President's Message to Campus - February 22, 2019

Admitted Student Open House

On Saturday the University was filled with students and their families for the Admitted Students Open House. There were 164 students in attendance, with nearly 275 family members and guests accompanying them, making this the largest admitted student open house we have hosted since 2016. Students had the opportunity to meet with faculty and staff from their respective colleges, see presentations from various departments across campus, have lunch, and get a first-hand look at what life will be like at Ferris State University.

Much thought and preparation goes into planning this event and making our students feel welcome. Students received Ferris gear including a clothes bag, warm hat, Bulldog socks, and a decal all placed inside a Ferris-themed box that they can proudly display at their high school graduation open house.

Thank you to the admissions recruiters and staff, faculty and staff from throughout the University for planning this event and welcoming our students in this special way. Selecting a university can be an exciting yet anxious time for both students and parents. This day provided for a wonderful opportunity to show them they made the right decision by choosing Ferris State University. The next Admitted Students Open House will be on March 23. If your schedule allows, I encourage you to come and experience this event.

Festival of the Arts

This is the last week of events scheduled for the Festival of the Arts, bringing to a close a celebration of the arts and our partnership with the Big Rapids community. Here are a few of the events concluding this month-long celebration: Friday, Feb. 22

  • “Swing Dance and Big Band Jazz,” with the Flat River Big Band, 7 p.m., Holiday Inn Saturday, Feb. 23
  • “Stop-Motion Animation Workshop,” presented by David Baker, 1 p.m., IRC-Room 120
  • “Scrap Metal Sculpture,” presented by Michael Elliott, 2 p.m., Heavy Equipment Building Auditorium
  • “Dance and Music of India,” presented by Sangeeta Kar, 7 p.m., UC Ballroom Sunday, Feb. 24
  • “Musical Instrument Petting Zoo,” presented by Kappa Kappa Psi, 2 p.m., Williams Auditorium Lobby
  • “A Children’s Concert,” presented by The FSU Bands and Orchestra, 4 p.m., Williams Auditorium Monday, Feb. 25
  • “APO Sketch Show,” presented by Alpha Psi Omega Theatre Fraternity, 7 p.m., Business Building-Room 111
  • “Art of Moon Landing Stamps,” presented by Pasquale Di Raddo, 7 p.m., Science Building-Room 120 (Rawlinson Observatory event to follow, to view Orion and Mars) Tuesday, Feb. 26
  • “The Complete History of America (abridged),” runs Tues-Thurs at 7 p.m., Big Rapids City Hall
  • “Gourmet Cooking Workshop,” 7 p.m., Blue Cow Café Wednesday, Feb. 27
  • “Photographing Michigan,” presented by Stephen Huyser-Honig, 7 p.m., IRC-Room 120
  • “Introduction to Culinary Medicine,” presented by Spectrum Health and FSU Hospitality Management, 6 p.m., West Commons-Room 108 Thursday, Feb. 28
  • “2019 FOTA Sculpture Presentation,” with artist Ivan Iler, 5 p.m., Artworks Painted Turtle Gallery

You can view the entire schedule for the last week online at We are very proud to be a part of this celebration that brings our community and University together. Thank you to the members of the Festival of the Arts Board, the talented artists and presenters, financial supporters and everyone who attended this year’s events.


Last night both our women’s and men’s basketball teams secured victories on the road against Purdue Northwest, 79-64 and 83-69 respectively. With the win, the women secured a spot in the GLIAC conference tournament for the second year in a row. The men now have a record of 20-9, the fifth season in a row with 20 or more wins. They are currently ranked seventh in the NCAA Division II Midwest national rankings and continue to lead the GLIAC North Division. Both teams are in Kenosha, Wis., on Saturday to play University of WisconsinParkside.

This is the final home weekend for ice hockey. Our team takes on Alabama-Huntsville at home in Ewigleben Ice Arena tonight and Saturday. Game time is set for 7:07 p.m. both nights. Friday night’s game for Ferris students is billed as “Five Dollar Ticket & T-Shirt Night” and all fans can “Skate With the Dogs” after the game.

On Saturday the senior student-athletes will be honored prior to the game as part of “Senior Night” festivities. After a win and a tie last weekend in Anchorage, Alaska, our team is working hard to make the WCHA playoffs.

Finally, our men's and women's indoor track and field teams will be in University Center, Mich., this weekend for the GLIAC Indoor Track and Field Championship. This meet attracts nearly 500 student-athletes from our 10 conference programs participating. Best wishes to all our coaches and student-athletes competing this weekend.

David L. Eisler, president