Three weeks’ worth of events on the Ferris State University campus have been arranged to encourage the student body and community to come together and enjoy a variety of activities, during the Spring Welcome program schedule.
The Center for Leadership, Activities and Career Services has coordinated the slate of mostly indoor opportunities to relax with friends and fellow students. CLACS Director Angela Roman said the Spring Welcome schedule represents the first time the office has intentionally presented and promoted these offerings, which are intended to motivate them to make an active return to their lives on campus.
“Friday night, Jan. 5, those who arrived early for spring semester got the chance to be active in the Student Recreation Center, at the UREC Student Appreciation Day,” Roman said. “We also offered the film ‘Leap,’ to kick off our Spring Movie Series.”
Roman said their events planned for the first full week of classes include an Open House in the Office of Multicultural Student Services, Wednesday, Jan. 10 from 12 to 3 p.m., “Campfire and Cocoa,” in the Campus Quad Thursday, Jan. 11 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Entertainment Unlimited’s presentation of comedian Jen Kober, Friday, Jan. 12, beginning at 8 p.m. in the University Center ballroom.
“We know there can be some cold walks between buildings in the first weeks of spring semester, so we hope to warm students up that day, with a fire and a hot cup of cocoa,” Roman said. “CLACS is happy to be sponsoring this event when many students are on the move to class or to wrap up their week on campus.”
Activities Coordinator Nick Smith said a visit to the National Association of Campus Activities regional conference last fall included Kober’s showcase performance, which convinced them to add her to the Spring Welcome schedule.
“She has fresh material, which is very topical,” Smith said. “Our students and staff, at the conference, very much enjoyed her show and we expect she will make a great impression on our campus that Friday night.”
Highlighted programs during the second week of the schedule include a Pancake Bar on Thursday, Jan. 18 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the IRC (Interdisciplinary Resource Center) Connector, a Progressive Game Show called “How Well Do You Know…” the evening of the Jan. 18, in the residence halls and University Center, followed by the third-anniversary party for the University Center, Friday, Jan. 19.
“We will have the first-and second-level main streets, along with the UCB’s event space, filled with all kinds of entertainment,” said Mark Schuelke, the University Center director. “Working in collaboration with CLACS, Entertainment Unlimited and the Dining Services office, there will be a roller skating rink, Miracle Mirror photos available, and a variety of food items, available from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m.”
A variety of campus physical-activity events are found throughout the schedule, and students can get active with the Rock Climbing Wall in the SRC Sunday, Jan. 14 and 21, from 2 to 6 p.m. Roman said other events set for Spring Welcome include the Social Impact Project, Wednesday, Jan. 24, where Hannah Brencher, founder of a global organization called More Love Letters, will offer the keynote address.
“The Registered Student Organization Fair has been held for years in fall semester and it provides a great chance for students to meet others with similar interests,” Roman said. “From 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 22, the University Center ballroom will be alive with RSO leaders and representatives, and students can participate in games and win prizes.”
PHOTO CAPTION: Ferris State University students will be able to sing karaoke as part of the University Center’s third anniversary party, one of the events during the Spring 18 Welcome schedule. The Center for Leadership, Activities and Career Services is promoting campus and athletic events during the first three weeks of the semester, as they hope to motivate students to take part in this slate of activities.