Senior Advancement Officer Joins MCO Staff at Denver Conference

Senior Advancement Officer Brett Scott joined with his Ferris colleagues from the Michigan College of Optometry and traveled to Denver, Colorado for the prestigious Academic of Optometry conference on Nov. 14, 2014.


 “The Michigan College of Optometry had a wonderful reception in Denver,” Scott said.  “Ferris was well represented with Dean David Damari and several MCO faculty and students in attendance.  There were over 100 attendees and a great time was had by all.”




Trimarcos Continue to Support Ferris Students with Endowment

Carla Miller, Executive Director of The Ferris Foundation, recently met with Lynn and Gary Trimarco, owners of Gary Trimarco Automotive in Big Rapids.  Lynn and Gary have funded an endowment to support students enrolled in their final year of the Law Enforcement Academy housed in the School of Criminal Justice at Ferris State University.  The Trimarcos have been longtime supporters of the University along with Gary serving on The Ferris Foundation Board of Directors.


Creating the Cover Image of Ferris Magazine

The image on the cover of Ferris Magazine was produced using a process that is similar for creating online and smart phone panoramas.


Using an iPhone, you would start the picture-taking process, but the phone would instruct you to “turn it” as it captured the image. When using single, still photos to create a panoramic image, you take one photo at a time, turning about 30 degrees after each photo, ensuring that each scene you see when you take the photo overlaps the previous photo slightly.

About 12 photos are needed to produce a good quality panoramic image which encompasses a full 360 degree scene, or three photos between each 90 degree turn. To create the “mini-planet” feel of the Ferris Magazine cover, you would also need one photo shot straight up, and another shot straight down. This usually requires a very wide angle lens, in the range of 20mm, 14mm or 10mm.

Image stitching software (such as PTGui) is the best way to create the final panoramic image instead of allowing the camera, or phone, to stitch the images together. Once the panoramic image is stitched together, the stitching option must be changed from “spherical,” or “equirectangular,” to “stereographic down.”

There are other options, or naming conventions, within different software, so it may be worthwhile to try different settings until you find something interesting to you. It might be the next big thing in imagery.

President’s Box Packed with Enthusiasm for Undefeated Football Team

Bulldog football was undefeated at home during the 2014 regular season and the enthusiasm for the team is running high as the NCAA Division II Playoffs approach.  Meanwhile, in the President’s Box at Top Taggart Field, another team of “champions” has worked behind the scenes to make Football Saturday a festive event in Big Rapids.

“We had a great football season in the President’s Box.  While these home games are a lot of fun, there is a lot of work that goes into preparing for events such as these,” said Destiny Gorby, stewardship and donor relations coordinator.  “People from all over chip-in to make these games a memorable experience for our donors.”

Katy Moore (Donor Society member, and FSU staff), Jackie Warner (FSU staff), Patsy Eisler (Donor Society member and Ferris ‘First Lady’), and Margo Berke (FSU staff), along with UA&M staff and Student Alumni Gold Club volunteers, all worked together to make our football home games a wonderful success.


Fall Grad Fair 2014 Highlight Video Produced

We’re moving into commencement season. Commencement isn’t until next month. But, one of the sure signs that we’re nearing graduation time is the Fall Grad Fair event.

This year, the event took place on Thursday, Nov. 6 in the Student Recreation Center.

From the News Services release:

“Graduating students can pick up their tickets for graduation, purchase their cap and gown, discuss exit counseling, explore graduate degree programs at Ferris, order a class ring and have their resume critiqued by Career Services. Students will also receive a gift from the Ferris Alumni Association as well as information about the future as an alum.

The fair is also an opportunity for graduates to create a video message for their parents, friends and family members that will be played before the graduation ceremony, and have a free digital photo taken of them by the university’s Photographic Services department. There will also be great deals offered to graduates from the university’s bookstore and the Copy Center, as well as the opportunity to win door prizes, hourly.”

The video shot by Hannah Crouch and Richard Piippo, and produced by Hannah.

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