"My hope is that the holiday break was a time of rest and rejuvenation for you. We know the coming months will be a time of great activity and transformation. The renovation of the Rankin Student Center will provide the opportunity to create a space that will facilitate collaboration, learning outside the classroom, and a greater sense of community for students, faculty, staff and citizens of Big Rapids.
On a smaller scale, we have seen how the redesigned IRC corridor has made that space into a hub of activity for the campus. The success of that project gives us a glimpse into what an important resource for the university a new University Center will be.
Throughout the semester information on the University Center project will be available at http://www.ferris.edu/HTMLS/administration/adminandfinance/physical/renovation/index.htm.
As we prepare for spring semester and the challenges of this and other projects – including our efforts to make a Ferris education as affordable as possible – I want to thank you for your work during the last semester and say how much I look forward to our continued work together as the pace of the academic year increases."