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Student Spotlight: Ethan Henderson, Risk Management and Insurance

The Ferris State University College of Business is home to a well-known Risk Management and Insurance program. The program emphasizes insurance law, property and casualty, employee benefits, and personal insurance. There are plenty of internships and jobs in this field for students.

Ethan Henderson, a current Risk Management and Insurance student, accepted his first job with two months till graduation. When Ethan began his journey at Ferris State, he wasn’t sure what type of studies he wanted to pursue. He knew his biggest strength was math. After spending two years as a finance major, and a short time in business management, Ferris State brought back their well-known Risk Management and Insurance major and he instantly declared that as his minor.

“My experience in this program has been a blessing to say the least. About three weeks after entering the program there was an internship opportunity brought to my attention to work for State Farm here in Big Rapids. I interviewed and accepted the position as a sales representative a week later. Through that internship I studied and got my property, casualty, life, accident, and health producer’s licenses as well as became bank certified.”

Ethan enjoyed his courses in the program because they focuses on real life situations. Each of his classes aligned with what he was learning to obtain his licenses. His professors all had experience in the industry and gave him an in depth insight on what to expect after graduation. He has been employed at State Farm since his junior year.

His job search began in January 2014. After sending out resumes to several places, he heard back from three different companies within the first month and had phone interviews with all three. Two of those called him back for final interviews. Ethan was offered his dream job as a commercial underwriter in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was then offered a position in Farmington Hill as a commercial underwriter.

 “I couldn’t believe it, here I was worried about finding a job, and two months before graduation I have two offers to pick from? Both companies expressed their interest in me, saying they wanted to make early offers because someone with a degree in insurance and two years in the industry while attending school wasn’t going to last on on the market.”

Ethan accepted the job with Farmington Hills as a commercial underwriter, he starts in June. After three months of training, he is relocating to Minneapolis. You can learn more about Ferris State University’s Risk Management and Insurance Program here: http://www.ferris.edu/business/programs/insurance-management


COB Go Beyond: Hogeschool Utrecht

Have you ever wanted to immerse yourself in a new culture, learn a new language, or simply see a new place? If you answered yes to any of those questions it is time you consider studying abroad. Traveling changes one’s whole outlook on life and students who study abroad have a huge advantage when it come’s to finding their first job. The College of Business offers many programs around the globe for students to take advantage of. Studying abroad may not be as out of reach as one may think. Studying abroad can easily become a reality.


Advertising and Integrated Marketing major Adrienne McCormick took advantage of Ferris State’s study abroad program last summer. McCormick studied business 3,962 miles away at Hogeschool Utrecht in the Netherlands. McCormick is currently a senior in the College of Business. During her time abroad she was able to take two classes: European Business Skills and Corporate Branding Design. Her classes took weekly field trips to places around Holland. She even had the opportunity to spend a week in Italy for her course.


“I took a trip that gave me some of the most significant lessons of my life. Yes, I took courses that were pertinent to my interests and applicable to my major. Yes, I earned scholarship money from the University to fund my trip. However, those reasons to go abroad only scratch the surface. I gained my value from more than academics and running around the streets of Amsterdam and Harlem,” said McCormick of her experience abroad.


Hogeschool Utrecht is one Ferris State’s partner schools around the globe. Adrienne was able to take several business credits at Utrecht for Ferris State tuition. Adrienne advises students who are interested in studying abroad to make plans early and look for scholarships right away. McCormick earned $2,000 to cover her tuition with the help of College of Business scholarships and a program called MyPlace offered at the International Office of Education. McCormick gained patience, confidence, and communication skills that are going to help her in her career.


For more information on the study abroad opportunities offered at Ferris State stop in the Office of International Education located in IRC 134 or visit their website http://www.ferris.edu/international. You can also email Adrienne: mccorma7@ferris.edu.

Bulldogs Abroad Golf Outing

The Bulldogs Abroad College of Business Golf Outing and Dinner will be held Friday, May 2 at the Highlands Golf Course in Grand Rapids. The funds raised from this event will help business students study/intern abroad.  Tea off times will be between Noon and 1 p.m. Dinner will be served at approximately 6 p.m. 

There are several ways to participate:

  • Golf and Dinner: $75; includes $19 donation to the Bulldogs Abroad Fund
  • Dinner only: $25; includes $4 donation to the Bulldogs Abroad Fund
  • Donation only: Any amount you would like to give 

It will be a four-person scramble format. The winning team will be the 2014 winner of the Joseph A. Leone Memorial “Golden Bucket.” The Golden Bucket is considered by some to be the almost as prestigious as a green jacket from the Masters of the claret jug from the British open. 

To register, please send an email to Lucian Leone at leonel@ferris.edu

Business Bulldogs Abroad: Adrienne McCormick and The Netherlands

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”

Seventy-three percent of employers agree that education abroad is important when evaluating resumes, and only three percent of students study abroad in college. The students that choose to study abroad have a huge competitive advantage over their peers when applying for jobs and internships. Most students rule out study abroad as an option based on the sticker price, but Ferris State University is hard at work to make studying abroad a realistic option for every student.

Adrienne McCormick, College of Business senior, had the experience of a lifetime last summer when she studied abroad in The Netherlands. She is studying Advertising/Integrated Marketing Techniques at Ferris State, but she was able to take several of her classes across the globe.

AdrienneAbroadAdrienne studied at Hogeschool Utrech, one of Ferris State’s many partner universities around the world. She spent three weeks in the Netherlands studying European Business Skills and Corporate Branding Design. She took a “field trip” to Milan, Italy with one of her courses and visited Germany for fun.

“I gained patience, confidence, and communication skills that are going to help me both in my work in the office and in my future career,” said Adrienne about her experience abroad.

Adrienne’s Advice:“My advice would be to get started on making plans and working towards scholarships as soon as possible! I earned $2,000 towards my trip in scholarships which totally paid for my tuition.”

Ferris State University has several other exchange programs across the globe including Dankook University in South Korea and Yasar University in Turkey

There are many scholarships available for COB students to make study abroad accessible for all students. For example, The Gilman scholarship awards $1,000 to a business major with plans to study abroad.

Studying abroad doesn’t have to be a distant dream; it can be a reality. For more information or to get started on your application visit ferris.edu/studyabroad.

Program Spotlight: Risk Management and Insurance

Risk Management and Insurance has a rich history at Ferris State University. There are numerous Ferris graduates who have gone on to enjoy successful careers in positions such as CEOs of major insurance companies, owners of large insurance agencies, underwriters, actuaries, and claim adjusters, just to name a few. Those same career opportunities still exist today. The insurance industry has existed for hundreds of years, it touches every aspect of our lives and our economy, and job growth is projected to be strong. There are reports that the industry will need to replace as many as 400,000 baby boomer retirees by 2020. The reinvigorated Ferris Risk Management and Insurance program stands ready to prepare students for a rewarding career in this steadfast industry.

At Ferris, you will learn the fundamentals of the various types of insurance including home, auto, liability, life, property, and a range of commercial insurance products. But it’s not just about learning insurance coverages, because you will also explore how insurance companies, agencies, and brokers operate. You will examine the discipline of risk management and how it fits with insurance. Ferris students actually get a head start on earning industry professional designations, and also have the opportunity to develop an area of emphasis that fits unique interests such as effectively using industry technology, business analytics, or even entrepreneurship. Then the fun really begins. Ferris students have practical internship opportunities, and the chance to attend industry events such as the Risk and Insurance Management Society’s Annual Conference where they can expand their knowledge and make valuable industry connections.

There’s more to the risk management and insurance industry than meets the eye. There are jobs and career paths for virtually any type of business interest – even if you don’t want to sell, and the prospects for a rewarding career have rarely been better. Now is the time, and Ferris is the place. Explore Risk Management and Insurance today.

-David Brown, Assistant Professor at Ferris State University 


For more information about the program visit: http://www.ferris.edu/business/programs/insurance-management