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Backyard Bash Aug. 5 an Invitation for Campus to Relax, Reconnect Ahead of Academic Year

PhotoA henna artist will be available for applying designs Thursday, Aug. 5 from 2 to 4 p.m., as Ferris State University’s Center for Leadership, Activities and Career Services welcomes students, faculty and staff to a Backyard Bash celebration, to be held on the Dewaine V. and Jana B. Robinson Quad, near the University Center.

An afternoon on the Dewaine V. and Jana B. Robinson Quad beckons for Ferris State University students, faculty and staff Thursday, Aug. 5, as Backyard Bash returns to the area near the University Center, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Center for Leadership, Activities and Career Services Activity Coordinator Nick Smith said a unique element for this year’s bash is inflatable jousting equipment, which should produce a few thrills and laughs for those gathering ahead of the academic year on campus.

“We are excited to resume hosting the Backyard Bash, which was canceled in 2020 when many of those in the Ferris family were away from campus due to COVID-19,” Smith said. “Each Backyard Bash is designed as a chance to give the students, faculty and staff an opportunity to see their peers in a relaxed and enjoyable setting.”

Smith added people attending Backyard Bash should save space for seasonal treats such as pulled pork sandwiches and funnel cakes. A henna artist will also be on-site, providing some creative decorations for those visiting their booth.

“It’s a valuable opportunity to bring the campus community together as we prepare for the new academic year,” Smith said. “Our experience has been that an outdoor event in early August usually presents comfortable conditions for a gathering on the Robinson Quad.”

The CLACS office said students, faculty and staff are welcome to bring family and friends to take part in the Aug. 5 Backyard Bash.

Anyone with disabilities who may require assistance to participate in the Backyard Bash should contact Smith in the CLACS office at (231) 591-2140 at least 72 hours before the event.