President's Message to Campus - September 13, 2019

Wednesday evening we experienced unusual weather in Big Rapids and a tornado warning was issued. We were fortunate to not have a tornado touch down in our community, but this severe weather is a reminder that everyone should prepare for emergencies. If you have not done so, I would encourage you to do three things. 

First, sign up for emergency text alerts. To do so, log into MyFSU and click on the employee tab at the top of the page. Scrolling down the right hand side of the page there is a section entitled, “Sign Up for Text Alerts.”  Second, if you do not have a copy, there is a useful flipchart guide on recommended actions during an emergency. Third, if you are not familiar with them, please take a few moments to review building-specific information for suggested shelter areas and exit routes. You can locate this information in the main or elevator lobbies of each building.

Big Alleyway Cleanup

Last weekend nearly 90 students came together for the annual Big Alleyway Cleanup. Students involved in various Registered Student Organizations and club sports teams cleaned up alleys throughout 34 city blocks in Big Rapids. This is a wonderful effort put forth by our students to strengthen relations between the city of Big Rapids and our University, and I am very proud of their efforts. Thank you to all who participated in this event.

Latinx Heritage Month

Beginning next week through Oct. 15 the University will celebrate Latinx Heritage Month with a variety of events scheduled to entertain and inform the campus community:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 17: Latinxpo with featured performance by Latin rock band Cabildo, 4-6 p.m., IRC Connector
  • Tuesday, Sept. 24: Latin film “Dolores,” 6-8 p.m., Starr 235
  • Thursday, Oct. 3: The Incredible 5,000 Mile Journey of Saul Flores, 7-9 p.m., University Center, Room 202
  • Friday, Oct. 4: Afro-Latin dance, 8-11 p.m., University Center, Room 202
  • Monday, Oct. 7: Discussion on culture and identity, 7-8:30 p.m., University Center, Room 203

Thank you to members of the planning committee, Leonardo Almanza, Kaylee Burke, Veronica Mascorro, Michael Wade and Eric Warner, and the following departments for sponsoring these events: Center for [email protected] Studies, Center for Leadership, Activities and Career Services, Department of English, Literature and World Languages, Hispanic Student Organization, Office of Multicultural Student Services and Sigma Lambda Beta Fraternity, Inc. These events are free and open to the public. You can learn more about these events on the OMSS website.

4th Annual Conversation on Inclusion

On Thursday, Sept. 19, the College of Business is hosting its 4th annual Conversation on Inclusion inside the University Center. The event begins with a social hour at 5:30 p.m. followed by a panel discussion at 6 p.m. with special guests Dr. Michael Walraven, professor of psychology at Jackson College, Tim Baumgardner, director of digital marketing strategy with MLive Media Group, and Paige Cornetet, chief millennial officer at Millennial Guru. Their conversation will focus on the dynamics of a multigenerational workforce, and they will share stories and experiences from their successful careers. If your schedule allows, I encourage you to attend. You can RSVP online.

Deliberative Dialogues on International Education

The Office of International Education is developing a Comprehensive Internationalization Plan. In this, they are facilitating deliberative dialogue conversations with the campus community on Sept. 16-19 and Sept. 23-26 from 3 to 5 p.m. in the IRC, Room 104. Light refreshments will be served. I encourage you to attend one of these sessions and to share your thoughts and perspectives on international education at Ferris. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact ext. 2450 or [email protected].


Coming off a close 24-23 win over Findlay, this week the football team travels to Ellensburg, Wash., to take on Central Washington University in the NCAA Division II Showcase National Game of the Week. Football fans can watch this game live Saturday online via ESPN3 at or on the ESPN app. Kickoff is set for 7:05 p.m. Eastern time.

Last weekend our women’s soccer team tied Truman State (Mo.) 0-0 in double overtime and defeated Quincy (Ill.) 1-0. Volleyball was 4-0 last weekend, the only team to go unbeaten among the eight teams competing in their home invitational tournament. With these victories the team moved to 11th in the nation. Like football, both soccer and volleyball are also on long road trips this weekend. The soccer team has games against Minot State in North Dakota and Northern State in South Dakota. The volleyball team is at the Colorado Premier Tournament in Denver, which attracts some of the nation’s finest NCAA Division II teams. On Friday they play West Florida and Concordia St. Paul (Minn.).

Last week our men’s tennis team opened their season at the University of Wisconsin Whitewater Fall Invitational. In the top singles draw, senior Pablo Munoz Baroja captured the individual championship. Women’s tennis begins their season at home this weekend with matches against Saginaw Valley on Saturday at 1 p.m. and Northwood on Sunday at 10 a.m. Finally, our men’s golf team will host the GLIAC North Invitational on Saturday and Sunday at Katke Golf Course.

Best of luck to our athletes as they travel and compete this weekend.

David L. Eisler, president