Torch News Briefs February 8, 2012

Garrison named dean of FLITE

Scott Garrison was named as the dean of the Ferris Library for Information and Technology.

Garrison’s duties will begin on May 1. Recently, he was the dean for Public Services and Technology at Western Michigan University Libraries. Garrison utilized user-centered, data-driven research at the WMU Libraries and implemented the VuFind next-generation catalog system later followed by the adoption of the Summon web-scale discovery service which allows researchers to use a Google-like search to obtain credible and reliable research.

Prior to his career at WMU Libraries, Garrison served in Central Michigan University’s Office of Academic Affairs, in the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill’s School of Information and Library Science and Health Sciences Library and in Duke University’s Medical Center Library.

Finalist for interim dean at College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Andy Karafa has been named as the finalist for the interim dean at the College of Arts and Sciences.

Karafa, the department head for the College of Arts and Sciences, received his Ph.D. in psychology from Kansas State University in 1999. He is currently the department head of Social Sciences, advises the psychology club and Omicron Delta Kappa and is the psychology program coordinator. 

Karafa has been at Ferris since 2000.

21st Annual Hospitality Program Gala

The Hospitality Program is holding its 21st Annual Gala on Friday, March 23; this year’s theme is “An Evening in the Emerald Isle”.

The Annual Gala began in 1991. The purpose of the gala is to showcase the talent of Ferris hospitality students. Students seeking Gala leadership positions undergo a selection process which includes an interview with the hospitality faculty and industry professionals,

The Gala will include a five-course meal, silent/live auction and entertainment. Celebrity Chef Edward Hayden will be joining the Gala directly from Ireland. All proceeds from the Gala benefit the hospitality management program students.

It is $75 per person for reserved seating. Seating is limited and 50 percent of the ticket price is tax deductible. The event is being held at the Holiday Inn in Big Rapids. For more information, contact Julie A. Doyle, hospitality coordinator, at ext. 2382 or

“United We Stand, Divided We Fall”

A campus-wide discussion on diversity and controversial topics will be held on Feb. 6 in Williams Auditorium.

“United We Stand, Divided We Fall: Discussion on Diversity and Controversial Issues on Campus” is a five-star event that will involve one representative from each college and several organizations on campus. Each representative will be involved in a round-table discussion where they will be viewed by the student audience.

Ron Snead, chair of the Ferris Board of Trustees, will be the mediator for the event. There will be a Q&A session following the discussion.

For more information on this event, contact Erin Williams at 586-854-0258 or