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Bulldog Family & Friends Weekend

Please note that due to space limitations, some events will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Families are encouraged to register early. Registration deadline is October 17th at midnight.  Late or walk-in registration will not be available. 

Ongoing Events

The UREC Pool and Rockwall will be open for families during the following hours:

  • Friday - 4:30 PM - 10 PM
  • Saturday - 10 AM to 10 PM

Selfie Scavenger Hunt - all weekend long: Participants will be provided a list of locations both on campus and in the downtown Big Rapids area. Once participants have explored all of the listed locations and submit their selfie photos, they will be entered into a drawing for a prize! 

Scheduled Events - Friday, October 20, 2017

4:30 - 8:00 PM - Check-in at David L. Eisler Center: At check-in you will receive a packet of information that will include tickets, your Bulldog Family & Friends wristband, and event access information. You will also pick up your Bulldog Family & Friends sweatshirts or t-shirts, if ordered. 

5:30 - 7:30 PM: Meet Your Dean Academic Reception - David L. Eisler Center: Please join us at David L. Eisler Center for a reception hosted by the College Deans. Enjoy refreshments and live string music performed by Ferris students while mingling with the Deans of each college. 

8:00 PM - 11:00 PM: Bulldog Family Movie Night: Munch on popcorn and snacks while enjoying a family-friendly blockbuster movie. The movie title will be announced on or near August 1.

Scheduled Events - Saturday, October 21, 2017

8:30 AM to 12:30 PM Check-in at David L. Eisler Center: At check-in you will receive a packet of information that will include tickets, your Bulldog Family & Friends wristband, and event access information. You will also pick up your Bulldog Family & Friends sweatshirts or t-shirts, if ordered.  

9:30 AM to 1 PM - Bulldog Family & Friends Welcome Downtown - Downtown Big Rapids is rolling out the red carpet to welcome you. A shuttle will leave from the David L. Eisler Center parking lot every 10 minutes, dropping visitors off downtown.  Visitors may take advantage of special discounts and fun events, including the following:

  • Artworks - Artist demonstrations including music by Havusbac; 10% off any product in the Painted Turtle Gift Shop & Gallery (to Family & Friends identified by wristband) ; "Heroes Exhibit" - Veterans Display. 
  • Crankers Brewery - 10% discount to Bulldog Family & Friends displaying their wristbands. Crankers will also offer Special Brewery Tours of their manufacturing and packaging facility.
  • Kilwins Big Rapids – Buy one slice of fudge get one slice free!
  • Mecosta County Area Chamber of Commerce  --  Mecosta County Convention & Visitor's Bureau - Stop by the Welcome Center, home of the Mecosta County Area Chamber of Commerce and the Mecosta County Convention and Visitors Bureau! The Welcome Center offers guests public restrooms, drinking fountain, free WIFI and electronic device charging stations. Enjoy free caramel apples and a novelty item sponsored by the Mecosta County CVB, tour the facility and learn all about what Mecosta County has to offer!
  • The Old Pioneer Store - 15% off gifts to those displaying their Bulldog Family & Friends wristbands. Visitors may also purchase Band of Local Blue Bands for a cost of $10 that will give students and/or parents discounts at over 140 different businesses in Big Rapids with no expiration date!
  • Patterson's Flowers -  will be hosting workshops that will allow participants to create their own "Bulldog Pride" door wreath. The workshops will be held at 10 am and 11 am and will be limited to 20 participants each. The $20 base workshop fee will include all materials and instruction needed to complete a Bulldog Pride Wreath.  **Please note that workshop participants will be given the option of adding a stuffed bulldog to their wreath for an additional $10 fee that will paid at the workshop and is not included in the base workshop price. 
  • Quinn's Music - 10% discount to Bulldog Family & Friends displaying their wristbands. Check out guitars, banjos, mandolins, and maybe a cool light show. Never played an instrument before? Ask one of our staff members for a demonstration! We are also having an acoustic open mic all day in front of the store! We have acoustic guitars, ukuleles, and microphones available if students or anyone else wants to perform a song or two! Every performer will receive a gift, compliments of Quinn’s Music! 
  • Red Fox Market - Parents - stop by to check out their selection of "Gift Groceries". Red Fox Market offers grocery packages that you can order over the phone for your student to pick up. This is a great gift idea for students! 
  • Three Girls Bakery - 10% discount to Bulldog Family & Friends displaying their wristbands. 
  • Toppings Frozen Yogurt - 10% discount to Bulldog Family & Friends displaying their wristbands. 
  • The Yellow Window - 15% discount to Bulldog Family & Friends displaying their wristbands.  We are filled with unique items made and refurbished by local artisans. From jewelry and skin care to furniture and baby items. We also have a selection of Bulldog bracelets, wooden trinket boxes and wall art. 

11:00 AM to 1 PM: Bulldog Family & Friends Tailgate Party - Enjoy food, games and inflatables and lots of FUN leading up to the big game. The tailgate party will be held near the North end of Top Taggart Field. 

1:00 PM to 5:00 PM - Ferris State Football vs GVSU! - Top Taggart Field - Cheer on the Bulldogs as we take on long-time rival GVSU.

6:00PM -  Ferris Men's Basketball vs. Aquinas - Wink Arena  - Free admission to FSU students with a valid ID and Bulldog Family & Friends displaying their wristbands.

8:00 PM - 12:00 PM - Bulldog Family & Friends Casino/Bingo Night (sponsored by Entertainment Unlimited)  - David L. Eisler Center 202  Families will be encouraged to spend time with their student and to mingle with other Bulldog families during this fun night of family-friendly entertainment.  Games include Roulette, Texas Hold 'Em, Blackjack and Bingo. Refreshments will be provided. 

Scheduled Events - Sunday, October 22, 2017

7:00 AM - 10AM  - United Way 5k Color Run/Walk Fundraiser- North Quad  

  • Check-in from 7:15  - 8AM 
  • 8:00 AM Start Time. 

Any and all participants are welcome to participate in this fun 5k Color Run/Walk to benefit United Way of Mecosta/Osceola Counties. Donations will be accepted to benefit this important local charity. 

10:00 AM - Ferris Women's Tennis vs. Saginaw Valley State - Ferris Racquet Facility  Free admission to FSU students with a valid ID and Bulldog Family & Friends displaying their wristbands. 

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM - Vice President of Student Affairs Brunch  Enjoy a lovely brunch buffet and have an opportunity to ask questions of V.P. of Student Affairs Jeanine Ward-Roof, Provost Paul Blake, Dean of Student Life, Joy Pufhal, Director of Public Safety Bruce Borkovich.  Registration deadline for the Vice President's Brunch is October 8, 2017. 

Additional Details

Cost

Most Bulldog Family & Friends events are provided at no charge.

Noted exceptions are as follows: 

  • The Patterson's Flowers Bulldog Pride Wreath Workshop ($20 base price - optional stuffed Bulldog $10)
  • The Ferris vs. GVSU Football Game. Ferris student's with valid FSU ID are admitted at no charge. Adult tickets are $18. K-12 are $10. Children under the age of 4 are admitted free.
  • Donations will be accepted for the United Way/5k Color Run/Walk Fundraiser

Meals

The Bulldog Friends & Family Tailgate Party and the Vice President's Brunch meals are at no charge. All other meals (except snacks and refreshments as noted) will be on your own. 

The Quad Cafe and The Rock Cafe are offering a substantial discount ($5 per person) to family members that are wearing their Bulldog Family & Friends bracelets.  

Deadlines

You may register to attend most events for the Bulldog Family & Friends Weekend at any time prior to October 17th at midnight. Please note however, that due to space limitations, registration for some events will close when we have reached room capacity for that event. Families are encouraged to register early. 

Refund Policy

We will issue refunds for football tickets and for the Patterson's Flowers Wreath Workshops for requests received by midnight on October 15th. To request a refund, please send an email to [email protected] with details of your request.

There are no refunds or exchanges permitted for T-shirts or Hoodies purchased. 

We are not able to ship garments ordered for this event. If you are unable to attend the event, please send an email to [email protected] to make arrangements for your student to pick up the items that you have purchased. 

Please note that due to space limitations, some events will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Families are encouraged to register early. Registration deadline is October 17th at midnight.  Late or walk-in registration will not be available. 

Questions: Please email [email protected]

Ferris State University is an equal opportunity institution. For information on the University’s Policy on Non-Discrimination, visit ferris.edu/non-discrimination.

If you have a disability and require accommodation to participate in this event, contact (Melanie Mulder, Coordinator of Outreach Programs) at (231) 591-2121 to request accommodations at least 72 hours in advance.