President's Message to Campus - Oct. 23, 2020

Campus Climate Survey

On Wednesday we began the National Assessment of Collegiate Campus Climates (NACCC) survey for our students. The survey is designed to help assess, from our students’ perspective, the racial climate at Ferris State University. This information should prove useful to improve our diversity and inclusion efforts for students and the experiences of all students. The survey is a part of the University’s Continuing Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

All undergraduate students should have received an e-mail with a unique link to complete the survey. Participation is voluntary, and all responses are confidential. The first 1,000 students who complete the survey will receive a $5 Starbucks e-gift card. All students’ voices and opinions are important and needed for this survey to be successful. Please encourage students to complete the survey by Nov. 18, 2020.

HatchEd 2021

Planning is underway for the virtual HatchEd conference on Feb. 18, 2021. This unique event, which began a year ago, is an opportunity to celebrate innovation at Ferris State University, encourage exploration and to continue to build an environment to share these successes. HatchEd is open to all faculty and staff.

You are encouraged to submit a proposal to present at HatchEd on one of these theme tracks –

  • Invention – showcase a new process you have created or something you have developed to help you improve your work performance
  • Creation/Re-Creation – highlight how you have adapted to the changing landscape in higher education
  • Exploration – share with the campus community something new you are trying in the classroom or in your work area.

Proposals are due by Saturday, Oct. 31. If you have questions, please e-mail [email protected] or call x5824.

Career and Internship Job Fair

Thank you for encouraging active participation in this week’s virtual Career and Internship Job Fair organized by the Center for Leadership, Activities and Career Services. Using the Easy Virtual Fair platform students were able to connect with the 140 employers representing healthcare, insurance, nonprofit, education, automotive, construction, and other areas, learning of potential job and internship prospects.

Highlights of the three-day fair include:

Unique participants: 1,001 (935 students) for all three days

Day 1:

  • 878 students/faculty/staff/alumni (815 students)
  • Average time logged in - 36 minutes
  • Students clicked on over 115,000 items
  • Average number of pages visited per session - 70 pages

Day 2:

  • 974 students/faculty/staff/alumni (908 students)
  • Average time logged in - 21 minutes
  • Students clicked on 166,559 items (record breaking)
  • Average number of pages visited per session - 49 pages

Day 3: 

  • 998 students/faculty/staff/alumni (932 Students)
  • Average time logged in - 21 minutes
  • Students clicked on 68,778 items
  • Average number of pages visited per session - 42 pages

The challenges of the COVID pandemic make building these connections especially important for our students at this time. Thank you to the CLACS staff and all who assisted in providing this opportunity for our students.

Help Our Students Get Engaged

During this challenging time students are finding ways to make friends and engage with their peers virtually or in small group/socially distanced gatherings. However, some are experiencing difficulty in meeting new people, making friends and discovering new interests. In the recent COVID-19 student impact survey created by the Re-entry Committee’s Student Workgroup, nearly 70% of students reported an increased feeling of loneliness, while even more reported less engagement than previous semesters. These feelings of loneliness and lack of connection are very real for these students.  

There are events scheduled over the next few weeks designed and intended to help students connect with others. Next week’s events include a virtual cooking show, Leadership Week in the University Center, an Among Us gaming tournament, domestic violence candlelight vigil, pumpkin decorating and more. Please mention these events to students and encourage them to attend.

If your area is organizing a student event, please remember to add your event to the campus calendar. You can do so by visiting the campus calendar and clicking on “More” in the upper left-hand corner.

Thank you for helping our students find ways to get involved on campus.  

David L. Eisler, president