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Message to Students

September 14, 2021

Message to Students from Joy Pulsifer, Dean of Student Life

Good afternoon, Bulldogs!

As we begin the third week of the semester, it has felt incredible to experience campus as it was before the pandemic – vibrant, active and full of energy. I hope you are feeling at home at Ferris and building a strong routine to reach your academic and career goals. The events of the past year have impacted all of us, including life at Ferris. By facing these challenges of COVID-19 together, everyone in the Ferris community has been reminded of the need for human connection. As you reengage, you may be feeling a range of emotions including some level of discomfort and/or trepidation in social situations. This is a normal response and these feelings will likely be temporary and improve over time. Change and challenges continue, but our strong start fills me with optimism and hope for the year ahead.

Bulldog Family & Friends Weekend – Oct. 1-2, 2021

Your family and friends are invited! Activities kick off with comedian and magician, Michael Kent. Named “Entertainer of the Year” by Campus Activities Magazine and “Magician of the Year” by the Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities, Kent’s style is reminiscent of a late-night talk show as he invites the audience to laugh with him at the absurdity of a modern-day magician. He combines his sarcastic sense of humor with mind-blowing magic in a way that seems to let the audience “in on the joke.”

Additionally, Bulldog athletic events will feature discounted pricing for visiting family and friends. Come cheer on the women’s soccer and volleyball teams, and our Division 1 men’s hockey team. We are also hosting a tailgate party leading up to the hockey game on Saturday and open skate for families following the game.

Bulldog Family and Friends Weekend Details

I Tested Positive for COVID-19...What Do I Do?

If you test positive for COVID-19, please report your status in the “Report a Positive Test Result” portal. When you do this, it will alert our Birkam Health Center to reach out to you to begin the process of contact tracing. Birkam’s COVID-19 case manager will contact you to ensure that you have all the resources available to you while you isolate and to identify any close contacts (those who were within 6 feet for 15 minutes cumulatively over 24 hours).

I was exposed to someone with COVID-19…Now what?

If you are exposed to someone who is positive for COVID, please share this information in the Symptom Checker. Our Birkam Health Center COVID Case Manager will contact you to talk through next steps, including quarantine protocol if you are not vaccinated (quarantining is not required for those who are fully vaccinated and are not experiencing symptoms).

COVID-19 Vaccines Available

Free vaccinations are available in the Birkam Health Center for students, faculty, staff, and their household members age 16 and up. If you have not been vaccinated and would like to be, please contact Birkam Health Center to set up an appointment at (231) 591-2614, Option 2, or you can visit www.vaccines.gov for area vaccination sites across the state.

#VaxUp and Cash In!

Starting this week we are pulling 11 names per week for the next three weeks for prizes that include free housing and a meal plan ($5,000 value), three free academic credits, an Apple MacBook, a PlayStation 5, an Apple Watch, Apple Air pods, gift cards, and a Faculty/Staff parking pass! Student names are picked at random from the list of students who have documented their fully vaccinated status in the Symptom Checker.

COVID-19 Testing

Asymptomatic COVID-19 testing (for those with NO symptoms) is currently available for students, faculty, and staff at the Pharmacy Care Clinic on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3-5 p.m. and on Wednesdays from 12 - 2 p.m. You can “Schedule an Asymptomatic COVID-19” test right from the Coronavirus Updates Hub webpage, or testing is also available at Birkam Health Center, Monday through Friday, by appointment. Please call (231) 591-2614, Option 2, if you would like to schedule an appointment.

University Health and Safety Expectations

All students at the University are expected to:

  •  Complete the daily symptom checker when coming to a campus location and/or when working for Ferris, regardless of work location
  • Wear a face covering inside all campus buildings except when actively eating or drinking and/or when inside your own residence hall room with only your room/suitemates. Students at Statewide locations must follow the mask guidance provided by their respective community college
  • Stay home when you are sick, and/or have tested positive for COVID-19 · Report any positive rest result. Doing so will alert the University’s COVID-19 RN Case Manager who will work with you to ensure you are supported during isolation and help you connect with your faculty so you stay on track academically.
  • Cooperate with contact tracing, quarantining and self-isolating

Sign up for Campus Emergency Alerts

Sign up to receive official Ferris State University emergency text alerts so you are the first to know about time-sensitive campus safety issues and closings due to weather or other disruptions. Sign up for emergency text alerts.

Students will automatically be unenrolled after leaving the University. Messages are customized based on what campuses you take classes/work at. Short Message Service (SMS) text messaging must be enabled on your cell phone account to receive text messages. You are responsible for any text message charges that may be incurred from enrolling in this service. The average cost is 15 cents per message, depending on your plan and provider. The contact information you provide is kept confidential and will not be used for any other purpose.

KCAD students, sign up for KCAD specific alerts.

Students attending at a statewide location are also encouraged to sign up for emergency text alerts at the partnering community college.

[email protected] – Succeed, Thrive, Matter

As a student at Ferris, you have access to a free, comprehensive, individualized, well-being resource. We have invested in this online portal to help Ferris students succeed in academics and career readiness, thrive in areas of personal wellness, and matter by finding motivation and involvement. In each of these three core areas, you can take Reality Check quizzes to assess your current strengths and challenges. Based on this secure information, the system serves up on-campus resources, wellness tips, modules, and other helpful tools based on one’s needs. You are able to save resources, commit to take action, and set goals. 

Visit [email protected]

Once you have set up your profile, the portal will personalize campus and external resources on your homepage based on your individual needs. The platform is as intuitive and informative as social media but maintains privacy and anonymity. It is like Google, but different in that it knows what interest you and/or worries you every day.

Please continue to check your email for additional communication from the Dean of Student Life (DOSL) in the weeks ahead as well as the daily digest of events, activities, and announcements in Bulldog News.

At Ferris, we have created an environment for you to succeed, thrive, and matter. Take good care, stay involved, complete the daily symptom checker, wear a face covering, get vaccinated if you are not already, and let’s keep safely moving #FerrisForwardTogether.

All my best,

Joy N. Pulsifer
Dean of Student Life