest, FSU Student Initiatives (Essay & Tunnel of Oppression Posterboard Contest, Student Tribute, Legacy Award Nominations), 2012 MLK Service Project and tentative calendar of events.

Any questions can be directed to the 2012 MLK Celebration co-chairs Michael Wade at ext. 2617 or or Nicholas Campau at ext. 2949 or

Fall Graduation Fair

Ferris students graduating in fall 2011 are welcome to attend the Fall Graduation Fair in the James L. Lundberg Bookstore.

The graduation fair will be held on Thursday, Nov. 10 from noon-1 p.m. Graduating students will be able to pick up their tickets for graduation, purchase their cap and gown, have graduation questions answered by the Commencement Office, complete exit interviews for financial aid, have resume critiqued by Career Services, get refreshments and more.

Tickets are required to attend all December commencement ceremonies. For more information, contact the Commencement Office at ext. 2612.

Ferris Board of Trustees re-elects officers

The Ferris State University Board of Trustees re-elected officers Ronald E. Snead of Greenville as chair, Sueann L. Walz of Big rapids as vice chair and George J. Menoutes of Flint as secretary.

Snead is a sales and marketing consultant whose term on the board runs through Dec. 31, 2012.  Walz is assistant vice president and branch manager of Independent Bank West whose term on the board runs through Dec. 31, 2014. Menoutes is a retired pharmacist and civic leader whose term on the board runs through Dec. 31, 2012.

Ferris history instructor publishes book

Ferris State University Professor Christian Peterson recently had a book published.

Peterson’s book, “Globalizing Human Rights: Private Citizens, the Soviet Union, and the West,” was published by Routledge in September. The book focuses on the role that human rights played in U.S. Soviet relations during the 1970s and 1980s.

Peterson said he spent a year researching and traveling to multiple national archives, including the archives of former U.S. presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan. He said his book adds complexities to one of the most pivotal events in the 20th century, which consists of private citizens to petition government, which can affect change.

In addition, Peterson said he has always had an interest in this period of history and a desire to improve understanding of the time period covered.

Additional information is available about Peterson on the Ferris website and information about his book is available at