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

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