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School of Criminal Justice (CJ)

  • Assistant Professor Timothy Eklin recently defended his dissertation and completed his Ph.D. in Leadership and Change from Antioch University.
  • Ferris State University has executed a Declaration of Intention for the “Terry Nerbonne School of Criminal Justice Scholarship.” This fund has been established as a permanent endowment to provide scholarships in the bachelor degree programs in the School of Criminal Justice.
  • Professor Terry Nerbonne has retired from the School of Criminal Justice after 41 years of service.
  • The School of Criminal Justice has 456 students working to enroll in the CRIM-391 Criminal Justice Internship course for Summer 2015.
  • The School of Criminal Justice Law Enforcement Academy had 70 students apply for acceptance into the next session which begins in July 2015.
  • SOCJ Assistant Professor Steven Hundersmarck has been awarded funding from the 2015 Michigan Justice Training Fund Competitive Grant process. The grant funding of approximately $19,000 will be used during the next year toward local law enforcement training for the Central West Michigan Law Enforcement Training Consortium. Dr. Hundersmarck will oversee the administration of the training sessions for the local police officers.
  • SOCJ Assistant Professor Steven Amey has completed his doctoral comprehensive examinations and has obtained ABD status toward his Ph.D. at Wayne State University in Instructional Design and Technology.
  • SOCJ Assistant Professors Steven Hundersmarck and Michael Vasicek are conducting research related to the City of Big Rapids community perspectives on neighborhood safety. Students in the School of Criminal Justice assisted with the neighborhood survey interviews. The data will be reported to the Big Rapids Department of Public Safety upon completion of their analysis and evaluation.

School of Digital Media (SDM)

  • Television and Digital Media Production students in Associate Professor Connie Morcom’s Instructional Design course supported academic service learning projects including the Hungerford Games Trail Race demonstrating the arboreal view of the Manistee National Forest while running a marathon. Students also worked with Jodi Gardei and Human Resources to assist faculty and staff with a standardized approach to interviewing with search committees at FSU.
  • Digital Animation and Game Design (DAGD) students are partnering with the Grand Rapids Public Museum and West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology (an urban-based after-school program) to produce engaging content that will be featured in the museum's new, state-of-the-art planetarium. DAGD faculty members, Jake Pollak and Nick Pattison, are spearheading this project.
  • School of Digital Media students participated in the semi-annual, week-long "Frag Fest", held in Grand Rapids last week. During the event, students worked in teams for a game development and art competition. Students are supported by faculty, alumni, and industry professionals. The event features community-building events, workshops, and talks on a variety of topics.
  • On February 2, 2015, senior students in the Television and Digital Media Production (TDMP) program will produce the 100th episode of Ferris Sports Update. Hosted by Rob Bentley, in collaboration with the Athletic department and with support from the Admissions office and the College of Education and Human Services, the program airs Thursday nights at 10:30 p.m. on Fox 32. This milestone was reached by producing 14 weekly episodes per semester since Fall 2011. The show is produced by students in TDMP's Advanced Producing and Directing class, under the direction of Glen Okonoski.

School of Education (SOE)

  • Dr. Vanessa Wyss is being recognized on March 18, 2015 at the third annual author recognition for her two publications and two presentations during 2014.
  • The Inquiry Brief Commission of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) concluded at its meeting on May 23, 2014, in Bethesda, MD, that the evidence presented in the School of Education Inquiry Brief Proposal, as verified by the audit and evaluated by the Initial Review Panels, merits TEAC Accreditation status. The Teacher Education program's TEAC accreditation status is effective between Fall 2014 and Fall 2019.
  • On December 12, 2014, Ginny Hines provided professional development to the Counseling Staff at Grand Valley State University. The presentation was entitled "The Perfect Storm: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) and the Campus”. Hines focused on students who may have Alcohol Related Neurodevelopmental Disorders (ARND) and the academic and social challenges they face when enrolled at college.
  • The Student Michigan Education Association (SMEA) of Ferris State University is proud to announce that they have been recognized as a Register Student Organization. The SMEA is excited about having campus recognition, the opportunity to promote a wide variety of programs for future educators, mentoring with seasoned teachers of the MEA, and a self-funded service project focused on improvement of school environments.
  • On November 12, 2014, students in EDUC 413 Instructional Planning & Delivery presented an evening of family literacy at the Godfrey Lee School District. Students prepared activities for middle school students and their families to work on together. It was a fantastic learning experience for Ferris State University’s teacher candidates and students in the community of Grand Rapids. This collaboration was begun by Ferris graduate and current 6th grade teacher at Lee Middle School, Melissa Gill, Associate Professor Amy Kavanaugh, and Field Placement Coordinator Deb Warwick. Instructor Emily MacAlpine and EDUC 413 students facilitated the event.
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