A Letter to Students from the Dean of Student Life, Leroy Wright

Dear Ferris State University Students,

Leroy Wright, dean of Student LifeIf you are just starting your college career, returning for your last year, or somewhere in between, the faculty and staff at Ferris can help you succeed academically, socially, physically and mentally during the 2014-15 academic year. You must be willing to be fully engaged and accountable in creating your own success. We are only one of the many components that make up your support team. We want to help you develop the defined goals, needed action steps, and motivation to maintain a positive outlook throughout your Ferris experience.        

We recognize that all of you come from a variety of places and situations and we consider it of prime importance that you are being inclusive, respectful, and actively involved in your own education. We want you to take care of yourself and we want you to look out for your fellow bulldogs. We are living in critical times and want to assist you in weaving a network to assume greater responsibility for your daily decisions, your personal actions, and how these choices may impact those around you, especially as you continue to mature and develop into future leaders.

Working together with your family, mentors and other important people in your life will help us educate and nurture you to be a good citizen, a dynamic student leader, and a marketable professional. It is important to me that you take to heart these suggestions as they will assist you in your progression to graduation. You see, as Dean of Student Life, I firmly believe that you can have fun while becoming the best you can be while also helping to make the campus, community, and the world a better place.

As the weeks and months progress, I hope to get to know many of you by name, and in return, I want you to know that I will always be an advocate for your success. Listed below are my top 12 suggestions to get your year off to a great start.

  1. Create an action plan to be an “A” student and stellar community member, by using all the resources available both on and off campus.
  2. Remember that your college career is an investment in your future so don’t create roadblocks for yourself.  Maintain a sense of balance between study time, work time, and engaging in social activities.
  3. Get positively connected with the campus and go explore the local communities as this is “Your Home Away From Home.”
  4. Don’t get caught up in breaking policies or making inappropriate choices because of your newly found or existing sense of freedom and independence.
  5. Pursue opportunities to help you develop your servant leadership skills where you get to help others through your service to the campus and local communities.
  6. Apply for scholarships, grants, jobs on campus or other opportunities to aid in paying for college.
  7. Don’t just sit on the sidelines. If you notice others creating an unsafe space, please tell someone. We do not want members of our communities to be victimized.
  8. Remember that alcohol consumption and other drug use can pose significant dangers for yourself and for others in our community.
  9. Stay on track with your degree requirements so that you are not falling behind and extending your college career.
  10. Don’t spread yourself too thin, get involved in activities or an RSO that you know you can and will give 100 percent toward.
  11. Go to class even if you would rather lay in bed, hang out with friends, or play video games.
  12. If you are dealing with emotional or physical issues, get help early before they become overwhelming challenges.

I’d like to personally thank you for choosing FSU, it’s both a pleasure and an honor to serve as your Dean of Student Life.  Our founder, Woodridge N. Ferris once said that, "Education is life. It involves growth, development, and training."  Our University will continue to be great when you do great things! 

Go Bulldogs!

Leroy Wright, Dean of Student Life

To learn more about the Dean of Student Life, click here.

Last updated: 08-18-2014