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Today, Ferris State University President David Eisler expressed strong support for Gov. Rick Snyder’s executive budget. This proposes a $28 million increase in support to state universities and a cap on contributions to the Michigan Public School Employees Retirement System for universities that pay into the system.  If adopted by the legislature, this would be the fourth year of increases in support of higher education.
Ferris President Supports Governor Snyder’s Higher Education Budget Proposals
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Ferris State University’s Board of Trustees has elected Paul Boyer, of Ada, as its new chair. Also elected to executive positions were Lori Gwizdala, of Bay City, as vice chair, and Erin Brown, of East Lansing, as secretary. Other board members are Alisha M. Baker, of Mount Clemens; Dr. D. William Lakin, of Clinton Twp.; Arthur L. Tebo, of Walloon Lake; and Sueann L. Walz, of Big Rapids.
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Randy Phelps fell in love with Bulldog hockey right from the start. As a college freshman in 1978, at what is now Ferris State University, it was essentially love at first sight as Phelps tried out for the team. #Donor   #FerrisState  ##FerrisStateHockey #WCHA  
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VIDEO: The Top 10 Reasons Why Brutus is Thankful. #thanksgiving  +FerrisStateVideo 
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Ferris alumna Sarah E. Nutter, dean of the School of Business at George Mason University, was recognized among the Washington Business Journal’s “2014 Women Who Mean Business” award recipients.
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Motivated to help local high school students turn their higher education dreams into reality, Ferris State University’s American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, Local 1609 has awarded scholarships to students from local school districts.  #scholarships   #financialaid   #AFSCME   #highereducation   #college  
Ferris AFSCME Awards Scholarships to Local Students
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On Thursday, Feb. 12, Ferris State University will be among the more than 100 educational institutions worldwide to participate in Student Engagement and Philanthropy Month. The initiative, organized by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, is designed to increase student understanding of philanthropy and grow engagement on campuses.  #TanksforThanks   #StudentEngageMonth
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Gov. Rick Snyder has appointed Ana Ramirez-Saenz, of Rockford, and Rupesh Srivastava, of Franklin Village, to serve on the Ferris State University Board of Trustees. Ramirez-Saenz and Srivastava will serve eight-year terms that expire Dec. 31, 2022. Their appointments, effective Jan. 1, 2015, are subject to the confirmation by the Michigan senate.
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Check out the latest edition of Ferris Magazine. #FerrisAlumni   #FerrisState   #alumni   #BigRapids  
Ferris Magazine Honors 130th Anniversary of University
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Ron and Dee Snead couldn’t be more excited and honored to serve as grand marshals for Ferris State University’s 2014 homecoming celebration.
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Kaitlyn offers new and returning students some advice on what to and not to bring when moving into campus residence halls and apartments. #FerrisMoveIn  
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She is: A senior from Richmond, Mich., majoring in Public Relations.

Internship: The Old Club, which is located on the exclusive Harsens Island in Michigan, is the site of her internship. The Old Club was formed in 1872 and offers a hotel, private residences, a 9-holf golf course, tennis courts, a harbor and more.

Penzien is completing this 20-week paid internship over the summer. This is her second summer interning at The Old Club.
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Ferris State University has more than 14,000 students enrolled in classes on its main campus in Big Rapids, 19 off-campus sites throughout Michigan and at Ferris’ Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids. By offering people what they want, when and where they need it, Ferris is Michigan's "statewide university," with a transfer rate higher than any other university in Michigan, facilitated by the ease of “laddering” from a two-year to a four-year degree.

» Mission, Core Values & Vision

Ferris is distinguished by its strong heritage of opportunity and career-oriented approach to education where theory meets practice, along with unique degrees that are not available at other universities in the state, region or nation. More than 180 programs, ranging from associate to doctoral degrees, are offered through eight degree-granting colleges: Arts and Sciences, Business, Education and Human Services, Engineering Technology, Health Professions, Kendall College of Art and Design, Michigan College of Optometry, and Pharmacy.

The majority of Ferris' offerings are tailored with a specific occupation in mind and align directly with many occupations that are expected to experience growth across the country through 2016. The University has at least 140 degrees that align directly with in-demand occupations in the categories of business, finance and management; administrative and clerical; computer science and engineering; social service; education and training; health care practitioners; health care technology and support; protective service; and construction, production and repair.

Ferris has the fewest number of large classes among Michigan’s 15 public universities, with only 1 percent of classes having more than 50 students. This allows for more direct contact with faculty, more hands-on learning and experimentation and greater student engagement. More than 50 percent of Ferris classes have fewer than 20 students, and the student-to-faculty ratio is 16-to-1. Full-time tenure-track faculty with experience in their respective fields teach the majority of classes, providing real-world relevancy to the learning environment. Advisory boards also contribute to ensuring current and relevant curriculum is taught which produces graduates with hands-on skills that allow them to be productive employees from the first day of employment.

More than any institution in the state, Ferris State has reached out to Michigan community colleges creating partnerships on 19 campuses and expanding online offerings. Ferris enrolls the largest number of off-campus students at the Applied Technology Center through its partnership with Grand Rapids Community College.

The completion of a new facility to house Ferris’ Michigan College of Optometry, new student housing, classroom renovations and improvements to Ferris’ largest dining facility add to the vibrancy of the University’s 880-acre campus, which already boasts FLITE, a state-of-the-art library; the Granger Center, a building with visible mechanical systems, such as geothermal heating and cooling, for HVACR students; and the National Elastomer Center, a specialized center for studying plastics and rubber technology.

Ferris is the only university in Michigan named after its founders, Woodbridge Nathan Ferris (two-term Michigan governor and U.S. senator) and Helen Gillespie Ferris. It was founded in 1884 as the privately-owned Big Rapids Industrial School and provided opportunity for people who might otherwise have become lumberjacks, farm laborers and food processing workers, instead offering paths to lives of greater possibility. Ferris did not become a state institution until 1950, undergoing several name changes until becoming Ferris State University in 1987. The Ferris philosophy of a practical, hands-on approach to education that enables students to learn practical skills for new jobs in a changing world still resonates today.
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