Ferris Welcomes Students’ Sibs, Community’s Flood Victims to Campus for Sibs and Kids Weekend

Ferris State University students will welcome younger children to campus for a “Fun-Size”-themed Sibs and Kids Weekend starting Friday, Feb. 8.

Students can invite younger relatives to spend the weekend with them in Big Rapids for the popular annual event. This year, local families affected by recent weather-related flooding in the Big Rapids area also are invited.

“The Residence Hall Association recognizes that Ferris isn’t just the community on campus, and we wanted to provide these families with a fun way to relax and socialize,” said Lisa Ortiz, the university’s assistant director of Housing and Residence Life.

Events kick off at 6 p.m. Friday with individual residence hall programs for students who live on campus and their siblings. Students who live on- and off-campus and area residents displaced by flooding can participate in gym activities and play on inflatables from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. in the Ewigleben Sports Complex Multipurpose Room.

Saturday’s events include cookie-decorating, pictures with Ferris’ mascot Brutus, Xbox Kinect games and more from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., board games from 4 to 6 p.m. and a screening of the Oscar-nominated film “Brave” (Rated PG) at 8:30 p.m., all in the Brophy/McNerny lobby.

A highlight on Saturday will be ice skating from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Ewigleben Ice Arena.

Sibs and Kids Weekend is a popular event for students to show off the university, said Amber Woyak, director of Cramer Hall.

“There are tons of fun activities that all sibs and kids would enjoy, regardless of if they live on campus or not,” Woyak said. “It’s a fun weekend for all ages.”

Registration for on-campus students is $30, which includes entry to all activities, meals and a T-shirt for their sibling (additional T-shirts can be purchased for $5 while supplies last). Registration is 3 to 7 p.m. Friday at The Rock Café.

Off-campus students and their visitors will be charged per meal at The Rock Café and Westview Dining Center.

Events are free for local flood victims.

“I have brought my sister to Ferris every year during Sibs and Kids weekend, and I enjoy it more each time,” said Kayla Konway, a senior from Warren majoring in Journalism and Technical Communication. “Even though I live off campus now the weekend gives me the opportunity to take a break from school and work and spend time with her.”

For more information, visit the Events Calendar at http://calendar.ferris.edu/.

Last updated: 08-15-2013