Torch News Briefs February 22, 2012

Fifth annual Michigan Energy Conference

The fifth annual Michigan Energy Conference will be hosted by Ferris this year at Frederick Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids.

The event is set for Thursday, April 12. Registration for the day-long conference is $95. Students may attend for free and registration is open to the public. Those who pre-register will receive admission for themselves plus one guest to the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park and the “Butterflies are Blooming” exhibit. The theme of this year’s conference is “Research to Reality.” Attendees receive a complimentary breakfast at 7 a.m. and the energy-packed day continues until 4 p.m.

Breakout session discussion topics include energy research, energy education, building energy, code/policy and reality. Students may also partake in the energy poster competition for a chance to win a scholarship. For more information, please visit

WILL Conference and women’s expo

The 10th annual Women Investing in Leadership and Learning Conference will take place in the Rankin Center Dome Room.

The event is set for Thursday, Feb. 28 beginning at 11 a.m. The theme of this year’s conference is “Be beautiful, be you.” The purpose is to focus on the inner and outer beauty of women. The women’s expo will take place until 1 p.m.

The speaker series will take place from 6-8 p.m. in room 111 in the College of Business. The speaker is Sherene McHenry, a human relations expert.

For more information, contact Emily Kearney at

College of Pharmacy teams up with health services

Ferris faculty and students in pharmacy are teaming up with Cherry Street Health Services, Inc. of Grand Rapids to improve the health of patients with multiple chronic conditions.

A study conducted by the National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation suggests that five percent of patients account for 50 percent of all health care costs.

The NIHCM Foundation identifies patients with multiple chronic diseases such as hypertension, high cholesterol and diabetes as being the highest risk for using a disproportionate amount of health care resources.

The plan is taking place with support from the Patient Safety and Clinical Pharmacy Services Collaborative, a program of the Health Resources and Services Administration. To learn more about the College of Pharmacy at Ferris, visit

Idlewild documentary airing

The documentary “Whatever Happened to Idlewild?” will be featured as a part of Black History Month at Ferris.

Filmmaker Coy Davis produced the documentary, which marks the 100th anniversary of the Idlewild community in northern Michigan’s Lake County. Idlewild is listed in the National Register of Historic Places in the Library of Congress. It once was a premier resort community for African Americans from the 1930s through the 1960s.

The documentary highlights the rise and the fall of Idlewild. Davis will be present for a brief discussion after the film is aired. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be available for event attendees. The event will take place at 11 a.m. on Feb. 28 in FLITE 438.