Bulldog Beginnings 2016

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 2016 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 2016 dates related to Bulldog Beginnings, such as Founders' Day, and the start of the semester.

Date Event
Friday, Aug. 26

First Impressions

7:30 A.M. to 3:30 P.M.

Various Main Campus Locations

There will be strategically placed tents around campus to help students looking for information.

Bulldog Welcome

7:30 to 9 P.M.

Top Taggart Field

An official address to Ferris students will be held by Ferris dignitaries. President Eisler and other high-ranking officials will be present to show students what it means to be a Bulldog.

Residence Hall Association Movie -- Captain America: Civil War

9 P.M.

South Quad (Inclement weather location TBD)

“Captain America: Civil War” will be played in the South Quad, outside of The Rock. Entertainment is provided by the Residence Hall Association. Bringing a tarp or towel is recommended for your comfort.

Saturday, Aug. 27

Big Rapids Beginnings

3 to 6 P.M.

Downtown Big Rapids

Join a fun time in downtown in Big Rapids. Explore multiple venues and enjoy the services that the community has to offer. Shuttle transportation will be provided to local businesses downtown.

Meijer Mania

7 to 10 P.M.

Come out for special events, giveaways, and bargains, hosted by Meijer. Shuttle transportation is provided to and from Meijer from campus.

Late Night Event in the University Center

9 P.M. to 12 A.M. (Midnight)

University Center

The University Center will have various events going on throughout the night. This event will include free food, video games, music and more.

Sunday, Aug. 28

VIP in the UC

2 to 5 P.M.

University Center

The University Center will host multiple events through the afternoon.

Residence Hall Programming

All main campus residence halls

Resident Advisors will be putting on a variety of different programs throughout the day. For specific information, please contact your resident advisor.

Monday, Aug. 29

First Impression

7:30 A.M. to 3:30 P.M.

There will be strategically placed tents around campus to help students looking for information.

Rec Fest

5 to 8 P.M.

Student Recreation Center

The Rec Center will be having an open house. Come enjoy free giveaways and festivities. Take part in a scavenger hunt to see all the Rec Center has to offer. The event will also features the Club Sport Expo where you can learn about all 28 club sports at Ferris. The event will also have information about the nine intramural sports we provide. Players may sign up for the teams here as well.

Monday, Aug. 29 First Day of Fall 2016 Semester Classes
Tuesday, Aug. 30

Social Fest Snapchat Challenge

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A Snapchat photo and video contest will take place for all students to participate. Special Snapchat filters will be accessible in selected campus locations (the University Center, extending to the Quad and FLITE), for participation. Winners in photography and video categories will earn prizes. More details will be announced at a later date closer to the event.

Entertainment Unlimited: Throwback Time Machine

9 P.M.

University Center, Room 202

Entertainment Unlimited is hosting a dance party that will transport the audience back in time, to the beginnings of pop music and take them through its evolution right up to the present day.

Wednesday, Aug. 31

Academic Support Center Open House

8:30 A.M. to 5:30 P.M.

Arts and Science Commons, Room 1017

The Academic Support Center invites you to visit their enhanced space in the Arts and Sciences Building at 820 Campus Drive, Big Rapids, MI 49307, Room 1017.

Bulldog Beginnings Campus Beautification Project

9 A.M. to 6 P.M.

Various times and locations depending on the project.

Click Bulldog Beginnings Campus Service Project Sign Up for more details.

Thursday, Sept. 1

Bulldog Women's Soccer hosts Lewis (T-Shirt Exchange Game)

1 P.M.

Top Taggart Field

Ferris will be hosting a soccer game against Lewis University. Ferris students get in free with their student ID card.

Swap out your high school T-shirt, or a T-shirt from another school, and receive a new Bulldog T-shirt in return.

Visit the Ferris Women's Soccer website for more information.

Founders’ Day Celebration: Ice Cream Social

4 to 7 P.M.

Outdoors on the North Quad (inside of the University Center in case of inclement weather)

Sept. 1 marks the celebratory day for Woodbridge N. and Helen Ferris and their contributions to the University. Enjoy ice cream served by celebrity and guest servers. Learn about campus service departments, volunteer agencies/opportunities in the area, Five-Star RSOs (registered student organizations), ice cream social, live music by Beach Thieves and City Sun, with special guest appearance by DJ CHOFF, and many games including the Survivor Obstacle Course, radio-controlled monster trucks, old-time photos, tattoos and the Mechanical Bulldog. 

Click Founders Day for more information about this special annual day.

Bulldog Football hosts Ohio Dominican

7 P.M.

Top Taggart Field

Ferris will be hosting a football game against Ohio Dominican University. FSU students get in free with their ID. Click ticket information for more details.

Visit the Ferris Football website for more information.

The Fifth Quarter

9 P.M.

Top Taggart Field

Don't rush off. Stay after the football game for a fun-packed night. Watch as the field becomes a dance floor. DJ CHOFF will be present as part of the festivities.

Friday, Sept. 2

Volleyball Game vs. West Virginia State (T-Shirt Exchange)

1 P.M.

Ewigleben Sports Complex

Ferris will be hosting a Volleyball game against West Virginia State. Ferris Students get in free with their ID. 

Swap out your high school T-shirt, or a T-shirt from another school, and receive a new Bulldog T-shirt in return.

Visit the Ferris Volleyball website for more information.

Disc Golf

2 to 4 P.M.

FLITE (Ferris Library for Information Technology and Education)

The FLITE Library will be a competitive field on Friday. Come to FLITE to play some indoor disc golf.

Volleyball Game vs. California State San Bernardino (T-Shirt Exchange)

6 P.M.

Ewigleben Sports Complex

Ferris will be hosting a Volleyball game against California State San Bernadino. Ferris Students get in free with their ID.

Swap out your high school T-shirt, or a T-shirt from another school, and receive a new Bulldog T-shirt in return.

Visit the Ferris Volleyball website for more information.

Saturday, Sept. 3

Volleyball Game vs. Minnesota Duluth (T-Shirt Exchange)

12 P.M.

Ewigleben Sports Complex

Ferris State will be hosting a Volleyball game against Minnesota Duluth. Ferris Students get in free with their ID.

Swap out your high school T-shirt, or a T-shirt from another school, and receive a new Bulldog T-shirt in return. 

Visit the Ferris Volleyball website for more information.

Volleyball Game vs. Winona State (T-Shirt Exchange)

5 P.M.

Ewigleben Sports Complex

Ferris will be hosting a Volleyball game against Winona State. Ferris Students get in free with their ID.

Swap out your high school T-shirt, or a T-shirt from another school, and receive a new Bulldog T-shirt in return.  

Visit the Ferris Volleyball website for more information.

Sunday, Sept. 4

Women’s Soccer Game vs. St. Joseph’s (T-Shirt Exchange)

12 P.M.

Top Taggart Field

Ferris will be hosting a Women’s Soccer game against St. Joseph’s. Ferris Students get in free with their ID.

Swap out your high school T-shirt, or a T-shirt from another school, and receive a new Bulldog T-shirt in return.

Visit the Ferris Women's Soccer website for more information.

Founders Day

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 clacs@ferris.edu at least 72 hours in advance.