Renowned Speaker Eric Thomas to Appear at ‘Transitions to Success’ Event at Ferris

Eric ThomasFerris State University will welcome renowned motivational speaker Eric Thomas on Wednesday, Sept. 18 to discuss “Transitions to Success” with students as part of Leadership Week 2013.

The event, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Interdisciplinary Resource Center, is designed to help incoming and returning minority students gain awareness of resources and support services on campus and the tools necessary to achieve academic success. Thomas, an educator, author, activist and minister, delivers high-energy messages that encourage students to live up to their potential.

“Thomas focuses on a variety of topics that help students transition successfully to and through college,” said Michael Wade, assistant director of the Office of Multicultural Student Services, which is sponsoring the event. “We are excited to have such an internationally known favorite come to our campus.”

Thomas, a former high school dropout, earned a master’s degree in 2005 and is pursuing a PhD in Education Administration at Michigan State University. He is founder and CEO of Lansing-based Eric Thomas and Associates, which offers education consulting, executive coaching and athletic development.

Thomas also is the voice behind Major League Baseball’s “We Play for October” ad campaign (

The Sept. 18 event, open to all students, will include introductions from Ferris faculty and staff members, and an interactive overview of the Transitions to Success Resource Guide. “Transitions to Success” is one of several Leadership Week events as well as one of OMSS’ 2013 “Get Culture” welcome events. For a full schedule, visit the university events calendar here:

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Event co-sponsors include the Tuition Incentive Program, SCHOLAR Peer Mentor Program and the Ferris Youth Initiative.

Last updated: 09-16-2013