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Ferris State University

Motto: Imagine More
Established 1884
Type: Public university
Endowment: $26 Million
President: David L. Eisler
Staff: 510
Students: 12,578
Undergraduates: >11,000
Postgraduates: >1,000
Location Big Rapids / Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States
Campus: Southern Big Rapids
Nickname: Bulldogs
Website: www.ferris.edu

Ferris State University is an institute of higher learning whose main campus is located in Big Rapids, Michigan, in Mecosta County, with a secondary campus in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and smaller programs located throughout the region. It is well known for its high rate of employment amongst graduates. Image File history File links Fsulogo. ... For other uses, see Motto (disambiguation). ... The date of establishment or date of founding of an institution is the date on which that institution chooses to claim as its starting point. ... This does not cite its references or sources. ... A financial endowment is a transfer of money or property donated to an institution, with the stipulation that it be invested, and the principal remain intact. ... USD redirects here. ... University President is the title of the highest ranking officer within a university, within university systems that prefer that appellation over other variations such as Chancellor or rector. ... This article is about work. ... For other uses, see Student (disambiguation). ... In some educational systems, undergraduate education is post-secondary education up to the level of a Bachelors degree. ... Degree ceremony at Cambridge. ... Big Rapids is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan. ... Grand Rapids redirects here. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... The athletic nickname, or equivalently athletic moniker, of a university or college within the United States of America is the name officially adopted by that institution for at least the members of its athletic teams. ... A website (alternatively, Web site or web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos or other digital assets that is hosted on one or several Web server(s), usually accessible via the Internet, cell phone or a LAN. A Web page is a document, typically written in HTML... Big Rapids is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan. ... Mecosta County is a county located in the state of Michigan. ... Grand Rapids redirects here. ...

Ferris State University consists of eight colleges: Allied Health Sciences, Arts and Sciences, Business, Education and Human Services, Optometry, Pharmacy, Technology, and Kendall College of Art and Design. Ferris grants doctorate degrees via its Optometry and Pharmacy colleges. Kendall College of Art and Design is a satellite campus in Grand Rapids, Michigan with over 30 degree programs on-site locally. Via a partnership arrangement, Ferris also grants Bachelor's degrees to graduates of the Great Lakes Maritime Academy at Northwestern Michigan College. It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Health profession. ... In economics, a business is a legally-recognized organizational entity existing within an economically free country designed to sell goods and/or services to consumers, usually in an effort to generate profit. ... Optometry (Greek: optos meaning seen or visible and metria meaning measurement) is a health care profession concerned with eyes and related structures, vision, visual system and vision information processing in humans. ... For other uses, see Pharmacy (disambiguation). ... Kendall College of Art and Design, of Ferris State University is a college of the visual arts in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States. ... Northwestern Michigan College, also known as NMC to local residents, is a community college in Traverse City, Grand Traverse County, Michigan. ...

As of the Fall 2006 semester, a record 12,578 students were enrolled at Ferris State University, approximately 85% of whom attend class on the main campus in Big Rapids. The majority of the remainder are at its locations in downtown Grand Rapids: Kendall and the Applied Technology Center. The university's faculty-student ratio is 1:15, and all classes are taught by professional instructors, not graduate assistants.

As of 2003, Ferris State University was the largest employer in Mecosta County. Mecosta County is a county located in the state of Michigan. ...


Points of interest

At eleven-stories, Cramer Hall is the tallest building on west Michigan between Grand Rapids and Traverse City, a 140-mile stretch. Grand Rapids is the name of several places in the United States of America: Grand Rapids, Michigan Grand Rapids, Minnesota Grand Rapids, Ohio Grand Rapids, Wisconsin is the former name of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin Grand Rapids is also the name of a town in Canada: Grand Rapids, Manitoba. ... Traverse City is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan. ...

The Ferris Ice Arena and Sports Complex features basketball courts, volleyball courts, hockey rink and a general ice-skating rink located in the Ewigleben Arena, named after former college president Robert Ewigleben. This sports complex hosts university and high school competitions as well as community sports programs. The Robert L. Ewigleben Ice Arena (pronounces A-VEH-glave-in) is a 2,493-seat hockey arena in Big Rapids, Michigan. ...

The university is home to the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia, an extensive collection of everyday items that promote racial segregation or present racial stereotypes of African Americans, for the purpose of academic research and education about their cultural influence. Manifestations Slavery Racial profiling Lynching Hate speech Hate crime Genocide (examples) Ethnocide Ethnic cleansing Pogrom Race war Religious persecution Gay bashing Blood libel Paternalism Police brutality Movements Policies Discriminatory Race / Religion / Sex segregation Apartheid Redlining Internment Anti-discriminatory Emancipation Civil rights Desegregation Integration Equal opportunity Counter-discriminatory Affirmative action Racial... An African American (also Afro-American, Black American, or simply black) is a member of an ethnic group in the United States whose ancestors, usually in predominant part, were indigenous to Africa. ...

The Card Wildlife Education Center has a museum, library, and computer facility for students doing wildlife research.

In conjunction with its Professional Golf Management program, the university operates the Katke Golf Course, an 18-hole course adjacent to the Big Rapids campus. This campus also has a huge ferris wheel and a bulldog to show that it's a fun school. This article is about the sport. ...

The John and Rhea Smith Greenhouse serves as a resource for the general biology and biotechnology programs at the university, as well as the golf management program. The Royal Greenhouses of Laeken. ... For the song by Girls Aloud see Biology (song) Biology studies the variety of life (clockwise from top-left) E. coli, tree fern, gazelle, Goliath beetle Biology (from Greek: βίος, bio, life; and λόγος, logos, speech lit. ... The structure of insulin Biotechnology is technology based on biology, especially when used in agriculture, food science, and medicine. ...

The Rankin Art Gallery presents exhibits throughout the academic year, and the university hosts the Michigan Art Walk, a growing campus-wide exhibit of works by Michigan sculptors. The university houses the Canadian Collection, a $20 million collection of prints and photographs. Sculptor redirects here. ...

The University Recreation center has a great intramural program as well. Teams can compete in sports such as flag football and volleyball. The best teams usually come from the resident halls including Ward Hall third floor.

The college of Business is the only school in the country to offer a major in Public Relations. // Dictionary. ...

Ferris is one of only three schools in Michigan to offer a graduate program in Pharmacy. It is the only school in Michigan to offer a graduate program in Optometry. For other uses, see Pharmacy (disambiguation). ... Optometry (Greek: optos meaning seen or visible and metria meaning measurement) is a health care profession concerned with eyes and related structures, vision, visual system and vision information processing in humans. ...


The school was founded in 1884 by Woodbridge Nathan Ferris, an educator from New England who later served as governor of the State of Michigan and finally the US Senate where he remained until his death in 1928. The school was noteworthy at its time for accepting female students beginning with its first graduating class. Year 1884 (MDCCCLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a leap year starting on Sunday of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar). ... Woodbridge Nathan Ferris (January 6, 1853 - March 23, 1928) was an educator and statesman from New York. ... This article is about the region in the United States of America. ... Year 1928 (MCMXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Big Rapids Industrial School, as it was originally named, opened on September 1st, 1884. By the beginning of the next semester in January 1885 the school changed its name to Ferris Industrial School. Soon it was again renamed Ferris Institute in 1899 and remained privately owned until 1931. Ferris became a state school in 1949 and was renamed Ferris State College by 1963. The school became a university and assumed its current name, Ferris State University, in 1987. Year 1899 (MDCCCXCIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Friday [1] of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar). ... Year 1931 (MCMXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1931 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1949 (MCMXLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see 1963 (disambiguation). ... Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ...

The first classes at Big Rapids Industrial School were held in temporary quarters in the present location of JCPenney. The school moved to a more permanent location which is today the Fifth Third Bank building on the corner of Michigan Avenue and Maple Street. In 1894, the campus moved into a dedicated new building known as Old Main, which was the first building in the now present location of the campus. Old Main, along with most of the original buildings at the campuses present location, was destroyed by a fire in 1950. All that remains of this original campus today is the Alumni Building. J. C. Penney Company, Inc. ... Fifth Third Bank (5/3 Bank) is a U.S. regional banking corporation, headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. ... 1894 (MDCCCXCIV) was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... Year 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Student Government

The Student Government of Ferris State University consists of an Executive Board (president, executive vice-president, vice-presidents of finance, internal assessment, technology and campus affairs along with treasurer and parliamentarian), Senate (representing the various colleges) and a House of Representatives (registered student organizations).

The Finance Division is actually separate from the student government itself, but works together as allocating student funds require the approving votes from the Senate and House. The Finance Division is run by the Vice-President of Finance, along with a committee of members. The Finance Division seeks to distribute student funds to a variety of student organizations around campus on request, as any campus organization may apply for money. Distribution of all student funds, including major events such as homecoming and Ferris Fest, are directed through the Finance Division.

The Division of Internal Assessment (IA) is a committee within the student government that seeks to provide accountability for all members and assessment of progress for the organization. IA is run by the Vice-President of Internal Assessment, along with a committee of members in a similar fashion to that of the Finance Division. The Vice-President of Internal Assessment is in charge of running the committee, approving new members before bringing them to a vote before the Senate and House and initiating expulsion procedures along with organizing all aspects of the elections.

At the start of each semester new ad-hoc committees are created and chairpersons are appointed to chair each committee. Many times a committee may reach for an achievable goal and dissolve upon completion. However, most committees are oriented around goals that may be broad and continuous, such as member recruitment and putting on special events, and thus may need to be re-initiated at the start of every semester.

SGFSU follows Robert's Rules of Order and is mandated by its governing documents, which includes the Constitution, Mandate of Internal Assessment, Rules of Appropriation and Allocation, and a separate Governing Document written at the beginning of each presidential term by the president to describe the way they wish to organize the Executive Board. 1876 edition Roberts Rules of Order is the informal short title of a book containing rules of order intended to be adopted for use by a deliberative assembly. ...

SGFSU is notable for creating Textbookunion.com, a cost saving initiative for textbook prices that has gained recognition across student bodies around the United States. Created in 2006 by the Textbook Committee, textbookunion.com has been presented at state and national student government conferences such as Association of Michigan Universities and COSGA, respectively. Although it currently only feeds textbook information from specific Michigan universities, textbookunion.com is in the process of bringing it to the national level. Any student may still use its sophisticated search engine to find the lowest price on the internet for a specific textbook. The Association of Michigan Universities (AMU) was founded in November 2000 and is comprised of student governance bodies from each of Michigans fifteen public universities. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ...


National Runners-up:

  • 1989 - Wrestling - NCAA Division II
  • 2004 - Women's Golf - NCAA Division II
  • 2006 - Women's Golf - NCAA Division II

Club Sports National Championships:

  • 1994 - Men's Ice Hockey - ACHA Division II

Ferris State Bulldogs Fight Song

Cheer those Bulldogs
Watch them fight.
Boost those Bulldogs
They're all right.
We'll stand by the Crimson and Gold
Fight! Fight! Fight!
Bulldogs of Ferris
Cheer that Bulldog varsity
Steer that team to victory.
Fight you Ferris Bulldogs
And gain another victory.
Fight! Fight! Fight!
Fight for Ferris, Crimson and Gold.

Ferris Alma Mater

As constant as the Northern Star
Our faith we pledge to thee.
Our word, our bond, our oath, our trust to you fidelity.
From promise of the crimson dawn
To sunset's mellow gold,
Thy spirit shall prevail
We pledge allegiance as of old.
Alma Mater, Hail!
As changeless as the earth and sea
Our faith shall fix our way.
God's truth, our guide, confirms our will
For steadfastness we pray.
Forever in our soul enshrined
These youthful learning days
Our future to secure.
To keep endeavor, strong and true,
Life and purpose pure.

Notable Alumni

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The Ferris State Torch

The Ferris State Torch is a student run newspaper first published in 1931. It is a weekly publication between 16 and 28 pages in length with a circulation of just under 5,000. The Torch has been completely student governed, with the exception of a faculty advisor and business manager. The Department of Languages and Literature acts as a liaison between the publication and the rest of the University.

The Torch is currently compromised of four sections: News, featuring news stories regarding topics pertinent to the campus and surround area of Big Rapids; Arts & Entertainment, with stories and columns about topics ranging from upcoming art exhibits to local concerts to music and movie reviews; Sports, containing a recap of Bulldog and regional sports, and Opinions, where writers take a personal stance on a topic of choice.

The Editor in Chief of the Torch is considered the CEO of the small business, usually ranging from 30 to 50 employees. He/she is responsible for all final policy decisions and is responsible for keeping the Torch within legal, ethical, and journalistic standards and practices. Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is the job of having the ultimate executive responsibility or authority within an organization or corporation. ... Journalistic standards or journalism ethics, include principles of ethics and of good practice to address the specific challenges faced by professional journalists. ...

Recent Editor in Chiefs
James O'Gorman 2007-2008
Sarah Lundgren 2006-2007
Paul Jarema 2005-2006
Beth Garcia 2004-2005
Aaron Carriere 2003-2004

Bulldog Radio

Bulldog Radio is a student organization on the Big Rapids campus. It operates via FSU Info 530, an AM radio channel, on Channel 21 through Mecosta County Charter Communications, Channel 21 through the campus cable provider, and through a live webcast. Bulldog Radio broadcasts information about the campus to the general public. It also airs music and talk programming. Bulldog Radio is available free, 24 hours a day, to Ferris State University, Mecosta County, and the world.

External links

  Results from FactBites:
Ferris State University - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (897 words)
Ferris State University is an institute of higher learning whose main campus is located in Big Rapids, Michigan, in Mecosta County, with a secondary campus in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and smaller programs located throughout the region.
As of 2003, Ferris State University was the largest employer in Mecosta County.
Ferris became a state school in 1949 and was renamed Ferris State College.
Ferris State University (1057 words)
FSU is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).
Historically, FSU has had an admissions policy intended to provide educational opportunity to a broad array of students consistent with its status as a four-year university as well as its role to serve as the community college for the west central Michigan area.
Noteworthy Accomplishments: FSU assessed its use of resources and implemented a plan to reduce general fund costs as part of a "fiscal restructuring." This was partly in response to declining enrollments and State funding levels.
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