The Alumni Online Electronic Newsletter • Volume Fourteen • Issue Six • November 2014

From the Alumni Office

We are looking forward to our annual events in Florida, as well as the upcoming reception at the Great Lakes Invitational in December. Read about these events and more in this month's issue of Bulldog Bytes.

Contact the Alumni Office at with
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Alumni Events

Join us at the Great Lakes Invitational

Upcoming Events

Alumni Event
Great Lakes Invitational

Join fellow Ferris alumni and friends for a pre-game reception at 5 pm followed by Ferris men's hockey taking on Michigan State at Joe Louis arena on Sunday, December 28. Light snacks and a cash bar will be provided. Follow this link for more information:


Alumni Event
2015 Florida Events

Join fellow alumni and friends for several events in Florida in January 2015!

January 17, Wyndemere Country Club, Naples - A golf outing will be held in the afternoon with proceeds to benefit scholarships, immediately followed by the annual Alumni, Emeriti and Friends reception and dinner in the evening. Follow this link for more information:
January 20-22, Orlando - The PGM Open and annual alumni reception will be held in conjunction with the PGA Merchandise Show. Follow this link for more information:
January 24, Plantation Golf and Country Club, Venice - The annual Alumni, Emeriti and Friends Luncheon beginning at 11 am. Note the new venue! Follow this link for more information:


Alumni Event
Denver Alumni Event

Join the Mile High Bulldogs in Denver, CO at the Pepsi Center on February 5 when the Detroit Red Wings take on the Colorado Avalanche! Exclusive, limited seating is available for $75 per person. Act fast! Follow this link for ticket information:


Alumni Event
Save the Date!

The annual Alumni Golf Outing will be held on Friday, May 15, 2015 at Buck's Run Golf Club in Mt. Pleasant, Mich. Follow this link for more information:


Alumni Event
Save the Date!

The Alumni Fall Reunion honoring the class of 1965 and recognizing the Distinguished Alumni Award winners will be held on Friday, September 25, 2015, at the University Center on the Big Rapids campus. Stay tuned for more information.


Bulldog Athletics

Sports News
Women's Basketball Plays Notre Dame

Ferris women's basketball is taking on Division One Notre Dame Wednesday, November 5 in an exhibition game. Follow this link for information on how to listen in to the game:


Sports News
Bulldog Football Receives National Recognition

Ferris State Football QB Jason Vander Laan and the entire Offensive Line are recognized as National Offensive Players of the Week, read both stores here:


Sports News
Volleyball Senior Receives Recognition

Ferris State Volleyball's Courtney Rehm Named GLIAC Player of the Week for Second Week! Follow this link to read more:


Sports News
Sports Schedules

As the playoff season approaches for football, volleyball and soccer and the hockey season continues, keep with the Bulldogs at




Distinguished Alumni Nominations

The Ferris State Alumni Association is accepting nominations for the 2015 Class of Distinguished Alumni and Pacesetters. The Alumni Association annually recognizes individuals based on personal growth, leadership, and their contributions to community, society and Ferris State University. Nominate someone you know today by following this link:

Student Recruitment Toolkits for Alumni

We are excited to announce that the Alumni Association and University Admissions have teamed up, and will be promoting the availability of new Alumni Student Recruitment Toolkits to interested alumni that want to help students they know find out about, and potentially enroll, at Ferris. These toolkits include:
- Our newest Admissions materials
- Five (5) Ferris lanyards for the alumni to give to students that have special resource cards attached that highlight:
  - How to register for campus visit
  - How to apply online for free
  - How to check out our scholarships
  - Where to connect with Ferris via our major social media outlets
  - How to contact us with direct questions
- Five (5) referral cards and pre-paid postage envelopes (referrals can also be done electronically) for alumni to identify, for the Admissions and Alumni Offices, the students they provided materials to along with the students' contact information and academic program interest areas.
- And for our Alumni Volunteers, a Ferris State t-shirt and a pennant to thank them and to assist them with promoting Ferris in the workplace, school and community.
If you would like to volunteer and receive an Alumni Student Recruitment Toolkit, email the Alumni Association today (and don't forget to tell us your t-shirts size) at

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Hospitality Gala - Save the Date!

On Friday, February 27, 2015, the Hospitality Management Program will present their annual gala - "Voyages Through Futures Past" at the University Center on the Big Rapids campus. More information will be available soon!


Construction Cam

The University Center is beginning to take shape! Follow along with the construction progress on campus by checking out the Construction Cam! Follow this link and find the camera under "Construction" on the side menu:

Click here to follow the University Center page on Facebook!


Alumni News

Class Notes
Alumni Success Stories

Vivian Pickard (AS'77) was recently honored with a Distinguished Alumni Award for her noted career success and community involvement. Vivian currently serves as president of the General Motors Foundation and director of GM Corporate Relations. Follow this link to read more aboout Vivian:

Read more about Ferris alumni success by following this link:

More Alumni News

Congratulations to Ferris State University alumna, Sarah E. Nutter, on being recognized among the Washington Business Journal's "2014 Women Who Mean Business". Read more about Sarah at:

Alumnus Dennis Nickels appointed to The Ferris Foundation Board of Directors, read more here:

Congratulation to Ferris State alumnus and former Bulldog Basketball player Jerrell Sanders, who was chosen by the Grand Rapids Drive in the NBA D-League Draft:


Career Corner

Career Corner is sponsored this month by our partner Goodman Air Conditioning & Heating.
Career Corner

Career Services invites Ferris alumni to check out the resources available on their website. Follow this link for information:

To help alumni easily set themselves apart, Career Services has an alumni resume book within Bulldog CareerLink! Create your account today at Call for assistance 231-591-2685.

Check CareerLink for current opportunities for alumni at Current positions posted at Career Services in Bulldog CareerLink for Ferris alumni:

Entry Level Software Developers (Java/2EE, .Net, C#), East & West Solutions, Nationwide

Wildlife Documentary Fil-Making, Oceans Research, Mossel Bay, South Africa

Account Executive, Quicken Loans, Detroit, MI

Construction Project Estimator, Commercial Contractors, Inc., Grand Haven, MI

Be sure to check for opportunities that have been posted on the job board on the Alumni Online Community at

The Alumni Office and the Career Services Office continue to partner to bring our alumni as much great information as possible for your job search, including:

Job Postings - available in the Alumni Online Community and Bulldog CareerLink

Resume Book "help employers find you" - available in the Alumni Online Community and Bulldog CareerLink

Networking Opportunities - Career Services events, Alumni gatherings, LinkedIn and Facebook connections with Alumni and Career Services offices.

Additional Resources:

Resume Assistance - online resources and resume critiques

Interviewing Assistance - online resources, mock interviews, web-based interview practice

Career Planning - not sure where to start? Schedule an appointment with Career Services at 231-591-2685.

Employers - click here to learn how to connect with Ferris alumni.


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