President of the Partnership for Safe Medicines Meets with Miller, Durst

Dr. Steve Durst, dean of the College of Pharmacy at Ferris State, along with Carla Miller, executive director of The Ferris Foundation, recently met with Marv Shepherd, a 1975 College of Pharmacy graduate, in Austin, Texas.  Shepherd has recently retired as professor and director of the Center for Pharmacoeconomic Studies in the College of Pharmacy at the University of Texas.  He is the president of the Partnership for Safe Medicines which is an organization dedicated to combating counterfeit prescription drugs and substandard drugs worldwide.

Shepherd’s expertise focuses on combating counterfeit and diverted pharmaceutical drug products and drug importation.  He also conducts research on pharmaceutical marketing, drug pricing, drug advertising, generic drugs use, and community pharmacies.

Throughout his years in Texas, Shepherd has enjoyed raising Texas longhorn cattle.  Several years ago he won his first cow at a charity auction in Austin, thus beginning his long relationship with this particular breed.

Carla Miller, Marv Shepherd and Steve Durst in Austin, Texas.
Carla Miller, Marv Shepherd and Steve Durst in Austin, Texas.

Chicago Alumni Event SELLS OUT!

White Sox Tickets
White Sox Tickets

Staff members in the Alumni Office are working on  final preparations for their upcoming alumni event in Chicago this Sunday at U.S.Cellular Field.  The event, with over 100 guests, sold out before the Memorial Day holiday!

Alumni who were lucky enough to get their tickets in time, will enjoy an all-you-care-to-eat buffet on the Party Patio before they take their seats in the stadium to watch the Detroit Tigers battle the Chicago White Sox.  Alumni will be able to mingle and network with fellow area alumni throughout the day.

The Alumni Association has not held an event in the Chicago area since 2012 when they hosted an evening at Shedd Aquarium.  Sixty area alumni and friends were in attendance.

Old Main Society Members Fenns and Kuks Recognized for Support

Key supporters of Ferris State University are sporting a stylish new look with their new Societies of Distinction membership jackets. Interim Director of Advancement Karen Lerew recently met with John and Lynda Fenn, and Kenneth Kuk to present them with Ferris Red jackets to thank them for their support of the university and their membership in the Societies of Distinction’s Old Main Society.

Lynda and John Fenn
Lynda and John Fenn show off their new Societies of Distinction jackets.

The Fenns support the Surveying Engineering program in the university’s College of Engineering Technology with the John R. and Lynda D. Fenn Surveying Annual Scholarship, as well as an endowed fund for the John R. and Lynda D. Fenn Digital Photogrammetry and GIS Laboratory. John is a 2007 honorary graduate and is the chair of the Surveying Engineering Advisory Board.

Ken Kuk
Ken Kuk shows off his new Societies of Distinction jacket.

Kenneth and Linda Kuk are longtime Ferris employees: Kenneth is a professor in the CET’s Welding Engineering program, and Linda is a staff member in the College of Health Professions. They support students through gifts to the welding program, FLITE, Opportunity 125 and the Ferris Foundation for Excellence Benefit. Kenneth also serves on the Faculty/Staff Fundraising Campaign and has been a strong supporter of Ferris students.

The Ferris Foundation’s Societies of Distinction honors those who enhance and maintain the university’s tradition of excellence through their generous financial support. Membership in the Old Main Society, which commemorates the first building on campus, requires a $50,000 cumulative gift. Among other benefits, the membership jacket is a visible token of thanks to the Fenns and the Kuks for their dedication and generosity.

Visit Ferris’ Societies of Distinction website for more information,  or email Lerew at

PGA Golf Management Learning Center Campaign Under Way; Alumni Support Sought

Calling all PGM alumni!  The PGA Golf Management program at Ferris State University is seeking support for its PGA Golf Management Learning Center Campaign, an effort to raise $4 million to build a state-of-the-art center that will include a more functional indoor practice facility for year-round golf instruction and practice.

The new learning center is essential to maintaining the Ferris PGM program’s strong reputation as the first and largest program of its kind in the country. As competition increases for today’s aspiring golf industry professionals and new PGA-required curricula is implemented, Ferris is challenged to provide a year-round practice and educational facility.

The university’s student call center began reaching out in April to gain support from PGM alumni.  Campaign chair Mike Bigford, a member of the Ferris Foundation Board of Directors, explained to student callers how the new learning center will truly transform the PGM program. Bigford, president and CEO of Utility Supply and Construction Company headquartered in Reed City, Mich., is among several supporters volunteering their time and support for the campaign.

Bigford at Call Center
Ferris Foundation board member Mike Bigford and Director of Annual Giving and Advancement Services Jennifer Yontz address students in the university’s call center to seek support for the PGA Golf Management Learning Center campaign.

As part of the overall effort, the PGA Golf Management Learning Center Brick Campaign is an opportunity for alumni and friends to have their name engraved on a brick and incorporated into the new learning center. Visit the PGA Learning Center Brick Campaign website  to learn more.

For more information on the campaign, visit the PGA Golf Management Learning Center Campaign website.  For additional questions or assistance making a gift, contact senior Advancement officer Mark Roof by emailing

Goode Hosts Over 70 Donors at “Bulldogs After Hours” Reception

“Bulldogs After Hours” reception at Artworks in downtown Big Rapids.

Athletics Advancement Officer Will Goode teamed with FSU Athletics staff to host the first annual “Bulldogs After Hours” reception at Artworks downtown Big Rapids. Over 70 donors attended in addition to coaches, student-athletes and members of the Ferris administration.

“This was a great event to get our coaches out into the community and give our stakeholders a one-on-one opportunity with Bulldog Athletics,” Goode said. “The feedback from all who attended was very positive and our donors really enjoyed the evening and look forward to more events like this in the future.”

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