Friday, December 10, 2010

So, Who Wants To Be Brutus The Bulldog?

Here is Brutus the Bulldog during a football game at Ferris State University's Top Taggart Field.

The Bulldog mascot is a tradition among Ferris State University sports fans.

The Bulldog has been Ferris State’s official mascot since 1930, when the name was applied to the Ferris Institute basketball team. At the time, a sportswriter became impressed by the way Coach Bill McElwain’s team was winning close games with defense. He described the tough defense as “hanging on like a bulldog.”

During an eight-game winning streak McElwain began referring to his team as the “Bulldogs,” and the name stuck.

The Bulldog mascot helps create excitement for and promotes the University as well as Bulldog Athletics at a variety of alumni and university events. The Bulldog mascot is expected to work alone and with the cheer squad, dance team, and pep band to get the crowd involved, as well as to interact closely with fans at these events. The mascot plays an important role in promoting Bulldog Athletics and building strong community relations. Mascot positions are awarded on an annual basis. The Ferris State University Mascot Program, administered by the Student Alumni Gold Club, is seeking qualified applicants for the rest of the 2010 and following academic year. Applicants should be:

• Leaders
• Spontaneous
• Entertainers
• Dedicated
• Disciplined
• In good physical condition
• Creative
• Responsible

If you meet these criteria and have a great love for Ferris State University Bulldog Athletics and the University as a whole, then you are encouraged to apply. Mascot responsibilities and duties, as well as scholarship funds, are divided among all students serving as mascots.

Appearances are made at all varsity sporting events and several post season events which require travel. The mascot also appears at all Admissions Office Dawg Day events, all Homecoming events and several United Way events. Other appearances will be made for a variety of charity, University, and community events. Students serving as the mascot will become official members of the Student Alumni Gold Club and will be required to attend their bi-weekly meetings, as well as be involved in other events sponsored by them.

The Bulldog mascot also maintains a University email account ( The mascot also maintains a Facebook account with the assistance of the Bulldog Mascot Committee.

Benefits of serving as the Bulldog mascot include the following:

• Scholarship (amount depends on the number of students serving as the mascot)
• Ferris State University apparel
• Varsity sports tickets
• Access to the Bulldog Varsity Athletics Weight Room and trainer
• Other benefits as they become available, such as attendance at special events arranged by the Alumni Office.

If you are interested in serving as the Bulldog mascot, please submit the application (from the link below) By 5 p.m., Wednesday Jan. 12 2011 Alumni Relations Office, Room 101 in the Prakken Building A possible interview and tryout will be held on Saturday, Jan. 15.

If chosen for a tryout you will be contacted by the mascot coordinator, if possible attempt to keep that day free.

Application link:

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Ferris State University's Birkam Health Center Is Offering Flu Shots

Folks, the height of flu season is ahead.

So, don’t take a chance of having the flu catch up with you during the holidays or early in the 2011

Ferris State University's Birkam Health Center has the flu vaccine for $10 while the flu mist is $25.

The flu vaccine (which contains an H1N1 vaccine) will be available during normal clinic hours while supplies last.

Holiday hours are 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Dec. 20 through 22 and Jan. 3 through 4.

Attention all Holiday Food Drive Participants

Ferris State University Student Government will have one final pick up of food on Monday, Dec. 13. So, the collection continues.

Please keep us in mind when packing up to head home for the holidays. Donations can be dropped off in the Student Government Office (Rankin 121).

Prizes are as follows:

Residence Halls: Pizza party
RSOs: Pizza party
Greeks: Cash prizes

Any questions please contact the Student Government Office at (231) 591-2611

Monday, December 6, 2010

Still Time To Cast Your Ballot For Bret Muter In The 'I Wanna Be Like Jack Hanna' Contest

Bret Muter is doing more than simply saying he wants to be like Jack Hanna. He is proving his desire by letting his actions speak louder than his words.

Muter, a 2006 graduate of Ferris State University’s College of Arts and Sciences with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Biology, recently was named one of five finalists in the “Wanna Be Like Jack Hanna” contest. The grand prize winner gets a six-week trip to South Africa to attend the Mantis Field Guide Academy at the Shamwari Game Reserve and an appearance on the Emmy-winning nationally syndicated series “Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild.” The series is filmed at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in Ohio where Hanna continues to serve as director emeritus.


Voting for this final phase of the contest started on Nov. 23 and runs through Dec. 9. People can vote once per day per e-mail address. To vote, and to view all of the video entries, visit

For the complete version of this story, visit:

Help Wanted For Pancakes With The President

Dear faculty and staff,

It’s that time of year again at Ferris State University. Finals week is quickly approaching and Student Government is sponsoring their annual Pancakes with the President event. The event will take place Dec. 13 from 11 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. in Westview Dining Center located in the Rankin Student Center.

Your participation is much needed.

We are in need of faculty and staff members to help with serving students. Please sign up by contacting the chair of the event DeAja Packer at

Thank you - we look forward to your participation!

Best regards,

DeAja Packer
Student Government-Pancakes with the President Chair