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COEHS Good News

College of Education and Human Services (COEHS)

  • The College of Education and Human Services held its 41st annual Alumni Awards Banquet on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at the University Center where distinguished alumni, faculty, staff and outstanding students were recognized. Approximately forty students were awarded scholarships for Fall 2015.

School of Criminal Justice (SOCJ)

  • Michael Mendenhall has been hired as an Assistant Professor in the School of Criminal Justice, replacing Professor Terry Nerbonne. He will begin in August 2015.
  • Academic Advisor Amie Calhoun has started working in the School of Criminal Justice effective March 10, 2015 and comes to FSU with significant student orientation and advising experience.
  • The students in the SOCJ Law Enforcement Academy recently participated in the Michigan Special Olympics (MSO) Polar Plunge at Chippewa Lake. The student raised $5,800 in donations for MSO for this event. Previously, the same students raised $1,200 for the Law Enforcement Torch Run for MSO making their total fund raising for MSO $7,000 over the last seven months. MSO recognized the students as the top fundraising police academy in the state.
  • The Lynn and Gary Trimarco Endowed Scholarship has been approved as the latest scholarship to be awarded for Fall 2015 to a deserving Criminal Justice student with financial need.
  • Several SOCJ Faculty presented research papers at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences 52nd Annual Meeting.
    1. Nancy Hogan presented: Spilling Over: Correlates of Strain-Based Work-Family Conflict and Correlates of Perceived Dangerousness Among Jail Staff.
    2. Cecil Queen and Greg Vander Kooi presented: Assessing the Efficacy of Problem-Based Learning Strategies Within Police Training Academies: A Michigan Study.
    3. Timothy Eklin and Mischelle Stone presented: Where Theory meets Practice: Embedding Corrections Training into a Four-Year Bachelor’s Degree Program.
  • The Criminal Justice co-ed fraternity, Lambda Alpha Epsilon, received a grant award from the FSU Student Government of $2,000 to assist with travel expenses. Fifteen members will be traveling to Washington, DC to attend the National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial ceremonies during National Police Week, May 11–15, 2015. They will be honoring the memory of the five FSU Law Enforcement Academy graduates who have fallen in the line of duty.
  • Assistant Professor Kristin Poleski has been appointed to the 61st District Court’s Sobriety and Drug Court Advisory Board in Grand Rapids, MI.

School of Digital Media (SDM)

  • The Princeton Review ranked Ferris State’s School of Digital Media, Digital Animation and Game Design program #16 on their 2015 “Top Undergraduate Schools to Study Game Design” list.
  • The School of Digital Media and the Media Communications Association held their 15th annual Ferris Media Festival on April 17, 2015. The day-long event featured speakers from across the country who shared their experiences working in digital media. Speakers included professionals in motion graphics, game design, music production, video promo editing and public broadcasting. The speakers for the event were co-sponsored by Music Industry Management, Gamma Epsilon Tau and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.
  • The Television and Digital Media Production Program hosted a banquet bringing many alumni back to campus on April 17, 2015 to celebrate 40 years since the first graduating class following the 1974–75 school year. A documentary feature about the program was screened, former Ferris faculty (James Breault and Fred Wyman) spoke and an outstanding keynote presentation was offered by TDMP alum Charisse Simonian, an Emmy Winning Casting agent in Los Angles.
  • Associate Professor Connie Morcom received the 2015 Outstanding Academic Service Learning Faculty member award on April 20, 2015 and an invitation to the Torchbearer Award Ceremony for contributions with TDMP students and civic engagement.
  • Student’s in Connie Morcom’s Instructional Design course were recognized for their presentation to the City of Big Rapids for their work documenting the 2015 Festival of Arts under the direction of Bruce Dilg and Roxanne Cullen with their efforts to build bridges through art with Ferris and the local community.
  • The Media Communications Association under the supervision of Television and Digital Media Production Assistant Professor Nick Kuiper completed a Public Service Announcement for the Big Rapids WISE organization. The PSA features members from the Ferris State University Football team who help raise awareness about sexual assault prevention. WISE will used the video on their website during the month of April which is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The video was also featured on the DPS Facebook page and has more than 800 views.
  • The Media Communications Association (MCA) participated in the Big Event, helping local community members with yard work. MCA also offered their services to students running for student government. The RSO students worked on a campaign video for Wayne Bersano who was eventually elected President of Student Government. The RSO also produced a series of videos for Women’s Information Service, Inc. that showed during their annual fundraiser at the Holiday Inn in Big Rapids.
  • Digital Animation & Game Design students and faculty attended the 2015 Game Developers Conference (GDC). The MEDC funded a “Pure Michigan” booth that included a large section devoted to the FSU DAGD program. Ten students were chosen by GDC as Conference Associates. Students toured EA Redwood Shores and Pixar Animation Studios. Faculty met with industry from Pixar, EA, Infinity Ward, Tippett Studios, and DreamWorks Animation.
  • Jacob Pollak and DAGD alum Justin Plowman co-presented “Increasing College Students’ Understanding and Empathy Through a User Centered Design and Project Based Learning Collaboration with an Urban Based High School Program.” at the Equity in the Classroom Conference.
  • Digital Animation and Game Design hosted a presentation by SENG alum Kyle Dhyne, software developer at Steelcase Inc.
  • Twelve Digital Animation and Game Design student’s work was chosen and exhibited at the Detroit ACM SIGGRAPH/IGDA “Computer Graphics and Game Art Show”.
  • Digital Animation and Game Design hosted a presentation by DAGD alum Kyle Boucier, 3D Illustrator at Dart Frog Creative.

School of Education (SOE)

  • Vanessa Wyss presented, “Preparing Pre-Service Teachers for Professionalism: The Impact of a PDS Effort on Various Pre-service Teacher Groups” at the National Association of Professional Development Schools in Atlanta, Georgia. The presentation reported on the use of a video about professionalism and how the video enriched discussions on professionalism with pre-service teachers.
  • Virginia Hines presented a paper at the annual meeting of the Eastern Educational Research Association in Sarasota, Florida last month. The paper is titled “The Perfect Storm: Teacher expectations, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, and the School to Prison Pipeline”.


  • FSU Cadet Joshua Camiller receives the George C. Marshall ROTC Award. The George C. Marshall ROTC award is awarded to the ROTC Cadets across the nation who demonstrate the excellence in leadership, academics, performance, and extracurricular activities that epitomize the career of General Marshall. Cadet Camiller is one of only 272 recipients nationally for 2015. The George C. Marshall Foundation presents awards in conjunction with a three-day seminar focusing on leadership and national security from March 29, 2015 to April 1, 2015, at Fort Leavenworth, KS.
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