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Archival image of the "National Negro Business League". Text overlayed on top of it reads "Welcome to Black History and Civil Rights at Ferris: a Discussion with Franklin Hughes!"

In January, the Alumni Association was in partnership with Jim Crow Museum multi-media specialist and co-author of “Haste to Rise: A Remarkable Experience of Black Education during Jim Crow,” Franklin Hughes, who shared stories and information about the history of diversity at Ferris State University.

Alumni Association at NCAA Division II Football National Championship

Image of the national championship celebration

The Alumni Association hosted more than 400 spirited Bulldog Alumni, family and friends prior to the NCAA Division II National Championship on Saturday, Dec. 18. Bulldog Ambassadors Casey Paine, Ryan Bluhm, and Bob and Kate Miller assisted with the event and greeted the many guests in attendance. The event, which took place at the Marriott Hotel and Event Center just 10 minutes from the McKinney ISD Stadium hosting the National Championship, included a Nacho bar, performances by the Pep Band, routines from the Cheer and Dance Teams, and Ferris spirit giveaways for fans in attendance.

Bulldogs and Brews Tour

Jan. 20 in Kalamazoo

On Thursday, Jan. 20, the Ferris State Alumni Association hosted a “Bulldogs and Brews” Tour event at Bell’s Eccentric Café in Kalamazoo, Mich. This event featured updates on campus and presentations by the experts with Bell’s Brewery, as well as a special surprise display of the 2021 football national championship trophy.

Alum posing with the Football National Championship trophy

Feb. 12 in Scottsdale, Arizona

On Saturday, Feb. 12, the Alumni Association hosted nearly 50 Alumni and friends at Fate Brewing in Scottsdale, Ariz. The sold-out event featured a presentation from Fate Brewing’s general manager on the story of the franchise, updates on the university, for those alumni who have been unable to visit campus, and a surprise unveiling of the Division II football national championship trophy for alumni to enjoy.

Student eating at the Rock Cafe

Alumni Association Hosts Florida Events

Alumni event in Florida

The Alumni Association visited the Sunshine State during the last weekend in January, for three separate events. On Thursday, Jan. 27, the PGM Alumni Association hosted its annual reception during the PGA Merchandise Show in Orange County, Fla. On Friday, Jan. 28, the Alumni Association and Bulldog Ambassador Paul Leek brought the “Bulldogs and Brews Tour” to Cigar City Brewing in Tampa, the first such event to take place in Florida. Then, on Saturday, Jan. 29, President David L. Eisler and Bulldog Ambassador Liz Cotner hosted Florida alumni and friends at the TPC Prestancia in Sarasota for the 2022 Sarasota Alumni and Emeriti Luncheon.

Alumni Association Board of Directors

The Ferris State University Alumni Association Board of Directors held its annual meeting in Detroit on Friday, Feb. 4 and elected a new slate of Executive Board members. The new Executive Board is led by Dr. Emily Coles (O ’08) as president, Luke Edington (CET ’14) as vice president, Amanda Alverson (CEHS ’10) as treasurer, Amanda Schelling (COB ’86) as secretary, and Mike Van Diepenbos (COB ’89) as immediate past president. The board then welcomed new members Randy Joppie (COB ’86), Frank Dye (COB ’07), Dr. Allie Wasik (P ’16), Maureen Burke (CEHS ’92), Dr. Anthony Sesto (O ’16), and Steven Balkema (CASE ’14).

Alumni Association Visit to the Detroit Pistons

More than 280 Ferris State Alumni and Friends joined the Alumni Association on Friday, Feb. 4 to watch the Detroit Pistons play the Boston Celtics at Little Caesar’s Arena in Detroit. Attendees received an exclusive, co-branded Detroit Pistons and Ferris State quarter zip pullover in addition to their ticket. Each ticket purchased also presented a $5 donation to the Alumni Legacy Endowment, helping support continued student success across multiple generations of Bulldogs.

Bulldog For Life Feature Series

Bulldog for Life Previews

The alumni e-newsletter, Bulldog Bytes, featured stories from two incredible Bulldogs as part of the ongoing Bulldog for Life video series highlighting alumni who have stayed connected to their alma mater. In December's newsletter, 1974 Data Processing alumnus Jimmy Green shared his experiences with Ferris State Wrestling and Sigma Phi Epsilon. January featured 1992 Criminal Justice alumna, Maureen Burke, who shared her amazing journey from Ferris student to helping found the University of Michigan’s special victims unit. All Bulldog for Life videos can be viewed on the FerrisStateVideo YouTube account.