News Briefs

Welding students donate to local shelter
Welding Technology and Welding Engineering Technology students at Ferris State University donated more than 240 food items and a $250 check to Robert Beaverson of Our Brothers Keeper, a homeless shelter located in Big Rapids.

The shelter provides sleeping rooms, dining, and other services to the homeless. The welding students are representing the FSU American Welding Society Student Chapter, which has been involved with campus activity since 1972.

New grocery store coming to Big Rapids
The discount grocer ALDI is planned to open Oct. 24. Located at 21481 Perry Ave, this marks the first ALDI store in the Big Rapids area.

ALDI is known for selling their exclusive brands at affordable prices. Store hours will be 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Sunday. They accept cash and debit cards, but not credit cards. There are 58 other locations in Michigan.

President Eisler to hold budget forums
Ferris State University President David Eisler will cover the university budget and analyze enrollment trends during forums on Oct. 16. He will address the university’s financial position and it’s situation for the coming years.
This event will take place in the Michigan College of Optometry, Room 210 at 1 p.m.

Audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions about the university budgetary matters. All students, facility, and staff are welcome to attend.
For more information contact Elaine Kamptner at

New Programs Aiming to Diversify Ferris
Ferris State University has established the Center for Latino Studies, which is based on the Big Rapids campus. Ferris has created a plan that welcomes, recruits, and retains diverse students. Specifically, they are pursuing Hispanics through educational, social and leadership development activities.

As well as trying to diversify the student population, Ferris is also striving to hire and retain a diverse workforce.

Civil Rights local leaders coming to Ferris for panel discussions
On Oct. 17, the Michigan Civil Rights Commission and the Michigan Department of Civil Rights will be coming to Ferris State University for a panel discussion. The panel will be covering milestones, adversities and future opportunities for civil rights in the state, nation, and local communities. All are invited to this event, which will take place in IRC 120 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
For more information contact Matt Olovson at or 231-591-2152.

Festival of Nations event helping student trace their ancestry
Geri Johnson, Maureen Nelson, and members of the Mecosta County Genealogical Society will be holding a free event on Oct. 22 to explain some of the methods students can use to explore their ancestral roots.

All are welcome to take part in the discussion at 7 p.m. in IRC 109. The discussion will focus on the various ethnic groups that settled in Mecosta County area and why they settled here.

For additional information visit

New Scholarship Honors Fallen Ferris Alumnus
Friends of Trevor Slot have established a new scholarship for Ferris State University criminal justice students. Slot, a 1993 Ferris graduate, was killed in the line of duty about two years ago.

The scholarship will be awarded annually to a full-time junior or senior in the Criminal Justice program. The recipient must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Francis Crowe, former director of the Criminal Justice program, created a second scholarship-honoring Slot. The Trevor Slot Memorial Annual Scholarship has been awarded twice since its establishment in 2012.
Ferris’ Criminal Justice program with 1,200 students is the university’s largest academic program. For more information about the scholarships is available by contacting The Ferris Foundation at (231) 591-2365 or visit