September 29, 2011

Bulldog Athletics Hall Of Fame Banquet Friday

Big Rapids, Mich. - Ferris State University will induct its 2011 Bulldog Athletics Hall of Fame Class in a special ceremony Friday (Sept. 30) evening at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Center.

Tickets for the banquet are no longer available, but Bulldog fans will have a chance to help honor this year's class as they will be recognized at halftime of Saturday's (Oct. 1) Hall of Fame football game against Lake Erie, which kicks off at 7 p.m. (ET) at Top Taggart Field.

Additionally, plaques recognizing the accomplishments of this year's inductees can be found as part of the Hall of Fame display in the lobby area of the Ewigleben Sports Complex.  The sports complex will be open throughout the day on Friday and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday.  Additionally, pro shop hours for those wishing to buy merchandise run from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday.

The Bulldog Athletics Hall of Fame, which inducted its Charter Class in 2000 and will recognize its 11th class of inductees this fall, was established to honor those athletes and coaches who have distinguished themselves in their sport or honorary members who made truly exceptional contributions to athletics.

This year's honorees are: Anne Bentley of Wyoming, softball and women's tennis (1997-00); Gerald Busby of Lansing, men's basketball (1980-83); Clarence Coleman of Miami, Fla., football (1998-01); Dr. Robert Ewigleben of Albion and Elizabethtown, Ky., president emeritus (1971-84); Martin Krbec of Fort Collins, Colo., men's tennis (1997-01); and Wendy McCann of East Lansing, women's volleyball (1984-87).  The Bulldog Athletics Hall of Fame Selection Committee also selected longtime supporter and fan Bruce Jacobs as a recipient of an Athletics Special Service Award.    

A 15-member Selection Committee comprised of faculty, staff, alumni and community members selected the 2011 inductees in a voting process from among 57 nominees. The 2011 class consists of student-athletes representing six different sports spanning four decades.

The new inductees will join 95 honorees already enshrined during the Class of 2011 Induction Banquet on Friday at the Holiday Inn.

Tickets for Saturday night's football game are $7 for adults or $5 for FSU faculty/staff, seniors ages 65 and up along with high school students and under.  FSU students are admitted free with a valid student identification card.  

Game tickets can be purchased thru the FSU Athletics Ticket Office inside the sports complex or by calling (231) 591-2888. They are also available via Star Tickets at www.startickets.com or (800) 585-3737 in addition to the customer service desk at all West Michigan Meijer stores.

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