President's Message to Campus - April 5, 2019

One Day for Dawgs

On Wednesday, April 10, the Annual Giving team is hosting its second annual 24-hour online giving challenge, One Day for Dawgs. The goal of this initiative is to build financial support, awareness and a community of advocates engaged in spreading the word about programs and opportunities at Ferris.

Students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends can support 34 different campaign challenges across campus, or donations can be designated to their favorite college, program, athletic team or another area that matches their interest. The campaigns include: Alumni Association, Automotive Programs, Camp Miniwanca, Carillon Tower, Center for Athletics Performance, Center for [email protected] Studies, Clinical Laboratory Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences Opportunity Fund, College of Arts and Sciences General Fund, CREW, Criminal Justice, Diversity and Inclusion Office, FSU Hockey, FIRST Robotics, FSU Baja Racing Club, Graphic Media Management, Greek Life, Jim Crow Museum, LeaderShape Institute, Liam Clark Memorial Endowment, Library Student Employee Scholarship, Maude Bigford Endowed Scholarship, Men’s and Women’s Cross Country/Track, Men’s Basketball, MCO Family Scholarship Endowment, Museum of Sexist Objects, Office of Multicultural Student Services, Opportunity Fund, Pharmacy Student Lounge, Risk Management and Insurance, School of Nursing, Students With Disabilities, Study Abroad Endowment and the Veteran Resource Center.

Last year this effort raised over $36,000 from more than 400 supporters in just 24 hours. Early-bird donations are coming in, with more than $12,700 raised by over 135 donors as of this morning. Much excitement is also building across social media. You can participate by joining the One Day for Dawgs Facebook page.

This is a wonderful example of grassroots support for a variety of efforts at Ferris. I want to thank everyone who has already volunteered to help with One Day for Dawgs, the Annual Giving team for their extraordinary work in continuing this exciting initiative, and especially everyone who has already made a gift for One Day for Dawgs.

Annual Fulbright Foreign Lecture

Yinling Belle Guo, Dean of the School of Foreign Languages at Zhengzhou University of Aeronautics in Zhengzhou, China, will speak at this year’s annual Fulbright Foreign Lecture on Thursday, April 11, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. inside the College of Business, Room 111.

As learning and teaching of the English language has grown since the founding of the People’s Republic of China, there is now an “English boom” across China and it has become a significant industry. Dean Guo will share how English is a growing “industry,” the reasons why the English language is so popular now in China, and the reforms established in the teaching and learning of English at Zhengzhou University and across China.

A question and answer session will follow her lecture. A significant number of faculty have experienced a wonderful tradition of global service and recognition as Fulbright Scholars. I encourage you to attend and welcome Dean Guo to our campus.

The Big Event

Last year the difficult decision was made to cancel The Big Event because of poor weather conditions. This year it returns on Saturday, April 13. Two hundred homeowners across Big Rapids will receive assistance with home maintenance tasks such as raking leaves, spreading mulch, cleaning windows, painting and other small projects. Organizers anticipate nearly 1,000 students will gather on Top Taggart Field Saturday morning to get their work instructions and directions to their assigned homes.

This event was started 12 years ago by students who wanted to give back to the Big Rapids community. It has since become known as the largest one-day student-run service project in Michigan. Our students volunteer thousands of hours every year for various nonprofits and causes, and this is a superb example of the dedication our students have to serve others. I appreciate each of our students who volunteers to serve on this remarkable day to say thank you to the residents of Big Rapids.

Budget Forum

The third budget forum will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 9, in the University Center, Room 202C. If you have not had the opportunity to attend one of my two previous forums held in March, please attend. Information on enrollment trends and patterns, recent budget history and plans will be presented, along with opportunities to change the enrollment patterns we have experienced these last three years. I very much want to share this information with you and look forward to hearing your thoughts and ideas as we move forward. Thank you to everyone who has already attended and for your questions and feedback.

David L. Eisler, president