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

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

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 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
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

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.

Friday, February 14, 2014

The Silk Road Acrobats

Looking for something to do this Valentine's Day?

The Silk Road Acrobats will be performing on Friday, Feb. 14 at Williams Auditorium.  The performance will start at 7 p.m.

The Silk Road Acrobats are from China and were founded in 2004.  They provide high-quality, authentic and affordable cultural entertainment.  This special kind of acrobatics focuses on artists performing acrobatics while hanging from a special fabric.

This show is expected to incorporate a roller coaster of emotions and is encased with high energy tinged with danger and packed full of action that attendees will not soon forget.

All students and the public are welcome to attend.  General admission tickets are $7, $5 for students and senior citizens, at the door or online at

Friday, February 7, 2014

"Being in Demand" by Bill VanSteenis

Career Week Keynote Speaker, Bill VanSteenis, will present "Being in Demand" on Monday, Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. in IRC 120.

VanSteenis will be on campus to help you learn what it takes to start your career and be on your way to success.  The first 50 attendees will get a free copy of his book!  Everyone who attends will receive a $1 off beverage coupon for Starbucks, which will have extended hours to accommadate.

VanSteenis will be signing books at 6:30 p.m.

Friday, January 31, 2014

"Silver Clouds" by Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol's "Silver Clouds," presented by Ferris State University Art Gallery and Artworks of Big Rapids, is an interactive exhibit that combines light, air, movement and audience participation to create a playful and engaging environment.

The exhibit invites the audience to become one with the art.  The audience is encouraged to walk through, sit and observe, lie on the floor and let the art float through space above as you reflect and take respite from the stress of daily life.  There will be floating "clouds" meant to represent space, time, the evening sky and all that is joyful, playful and peaceful.

Warhol is one of the most notable and controversial 20th century artists.  He is best known for his images of consumer culture icons such as Campbell's soup cans and pop icons including Marilyn Monroe.

Everyone is welcome to attend this event.  The exhibit will be displayed from Saturday, Feb. 1 through Friday, Feb. 28 at Artworks.  It can be viewed Tuesday - Friday from 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Parental supervision is required for children younger than 13.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Sports Speakers Series: Ira Childress

Ira Childress will present the keynote speech in the Spring 2014 Sports Speakers Series titled "5 Ways to Set Yourself Apart from the Competition & Land Your Dream Job in Sports."

Childress graduated from Ferris State University in 2003.  He is currently the Athletic Director at Okemos High School.

The presentation will take place in BUS 111 from 7:00-8:30 p.m.  This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Sandy Alspach at 231-591-2779 or

Friday, January 17, 2014

MLK Day is a Day ON at Ferris State University

Although classes will not be in session on Monday, the Ferris State University community is encouraged to spend Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a day on, not a day off.

Beginning on Jan. 20, participants will come together for a series of events over a four-day celebration of MLK and his dream.  The celebration will include a number of events designed to promote awareness of civil rights, service and social justice.

One of the many events taking place is the 28th annual student tribute and featured spoken word presentation by The Dark Noise Collective.  It will be held Jan. 22 from 7 - 9 p.m. in Williams Auditorium.

The Dark Noise Collective is a multiracial, multi-genre tour featuring some of the most exciting, insightful, and powerful spoken word artists working today.  The performances focus on race, gender, religious exploration, queer identity, hip-hop culture, and radical truth-telling.  More information can be found at:

Check out this story for more details, including the events that will highlight the celebration:

Follow updates on Facebook and Twitter by using the hashtag: #FerrisMLK

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

MLK Celebration at Ferris is Fast Approaching

The Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Freedom March

It's Ferris State University's annual tribute to the memory of one of history's most important and influential civil rights leaders, Martin Luther King Jr.

Beginning Jan. 20, the University community will come together for a series of events over a four-day period to honor King's memory and to keep his dream alive.

The 2014 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration is an opportunity for faculty, staff, students, community members and others to unleash their inner activist in any of a number of different ways ... all with the goal of making our community, state, country and world a better place. As part of this, the celebration includes a number of events designed to promote awareness of civil rights, service and social justice.

Check out this story for more details, including the events that will highlight the celebration:

Follow updates on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag: #FerrisMLK

Friday, December 6, 2013

Holiday Concert & Charity Drive

The Holiday Band & Orchestra Concert will take place at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8 at G. Mennen Williams Auditorium.

The concert will feature the Ferris State University Symphony Band, West Central Concert Band and West Central Chamber Orchestra.  Dynamite the Clown and Santa Claus will be in attendance.

A charity drive is being held at this event in support of The Salvation Army.  Voluntary donations for families in need residing in Mecosta County will be collected in the lobby.  For more information, please call 231-591-5600.

This free event is a musical holiday gift to the community from Ferris State University!  For assistance with attending this event, please call 231-591-5600.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Final Exam Schedule

Happy last week of classes students! This is a reminder that finals exams will be taking place next week. Please look at the exam schedule to view when your finals will be taking place.

Please note this is a guideline only. Students should contact the instructor of each class for exact exam times.

Good luck Bulldogs, let's finish off the semester strong!

View the final exam schedule here

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Holiday Food Drive Ends Tomorrow

The Holiday Food Drive, which is hosted by Ferris State University Student Government and the American Marketing Association, ends tomorrow at 4:30 p.m. 

Non-perishable food items can be donated through by dropping them off in the IRC. Goods that are donated will benefit Project Starburst of Big Rapids. 

The RSO that collects the most items will win a $50 gift certificate to the Ferris State University Copy Center. The residence hall that collects the most canned goods will receive a pizza party sponsored by Big Rapids Mancino’s Pizza and Grinders. 

Make sure you turn in your canned goods by tomorrow afternoon. It is a great cause!