As many alumni make their way home to Ferris State University this weekend for Homecoming (October 4), none are more excited than Ron and Dee Snead, who will be honored as the Homecoming 2014 Grand Marshals.
Ron graduated from Ferris State College in 1971, with a noted tenure that distinguished him as a student leader who helped guide the campus through significant and difficult times of racial and social tension and change. His goal, to make Ferris a better place, led him down a path of continued engagement as an active alumnus. He has served on numerous University advisory boards and hiring committees, the Ferris Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumni Awards committee, and the Ferris Foundation Board of Directors. In 2005, Ron was appointed by the Governor of Michigan serve on the University’s Board of Trustees, which he did for eight years through 2012, including serving as chair of the board from 2010-2012.
We recently sat down with Ron and Dee at their home in Greenville, Michigan. They shared with us that when they first came to Ferris, they were already married, and felt that the opportunity to enroll here was an important turning point in their lives. Their love for Ferris is truly genuine and the many personal connections they have fostered with alumni, students, faculty and staff through the years are both vast and well documented in a scrapbook that is nearly a foot thick, much of which can be viewed online at http://www.ferris.edu/library/SpecCollections/sneadhome.html. As he reflected on their lifetime of engagement, Ron noted that he has worked with nine of the 18 presidents of Ferris, and that he will continue to do all he can to move Ferris forward in the years ahead.
Ron and Dee will be celebrated as Grand Marshals at several events throughout Homecoming 2014 that will include the annual Bonfire on October 1, the Motown Mixer on October 3, and the parade, football and hockey games on Saturday, October 4.
News Services and Social Media Videographer Hannah Crouch, and our student staff, enjoy putting together our weekly editions of the #FerrisLowdownvideo series. The video requires carefully selecting the events, scripting, shooting video and editing the footage.
In addition to helping inform our University community about a few highlights of the many activities that are taking place, at Ferris, our team enjoys opportunities to get out and about on campus. They enjoy it … even in the winter.
Still, it’s also nice from time to time to have guests hosts of the Lowdown. This week, we were very fortunate to have Kelsey and Kevin Bunce step in to host our special homecoming edition of Lowdown. They have a unique chemistry and it really came off well in the video.
News Services and Social Media Videographer Hannah Crouch just wrapped up production of a preview video for The Ferris Foundation for Excellence Benefit. This year’s event, the 16th, takes place on Friday, Oct. 24 at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids.
In this video, Hannah recorded interviews with several people who spoke to the importance of the Benefit and how it strengthens the academic mission of the University.
Training and helping our users brings a daily dose of satisfaction to the Web Content team in University Advancement and marketing.
Currently, 137 users from across the Ferris community are updating and creating pages on the Ferris website through the OmniUpdate content management system. The Omni system was recently upgraded to Version 10, opening the way for a state-of-the-art user interface that encourages the decentralization of web content and checks each page before it is published for spelling errors, broken links, code validity and accessibility.
In the middle of this process is veteran employee Dale Hobart, a mainstay on the Ferris campus for nearly 40 years and “the man behind the curtain” when it comes to training fellow employees and their students in the development of webpages through the content management system.
Dale’s training consists of an initial 90-minute one-on-one tutorial (with a personal touch) and the creation of an account for each new user. A website of training materials focused on the OmniUpdate system is also made available as part of the training “regimen.”
The Web Content staff fields approximately 100 support emails and phone calls weekly to assist users with their webpage updates. The OmniUpdate system has a method of checks-and-approvals that allows the Web Content staff to approve all new or updated pages and ensure their accuracy and consistency.
The Web Content staff is teaming with Jody Gardei and the new Staff Center for Training and Development to offer a regular series of OmniUpdate open sessions for all users of the system. The training sessions will afford Omni users the opportunity to intermingle with the training staff and work through any issues they wish to bring to the table.
Initial dates for the OmniUpdate workshops are scheduled for October 1 at 9:00 a.m. in Alumni 121 and October 30 at 11:00 a.m. in Prakken 117.
Members of the Student Alumni Gold Club are busy sorting t-shirts, making signs and collecting change for this year’s “Cover the Seal” event.
Students will be on the quad, over top of the university seal, asking students, faculty and staff for change as they pass through campus. All money collected will be donated to the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. Any person making a gift of $3.00 or more will receive a t-shirt sponsored by SAGC and the Alumni Association.
Look for students on the quad from 8 am until 6 pm on September 17.
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