Family & Friends Weekend October 19-21, 2018

We are busy making plans for our third annual Ferris State University Bulldog Family & Friends Weekend, which has been scheduled for October 19, 20 and 21, 2018. Additional information will be added to this webpage as it becomes available. 

  • Breaking News. Unfortunately the Kristef Brothers have parted ways (turns out that they are not actually related). The good news is that we have now booked the exciting Chicago Boyz Acrobatic Team to replace the Kristef Brothers' time slot during Bulldog Family & Friends Weekend!
  • Most Bulldog Family & Friends events are offered at no charge, with the exception of athletic events as noted in the details below, including parking fees for athletic events. 
  • It is recommended that if you need hotel accommodations, that you secure them as soon as possible. Please mention that you are parents of a Ferris student to receive special discounted rates at the Big Rapids Country Inn and Suites and the Hampton Inn year round! 

Registration has now closed for Bulldog Family & Friends Weekend.

Questions may be emailed to parents@ferris.edu  

SCHEDULED EVENTS

Friday October 19th Event Location
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm Check-in. Each member of your party will need Bulldog Family & Friends Wristbands for admittance or discounts to most events. If you are not able to check-in during the designated hours, please make sure that your student checks-in to pick up wristbands for you or you may visit the Information Desk in University Center for late check-in. University Center

4:00 pm - 7:30 pm

7:00 and 9:00 pm

Bulldog Family and Friends Kickoff Event. Stop by after check-in to enjoy apple cider, donuts and caramel apples. You can also practice your pumpkin decorating skills!

Family Movie Night - featuring Ant-Man and the Wasp This feature film will be shown twice - first at 7 pm and again at 9 pm. Light refreshments will be served. 

University Center
7:00 pm - 9:30

FSU Home Hockey Game vs  Mercyhurst

Tickets are $ 7  for all tickets (Including children and FSU students) Tickets will be on sale at the Ice Arena Box Office beginning at 4 pm on Friday. Display your wristband for the discount.

Ewigleben Ice Arena
9:30 - 10:30 

Open Skate. Lace up those ice skates and take a whirl on the ice!

Free skate time and skate rental for Bulldog Friends & Family members displaying their wristbands.

Ewigleben Ice Arena
Saturday October 20th  Event Location

8:30 am - 12 noon

Check-in. Each member of your party will need Bulldog Family & Friends Wristbands for admittance to most events. If you are not able to check-in during the designated hours, please make sure that your student checks-in to pick up wristbands for you.

University Center

9:00 am -  1:00 pm

Bulldog Family & Friends Welcome to Downtown. Take a shuttle bus to historic downtown Big Rapids. Enjoy discounts, fabulous food, fun events and the hospitality of charming local businesses. Be sure to check out the featured businesses below that are offering specials and incentives to welcome you:

  • Artworks -15% off any purchase to those displaying their Bulldog Family & Friends wristbands.
  • Belle Tire - opening soon at 15414 Waldron Way in Big Rapids. Stop by the corner of Michigan and Maple to visit TireMan - the Belle Tire mascot- and to pick up discount coupons, beanies, ice scrapers, stickers and other freebies!
  • Crankers - One free Detroit Coney Island Dog to Bulldog Family & Friends displaying their wristbands. Also offering free Brewery Tours. 
  • Fabulous Finds Resale Shop - 15% discount to Bulldog Family & Friends displaying their wristbands. 
  • Heart and Sole Yoga - Vinyasa Flow Classes - Purchase a punch card valid for 10 evening Vinyasa Flow classes for only $50; or 20 Yoga or Nia evening classes for only $100 - to Bulldog Family & Friends displaying their wristbands. (That's 1/2 off the regular price). 
  • Hometown Pharmacy - Free give-away and in-store specials. 
  • JC Penney - Stop in for a "Mystery-Sale" card. Peel and reveal a coupon worth 30%, 40% or even 50% off your purchase! Valid October 19  - October 21. Will be open 8am to 8pm on Saturday.
  • Kilwins Big Rapids  Buy one slice of fudge get one slice free!
  • Little Brown Sack Deli (Located inside The Yellow Window) - Buy one sandwich or wrap and get one 1/2 off.
  • Mecosta County Area Chamber of Commerce/Mecosta County Convention & Visitor's Bureau - Stop by the Welcome Center, home of the Mecosta County Area Chamber of Commerce and the Mecosta County Convention and Visitors Bureau! The Welcome Center offers guests public restrooms, drinking fountain, free WIFI and electronic device charging stations. Enjoy free caramel apples and a novelty item sponsored by the Mecosta County CVB, tour the facility and learn all about what Mecosta County has to offer!
  • Patterson's Flowers - Stop by to check out our Ferris Pride concrete bulldogs, in two sizes. Pick yours up today! 
  • Quinn's Music 10% discount to Bulldog Family & Friends displaying their wristbands. Check out guitars, banjos, mandolins, and maybe a cool light show. Never played an instrument before? Ask one of our staff members for a demonstration! We are also having an acoustic open mic all day! We have acoustic guitars, ukuleles, and microphones available if students or anyone else wants to perform a song or two! Every performer will receive a gift, compliments of Quinn’s Music! 
  • The Old Pioneer Store - 15% off gifts to those displaying their Bulldog Family & Friends wristbands. Visitors may also purchase Band of Local Blue Bands for a cost of $10 that will give students and/or parents discounts at over 140 different businesses in Big Rapids with no expiration date!
  • The Pie Hole - 10% off any purchase to guests displaying their Bulldog family & Friends wristbands. Enjoy delicious homemade pies, pastries, cupcakes and more!
  • The Yellow Window- 15% discount to Bulldog Family & Friends displaying their wristbands.  We are filled with unique items made and refurbished by local artisans. From jewelry and skin care to furniture and baby items. We also have a selection of Bulldog bracelets, wooden trinket boxes and wall art. 
  • Three Girls Bakery - 10% discount to Bulldog Family & Friends displaying their wristbands. 
  • Toppings Frozen Yogurt - 10% discount to Bulldog Family & Friends displaying their wristbands. 
  • Transformation Fitness & Wellness - Stop by to enter a drawing for one of two prizes - 1) A Free Boxing Class for you and a friend; or 2) One Free Tanning Session. 
  • Red Fox Market - 10% off to those displaying their Bulldog Family & Friends wristbands. Also, enjoy a Pumpkin Carving Contest that will be judged on Facebook - carve a pumpkin, we snap a picture and put it up on Facebook. 1st place gets a $25 gift card, 2nd place a free Red Fox T-shirt, and 3rd place a free Kombucha of their choice.
  • Serendipity - 30% off one regularly priced item per customer!  Doors open at 10 am.   
University Center 

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

College of Education and Human Services Luncheon and Games Challenges Join the College of Education and Human Services faculty and staff for lunch and large/small group games. This is an opportunity to spend quality time with your student while eating and engaging in friendly spirited competition.  REGISTRATION CLOSED FOR THIS EVENT

West Campus Community Center

3:00 pm

FSU Volleyball hosts Northwood Entry fees are $7 for adults; $5 for K-12th grade/seniors 65+; free admission for FSU students with valid student ID card or children under the age of 5 years. Fees are paid at the door, in cash only. Doors open one hour prior to the game start time. Space is limited, you are encouraged to arrive early.

 
Varies

A-La-Carte

We've allowed time in the schedule for you to explore our campus or the local community on your own. Please note that hours of operation vary per site, and that transportation is not provided. Here are some suggestions:

On-campus

Off-campus

 
5:00 pm  - 6:30 pm FSU Tailgate Party - Join us for free food and fun before the hockey game. There is no charge for the tailgate party to Bulldog Family & Friends members displaying their wristbands. The menu will consist of chicken tenders, salads, cookies, caramel apples and beverages.  Wink Arena
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

FSU Home Hockey Game vs  Mercyhurst

Tickets are $ 7 for all tickets (Including children and FSU students) Tickets will be on sale at the Ice Arena Box Office beginning at noon the day of the event. Display your wristband for the discount. 

Ewigleben Ice Arena
7:00 pm

Tuba Bach Chamber Music Festival - "Mexico" Music from south of the border featuring the award-winning Mariachi Monumental de Mexico. 

 

Big Rapids High School Auditorium
8:00 pm

Chicago Boyz Acrobatic Teamis a professional gymnastics troupe consisting of talented young men and boys from the Chicagoland area.  Their performance includes amazing acrobatic stunts and tricks inside twirling jump ropes, catapulting off mini trampolines and thundering tumbling routines with impeccable timing.

Please note: The Kristef Brothers Acrobatic Team is no longer performing.

Williams Auditorium
Sunday, October 21st  Event Location
We have intentionally not scheduled any formal events for the final day of Bulldog Family & Friends Weekend, to allow you time to connect with your student.     

Ferris State University is an equal opportunity institution. For information on the University’s Policy on Non-Discrimination, visit ferris.edu/non-discrimination.

If you have a disability and require accommodation to participate in this event, contact (Melanie Mulder, Coordinator of Outreach Programs) at (231) 591-2121 to request accommodations at least 72 hours in advance.