The Alumni Online Electronic Newsletter • Volume Fourteen • Issue Five • October 2014

From the Alumni Office

Despite the interesting weather with bits of sun mixed with rain and sleet, Homecoming 2014 was a great success, especially with our sports teams! Click on the link below the photo of 2014 Homecoming Grand Marshals, Ron and Dee Snead, to see Homecoming in review!

We are looking forward to our annual events in Florida, as well as the upcoming reception at the Great Lakes Invitational in December. Read about these events and more in this month's issue of Bulldog Bytes.

Contact the Alumni Office at with
questions and comments.

Alumni Events

Homecoming 2014 Rewind!


Upcoming Events

Alumni Event
Great Lakes Invitational

Join fellow Ferris alumni and friends for a pre-game reception at 5 pm followed by Ferris men's hockey taking on Michigan State at Joe Louis arena on Sunday, December 28. Light snacks and a cash bar will be provided. Follow this link for more information:


Alumni Event
2015 Florida Events

Join fellow alumni and friends for several events in Florida in January 2015!

January 17, Wyndemere Country Club, Naples - A golf outing will be held in the afternoon with proceeds to benefit scholarships, immediately followed by the annual Alumni, Emeriti and Friends reception and dinner in the evening. Follow this link for more information:
January 20-22, Orlando - The PGM Open and annual alumni reception will be held in conjunction with the PGA Merchandise Show. Follow this link for more information:
January 24, Plantation Golf and Country Club, Venice - The annual Alumni, Emeriti and Friends Luncheon beginning at 11 am. Note the new venue! Follow this link for more information:


Alumni Event
Denver Alumni Event

Join the Mile High Bulldogs in Denver, CO on February 5 when the Detroit Red Wings take on the Colorado Avalanche! Exclusive, limited seating is available for $75 per person. Act fast! Follow this link for ticket information:


Alumni Event
Save the Date!

The annual Alumni Golf Outing will be held on Friday, May 15, 2015 at Buck's Run Golf Club in Mt. Pleasant, Mich. Follow this link for more information:


Bulldog Athletics

Sports News
Two Ferris Football Athletes Garner National Recognition

Both Jason Vander Laan and Jahaan Brown of the Ferris football team have received national honors this season. Jason was tabbed for honors after the September 27 road win vs. Saginaw Valley, and Jahaan after his record-breaking 99 yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the October 4 Homecoming game vs. Findlay. Follow this link to read more about Jason and Jahaan:


Sports News
Ferris Hockey Wins Home Opener

The Ferris men's ice hockey team defeated U of M in their season home opener during Homecoming on Saturday, October 4. Goaltender CJ Motte and forward Chad MacDonald received WCHA weekly honors after the thrilling victory. See the game highlights by following this link:


Sports News
Sports Schedules

Catch the latest news and schedules for the Bulldogs at




Student Recruitment Toolkits for Alumni

We are excited to announce that the Alumni Association and University Admissions have teamed up, and will be promoting the availability of new Alumni Student Recruitment Toolkits to interested alumni that want to help students they know find out about, and potentially enroll, at Ferris. These toolkits include:
- Our newest Admissions materials
- Five (5) Ferris lanyards for the alumni to give to students that have special resource cards attached that highlight:
  - How to register for campus visit
  - How to apply online for free
  - How to check out our scholarships
  - Where to connect with Ferris via our major social media outlets
  - How to contact us with direct questions
- Five (5) referral cards and pre-paid postage envelopes (referrals can also be done electronically) for alumni to identify, for the Admissions and Alumni Offices, the students they provided materials to along with the students' contact information and academic program interest areas.
- And for our Alumni Volunteers, a Ferris State t-shirt and a pennant to thank them and to assist them with promoting Ferris in the workplace, school and community.
If you would like to volunteer and receive an Alumni Student Recruitment Toolkit, email the Alumni Association today (and don't forget to tell us your t-shirts size) at

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Enberg Highlights Foundation Benefit

Hall of Fame and 14-time Emmy Award-winning broadcaster Dick Enberg will be the keynote speaker at The Ferris Foundation for Excellence Benefit on Friday, Oct. 24 at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids.

Follow this link for more information:

Construction Cam

The University Center is beginning to take shape! Follow along with the construction progress on campus by checking out the Construction Cam! Follow this link and find the camera under "Construction" on the side menu:

Click here to follow the University Center page on Facebook!


Ferris First Initiative

In a partnership with the University's Pride Committee and University Advancement and Marketing, the Ferris First initiative is designed to showcase Ferris State University as the first choice of our students, faculty, staff and, of course, our alumni. This effort will highlight and promote the stories behind why Ferris is or was a first choice, and it will also promote the achievements, core values, stories and traditions that make people proud of Ferris.

We encourage all alumni to check out the special video features, promotions and giveaways for Ferris First on the website, and to join the ongoing conversation and celebration on the University and Alumni Association Facebook pages, or on Twitter at #Ferr1s.

Alumni News

Class Notes
Alumni Success Stories

Fricano's Pizza is an icon in West Michigan, but did you know that the Top Dawg there is a Ferris alumnus? Follow this link to read about Doug Fricano:

Read more about Ferris alumni success by following this link:

Career Corner

Career Corner is sponsored this month by our partner Auto Owners.
Career Corner

Career Week Starts October 20! Visit the Career Services website for more information at

Career Services invites Ferris alumni to check out the resources available on their website. Follow this link for information:

To help alumni easily set themselves apart, Career Services has an alumni resume book within Bulldog CareerLink! Create your account today at Call for assistance 231-591-2685.

Check CareerLink for current opportunities for alumni at Current positions posted at Career Services in Bulldog CareerLink for Ferris alumni:

Affiliate Faculty position, Mechanical Engineering, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI

Tooling Engineer, Nemak, Sheboygan, Wisconsin

Heavy Truck Technician, West Michigan International, Grand Rapids, MI

National Expansion Team, PLS Logistics Services, Nation Wide

Be sure to check for opportunities that have been posted on the job board on the Alumni Online Community at

The Alumni Office and the Career Services Office continue to partner to bring our alumni as much great information as possible for your job search, including:

Job Postings - available in the Alumni Online Community and Bulldog CareerLink

Resume Book "help employers find you" - available in the Alumni Online Community and Bulldog CareerLink

Networking Opportunities - Career Services events, Alumni gatherings, LinkedIn and Facebook connections with Alumni and Career Services offices.

Additional Resources:

Resume Assistance - online resources and resume critiques

Interviewing Assistance - online resources, mock interviews, web-based interview practice

Career Planning - not sure where to start? Schedule an appointment with Career Services at 231-591-2685.

Employers - click here to learn how to connect with Ferris alumni.


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