News Briefs

Birkam new hire
The Division of Student Affairs and Birkam Health Center welcomed new staff member Dr. Peter S. VanDeMark to Ferris on March 7. VanDeMark is board certified and obtained his MD from Wayne State University. He has been practicing medicine in the Big Rapids Community for over 30 years and is excited to join the Ferris State team.

Last day to withdraw
The last day to withdraw from a class and receive a “W” on your transcripts is March 23. If you wish to drop a class it is suggested that you meet with your professor in that course, as well as your academic advisor, immediately to discuss possible repercussions. For more information visit

PRISM Writing Contest
Due to the break, the deadline for submitting work to the PRISM Writing Contest has been extended. Categories include poetry, short fiction, research papers, essays and other artworks in various mediums. The new deadline is Friday, March 18 and details on how to submit work can be found at

Fifth 3D printer
The Ferris Maker Space, located in room 110 of the Swan Building, now has a fifth 3D printer as well as a small desktop CNC mill and has collaborated with 3DXTECH, a supplier that offers regular and high-end engineering compounds, to obtain filament at a cut-rate.

Password reset
On March 8, Information Technology Services updated their password management tool to be more secure by getting rid of “challenge questions.” Instead, you can now use an alternative email to receive a temporary security code. If you do not set up an alternative email, and you forget your password, you will need to call TAC to have the password reset. This new method of resetting your password is only necessary if you have forgotten your password, or if you need to change your current password. If you have any questions concerning password reset, contact TAC at (231) 591-4822 or toll free at (877) 779-4822.

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