It is always a pleasure to feel the excitement as students begin to fill our campuses for the start of fall semester. After a summer of often unseasonably cool temperatures, this past week we have seen temperatures climb to more normal
levels as the start of classes nears. With campuses heating up both literally and figuratively, we are set to begin another year of Ferris State University preparing students for the successes ahead of them.
President David L. Eisler
There are many activities planned for both returning and first-time students. A full list of the beginning-of-the-semester highlights can be found here. I am always delighted to see students helping others with the move-in process through Bulldogs in Action. Especially for first-year students, getting a helping hand while settling in can help them get off to a great start and set the tone for that person’s college studies. As the semester gets underway, please make a special effort to help students find their way in unfamiliar circumstances and assist them in any way you can. Beginning college is a big step, and some of our students will be the first in their families to embark upon this journey. They will deeply appreciate you taking the extra time to help them navigate these unfamiliar waters.
In Big Rapids, this Saturday evening’s Meijer Madness is a remarkable event. While this is a fun activity for students, it is also a reminder of the close relationship between the university and the community. We are fortunate to have a strong “town and gown” bond with Big Rapids. Events such as Meijer Madness remind us of the mutually beneficial relationship between town and campus, which is now 129-years strong.
This is my 11th start of classes since becoming president of Ferris. Whether you have been at Ferris for a longer or shorter period of time, you have probably marveled at how quickly the academic year begins and then passes. This year, in particular, we are reminded of the changes that take place here in Big Rapids with the demolition of Masselink and Carlisle halls, and the razing of the Rankin Center Dome Room as part of the university center renovation. In Grand Rapids we look forward to a second year in the marvelously restored Woodbridge N. Ferris Building. This physical evolution of our campuses is a visible reminder of how we are constantly changing to meet the needs of our students.
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