First Lady’s Attic Helps Prepare Students for Success in the Business World

pictureBIG RAPIDS – Students at Ferris State University need not wonder anymore how they will afford to buy professional-looking clothing for a job or internship interview – or class presentation. First Lady’s Attic will ensure that all Ferris students, male and female, are dressed appropriately for success.

“This is something I have been dreaming about for two years,” shares Patsy Eisler, founder of First Lady’s Attic. “With the foresight and collaboration of Chief Diversity Officer David Pilgrim and Vice President for Student Affairs Dan Burcham, this is now a reality.

Here at Ferris we are committed to providing opportunities for our students. One way we can do this is to make certain they are appropriately dressed and have the best possible chance of achieving that first great job or internship. Looking the part and feeling confident in an interview or during a class presentation can make a world of difference,” Eisler adds.

Once students choose their outfit, it is theirs to keep as they commence from the school environment into the world of work.

“This represents one way we can make tangible our commitment to opportunity, one of the core values of our University,” Pilgrim notes.

First Lady’s Attic is currently accepting donations of all men’s and women’s professional clothing. The Attic will gladly take not just “experienced” suits, but shirts, blouses, dress pants and skirts, blazers, dresses, shoes, ties, scarves, belts, jewelry, purses and briefcases.

All donations can be dropped off at either location of Pete’s Cleaners in Big Rapids, a community supporter of The First Lady’s Attic.

“I am just thrilled to be a part of this and happy that I can contribute to helping students look their best when interviewing,” says Darin Cebulla, owner of Pete’s Cleaners. “Just drop off your clothes you’d like to donate at either location on Hemlock or State Street and mention they are for First Lady’s Attic, and I’ll take care of the rest.”

Clothing also may be dropped off on campus at the Ferris Diversity Office located in the Timme Center for Student Services, Room 312.

All donations to First Lady’s Attic are considered charitable contributions and are tax deductible. For more information about First Lady’s Attic, e-mail flattic@ferris.edu or call (231) 591-3193.


24 October, 2008