Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The Pros of Going Greek

By: Carman Plank

With fall recruitment right around the corner, many of Ferris' students are "on the fence" about whether or not Greek life is for them. No worries, everyone: here I am to give you a list of the positive reasons of getting involved in Greek Life here on Ferris' campus.

1) There is something for everyone. With six social sororities, seven Interfraternity Council fraternities, two Black Greek Council fraternities, three Black Greek Council sororities, and numerous professional fraternities, Ferris has an opportunity to find your home away from home in any of these organizations.

2) Meet new people! There is no better way to meet new people around campus than to get involved in a community as large as the Greek community at campus. With over 500 students that are Greek each semester, this is a great opportunity to become part of a large, supportive community at Ferris.

3) Academic Help! Students in Greek life are proven to have higher grades than the average student at Ferris. This is because most Greek organizations have recommended library hours, and you are able to meet people in your degree/classes to study with.

4) Networking! With being part of a national chapter as well as a local chapter, you are able to network with people from across the country in all types of fields.

5) Leadership Opportunities! The organizations pride themselves on having great leaders and making sure that these leaders give back to the organization and the community as a whole. This allows incoming members an opportunity to climb the ranks in these organizations and to develop professionally in the process.

All Panhellenic Council and Interfraternity Council organizations hold organized recruitment events during the fall and spring semesters.
Sorority recruitment for the fall semester gets under way on Friday, Sept. 12. Interested women are encouraged to participate in all three events: Meet and Greet at 5 p.m. Friday; Philanthropy Day at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14; and Preference Day at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 15. All events will be held in the Interdisciplinary Resource Center, Room 120.
Those interested should pre-register online at http://ferris.orgsync.com/org/ferrissororities/Recruitment. There is a $12 non-refundable fee to participate, which includes a reusable tote and refreshments.
Interfraternity Council and professional organizations also are recruiting members; events can be found on posters on campus and on the university events calendar: http://calendar.ferris.edu/.
Black Greek Council organizations hold individual events throughout the year and also announce their informational meetings through posters on campus and on the university events calendar (http://calendar.ferris.edu/).
To learn more about Greek life, contact the CLACS office at (231) 591-2685 or visit http://ferris.orgsync.com/GreekLife.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

VIDEO: #FerrisOrientation

Our video team caught up with some incoming freshman Ferris State University students and #FerrisOrientation leaders to ask them their thoughts about orientation.

Orientation comes to a close this week.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Alumni Association Hosts Alumni anf Friends at the Detroit Zoo

Ferris State University’s Alumni Association will host alumni and friends at the Detroit Zoo on Saturday, June 28 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m, with lunch being served from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Prices for admission are $25 for adults and $15 for children between the ages of two and fourteen. Guests will receive admission into the park, lunch, and the opportunity to create arts and crafts in the Alumni Association’s private tented areas.
“The Alumni Association reaches out to locations in which Ferris State University alumni reside to engage and update them on what is happening with the university as well as to assist in finding connections to foster a greater involvement at Ferris in Big Rapids and statewide” explains Jeremy Mishler, Director of Alumni Relations for Ferris.
To learn more about this event or to RSVP to attend, please contact the Ferris Alumni Relations Office at (231) 591-2345, alumni_office@ferris.edu, or www.ferrisalumni.org

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Ferris State University's Summer Camp Presents Learning with LEGOS

All About Learning - Lego Camp

Ferris State University is hosting camps facilitated by All About Learning Inc. instructors. All About Learning is based in Sparta, Mich and strives to create better futures by offering classes for school age groups (K-8) that focus on STEM learning.

Learning with LEGOS presents students with the opportunity to participate in a hands on learning experience while building creativity and becoming educated on critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, agility and adaptability, curiosity and imagination. concepts that meet the National Science Standards.

Kids don't want to take part in educational learning over the summer? No problem. At Ferris' Learning with LEGOS camp children will expand their minds through fun projects that they can be proud to bring home to share with the family. Students are also given a special take-home project at the end of each camp to continuing their learning experience.

For more information please visit http://www.ferris.edu/HTMLS/administration/academicaffairs/extendedinternational/cps/pages/lego/index.htm

VIDEOS: Summer Academic and Athletic Camps

Summer Academic Camps:

Summer Athletic Camps:

Reading and Rhythm Celebration Set for Friday, June 20

Check out this Ferris State University press release about the Reading and Rhythm Celebration:
Area families are invited to the fourth annual Reading and Rhythm Celebration for food, free entertainment and fun on Friday, June 20 from 3 to 6:30 p.m. in College of Business, Room 111, and the IRC Connector. 
The Reading and Rhythm Celebration is designed to encourage kids to read during the summer months and to make reading fun for families. The event is sponsored by Ferris’ Students with Children and Keys to Degrees single-parent programs, in conjunction with Great Start Collaborative of Mecosta and Osceola County and the university’s Tot’s Place Child Development Center.
The full version of the press release can be found here.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Monday, May 5, 2014

Pancakes with the President

Pancakes with the President is tonight from 10 pm to midnight at The Rock!

Take a break from studying for finals and join President Eisler for free food, games and prizes!

All Ferris students are invited to attend with a valid student ID.

Thursday, April 24, 2014


Get ready for a day full of good times, great friends, and awesome music!

Saturday, April 26 is Ferris Fest, a free concert put on each year by Entertainment Unlimited. This year, Ferris Fest will be held at the West Intramural Fields. Activities will begin at noon, which include novelties like a photo booth, joust arena, spin art t-shirts, and a massage table

The following includes all of the main stage and second stage acts that will be performing at Ferris Fest.

Main Stage: Karmin, Reel Big Fish, Stepdad, The Turnips, Worth Our While (Opening Main Stage) 

Second Stage: The Balsam Brothers, Achromatik,Electric Tom, Oshea 

Be sure to stop by Ferris Fest. It's a great experience for those looking to have a fun day before preparing for finals.

For more information about Ferris Fest, visit Ferris Fest's Facebook page.

Friday, April 11, 2014

The Big Event 2014

The Big Event is set to take place at 9 a.m. on Saturday.  Participants will meet at Top Taggart Field to receive their assignments and tools.

Students will perform small service projects such as yard work, washing windows and painting for the residents of Big Rapids.  This will be done at no cost, as it is a way for students to reach out and thank the community for their support of the University.

The Big Event impacts hundreds of community members in the city of Big Rapids and the surrounding area.  It is the largest student-run community service effort in the nation.

For more information about The Big Event, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/472072212908382/.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Ferris State's Week Ahead

This week at Ferris is the week of all weeks. This week students can participate in events within Pride Week, You Beautiful Black Women Week, Greek Week and Money Smart Week. The amount of events to participate in are plentiful.

On Monday:

  • "End Money Stress! How to Manage Finance, Credit and Debt" at 7 p.m. in FLITE 240. This is the kick-off event to Money Smart Week, and is going to center around what students can do about their finances now. 


  • Ferris Student Government Presidential elections will begin at 9 a.m. and continue until April 13 at 11 p.m. Vote on OrgSync in the Election Portal. 
  • The Presidential Debate will take place at 5 p.m. in BUS 111. 
  • Students are invited to come out to Artworks in Downtown Big Rapids at 8 p.m. for an Open Art Night. 

  • "Get Real!" is a fun, interactive game geared toward Ferris students. It will take place on the second floor of FLITE from 4 to 8 p.m. 


  • "FSUbuntu Anti-Slavery Art and Music Festival" will take place at 7 p.m. at the West Campus Community Center. All proceeds from this event will benefit the No Project and will help raise awareness about human trafficking. 
  • "FAST FORWARD"  will take place at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in FLITE 240. This event will be a group discussion about the "Get Real" event, and all participants will be entered to win a $250 scholarship.
  • The BIG Event will be taking place at 9 a.m. at the Top Taggart Football Field! Be sure to come out and give back to the community that gives so much to Ferris. 
For more events, check out the Ferris calendar.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Turn Up The Good 2014

Turn Up The Good will take place this Saturday at The Gate.

Turn Up The Good is an annual concert put on by Music Industry Management Association (MIMA) students that features electronic music. This year the event will offer carnival-themed games and entertainment.

DJs performing:

Doors will open at 8 p.m. and the concert will start at 9 p.m.

$5 Pre-sale
$10 Day of show

Tickets can be purchased in BUS 124, at The Gate, or from any MIMA member.

More information can be found at https://www.facebook.com/events/238691802981915/.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Walk for Life

The Walk for Life will take place on Saturday from 1 - 4 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room at the Ewigleben Sports Complex.  Check-in will begin at 12:30 p.m. and everyone is welcome.

The Walk for Life is an event designed to raise awareness of suicide and suicide prevention.  Participants will walk for three hours but can stop at different stations to learn more about suicide and suicide prevention.

There will be large sheets of paper in the middle of the track where people can write inspirational messages and quotes, sign their name, draw a picture, put their hand-print or anything else of that nature.

There will also be fun games, food and live music!  There is no cost for this event, as it is a walk 100% for awareness.

This is also a chance for students to earn volunteer hours.

Friday, March 21, 2014

The Improv Group

Do you need a break from studying this weekend?

Join The Improv Group for two hours of hilarity!

Be prepared to laugh and have a wonderful time as the group performs skits that are similar to those of "Whose Line" and "Saturday Night Live."

This event will take place in Starr 138.

It's Your Future. Do You Like What You See?

With only about six and a half weeks left in this semester, if you are anything like me, you are thinking about what will come next. For seniors, you may be thinking about what job you want or where life will take you in a couple short months. If you are returning next fall, what will next year bring for you? Who am I? What is important to me? What do I want to get involved in?

College is all about finding independence and figuring out who you are, what is important to YOU. Recently I took a step in figuring that out. Throughout our whole life we will grow and change and push ourselves to see just who we are and how strong we are. In January I shaved my head in support of those who have or have had cancer. We raised money and awareness and the event was bigger than even I could have imagined. Not only did it help others more than I thought, but it helped me more than I even thought possible. It taught me so much about myself and how strong I am.

Just one thing can open the door to bigger and better things. Just one thing can show you who you are versus who you want to be. Do you want to follow the norm or do you want to branch out and find your own way? These are all things that we eventually have to answer in our lives. This is the time to try new things, take every opportunity, get as involved as you can, because you never know where it will take you. I encourage everyone to try that one thing that maybe you have been too afraid to try. This is our time to figure out where we want to go in life, to figure out who we want to be, and to set the course for the rest of our lives.

When you look back at your time at Ferris, what will you see? Will you walk away with excitement or regret?

Thursday, March 20, 2014

YBBW Annual Poetry Jam

Looking for something to do this weekend?

Stop by You Beautiful Black Woman's (YBBW) Annual Poetry Jam! The event is taking place Saturday, March 22 from 6-9 p.m. in the College of Optometry Auditorium.This will be a great event for all of our students to showcase some of their poetry. If you don't write poetry, you are still encouraged to attend this event. It's a great way to explore a different type of writing.

If you are interested in sharing your poetry, contact Jimmiaya Dixon at dixonj10@ferris.edu to sign up.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Spring Break Photo Contest

Hey Bulldogs!

Going somewhere for Spring Break?  Want to win some free swag?

Here's how:
Wear your Ferris apparel
Take a photo of yourself
Send your photo to sandygholston@ferris.edu
Chosen participants will win free Ferris swag!

Please include your name, major, hometown, year at Ferris, and the location of your photo.

Photos including alcohol, alcohol promotions, drugs, drug paraphernalia, or nudity will not be judged.

Be safe!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

2014 Women's History Month Celebration

The Women's History Month celebration is in full swing at Ferris State University. There are four events left this month, as well as two exhibits that will help you celebrate the accomplishments of females all around the world.

The month-long celebration is cosponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Services Women’s History Month Celebration Planning Committee, Ferris Women’s Collection Steering Committee, Office of International Education, Delta Sigma Theta, Student Government and WISE. 

March 3-31 Women in the Workforce Display Case Series
March 3-31 The Global Woman Banner Display Exhibit
March 18- Your Stories of Women
March 18- Sowhope
March 21- The 17th Annual W.I.S.E Dinner Theater
March 25- Tribute to Women Expo

Interested in learning more about these events? Click here for a detailed list that includes times and locations of the events.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Walk for Warmth Kick-Off Event

The Walk for Warmth Kick-Off event will take place on Saturday, March 1.

The ceremony will be held at the University Recreation Center (URC).  There will be refreshments, entertainment, prize giveaways and more.  A 1.5 mile walk-a-thon will follow the kick-off, winding through campus and ending back at the URC.

All funds from the walk-a-thon will benefit the Emergency Utility Assistance Program in Mecosta and Osceola counties.

Any time working toward this cause, including fundraising, volunteering and walking, is eligible for community service hours.

This event is hosted by the Center for Leadership, Activities and Career Services in collaboration with the Mid-Michigan Community Action Agency.

For more information, contact Danielle Leisner at leisned@ferris.edu.

Monday, February 24, 2014

This week at Ferris!

Here is a look at some of the events on Ferris' campus this week.

On Monday:

  • Five Star Speaker in Williams auditorium at 7 p.m. This will be the kickoff event to leadership week with Troy Tissue speaking on "Character Does Matter."

Tuesday will consist of:

  • Test Anxiety Workshop at 11 a.m. in the Science Building, Room 120, and
  • Ferris Has Talent at 8 p.m. in Williams Auditorium. 


  • Interactive Identifying Leadership Styles Workshop at 6 p.m. in the Interdisciplinary Resource Center, Room 113. 
  • Black History Month Celebration - "What's Your Role" at 7 p.m. in the UREC, Room 113. This event is sponsored by Office of Multicultural Student Services, Black Leaders Aspiring for Critical Knowledge, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. 


  • Independent Showcase: Jon Walker at 7 p.m. at The Gate in Big Rapids. Jon Walker has recently played with Panic at The Disco as the bassist. 
  • Ferris State Men's and Women's basketball hosts Grand Valley State University. The women's team will play at 6 p.m. and the men's team will play at 8 p.m. in the Wink Arena. 

For more information on events this week, visit the Ferris calendar of events.