Torch News Briefs

FSU American Marketing Association places first in donor awareness movement

Ferris’ American Marketing Association (AMA) is participating in the national organ donor awareness movement, AMASavesLives.

Ferris’ AMA chapter placed first among chapters in new donor registration and third in social media posts in a competition. The awareness movement requires participating chapters to utilize various social media outlets and create online videos to raise awareness about organ donation.

For information about signing up to donate, contact Kelsey Aiken at To learn more about organ donation, view videos from the Ferris AMA chapter or visit

Ferris construction management student team wins regional competition

Three student teams sent to Associated Schools of Construction Region 3 won in late October.

The teams were sent to Downers Grove, Ill. for the competition, where two teams won their divisions and the third team placed fourth in its division. Ferris’ “Warren Oak Construction” was declared the winner of the Commercial division.

It is the first time Ferris has won a Region 3 student competition in 20 the years the competition has existed. Also, Ferris’ “CKW Constructors” won the Design-Build division. In the third division, called Heavy Civil, Ferris’ “Old Craig Construction” team finished in fourth place.

Meijer Inc. founder dies of stroke

Meijer Inc. founder Frederik Meijer died November 25 after suffering a stroke. Meijer is credited as being a founder of the supercenter store format. According to a statement issued by the company, Meijer died at Spectrum Health System in Grand Rapids. He was 91 years old.

“Pay it Forward” Grant provided to faculty

A “Pay It Forward” Grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service, administered through the Michigan Campus Compact, was awarded to help several Ferris faculty members teach about community service.

Stephanie Thomson, communication; Sandy Burns, dental hygiene; and Sarah Raymond, recreation leadership and management taught their students about community needs and provided real-world experience.

Through the program, each class was given $4,500 to give to approximately three community groups. Students volunteered with organizations in order to research information to present potential grant recipients to their classes.

Students performed volunteer work such as office work and cleaning teeth within all three classes. During the fall 2010 semester, Thomson’s students voted to give $4,500 to the local nonprofit group WISE (Women’s Information Service), which provides advocacy and support for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Four other groups received smaller amounts from the Pay It Forward grant.