News Briefs

Re-opening of observatory

A celebration for the grand re-opening of the Rawlinson Observatory on Monday, November 24 at 7:00 P.M. in SCI 102. It will begin the celebration with a presentation by David DeBruyn, the former director of the Chaffee Planetarium in Grand Rapids.  Following the presentation, vistors will proceed upstairs to the observatory for a view of the night sky.  

Student Debt

With the student debt discussion panels, President Eisler said he had made way with decreasing student debt.  A four-part plan is serving as a blueprint for these efforts – contain costs, raise financial support, double scholarship base, and reduce time to degree by one year.

University budget

This Thursday, Nov. 20, IRC 115, at 11 a.m., President Eisler will be hosting a forum on the university budget.  He has presented these regularly for the past several years with the goal of sharing budget information and providing insight into university finances.  With a portion of state funding now based on a formula that takes into account our university’s performance on a number of metrics, the link between Ferris’ goals and Eisler said that the resources we need to reach those goals is closer than ever.

Panels on diversity

This week there are several events in the universities ongoing exploration of diversity.  On Tuesday, Nov. 18, from 3-5 p.m. in FLITE 240, the Center for Latin@ Studies is celebrating its two-year anniversary with Testimonios: Impacting Change.  The Center will announce a leadership transition, hear from student panelists and enjoy appetizers from the El Granjero Mexican restaurant.

On Wednesday, Nov. 19, as part of Native American Heritage Month, the presentation “Fifty Years On – Wounded Body and Soul,” will take place in Williams Auditorium starting at 7 p.m. Will and Company, based out of Los Angeles, will perform their play, Native Visions, highlighting the lives of important Native Americans who have shaped our country.  This production explores social justice issues faced by the Native American community, including destruction of native lands, poverty and self-determination.

On Thursday, Nov. 20, from 6:30-8 p.m. in SCI 126, Professor Dan Noren will be part of a panel that will delve into the topic of diversity of languages as a part of Ferris’ BEYOND: Diversity series.  More information about these and other events is available on the university calendar accessible from the Ferris home page.