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Message to Students

January 7, 2021

Good afternoon Bulldogs,

Happy New Year! I hope each of you had a restful and meaningful semester break. We look forward to the start of the spring semester on Monday, Jan 11 and to welcoming you back! At Ferris we have one vision for our students – for your education to move you forward.

All Classes Will Begin Remotely on Monday, Jan. 11.

All classes will begin on Monday, Jan. 11.  Classes scheduled to be in-person this semester will begin remotely and transition to in-person delivery on Tuesday, Jan 19.  Clinical placements will continue as planned. Additional information on clinical placements can be obtained by contacting the Dean’s Offices in the Colleges of Health Professions and Pharmacy, and the Michigan College of Optometry.  

Residential Student Move-in

For students residing in University housing, move-in will take place Friday, Jan 15 through Sunday, Jan 17. To provide the safest move-in process possible, students have been asked to move into their residence halls by last name. If you have not done so already, please go to MyHousing to sign-up for a move-in time based on your last name and the hall you are living in.

If you have any questions about move-in, please contact the Office of Housing and Residence Life at [email protected] or (231) 591-3745.

Required COVID Testing for Students Living On-Campus

To protect the health of our on-campus living community, all students living on-campus are required to participate in free COVID testing and must sign-up for a time. This includes those students who stayed over the break and those living in the suites and apartments.

Once you take your COVID test, you will be entered into a drawing to win a $50 gift card to Barnes & Noble or Starbucks, or a $500 Amazon gift card grand prize. The testing and opportunity to win prizes is available to students who reside off-campus too. If you live off-campus and would like to participate in the COVID testing at the Student Recreation Center Jan. 15-17 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., please do so. 

If you have any questions about asymptomatic testing, please e-mail [email protected].  

Spring Semester Textbooks

The Campus Bookstore on the Big Rapids campus is open for in-person textbook pick-up between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and Noon to 4 p.m. this Saturday. Next week the bookstore will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and Noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday. You may have your textbooks shipped to you, but they may not arrive before classes begin on Monday. Generally, in-state shipments arrive 1-2 days after your order is processed; longer for out of state shipments. Go to your detailed schedule in MyFSU to start your order. 

If you have any questions, please call the Campus Bookstore at (231) 591-2607.

MiFi Wireless Routers Available

Our IT Solution Center has a limited number of activated MiFi routers for students with limited or no Internet access for the spring semester. A MiFi is a wireless router that acts as a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot. To reserve a MiFi and arrange for pick-up or shipping, please contact the IT Solution Center. These devices are available at no cost for spring thanks to the contributions of many generous donors to the Student Hardship Fund.

Provide Input on the Next University Master Plan

The University Master Plan lays out a vision for our campuses designed to meet the needs of our students both present and future through the intentional development of our physical resources. It represents a continued investment in new academic facilities and creates spaces for collaboration where we can help build community. You are invited to attend a meeting with Neumann Smith representatives to provide input on the University’s master plan update. The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan 19, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. If you are interested in attending and participating, please register for the meeting

Should you have any questions, please contact Fonda Kuzee at (231) 591-2924 or [email protected]

Free Asymptomatic COVID Testing Clinics

The University will continue to provide free COVID testing clinics to asymptomatic faculty, staff and students on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the Spring 2021 semester. These clinics are meant for those who are not experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. Testing will be performed between 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at Wink Arena. The campus DART shuttle has added a stop at Wink Arena on testing days to help facilitate transportation to and from Wink.

You will need to complete the FSU daily symptom checker online and receive a green Negative status prior to being tested. If you are experiencing symptoms, please contact the Birkam Health Center or your local healthcare provider. Individuals who test positive will be called by the end of the day on which the test was administered. Individuals who test negative will receive an email. Sign up for a testing time.

If you have any questions about asymptomatic testing, please e-mail [email protected].  

The COVID-19 testing clinic at KCAD will be held on Jan. 27 between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. in the Woodbridge N. Ferris Building (17 Pearl St. NW), former FED Galleries space. This testing clinic is open to any KCAD/Ferris students with NO symptoms. Please visit this link for complete details and to schedule a time.

Mitigating the Spread of COVID-19

Our efforts this fall worked. We must continue our efforts this semester to prevent the spread of COVID and to protect ourselves and our community. Please continue to practice social/physical distancing, wear a face covering, and wash your hands often to keep you and others safe and healthy. Limit the size of your social pod and avoid large gatherings. Complete the daily symptom checker when coming to a campus location. Stay at your residence if you are feeling ill, if you have been exposed to someone who has tested positive, and when you are awaiting test results from being symptomatic and/or a close contact. Follow all directives from public health officials related to quarantine and isolation. If you are on or near the Big Rapids campus, test regularly at our weekly testing clinics.

Also, if you haven’t received your flu shot, it’s not too late – you can obtain one from the Birkam Heath Center.

As always, all of the Re-entry communications to students and other important information regarding the University’s re-engagement efforts are available on the Coronavirus Updates Hub homepage or under “Info for Students.” Please continue to check this page frequently for updates.

Please watch your email for upcoming Bulldog News daily emails that will include additional important information including a listing of spring semester welcome activities to welcome back all Bulldogs!

If you have trouble finding information or have a question, please send an e-mail to [email protected].

Best regards,
Joy N. Pulsifer
Dean of Student Life