Torch News Briefs

Racquet and Fitness Center hosts Racquet Bash

The Racquet and Fitness Center, located at 14342 Northland Dr. in Big Rapids, invites Ferris students to check out its facilities during Racquet Bash.

Sponsored by Bulldog Beginnings, the event is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday. A variety of activities will be offered, including Zumba, quick-start tennis, cardio tennis, a fastest serve contest and wallyball. All experience levels are encouraged to participate.

Attendees will have the option to sign up for fall fitness program offered by the Racquet Center. Discounts will be available to individuals who sign up and pay for classes.

For more information about this event, contact Amy Nestle at (231) 591-2218.

Award-winning news correspondent to keynote Ferris benefit

John Quinones, Emmy Award-winning news correspondent, will deliver the keynote address for Ferris State University’s 15th annual Foundation for Excellence Benefit on Nov. 1 at DeVos Place in downtown Grand Rapids.

Quinones will discuss the role education played in his success. A child of migrant workers, Quinones became ABC’s first Latino correspondent and a seven-time Emmy award winner.

The black-tie optional event will begin with cocktails and a VIP reception for sponsors with Quinones at 5:30 p.m. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m., followed by the program at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $250 per person. Several sponsorship levels also are available. For more information, contact Kim Erickson at ext. 2635 or

Grand Rapids Shuttle Bus Service begins third year of operation

The Grand Rapids Shuttle Bus Service, now in operation, increased the number of daily round trips from three in 2012-13 to four this semester due to student demand.

Four complete round trips are offered Monday through Friday when classes are in session. The bus will leave the Big Rapids campus at 7:50 a.m., 10:35 a.m., 2:25 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. each day. The bus stop is located at the northwest corner of the Science building.

Ferris Pride Committee encourages school spirit

In honor of Ferris Pride Day, the Ferris Pride Committee is offering a 20 percent discount at Barnes and Noble on Wednesday.

Students wishing to receive the discount must be wearing a Ferris Pride button or Ferris clothing. Buttons can be found at Timme Center, Barnes and Noble and other locations around campus.

The discount can be applied to one item of FSU apparel at the bookstore. It may not be used with already discounted merchandise or combined with any other discounts or coupons.