News Briefs

Blake named Provost

Dr. Paul Blake has been announced as the New Provost and Vice President of Academic Afairs.

Blake has served in this role on an interim basis since last May when Fritz Erickson left the position vacant to pursue the Presidency at Northern Michigan University.

Blake is not a new face at Ferris, he has been here since 1989, initially as an English professor.

He has also serveed as associate provost and associate dean of the College of Education and Human Services.

Blake earned his Ph.D. in English from Michigan State University, where he also received his Bachelor’s degree.

Notably, Blake is also a graduate of the Management Development Program at Harvard University Graduate School of Education.

DisArt Festival opens in Grand Rapids

The largest ever disability arts festival in the United States will open in Grand Rapids this Friday.

Exhibits will open in Kendall’s Gallery’s in the Ferris Building in the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art.

Dr. Chris Smit developed the project, and the centerpiece is known as “Art of the Lived Experience.”

This is the first time this exhibit will air in the US, having already been at DaDaFest in Liverpool, England.

Football FrenXi and Lit it Up Blue on Sunday

Alpha Xi Delta at Ferris State University will host the sixth annual Football FrenXi for Autism Speaks.

Football FrenXi is a flag football tournament that will take place at Top Taggart Field.

All proceeds for the event will go to Autism Speaks.

The registration fee is 50 dollars per team and the deadline for registration is Wednesday, April 8.

Games begin at 1 pm.

Contact Joselyn Dlouhy for questions or registration at