President's Message to Campus - August 17, 2018
There is an excitement on campus as summer draws to a close and we prepare for students returning. It is always good to welcome new and returning faculty and students to our Big Rapids campus, as well as the Kendall College of Art and Design, and our locations across the state. The start of the Fall 2018 semester marks the beginning of the 134th academic year at Ferris State University. If you have been away over the summer, or any part of the summer, it is a pleasure to have you back on campus. If you are new to our University, I hope you will find this to be a community that welcomes you and strives to support you.
The annual Faculty Welcome Back Week begins on Monday, Aug. 20. A wide range of sessions continue through Friday, Aug. 24. More information, including a full list of the offerings, can be found on the Academic Affairs website. I encourage you to attend those of particular interest to you. On the Big Rapids campus, Provost Paul Blake and I look forward to visiting with you and your colleagues in your college meetings on Wednesday, Aug. 22.
It is a pleasure to welcome the following new faculty to Ferris State University:
- Stacey Armstrong, College of Arts and Sciences
- Brian Bejcek, College of Engineering Technology
- Molly Cooper, College of Business
- Deborah Cress, College of Health Professions
- Niccole Erickson, College of Education and Human Services
- Namita Giri, College of Pharmacy
- Katie Hamelund, College of Health Professions
- Brian Hauch, College of Business
- Julie Herrema, College of Health Professions
- Sean Hill, College of Arts and Sciences
- Mary Holmes, College of Business
- Erin Johnson, College of Arts and Sciences
- Katie Kalata, College of Business
- Sonali Kurup, College of Pharmacy
- Mariah Lab, College of Health Professions
- David Nowacki, College of Business
- Corrie Pollock, Michigan College of Optometry
- John Posillico, College of Engineering Technology
- Mark Prosser, College of Engineering Technology
- Kyle Rouech, College of Engineering Technology
- Kyle Schmidt, College of Pharmacy
- Scott Sexton, College of Pharmacy
- Tanzia Sharmin, College of Engineering Technology
- Glenn Stamps, College of Arts and Sciences
- Melissa Thiebault Marinelli, College of Education and Human Services
- Thomas Van Pernis, College of Engineering Technology
- Brandy VanGessel, College of Education and Human Services
- Joseph Verschaeve, College of Arts and Sciences
- Jessica Walter, Michigan College of Optometry
- Tyler Watts, College of Business
- Mike Wendling, College of Education and Human Services
- David White, College of Education and Human Services
Much energy and effort is invested in searching, screening, interviewing and hiring new faculty. Thank you in advance for helping our new faculty members feel comfortable and welcomed in their new academic home.
There have been many improvements to campus this summer. Our Student Recreation Center renovation brings a fresh new face and expanded exercise facilities. We will have the grand opening for this on Monday, Aug. 27, at 6 p.m. as a part of Rec Fest. The Swan Annex will be open for the beginning of school and will provide much-needed space for Advanced Manufacturing, Mechanical Engineering Technology and Welding Engineering Technology. Look for an open house in September. Nearing completion is the Academic Literacy Center, an initiative Provost Paul Blake has helped champion, located on the south side of the first floor of FLITE. This new center will combine important resources for our students to help each student succeed. If you have been out to the Katke Golf Course you have seen that work is well underway on the Ken Janke Sr. Golf Learning Center with expanded facilities for our Professional Golf Management program. This will also house the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame.
Our Physical Plant staff work very hard to update our campus and facilities so that it can be a welcoming place to teach, learn and live. I would like to thank Mike Hughes, associate VP, Mark Eichenberg, director of Plant Operations, and all the men and women of the Physical Plant for facilitating the many campus beautification projects happening over the summer. As a result of their efforts, our campus looks great for the start of the fall semester.
Next week we will also be welcoming many new students to our campuses. Thank you for taking time to help them feel welcome at Ferris. We never know when taking just a few moments to help someone might make a lifelong difference in someone’s life. I look forward to talking and visiting with you as we begin the semester and am excited about the opportunities in the year ahead at Ferris State University.
David L. Eisler, president