Torch News Briefs

School of Criminal Justice to open new academy

The Correctional Officers Training Academy is coming to Big Rapids through Ferris State University’s School of Criminal Justice. The academy is set to open in 2014.

The new training course makes students eligible for certification as county jail corrections officers. Students in the Criminal Justice program can already obtain certification to be a state prison corrections officer.

Although Ferris will not be responsible for providing certification, the Michigan Sheriff’s Association’s Training Council recommended the program be opened at Ferris.

For more information about Ferris’s School of Criminal Justice, visit

Ferris selected to house Michigan Golf Hall of Fame

Ferris State University has been selected as the future home of the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame. The Professional Golf Management academic program was developed at Ferris. Ferris is well respected in the golf industry.

The Michigan Golf Foundation decided Ferris would be a fitting location for its collection of plaques, portraits and its 101 hall of fame members.

Student access to the memorabilia will assist in understanding the history and traditions of golf in Michigan.

Additional information can be found at

Hypnotist to de-stress students before finals

Entertainment Unlimited will bring hypnotist Tom Deluca to the Williams Auditorium on Dec. 5 at 7 p.m.

Deluca’s performance features ways to prevent stress or burning out. Also, he has a program that teaches audience members how to retrain their brain to focus on their imagination. Imagination is a powerful tool to humans according to Deluca.

Pancakes with the President on Dec. 9

Pancakes with the President will take place Dec. 9 from 10 p.m. to midnight at the Rock Café.

This event is free to all students, including those without meal plans. A Ferris ID is required.

Student Government hosts this annual event inviting students to take a break from studying.

Holiday closing information

Ferris State University will close for the holidays starting Dec. 24. All offices will reopen on Jan. 2, 2014.

Contact Elaine Kamptner from the President’s Office at 231-591-2500 or with questions.