Bulldog Beginnings 2017
Ferris State University is gearing up for the return of students to campus with Bulldog
Beginnings, a series of important dates, educational events and fun activities to
start the Fall 2017 semester.
Bulldog Beginnings features opportunities for students to meet fellow students, enjoy free food, opportunities to win prizes, live music and more.
The week also focuses on Ferris pride, Bulldog Values, the University's Mission/Core Values, the many campus resources available to students and more. Mostly, the week focuses on fun.
Check below for key early Fall 2017 dates related to Bulldog Beginnings, such as Founders' Day, and the academic start of the semester.
|Friday, Aug. 25||
Various main campus locations
Sponsored by the Office of Housing and Residence Life, Bulldogs in Action is a group of current and returning students who help new students move into campus residence halls on Friday, Aug. 28. Volunteers assist new students, and the families of new students, in carrying belongings from vehicles to the new student’s residence hall room. Volunteers also answer Ferris-related questions of students and families.
Top Taggart Field
Bringing a tarp or towel is recommended. Also, depending on the weather, it may be
wise to bring a sweater or a light jacket.
|Saturday, Aug. 26||
Big Rapids Beginnings
Big Rapids Meijer
UC Late Night
9 P.M. to 12 A.M.
The University Center will host various events throughout the building. The event includes entertainment, music, prizes and more.
|Sunday, Aug. 27||
VIP in the UC
The University Center will host multiple events throughout the day as students prepare for their first day of classes, beginning Monday, Aug. 28.
Residence Hall Programming
Beginning at 7 P.M.
All main campus residence halls
|Monday, Aug. 28||
Throughout main campus
Stations will be set up across to help students with a variety of needs, such as finding academic buildings to make it to classes on time, to find the campus bookstore, the Academic Support Center, dining facilities and more.
The Student Recreation Center will be hosting its open house event. Come to the Rec Center to enjoy giveaways, generally have fun and to see what the facility and staff have to offer, including information about intramural sports offerings.
|Monday, Aug. 28||DON'T FORGET: First Day of Fall 2017 Semester Classes
Best wishes, Bulldogs
|Tuesday, Aug. 29||
9 p.m. to TBD
Grilled Cheese in the IRC
|Wednesday, Aug. 30||
Get Acquainted Day
5 to 7 P.M.
Location and details: TBD
Entertainment Unlimited Comedian Event featuring Eric O'Shea)
|Thursday, Aug. 31||
Founders' Day Celebration, including Ice Cream Social
4 to 6:30 P.M.
Outdoors on the North Quad (inside the University Center, in case of rain)
Founders’ Day is an annual event for students, faculty, staff and community members to come together to celebrate founders Woodbridge and Helen Gillespie Ferris, and their contributions to what is today known as Ferris State University. Founders’ Day activities are free and open to students, faculty, staff and community members. Founders’ Day is part of Bulldog Beginnings.
|Friday, Sept. 1||
Disc Golf @ FLITE (Ferris Library for Information Technology and Education)
1 to 3 P.M.
Come see the FLITE library building turned into a competitive field.
|Saturday, Sept. 2||
|Sunday, Sept. 3||
|Monday, Sept. 4||
Labor Day (NO CLASSES, OFFICES CLOSED)
|Tuesday, Sept. 5||
Academic Support Center Open House
9 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.
Academic Support Center
|Wednesday, Sept. 6||
Time: 4 to 7 P.M.
Bulldog Bonanza is an opportunity to learn about campus student organizations as well as local Big Rapids businesses.
|Thursday, Sept. 7||
Pizza Party at Center for Latin@ Studies
11 A.M. to 1 P.M.
|Friday, Sept. 8||
|Saturday, Sept. 9||
B1G Alleyway Clean Up
11 A.M. to 2 P.M.
Anyone with a disability that needs special accommodations to attend this event should contact the Center for Leadership, Activities and Career Services at (231) 591-2685 or firstname.lastname@example.org at least 72 hours in advance.