Tim Skubick to speak on Michigan politics

BIG RAPIDS – Political enthusiasts will be happy to see Tim Skubick return to Ferris State University on Thursday.

The Political Engagement Project will host FSU’s third presentation by Skubick, a political journalist known for his insightful columns.

“Tim is known statewide for 40 years of political experience,” said Richard Griffin, co-coordinator and professor of political science at FSU. “This is a major reason why many Big Rapids community members will attend the event in addition to faculty, staff and students.”

Skubick is the anchor and producer of PBS series, “Off the Record.” He covers the state Capitol for other media outlets, including Detroit’s WWJ Newsradio 950 and the Michigan Radio Network. Skubick also regularly contributes to MLive and the Pioneer.

The presentation is free and open to the public from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Business Building, room 111.

Dick Hewer, co-coordinator and associate professor at FSU, said he expects the event will bring in about 200 guests.

“He will discuss Michigan politics, some stories about what’s going on behind the scenes, an analysis of the election and a few humorous things,” Hewer said.

Skubick’s presentation topics will be similar to those found in his columns in MLive and the Pioneer, Hewer said.

“He’s a combination of funny and insightful, which the students appreciate,” Griffin said. “We are excited he’s coming back to Ferris.”

The event is designed to encourage students’ engagement in the political process, creating an impact on issues relative to students like tuition costs and required courses.

Although the presentation is located on FSU’s campus, students won’t be the only ones in attendance.

“People in the Big Rapids Community normally come out strong,” Hewer said. “Over half of the audience is usually from the community.”

Hewer advises that guests arrive early, because room 111 at the Business Building will quickly fill up.

The Political Engagement Project is an organization devoted to helping students become more politically active and informed.

Group members have been active on campus for more than 10 years, Griffin said. The theme of the project’s fall-semester events is “It’s Not an ‘Off Year’ Election.”

For more information, contact Griffin at (231) 591-2761 or richardgriffin@ferris.edu. Hewer also is available to provide information at (231) 591-2455 or richardhewer@ferris.edu.

Any person with a disability who needs special accommodations to attend this event should e-mail April Ringler at aprilringler@ferris.edu or call (231) 591-2403 at least 72 hours in advance.

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