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CLACS Bulldog Beginnings

The Center for Leadership, Activities, and Career Services is excited to welcome both new and returning students to campus with Bulldog Beginnings. This is a series of important dates, educational events, and fun activities to kick off the Fall 2016 semester.

The events of Bulldog Beginnings offer excellent socializing and networking opportunities, as well as entertainment from live music, raffles, and more.

Many new events have been created, such as Big Rapids Beginnings, a trove of all of the local businesses and amenities that downtown Big Rapids has to offer.

The Campus Beautification Project is providing opportunities for students to volunteer individually or with a Registered Student Organization to make an immediate impact on campus.

After the Ferris Founders’ Day Football game vs. Ohio Dominican, stay after the football game for the Fifth Quarter, where the football field is transformed into a dance floor.

Returning Bulldog Beginnings traditions include:  the Founder’s Day Ice Cream Social, Meijer Mania, Rec Fest, and the Residence Hall Association Outdoor Movie.  This year they are screening Captain America: Civil War.


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.

Students are also welcome to attend the Career Center Advisory Council meeting Wednesday, Oct. 19 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. That session will be held in Room 116 of the University Center.

Career and Internship Fair activities conclude on Thursday, Oct. 20, as a Graduate School Expo is held in the CLACS office.

“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.”