Monday, August 23, 2010

From The President's Desk: Welcome Back

Here is a note from President Dave Eisler to the Ferris State University community:
Whether you have been at Ferris for the beginning of many fall semesters or if this is your first one here, it is my pleasure to welcome you to campus as students return. Although not official yet, enrollment figures, especially in our campuses around the state and on-line, are strong, and it appears that Ferris will enroll more than 14,000 students this fall, a record high for our University.

Fall is always an exciting time on campus, and this year there is much to celebrate. The improvements in Big Rapids that are either completed or in the works reflect some wonderful accomplishments for Ferris. The just-opened East Campus Suites will provide a new level of residence experience for Ferris students. If you are in Big Rapids, you have undoubtedly seen how much work has been done on our new Michigan College of Optometry building. And while it might be less noticeable to visitors to our campus, the mechanical air conditioning and heating upgrades to the Arts and Sciences complex, when completed, will make that facility more conducive to teaching and learning.

As usual, members of our physical plant have done a remarkable job of keeping the campus looking its best for both new and returning students. This year part of our preparations includes improvement to the markings on crosswalks throughout campus to improve pedestrian safety. I want to thank everyone who has worked so hard this these past few months not simply to maintain campus, but to make it more attractive and supportive of our mission than it has ever been.

For several years now we have been the fastest growing university in Michigan – and that didn’t take place by accident. In addition to our educational offerings and the many locations in which we provide access to education, the quality of life we work to offer students has played a major role in our growth. There needs to be strong reasons for students to come to Ferris, and we continue to provide those reasons, both in the education we provide and in our facilities. From Dining Services, which has done such a remarkable job with the renovated Rock CafĂ© and the rest of our dining facilities, to our recruiters, residential life employees and so many, many more, we excel by understanding and anticipating our students’ needs.
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