In addition to this official helping hand, students new to campus will be asking many questions throughout the first few days of the semester. Please take a few moments to make sure they get the assistance needed to make their transition to our University as trouble-free as possible. This extra help can make an impression on them that will last years. I can think of no other time when working together is as important as this. Hopefully, our new students will become lifetime members of the Ferris community. Thank you for helping to make their welcome an extraordinarily positive experience for them.
With students back on campus, fall semester is off to a truly energetic start. Although this happens each year, one can forget the way our campus is transformed when students return. It is easy to feel the excitement that accompanies the start of classes in the fall. While I enjoy talking to all of our students, I am always particularly interested in getting to know those just starting their college careers. They bring with them a special sense of potential and anticipation that goes to the very heart of our mission to provide opportunity. I also enjoy talking with their parents, hearing their hopes and expectations for their children, and their growing realization that college is a significant change in both their and their students’ lives.
Even as we welcome students settling into our residence halls, we have large numbers of older students new to their studies or returning from a hiatus from the classroom. Increasingly we are welcoming students who are several years out of high school looking to learn new skills, or sharpen the skills they have learned on the job.I want to thank everyone in Big Rapids who took the time to help new students by volunteering at our First Impressions booths and tables. When you are new to campus, it makes such a difference to have someone who can answer your questions and help you.
Many, many people volunteer for First Impressions. If you have volunteered this year or in the past, you know what an opportunity it provides to meet our new students and their families. This year’s volunteers included Teresa Allen, Ashley Barrigar, Cindy Bauman, Marilyn Bejma, Richelle Boerma, Jacob Bouvrette, Dan Burcham, Mike Cairns, Nick Campau, Paige Clark, Laurie Daniels, Jon Dean, Vicky Deur, Kim Erickson, Teresa Fogel, Patti Fraser, Will Gasper, Destiny Gorby, Jody Greco, Denise Grinnell, Sherry Hayes, Lori Henderson, Kelly Hicks, Angie Hollister, Sharon Hopper, Elaine Kamptner, Steve Karnes, Dean Kludy, Sandy Larie, Beth Logan, Rick Manuszak, Angela McCane, Sharon Metcalf, Nancy Mettlach, Jeremy Mishler, John Monahan, Loura Monahan, Kay Moore, Kristy Motz, Paula Olson, Leeann O’Neal, Shanee Ramsey, Lori Rendel, Barb Renne, Carol Rewers, Angie Roman, Nancy Spedowski, Melissa Sprague, Steve Stellard, Frank Sturm, Deb Sweet, Karen Thompson, Deb Tice, Brittany Vierck, Judy Watson, Laura Wenette, Kim Wilber, Krista Wilcox, Leroy Wright, Deborah Yost and Heather Youngs. Experience has shown that with a list of this size that some names have been omitted. If I did, please accept both my apologies for doing so, and my thanks for assisting.
Special thanks go to the First Impressions Committee which consisted of Mike Cairns, Will Gasper, Elaine Kamptner, Loura Monahan, Mark Schuelke and Debra Sweet.
A part of move-in day is assistance by Bulldogs in Action. These combined groups help students and families carry students’ belongings into the residence halls. Student organizations taking part included - Alpha Phi Alpha, Alpha Xi Delta, B.L.A.C.K., Black Greek Council, Black Student Union, Delta Sigma Theta, Delta Zeta, Kappa Psi, Lambda Chi Alpha, Panhellenic Council, Phi Beta Sigma, Residence Hall Association, Students and Faculty from Graphic Design, Women's Rugby, YBBW, Zeta Phi Beta, and Zeta Tau Alpha.