Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Ferris State University Officially Introduces East Campus Suites To The Public

In a grand opening, highlighted by dignitaries from Ferris State University, Big Rapids and the region, the new East Campus Suites were officially dedicated on Tuesday, Sept. 14.

Ferris President David L. Eisler served as primary speaker for a ceremony that included a number of speeches dedicated to East Campus Suites.

"It has been a dream of our University for some time to create this type of housing that would attract students to our University and that would attract students so that we can continue to grow our enrollment right here in Big Rapids," Eisler said. "We're very excited about what this is already doing for our University."

In addition to President Eisler, the ceremony's roster of speakers included R. Thomas Cook, chair of Ferris' Board of Trustees; Ronald A. Boezwinkle, project manager for TowerPinkster, the architectural firm; Glenn D. Granger, president of Granger Construction; Morgan Toms, president of Student Government at Ferris; and Stephen David Patrick, one of the students highlighted in the East Campus Suites Naming Contest.

"I am truly honored that I am one of the three catalysts for the naming of the East Campus Suites," Patrick said as part of his speech. As a result of the contest, the three buildings were named Pine Valley, Oak View and Maple Grove.

Additionally, the ceremony included snacks, a ceremonial ribbon cutting and tours of the newest residential facilities on campus.

"In our design of these buildings we have stressed the construction of common spaces where learning and collaboration can take place outside the classroom," Cook said. "In addressing quality of life issues for our students we have worked to expand and deepen the educational opportunities on campus."

Please take the time to check out this video of the events surrounding the grand opening of the new East Campus Suites.

Learn more about East Campus Suites by visiting: http://www.ferris.edu/htmls/studentlife/reslife/East%20Campus%20Suites/East%20Campus%20Suites.html

Check out video footage featuring the interior of ECS units, by visiting: http://ferrisstatebulldogs.blogspot.com/2010/09/east-campus-suites-grand-opening-and.html

Monday, September 13, 2010

East Campus Suites Grand Opening And Ribbon Cutting Set For Sept. 14

Ferris State University is set to celebrate the grand opening of the new East Campus Suites on the Big Rapids campus with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday, Sept. 14.

Attendees will get a glimpse at the latest in on-campus student living as featured here at Ferris. Take a look at the new East Campus Suites which consists of three buildings: Pine Valley, Oak View and Maple Grove.

The new East Campus Suites are located at 1101 Ives (the corner of Ives Avenue and Damascus Road) in Big Rapids.

Refreshments will be served at this event.

The video above is a sneak peak at the East Campus Suites to find out what some people are saying. Interviewed in this video were Michael Hughes, associate vice president for Physical plant at Ferris and student Micah Otteson, a resident of East Campus Suites.

Business Review West Michigan Reports On Ferris' Federal Building Project

Here is a photograph of the old federal building in Grand Rapids that will be restored for use by Kendall College of Art and Design.

Here is a report from the Business Review West Michigan on Ferris State University's involvement in the restoration of the old federal building in Grand Rapids for Kendall College of Art and Design.

Below is an excerpt from the article:

A major downtown Grand Rapids project — the renovation of the Old Federal Building — kicked off today.

Ferris State University’s Kendall College of Art and Design, the city of Grand Rapids and The Christman Co. are working together to turn the building at 148 Ionia Ave., which has served as a courthouse, a post office and the Grand Rapids Art Museum since its dedication in 1911. Scheduled to open in spring 2012, the building’s next life will add to Kendall’s campus with 91,000-square-feet of new classroom, studio and gallery space.

“We will restore this landmark building to its finest hour,” Ferris State University President David Eisler said in a statement. “When the project is complete, Kendall will occupy three contiguous city blocks dedicated to a community of student artists, designers and creative thinkers living and learning in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids.”

For the full article, visit here.

Grand Rapids Press Reports On Ferris Efforts To Restore Old Federal Building In Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids Press reports on the new project involving Ferris State University to restore the old federal building in downtown Grand Rapids for use by Kendall College of Art and Design.

Here is an excerpt from the Grand Rapids Press article:

Downtown's 99-year-old Federal Building formally began its third life as a classroom building for Kendall College of Art and Design.

In special sessions, Ferris State University's board and Grand Rapids city commissioners approved leases that eventually will turn the former Grand Rapids Art Museum, post office, federal courthouse over to Kendall, which has been part of Ferris since 2000.

Here is another excerpt:

"I've built a lot of buildings, but I've never seen a project of this complexity," said Ferris President David Eisler.

The renovations, which will begin after the building serves as a venue for the ArtPrize competition, will be completed by March 2012, Eisler said.

The building will include a new "Center for Sustainable Design" on the fourth floor, Eisler said. The building also will house additional space for galleries, sculpture and other three-dimensional media.

By adding the Beaux Arts structure to its holdings, Kendall students will occupy three blocks of downtown space, Eisler said. The college currently owns an office building to the south while another former office building to the north has been redeveloped for student housing.

For the full article, visit here.

Take A Look At The New Brutus The Bulldog

Here is an an image from Saturday's football game between Ferris State University and Saginaw Valley State University (Sept. 11) featuring the new and improved Brutus the Bulldog.

Office of Multicultural Student Services Sponsors Homecoming Weekend Activities

The Office of Multicultural Student Services would like to invite you to campus for the 2010 Homecoming Celebration at Ferris State University.

The 2010 Homecoming Weekend is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 8, to Sunday, Oct. 10, and our department is scheduling the following events that we hope you can attend:

Friday, Oct. 8 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. OMSS Lobby
1010 Campus Drive Suite 159, Big Rapids, MI 49307
Note: Fellowship with fellow alumni and current students with food and games in OMSS!

Saturday, Oct. 9 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lot 34
Top Taggart Field tailgate parking lots
Note: Stop by the OMSS Tailgate Tent for food, and drinks before the Homecoming football game!

Saturday, Oct. 9 from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Holiday Inn Grill Room (on the lower level)
1005 Perry Avenue, Big Rapids, MI 49307
Note: Be apart of this event featuring Live music, food plus fellowship with Ferris alumni and current students!

Sunday, Oct. 10 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. OMSS Lobby
1010 Campus Drive Suite 159, Big Rapids, MI 49307
Note: Receive updates about FSU, as well as other upcoming events and initiatives you should know?
  • Continental Breakfast will be provided
Please visit the following website for details on all upcoming FSU Homecoming activities:

  • For hotel bookings please check with the any of the following locations.
  • If rooms are currently booked please continue to check daily for cancellations.
Country Inn & Suites (231) 527-9000
Holiday Inn (231) 796-4400
Super 8 (231) 796-1588
Quality Inn & Suites (231) 592-5150

It is our hope that you can join us on campus for the 2010 Homecoming Celebration!
Contact us if you have any questions or concerns:

Matthew C. Chaney, M.Ed.
Director, Office of Multicultural Student Services
Ferris State University

Michael Wade
Assistant Director, Office of Multicultural Student Services
Ferris State University

1010 Campus Drive
FLITE Suite 159
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2279

(231) 591-5029


Web site:

Detroit Free Press Reports On Big Announcement Being Made Regarding Grand Rapids Federal Building

The Detroit Free Press is reporting on today's announcement to be made by Ferris State University, Kendall College of Art and Design and the Christman.

Here is the excerpt from the Detroit Free Press:
In other higher education news today, officials from Ferris State University, the city of Grand Rapids, and the Christman Co. are making what they’re describing as a “significant announcement” this afternoon about the future of the old federal building in downtown Grand Rapids. The building is next to the Kendall College of Art and Design, the Grand Rapids school run by Ferris State.
To view the story, visit the Detroit Free Press Web site, here.