News Briefs

SAGC collecting change for DeVos Children’s Hospital

Ferris State University students, faculty and staff are encouraged to donate some of their loose change to help “Cover the Seal” for a good cause.

Student Alumni Gold Club members will be collecting change on Wednesday, Sept. 17 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the North Campus Quad. Student Alumni Gold Club (SAGC) members will be using the change to cover the Ferris State University seal in the North Quad.   

A student leadership organization, SAGC serves as an official chapter of Ferris’ Alumni Association. The group hosts the annual event as both an outreach opportunity and to give to a good cause. “Cover the Seal” proceeds benefit the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital.  The first 500 people to donate $3 or more will receive a T-shirt from the SAGC and the Alumni Association.


Update on KCAD president 

The search for the next president of Kendall College of Art and Design is moving forward with the recently announced search committee.

In his most recent memorandum to faculty, President Eisler noted that over the past few weeks has been working with Kendall Academic Dean Ron Riksen and Art Education Program Chair Cindy Todd, who have sought volunteers for the search committee.

To quote, “They have developed a committee broadly representative of Kendall College of Art and Design, and which also recognizes Kendall’s important engagement in Grand Rapids.”


ArtPrize calling for volunteers 

With Grand Rapids’ hugely successful ArtPrize competition is on the horizon, Kendall College of Art and Design is seeking volunteers to staff its exhibition, “IAM: Money Matters,” in the Woodbridge N. Ferris building, which begins Wednesday, Sept. 24 and runs through Sunday, Oct. 12.

Kendall is looking for volunteers to contribute a total of 2,500 hours to man the exhibition about money and consumption.  Volunteers are needed to serve in registration, exhibition and as greeters.

Volunteers need to attend a training session this Thursday, Sept. 18, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  You can sign up and choose one or more shifts by going to .


State history conference

On Friday, Sept. 26 and Saturday, Sept. 27, the Historical Society of Michigan’s 140th annual meeting and state history conference will take place.

The conference will feature sessions about both Ferris State University and the City of Big Rapids.

The conference includes a number of presenters from the Ferris State faculty.  David Pilgrim will provide the keynote speech Friday evening, speaking on the Jim Crow Museum.  Melinda Isler will lead a session entitled “Woodbridge Ferris: An Enduring Legacy”

The complete program will include sessions on the African-American communities of Mecosta-Remus and Idlewild, suffragist Anna Howard Shaw and conservative thinker Russell Kirk, to name a few.

Professors Doug Haneline (professor emeritus of English) and Scott Herron (biology and biology education program