Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Thoughts About Founders' Day And What Makes It Special


BIG RAPIDS - Being amongst people who care so deeply about Ferris State University was one of the great aspects of Founders' Day and what makes it special.

To be sure, a major component of Founders' Day is reflecting on the history and recognizing the works and deeds of Woodbridge Nathan Ferris and Helen Gillespie Ferris - the founders of Ferris State University. We could spend hours upon hours talking about how much Woodbridge and Helen have given to make FSU what it is today and about the bond they started that has grown stronger between Ferris State University and the Big Rapids community. We could spend hours and probably still not do their great contributions justice.

But, seeing so many people come out for Founders' Day, including alumni, Board of Trustees members, faculty, local community members, staff and students did plenty to make the event special. The picnic, the activities, the great conversations and more helped made the event special.

I enjoyed the interactions I had with members of the aforementioned groups were the memories I will take away from Founders' Day - above and beyond the history behind what Founders' Day actually stands for. I enjoyed their stories to help illustrate how far the University has come over the years and decades. We've come a long way since the days of The Big Rapids Industrial School to where we are today with more than 13,000 students around the state.

It has been an amazing first 125 years and should be a great next 125 years.
For more on Founders' Day and how it was received, visit: http://www.ferris.edu/htmls/news/news/detail.cfm?ID=859
For the history of Ferris State University, visit:

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