Ferris State Alumni Association
420 Oak Street, Big Rapids
Ferris faculty members who are eligible for retirement are automatically granted Emeriti status. Members of the administration that meet employee definitions established by the Board of Trustees are also granted the status automatically, but must apply for the status during the retirement process. All other staff must apply for the status.
The Emeriti Association is not involved in granting Emeriti status.
Even though Emeriti status is granted automatically, faculty members must be proactive when retiring. Take these specific steps to ensure your status:
Administrators must request Emeriti status in their formal notification of retirement (check with Human Resources for retirement process instructions). You must also follow through to ensure that your request is forwarded up the channels to the Vice President of your division, who will forward the request to the President and to the Board of Trustees, following the same process as faculty requests. In your exit interview, be sure that "Emeriti Status" is checked on the check sheet. If you fail to do so, your email account will be disabled on the day you retire. See the important information above regarding Emeriti Email Accounts.
Under special circumstances, staff members are granted Emeriti status. Follow the same procedures as for administrators above. Currently, the University offers an FSU Retiree identification card, which offers many of the same benefits offered to Emeriti Association members, including discounts at campus dining facilities, the bookstore, recreation facilities, use of the library (FLITE) and a campus parking pass. Please visit the Human Resources office for more information.
Many faculty and staff retire, but continue their activities at Ferris, either as a part-time employee, adjunct or as a volunteer. If you are continuing as a part-time employee or adjunct, please work directly with your supervisor or dean's office on the proper paperwork. If you plan on being a volunteer, you need to fill out the Affiliate Information Form to continue access to various university systems such as department drives, FerrisConnect and MyFSU. The form and instructions can be located under the Workplace tab on MyFSU/ University Forms/Human Resources Forms.