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 and the start of the semester.

Date Event
Friday, Aug. 26

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

“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.

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 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.

Monday, Aug. 29 First Day of Fall 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. The filters will be available in selected campus locations, for participation. Winners in photography and video categories will win prizes. More details will be announced at a later date closer to the event.

Entertainment Unlimited: Throwback Time Machine

9 P.M.

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

The Academic Support Center will have an open house to allow students to learn what the Academic Support Center has to offer them.

Thursday, Sept. 1

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. Tickets prices for others are as follows: $14 (Adults), $12 (Seniors 65+), $8 (K-12 Students).

The Fifth Quarter

9 P.M.

Top Taggart Field

Stay after the football game for a fun-packed night. Watch as the field becomes a dance floor. DJ and festivities will be present.

Friday, Sept. 2

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.

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.