President's Message to Campus - October 25, 2019

Bulldog Family and Friends Weekend

It is very exciting to see more than 2,500 friends and family registered for Bulldog Family and Friends Weekend. It is impressive to see how rapidly this event has grown in popularity, and it is wonderful to have parents and friends visiting campus. 

Starting this evening and through Saturday night, our students and their guests will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of events both on campus and in the Big Rapids community. Tonight magician/mentalist Brian Ledbetter will entertain the crowd inside Williams Auditorium at 7 p.m., and hockey is hosting Northern Michigan inside Ewigleben Ice Arena at 7:07 p.m.

Saturday the 7th annual Skeleton Skurry 5K Walk, Run and Roll, and the downtown Big Rapids Fall Festival will be fun for the whole family. A free shuttle from campus to downtown is provided. Throughout the day, there are numerous other activities such as the Center for [email protected] Studies Bulldog Familia Asada at 11:30 a.m. inside the IRC, and tours of the Card Wildlife Education Center and the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia. Saturday afternoon and evening there are football and hockey games to attend.

Beyond these events on campus, there are a host of other activities happening in Big Rapids for students, their families and friends, and the greater Big Rapids community to enjoy. From corn mazes and trunk or treats to the haunted fish hatchery and the local STAGE-M theatre group, there is something for all ages to enjoy this weekend. If you have the opportunity, come out and enjoy the festivities.

Title IX/Responsible Employee Sessions 

In my Oct. 8 message to campus, I shared information on several upcoming Responsible Employee/Title IX education sessions taking place in person and online over the next several weeks.

Title IX expert Rebecca Veidlinger will be on campus Thursday, Oct. 31 to provide education and information on Title IX issues outside and inside the classroom. Her presentation, “Managing Title IX Issues Outside of the Classroom,” will be held from 9 to 10:15 a.m. and 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. “Managing Title IX Issues in the Classroom” will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and 3:30 to 4:45 pm. These sessions are in the University Center, Room 202. In addition, a Title IX “Responsible Employee” session will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 12 from 2 to 3 p.m. inside the University Center, Room 116.

You can register through the Staff Center for Training and Development website or via e-mail to [email protected] These sessions will also be available through the Internet via BlueJeans, either live during the event or afterward. The connection information for remote access is available through registration for the event. Or, if you prefer, a “Responsible Employee” online education module is also available.

Please make every effort to attend one or more of these educational sessions. Your cooperation and support for this is deeply appreciated.

Construction Management

Last evening the Michigan Construction Hall of Fame inducted its 17th class of Distinguished Constructors. Among the inductees was the late Bill Pulte, founder of Pulte Homes, the third largest home builder in the country. At last night’s banquet Karen Pulte, Bill’s widow, and the Pulte Foundation announced a $1 million gift to the Construction Management program. Of this, $700,000 is for construction management student scholarships. With the match from the Ferris Futures Scholarship Challenge this will create a $1.4 million scholarship endowment. The remainder of this gift, $300,000, will create an endowment for the program.  Congratulations to everyone who helped make this extraordinary gift possible.

Upcoming Theatre Performance

Under the direction of Katherine LaPietra, the FSU Theatre presents 9 to 5 the Musical, based on the 1980 comedic film Nine to Five, with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton. The show depicts co-workers Violet, Judy and Doralee who form a rather strong bond through their mutual dissatisfaction of workplace conditions – especially the boss. They dream about making things better and decide to work together to help improve both their personal and professional situations. Come prepared for big hair, laughter and great music.

The musical runs at Williams Auditorium Thursday, Oct. 31 through Saturday, Nov. 2., at 7:30 p.m., with a Sunday, Nov. 3 matinee at 2:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the Williams Auditorium Box Office and online.

Halloween Activities on Campus

On Thursday, Oct. 31 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Spanish Department and the Spanish Club are hosting Dia de los Muertos inside the West Campus Community Center. Guest facilitators Hilsa King and Alma Suarez will share the historical significance of Dia de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead, and its importance and prevalence throughout Latin countries. Activities include flower making, papel picado, sugar skulls and face painting.

From 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., the LGBTQ+ Resource Center will be holding a caramel apple station inside the University Center (Center for Leadership, Activities and Career Services lobby).  At 4 p.m., the History Task Force, Music Center staff, Public Safety and the Student Alumni Gold Club are hosting a Halloween Tower of Terror at the Carillon on the Quad. Matt Moresi, associate professor of Humanities, will play Halloween-themed music on the Carillon, the Student Alumni Gold Club will hand out candy, Public Safety will provide give-a-ways, and there will be special collectible buttons given to attendees courtesy of the History Task Force.

Finally, the Residence Hall Association is hosting “Bring Your Key, Skate for Free” from 8:30 to 11 p.m. inside Ewigleben Ice Arena. Wink Arena and the Multipurpose Gym will also be home to laser tag and other fun games for students to enjoy. This is a great opportunity for students to come together, meet new friends and housing student staff from across campus.


Last weekend our football team celebrated a 44-17 victory over Northwood and will host Saginaw Valley at 1 p.m. at Top Taggart Field. This game is tabbed as Football Alumni Day with all former players and staff invited back to support the Bulldogs. Ferris will also honor a pair of championship teams during the game as the Bulldogs' 1994 and 1999 league championship teams will be celebrating their 25th and 20th reunions, respectively.

The hockey team is currently off to a 2-1 start this year following a 3-1 triumph on the road over Miami (Ohio) last weekend. The team plays Northern Michigan tonight and Saturday with puck drops at 7:07 p.m. and 6:07 p.m. respectively. Saturday’s game is also Family Night, with specials on tickets, food and drinks.

David L. Eisler, president