Ferris State University Big Rapids MI College

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School of Criminal Justice (CJ)

  • Dr. Mischelle Stone, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, has been awarded full institutional support from the Office of the Provost to participate in the two-week HERS Leadership Institute in Denver in June 2015. HERS is dedicated to creating and sustaining a community of women leaders through leadership development programs and other strategies with a special focus on gender equity within the broader commitment to achieving equality and excellence in higher education.
  • Three SOCJ students were invited as personal guests of a Ferris Foundation Board Member for the Foundation's Gala in Grand Rapids, MI on October 24, 2014. The students participated in the black-tie affair and clearly enhanced their personal network of contacts. The students thoroughly enjoyed the event and now understand the scope and necessity of university fund raising activities.
  • Former Deputy Director of the F.B.I., Timothy Murphy, provided a presentation on October 24, 2014 to School of Criminal Justice students on law enforcement and its federal relationships. Time was set aside for questions and answers with Mr. Murphy where many students actively participated. Timothy Murphy is a proud FSU Alumni member.
  • Students in the Lambda Alpha Epsilon Criminal Justice RSO are organizing their Annual Fallen Police Officer Memorial Run and intend for the run to occur on Sunday, April 26, 2015 at Hemlock Park in Big Rapids, MI. The run involves a fund raising effort for the FSU Jessica Nagle Wilson Scholarship Fund. Jessica was an alumni from the SOCJ and was feloniously killed in the line of duty in Hazel Park, MI.
  • Twenty Law Enforcement (LE) Academy students were asked and assisted the FSU Athletic Department with security at the Grand Valley State University football game on September 20, 2014.
  • The New Mexico Police Department from Roswell, NM came to campus to recruit future "aliens" for their department on September 24, 2014.
  • Recent LE Academy graduate Ryan Bruggink (Grand Rapids Police Department) was featured on Grand Rapids News Wood TV8 for his hands-on rescue of a deer from a fenced area.
  • More than fifty Mecosta Osceola Intermediate School District (MOISD) students visited the LE Academy to explore future college and career opportunities.
  • The September 2014 issue of the Journal of Criminal Justice Education (V. 25, No. 3, pp. 275-303) article titled, "Publication Productivity of Criminologists" cited Professor Nancy Hogan as one of most published criminologists amongst thousands of members within the American Society of Criminology based upon an analysis of total publications and percentage of scholarly works.
  • Sixteen students in the FSU Law Enforcement Academy participated in the Kalamazoo Area Foot Chase on Saturday, September 6, 2014. The foot chase is a 3.5-mile adventure run patterned after a police foot chase in pursuit of a fleeing suspect. They competed against other police academies in western Michigan, as well as 100 community members. The event was to provide fundraising for Michigan Concerns of Police Survivors (MI-COPS), the organization that strives to rebuild the lives of police survivors shattered by police officer line of duty deaths.
  • Twenty students in the FSU Law Enforcement Academy volunteered to assist and work with the Athletic Department (Assistant Athletic Director Jon Coles) to provide additional security personnel for the football game against GVSU on September 20, 2014 from 6:00-10:00 p.m.

School of Digital Media (SDM)

  • Digital Animation and Game Design (DAGD) students in Grand Rapids participated in the Schoolcraft College Film Challenge which included the incorporation of a specific 3D graphic element. Their film, titled "The Ocelot – Dumb and Soulless" was awarded Best of Show for the 2014 competition. It can be viewed at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYj2BWqq2vk‚Äč
  • Glen Okonoski was one of twenty faculty fellows selected from across the country to participate in the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Foundation Faculty Seminar. The seminar was hosted in Burbank, California the week of November 9, 2014 and included a wide range of seminars presented by industry professionals. The access provided to television producers, writers, directors and production specialists was very enlightening. The group also received private tours of DreamWorks SKG, parts of the Warner Brothers lot, and access to a taping of the ABC reality television program, Dancing With the Stars. It was a tremendous experience and a very unique opportunity.
  • The Digital Animation and Game Design (DAGD) program recently had two successful alumni, Randy Nolta from Kixeye (California) and Brad Phillips from I.E. Effects (California & Michigan), visit campus classrooms to present and spend time meeting with students. It was great seeing the student interaction!
  • Kenya Foster, student in the Digital Animation and Game Design program, is at Nickelodeon Studios in Burbank, California as a 'Nicktern'. She is working alongside staff storyboard artists this fall developing a new animated series to debut next year.
  • Television and Digital Media Production (TDMP) faculty member, Joshua Pardon, recently published an article about the effect of focal length on interview subjects: http://www.vantagepointvisual.com/blog/the-effect-of-focal-length-on-an-interview-subject/ and a short video that shows 4K RAW test footage of the Grand Rapids skyline: https://vimeo.com/106137497
  • The School of Digital Media held its semi-annual "Frag Fest" in Grand Rapids on Sept 8-13, 2014. During the event, about 50 students and alumni came together to compete in a game development and art competition. Seven teams of students completed impressive submissions.
  • Diversity resources, including a recently produced DVD that shares the story of students, faculty and advocacy of the LGBT community at Ferris State University, are available through Associate Professor Connie Morcom's Instructional Design course and the Television and Digital Media Production program.  An informational DVD titled "The New Normal" to promote inclusivity and awareness of LGBT was funded through a Faculty and Staff Diversity Mini-Grant and is also available as a diversity resource for FSUS 100 courses this semester.

School of Education (SOE)

  • On November 7, 2014, Vanessa Wyss presented "Getting Pre-Service Elementary Teachers to Buy into Problem Based Learning for Math and Science through Modeling" at the School, Science and Math Association annual meeting.
  • At its November 10, 2014 meeting, the School of Education SMEA hosted a presentation about active shooters in schools.  The FSU Department of Public Safety sent two officers who presented facts, showed a video, and then answered questions about the processes and procedures to address issues related to this potential hazard. 
  • Liza Ing presented at the TRENDS Occupational Studies Conference in Traverse City on October 16, 2014 on Michigan Articulation - Early Childhood Education.
  • Amy Kavanaugh, School of Education faculty member, and Jake Pollak, Digital Animation and Game Design faculty member, presented at the Lilly Conference in Traverse City on October 17, 2014.  The title was Student Collaboration and Game Based Learning. The game design students used the education students' unit plan standards and objectives to develop 4th grade learning games.
  • Vanessa Wyss had an article, Professional Development Schools and Transformative Partnerships, published recently.
  • Cindy Todd was elected the National Art Education Association's Vice President-Elect (western region) and will be leading the Michigan Art Education's 2014-2016 Strategic Planning project.
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