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Benefiting More Than Just the Community. By Katie Nimtz (Ferris State University, PR Student)

Volunteering, the word sparks images of raking leaves on a senior’s lawn, packing lunches for local elementary school children, or walking dogs from the animal shelter who are looking for their forever home. Volunteering benefits everyone in the community, including yourself.

Volunteering is good for both your physical and mental health. The act of volunteering helps lower stress and anxiety levels, combats depression, and can lower blood pressure. Volunteering connects workers with others and leaves individuals with a feeling of being something larger than themselves. Volunteering can also help you discover passions and explore career ambitions.

Although there an hundreds of volunteer opportunities at Ferris State University, the two largest student volunteer initiatives are Relay for Life and The BIG Event. Both these campus-wide events promote students to get up and move. Individuals stay up all night walking and donating money during the Relay for Life event in memory or honor of close ones who have been affected by cancer. During The BIG Event groups of students work as teams to assist Big Rapids residence in their outdoor spring cleaning. Teams will do anything from bagging leaves, to cleaning gutters, painting fences, to picking up and breaking down sticks and tree branches.

Within the Big Rapids community there are opportunities to help over twenty-five local service organizations.  Everything from stocking food pantries, assisting with the homeless shelter, tutoring school children, or using your creative side to help with local festivals and events.  To discover meaningful volunteer opportunities or help with one of the large campus events, please contact the CLACS Volunteer Center at or 231-591-2685. Taking the steps to helping others may be the right steps to helping yourself.


Keynote Speaker, Variety of Businesses Highlight Ferris’ Career and Internship Week

Students and alumni of Ferris State University are encouraged to consider their short-term prospects, and professional opportunities as Career and Internship Week begins Thursday, Oct. 13, and continues through Thursday, Oct. 20.

Walk-in hours from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. are available Tuesday, Oct. 11 and Wednesday, Oct. 12, at the Center for Leadership, Activities and Career Services, according to Career and Volunteer Center Coordinator Mickey Albright. She said on Thursday, Oct. 13, author Zachariah Ballinger will give a presentation on interviewing and career goals, starting at 5:30 p.m. in Room 111 of the Business Building.

“The first 20 people who arrive for this talk will receive a signed copy of ‘The Hot Seat: How to Meet the Challenge of a New Era in Job Interviewing’ afterwards,” Albright said. “He’ll give an entertaining and informative talk. The CLACS Career Center is collaborating with Student Government, Entertainment Unlimited and Ferris’ Public Relations Student Society of America to sponsor Ballinger’s visit.”

Those interested in practice interviews on Friday, Oct. 14 can sign up for their session through CLACS. The sessions will be held at the CLACS office, in Room 121 of the University Center, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Albright said over 270 employers will participate in the Career and Internship Fair, with different employers on site Monday, Oct. 17 and Tuesday, Oct. 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“Most employers who attend have immediate needs for qualified talent, but many companies say they welcome the chance to connect with students early in their academic careers,” Albright said. “The alumni and students taking part will find employers throughout the University Center, in the event space, hallways and all large rooms on the first and second floor.”

Participants are encouraged to dress in business attire, carry several copies of their resume, and have their Ferris ID cards handy. Recruiters anticipate talking to those pursuing degrees in Business, Education, Health Care, Engineering Technology and the Social Sciences.


“We will have representatives from several schools taking part,” Albright said. “Those attending will be provided information on financing options for their continuing education, as well as details on the testing requirements for graduate degrees.”