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Service, Support for Students Key to Realignment in Student Life Staff and Office Changes

PhotoFerris State University students should benefit from the reorganization of several Student Life offices.

Ferris State University’s professionals and student employees focused on programs to fortify the collegiate experience and support student advancement to career opportunities will serve through newly named operations under Student Life.

Services previously offered through the Center for Leadership, Activities and Career Services (CLACS) are now the focus of the Center for Student Involvement staff (CSI) and Career and Professional Success (CAPS). Associate Dean of Student Life Nicholas Campau said the CSI charge is to cultivate an environment on campus where students find a place of belonging and endless opportunities for engagement in student organizations, events, and sorority and fraternity life.

“This is not a major shift in office operation. We go forward with full intention to provide students enjoyable and interesting attractions,” Campau said. “CSI staff will continue to collaborate with Housing and Residence Life leadership to develop an annual calendar, from Bulldog Beginnings on through Halloween celebrations, spring welcome events and fun related to St. Patrick’s Day. This will provide an inclusive, safe environment for first-year students and the entire Bulldog community to consider and enjoy.”

Campau added that Entertainment Unlimited, the campus programming board, will continue to operate under the advisement of CSI.

“We appreciate that many Ferris students invested in and gained benefit from their efforts under CLACS,” Campau said. “We look forward to continuing to provide incredible opportunities for our students to be involved on campus and thrive as a student. Calling out CSI and CAPS, individually, should help student awareness from their first days on campus to know what they can find in each operation and the opportunities that will present.”

Angela Roman continues to be committed to leadership development, preparation for lifelong learning and volunteer engagement through her direction of Career and Professional Success. Roman said CAPS services align with Ferris’ mission, vision, values and strategic plan.

“We want students to understand that career and professional development is an opportunity to take advantage of, while they pursue their degree, as well as throughout their careers and lives,” Roman said. “Making a contribution through volunteer service, participating in employer networking, engaging in career exploration and accessing our range of workshops and experiences are just some ways this office can continue to help students design their personal and professional lives. We want each student to be confident and comfortable, ready for their professional lives because they accepted these opportunities for self-investment.”

CAPS will remain in charge of the Career and Internship Fair offered each fall and spring semester and provide career networking and individual coaching for interested students.

Both offices are part of the Student Life Team reporting to the Dean of Student Life. 

Dean of Student Life Joy Pulsifer believes this realignment better supports student success. 

“This is much more than a name change. By taking the one department and creating two departments, we have focused our work within each department, increasing the visibility of services and programs within student activities and our centralized career services office,” Pulsifer said. “We can add capacity to serve better the student engagement and career development needs of our students.” 

The CAPS and CSI programs will be visible on the university website later in the fall semester, collaborating with Web Marketing Services in University Advancement and Marketing.