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1938 Figure Merle S. Ward, Ph. D. PRESIDENT, FERRIS INSTITUTE Educator … Editor … Lecturer Some Available Subjects For P.T.A.'s and Teachers' Institutes: The Responsibility of the Teacher Education and Democracy Progressive Schools of 1938 Great Teachers I Have Known For High School Assemblies: The Challenge of the Twentieth Century Vocational Guidance in Secondary Schools For High School Commencements: The Meaning of Commencement My Task If I Were Eighteen Again The Value of An Education For Service Clubs: Kiwanis — We Build The Service of Rotary The Long Look Ahead The Ideal of Service For Church Organizations: The Passion Play at Oberammergau The Religious Character of Washington The Religious Character of Lincoln For Women's Clubs: Put Beauty Into Your Life Why Stop Learning? For Patriotic Occasions: Washington — The First American Lincoln — The Great American The American Flag European Shrines The First Great Lesson of History Native of Indiana — A Hoosier TRAINING Educated in Public Schools of Indiana; B.S., Marion Normal College, Marion, Indiana; A.B., Indiana University (major in Social Studies); A.M., Teachers College, Columbia University (major in College Administration); Ph.D., Columbia University. Published dissertation on Philosophies Current in the Deanship of the Liberal Arts College. EXPERIENCE Served as teacher of elementary grades; principal of grade school; high school instructor; high school principal; college professor; director of teacher-training; college president. Participated in survey of colleges in New York City. Directed faculty of 25 experts in construction of curriculum for adult education in New York City; completed 200 courses of study. Studied educational systems in England, France, Italy, and Germany. VARIOUS ACTIVITIES Served for two years as enlisted man and later as Lieutenant in A. E. F. overseas in World War. Editor and Business Manager of daily newspaper. Studied law with Judge Theodore Shockney of Indiana. Studied government and public speaking with Senator Albert J. Beveridge of Indiana. Member of Masonic Lodge, Rotary Club, American Legion, Phi Delta Kappa, and Kappa Delta Pi (honorary education fraternities), life member of National Education Association. Served as chairman of Boy Scout Council, director of Chamber of Commerce, president of Kiwanis Club, president of various educational associations. Traveled throughout United States, Canada, and Europe. Lectured for Extension Division of University of Minnesota. Fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. Fellow of the Academy of Political Science. Direct Inquiries: Secretary to President M. S. Ward, Ferris Institute, Big Rapids, Michigan SELECTED COMMENTS Bay City, Michigan. I wish to express our appreciation for the most excellent commencement address given here for our graduating class by President Ward. It has been our pleasure during the past several years to hear many of the country's foremost commencement speakers. Yet, in our opinion, none have done better and few as well as Dr. Ward in his address, 'The Meaning of Commencement.' We liked the fact that his address did not follow the usual pattern of commencement addresses. It was indeed inspirational to a high degree and yet contained a great deal of uncommon sense. We hope to persuade Dr. Ward to come to us again. J. H. Adams, Principal Central High School Big Rapids, Mich. President Ward of Ferris Institute delivered his address on 'The Passion Play at Oberammergau' before our Epworth League Convention at Shelby. It was quite clear he had sensed the great spiritual values of the play. He caught his audience with the very first sentences and held them to the end. These young people went out of the church feeling that there was more to live for. While the presentation, from the standpoint of a descriptive lecture, was excellent, he left the people feeling that no one could afford to live and ignore the spiritual values of the life of Christ. I have heard it from the young people as I have seen them in recent gatherings. That is a great lecture and I wish to thank the Institute for sending their president to us. I would be happy to have that lecture in every church in my district. Dr. Victor W. Thrall, District Supt., Methodist Episcopal Church, Big Rapids (Mich.), District. Valley City, No. Dak. With absolute conservatism I can say that I regard Mr. M. S. Ward the peer of any speaker I have ever heard in public address. He has every equipment essential to a great speaker. He is a man of fine, wholesome appearance, delightful personality and manner, and the fine character, native grace, and inherent culture that make the background of the true gentleman. He has a tremendous fund of stored information ready for instant use, a keen evaluation of knowledge, and a logic, incisiveness, and thoroughness in expression that come only with the highest intelligence. As a speaker he is resourceful, ready for any emergency, possessed of excellent vocabulary, voice, and articulation, and is a master of wit, humor, and repartee. He is in high fettle as an after-dinner speaker, can be oratorical, and has that rare power of holding an audience spellbound. As a speaker he is a master workman—an artist. Whatever the occasion, his address will be a masterpiece. These are strong statements, but they represent the deliberate opinion of a conservative man. G. W. Hanna, Superintendent, City Schools. Former President, N. D. State Teacher's Assoiation. Minneapolis, Minn. Mr. Ward's long experience in public school work, his intimate association with the Chautauqua movement, his personal qualifications of temperament and talent, make for him a real place in the lecture field. I have been greatly impressed on many occasions when I have been on the platform with him, and have hoped that he might find time to give the platform more attention. Dr. Roy L. Smith, Pastor, Simpson Methodist Episcopal Church. Pastor, Simpson Methodist Episcopal Church. Indianapolis, Indiana. Mr. M. S. Ward is one of the outstanding young orators and school men of the country. He comes from a family known for its ability in public speaking and its great capacity in public school teaching. He will develop into one of the great educators of this country for he has challenged himself to grow in the field of educational administration. Roy P. Wisehart, State Supt. of Public Instruction. Valley City, No. Dak. Nature has given Mr. Ward a most unusual personality, which, combined with a voice of rare quality, a fine sense of humor, and a rare analysis of subject matter, makes him a speaker of outstanding ability. The members of our Rotary Club feel that his address was the high spot of our year's program. No lecture has ever gripped me as did his masterful address on the life of Lincoln. E. C. Hilborn, President, Northwest Nursery Company, Charman, National Nurserymen's Convention Willow Creek, Montana. Mr. Ward is outstanding as one of those rare public speakers who has vitality and force of personality coupled with a broad and intensive background of knowledge, training and experience. His addresses are constructive and animated; his ideas are fresh and invigorating. He is thoroughly wholesome; he causes a healthy stream of thought. I consider Mr. Ward one of the most authoritative speakers in the Northwest on American principles, ideals and education. David E. Dahl, Superintendent, City Schools. Washington, D. C. Mr. Ward is a young man of fine platform appearance, has an excellent voice, wide vocabulary, pleasing personality, and irreproachable character. His addresses are entertaining, instructive, constructive, and inspiring. He is a lecturer of high standing, and represents the best there is in civic and educational affairs. Minnie Jean Nielson, Field Secretary, National Illiteracy Crusade. Hanska, Minnesota. As a student of history and education, and human affairs in general, Prof. M. S. Ward possesses marked ability. His lectures prove the thorough knowledge of his subject, the keenness of his mind, and the soundness of his judgment. One cannot hear his orations on 'George Washington' and 'Abraham Lincoln' without better understanding the ideals upon which our Republic is founded. There is nothing 'half-baked' about his lectures; not a radical visionary; no 'spread-eagle' oratory here. His great learning, the remarkable ease with which he uses the English language, and his Chesterfieldian deportment at all times make him a favorite on the lecture platform. Rev. V. F. Larson, Pastor, Norwegian Lutheran Church. SENTENCE COMMENTS F. R. Phillips, Supt., Public Schools, Alma, Michigan. I was very much impressed with Dr. Ward's fine bearing and sane message. Raymond W. Starr, Attorney General, Lansing, Michigan. I sincerely believe that Ferris Institute was extremely fortunate in obtaining Dr. Ward as its President, as he is an outstanding executive and a forceful public speaker. J. J. Schafer, Supt., Public Schools, Midland, Michigan. Dr. Ward's address before the Rotary Club was considered one of the best of the year. Edward M. Sharpe, Associate Justice, State Supreme Court, Lansing, Michigan. Dr. Ward has a real message for high school graduates and one of great benefit to all students. T. S. Nurnberger, Supt. of Schools, St. Louis, Michigan. Dr. Ward was one of the best speakers for high school students we have ever had the pleasure of hearing. Mrs. C. A. Westman, President, Woman's Club, Cadillac, Michigan. The Cadillac Woman's Club enjoyed Dr. Ward's address, 'Put Beauty Into Your Life,' very much. His personality is very pleasing and his message worth while. Charles E. Langdon, County Commissioner of Schools, St. Ignace, Michigan. Dr. Ward's audiences here have been very hearty in their appreciation. He has a sound, progressive philosophy of both education and life. Dr. R. P. Sheets, Medical Supt., State Hospital, Traverse City, Michigan. Dr. Ward is a most competent and capable public speaker, an inspiring lecturer. E. J. Oas, Supt. of Schools, Bessemer, Michigan. Dr. Ward proved to be a vigorous and interesting assembly speaker. He held the rapt attention of his high school audience. D. L. Wilde, Supt. of Schools, Manistee, Michigan. Dr. Ward is a forceful, enthusiastic speaker. His addresses are packed with information and enlivened with personal experiences and entertaining illustrations. W. H. Taylor, Supt. of Schools, Lake Odessa, Michigan. Dr. Ward's addresses were forceful, clear, well organized and interesting. He is an excellent speaker. Mrs. O. W. Pino, President, Women's Literary Club, Zeeland, Michigan. Dr. M. S. Ward is a brilliant and entertaining speaker.
|Title||Merle S. Ward, Ph. D|
|Topical Subject (LCSH)||Lecturers|
|Personal Name Subject||Ward, Merle S.|
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