Wednesday, August 24, 2011

From the President's Desk: A Welcome Back To Ferris Faculty, Staff and Students

Here is a note from the desk of Ferris State University president David L. Eisler as Ferris welcomes back students, faculty and staff for the start of the Fall 2011 semester:
As we gather to begin the academic year, I hope this summer provided you time to spend with family and friends, travelling or just relaxing. While summer is when the fewest number of students are on campus, much activity does take place. If you were on campus you undoubtedly saw the many large groups of new students we hosted for orientation. These students arrived in record numbers, and it was exhilarating to see their energy and excitement as they prepared to begin their studies at Ferris.

I want to extend my thanks and congratulations to everyone who made these sessions possible, and who worked so hard to make these students’ time on campus as positive an experience as possible. Certainly kudos to everyone in Admissions and Enrollment whose planning helped assure that these students received all the help they needed. Faculty, advisors, department chairs and deans provided advising support in getting students registered for classes. Our Physical Plant employees kept our campus looking extraordinary throughout the summer months – sometimes in the face of adverse weather conditions. And if you ate at The Rock at any time these past couple of months, you know the great work they do to serve students, campers, faculty, staff and guests. Making our campus a welcoming place is an endeavor that requires the participation of the entire Ferris community.

As a result we are again looking at a record number of students for Ferris State University. Thank you to everyone who contributed to the welcoming spirit that has played such a part in our strong enrollment numbers these past several years.
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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

"Us vs. Them: Images of Separation", by Ferris State's David Pilgrim

The presentation is called, quite simply: "Us vs. Them: Images of Separation."

Using images from the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia, Ferris State University vice president for Diversity and Inclusion David Pilgrim discusses how contemporary objects and images serve to promote the stereotyping of African Americans, Jews, women and other groups.

This event takes place on Wednesday, Aug. 31 at 6 p.m. in the Rankin Student Center, Dome Room on Ferris' Big Rapids campus.

For more information prior to the event, click here for the Campus Calendar link:

Monday, August 22, 2011

International Student Welcome Picnic

It's that time of the year when students return to the Ferris State University campus. This year, as always, there are no shortage of welcome-back events.

The Office of International Education is putting on an event to welcome back international students for the 2011-12 academic year on Saturday, Aug. 27 at Northend Park in Big Rapids. OIE is inviting people to join together for a meet and greet or to reconnect with new and current international students.

Food and drinks will be provided. For more information, contact Shana Beisiegel at (231) 591-2824 or with any questions.

Academic Service Learning Steering Team to Host Informative Recruiting Luncheon

Ferris State University’s Academic Service Learning Steering Committee is hosting an informative recruiting luncheon on Wednesday, Aug. 24 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Rock CafĂ© in the Private Dining Room.

The event is designed to educate the campus community on service learning and how it can benefit classes and students at Ferris. Invitations have gone out to both current and new ASL faculty.

Learn more about Academic Service Learning at Ferris, here.

For more information, contact Vickie Streeter at (231) 591-2403.

2011 Faculty Week and Retention Summit

The Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning invite all members of the University community to begin the 2011-12 academic year by focusing its attention squarely on the retention, success, and matriculation of the students who grace our classrooms, residence halls, library, and other learning, living, and meeting spaces throughout the University and community.

The opening day of the 2011 Faculty Week is designated a Retention Summit. As a community of scholars and educators who strive, as per our Vision Statement, to create a“stimulating, student-centered academic environment that fosters life-long engagement, leadership, citizenship, and continuing intellectual development,” the Retention Summit provides us an opportunity to increase and strengthen our knowledge and skills to achieve this vision. The Retention Summit also affords us the opportunity to develop new approaches for closing the gap in graduation rates and other measures of student success at the University.

Click here for the schedule for the 2011 Faculty Week and Retention Summit.