Friday, August 23, 2013

From The Desk Of The President: Welcome Back

Here is a note from President Dave Eisler to Ferris State University:
It is always a pleasure to feel the excitement as students begin to fill our campuses for the start of fall semester. After a summer of often unseasonably cool temperatures, this past week we have seen temperatures climb to more normal
President David L. Eisler
levels as the start of classes nears. With campuses heating up both literally and figuratively, we are set to begin another year of Ferris State University preparing students for the successes ahead of them.
There are many activities planned for both returning and first-time students. A full list of the beginning-of-the-semester highlights can be found here. I am always delighted to see students helping others with the move-in process through Bulldogs in Action. Especially for first-year students, getting a helping hand while settling in can help them get off to a great start and set the tone for that person’s college studies. As the semester gets underway, please make a special effort to help students find their way in unfamiliar circumstances and assist them in any way you can. Beginning college is a big step, and some of our students will be the first in their families to embark upon this journey. They will deeply appreciate you taking the extra time to help them navigate these unfamiliar waters.
In Big Rapids, this Saturday evening’s Meijer Madness is a remarkable event. While this is a fun activity for students, it is also a reminder of the close relationship between the university and the community. We are fortunate to have a strong “town and gown” bond with Big Rapids. Events such as Meijer Madness remind us of the mutually beneficial relationship between town and campus, which is now 129-years strong.
This is my 11th start of classes since becoming president of Ferris. Whether you have been at Ferris for a longer or shorter period of time, you have probably marveled at how quickly the academic year begins and then passes. This year, in particular, we are reminded of the changes that take place here in Big Rapids with the demolition of Masselink and Carlisle halls, and the razing of the Rankin Center Dome Room as part of the university center renovation. In Grand Rapids we look forward to a second year in the marvelously restored Woodbridge N. Ferris Building. This physical evolution of our campuses is a visible reminder of how we are constantly changing to meet the needs of our students.

Check back for more items from the desk of the president here on the Ferris State University Blog.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

OMSS Welcome Events: Fall 2013.

Ferris State Office of Multicultural Student Services brings to you their Fall 2013 Welcome Events!

A Cultured Affair*
Tuesday, Aug. 27 3-6pm the IRC Courtyard (Rain location - the IRC Connector)
     - Join us for good food, excellent music, and great conversation. Find out what it means to be a "Global Bulldog."

OMSS Fall Open House*
Wednesday, Aug. 28 1-4pm FLITE 159
Incoming and returning students are encouraged to come visit OMSS and learn about our services and engaging opportunities.

Multicultural RSO Leadership Meeting
Thursday, Aug. 29 7-8pm FLITE 159
Ferris registered student organizations that have a multicultural focus are invited to attend and learn about opportunities in OMSS.

Minority Student Get Acquainted Day*
Wednesday, Sept. 4 6-8pm the IRC Connector
Incoming and returning minority students are invited to meet and greet, visit student groups and departmental tables as well as enjoy music, refreshments and back-to-school giveaways.

Mix-It-Up at Lunch
Thursday, Sept. 12 11am-1pm the Westside Cafe
Students are encouraged to attend this event and cross cultural boundaries by sitting and engaging with someone different over lunch. For a free spot, students without a meal plan must rsvp. at in advance; the seating area is limited.

Transitions to Success w/Eric Thomas
Wednesday, Sept. 18 7pm IRC 120
Incoming and returning minority students are encouraged to attend this event that assist students to gain awareness of the tools, resources and services on campus necessary to achieve academic success. Co-sponsored by TIP, SCHOLAR Peer Mentor Program and the Ferris Youth Initiative.

TOWERS Fall 2013 Kick-Off
Tuesday, Sept. 24 7-8pm FLITE 159
Incoming and returning students are invited to come find out how to be part of OMSS' TOWERS program that focuses on student learning, engagement and development!

*These events are part of Bulldog Beginnings. #ImABulldog For more information about Bulldog Beginnings, visit: here.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

International Student Orientation

Today is International New Student Orientation.

For more information on the Office of International Education, visit: their website.

You may also visit, their Facebook page.