Bulldog Learning

Community Development Model

The Office of Housing and Residence Life is deeply committed to the development of our students living on our campus.  Research shows that the following activities, among many others, are vital when building a sense of community:

  • Dining with other residents
  • Spontaneous conversations in the hallway
  • Playing on intramural teams
  • Studying together
  • Watching movies together 

"The fundamental nature of our approach is to make residents feel 
they belong to a community and are in a place they can call home.”

 

Our student Resident Assistants, Suite Advisors, Apartment Managers and others focus on building connections, listening to concerns, assisting with conflict management, and being available to their residents as much as possible in many ways including:

  • Dining together
  • Attending campus events together
  • Hosting in-hall programs
  • Conducting informal one-on-one conversations
  • Connecting residents to on-campus offices

 

Dining together

The Crimson Connection and Gold Success Programming Model

The below programming model meets the needs of Ferris students in two categories, new students and experienced students.  It also fulfills our department's goals of fostering the following:

  • Academic Initiatives
  • Living Environment
  • Holistic Development
  • Recognition
  • Embrace of Diversity
  • Global Awareness

 

Crimson Connection Programming

Connecting students to their neighbors and the campus community

  • Ferris Pride
    • Students attending these programs will gain knowledge about Ferris State and take pride in being a Bulldog. Programming could center around student services on campus, athletic pride, homecoming, and any activity building pride in our University.
  • Academic Transition
    • Students attending these programs will gain knowledge about how to be successful academically. Programming focus is study skills, finding a career path, time management, balance, and more.  
  • Independent Thinking
    • Students attending these programs will gain knowledge about personal growth and value in self and others. Programming focus is defining values and making decisions.
  • Basic Life Skills
    • Students attending these programs will gain knowledge on the realities of becoming an adult and being on their own. Programming focus is cleaning, laundry, money management, and any activity helping students transition into taking care of themselves.
  • Living With Others
    • Students attending these programs will gain knowledge on respect and compromise. Programming focus is building policies, roommate/suitemate relations, and House dynamics.
  • Safe Choices
    • Students attending these programs will gain knowledge on making informed and safe choices. Programming focus is drugs, alcohol, safe sex, avoiding common illnesses (cold and flu), and health and wellness.

 

Gold Success Programming

Preparing students to leave Ferris State and ready to succeed professionally

 

  • Backpack to Briefcase
    • Students attending these programs will gain knowledge in professionalism. Programming focus is interview preparation, financial stability, etiquette, and social media presence.
  • Involvement: Quality vs. Quantity
    • Students attending these programs will gain knowledge on how to bring balance in their educational experience. Programming focus is managing a schedule, involvement on campus, and productivity.
  • Professional Relationships
    • Students attending these programs will gain knowledge on professional relationships. Programming focus is communication with faculty and staff, employment and politics, and the law.
  • Embracing Diversity
    • Students attending these programs will gain knowledge on differences and similarities. Programming focus is Hall and House communities, cultures, stereotypes, language, and humanity.
  • Serving Others
    • Students attending these programs will gain knowledge on servant leadership. Programming focus is helping others, becoming involved and caring for the outside community.
  • Personal Impact
    • Students attending these programs will gain knowledge on awareness of others’ perceptions and their impact. Programming focus is relationship building, appropriate communication, and modeling the way.